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Alive

Posted: April 25, 2019 in music, life, religion, words, faith, belief
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Through the dark I hear Your voice
Rising up I will rejoice
For I was lost but now I’m found
‘Cause even death can’t hold You down
You are God, You’re the Great “I Am”
Breath of life I breathe You in
Even in the fire, I’m alive in You
You are strong in my brokenness
Sovereign over every step
Even in the fire, I’m alive
I’m alive in You

Christ is alive, but is he living in you?

Even when we go through really difficult times, it’s important that we still keep our faith in God. We we put our faith completely in God, we are alive in Christ, as Christ is living within us.

Be alive in Christ, and continue to help others put their faith in God, and find new life!

Now Easter is over, and we’ve celebrated Christ’s death and his resurrection, what’s next for those of us who believe that Christ is alive?

For us Easter is just the beginning, it’s the reason we now have a responsibility to tell others how much God loves them. So we must go out into our neighbourhoods and our communities and tell them how much God loves them and forgives them for all their sins.

If we do this, we can help others find true love in their life when they give their heart to God.

 

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.

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

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.

We often talk about love being the colour red. e.g. Love is like a red, red rose etc; we give red roses to show our love for others.

On the very first Easter when Christ was crucified, love has never been so red when His blood flowed freely for us.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. ~ 1 John 1:7 (NIV)

30 years ago today, the worst disaster in British sporting history happened during an FA Cup semi-final football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.

With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, so many families were affected by what happened that day. So many people left their homes to go and watch a football match, and never got to return home. It was a desperately sad day for everyone involved, and even for those of us who watch the TV as news of the terrible events unfolded.

Today, 30 years on, we remember not only the 96 people who lost their lives, but those who were injured and the families of all those who were caught up in the those awful events.

When I discovered that a band I’ve seen a number of times had written song specifically to remember this tragic event, I felt I had to share it with you. I not only remembers those who were killed but it’s also a great song.

So as you listen to The Christians sing Big Red Sky, remember those who were killed or injured at Hillsborough 30 years ago today.

 

Never alone

Posted: April 11, 2019 in depression, life, love, music, religion, stress, trust, words
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Have you noticed how some people in your life seems to go missing when you’re going through a difficult time? It’s true that you really do find out who your friends are when you’re struggling. So it is not a surprise that no matter what you’re going through, God stays with you always.

Even when you feel alone, scared or just struggling to face life, God is there with you, and will never leave you alone.

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear
I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

Have you ever looked back in your life, and wished you could relive a time in your life over again, but this time you’d say/act differently?

I have often thought about the person I used to be, and have often wished I could change the person I was into the person I am now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from perfect now, but I really don’t like the person I used to be.

Nicole Nordeman has a song called Dear Me, in which she sings about writing a letter to her younger self to help her younger self understand better the life they are leading. The main thing from this is, she finishes by saying, “But Jesus loves us, this I know, And there are no exceptions”.

So whatever stage of your life you’re in, never forget that Jesus loves you!

Dear Me by Nicole Nordeman

Dear Me
This is a letter to the girl I used to be
Dear Me
There are some things that you should know
It’s not my intention to embarrass or to shame you
What’s inside the rear-view mirror is closer than it appears
We do the best that we know how, with what we have been given
And the difference between you and I is, I’ve been given time
In time, you’ll seeDear Me
This is a letter to the girl I used to be
Some things are not as simple as we said
Remember when we thought there were a handful of some magic words to pray
A guarantee and a down payment on a mansion
Remember all the rules we made about the Body and the Blood
The hoops we made them jump through
Though He offers it to everyone
I’m so sorryDo you remember now the things I said I thought that I deserved
My flag, and safety, a place to learn
The things I know I didn’t earn
And bless their hearts, I’m sure it’s hard
But handouts don’t help anyone
And all the talk about the system
I sure hope someone can fix them
I said those things

Dear Me
This is a letter to the girl I used to be
You’ll see, you’re gonna take the long way
And there is nothing you could do or say to separate you
From the love of God who made you just exactly as He meant to
And you cannot imagine all the places you’ll see Jesus
But you’ll find Him everywhere you thought He wasn’t supposed to go
So, go!.. Go!..

And hold all the mothers, whose babies bleed from bullet holes
And feel all the hunger, the bellies and the bones
Shout for the prisoner, cry for justice, loud and long
And march with the victims, as Jesus marches on
And sit at all the tables, ’cause Jesus eats with everyone
And dance to the music, if you can’t sing its native tongue
And cry for the wombs, the mothers and the empty arms
And hold high the warriors, fighting now for freedoms’ song

And love, love, love, love
Like it’s your own blood
And love, love, love, love
As you have been loved
Love, love, love, love
Like it’s your own blood
Love, love, love, love
As you have been loved
Love, love, love, love, love
Like you have been
Love, love, love, love, love
It’s all about love!
Love, love, love, love, love
His name is love
Love, love, love, love, love

Dear Me
You did not learn this in a day or two or three
So ask a lot of questions
But Jesus loves us, this I know
And there are no exceptions

As I said in yesterday’s blog post, Why?, I talked about how we all have times when we question God. We question Him when we feel we face problem and problem, or when we feel we can’t face any further difficulties in our life.

I know if you wanted to you could wave your hand
Spare me this heartache and change your plan
And I know when he said that you could take my pain away
But even if you don’t I pray

But even when we’re struggling with difficult times in our life, I found putting them to one side, even just for a few minutes at a time, and offering help and support to others who are also struggling.

So when you feel you want relief from your troubles remember it does help you when you help others.

Help me want the healer more than the healing
Help me want the savior more than the saving
Help me want the giver more than the giving
Oh help me want you Jesus more than anything