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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. Breakfast
  2. Relationship
  3. Plant
  4. Box
  5. Slipper
  6. Box
  7. Vinyl
  8. Teapot
  9. Condemn
  10. Graphitewords

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. Cereal
  2. Friend
  3. Seed
  4. Delivery
  5. Winter
  6. Tick tock
  7. 78
  8. Yorkshire
  9. Fire
  10. Racket

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!

I spent a bit of time recently thinking about how I’ve got to where I am – Not in a work or career sense, but from a personal perspective.

I’m sure, like everyone else, there have certain individuals who have influenced you, taught you and directed you through your younger days. There will have been those who have encouraged you, looked out for you, become your confidants, and just generally been there for you whenever you’ve needed to talk.

There have been people in my life too you I put into each of those categories. Between them, they are the one who have helped make me the person I am today. However, I hope and pray that it is those who taught about God and the bible from an early age, who have influenced me most. Without their Christian influence on me I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today. Without Christ in my life I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I therefore give thanks to God for all those who have taught me or influenced me along my Christian journey.

Who we are today is a direct result of those we spend time with, and those we trust and believe. My belief and trust is in God. How about you, are you trusting and believing in the right people?

Is there someone you know who needs a miracle?

Miracles can still happen, we simply have to believe and trust the one person who can provide a miracle, God!

All that you need is a miracle,
And all that you need can be yours,
All that you need is available
The moment you turn to the Lord.

Turn to God today, and believe!

Then many of the Jewish leaders who heard him say these things began believing him to be the Messiah. Jesus said to them, “You are truly my disciples if you live as I tell you to, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:31-32 TLB

This was the bible verses listed as ‘Verse of the day’ on BibleGateway.com on Monday of this week. So why am I telling you this? On Sunday at our corps (church) it was our Vision and Commitment Sunday. During which we were asked to make a new commitment to be God’s disciple, and Monday’s verse of the day fitted perfectly with the discipleship promise we made on Sunday:

N.B. Although the photo above shows I’ve not signed my commitment, I have signed a copy of this commitment.

I made a public commitment to serve God all life a number of years ago, when I was commissioned as a senior soldier at Rutherglen Salvation Army. During that service, the singing company (junior choir) sang a song which I choose as it was special to me, Lord, Thou Art Questioning.

I’ve committed to be God’s disciple every day and in all I do, have you?

Here’s a beautiful band arrangement of that song. I’ve listed the words of the song below also so you can follow them.

Lord, thou art questioning: Lovest thou me?

Yea, Lord, thou knowest, my answer must be;

But since love’s value is proved by love’s test,

Jesus, I’ll give thee the dearest and best.

Chorus

All in my heart, Lord, thou canst read;

Master, thou knowest I love thee indeed.

Ask what thou wilt my devotion to test,

I will surrender the dearest and best.

How couldst thou smile on me if, in my heart,

I were unwilling from treasures to part?

Since my redemption cost thee such a price,

Utmost surrender alone will suffice.

Down at thy feet all my fears I let go,

Back on thy strength all my weakness I throw;

Lord, in my life thou shalt have thine own way,

Speak but the word, and thy child will obey.

It can be hard to believe in someone or something when they have done nothing to warrant your trust or your belief in them.

That’s why we have no reason not to believe in God, because He has shown us how must be love us and cares for us. Even today when we’re struggling and don’t know where to turn, He has promised to always be there for us

When the world is on our shoulders
And we need a hand to hold us
When no miracle is found still believe
When the sea of night surrounds us
And all questions try to drown us
Just believe, Just believe in help from heaven
Help from heaven

God is our help from heaven, so believe in Him

 

Where is God in your list of priorities?

Is he up there with your family and friends, or is he an after-thought that you just consider when you’re not busy, or at your wit’s end?

You are the author of love
Our freedom is in your name
Embracing the cross meant for us
And bought us to life again

God gave us life, he loves us unconditionally, he sacrificed His Son for us – doesn’t He deserve to be to high on your priority list? I’d suggest he deserves to be top of your priority list, as you are top of his!

The First and the Last

You are the first and the last
Beginning and the end
The promise of wonders to come
The future is in your hands
Caught in the light
With all the earth we will sing

You are the author of love
Our freedom is in your name
Embracing the cross meant for us
And bought us to life again
Caught in the love
With all we are let us sing

God our hope
And our salvation
Worthy of all the praise
Be our light everlasting
Great is your name
Jesus the first and the last

Show us the way of your love
Lead us toward the truth
Stir up the fire in us
To live out this life for you
Caught in your name
Jesus forever we’ll sing

Every heart
Every nation will hear the sound
As your light breaks through the darkness
And your name rings out
Every distant horizon will meet as one
Singing holy is your name
We sing holy is your name

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose either the option that best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Curtains or blinds
  2. Fitbit or smartwatch
  3. Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk
  4. Straight hair or curls
  5. Visa or Mastercard
  6. Fleece or sweatshirt
  7. Yellow, rose or white gold
  8. First name or nickname
  9. Windows or iOS
  10. Hairdresser or barber

 

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Curtains
  2. Smartwatch
  3. Semi-skimmed milk
  4. Straight hair
  5. Mastercard
  6. Fleece
  7. White gold
  8. First name
  9. iOS
  10. Hairdresser

I really should have shared this song by Rend Collective earlier this year, as the song is set to the tune Auld Lang Syne.

For all that You have done, for us
For every battle won
We’ll raise a song to bless Your heart
For all that You have done
But will we? We can often take God and all he does for us for granted, so today let’s take this opportunity to thank God for all he has done for us…and for all he continues to do for us.
In unity we’ll stand as one
As family we’ll go
Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand
Into the great unknown
When we remember God is with us, we can do anything, and that means everything God wants us to do is achievable, we just need to stand together with Him and other believers and we will achieve our goals.

Ever had a day when you seem need to be reminded that no matter what comes your way, God is there for you. Some days it can feel like every worry, every stress is foremost in your mind and no matter what you do, you just can’t shake those feelings which bring darkness to your life.

When days like these come, just remember you are in God’s hands, and whatever the future holds, He is there with you.

Whatever Comes by Rend Collective 

Lord, whatever comes
Make me steadfast, make me rooted
A cedar planted firm, deeply grounded in Your goodness
Whatever comes

Lord, whatever comes
Be my bedrock, keep me steady
Loyal to Your throne, whatever stands against me
Whatever comes
 
Be my bravery when I am trembling
Be my courage when my heart is caving in
Be the fireside when I am wandering
Be my Father, whatever comes
 
Lord, whatever comes
Be my soul, be strong as iron
Bending only when, when I kneel before the “I Am”
Whatever comes
 
Be my bravery when I am trembling
Be my courage when my heart is caving in
Be the fireside when I am wandering
Be my Father, whatever comes

 

On Monday we celebrated the birth of Jesus. That was such great news over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, but is it still good news today in 2017?

Most of us will have celebrated Christmas is some way over these last few weeks, whether it was spending Christmas Day with your family, going out to an office party, giving or receiving gifts, carolling or attending a church carol service, going for lunch with your work colleagues. But on Christmas Day, did you take some time to celebrate the good news that Christ is alive?

Good news, great joy for all
Melody breaks through the silence
Christ, the Saviour is born!