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December News Letter 2017

As we approach Christmas 2017 with all the blessings and busy-ness that this season brings.
As ever, we are swamped with the commercialization and secularization of what is essentially a "Christian" Festival.
One increasingly gets the impression that the majority of folk would love to have just the festivities without this "religious" bit tagged on.
We who are committed to the Saviour are to be quite bold in our affirmation that for us Christmas is about Jesus Christ- our joy is found in His glorious salvation. Everything else is secondary.
We believe that the reason and purpose of the coming to this world of the Eternal Son of God was wonderfully summed up by the angel who announced to Joseph what the baby, who would be born to Mary, was to be called…
Matthew ch 1:21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
As we begin this month think about and pray who you might invite to the Carol Service including friends, work colleagues, relatives, neighbors etc. and please pray that the Lord will touch their hearts with the ultimate truth of Christmas, that God so loved His special creation (humans) He wants to have fellowship with them. But His creation fell into sin and the fellowship was broken. But God made a way to restore this fellowship by sending Jesus to take the punishment for our sins upon Himself, to make the effect of sin nul and void, by dying on a cross so that our sins can be wiped out. And now, one day the church will be presented to God the Father without any blemish.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Dates for December 2017
Sunday      3         11.00 a.m.           Morning Worship (Communion)
                                                                Beginners andExplorers
                                                Preacher: Chris Tapp
                                                          Spicer Street E.C.
                               5.00 p.m.          Evening Fellowship
Wed.     6              7.45 p.m.             Prayer meeting (Abercorn road)
Sunday 10           11.00 a.m.           Morning Worship
                                                              Beginners and Explorers                                
Preacher: Steve Doggett
5.00 p.m.            Evening Fellowship
Wed.13          7:45 p.m.     Prayer meeting (Abercorn road)
Sunday 17           11.00 a.m.           Morning Worship
                                                              Beginners and Explorers                
                Preacher: Steve Doggett
                             5.00 p.m.                Evening Fellowship
Wed.     20           7.45 p.m.             Prayer meeting (Abercorn road)
Sunday 24           11.00 a.m.           Morning Worship
                                                Carol Service: Steve Doggett
                          No Evening Fellowship
Monday 25         10:30 a.m.           Christmas Day Service
                                                                Preacher: Ian Corby
Wed.     27            7.45 p.m.             Prayer meeting (Abercorn road)
Sunday   31         11.00 a.m.           Morning Worship
                                                No Beginners and Explorers                       
                                                                Preacher: Mercia Mainwaring
                                                                           Kenton E.C. 
                                                No Evening Fellowship 

Grace from Above
The Practice of Walking
So walk in him. Colossians 2:6

If we have received Christ Himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will display its intimate acquaintance with Him by a walk of faith in Him. Walking implies action. Our Christian life is not to be confined to our closet; our belief must be revealed in our practice. If a man walks in Christ,  then he must act as Christ would act; since Christ is in him--his hope, his love, his joy, his life--he is the reflection of the image of Jesus; and men will say of that man, "He is like say of that man ”He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ." Walking signifies progress. "So walk in him." Proceed from grace to grace; run forward until you reach the ultimate degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning Christ. Walking implies continuance. There must be a continual abiding in Christ.
Many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, but regard the rest of the day as their own: But this is poor living; we should always be with Him, treading in His steps and doing His will. Walking also implies habit. When we speak of a man's walk and conversation, we mean his habits, the constant theme of his life. Now, if we sometimes enjoy Christ and then forget Him, sometimes call Him ours and then lose our hold, that is not a habit; we do not walk in Him. We must keep to Him, cling to Him, never let Him go, but live and have our being in Him. "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him"; persevere in the same way in which you began, and, just as at the beginning Christ Jesus was the trust of your faith, the source of your life, the principle of your action, and the joy of your spirit, so let Him be the same until life's end, the same when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death and enter into the joy and the rest that remain for the people of God. O Holy Spirit, enable us to obey this heavenly precept.
Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.