Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Christmas!

I think this will be the last post (from me anyway) before Christmas, so I pray you all will have a very happy Christmas celebrating the birth of the Saviour. Here are a couple of things you might want to check out before you go....If I spot any worthwhile reads over the Christmas period I'll update our womanhood watch, so be sure to check back from time to time.
  • There are a couple of new Christmassy articles over at Boundless this month.
  • Nicole at 168 hours shares a few good Christmas reads for kids.
  • If your not sure what to get your pastor for Christmas, Desiring God suggest this.
  • If you are in Chicago next October this looks like something worth going to.
  • Janelle at Girltalk wishes her husband a Merry Christmas!
And here are a couple of re-links from last year..

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Truffles

This week the kids and I are going to be making some Christmas goodies for our neighbours. We've just recently moved into the area and we already have had a friendly welcome from those living nearby. There are a coupe of recipes that we're going to experiment with, one of them being my mum's tried and trusted truffles. These are yum, not to rich and are very easy to make....

Ingredients
1 Large flan case (to crumble) the kind you put fruit in and some jelly
1 small tin of carnation milk
16 ozs icing sugar
3 ozs ground almonds
8 ozs cooking chocolate
3 tsps brandy, rum or essence
1 tsp almond essence

Method

Melt chocolate over heat
Crumble flan case and add icing sugar and ground almonds in a bowl
Add all the essence and then add the cooking chocolate
Mix altogether and leave to stand for about 15 minutes until it starts to firm
Roll into balls and cover with either vermicilli or fine coconut.
Usually makes about 50

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Down With Santa Claus!

I don't want to be banging on about this subject except to mention a couple of things. Firstly, our poll last week stated that 80% of our readers don't 'do' santa. Secondly, over at Pure Church there is a convincing and worthwhile read on the topic. You can read 'Down with Santa Claus' here.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Revival in Rose Street

Some of you might like to know that one of our former church secretaries, Dr Ian Balfour has just had his book published - 'Revival in Rose Street' charts 200 years of Charlotte Chapel history recounting the ministries of some well known preachers - Christopher Anderson (it's founder), Joseph Kemp, Graham Scroggie, Sidlow Baxter, Gerald Griffiths, Alan Redpath, Derek Prime (& one of his assistants, Alistair Begg) and Peter Grainger, the current senior pastor with 15 years of faithful ministry under his belt, and counting.

The book is amazingly available for the bargain price of £10 and can be purchased at the church itself or by emailing info@charlottechapel.org.

Standard Parcel postage in the UK is £5.68 for one copy, £8.24 for two, £9.35 for three, £10.97 for four, £11.45 for five and £13.13 for six to ten (same price). Surface mail to anywhere else (European Community, the Americas, India, Australasia, etc) is a standard £10.66 for one copy. Airmail to overseas countries is £20.66. Weight is 1.916 kilo.

You might like to know that our wee blog of only 15 months even gets a mention!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Recipe Round Up

At Rebecca Writes this week there is a Recipe Round Up where there'll be a collection of recipes for cookies, cakes, sweets etc. I thought I'd throw in our tuppence worth and re-post Catriona's Mum's recipe for an authentic Scottish treat - tablet.

Tablet is fudge which has been beaten to give it a crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth consistency (and to give you a sore arm - but it's worth the effort!).

Ingredients:
2 lbs sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp butter
2 teacups (about 375ml) fresh milk

Put all the ingredients into a large pan, stir and put on a low heat. Leave until it comes to the boil then simmer gently for 20 minutes (set a timer). After this time add a few drops of vanilla essence. Remove from the heat and beat with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes. Pour into a square or rectangular container (about 8" diameter) and chill to set. When set, cut into small (1") squares.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Alternative Christmas Gifts

I'd like to suggest another great idea for a Christmas gift. A few years ago I received the gift of a goat! Through World Vision's Alternative Gifts catalogue, a friend had purchased the gift of a goat, for a family living in Africa, instead of buying me a personal gift. Since then, on a number of occasions, I've received cards explaining the various gifts that have helped to meet the needs of others. These gifts range from a water tap for a community in Ethiopia to a meal for 70 children in Cambodia. They can be purchased easily over the Internet and are sent out within a few days. You can even choose the photograph for the front of your card. These gifts really are life-changing!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Do You Do Santa?

