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The most meaningful presents we receive might not come wrapped in shiny paper or frilly ribbons. They are often the ones that lift your spirit, brighten your day or trigger your imagination.

I’ve been curious what others consider to be their ‘best gift’ so have been looking at other people’s stories about their ‘best gifts’, so here’s one I want to share with you.

Sometimes a gift may be a just what we always wanted.

Sometimes that always wanted gift will be the only always wanted gift you’ll ever receive, so cherish it and keep that memory special.

As I lay in bed the other night a John Gowans and John Larsson chorus which I don’t think I have heard for a while, came into my mind:

We’re all seeking the same Saviour,
We’re all seeking the self-same Lord.
We’re all claiming the same cleansing,
We’re all finding our peace restored.

I’m sure we’ve all come across churches where it can seem as if everyone pulling in different directions with different aims and objectives. When that happens, those within the church are definitely not serving the same God. I will go further than that and say that if they are not seeking and serving the same God, are they even serving God at all?

We’re only human, so disagreements are natural, but when they happen in our church we really should know better shouldn’t we?

So I leave you with this, is everyone in your church seeking the same Saviour and serving the self-same Lord? If the answer to that is ‘No’, it’s time to put past disagreements and difference behind you, dismantle those cliques and let your church become an inclusive place where everyone and anyone can come and feel welcome and without fear of judgement or exclusion. Because if we’re all serving the self-same Lord, isn’t that what He would expect of us?

I saw this shared by a friend on Facebook, and as well as making me laugh, it got me thinking – I come back to my thoughts, but first here’s the picture that was shared:

So after having a bit of a laugh at this photo, it struck me that these days we all tend to be permanently attached to our mobile devices – phones, tablets, laptops etc – so do we ever turn them off so that we can actually give God our full attention?

We must take a time-out from our mobile phones/tablets etc just to have quality time with God, otherwise we will never truly hear what he has to say to us. Likewise we can only ever give God our all, if we actually give Him our full attention, without any distractions from notifications or messages on our mobile devices.

O love

Posted: July 31, 2018 in belief, church, life, love, music, religion, words
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This video was shared at our morning worship last week. The words of ‘O love that will not let me go’  to the tune of St Margaret have been special for me for some time. However I found that those same words in this new setting also really moved me.

So here’s O Love by Elaine Hagenberg, I how it touches you and reminds you that God’s love is with us always, no matter what we do. I have given my life to God, have you?

Did you go to church this morning?

Did you go out of habit or because you actually wanted to be there, because you wanted to praise and worship God?

You may have had a great time at church this morning, been blessed and maybe challenged on how you life your life. But now that you have left the church, are you still living your life to the same values/standards?

Those who don’t go to church or don’t believe in God, only see God by how we live our lives. So while it’s great that you go to church, let your life outside of church reflect all you learn and hear while you’re at church.

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.