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We three kings of orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, Moor and Mountain
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King for ever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign.

Frankincense to offer have I,
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
Worship Him, God most high.

Myrrh is mine, Its bitter perfume breathes
A life of gathering gloom.
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

John H Hopkins Jr.

"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?"

Matthew 2:1-2

She will give birth to Son and you will call His name Jesus

Matthew 1:21



Glory to God in the Highest

Christmas is a wonderful time as the song goes, is true for those for whom the child born is their own personal Saviour. When we take time to ponder all the words of scripture that we find in the many Christmas carols that we sing with gusto during the month of December, our hearts are surely stirred. We find contained in the Christmas Hymns some of the most profound statements of truth regarding the Son of God. When we sing let each of us be enthused by all the God has given us when He sent His one and only into the world. The reaction of the shepherds when encountering the angelic host turns from fear to joy that takes them to Bethlehem to see the baby lying in the manger.

Have a happy Christmas this year and give God thanks this for sending the Lord Jesus Christ.
Andy Wilson


Echoes of Service

There is still time to place an order for a monthly copy of the missionary magazine that is greatly appreciated by those who currently subscribe. The Echoes magazine gives up to date information on missionaries and countries where they serve the Lord Jesus as well as prayer points for each day of the month.

In the beginning was the Word

John 1:1

2014 Bethany Calendar

This year for the first time we have organised a calendar through Precious Seed. The calendar in monthly format will have details of some of the services and activities as well as verse from scriptures. Our intention is to offer a calendar for all at Bethany, friends and in the locality. If there are anyone that you know who would appreciate and benefit from receiving a calendar this is an opportunity to offer one.


Bible Teaching

Peter McGregor from Greenock gave some excellent teaching on Bible Prophecy on the Birth of Christ foretold in the Old Testament. This was an introduction to the truth contained in Scripture regarding the incarnation of Christ. This theme will continued this month in the format of character studies a useful method to expound the Bible. There are many characters to choose and three have been chosen for this year's, God willing others will be covered in future years. It is good to consider passages we know well and think of questions such as how many wise men?, were the sheep being looked after used at the Temple or how did the Angel praise sound. We may not get an answer but thought provoking indeed.

   The Magi (or Wise Men)    David Wilson
   The Shepherds   Bobby Sneddon
   The Angels   Steve Moss

The Real Advent Calendar

Sunday 1st is the first Sunday of advent (there are four) and the day many people open an advent calendar, some with a picture, sweet or chocolate. This year you can purchase a themed calendar with a chocolate and story of Christmas by the Meaningful Chocolate Company. Why not give it a try if you like chocolate that is.


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Nehemiah Chapter 5

Nehemiah 5:1-19 - Economic Difficulties

Summary

Nehemiah deals with the widespread problem of debt, slavery caused by famine and the need to pay taxes to the Persians.

Analysis

This chapter relates how Nehemiah dealt with an economic crisis that threatened the unity of the people. Three groups of those unable to manage their debt were represented.

One group consisted of those unable to purchase food (5:2). A second group, also suffering due to the famine, could only buy food by mortgaging their property (5:3). A third group needed to mortgage their property or sell their children into slavery to pay the Persian taxes (5:4-5). Nehemiah's people are hanging by a thread.

Nehemiah's response was speedy and effective. On his own authority, he summoned those holding these perfectly legal pledges to release them and to forgive the debts, as would he (5:6-11). The lenders agreed to this sacrifice and released their holdings (5:12-13).

The text closes with a sketch of Nehemiah's own generosity and financial sacrifice drawn from Nehemiah's second term as governor (5:14-19). Though entitled to live off the provincial taxes (the "food allowance of the governor" vv. 14, 18), Nehemiah led by example and refused this compensation.

Steve Moss

Epistola ad Diognetum

This document is ascribed to an unknown author, and estimated to be dated to the early part of the second century. It contains a beautiful description of the second century Christians.

'The Christians are not distinguished from other men by country, by language nor by civil institutions. For they neither dwell in cities by themselves, nor use a peculiar tongue, nor lead a singular mode of life. They dwell in the Grecian or barbarian cities, as the case may be; they follow the usage of the country in dress, food, and the other affairs of life. Yet they present a wonderful and confessedly paradoxical conduct. They dwell in their own native lands, but as strangers. They take part in all things, as citizens; and they suffer all things as foreigners. Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and every native land is foreign. They marry, like all others; they have children; but they do not cast away their offspring. They have the table in common, but not wives. They are in the flesh, but do not live after the flesh. They live upon the earth, but are citizens of heaven. They obey the existing laws, and excel the laws by their lives. They love all, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown, and yet they are condemned. They are killed and are made alive. They are poor and make many rich. They lack all things, and in all things abound. They are reproached, and glory in their reproaches. They are calumniated, and are justified. They are cursed, and they bless. They receive scorn, and they give honor.

