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Easter weekend and the associated celebrations are over, so does that mean Easter is over, we can stop celebrating Christ until Christmas comes round again?

We definitely should not stop celebrating Christ just because Easter is over. After all Christ paid for our sins by giving his life, so how can we ever repay him? We will never manage to repay him for giving himself for us, but we can everything Easter is really about is just as true today and everyday, as it was during the celebrations.

 

Seeking solace in his downturned eyes,
such agonising pain betraying,
Hiding heartache through their stifled cries,
with wordless weeping, silent praying,
Beneath the bloodied,
wretched wraith,
faithful friends,
constrained or driven,
keep their vigil,
hold hard to faith,
and hear his whispered word:
Forgiven
by Stephen Pearson

Christ thought of us as he gave his life for us, so let’s make sure we think of him each and every day of the year. Let’s think of others who don’t know Him, and bring them to Him.

If ever we need a reminder that God has promised to love us always, we can find it in Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

The question is, are you repaying God’s faith in you by loving Him?

Have faith

Posted: February 8, 2017 in faith, Health, life, quotes, Relationships, religion
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How strong is your faith?

Whatever and whoever we face in life, God will be there to help you through.

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Have faith!

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What better words to start of the new year than these from Joyce Meyer:

God wants you to break free from your past and set your face toward your future with hope, courage, and expectation. And the best way I know to never give up on your future is to refuse to be trapped in your past.

We all have said and done things which we’re not proud of, and wish we could take back, but fortunately when it comes to God, He willingly forgives us, and wants us to look forward rather than back.

So at the start of this new year, no matter what previous years brought your way, look forward to 2017 and beyond with hope and expectation knowing that with your faith in God you can break free from your past.

There one particular song that we sing at Christmas that has always intrigued me, both why it was written and also what it’s really about, and that’s The Twelve Days of Christmas.

I know the Twelve Days of Christmas start with Christmas Day and end with the eve of Epiphany on January 5th, but what do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

So I did a bit of digging around and found the following detailed meaning of this song:

 

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.12 Days of Christmas Carol

The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So hopefully this has been helpful to you, and helped you learn something today.

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Right living

Posted: December 1, 2016 in bible, faith, grace, life, music, religion
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Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Faith is not about right thinking it is actually about right living. To put our faith fully in God, we must not just know what is right, we must also act or live in the right ay, the way God directs us to.

Are you living your life right?

The key

Posted: November 30, 2016 in belief, faith, life, love, quotes, religion
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The world is in need of God, so God needs us to tell the world of His love. Do you believe that we can win the world for God?

Of course we can, however we must have faith to achieve the victory!

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Romans 8:18

The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare the to joy that’s coming.

Do you believe that?

Sometimes we can be so caught up in what’s going on in our lives just now, that we forget there is a tomorrow, and with God there is the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

So whatever is happening just now, stay positive, because you will find joy in your life again.

Jesus

Posted: November 20, 2016 in depression, faith, life, music, quotes, religion, stress, trust, words
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There is a name I call in times of trouble
There is a song that comforts in the night
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages

If our faith in God is not 100%, we can convince ourselves that we can get by on our own. Unfortunately we all need God all the time – during goods days as well as challenging days, so today I simply want to remind you trust Jesus, because He is the answer to all we need.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual 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. Crisps
  2. Check
  3. Boxerwords
  4. Job title
  5. Faithful
  6. Middle
  7. Step
  8. Stripe
  9. Microphone
  10. Water

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. Salt and vinegar
  2. Cross
  3. Critical
  4. Change
  5. Forever
  6. DVD
  7. Count
  8. Black
  9. Singer
  10. Swim

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!