Ruach Ha’kodesh (Holy Spirit)

Holy Spirit? Surely that has more to do with Pentecost doesn't it? Most people when thinking of the Christmas story completely miss the point when it comes to Holy Spirit. But he (yes, Ruach Ha'kodesh is a he, not an it) played a vital role in our story, and without him, there would have been no virgin birth.

The Shepherds

"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." (Luke 2: 8)

If you saw an advert in the Bethlehem Post "Shepherds Wanted" you would have to be fairly desperate to apply for the job. Even if you were the outdoor type, apart from the very unsociable hours that the job entailed, there were several good reasons why you would think twice about pursuing a career as a shepherd in the culture of the day. It was nothing to do with the rigours of the job itself – watching over sheep is not particularly demanding, other than having to deal with the occasional predator such as lions or bears (remember the story of David as a shepherd?). So what was the problem?

Melchior

"We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar"... so goes the popular carol depicting the journey of the "wise men", written by an Episcopalian deacon in New York in 1857. The carol was written for an elaborate holiday pageant, and the "kings" were given names: Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar.
Of course, we know that much of this is completely fictitious. The fact is, we do not know any of their names, they almost certainly were not kings, and we do not know how many there were.

Herod

Much of Herod's life has been recorded by Josephus Flavius, a 1st century historian, based on the writings of Nicholas of Damascus, Herod's personal secretary. As there is a lot of material about Herod's life to be found on Wikipedia, I have not felt it necessary to go into great detail about his life; I feel it would be more helpful to try and discover the kind of man he was and why he turned out the way he did.

This Week @ NFHOP

Sunday 17 March

10.00am: CHURCH

Living Word Church

The Nedderman Centre, Marryat Rd, New Milton BH25 5NY


Monday 18 March

10.00am – 12.00pm: PRAY

Morning Prayer Watch

7.00pm – 9.00pm: DWELL

Revelation by meditation

11 Seacroft Avenue, Barton on Sea, New Milton BH25 7NY


Wednesday 20 March

7.00pm - 9.00pm: PRAY

Evening Prayer Watch

11 Seacroft Avenue, Barton on Sea, New Milton BH25 7NY


Friday 22 March

7.00pm: SHABBAT

Shabbat shared meal and prophetic update

11 Seacroft Avenue, Barton on Sea, New Milton BH25 7NY


Sunday 24 March

10.00am: CHURCH

Living Word Church

The Nedderman Centre, Marryat Rd, New Milton BH25 5NY


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