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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.

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)

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

Heaven can heal

Posted: March 29, 2019 in depression, faith, heaven, life, love, music, quotes, stress
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Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

Aren’t these reassuring words? – “Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal”.

So no matter how much sorrow we have to endure, or how much pain physical or emotional pain we have to go through, God can, and will heal us. But how do we do that?

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

So even if you feel broken, or you turned away from God many years ago, God still wants you to come to Him because He still loves you. Come to Him now, just as you are, and leave your pain and hurt with Him.

What does God deserve from us? Our time when we’ve nothing else to do; Our heart or just the bit of us we think we can spare?

That’s not what God wants or even what He deserves from us. He deserves every part of our life, every problem, every feeling, every thought, all there is of us.

When we call out to someone, you hope they hear you and respond as quickly as they can. When we call out to God, He will respond to us before we even utter a sound, because He knows what we need even before we know we’re in trouble.
Maybe that’s why in the Jesus Culture song Fierce, they describe God’s love for us as being
Like a tidal wave
Crashing over me
Rushing in to meet me here
Your love is fierce
Like a hurricane
That I can’t escape
Tearing through the atmosphere
Your love is fierce
God’s love is fierce. He loves us, and cares about what we do. He doesn’t want you to turn away from Him, so he will fight fiercely for us.
God will never let you down, even through the fiercest of storms, so trust Him.

Come alive

Posted: March 21, 2019 in belief, hope, life, love, music, religion, stress, trust, words
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How do we get this world back on track with God at the centre of everyone’s lives?

As I watch the world being held captive by dreams
That will never be fulfilled in this life,
Chasing the darkness and everything that surrounds
All the emptiness buried inside,
Well I won’t stop showing this hope that is holding
The passion so deep in my heart,
To tell all the world of Your love and affection
And the plan that You’ve had from the start,
So I will continue to fight

‘Til the world comes alive
‘Til the world comes alive
Cause You have restored us
And You have redeemed us
And we have been given new life
Cause You are alive

There is a freedom that begins by receiving
The forgiveness that cleanses us all
All the broken and bleeding just start by believing
His love has conquered death’s call.
So I will continue to fight

‘Til the world comes alive
‘Til the world comes alive
Cause You have restored us
And You have redeemed us
And we have been given new life
Cause You are alive

I walk out on the battlefield
See that all the pain is real
Be the hands that stop the bleeding
Seeing all these wounded souls
All they really need is hope
I’ll show Your great love is healing

‘Til the world comes alive

‘Til the world comes alive
‘Til the world comes alive
Cause You have restored us
And You have redeemed us
And we have been given new life
Cause You are alive
And You are alive
You are alive
You are alive

As I watch the world being held captive by dreams
That will never be fulfilled in this life

Are you ready to help wake up the world? Are you ready to give this world hope by telling the how much God loves every person?

Go on, take responsibility and wake up this world to God!

 

Come alive by Jeremy Camp

 

The difficult times come, praising God can feel like the last thing you want to do. However if we don’t trust God through the difficult times, can we be sure we can survive the storm?

Life storms often come one after another making feel more and more like they will never end. When that happens that is often a time of great challenge, and questioning God why he’s let this happen to us, and even why he’s not stopping this from happening.

Without going through storms, would our faith ever truly be tested or challenged? In turn could we ever be sure our faith is secure enough to survive a storm?

Storms whether weather or life related are not the nicest thing to go through, however whenever I doubt whether I can get through a storm, I remind myself that a few years ago I believed there was no point in carrying on, but I survived and I now realised that even in those darkest of days, God was with me, he hadn’t deserted me, as I thought he had. God never gave up on me, even when I felt like I’d given up on myself and on him.

So even when you seem to be facing never-ending storms in life, don’t give up, just keep on believing, because God is with you, and will get you through those days.

Praise You In This StormThunderstorms

I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say, “Amen” and it’s still raining

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls I’ll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry, You raised me up again
But my strength is almost gone
How can I carry on if I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as You mercy falls I’ll raise my hands
And praise the God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands
For You are who You are no matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand
You never left my side and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm