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Ten Thousand Little Things

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Last Year’s NY Prayer

Originally posted on Firebrand Notes:

Happy New Year! I’m praying that love for God this year would blossom like never before in our lives personally and within the world-wide church as a whole.

Have you ever thought about the extent of the beauty of the world-wide church based on the extent of her love for her Bridegroom, Jesus? How beautiful will the Bride be when He returns and how beautiful is she at the moment? Or how whole-hearted is her love?

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What is the origin of the term “Christmas?”

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Great thoughts on the heavily commercialised greeting “Happy Christmas” #advent

Originally posted on OneDaring Jew:

Here are two explanations of the derivation of the word “Christmas.”

1. The word Christ stems from the Middle and Old English word Crist meaning the anointed one, the Lord’s Anointed.

It is borrowed from the Latin Christus and from the Greek Christos also meaning the anointed one. The Greek is a translation of Hebrew mashiach meaning anointed of the Lord or Messiah. In the word Christmas, the suffix -mas evolves from the Old English word maesse meaning festival, feast day or mass.

And from Wikipedia:

 2. Christmas derivative of Christ and Mass.

Mass is the term used of the celebration of the Eucharist in the Latin rites of the Roman Catholic Church. The word itself is derived from the phrase with which the liturgical celebration concludes in Latin, Ite, missa est. In this phrase, the word missa is usually explained as late Latin for classical Latin missio

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Incomparable

A friend recently gave me a copy of Andrew Wilson’s fine book Incomparable, by all accounts a modern day equivalent of J I Packer’s Knowing God. Wilson’s book is a concise, snappy, whimsical, high-calibre study of the character of God and even in the opening chapters there are some nuggets that landed in my heart that catalysed a bubbling up of faith. Here are just two to whet the appetite:
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Reclaiming Rest

It’s 1:30am, the middle of the night, and you’re wide awake struggling to sleep. What’s more, you really need to sleep because you have to be up early the next day or you’ve got an important presentation to give at work or you’re speaking at church. It’s tough when you don’t sleep and you have to be up front on public duty, as it were – I’ve been there many times.

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