Sandyknowes Blog

Living beside the busiest roundabout in Northern Ireland gives plenty of opportunity for watching the world go by. Sandyknowes Blog is the personal blog of Niall Lockhart (minister of Ballyhenry). Pull in and have a read…

Richard Kerr and his wife Brenda live in Templepatrick where Richard serves as minister of Templepatrick Presbyterian Church. Earlier this year Brenda spoke at our Ballyhenry Ladies' Weekend. They have been good friends to us as a family over the years. Thank you Richard for writing this guest post, words of encouragement for us in Ballyhenry and beyond today ...

"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

   On this Christmas Day may you know the strengthening presence of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us! Thank You Niall for the invitation to share a passage of Scripture which has meant a lot to me in this extraordinary year.  

It is Christmas Eve. For today's Advent Journey we pull up a seat at the fireside with Dr John Woodside, as he opens his Bible, reflects on this past year, and explores why in the message of Christmas there really is good news for everyone. 

Click here to watch John's talk.

Advent Journey – Day 25

Read: Luke 1 vs 1-4

Luke’s gospel contains some of the best known Christmas stories. It is in Luke that we watch on as the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, it is in Luke that we read of Jesus being wrapped in cloths and laid in a manger and it is in Luke that we hear the heavenly choir of angels announcing good news to all people.

Read: Mark 1: 1-8

Another day closer to Christmas. Today we open the second ‘Gospel’ on our Advent Calendar, the Gospel of Mark. Mark is the shortest of the four gospels. It is reckoned that Mark was friends with Peter (the disciple of Jesus) and that Mark wrote up his material having listened to Peter’s stories and recollections of time spent with Jesus.