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Why do we do the things we do
How can we sing when there seems no reason to
How do we smile when there’s not much to smile about
When the world is down who are we to stand and shout
They wonder why we do the things we do

These are questions I’ve often pondered. Questions which really only have one answer…

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. ~ John 3:16 (The message)

 

It’s all because of this
It’s all because of this
We’ve tasted love, tasted hope, tasted holiness

Pentecost is the festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks.

Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, as well as the start of the church’s mission in the world. And that is why we celebrate Pentecost today!

Act 2:1-4 and 17-21 (The Passion Translation)

On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!

God said, ‘This is what I will do in the last days—I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above and mighty miracles on the earth below. Blood and fire and pillars of clouds will appear. For the sun will be turned dar  and the moon blood-red before that great and awesome appearance of the day of the Lord. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

As we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit today, I challenge you to renew God’s presence in your life today.

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I’m part way through something, but have to stop working on it before I am able to finish it.

Because of Easter we have unfinished work that we must do for God. And because of Easter we have the power of God’s love to help us finish the work that Jesus started.

From cowardice defend us
From lethargy awake!
Forth on Thine errands send us
To labour for Thy sake

We go to all the world
With kingdom hope unfurled
No other name has power to save
But Jesus Christ The Lord

Easter weekend may now be over, and we’re all back at work, or school, but Easter isn’t really over. In fact because of Easter, our lives have only just begun!

Because of Easter we have been forgiven of every sin.

Because of Easter we know God loves us.

Because of Easter we don’t need to fear anything.

Because of Easter we know Christ is alive!

Because of Easter we now show our love for God by living for Him.

Because of Easter we now have the responsibility to go and share the goof news that Christ is alive, to those who don’t know Him.

I love a number of Easter songs, but there is one which I definitely consider to be my favourite. As I haven’t shared it with you this Easter, I thought I’d share it with you today.

Forever

Posted: April 22, 2019 in belief, cross, death, Easter, heaven, music, religion, words
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Forever by Kari Jobe

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

One final breath He gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome

There is no doubt in my mind that Christ is alive! Even though he was put to death at Calvary, he overcame death by rising again and then ascended to heaven to be with his Father, God.

Because of those events, we celebrate Easter every year, in the knowledge that Christ really have overcome the world by dying for us.

Victory!

Posted: April 21, 2019 in cross, death, Easter, music, religion, Salvation Army, words
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When we succeed at something, when we’re victorious, you want to shout about it don’t you? That’s why the name of this cornet solo, The Victory Cry, is such a great title given it features the wonderful words the song The Power of the Cross:

Christ overcome the world when he gave His life for us. He achieved victory over evil and sin. Let’s shout about that victory this Easter.

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us,
Took the blame, bore the wrath:
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face
Bearing the awesome weight of sin;
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees,
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
‘Finished!’ the victory cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Easter words

Posted: April 20, 2019 in belief, bible, cross, death, Easter, prayer, religion, words
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I’m sure over the years we’ve all heard lots of words to describe Easter. I’m not going to repeat any of these to you again today, but instead I’m going to tell you some words which describe what Easter means to me.

Rather than just randomly list of the few words that are meaning for me at Easter time, I thought I’d go with giving you a words for each letter in the words Easter. So here are words that are significant to me when it comes to Easter:

E = everyone

Easter isn’t just for those who believe in God. Jesus died for each of us, so Easter is for everyone, regardless of who or what they believe in.

A = alive

I’ve chosen the word ‘alive’, as I believe Christ is alive, and is living in me. I just pray I can be more like Christ each day to try to repay all he sacrificed for me at Calvary.

S = sin

Because of the cross, ours sins have been forgiven – And that means all our sins, not just some. So no matter what we’ve done in the past, we have been forgiven, because Christ paid for our sins.

T = tomb

One of the most significant images for me about Easter, is when Mary Magdalene discovered the stone had been removed from the entrance to Jesus’ tomb. Can you imagine how she must have felt, discovering that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb he had been laid in? The significance of the empty tomb becomes even greater when she realises that Jesus is actually alive – He’s risen from the dead! That for me is the reason I chose the word ‘tomb’, but maybe more specifically it should have been ’empty tomb’.

E = eternal life

We have been promised eternal life if we believe in God, because of Christ’s resurrection.

R = responsibility

Every Christian has a responsibility to make sure Christ didn’t die for nothing. We must do all we can to tell others that Christ died for each of them.

 

What words are significant to you about Easter? Would you use any of the same words as me?

Calvary

Posted: April 19, 2019 in belief, cross, death, Easter, finance, life, music, religion, words
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When a friend or family member pays a debt on your behalf, maybe even a relief that you don’t need to worry about a debt any more.

The same applies to us when we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour, because on that first Good Friday, Christ paid the ultimate price for our debts, death! Because of Calvary our debt to God has not only been paid, but has allowed us to be forgiven of our sins and promised eternal life with God.

Calvary has paid our debt, because Christ paid the ultimate price for us.

The Saviour alone carried the cross
For all of my debts, He paid the cost
Salvation complete now forever I’m free
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

No power on Earth
Not even the grave
Could separate us from mercy and grace
He is faithful to save, oh His blood never fails
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

No one but Jesus
Can make us pure as snow
We stand in Your freedom
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

For me

Posted: April 18, 2019 in blogging, cross, Easter, music, words
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Yesterday in Swapping Places I spoke about how, in life, we can often be asked to swapped places with someone else. However the most significant swap was when Jesus took our place on the cross, just so we could be forgiven of our sins.

Today I want to remind us all that Jesus took our place, for us! The following lyrics remind us of this so well

Those were my nails
That was my crown
That pierced Your hands and Your brow
Those were my thorns
Those were my scorns
Those were my tears that fell down
And just as You said it would be
You did it all for me
After You counted the cost
You took my shame, my blame
On my cross

Remember the true reason we celebrate Easter – Jesus died for me and for you. He gave everything for us.

Have you ever been asked to swap places with someone? I’m sure we’ve all been asked to swap places with someone at some time or another, even if it doesn’t actually involve physically changes places with the other person. For example:

  • During physical education at school, you get split up into teams, and sometimes the teacher can ask two people to swap teams.
  • At work, we can be asked to swap tasks with someone.
  • In a choir or band, the leader may ask two people to exchange the parts they are singing/playing.

Whatever the scenario or situation where two people are asked to swap places, the person in charge has always got a good result for it, maybe even the best interests of the people in mind.

Doesn’t this replicate what happened that first Easter, when Jesus took our place on the cross, just so we could be forgiven of our sins. So this Easter remember that God had our best interests at heart when Jesus took our place on the cross.