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“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”  Romans 8:24 Jesus brought great hope to the earth, hope of deliverance from sin and hope of eternal life with Him. The last few weeks we have read of the passing of some great men and women who loved the Lord and laboured for Him.  We are saddened to see them leave this earth, but we know that they have finally achieved what they have been aiming towards for their whole life.  We rejoice that…

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 Most of us probably memorized this verse as a small child in Sunday School. We sang the song “Jesus Loves Me” even before we could understand what it really meant. We listened to the Bible stories of men and women who trusted God and did great things for Him. We listened to testimonies of older people of what Jesus had done for them. But at that point, they were still just stories. But…

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 When my first child was born, I traveled in a car to a modern hospital, where I was quickly admitted and put in a comfortable bed. The nurse who attended me was a friend, and the doctor was someone I was familiar with and could trust completely. How different it was for Mary on that Christmas long ago. She had ridden for days on a donkey, probably feeling very…