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East Devon Lifelines invites readers to start a conversation about the Christ of Christmas

An open letter to Christians concerning East Devon Lifelines

Greeting in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As we begin our focus at this Christmas season, a time when we remember the gift that God gave to us, in sending His only Son, born of a virgin. Our hearts cry out to those that still don’t yet know Jesus as their saviour and Lord.

Most of us know the commands that Jesus gave to His disciples (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15 and Luke 14:23) to go into the world and preach the Gospel. The dictionary meaning of ‘preach’ is to proclaim, address the crowds, earnestly advocate, spread good news. This command from the master is to us, that’s you and me. The East Devon edition of Lifelines is our response to the call of Jesus this Christmas season.  

Most of our churches have noticed large numbers of people accessing our services online throughout the pandemic. There is a hunger out there, for the Gospel; the one we have so carefully hidden under our bowls, afraid that it might cause offence. From Monday 6th to Friday 10th of December 2021 nearly 50,000 copies will be delivered to every home in the East Devon Postcode areas.

Many, many people will read some or all of the paper, and our prayer is that as they do, the Holy Spirit will speak into their lives. There is a harvest coming this season, and only we can gather it in. That’s you and me. We can do this by talking with our friends and neighbours, our family and work colleagues, asking them if they have seen and read the paper. What did they think? Start a conversation that will point them to the Christ of Christmas.

The digital copy of the East Devon Lifelines is now available, please spread it far and wide, put it on your church or community website, so that more people can read it. This is our gift to you and to East Devon. The cost has been paid in full.

Tim Davies, on behalf of East Devon Lifelines

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