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What more applicable words can there be in these times of uncertainty and fear, than these ones:

Dear lord and father of mankind forgive our foolish ways

With all the horrific events that have occurred around the world in recent times, all because man cannot live in peace with our fellow man, mean we are living in dark times. It’s the foolishness of man that has got this world into this state, not God’s.

Sadly though there are many who blame God for all these horrendous events questioning why he can let them happen. It’s up to us to inform these people that God is just as upset about what our fellow man is doing, as we are. So what can we do?

As we can do in any and all situations in life, we can pray – we can pray for our world, that despite the turmoil and uncertainty we see all around, God is still here, and He does still love each and every one of us. With God’s help we can change this world into a loving and caring world!

In so many areas of life we find people who freely give up their own personal time and talents to help others, expecting nothing in return except the knowledge that they’ve helped others.

Whether it running a kids’ football team, working in a charity shop, taking on a position within your church, helping those with disabilities, helping to educate others by leading evening classes, or some other voluntary act, people do these things voluntarily, and that is what others need to remember.

We can all be quick to make derogatory comments about the ability of the person who has volunteered. Many will think they can do better than the person who is in charge, but can they?

From experience, probably not! Even if we were capable of doing a job better than the person who has volunteered, we should be supportive and helpful towards the person, after all they have given of their time and talents freely, while we haven’t! They may not be perfect at the job they have undertaken, but they are doing their best – They wouldn’t have been given the job if those in charge didn’t think they were capable of doing a good job.

Volunteers aren’t in it for their own glorification, but are there to help others, so if you find yourself putting your trust in volunteers to lead, help, train or educate you or your family, don’t put them down or tell others you could do better.  Instead, always give them your support and encouragement.

All around

Posted: October 4, 2017 in life, music, quotes, religion, Salvation Army
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Is God present in your life?

Do others see God’s presence in your life?

If we live our lives with Christ at the centre of all we do, others will see Christ in everything we do. If He is our all, others will see His presence in our lives.

God is patient with us, even when we ignore Him or disappoint Him.

I don’t know about you, but patience is definitely not one of my strong points! So thank goodness God has more patience than me!

God’s patient with us because He knows He can provide all we ever need.

I hope you enjoy the beautiful hymn tune St Teresa played here by Kettering Salvation Army Band.

There’s a song I’ve used several times in the last few weeks that talks about our beliefs as Christians. The song is called We Believe and it was written and performed by the Newsboys.

I make no apology for using the song again today, as ever since I came across it again a couple of weeks ago, I’ve found the words and the melody of this song going through my mind almost constantly.

On days when I’ve felt down, just listening to the words/melody again have brightened the day. On days when I felt there was no point in doing specific things, listening to the words/melody have given me more energy. On days when I’ve felt alone and missing my Mum and Dad, even then this song has helped as it’s reminded me that Mum believed – and because they brought me up in the Salvation Army, I too believe, and therefore I know I will see them both again someday.

I believe, do you?

Harvest is a time when we thank God for all the things that He provides for us. We give food and produce to our church to help those in our community who are in need.

But is there more to harvest than this?

Yes, it’s about ‘harvesting souls’ for Christ as well. In other words, it’s a time for us to bring others into a knowledge and understanding of God’s love.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Join me in praying today that God might use each of us to plant a seed in someone’s heart so that they might come to know God as their friend and saviour.

 

 

Wow! That certainly got me taking a much closer look at myself. Am I living my life in a way that others will see Christ through me? If I’m honest with you and with God, no, it doesn’t.

Today I pray that God will help me to be the person He wants me to be, so others can see Him through the way I lead my life.

How about you, can others see Christ in you?

In this last week, what have you been doing at 9am each morning?

Well like (hopefully) many others from Bellshill Salvation Army, I have spent a few minutes in prayer at 9am each morning, asking God to give both myself and my corps family, guidance in the coming days.

The last few weeks in our church, we’ve really experienced God’s presence in our meetings. God is alive and working in our lives of everyone who is part of our worship. During last Sunday’s meeting were asked to pray at 9am each morning for God’s guidance, as God told us in Exodus 6:1 “Now go and see what I will do”.

Please pray for Bellshill Salvation Army in these coming days, as we’ve been deeply challenged by God in these last weeks, and are ready to respond to God’s guidance.

How many times have you heard a mother or father say to their child, “Do as I say” or “Do as you’re told”?

Does the child always obey? No, of course they don’t! I’m sure when we were that child being told to do something we too, didn’t always do what we were told, did we?

What about when it come to God asking us to do something, are we more willing to do what God asks of us?

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. ~ Psalm 119:60 (NIV)

When it comes to our heavenly Father, we need to be ready and willing to firstly, listen to Him, and secondly, do as the above bible verse says, respond quickly to all God asks us to do.

Are you ready to obey today?

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~ Matthew 19:14 (NIV)

Jesus doesn’t only want every children to come to Him, He wants every person to come to Him, and that includes you and me!

I’ve given my all to Christ, have you?

Here’s the Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Come To Me: