Archive for May, 2017

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. Is your public persona different from your private one?
  2. Are you afraid for the future?
  3. What is your biggest fear?
  4. Have you ever done something you really regret?
  5. If you could change one thing in your life right now, what would it be?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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In these days when it seems darkness is taking over the world, there is still hope, because God is still here. And with His help, we can get God’s love shining strongly throughout the world.

Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good ~ Romans 12:21 (The Message)

 

Do you think there will ever be a time again when we can feel safe and secure in this world? Sadly I’m not sure there will ever be.

All we hear about these days is physical or emotional violence against someone or something all around the world. Are we living in the beginning of ‘end times’?

The bible tells us of many signs of end times, and the persecution of Christians around the world, is just one such sign. Personally it scares me that we may be living in end times, but at the same time it’s also quite exciting. Exciting because I believe Jesus is coming again, and that means He will judge each of us based on how we’ve lived our lives.

So at the end of time, if Jesus will judge each of us, isn’t it the case that we don’t have to judge any of our fellow human beings, no matter how what they may have done in their life.

 

It’s down to us as Christians to remind the world that Jesus loves all of us unconditionally, and spread his message of love and hope. God wants us to live in peace so let us each show love, compassion and mercy to everyone.

Ever since I fist heard the news on Monday night of the terrorist attack in Manchester, I’ve found the words of the following song by Major Joy Webb going through my mind every day:

Come into our world, come into our world.

All around us, seemingly, darkness holds its sway;
Truth and love are faltering, peace in disarray;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Come into our world,
Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus.
Come into our world, come into our world.

People sit in loneliness, children cry for bread;
Men fight men in hatred, by suspicion led;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Come into our world,
Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus.
Come into our world, come into our world.

Faced with such confusion, hope has slipped away;
Men have stopped believing, forgotten how to pray;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Come into our world,
Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus.
Come into our world,
Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus, come.

The world seems to have forgotten about God, and what He can do for us, and our world. We seem to be facing increasingly dark times, as day and day we hear news of man killing or maiming other human beings  because they don’t believe in the same things, or hold the same values as them.

All around us, seemingly, darkness holds its sway;
Truth and love are faltering, peace in disarray;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Now, more than ever, this world of ours need God. And now more than ever God needs us to tell the world about Him. Let’s all help Jesus come into our world today, by pledging to tell the world about God, and reminding them how to pray.

Faced with such confusion, hope has slipped away;
Men have stopped believing, forgotten how to pray;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus, come.

That moment when you’ve gone out somewhere, look down at your feet and realised, you’ve got two different shoes on!

Have you ever done that? I have! A number of years ago I went to work with two different shoes on – I only realised as I was getting out my car after I parked the car at work. The stupidest thing about it was they were different colours, different styles and had different sizes of heels, so how on earth did I not notice they were different when I put them on! I remember I felt so stupid and immediate jumped straight back into the car, imagining ‘everyone’ had noticed.

Needless to say I don’t think anyone actually noticed even although there were a few others around, getting out their cars and heading into the nearby offices. Of course me being me, I couldn’t possibly go into the office with two different shoes on could I?

Well you’re right, I didn’t go into the office with two different shoes on…but what did I do? Well I realised I had a pair of old tatty shoes in the boot of my car, which I’d taken out the office a number of weeks beforehand. The choice was two different shoes, or a pair of tatty worn shoes…I went for the tatty old shoes as at least they were a matching pair!

 

Have you ever gone out anywhere wearing different shoes? If so when did you realise and what did you do?

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before they run our completely!

You can do this by making reassuring yourself that God is always with you:

Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you (Acts 18:9-10 NIV)

I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20 NLT)

 

Understanding

Posted: May 25, 2017 in bible, books, life, music, religion, words
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Do you read the bible?

Do you understand what the bible is teaching you?

There’s no point reading the bible like we would read a book, because the bible isn’t just about the words on the page, it’s about the message we can receive from God through the bible.

When we’re asked a question, we can often give elaborate answers which really tell the questioner nothing. So for the following questions I’m looking for single word answers only :

  1. When was the last time you encouraged someone?
  2. When was the last time someone encouraged you?
  3. Are you in need a hug from a friend?
  4. Are you growing in your Christian experience?
  5. Are you where God wants you to be?

Whatever your answers, did you answer honestly or did you give the answers you think you should be giving?

If you didn’t answer honestly, can I suggest you try again, but this time be honest with yourself, because if you are, you might get an insight into the ares of your life you need to change.

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Safe and secure

Posted: May 23, 2017 in life, music, quotes, religion, Security
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We all want to feel safe and know that both we and our belonging are secure. However no number of locks and bolts will ever make us feel truly safe until we put your lives completely in God’s hands.

Secure

Posted: May 22, 2017 in bible, cross, life, quotes, religion
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We hear a lot about safety and security these days, is do you have a place where no matter what, you feel safe and secure?

There is one place where everyone can find security: