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How far would you go to help someone you love? Would you do anything and everything in your power to help them? I’m sure you would.

But if it were someone you didn’t know, but you knew they needed help, would you do anything for them?

Here’s what God wants us to do:

God would do anything for you, that’s why he gave his only son. So let’s make sure we do anything and everything to help those who need help.

I’ve said it before, but I want to tell you again in the hope that you realise I’m not just saying what I think I should say, but what I know to be the truth.

I have had some very dark moments in my life, when I’ve questioned not only God’s existence, but my own. I’ve questioned whether there was any point in going on, as I felt as though no one truly cared about me. But even in those darkest of times, something, or should I say someone kept me going – I believe that was God. Because looking back on those days I realised that while at the time I thought no-one cared, God was still there and was answering those prayers I’d stopped praying days/weeks beforehand.

That is why having got through those tough times a number of years ago, my faith is now stronger than it ever was. I can’t imagine ever questioning God’s existence or doubting he is there for me ever again.

Trust God, because He believes in you and will always be there for you.

If ever life feels hopeless, remember these words from Max Lucado – They will hopefully remind you that whatever you are going through, God is with you and will never leave you or disappoint you.

The same hand that pushed the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt. The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith. The same strength that put Satan on his heels can, and will, defeat Satan in your life. Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, disappointment—they cannot take your hope, because they cannot take your Jesus. ~ Unshakeable Hope by Max Lucado

Today we may all be spending time with our family and friends, exchanging gifts and eating far too much. But let’s remember why we are celebrating today, Christmas Day

If it wasn’t for Jesus’ birth over 2000 years ago, we wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas, to please take some time today to remember that today is simply because of Jesus.

Some things are easy to say, but difficult to put into practice. For me, the statement in this picture are some of those.

There is one part of this statement that I find far more difficult than the rest – can you guess which part that is?

I suspect you’ll not be surprised when I tell you, “A heart that forgives the worst” is what I find the most difficult. I’m human, have many flaws, and yes, when someone really hurts me or those I love, it can be very difficult to forgive them. However I believe forgiving them is what I must do, and so I do try to forgive, though if I’m honest, I do still struggle with this at times.

I pray that we may each be able to say the above prayer sincerely, knowing that God will help us to achieve the goals stated in this prayer.

Have you heard the following quote before?

It’s a quote I’ve seen and read a number of times in the past, but today I’ve found an added dimension to this when I found the following image

Yes, to change the world we must love our family, but to love them we must truly live as God wants us to. Therefore we must live as we’re instructed to do by God, and once we start treating our family as we should, we can them start working with and treating our friends and neighbours as we should; Then our community and so on, until we reach the world!

Counting

Posted: November 23, 2018 in flowers, Food, life, music, religion, Salvation Army, Travel, words
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I wonder on a daily basis, how many things we count. For example

  • Minutes until going home time!
  • Potatoes to boil for the dinner
  • Can of juice in the fridge
  • Miles until you reach your destination
  • Steps to enter a building
  • Flowers blooming in your garden

Did you notice there was something missing from my list of suggestions – God wasn’t included in any of my suggestions.

I may not have included God in my list of suggestions, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing about God we should count each day. Do you count the number of blessings you receive from God each day?

It may be that when you first think about how many blessings you’ve received from God today you think there will be very few. But I guarantee when you actually sit down and think about it God’s blessings  will far outnumber all those other things I’ve suggested, and many of them will be things that we normally just take for granted.

I thank God today for the countless blessings he gives to me each day.

Let us each be a blessing and honour God’s names, because one day we will be together with the blind man Jesus healed, and the saints from all the ages, our friends and family who have gone before us, and we will be with God for eternity. On that day we will know for sure that everything we endured during our lifetime was for our good, and for the glory of God.

So today and tomorrow and the day after, remember that whatever we face, God is with us. And because of that we must accept his blessings and do our best to bless others and honour His glorious name.

Something new

Posted: November 16, 2018 in faith, life, music, quotes, religion, Salvation Army, trust
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There’s no point moving on to a place or location continuing to do the same things if what we’re doing isn’t effective or it’s not what we should be doing!

God alone can direct us to do what we should be doing, and where we should be doing it. That’s why we need to let Him change us into the person He needs us to be, so He can then send us to where he needs us.

What can I say to cheer a world of sorrow?
How bring back hope where men have sorely failed?
Just where I am I’ll speak the word of comfort,
Tell how for me Christ’s sacrifice availed.

CHORUS
Just where he needs me, my Lord has placed me,
Just where he needs me, there would I be!
And since he found me, by love he’s bound me
To serve him joyfully.

What can I do to ease life’s heavy burdens?
What can I do to help mankind in need?
Just where I am I’ll share my neighbour’s hardship,
Lighten his load, and prove a friend indeed.

What can I do to justify my living?
What can I be to worthwhile?
I’ll be a voice to call men to the Saviour,
Just where I am, and win my Father’s smile.

Firstly today I want to ask you a couple of questions:

  • Do you go to church?
  • If you do, why do you go?

I’m sorry for all the questions, but I just wanted to get you thinking before you read my thoughts for today.

For those who do go to church or who used to go to church, I want to focus on why. There are lots of reasons why people attend church: faith, friendship, habit, your parent make you, or maybe you’re not entirely sure why you go.

While we may go to church for different reasons, if we become active members of that church, we must do that for the right reasons. i.e. we believe in God, we want to learn more about God, to be challenged to help/inspire others to follow God.

If you’re a member of your church – for example in the Salvation Army, we are called soldiers when we become members – when did you become a member, and why?

Sadly I’ve found over the years are many younger folk will become members of their church just because that’s what is expected of them by their family or friends. Rather than because they truly believe and understand the promises they are ‘signing-up’ to when they become members, and willingly want to take on those responsibilities. That’s why I believe many of these youngsters within 5/10 years of becoming members of their church, have stopped attending.

So today, take yourself back to the day you became a member of your church and committed your life to God – Did you do it for the right reason?

That’s quite a hard-hitting question isn’t? I suspect for some of you it will be a question may need to spend some time considering before you answer.