Archive for August, 2019

Programmer #9

Posted: August 31, 2019 in computing, quotes, Technology
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Some more programming humour today.

 

Anyone who has ever written code will be able to relate to this I’m sure.

When we are in trouble or struggling with life, that’s when we are most in need of God. Sadly though, that is often the time when we’re most likely to think God has deserted us.

Why do we think during our most difficult times that God has deserted us when the rest of the time we fully believe God is always with us? Probably because we’re human, and during those times we’re most vulnerable, so the devil finds it easier to get into our lives and our minds.

Keep on believing in God, even through the difficult days.

Many seek peace in these times of turbulence and conflict in this world. If only they could see Jesus is the answer, as He alone can provide peace. It’s therefore up to those of us to believe in Christ, to tell the world about Christ and his love for everyone.

Yesterday in Celebrate! I encouraged you to celebrate your own life, because you alone know the challenges and difficulties you’ve had to go through to get to where you are now.

Today I want to suggest that having celebrated our own lives yesterday, we celebrate God today, as he was the one who gave us life. Not only did he give us live, he lives each moment of it with us. He guides and directs us, He forgives us and comforts us, and provides everything we need.

Thank you God for giving us life.

Thank you for sacrificing your only son.

Thank you for loving us unconditionally.

Thank you for forgiving us.

Thank you for being the one we can always rely on to help and guide us in every situation.

Help us to be who you made us to be.

Help us to praise you and to celebrate your love for us so that others will always see you in us.

Thank you God for everything.

When you look at others can you see all the challenges and problems they have had to endure in their life?

Look in the mirror at yourself…you may be able to see the worry or stress lines in your face that remind you of specific times/events that you’ve had to face in your life. You may have physical or emotional scars that you can see when you look in the mirror.

Remember, you and you alone know every challenge, every stress or struggle you have had to go through  in your life, and may still be going though. No-one can look at another person and possibly have any real understanding or knowledge of the life that person has led. That is why we should celebrate our lives, and what we’ve achieved, here’s why

There are those who always try want to be in the company of those with influence or power, possibly because they think they will benefit from that person.

There are those who will always make time to be with those who are need of some kind of support, and they will do so without a second thought for themselves.

Of those two types of people, who do you think are the richer?

The first type of person may rise through the ranks of employment/career and earn huge sums of money as they do so. However for me, I’d rather be the the second type of person, because aren’t they the kind of person you’d want to have if you ever find yourself in need of help or support from someone?

Let’s sit with the broken, and support the needy, as doing that is what Christ would do, and that’s what we should each be striving to do.

Perfect church

Posted: August 25, 2019 in church, faith, life, quotes, religion
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Is there such a thing as a perfect church?

I believe there is no such thing as a perfect church – Why? Well every one of us is imperfect, so how can a church be perfect as long as there are imperfect people attending it!

The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it. – Charles Spurgeon

There may be no such thing as a “perfect church”, but each of us can find a church where we feel “at home” and feel we can grow in our faith. I hope you’ve found your church “home” – If not I hope you find it soon – You will know when you’ve found it!

Programmer #8

Posted: August 24, 2019 in computing, quotes, Technology
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Some more programming humour today.

Anyone want to agree or dispute this?

When you look in the mirror, who or what do you see? A loving caring person your love or someone you hardly recognise that you’re not particularly fond of?

We all have feeling and opinions about others, as well as about ourselves. Sadly for many of us, we are more likely to be harder on ourselves, or less positive about ourselves, than we are about other people. Why is that, when we know ourselves much better than we know others?

I know for myself as a perfectionist, I do set my expectations of myself higher, because if I can’t meet my  targets/expectations, how can I expect others to?

I came across this quote recently, and it is a great reminder that we really shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves, but instead be positive about what we do achieve, just as we would (or should do) with other’s achievements.

I was listening again to the the song We Believe by Newsboys, and one phrase in the song really stuck with me this time

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing

It got me thinking about my faith, and the reason I attend church. In the Salvation Army we can at times put a lot of our focus on our musical sections (both our junior and adult bands and choirs). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as our musical sections can most definitely make a huge contribution to our worship through their music.

I personally find the music provided by our musical sections, as well as the congregational songs used in  worship often bring me closer to God, and being able to be part of that music making is a great privilege for me, as I believe this how God wants me to contribute to worship.

What the words of this Newsboys song reminded me was that I must never let the music or music making be the reason I worship. Worship must be first and foremost about praising God and learning more about Him. Yes, we can praise God through our music making, but that should not be the main reason we go to church. Our faith must definitely be more than anthems, more than the music.