Nearly 40% of UK millennials can’t identify baby in Bethlehem Christmas story

Dec 22, 2018 by

by Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite: A few years back, before we were married, my wife worked in the catering business. As the Advent season began, one of her colleagues asked her a question that floored her: “What is Christmas all about?” As it turned out, her colleague had never heard the Christmas story before. She’d never heard the story of the Lord Jesus in the manger, the Saviour born in Bethlehem, the shepherds, the angels—nothing. She had grown up in a once-Christian country without ever...

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Five reasons why we should all be singing Carols

Dec 21, 2018 by

by Keith Getty, CEN: Around the world… fathers, mothers, and children of all ages and generations will gather in homes, hotels, and huts to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Around the tree… people from all walks of life will stop their endless walking—if only for a few, sacred moments—to be together. Around the corner… there will be those who listen to the sounds of these gatherings, some reminiscing ofbygone days when they too had a place to celebrate with those they loved. Others will marvel...

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At Christmas, a time of heightened danger for many Christians, we stand prayerfully with our persecuted family

Dec 19, 2018 by

From Barnabas Fund. Many believers will risk their safety to meet together as the threat of violent attacks on Christians heightens over Christmas and New Year. On 17 December 2017, Islamic State terrorists attacked a pre-Christmas service at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan, killing nine and leaving more than 50 Christians injured. The previous Christmas, an Egyptian Christian couple, Gamal Sami, 60, and his wife Nadia, 48, were stabbed to death in their bed by two Muslim...

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Millenials unsure who the baby is in nativity

Dec 19, 2018 by

From Premier. Two in five millenials do not know that the baby in the nativity story is Jesus. Two thousand Brits aged between 21and 38 were polled for the study by the booking website hotels.com. Thirty-nine per cent of those questioned could not identify the infant born in the manger and slightly fewer, thirty-seven per cent, looked blank at the names Mary and Joseph. Half did not know that the Angel Gabriel told Mary she was going to be a mother. Fewer than 10 per cent of those questioned...

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Herald-angels, other spiritual beings, and the church

Dec 18, 2018 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Why do we sing about angels at Christmas time but don’t often talk about them the rest of the year? It could be because evangelistically, talking to secular people about Jesus, we want to avoid extra things that just make it too difficult to believe. They don’t appear in TV dramas, or in the serious newspapers, or in discussions about the economy. So if we want people to start thinking about the Christian faith, using their heads, better steer clear of...

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Bethlehemian Rhapsody

Dec 17, 2018 by

Performed by Marwood Youth Club, and Muddiford Junior Church Group, Barnstaple, North Devon. With permission of Mark Bradford www.puppetunes.com Fun presentation of the Christmas story, while keeping its powerful message. 

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