Posts Tagged ‘Christian’

Just as breathing is just natural, and normal, so should witnessing be to the believer.

Yes, we all need to breathe to live. But do we continue to show we believe in God by telling string God’s message with non-believers?

If we claim to believe in God, but do not tell others about God’s love for them, can we truly say we are Christians?

Believe and share your belief!

When I ask if you’re lost, I don’t mean lost as in you don’t know you’re physical location. Instead I am referring to being lost in our spiritual life.

In the last few days, I’ve asked: Who Are You, Who We Are and Where are we? I guess depending on your response to each of those questions you may have realised, maybe for the first time, that you have lost your way in your Christian journey.

Even if you are lost, don’t despair, because it’s easy to get back on the Christian pathway. We simply need to put our faith and trust back on God, because He will help you find your way.

I spent a bit of time recently thinking about how I’ve got to where I am – Not in a work or career sense, but from a personal perspective.

I’m sure, like everyone else, there have certain individuals who have influenced you, taught you and directed you through your younger days. There will have been those who have encouraged you, looked out for you, become your confidants, and just generally been there for you whenever you’ve needed to talk.

There have been people in my life too you I put into each of those categories. Between them, they are the one who have helped make me the person I am today. However, I hope and pray that it is those who taught about God and the bible from an early age, who have influenced me most. Without their Christian influence on me I definitely wouldn’t be the person I am today. Without Christ in my life I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I therefore give thanks to God for all those who have taught me or influenced me along my Christian journey.

Who we are today is a direct result of those we spend time with, and those we trust and believe. My belief and trust is in God. How about you, are you trusting and believing in the right people?

Yesterday, in Only One, I asked you if you how many brothers or sisters, and then spoke about relationships with our family and siblings.

A similar question today – Do you consider your Christian friends to be your brothers and sisters in Christ?

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. (1 John 4:20-21)

If we truly love God, we must not make up any reasons why we cannot love our brothers and sisters in Christ. Having said that, we are only human, so we do find it difficult to love everyone. We must therefore ask God to give us understanding and patience in all our relationships so that we can be the kind of person He wants us to be – The kind of person who loves everyone, even those who would do their best to be our enemies.

What kind of impression do you leave on other people’s lives?

Do you actually leave any impression on them, or do you wander into people’s lives, and leave again without them even noticing?

Be noticed for who you are as a Christian. If you live by Christian values you will leave a great lifelong impression on other people’s lives.

So go on leave some cheer on someone’s life today…show them some sparkle in what otherwise may be a dark time in their life.



Posted: January 18, 2018 in belief, blogging, faith, music, religion
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As I said in Just Believe, it can be hard to believe in someone or something when they have done nothing to warrant your trust or your belief in them.

However, it can be easier to believe in someone when the way they act or behave, confirms the belief. i.e. When someone professing to be a Christian, acts and behaves as you would expect them to be behave.

When you see someone’s actions reflect their beliefs, it makes us more likely to believe in them.


Do you know where you are going?

Strange question I guess since you’re currently reading this blog, but just to clarify, I’m not really asking about a location or a place you are travelling to, but rather, where you are going in your Christian experience or journey.

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading ~ Oswald Chambers

Just as this quote reminds us, we don’t need to know where we’re going as long as we have faith that God will take us where He needs us to be.

So have faith in His leading, because he will lead you to where He needs you to be, to do what He wants you to do.

Are you a ‘real’ Christian or are you just going through the motions?

If you hold back any part of your life from God, you haven’t given Him your all. So give God your all, your hurts, your heartaches, your memories and dreams, your plans and your desires, but most of all, give Him your heart.

Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood. ~ William Penn

The project I’m responsible for at work just now, involves designing and developing a new website to provide our customers with a simple, and easy to understand way of communicating with us. This includes ensuring that the information/text the customer will be presented with is written in Plain English. i.e. It is written with the reader in mind, using non-technical terms that are clear and concise in meaning.

To give us the best chance of ensuring that what we are developing is written in way our customers will understand, we’ve held several customer forums, and have completed some online training provided by the Plain English Campaign ( For those who have not heard of the Plain English Campaign, here’s an extract from their website explaining their purpose:

Since 1979, we have been campaigning against gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information. We have helped many government departments and other official organisations with their documents, reports and publications. We believe that everyone should have access to clear and concise information.

From the customer forums we held, we quickly realised that some of the words/terms we frequently use when we communicate with our customers, are either unclear or meaningless to our customer. This got me thinking about how we as Christians, and Salvationists, communicate God’s message to the people we come into contact with.

Do we use words that others won’t understand?

Do we use abbreviations or jargon that those unfamiliar with the Salvation Army will not know or understand?

I think most of us, if we’re honest, would answer ‘Yes’ to both those questions. But we’re not alone, even Jesus found at times he had to simplify his language so that the disciples understood what he was trying to tell them!

In John 16:25-29, we read:

“I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language. Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly. First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.”

His disciples said, “Finally! You’re giving it to us straight, in plain talk—no more figures of speech. Now we know that you know everything—it all comes together in you. You won’t have to put up with our questions anymore. We’re convinced you came from God.”

There are many people all around us: in our church; in our communities; our school; places of employment etc, who all need Christ. So just as Jesus had to speak plainly so the disciples understood and believed He was the Son of God, maybe we too need to review how we communicate God’s message to others, so they will believe in God.

There are people living in the world out there…
They need you, they need me, they need Christ;
There are children crying and no one to care…
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.
And they’ll go on hurting in the world out there,
And they’ll go on dying, drowning in despair,
And they’ll go on crying, that’s unless we care:
They need you, they need me, they need Christ.

I know when I’m told to do something, it depends who tells me, and how they tell, whether I’m likely to do what they’ve asked or not. Likewise I’m sure just like everyone else,  I was probably more likely not to do what my parents asked me to do when I was young.

I grew up being taken to the Salvation Army, being taught right from wrong, learning about God and reading the bible. So how come I didn’t rebel against the things I was being told about God?

I know the answer to that one! It’s because while initially I just went along with what I was being told as that was what was expected of me, I did experience God working in my life.

When I was uncertain and felt God wasn’t there, God showed me the way. When I turned away from Him, He waited for me to realise I was lost and then turned back to Him. When I needed comfort, He was always there to comfort me.

I’m not a Christian because anyone ever told me too, I’m a Christian because I’ve experienced God’s presence in my life. I am grateful for all those who taught me about God and started me on my Christian journey when I was a young child.