Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Timothy CrossSKU: MCHNY6806 ISBN: 9781846256806



Christmas and the New Year are special occasions, celebrated and marked in both the sacred and secular worlds. Christians, however, have more reason than anyone else to mark and celebrate them. Christmas marks Christ’s coming into the world to accomplish our salvation, while the New Year is a time to focus on God, the Lord of our years, and to praise Him for His faithfulness to us. Here is a book of biblical encouragement and enlightenment for this special season. Even in the midst of turbulent times, its pages will renew your faith and enable you to celebrate these occasions with increased joy and understanding.


‘Thoroughly Christ-exalting and God-glorifying . . . Coming in a year of the coronavirus pandemic, it is just what we all need to guide us and lovingly propel us into a brand-new year, all for God’s glory and our good.’

Bill Hoving, Co-pastor, Cornwall Street Baptist Church, Cardiff, Wales

About the Author

Timothy Cross is the author of over thirty Christian books and numerous articles in Christian periodicals. He studied at the University of Wales at both graduate and postgraduate levels, and is a gospel preacher and Bible teacher of many years’ standing. Amongst his life’s passions are biblical languages, fitness, the British seaside and cats. Timothy has been awarded two honorary doctorates for his written ministry.

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Paul Relf, Chatham
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Christian enlightenment and encouragement for a special season

This is an excellent book which does what it says: it encourages Christians for both Christmas and the New Year. There are 30 chapters, each four to five pages long: 15 on the theme of Christ’s birth and 15 for the New Year. It is a lovely blend of solid Bible doctrine and devotional application. Each chapter ends with three points to reflect on, which remind the reader to pause and think again rather than rush on. The Christmas chapters cover some familiar themes under catchy headings. They are always engaging and point to Christ and the great salvation truths. For instance, we learn how Jesus is the true ‘son of my sorrow’ (Genesis 35:18 – a reference to Rachel giving birth at Bethlehem), and how Bethlehem (‘house of bread’) and Ephrathah (‘fruitful’) point to the Lord’s Supper. The New Year chapters include headings like, ‘The unknown year ahead’, ‘One day at a time’, and ‘Peace: the lasting legacy of Jesus’. Here, again, are many truths which point to the character of God, the sufficiency of Jesus, and the promised blessing and support which all believers can know as they go forward into the New Year. These chapters will be especially helpful to those with particular problems, worries, and trials, but they are also a reminder to every Christian that our times are in God’s hands and we must trust him for the future. In our modern pressurised world, here is an ideal book for every Christian. Try reading a chapter a day from mid-December to mid-January.

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