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Ever felt as if you don’t really belong? It can’t be a nice feeling when you’ve not got any close friends; no-one looks out for you; and then when you’re ‘missing’ no-one even notices. This can happen in any aspect of someone’s life; at school, in their job, social club, sports club, and even at church.

The sad part of that is definitely when people feel alone when at their own church, as isn’t church a place where you should definitely not feel like an outsider!

There are no outsiders to God, because he loves every regardless of your background, or what they have done.

There are no outsiders to Your love
We are all welcome, there’s grace enough
When I have wandered Lord, your cross is the open door
There are no outsiders
I’m not an outsider to Your love

So don’t ever feel like you’re on your own, or on the outside, because God loves you.

Easter tale

Posted: April 1, 2018 in church, cross, death, disciple, Easter, life, love, music, religion, words
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Easter morning! Celebrate His name!

Easter Morning! Jesus lives again!

Early one Sunday morning women of Galilee went to the tomb where Jesus lay.

When they arrived there they all found to their horror that the stone at the entrance had been rolled away.

Bravely they looked inside to look for His broken body only to find it was no longer there.

Frantic, they looked around to see why the tomb was empty, frightened and driven by despair, by despair!

Where is Jesus? Where’s his body gone?

What has happened? What is going on?

All of a sudden there were angels from Heaven they were asking the women what was wrong.

Why are you searching for the body of Jesus ? Can’t you see? He is risen, He is gone.

Don’t you remember that He said this would happen, that He soon would be risen from the dead?

This is His resurrection, just as He always promised, all this is just as Jesus said, as He said.

Easter morning! Celebrate His name!

Easter Morning! Jesus lives again!

Joyful, the women ran to tell the disciples that their Saviour was living once again.

Such was His power, even death could not hold Him, they all knew life would never be the same.

Jesus had triumphed, He would now live forever, “Jesus Lives!’ was the women’s joyful cry.

This was the message of that first Easter morning, that because of our Lord we’d never die, never die!

He is risen! Celebrate His name!

He is risen! Jesus lives again!

Jesus lives again!

Did you know today is the start Holy Week?

Holy week is the week leading up to Easter. It starts the Sunday before Easter, called Palm Sunday. It is the week when Christians remember the last week of Jesus’ life.

Palm Sunday is the day we remember Christ assuming into Jerusalem.

In John 12:12-13 (NLT) we read:

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LordHail to the King of Israel!”

While this sounds like everyone was a huge supporter of Jesus, the sad thing was that later in that same week many of the same people who were in the crowd who welcomes Christ into Jerusalem, were the same ones who shouted that Jesus should be executed.

That’s why today in many churches we will have been asked to think about the strength of our own faith. We may have been asked to remember times when we have been unfaithful to Christ, or have been hypocritical by claiming we follow Christ.

So today is a day to be honest. As we celebrate the arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, let us promise to be honest with ourselves and with Christ, by being faithful to Him from now on.

I was involved in a conversation a few weeks ago, where a number of us were talking about our own churches. As the conversation continued it became apparent that a couple of the people involved in the conversation were far from happy with their church leader (i.e. their church minister/pastor/officer/priest).

While this conversation was going on, I didn’t say much, as I was trying to remember a quote which sums up what we should do when we’re unhappy with our church leader – Well I remembered it, and when I shared it with the group, the conversation came to a sudden stop. Here’s the quote I shared:

 

If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has. – Robert E. Harris

I think sometimes we can forget that our leaders are human, just like us; they have their own faults and failings, just like us; and they have their own strengths and weakness, just like us.

So whenever you’re disappointed or unhappy with how someone is leading your church, do the best thing you can for them, pray!

When you’re looking for a club or organisation to join, do you choose the one you want to join based on how nice the building or the furniture is?

Or do you choose based on the number of members and how well the club/organisation is meeting their needs?

Personally I’d rather choose based on how well the needs of the members are being met, how about you?

Does the same apply when it comes to church? Are our churches appealing to those in our community?

What will make our churches attractive and relevant to the community around us will not be our programmes, buildings or social media presence. Rather, it will be the quality of our relationships with God, with each other and with the people we encounter in the community. ~ Henrik Andersen

Is your church appealing to those in your community? If not, it’s time to make the changes necessary to help your church build quality relationships with God and with those in your community.

Accepted and welcomed

Posted: February 26, 2018 in blogging, church, life, quotes, religion
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Yesterday in A Divided World I asked whether your church is inclusive to all. Today I’m continuing that theme, as I want to suggest that the world needs a united church, where every church works together in God’s name, rather than ‘in-fighting’ and working against one another.

Everyone needs to feel loved, and what place better than a church to make all people feel welcome and loved. Is your church a place where people feel welcome and feel loved when they speak to anyone who goes there?

Violence seems to the norm in this world these days – Just in this last week we’ve heard of shootings not to far from away from us; hit and run incidents where two young kids were killed; 2 men are stabbed to death in London…to name but a few.

What has this world become?

Where does the church fit in in this violent world?

Is your church a peaceful place in this otherwise violent world?

Let’s make sure our church proclaims a message of reconciliation and understanding, without discrimination. Let’s make our church inclusive to all.

Where are we?

Posted: February 7, 2018 in church, life, prayer, quotes, religion
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Church

Do you consider it is a place? A place you go to maybe one, two, three times a week.

Or, is it what defines who you are, because of the way you live?

I pray that as we attend church on a weekly basis, we do not just attend church, but we live it 24/7. Because church isn’t just about what we do or where we go on a Sunday – It’s about how we lead our lives every hour of every day.

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?

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, but as you’ll see from the title this is another Christmas word association today. It may be a Christmas edition word association, but it’s the same format, so 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. wordsTV advert
  2. Christmas shopping
  3. Bells
  4. Carol service
  5. Pudding
  6. Shepherd
  7. Star
  8. Christmas dinner
  9. Work
  10. Christmas cards

 

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. John Lewis
  2. Queues
  3. Watchnight service
  4. Nativity
  5. Snow bombe
  6. Lost
  7. Bright
  8. Marks and spencers
  9. Holidays!
  10. Stamps

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

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!