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It’s my turn to provide the devotions at our band practice tonight, so I thought I’d share will you what I will be sharing with the band tonight…

How are you at remembering significant dates in your life?

We all have significant dates in our lives that we mark each year because they were times of great happiness or celebration or because when they happened, they caused us great sadness.

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about significant dates that have changed my life, probably because in the last few weeks I’ve had a few of those dates, and there are others in the coming weeks also

  • Early August was my birthday..
  • Then just a couple of weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.
  • The end of last week marked 4 years since my Mum died.
  • And amazingly, in a few weeks time, that will be one year since I had life saving heart surgery to fix one of the issues I’ve lived with all my life.

Yes, I’ve marked, or will mark each of those significant dates I’ve just mentioned, in some way. But do I pay as much attention to those significant dates in my Christian journey?

I have to be honest and say, the only exact date I can remember in my Christian journey, is the day I made my decision to become senior soldier as it was on my 18th birthday! I was really disappointed that I couldn’t remember the date I first knelt at the mercy seat or the date I was enrolled as a senior soldier, both at Rutherglen Salvation Army. So much so that I found myself last week looking for the Articles of War I signed on the day I was made a senior soldier, and I found it, and that anniversary is in just a few weeks!

We each celebrate or mark the important dates in our life and many of us shared those anniversaries with our friends on social media. So my question to each of you tonight is, do you put the same importance into celebrating or marking the significant dates in your Christian life as you do, other life events?

Do you remember the date on which you first gave my heart to Jesus?

Or the exact date you were enrolled as a senior soldier?

Romans 1:1 (The Passion Translation)

Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvellous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.

God has promised to love us always and that in itself is a reason to celebrate isn’t it. I believe I’m one of the fortunate ones as I’ve had that significant moment in my lives I accepted God into my life, and promised to serve Him until the end. So I will mark those important dates in my life, but I will also celebrate God’s love for me each day. After all I hadn’t accepted God into my heart, who knows where I would be today! And where else would I want to be on a Wednesday night, than at band practice! 🙂

 

Here’s a favourite piece of mine which features the tune associated with there words which for me, sum up one of the most significant moments in my Christian life

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

True colours

Posted: September 9, 2019 in life, prayer, quotes, Relationships, religion
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If we show our true Christians colours, not only will Christ see them, but so will others. When others look at us or talk to us, if we live our lives as a true Christian, they will see something different in us – Hopefully that difference will be they see Christ!

I pray that I start each day by asking God to help me live my life as a true Christian. By doing that, I hope that others will see Christ through me, and see something that makes them want to seek Christ for themselves.

We often talk talk about how, as Christians, we must forgive others when they hurt or upset us.

Colossians 3:13 (The Passion Translation)

Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them.

But forgiveness isn’t just something we need to offer to others. It can sometimes be easier to forgive others for what they do/say, than for us to forgive ourselves for our mistakes. It’s probably just because we feel we should be more in control of ourselves, our words and our actions, that we have higher expectations of ourselves. However we must treat ourselves just as well as we treat other, by showing ourselves forgiveness.

 

Joshua 1:9 (The Message)

Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post (Granted), I reminded you that being a Christian does mean you are immune from facing difficulties in your life. However, we are assured that we never have to face any problem on our own, because just as it tells us in Joshua, God will be with us through everything.

It may seem at time that God isn’t with you, but remember, God does everything in His time, not in the timescales we necessarily want. Just trust God, because His is always with you.

Blind?

Posted: June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized
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When we see people in need, whether they be friends, acquaintances or strangers, do you

  1. Stop and speak to them and ask if you can help.
  2. Stop and ask them if they’re ok, and even if they say they are, ask them what is wrong.
  3. Keep walking passed them, and look the other way.

We all live such busy lives these days, and we all have our own concerns or problems to deal with. However we know there are other around us who are in greater need than ourselves, and maybe have no-one to turn to for help, so surely as Christians we must reach out to those we see who are in need?

Even if we choose to ignore those around us who are in need, doesn’t mean they will ‘go away’. In fact it simply tells us, and God, more about the person we are. Is that the person you want to be?

