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I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Burglar
  2. Random
  3. Patrol
  4. District
  5. Rose
  6. Irn Bru
  7. Heater
  8. Book
  9. Shopping
  10. Punctuation

wordsSo how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Police
  2. Sweets
  3. Snow
  4. Area
  5. Red
  6. Original
  7. Winter
  8. Kindle
  9. Amazon
  10. Check

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

We live in a world where crime, intolerance and hatred seem to be all we hear about on the news. So we need some good news. The good news is that if we can tell the world about Jesus, we can once again live in a world where man loves his fellow-man.

Now, this is the goal: to live in harmony with one another and demonstrate affectionate love, sympathy, and kindness toward other believers. Let humility describe who you are as you dearly love one another. ~ 1 Peter 3:8 (The Passion Translation)

So let this be our goal, to share love, sympathy, and kindness, not just to other believers, but also to non-believers.

The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

I volunteer at San Quentin State Prison and spend many days there including my 50th birthday. At the time, I was working with a group of men on a radio project. We were being interviewed and the reporter asked us about the sounds of San Quentin. There was talk of alarms, sounds of the shower, voices out on the yard and then one of the men said, ‘But the best sound of all is …’ and they broke in to a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday. It was lovely and emotional and I knew at that moment I found the work I wanted to dedicate the second part of my life to. ~ Artist and podcast host Nigel Poor

Sometimes the most precious of gifts will come from the most unexpected of sources, as it did for this person. So always expect the unexpected, as these moments may be some of the most precious you will experience.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Bottle
  2. Bacon
  3. Peg
  4. Smart watch
  5. Soup
  6. Lyrics
  7. Basket
  8. Ripple
  9. Wheel
  10. Framewords

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Cough
  2. Eggs
  3. Clothes
  4. Blue
  5. Tomato
  6. Song
  7. Shopping
  8. Chocolate
  9. Car
  10. Crime

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

These days, when we look at this world, it can cause us to feel sad, depressed, shocked, maybe even terrified, because let’s be honest, there is a lot of bad, or evilness around these days.

Psalm 27:13 (NLT)
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

We need to be positive, God is here with us in they world, and with his help I believe, we can change this world from one where evil is to the fore, to one where love overcomes evil.

There are some things in life that are difficult, but loving those hurt us or our families physically or emotionally, is definitely one of the toughest.

While we can say we love those that hurt us, but if we don’t really mean it, our words are worthless.

So let your words be sincere, let you love flow freely, and good will overcome evil.

The world seems to be becoming a darker and more desperate place by the week. Not a week seems to go by without us hearing about a shooting, stabbing or an act of terrorism.

I wonder how this world has got into such an awful state, but then I remind myself that I know why – The world has forgotten or dismissed Jesus as not relevant anymore.

Because of the state the world is in just now, Jesus is in fact even more relevant that he ever was, because He is the hope this world needs.

The world needs Jesus, so let’s take the message of Jesus to the world, and show the world that there is hope.

Over the years there have been a number of high profile cases where though newer technology, they have been able to prove that someone who has been in prison for many years, is actually innocent of the crime they were imprisoned for.

I cannot comprehend what it must feel like for these people. People who have not committed the crime they were imprisoned for, but unjustly kept locked away from every day life, and away from their family and friends.

Now think about Jesus and the crime he was accused of, and the price he paid…

Jesus was innocent, but he died for you and me. We need to tell the world just what Christ sacrificed for each of us.

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.

Once again this week, we’ve seen many killed in America by someone who decided to use guns they owned to needlessly kill others.

No wonder we find ourselves asking again, “where is love?”

Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

With all that’s going on in the world it can be hard to believe sometimes that love can overcome evil. But if we believe in God, and believe in Jesus, we must believe God’s love can overcome the evil in this world.