They do good, and are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice, as being made alive. By the Jews they are attacked as aliens, and by the Greeks persecuted; and the cause of the enmity their enemies cannot tell. In short, what the soul is in the body, the Christians are in the world. The soul is diffused through all the members of the body, and the Christians are spread through all the cities of the world. The soul dwells in the body, but is not of the body; so the Christians dwell in the world but are not of the world. The soul, invisible, keeps watch in the visible body; so also the Christians are seen to live in the world, but their piety is invisible. The flesh hates and wars against the soul, suffering no wrong from it, but because it resists fleshly pleasures; and the world hates the Christians with no reason, but that they resist its pleasures. The soul loves the flesh and members, by which it is hated; so the Christians love their haters. The soul is inclosed in the body, but holds the body together; so the Christians are detained in the world as in a prison; but they contain the world. Immortal, the soul dwells in the mortal body; so the Christians dwell in the corruptible, but look for incorruption in heaven. The soul is better for restriction of food and drink; and the Christians increase, though daily punished. This lot God has assigned to the Christians in the world; and it cannot be taken from them"

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Out of Egypt I called my Son

Matthew 2:15

Pray for Bethany Christmas Events

Mission Focus

This month our focus looked at a missionary presentation given by Ian Burness of Echoes of Service, on the Challenges in World Mission. These are questions for us at Bethany to consider.

John 20:21, So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you."

  • Global Shifts: West to East; North to South
  • Global Growth: Population, Cities, Inequality
  • Global Trends: Globalisation, Green Issues, Multiculturalism
  • Global Risk: Places with most need - most risk

The world we live in

Instability Matthew 24:6-8, 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Preaching of the Gospel

Matthew 24:14, And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. Mark 13:10, And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations

  • Threats: Atheism - Secularisation / Westernism
  • Resurgent & Aggressive Religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism.
  • Theological uncertainty (in the West) - Loss of Mission emphasis.
  • Individualism & Organisational multiplication.

There is now a need to re-evangelise Europe, how do we approach that challenge. A Growing indigenous mission movement and a new Missionary Force coming from, South Korea, India, Brazil, Nigeria etc. Another change is that short term Mission is growing, while long term Mission is in decline.

Let us rise to the challenge and proclaim effectively the gospel today.

Glory to God in the Highest

2 Timothy 3:16

Linthouse Bible Conference, 3pm Saturday 21st December 2013

Sat 7

We appreciated the visit of Alistair Lochhead with us on Sunday 3rd November, giving a report of the work of the SAT 7. It was interesting to find out about the Satellite broadcasting of the gospel to countries that it is difficult for missionaries to enter or visit. Please pray for this work and those involved as they continue to broadcast the truth of the Word of God to a needy world.

Christmas

Although for most people December is usually the busiest month of the year and this is no different for all at Bethany. Once again the Church activities will host their Christmas events. The Christmas Family Service will be on Sunday 22nd when we hope to have many of the people who come to the various church activities come along. The Sunday school will be having a party on the 7th. Fusion and Incy Wincy's, will be also be having parties. The Growing Christians will be having a meal on the 12th. Bethany Buds and AQA will also be having special events for the young people. Please pray for all the events that God will bless them.

News

Continue to pray for those unable to attend the meeting particularly at this time of year. Pray for Margaret Goudie, Ena Dickson, Jim Janette Cunningham, Hugh and Wilmar Wallace Also Betty Purss who will be at Auchlochan this Christmas.

For unto us a child is born

Isaiah 9:6

Sundays
Breaking of Bread
10.30am
Every Sunday
 
Date
Family Service at 12 noon
Bible Teaching at 6.30 pm
1st
Christmas DVD
David Wilson
8th
Howard White
Bobby Sneddon
15th
Christmas DVD
Steve Moss
22nd
David Wilson
Carol Service @ Kilnside
Bethany Buds at Bethany
7.00 pm
Every Monday
Tuesdays at 7.30 pm
3rd
Prayer Meeting
10th
Bible Study - Nehemiah 5
17th
Prayer Meeting
Fusion
6:30 pm
Every Wednesday
Incy Wincy Parent and Toddler Group
9.45 am
Every Thursday
Growing Christians
7.30 pm
Every Thursday

You can purchase a CD or tape of any of the Bible Teaching Services. Just send us an e-mail from the “Contact” section on the main page, and we will get in touch.