Posts Tagged ‘Denominations’

 

The reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Christ.

The reason Christ came to earth was to set us free.

The reason God wants us to serve Him is because Christ died for us.

The reason Christ died for us is because God loves us so much that he was willing to let his one and only son die so we might be forgiven.

This Christmas, as well as spending time with friends and family and exchanging presents, please take some time to say thank you to God for giving us Christ!

 

I pray you may experience the joy that only a relationship with Christ can bring you this Christmas.

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From heaven You came, helpless babe
Entered our world, Your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live
 
This is our God, the Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to the Servant King
 
There in the garden of tears
My heavy load He chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn
Yet not my will, but Yours he said
 
Come see His hands and his feet
The scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered
 
So let us learn now to serve
And in our lives enthrone Him
Each other’s needs to prefer
For it is Christ we’re serving

Christ came as a humble child, to serve His Father and to teach the world of His love for us.

He was God’s servant here on earth, and that’s just what God wants us to be too.

Are you God’s servant?

God loves showing up in unexpected ways at unexpected times ~ Mark Batterson

We’ve all heard it said many times before that God does everything in His own times rather than in our time. You may in fact be fed up hearing those words, however I’d urge you today not to be, as while you may be feeling fed up waiting for God to answer our prayers, He will answer them, and as the above quote says, He will take great joy in answering our prayers.

God loves helping us, and He loves helping us in ways we never imagined, so don’t give up on Him, because He will never give up on you.

God will always answer your prayers, so expect the unexpected.

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time for godYou would think that someone who takes the time to get up on a Sunday morning and go to church, would want to be there wouldn’t you?

Well, I recently heard of someone who did exactly that, but then 45 minutes into the service started making comments to their neighbour that it was “going to be a long meeting” all because the meeting had been going for 45 minutes and the leader hadn’t started the sermon yet. They finished by adding that “this was ridiculous”!

Personally I find it ridiculous that someone who had obviously gone to church of their own accord not only thought those things, but that they actually shared their thoughts with their neighbour! The meeting in question was apparently one in which everyone there (or almost everyone!) felt God’s presence right from the start of the service, and that the comments from this individual were an unwanted interruption to their neighbour’s spiritual experience with God that day.

Maybe this individual had gone to church that morning out of habit or duty, which isn’t in itself wrong – I myself admit that I’ve attended meetings (Salvation Army services) sometimes just because I felt I should, rather than because I’ve wanted to be there. However on many of these occasions I have been glad I made the effort to go as God has drawn very close to me during these times.

I just don’t understand why someone who obviously didn’t want to be at a service felt it acceptable to disrupt other people’s experience of God? Were they so self-absorbed that they didn’t notice their neighbour felt God’s presence very close to them, or did they simply not care what their neighbour was experiencing?

So please, if you take the time to go to church, even if you don’t necessarily want to be there, be sensitive to those around you, God may be speaking directly to them, and passing comment about how long the service is  or even about what is being preached really is not helpful.

The only person you should try and be better than, is the person you were yesterday ~ Nicky Gumbel

So many people spend their time trying to be better than their neighbour, their work colleagues, or their friends, when if God is at the centre of their life, we should simply be trying, as the above quote states, to be better than ourselves.

After all, the only person we should be trying to emulate is Christ, as no-one here on earth comes close to the person Christ is.

So make your today, better than your yesterday, and your tomorrow better than your today.

You may have realised by now if you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, that I love music and I have a lot of favourite songs. I make no apology for sharing so many of my favourite songs with you because I feel that if they can touch my heart, they are just as likely to touch your heart too…and when Christ is involved you never know what that may lead to!

Yesterday in Only Christ I shared with you another of my favourite song, In Christ Alone. There are some specific words from this song that touch me whenever I hear or sing this them…

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

And as He stands in victory
 Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

and my favourite words of all…

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

This is one of my favourite songs because it reminds me always that everything I have and everything I am is all because of Christ, and Christ alone.

Is your trust firmly in Christ, and Christ alone?

I don’t know about you, but sometime a particular piece of music or a song has the power to bring me to my knees, simply because they bring me so very close to God.

The song Your Grace Still Amazes Me is one of those songs, and after hearing it last weekend at the Salvation Army UK Congress, it’s been in my head ever since…

God’s love still amazes me.

Every day I screw up by saying or doing things I shouldn’t do, but still God loves me, and forgives me.

God’s love still amazes me.

Every day I do my own things instead of doing what God wants me to do, but still God loves me, and forgives me.

God’s love still amazes me.

I hope God’s love still amazes you each day.

May now your church rise with power and love,
This glorious gospel proclaim
 

Following on from last weekend’s Salvation Army UK Congress when we were challenged to transform the world, the above words kind of sum up our challenge don’t they?

Ultimately though what we want is everyone to know Christ, and everyone to give their all to Him:

In every nation salvation will come
To all who will call in Your name
 

So how do we do this? Well first we ourselves must be transformed from within, then and only then can we ever hope to transform the world. So let God help us transform the world

Help us bring light to this world
That we might speed your return
Come, Lord Jesus
Pour out your spirit on us today
 

I pray your transformation is underway!

Do you think you are too old to serve God?

The world may consider it ok to throw away all your experience when you get to a certain age, but God never does!

In God’s kingdom there is no such thing as retirement, therefore God wants and expects us to continue working for Him all our lives. i.e. No matter our age there are still ways in which we can serve God.

So don’t stop serving God, just because you think your too old to be of use to Him.