Christianity From The Horse’s Mouth


Written by Rumbi Mapanga

Isaiah 9:6-7 (Msg)

For a child has been born—for us!  The gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counsellor, Strong God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Wholeness. His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings. He’ll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going with fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always.
The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies will do all this.

To most people Christmas is a day when they don’t go to work and can over eat, give extravagant gifts and show an act of kindness to their neighbours – but without really understanding why they are celebrating.

For a Christian, Christmas is a time when the love, mercy and grace of God towards the world at large and his unmerited favour which he bestowed upon the world is celebrated. This is a continual thing in the life of a C stian which is only more highlighted on Christmas day as it was the day which was chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s only begotten son.  To fully understand why Christians give glory to God every time for the birth of Jesus you will have to first recognise God ‘s original plan for mankind and how it was sabotaged by the devil in the form of a serpent who lied to the first man Adam and Eve, therefore introducing sin into the world.

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from-the-horses-mouthMY NOT VERY SERIOUS STAR SIGNS

Scorpio 24 Oct – 22 Nov

Your luck is about to change and you can do no wrong at the moment. Try and start walking more if you want to be healthier and live longer. A marriage proposal may leave you dumbfounded.

Sagittarius 23 Nov – 21 Dec

Someone from a different culture will cross your path but treat them as an individual instead of just generalising. Think carefully before starting a new relationship.

Capricorn 22 Dec – 20 Jan

You may wonder if you’re gay this month but don’t be freaked out by this dilemma as it doesn’t really matter either way. Start using ground coffee instead of instant.

Aquarius 21 Jan – 19 Feb

Try and support a worthwhile charity but don’t let your generosity leave you short yourself. You really should eat more roughage and follow a more balanced diet.

Pisces 20 Feb – 20 Mar

This month is the right time to reach for the stars but make sure you have a back-up plan. An unexpected pregnancy may shock you but in time you will come to terms with it and even embrace it. Book an exotic holiday for next year.

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one armed teenagerA 14 year old girl decided to learn karate despite the fact that she had lost her left arm in a devastating car accident. The girl was doing well, so she couldn’t understand why, after six months of training the karate teacher had taught her only a single move.

“Teacher” the girl finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?”

“This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” her teacher replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in her teacher, the girl kept training.

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Father O’Malley was driving down to Boston when he got stopped for speeding in Medford. The highway patrol officer smelled alcohol on the priest’s breath and then saw an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

He said, “Father, have you been drinking?”

“Only water”, replied Father O’Malley.

The policeman asked, “Then how come I can smell wine?”

The priest looked at the bottle and said, “Good Lord! He’s done it again”.

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chrisCan you tell me a bit about yourself? I’m not married, I have a long-term partner called Murray and we have got a son called Ruben who is thirteen and has just started in year 9 at school.

Where do you live? I live outside Hebden Bridge at Hardcastle Crags.

What do you do for a living? My first job is working for an organisation called CLOVER LEAF – it provides advocacy support for people who use social care services; so we work with disabled people, older people or sometimes with people who have mental health issues. We aim to give them a voice and a say in the decisions that affect their lives and the support they receive. We also go to meetings with them but we don’t go to court with them as we are not legal advocates.

So in effect you act as a voice for vulnerable people? Yes, but we do also encourage them to be independent.

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from-the-horses-mouthMY NOT VERY SERIOUS STARS

Scorpio 24 Oct – 22 Nov

A man with muscles tries to impress you by his physique but remember pumping iron is not a talent and anyone can do it if they want to. A mouth organ may come into your possession.

Sagittarius 23 Nov – 21 Dec

The colour blue may prove to be lucky for you this month even if you are colour-blind. It’s not a good time to move house unless you are getting married in which case it will be fine.

Capricorn 22 Dec – 20 Jan

It is a good time to dump a boring astrologer friend who should have seen it coming anyway. A woman with a birthmark on her face will bring you some very good news.

Aquarius 21 Jan – 19 Feb

This month a new toy may give you hours of pleasure but don’t tell any of your friends about it as they will only want to borrow it. An advert on T.V. may inspire you to take up more physical exercise and perhaps join a gym.

Pisces 20 Feb – 20 Mar

Someone may leave you a substantial amount of money but don’t squander it like a fool on people who aren’t really your friends. Don’t be dressed to kill but freezing to death.

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