Today I have a guest post by Pastor James Muldoon of Carey Baptist Church, Reading.
"Yesterday at church we thought about how startled those shepherds must have been in Luke 2 when suddenly an angel appeared and the glory of the Lord shone around them. That wouldn't have been what they were expecting when they left home to look after their sheep that night! It's even more surprising, though, that Jesus - God the Son made man - should have come into the world at all. And the greatest shock of all is that He came so as to die to save all who would believe in Him.
"If you're a Christian, have you lost that sense of shock at what happened that first Christmas? If so, this year, just stop and think for a few minutes about how stunning it is that Jesus should be born and should die to be your Saviour. And if you're not a Christian, why not make this the year when you really look into the astonishing teaching of the Bible about the one who came those 2000 years ago? Maybe you'll get the surprise of your life by discovering that He is just the one you need to believe in."
photo from Carey Baptist Church
James Muldoon was born in Northampton but grew up in the Lincolnshire Fens. After leaving education, he worked for a funeral director and then for Pearl Assurance. He went to Bible College at WEST in Bridgend and was the Assistant Pastor of Freeschool Court Evangelical Church in Bridgend before coming to Carey. He is married to Jennie who works as an Occupational Therapist and they have two daughters.
Contact James: firstname.lastname@example.org