Ever walked into a church you don’t usually attend, where you don’t know anyone?

How did the people there make you feel? Did they welcome you, or did they treat you as if you were an outsider?

Now think about your own church, and how those in your church, including you, treat those who come to your church for the first time. If a person walks into your church smartly dressed and well-presented are they treat the same as when a drunk or homeless person comes in?

Imagine being treated like this

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

I pray that I will never judge someone because of their outward looks, good or bad, but welcome every person into God’s house when they want to enter. We don’t know what others are going through, but God does. He brings people to His church when they are their lowest, in greatest need, so it’s our responsibility as Christians, to welcome them, just as Jesus would.

The song Somebody like me by The Martins, from which the above lyrics are an excerpt, is a great song, and a remind that someone like us needs to step up, and reach out to everyone who seeks shelter, or solace in God’s house.

The congregation parted like the Red Sea
when that old drunk stumbled in down the aisle and took a seat
right in the middle of “Amazing Grace”
He could feel the judgment they were passin’
Thought to himself, “ain’t that just like a bunch of baptists”,
he’d rather be on the street than in this place
with tears on his face

Chorus

You’d think somebody would put their arm around him
You’d think somebody would hit a knee
Pull him in, say a prayer, that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout right there
You’d think somebody would practice what they’re preaching
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Well he’s got problems nobody wants a part of
When he got up and slipped, nobody stood up
They don’t wanna make a scene, they let him walk out of there
Ooh, without a prayer

Chorus

You’d think somebody would do something different
You’d think somebody would go against the grain
Be the one to run him down
Bring him back and turn him around
You’d think somebody would want to make a difference
Well I wonder who that somebody could be
Probably somebody like me

Oh, can I get a witness (somebody, somebody), Ooh, Ooh

Pentecost is the festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks.

Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, as well as the start of the church’s mission in the world. And that is why we celebrate Pentecost today!

Act 2:1-4 and 17-21 (The Passion Translation)

On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!

God said, ‘This is what I will do in the last days—I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above and mighty miracles on the earth below. Blood and fire and pillars of clouds will appear. For the sun will be turned dar  and the moon blood-red before that great and awesome appearance of the day of the Lord. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

As we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit today, I challenge you to renew God’s presence in your life today.

It true isn’t it, we can each be our own worst enemy can’t we!

Why do we do that to ourselves? We make things so difficult for ourselves don’t we?

I know for myself, I can easily convince myself that a decision I make is wrong, even when it’s blatantly obvious it is the right one.

Why do we do that? For those of us who are Christians, it’s clear the person who makes us doubt our every decision, every belief, is the devil. He is the one who will do anything and everything he can to make us do and say things which we wouldn’t normally do, to make us turn away from and doubt God.

So beware our worst enemy can come from within.

What’s your trademark?

A trademark is normally a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. However imagine you could come up with a trademark for yourself.

I wonder whether the trademark you’d come up with would allow others to easily realise it was your trademark.

I pray the way I leave others feeling after any interaction or encounter with me, is a positive one. So I hope my trademark would show others first and foremost that I am a Christian and that I am therefore a trustworthy, compassionate and loving person.

I recently received a brochure through the post. It was a brightly coloured glossy brochure. It looked good and the thick quality paper made me want to look inside. So I did…

Well what I found inside was not what I expected

  • The first couple of pages were fine.
  • After page 2 was pages 19 to 34 inclusive.
  • Then another set of pages 19 up to 50 this time – pages 19 to 34 are the same as the previous pages 19 to 34.
  • Another set of pages 35 to 50 then followed again.
  • Finishing with pages 67 and 68.

The magazine looked great, it looked the part on the outside, but when you looked inside, it was a mess. So it wasn’t such a great looking brochure after all. i.e. What I saw from the outside of the brochure did not represent how the brochure was inside.

That’s so like many who say they are Christians, and attend church, isn’t it? On the outside they appear to be saying and doing all the things you’d expect of a Christian, but when they are outside of church, or you get to know them better, you can realise quite quickly they are not the true Christian you thought they were.

I pray that my outer self may reflect the inner me, and show that Jesus it at the centre of all I do.