Archive for the ‘Salvation Army’ Category

Have you ever wondered whether Jesus was ready to die on that first Easter morning?

I’m sure if we already knew the date and time of our death we would be devastated as that date drew near, we probably wouldn’t want to go yet. Jesus, even though He knew we was going to die at Calvary, carried on willingly, preparing for His death.

Jesus willingly went to the cross because he knew it was His time to change the world forever – It was His time to save the world!

I struggle to comprehend the pain and agony Christ must endured when he was crucified. I also struggle to comprehend how God must have felt as he watched his only son giving up His life, just so the world could be forgiven of every sin.

So for me, Easter is all about sacrifice, the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us on the cross when he bled and died, so we can all be forgiven of our sins. I am therefore forever in God’s debt because He gave up His only son to die on the cross, just for us.

So this Easter, as I again feel so inadequate and so unworthy of God’s love, I am still so thankful that God does love me unconditionally and is always by my side guiding me and supporting me through each minute of every day.

Easter is all about “The Cross” and the sacrifice God gave for you and for me – Is this what Easter means to you?

Sometimes when we try to spend some quality time with our friends or family, other events or circumstances have a way of disrupting our plans so that we end up not managing to spend the quality time we had wanted with those we love.

It can be the same in our Christian lives too, because when we try to spend quality time with God, that’s when satan will do his best to try to distract us, and keep us from focusing on God.

So stay focused on God, and stop all the things around you that may try to intrude on your time with Him, from distracting you from Him.

The Lord gives strength to his people: the Lord blesses his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11

Finding peace in the midst of our busy lives can seem unlikely, but that’s not the kind of peace that the Psalmist refers to in the above verse – This refers to us gaining inner peace from God, so that He can give us the strength and guidance to face our busy and hectic life.

Give God the chance to help you find inner peace today.

Yesterday in Recycling #1, I asked you to consider giving your unwanted items to a local organisation/charity that can make use of your unwanted items rather than just sending them to landfill.

I used a different translation of the John 6:12 yesterday, but we get the same message if we read those words in the NIV translation:

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

Jesus instructed the disciples not to waste anything – In this scenario he was talking about food, but does the same apply to all things?

Not only must we not waste physical items such as food and furniture, neither should we waste our knowledge of God by keeping it to ourselves!

There are many people around us who are in need of God, so get out there and recycle your learning of God by telling the world about Him.

 

Monday this week was my first day at work this year! So after a couple of weeks off, it’s been a bit of a shock to the system having to get up and into work early again – I’m not a morning person, never have been never will be, so getting up early is not my thing at all.

It’s been a bit strange now it’s half way through January, just saying happy new year to work colleagues this week, as the new year seems ages ago now.

At the start of a new year many make new year resolutions. How many of you made any resolutions? Are you still keeping all of them or have some already failed?

I do not usually make any new year resolutions as I found in the past that I set myself unrealistic goals or targets which I never achieve. This year was no different, but while I was off I found the words of the song In This Quiet Moment, which the our songsters used as the call to worship on Sunday, going through my mind much of time. The more this song went round in my head the more I realised I have been guilty of just fitting God in around my other activities:

In this quiet moment, still, before your throne,

Conscious of your presence, knowing I am known,

In this quiet moment, set my spirit free,

In this quiet moment, make a better me.

Maybe that’s the problem, I haven’t had “quiet moments” in God’s presence. We’re all so busy these days, rushing about from one thing to another, that our time with God can almost get lost in amongst our other activities.

Do we do that with our other relationships and other activities? Do we put aside specific time to spend with our family and friends, to practice any musical instruments we play, to work on our hobbies?

Just as we must take time to work on our relationships with one another if we want them to grow and last, we must work on our relationship with God.

In this quiet moment…

Just as it tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 (The message) our relationship with God will grow when we spend quiet time with Him no matter how we may be feeling by reading the bible and praying:

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.

In this quiet moment…

So far this year, I have managed to stopped just “fitting God in” around other things, and have been able to set aside time each day for devotions.

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (Thessalonians 5:16-18 – The message)

How about you, are you just “fitting God in” to your busy schedule or are you fitting everything else around your time with God?

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ ~ Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

These are words from Isaiah that I’m sure we’ve all heard many times before. I reread this passage several times in the last couple of days.

In this passage of scripture there’s no suggestion that Isaiah hesitated before he responded to God when he asked who he would send. That says so much about his faith and trust in God doesn’t it, that Isaiah didn’t stop to consider what he was ‘signing-up for’ before volunteering, because he trusted God and knew God wouldn’t ask him to do something he wouldn’t be able to do.

As I’ve reread these words in Isaiah, I have to accept that I am not always as willing to accept the plans God has for my life. I have to put my trust fully in God so that I have no hesitation when he assigns a task to me.

How about you, are you as quick to respond to God’s requests of you, as Isaiah was?

 

 

Lo, he comes, with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ the Lord returns to reign.

So Christmas has arrived!

Today we celebrate the triumphant arrival of Christ to earth all those years ago.

The Kingdom Triumphant by Eric Ball celebrates Christ triumphant arrival. The music has three main sections entitled: ‘Vision of Judgment’, ‘Remembrance of the First Advent’ and ‘Vision of the Second Advent’.

So as you celebrate Christmas Day with your family and friends, today, please remember the first advent and that birth of our Lord and Saviour, and look forward to the second advent!

Merry Christmas!

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Peace seems a long way off as all we hear about in the news is fighting and conflicts all over the world. God has promised to be with us always because in giving His Son for us, He has overcome the world.

The world needs God, and God needs us to be His voice in this dark world. So let’s keep praying for our world, that conflicts will cease and all people will live in peace and harmony with one another, because I believe God can overcome the evil in this world.

 

We can all be creatures of habit in how we go about our daily tasks and duties, but going to church should never just be a habit. There’s no point going to church if we don’t then try to live like Christ when we leave it!

be-the-church