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Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ~ Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

How can we expect other sot come to God, if they don’t see God in our actions?

People who don’t know God, don’t see us in church, they see how we act and talk outside of church, in our everyday lives. Our words and actions should be the same whether we are in church or not, but sadly for many they are like two different people.

I pray today that my life will be a reflection of Christ, regardless of whether I’m at church or elsewhere.

If you’ve ever felt as if your life feels hopeless and you feel all alone, you’ll understand just how low life can feel at times. I’ve been there, and I felt so isolated, so alone – It felt like everyone else’s lives were going so well, and that I wasn’t part of anyone’s plans, no-one seemed to care how I felt.

It felt as if even God had deserted me as I couldn’t pray, and found God wasn’t fixing everything the way I wanted. The reality was, it was me who deserted God because I stopped praying, I stopped believing God was there or even cared about me. How wrong was I!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Even although I knew this verse in the bible, and I believed in God, I doubted God at a time when I needed Him most. The good news is, even when we desert God, He never deserts us!

And I’ve been down the other road
Where fear and doubt
They take control
And I won’t go there anymore

I got through that time of feeling hopeless, and I believe I got through it because God was with me. Yes, I suffered, yes I was scared, but God was with me. Somewhere deep inside me my faith kept me going even when I didn’t realise it. Without my faith, without God who knows how my life would have turned out when I hit rock bottom.

Without God there is no hope, but with Him we have the promise of eternal life!

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?

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)

Today is known as Palm Sunday. It’s a day Christians around the world celebrate as we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, one week before he was crucified.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem that day on a donkey – in those days a donkey was a symbol of peace. Crowds paved his way with palm branches – in those days this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph!

Mark 11:7-11 (The Living Bible)

So the colt was brought to Jesus, and the disciples threw their cloaks across its back for him to ride on. Then many in the crowd spread out their coats along the road before him, while others threw down leafy branches from the fields.

He was in the centre of the procession with crowds ahead and behind, and all of them shouting, “Hail to the King! Praise God for him who comes in the name of the Lord!” . . .  “Praise God for the return of our father David’s kingdom. . . . ” “Hail to the King of the universe!”

And so he entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a time a reflection and celebration, which we call Holy Week. It follows Christ’s journey from his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, to his crucifixion on the cross. Holy week runs from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday.

Why?

Posted: April 7, 2019 in belief, bible, depression, faith, life, music, religion, stress, words
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How many times have you asked, “Why do these things have to happen?”

You’re not the first person, not will you be the last one to ask those questions of God.

Habakkuk 1:2-4 (Good News Translation)

O Lord, how long must I call for help before you listen, before you save us from violence? Why do you make me see such trouble? How can you stand to look on such wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are all around me, and there is fighting and quarrelling everywhere. The law is weak and useless, and justice is never done. Evil people get the better of the righteous, and so justice is perverted.

The world can be a terrible place at times, but the don’t blame that on God, it’s man who has the free will to do whatever he wants, and it’s those acts/actions that make this world a terrible place.

Giving your life to God, doesn’t mean you become immune to bad things happening to you. Instead it means that when you go through tough times, God will be your strength and guide to get you through those difficult times.

Another day at a time

Posted: April 4, 2019 in bible, faith, life, music, quotes, religion
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Yesterday I talked about living one day at a time, but here’s a thought for you – God is the one who determines how many days we have on this earth, but he gives us one day at a time. So if he only gives us one day at a time, that must mean as of now, today is all we have!

So we only have today, because yesterday is long gone, and tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us, only God knows.

How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? the apostle James asked. For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog — now you see it; soon it is gone.— James 4:14 TLB

How many people do you know who would accept you just as you are?

How many people do you know who you would accept just as they are?

There is of course one person who accepts each of us, just as we are. In fact He encourages us to come, just as we are. It is of course God.

In the bible we read how Jesus encouraged everyone to come to him, with all their problems and worries:

Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. ~ Matthew 11:28 (The Passion Translation)

Jesus encourage everyone to come to him because he could provide the nourishment and help we each need. Who else can do that! Therefore no matter what your need, or what problems you face, come to God, because He can and will help you.

Do you stand up for what you believe in or do you keep quiet to keep the peace?

When we believe in God, we must stand up for Him and stand up against wrong.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. ~ Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)

When we are see or hear things which are wrong, we have the best person supporting us to help us stand up for what is right. As these verses from Ephesians remind us, God will help us to stand against all that is wrong or evil. All we have to do is put our full trust in Him., and He will shield us and guide us through life.

When we’re young, I’m we all were read stories by our parents at bedtime. When we go to school, we’re given stories to read ourselves and encouraged to read more stories ourselves.

I love reading, I always have, I think it was the fictional stories I was told or read that really caught my imagination and made me want to read more.

Were you inspired by the stories you read as youngster? Did you ever think you could write a bestseller or maybe I should ask did you ever wish you could write a bestseller?

I said the stories I read as  youngster, were fictional stories, and they are still my favourite – I like crime/detective stories best.

But stories don’t have to be fictional to be best sellers. In fact the best-selling books ever was not fictional, the bible! You may find some lists of best sellers do not include the bible, which I don’t understand, as if it’s not a book what is it!

Stories of love, hatred, instructions for life, adversity, parenting, deceit, war, life lessons, miracles…you name it, the bible has a story about it! So if you’ve never read the best-selling book of all time (or even if you have), why not start reading it today. Don’t be put of by the language in the bible, as many of the versions that are now available read just as stories, so you’d never realise you were even reading the bible if it wasn’t for all bible characters being mentioned!