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God gets His hands dirty. Does that surprise you? To get your hands dirty means to be involved in hard work, doing whatever it takes, so that your goal is achieved. Of course, down through history, the Bible tells us that God has been involved with His creation, wanting to develop a relationship with humans. After humans fell out of relationship with God, God promised that one day, people would be able to choose to be in an active, dynamic and close relationship with Him. During this time, God regularly got His hands dirty, to a certain extent, in being involved with people. But there was coming a time, just as He said that He would, when He would to the really hard work, get His hands dirty, so that people could be in a dynamic relationship with Himself. The time when God Himself, who is outside of time and space, enters time and space and becomes a human. That is what we celebrate at Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.

The birth of Jesus Christ is the most celebrated around the world. These celebrations are diverse and transcend cultures, peoples, and languages. Of course, most people stop with Jesus being a baby and continue no further with Him. Jesus Christ is the most unique person in history. Jesus Christ is also the most divisive person to be found at anytime and anywhere. Almost everyone has an opinion about Him, even if that opinion is based on ignorance, silence or misinformation. Christians believe that Jesus' birth was the culmination of thousands of years of God telling the world that He was coming. From the time of the Fall when people showed active rebellion and disobedience towards God in Genesis 3, God was planning the time when He would step into history as a Saviour or Messiah. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is this Messiah.

Throughout the Old Testament, we see that the birth, life and mission of this Messiah is the aim and focus of attention. We see it in the stories of people such as Abraham and Moses. We see it in the nation of Israel, which was to be God's light to all the nations. We see it in the Israelite sacrificial system and law. We see it during the time of the Judges and the Kings. We especially see it through the prophets. The whole Old Testament is joined together, because it all speaks about this Messiah baby, Jesus Christ. This baby, who was both 100% human and 100% divine, grew in wisdom and stature. This baby who was born in order that He would die on a cross some 33 years later. He did not die for his own sins, but for the sins of the entire world - all past, present and future sins. This baby was born to die, so that the entire world may have life and life everlasting if an individual chooses to accept it.

Come inside to learn more about this baby, this man, we know as Jesus Christ. Learn afresh, or be reminded of, the why, who and what, of that very first Christmas, where God gets His hands dirty.

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Ahhh Christmas. When people around the world remember that moment in time when God Himself, got his hands dirty and entered our world. Christmas is the most wonderful time of year! Christmas, where the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated around the world - by Christians and others. That is how God got his hands dirty. These celebrations are diverse and transcend cultures, peoples and languages. Of course, most people stop with Jesus being a baby and continue no further with Him.

Christians believe that Jesus' birth was the culmination of thousands of years of God telling the world that He was coming and coming to show that God gets his hands dirty - transcending time and space. In the Bible, the whole Old Testament is a united story which speaks about this event - the coming of the baby we know today as Jesus Christ. Come inside to either learn afresh or be reminded of the people and events of the Christmas story - the why, how and who.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1.0 edition (December 17, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 135 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1506104347
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1506104348
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches
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I was born in a small country town about 300 miles north west of Sydney in Australia. I was raised to be a sceptic cum agnostic cum atheist with the words "Churches are dangerous places" and this is like 30 years before Dawkins and his ilk uttered the words! So coming into my teenage years in the eighties, I decided if they are so dangerous, let's go for a bit of danger! So I rebelled, became a Christian and started attending a local Christian youth group. After a bit, it was thought by my family that I was being brainwashed, so I was stopped from going for a couple of years, until I met somebody who I used to go to school with who invited me to her church, and I restarted from there...

As to how I came to the UK! Well, I came here from Australia for 6 months travel around Europe! Or so I thought! That was in 1990! I view it as God having a sense of humour. He knows I don't like rain, cold and in particular - together! He has even given me the most beautiful of women as a wife but she doesn't like hot weather! God sure has a sense of humour! In 2003, I had a minor stroke and I view that as God giving me a clip round the ear to stop being stubborn and to listen to Him for direction. So instead of moving north with my job at Royal Mail, I took redundancy and went off to Moorlands college where I graduated in 2007.

I set up Partakers in 2007. I had recorded some audio files as part of a block placement during my 3rd year at Moorlands. 6 months later I looked back on the site and discovered that the 16 audio files had been downloaded several thousand times, mainly in a country where evangelical Christians are persecuted. It was also part of my dissertation investigating if a Virtual Church could be part of the universal church. I based my study on the old maxim: one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.

I still took the normal route post-bible college and applied for pastor jobs around the UK. I often was interviewed but the 2 main reasons given for not being successful was that I was too radical (as in application and use of internet/digital space etc), too much of a teacher or both! It was like "You can't seriously use the internet to evangelize and disciple others!" It was a bit like when the printing press came out and the church's collective bellybutton puckered and said "You cant give the Bible to people! They may actually read it!"

As for the name Partakers itself, I got the idea straight from Matthew 5:6, which I paraphrase it "Blessed are those who partake after righteousness for they will be filled." I have an accountability team set up by the church we attend, for mentoring, prayer, guidance, advice and accountability. I also have people on Facebook & Twitter to keep an eye on what I say and do, in order to see that those things are within biblical confines. I set up PulpTheology as a branch of Partakers in order that the books are cheap to purchase, quickly published to a great standard and hopefully written simply & clearly in order to help people engage with theology by using both words and image.

I currently reside in Bournemouth, travel frequently to speak in about places including the USA and Australia. I have a podcasting site and we have had about 1,500,000 unique visitors so far and about 4,000,000 downloads. I also engage with church online using Facebook, and we are able to go an experience of church primarily to those who are unable to get to church, usually because of health and disability issues.

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