In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zachariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elisabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.” (Luke 1:5-7)

Zachariah, whose name means “God remembers” was a priest during Israel’s Second Temple period.  Both he and his wife Elisabeth were devout in their faith, conscientiously following the requirements and traditions of Judaism. By now Zachariah was an old man, and Elisabeth was beyond child-bearing age; all hope of having children had now diminished with the advancing years, and all that seemed to be left for Zachariah was to live out his remaining days being faithful to his calling as a priest, serving in the temple when his family’s allotted time came round.

12 Names of Christmas

I thought this year I would mark the unique date 12/12/12 by starting a series called "The 12 names of Christmas". So each day for the next 12 days we will be taking a look at the main characters involved in the Christmas story. Some are well-known, others maybe a little more obscure. The bible is full of revelation, and for me the stories behind these characters throw a lot of light on what I thought I knew.

In the process of this journey I have sought to dig a little deeper beneath the surface. I wanted to try and unravel the reality in the part that each character played. There is so much that in the past has been obscured by tradition, misinterpretation, assumption and just plain bad hermeneutics. And probably one of the biggest hindrances is the Greek mindset which filters our understanding of scripture in the Western church. If we are disconnected from our Jewish roots, we will not understand the Jewish scriptures. The Christmas story has become obscured by myth, legend and religion; even the date is suspect as we shall see!

A Heart for Justice

I have recently updated the justice page on the website and found myself meditating again on the words of Jesus in Luke 18 v.1

“Then He spoke a parable to them that men always ought to pray and not lose heart”

The parable that follows is all about a women who is seeking justice – it is clear that Jesus is saying the answer to injustice is to pray and not lose heart. It is not just a suggestion from Jesus, not just one of many options. Jesus is very clear – we always ought to pray.

Rosh Hashanah

שנה טובה ומתוקה

Shana Tova Umetukah – A good and sweet New Year!! Today is Rosh Hashanah, welcome to the new year 5773. We are praying for God's blessing on you all as we enter this critical year. The Challah bread is in the oven and we are looking forward to gathering with friends to celebrate the new year....

This Week @ NFHOP

Sunday 12 May

10.00am: CHURCH

Living Word Church

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

Monday 13 May

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 15 May


Friday 17 May

7.00pm: SHABBAT

Shabbat meal and fellowship

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

Sunday 19 May

10.00am: CHURCH

Living Word Church

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