Until now, we've not really had to go down the whole discussion route on Santa Claus in our house. In fact, we're avoiding it for as long as we can. Unfortuantely, our oldest who's 4 arrived back from nursery yesterday with a mixed bag of fun things to tell us about Christmas.

It all started well when he said that he was going to be the inkeeper in the nursery nativity play. Then he started to sing 'Away in a manger', followed by 'Little Donkey'. Unfortuantely it was all downhill from there: he started belting out an unfamiliar tune which was accompanied by lyrics that included the words "santa", "chimney", "stuck", and "what bad luck!" Eh? He then informed us that he "hated santa" only 15 minuted later to say that he "loved him"and that he was coming at Christmas.

And so today I've decided to ask what your convictions are about santa? (Hence the poll to the right). I'd also value your thoughts on how you navigate your kids through Christmas, particularly in relation to what you tell them about santa and the practical outworkings of this when it comes to family and friends who 'do santa.' To get you thinking you can read Catriona's fab 2 part article on this from last year, here and here.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Christmas Gift Ideas - Books for Kids

Just a couple of suggestions for kid's Christian books this Christmas.













After reading some good reviews on the Jesus Storybook Bible and The Big Picture Story Bible, we have bought them for our kids this year.

There's a good series by Derek Prime called "Sarah & Paul" for kids aged 4-7. Although they're engaging fictional stories, each book focuses on a biblical theme: for example, what does it mean to be a Christian, the 10 Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, what is God like? and baptism. Glen received these last Christmas and is beginning to enjoy them already (he turned 4 in August).


I'd also recommend Sinclair Ferguson's Big Book of Questions & Answers. We are looking forward to using this with Glen this coming year. As you know, kids are FULL of questions and this family guide to the Christian Faith contains a wealth of activities, prayers, and Bible references.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Christmas Funnies

I was sent these funnies by a member of the family and decided to see how we'd fare here at our blog. Click on this link to see us titus2talkers as you've never seen us before! Click here for some not so biblical manhood and womanhood!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Jeremiah

Over on unashamed workman, Colin Adams has posted links to an excellent series on Jeremiah that our church has been going through this past year. Nearing the end of the year, we wait in anticipation to find out what the church will be studying in 2008!

Christmas Gift Ideas - Books for Her

Here are a few books that I've read this last year (or revisited from the previous year) and would recommend for any mum, sister, daughter aunt or friend this Christmas.

Biblical Womanhood




God's Design for Women by Sharon James












Twleve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur











Biblical Womanhood in the Home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss











Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes










Women's Ministry in the Local Church by Susan Hunt & Ligon Duncan







Christian Biography





Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan & Sarah Edwards by Elizabeth Dodds










Faithful Women & their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper









Contending for Our All by John Piper









Elizabeth Prentiss: More Love to Thee by Sharon James











End of the Spear by Steve Saint











In Trouble & In Joy: Four Women who Lived for God by Sharon James







Devotional





Gentle Rain on Tender Grass: Daily Readings from the Pentateuch by Sharon James










For the Love of God by DA Carson










Esther & Ruth: Reformed Expository Commentary by Iain Duguid










The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions










Life as a Vapor by John Piper







Christian Life





Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper











Living the Cross Centered Life by CJ Mahaney











The Gospel & Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever










Humility: True Greatness by CJ Mahaney





Marriage & Family






Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney











The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace










Love that Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace by Gary & Betsy Ricucci









Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent & Barbara Hughes










Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr







Christian Fiction





And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers










Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers









A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion 1) by Francine Rivers











Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion 2) By Francine Rivers










Sure as the Dawn (Mark of the Lion 3) by Francine Rivers



Saturday, December 01, 2007

Christmas Gift Ideas - Good Music

If you're in the hunt for some good Christian music this Christmas, look no further than my top 10 picks from this past year (in no particular order!). For a simple review on these click here.




See the Morning by Chris Tomlin








Christmas Offerings by Third Day








Treasure by Lou Fellingham









Valley of Vision by Sovereign Grace










Songs for the Cross Centered Life by Sovereign Grace










Between the Dreaming & the Coming True by Bebo Norman











Guaranteed by Phatfish











The Best of Stuart Townend Live











Savior by Sovereign Grace











Shadow of Your Wings by Fernando Ortega