- Ezra and Nehemiah—lessons applied to today
- Messianic Prophecy—meanings of ‘Christ’
- Christmas ‘Nativity’
- Nativity Reponse by Simeon, the Magi, Herod, Paul and John.
And I completed the lessons on Roman Catholic Church History, including a timeline worked into it. Now am adding supplementary explanatory materials into the text.
I had a wonderful service in a church where I hadn’t been in twelve years, very much enjoyed the people. I spoke on taking the devil’s forts (strongholds), breaking down walls (barriers), and bringing every POW (thought) captive to Jesus Christ. I mentioned several examples having to do with the opportunity Christmas season brings.
With my sister, I ate at a Dutch restaurant. While standing in line to enter, I noticed that the family ahead had three quite short women. I was guided to my seat by another almost-as-short lady. And the waitress was also quite short. All of this is ironic because the Dutch are, on average, the tallest people of Europe (probably handy when the dike breaks and 'the enemy comes in like a flood').
By the end of 2017, I finished reading The New Testament in Modern English, translated by J.B. Phillips. He started this during WW2 translating New Testament passages for the benefit of the young people in the church he pastored. His work is eloquent, erudite and colloquial in British English—not an easy task to pull off, and I recommend it especially for presenting good news to civilized people! I was continually inspired. It seems that many ages have a one-man translation or paraphrase that speaks closely to that generation--the Moffatt, Phillips, Living Bible (Kenneth Taylor's paraphrase popular in the 1970s, not to be confused with the NLT, which is a dynamic equivalency translation and much more recent), and Message (translated by Eugene Peterson) have all blessed people like this.
I got to talk by video call with Ferne, my aunt. Her face had one BIG smile on it as she got to talk to everyone.
On the last day of the year, my step-mom showed me on Youtube a clip of BESY choir singing ‘He Hideth My Soul’. Their rendition is easy on the ear and beautiful. I’d appreciate if the vamp makeup were toned down, but the music is excellent.
So I looked up other songs by them and found ‘Prayer’, by their women’s quartet. A women's quartet has a deeper, fuller sound than a women's trio—an unusual sound when you have a deep woman's voice like that involved, like Karen Carpenter singing 'Solitaire' or 'End of the World'. In the group called Heirloom, Barbara Fairchild joined what had been a trio and gave them that fourth, deeper voice. In the group called 'Point of Grace', when they lost their fourth voice and changed to a trio, the sound of the group quite definitely changed.
2017 was a life-changing year for me. When I flew away from my old associations and started into new ministry, I felt a great sense of relief and peace. ‘Ring out the old! Ring in the new!’