Plus all the links and extra bits from Holly & Dan for Thursday 9 November.
Free Christmas Song from Chris Cope:
Click here to check out St. Paul's annual Christmas event Alt Carols - including the link to download his version of "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" for free (download won't work on your smartphone).
PS Keep Rhema Breakfast on every day to win your free copy of Alt Carols Vol. I - out everywhere this weekend!
Speaking of Christmas...
Holly is loving getting (or making) presents for her friends and family - and pointed to felt.co.nz as a great place to get gifts from NZ craft people and artists. Good to get in early, especially if you want to post something kiwi-esque to loved ones overseas.
BONUS: Here's NZ Post's international Christmas post dates (to make sure everything arrives on time!)
Twitter rolled out its 280 Character update yesterday, and Jamie Grace was excited.
This is me trying to see if i have the fancy twitter update yet. Wondering if i can talk using #280characters instead of just 160. I don’t have anything to say but i think it’s working! For real! Oh, wow! It’s letting me say way more than i could before!— Jamie Grace (@jamiegraceh) November 7, 2017
Okay, so i wanna say tha
Meanwhile Lecrae didn't need any extra characters to get this message out:
Hurt people, hurt people. Healed people, heal people.— Lecrae (@lecrae) November 7, 2017
Today's Bible Society Verse of the Day is James 1:12 - "God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him."
What happens to you when I say the word 'test'? Maybe you start getting a little stressed out, palms get a bit sweaty and all you can think about is how much you didn't get to study for it. Sadly, tests are just a part of life, and there's really nothing we can do it about it – but here's the thing, there is some good news.
James says you're blessed with you patiently endure testing and temptation. He goes so far as to call it a promise from God.
There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of nailing a test, and we have to remember too, that in this test, the teacher, God, helps us out, and gave us the answers through his Word, and through his Son.