Archive for February, 2018

Broken chains

Posted: February 28, 2018 in belief, grace, life, love, mercy, music, religion, words
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I was reminded at the weekend of a song that has always touched me:

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

Yes, because of Jesus, we have all been set free. Free from every sin, but also free so that we can receive God’s unquestioning love.

I know I don’t deserve His love, but still be loves me – unending love, amazing grace.

When you’re looking for a club or organisation to join, do you choose the one you want to join based on how nice the building or the furniture is?

Or do you choose based on the number of members and how well the club/organisation is meeting their needs?

Personally I’d rather choose based on how well the needs of the members are being met, how about you?

Does the same apply when it comes to church? Are our churches appealing to those in our community?

What will make our churches attractive and relevant to the community around us will not be our programmes, buildings or social media presence. Rather, it will be the quality of our relationships with God, with each other and with the people we encounter in the community. ~ Henrik Andersen

Is your church appealing to those in your community? If not, it’s time to make the changes necessary to help your church build quality relationships with God and with those in your community.

Accepted and welcomed

Posted: February 26, 2018 in blogging, church, life, quotes, religion
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Yesterday in A Divided World I asked whether your church is inclusive to all. Today I’m continuing that theme, as I want to suggest that the world needs a united church, where every church works together in God’s name, rather than ‘in-fighting’ and working against one another.

Everyone needs to feel loved, and what place better than a church to make all people feel welcome and loved. Is your church a place where people feel welcome and feel loved when they speak to anyone who goes there?

Violence seems to the norm in this world these days – Just in this last week we’ve heard of shootings not to far from away from us; hit and run incidents where two young kids were killed; 2 men are stabbed to death in London…to name but a few.

What has this world become?

Where does the church fit in in this violent world?

Is your church a peaceful place in this otherwise violent world?

Let’s make sure our church proclaims a message of reconciliation and understanding, without discrimination. Let’s make our church inclusive to all.

Charter for life

Posted: February 24, 2018 in life, olympics, sport
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I didn’t know what an olympic charter was, but found the following extract from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

Aren’t they great words? But are they really words believed and lived by everyone these days?

Sadly, when it comes to ‘without discrimination’ and with ‘fair play’, these definitely seem to be qualities that can often be missing in sport, and indeed in life in general.

Imagine a world where all the qualities listed in this charter were lived out in everyone’s lives, wouldn’t this world be a much happier and safer place?

Sport can be a catalyst to start friendships and understanding between people who otherwise may be intolerant to one another. So let’s live out this olympic charter in our lives, not just in sport, but in our everyday life.

Waterfall

Posted: February 23, 2018 in love, music, nature, religion, words
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When you think of a waterfall, what do you think of:

  • Water falling down a mountainside?
  • A never-ending stream of water falling down to a lower river?
  • Standing beside a waterfall get wet from the spray?
  • No matter what you do to try to stop the waterfall the water still finds a route downward

God’s love is a bit like a waterfall, as it falls down on us from above, and is unending. Even when we try to ignore God, or turn away from Him, He always finds a way to reach out to us.

So when you think of God’s love, think of it falling down onto you, just as water falls to the ground from a waterfall.

Single words have meaning, but don’t necessarily give context or clarity. However when we put words together and utter a prayer to God, that’s when words become more than words because of the power they then have.

When we pray, God hears more than we say, answers more than we ask, gives more than we imagine – in His own time and in His own way. ~ Nicky Gumbel

I don’t know about you, but I often find it difficult to put into words what I want to say, particularly when it comes to prayer. So isn’t it great that even when we can’t vocalise our prayers, God knows and understands what we are wanting to say.

No matter how many family and friends you have around you, there are still times in everyone’s life when you can feel so very alone.

Have you felt like you can’t be strong?

Have you felt like you can’t go on?

Well let me reassure you, you are never alone, God is always with you. Because even if you think he has deserted you, He hasn’t – You are not alone!

You’ll Never Be Alone by Anastacia

The world is changing
And time is spinning fast
It’s so amazing how you came into my life
I know it seems all hope is gone
I know you feel you can’t be strong
And once again the story ends with you and I
And anytime you feel like you just can’t go on
Just hold on to my love
And you’ll never be alone
Hold on
We can make it through the fire
And my love
I’m forever by your side
And you know
If you should ever call my name
I’ll be right there
You’ll never be alone
Hopeless to describe
The way I feel for you
No matter how I try
Words would never do
I looked into your eyes to find
As long as love is alive
There ain’t nothing we can’t make it through
Anytime, or only for a while
Don’t worry
Make a wish
I’ll be there to see you smile
Ooh
Hold on
We can

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

No matter what we face in this life, good or bad, God loves us.

No matter what we say or do, good or bad, God loves us.

Even in death, we are still never separated from God’s love.

I’m convinced God loves me, are you convinced He loves you?

When there’s something troubling us about our health, we go and see a doctor. When we have problems is our life, who do we ask for help?

I hope the answer to that question for you, is God.

We may have health issues or concerns in our life, but our doctors will try to help us as best they can. We may have problem sin our life, but God can help us through those times. In fact whether life is good or we are finding it difficult, God is with us.

So whatever life throws your way, make sure you turn to God because he can turn your life around.