Archive for March, 2014

Everything we do should not be done for our own happiness or indeed our own glory, it should all be done to extend God’s kingdom.

It’s all about Jesus!

 

 

It’s all about You, Jesus
And all this is for You
For Your glory and your fame
It’s not about me
As if You should do things my way
You alone are God
And I surrender to your ways

Jesus, lover of my soul
All consuming fire is in Your gaze
Jesus, I want you to know
I will follow you all my days
For no one else in history is like you
And history itself belongs to you
Alpha and Omega, You have loved me
And I will share eternity with You

 

Renovation Work NoticeFor the last few months a new worship hall has been getting built for Bellshill Salvation Army and the existing building refurbished. We have therefore been holding our Sunday services in Bellshill Cultural Centre while this work has been underway, as well as holding our band and songster (choir) practices in other local churches/Salvation Army halls.

Our new hall is now ready, so this morning was our final worship meeting in Bellshill Cultural Centre, before we return to our new hall next weekend. With today’s events in mind, I’ve been thinking about refurbishment a lot in the last few days, but not just the refurbishment of buildings, but the refurbishment of our lives.

We spend thousands of pounds refurbishing buildings, hundreds of pounds on new clothes to refurbish our wardrobes, and some even spends lots of money on cosmetic surgery to give themselves a newer look, but what about our spiritual lives? Are we as ready and willing to give our spiritual lives a lift?

If you think about it, to refurbish our spiritual lives, costs us nothing in monetary terms, as God’s love for us is free! We also don’t need to go round lots of shops, or architects to find the best deal, and the cheapest deal when it comes to our spiritual life, as there is only one who can offer us new life free of charge, God!

So to recharge your spiritual life, all you have to do to is ask God to fill you anew with His love and grace, and then give the whole of your life over to Him!

Renew us, remake us, today Lord.

 

Positive and NegativeYou cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Wise words from a wise man. I think the words are even more effective because it tells us what’s not possible, however part of me is saying that this makes the whole things very negative, when, if we are trying to improve the world and the people in it, should we not be looking for the positive and good in everything rather than accentuating the negative things in life.

Look for the positives in everyone, because there is a positive to be found in everyone if we look hard enough!

 

CS lewis quote about God's glory

Some may not believe in God’s existence.

Others may believe He exists, but simply don’t think He can do anything for them.

While others believe God exists and that He is there for every one of us whether we believe in Him or not!

God loves us all, and even if we fail to love Him in return, He still loves us, how amazing is that!

I love you Lord,
And I lift my voice  to worship you.

All my soul rejoices.
Take joy my King in what you hear.
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.

The following video of Fire In the Blood by the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army features the songs Sing For Joy, You Know That We Love You as well as the chorus listed above.

Think about your life, do your actions and your words reflect how God wants us to live?

God will take joy in what he hears, if we live as he has directed. So let’s show our love for God by worshipping him and by living our life for Him. 

 

kneel-crossWhat are you compelled to do?

Are you compelled to serve God?

Are you compelled to help others find Jesus?

Are you compelled to love those who’ve been rejected and forgotten by the world?

Jesus was compelled by love, to save us, to die for us, therefore

How can I offer less than all
When I am born again by his forgiving?
I’m compelled by love.

I hope you are compelled by love to serve God, and reach out to those in need.

Here’s the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Compelled by Love:

AloneAre you lonely, or in need someone to love, support and encourage you?

Do you know of someone who is lonely, or in need of someone to love, support and encourage them?

I’m sure we all know of at least one person who is in need? If you can’t think of anyone, take a few minutes out from your busy life and have a close look at those around you, as I’m sure there is someone not far from you who needs you, and who needs Christ.

Not Too Far From Here

Somebody’s down to their last dime
Somebody’s running out of time
Not too far from here
Somebody’s got nowhere else to go
Somebody needs a little hope
Not too far from here
 
And I may not know their name
But I’m praying just the same
That You’ll use me, Lord
To wipe away the tears
‘Cause somebody’s crying Not too far from here
 
Somebody’s troubled and confused
Somebody’s got nothing left to lose
Not too far from here
Somebody’s forgotten how to trust
And somebody’s dying for love
Not too far from here
 
It may be a stranger’s face
But I’m praying for Your grace
To move in me
And take away the fear
‘Cause somebody’s hurting
Not too far from here
 
Help me, Lord, not to turn away from pain
Help me not to rest, while those around me weep
Give me Your strength and compassion
When somebody finds, the road of life too steep
 
Somebody’s troubled and confused
Somebody’s got nothing left to lose
Not too far from here (Not too far)
Somebody’s forgotten how to trust
And somebody’s dying for love
Not too far from here (Not too far)
 
Now I’m letting down my guard
And I’m opening my heart
Help me speak Your love
To every needful ear
Someone is waiting
Not too far from here (Not too far)
 
Someone is waiting (Waiting)
Not too far from here
 

Reach out and help and support those around you, because everyone needs someone sometime.

Following on from yesterday’s blog post where I told you that I need Jesus  (in What do I need?), I want to consider just how much I need Christ.

In the past I have found myself almost forgetting about Christ, simply because life hasn’t gone my way. However after many months of struggling to cope, and finding myself in a really dark place, I came to realise that God was there for me, and Christ was guiding me to a better place.

You’ll probably think I’m daft when I say that if it hadn’t been for those really dark and lonely days, I would never have come to realise just how much I need Christ in my life, , but it’s true, I now completely believe that I need Christ by my side not just during times of great struggle, but every day.

I need Christ, you need Christ, we all need Christ.

I need food

I need water

I need clothing

I need shelter

I need employment

I need compassion

I need my family

I need friends

I need encouragement

I need understanding

I need forgiveness

I need love

But most of all I need Jesus

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose which either best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. On demand tv or satellite tv?
  2. Andre Agassi or Boris Becker?
  3. Blue or green?
  4. Lemonade or Sprite?
  5. Renault or Peugeot cars?
  6. Chicken or beef?
  7. Spaghetti bolognaise or spaghetti carbonara?
  8. Curly or straight hair?
  9. John Grisham or Patricia Cornwell?
  10. Strictly Come Dancing or Dancing On Ice?

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Satellite tv
  2. Andre Agassi
  3. Blue
  4. Lemonade
  5. Renault
  6. Chicken
  7. Spaghetti carbonara
  8. Straight hair
  9. Patricia Cornwell
  10. Strictly Come Dancing