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There is no greater love than that of a Mother or Father for their child, and so here’s God’s love letter to us.

“And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.”

Matthew 6:14-15 (The Passion Translation)

In Again and Again yesterday I told you how God forgives us over and over again when we hurt him. But as the above extract from Matthew’s gospel we are reminded that although God is willing to forgive us over and over again, we must give Him something in return – We must also be willing to forgive those who hurt us, even though that can be one of the most difficult things we ever do.

When we forgive others, we act more like Christ, and so we show God that we want to be more like Him. So remember, to be forgiven we must also forgive.

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?

When we’re unwell or ill we seek medical advice from a doctor.

When we need a hug we seek our family or close friend.

However, there are some conditions doctors cannot fix, like a broken heart. But God can mend our broken heart, so let God be your doctor and your comforter in times of need.

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The came across the following story in my wanderings around the internet the other day, and it really struck a chord with me:

Father George was opening his Christmas cards one December morning. Out of one the cards came a single sheet of paper on it was written only one word: ‘Fool’. The following Sunday, in church, Father George announced to the assembled congregation, ‘I have known many people who have written notes to me and forgotten to sign their names.

But this week I received a note from someone who signed his name and had forgotten to write a letter.’

Just as the person who sent the 2nd note to the Father, forgotten to include the note, so we often forget to include our fears, burdens and sins when we talk to God. Just as the Father knew what the writer of the note was, so God knows exactly who we are, even if we don’t communicate with Him.

God knows what kind of person we are, He knows our thoughts and our intentions, because He knows what’s in our heart.

 

 

Who do you put first in your life, yourself, your family, friends or God?

Well here’s a prayer I hope we pray at the start of each day, as if we put God first, we can achieve great things.

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In the last few days I’ve been talking about giving thanks to God, and saying, “Thank you” to everyone who does something for you. Saying “Thank you” isn’t just something that’s just randomly become something we should do, as in the bible there are examples of many saying thank you t each other, and to God.

The example I want t give you today though, is if Jesus saying thank you to God, his Father, for hearing and answering his prayer:

John 11:40-42 (NIV)

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

Jesus knew it was important to thank God for all he does, so follows Jesus’ example each day, and remember to say, “thank you” to God for hearing and answering our prayers.

If we look at some of the major world religions, we find that Buddha, Muhammad and Confucius all identified themselves as teachers or prophets, not equals with God.

The one exception to this was Jesus, as although He talked about God, His Father in heaven, it was not from a position of separation, but from a close union, unique to all humankind. Jesus said that anyone who had seen Him, had seen the Father, and  anyone who believed in Him, believed in the Father, His Father, God.

This is backed up in scripture in John 8:12-19 (The Message):

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” The Pharisees objected, “All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.” Jesus replied, “You’re right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I’ve come from and where I go next. You don’t know where I’m from or where I’m headed. You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father. That fulfils the conditions set down in God’s Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me.” They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?” Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father.”

God revealed himself fully to the world when He sent Jesus, his son to earth to live as a human. So let Jesus’ teachings of God ring true to you, and come to God the Father through Jesus His son, today.

We live in a world full of hatred and lies, where war and killing is commonplace, and many care only for themselves and not for their neighbour or fellow-man. Where the rich are richer and the poor are sinking deeper into poverty and destitution.

Yes, we live in a nation where Christianity is in decline, and atheists seems to want to put a stop to religion.

Thankfully, there are many of us who still consider ourselves to be Christians, but are we willing and ready to transform the world?

The world needs Christ, so it’s up to you and me to tell the world about Christ, so we need to be Christ to the world.

What this world needs is not another one hit wonder with an axe to grind
 Another two bit politician peddling lies
Another three ring circus society
What this world needs is not another sign waving super saint that’s better than you
Another ear pleasing candy man afraid of the truth
Another prophet in an Armani suit

What this world needs is a Saviour who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love them in their time of need
A Saviour who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love
That’s what this world needs

What this world needs is for us to care more about the inside than the outside
Have we become so blind that we can’t see
God‘s gotta change her heart before He changes her shirt
What this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance
Blending in so well that people can’t see the difference
And it’s the difference that sets the world free

Jesus is our Saviour, that’s what this world needs
Father’s arms around you, that’s what this world needs
That’s what this world needs

Aunt Mae (Aug 2011)Today, the 23rd October, is another sad day for us, as today would have been my Aunt Mae’s 91st birthday.

It’s now just over 6 months since my Aunt Mae passed away, but just typing these words have started my tears flowing again. In many ways it seems like just yesterday Aunt Mae passed away, just 6 weeks after my Dad died. However in many other ways it seems like an eternity since both Aunt Mae and Dad were here with us.

I have thought of my Aunt Mae every day since she died.

I have shed many tears every day since Aunt Mae died.

I have missed my Aunt Mae every day since she died.

As Aunt Mae’s dementia worsened, she, just like my Dad, failed to recognised us or acknowledge that she knew us and latterly her personality completely changed, as she went from being a loving caring person to someone who was angry and aggressive…that just wasn’t my Aunt Mae. Having said that, during her final few days in the hospital, she did seem to have a the odd moment of clarity, as at one point when Mum apparently told her I was on my way in to see her she smiled and tried to say my name…

I am in no way saying there was no bond between Aunt Mae and the rest of my family, but I know there was always a special place in her heart for me, after all I was named after her as Mum and Dad gave me her name as my middle name, Mary.

These have been incredibly difficult months for my family, and my Mum in particular – Mum’s struggled to come to terms with the death of first my Dad and then Aunt Mae, but she’s getting there, as am I. I would however ask that today, as we remember my Aunt Mae in particular, on what would have been her birthday, that you continue to pray for us as we continue to grieve the death of two much-loved members of our family, my Aunt Mae and my Dad.

I love you Aunt Mae, and I miss you so much. You’ll always be in my thoughts and firmly in my heart. Dorothy xxx