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I recently heard the song “Land of Confusion” by Genesis for the first time in a long while. The lyrics really struck me more this time than they had previously – maybe it’s because in the last few days I’ve been blogging about how we need to be the ones who help change this world for the better.

Anyway, I decided to look into the lyrics a little bit more, and found the following quotes from Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford:

Phil Collins called it, “A political song about the mess we have landed in.”

Mike Rutherford called this “a kind of ’80s protest song,” adding that, “It’s about how we live in a very nice world, and what a mess we’re making of it. How it should be all so easy and it’s all so difficult”.

Here’s some of the lyrics from this song:

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth living in.
Ooh superman where are you now
When everything’s gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.
This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there’s not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

Now can you see why the lyrics of this song seems to strike a chord with me? So just as I’ve said in the last few days that we need to be God to the world, so this song remind me again of the desperate state this world and the people in it are in. The world really does need God, so help tell the world about God, so that we see this world change from a land of confusion to one full of love and compassion for one another.

Here’s the original Genesis video for Land of Confusion – The video uses puppets created by Peter Fluck and Roger Law, who had a satirical TV series called Spitting Image. In the video, puppets of the Genesis musicians are featured, as well as some well-known political figures from that time.

I’m do not profess to be a marriage expert, but I’m sure like many, I have heard many descriptions of what marriage means, and what makes a marriage work. This photo is probably one of the best I’ve seen for some time, so it shouldn’t surprise you that the quote is from the bible.

 

Watching

Posted: September 6, 2018 in bible, faith, life, music, pets, quotes, Relationships, religion
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Ever feel like you’re being watched?

When we used to have a cat I used to get that feeling quite often – Our cat used to sit in places where he could see you, though sometimes it wasn’t obvious, and he’s watch or stare at you!

You could be in bed and get that eerie feeling someone was watching you, only to find the cat was sitting on the chest of drawers staring! It was a bit disconcerting but also quite funny how he could sit there for ages just staring…and often purring too.

So our cat used to watch us, but there is someone always watches over us, and looks out for us…God.

It may seem at times that God isn’t with us but that is far from the truth, as he has promised to be with us always, and he is, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

For our good

Posted: April 23, 2015 in bible, faith, life, music, quotes, religion
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Sometimes it can seem like everything and everyone is out to get you, that’s the devil doing his worst work, trying to upset us, and detract us from what God has planned for us:

No matter what the devil throws against you, God can take it and work it out for your good. ~ Genesis 50:20 (NLT)

So no matter what comes your way, remember that God can use it to teach you and direct you. So don’t get distracted by the things the devil throws your way, stay focused on God and He will look after you.

faith-in-god

 

God’s goodness is in evidence all around us, in everything He has created, including us!

Genesis 1:31 says,

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…

We can do nothing to earn God’s goodness, and thankfully we don’t have to because God freely bestows His goodness on us, even though we are not worthy of it.

In Psalm 145:9 we read that “The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” and that is exactly why it’s not difficult to see God’s goodness all around us, and indeed in our own lives. So give thanks today to God for all His goodness to us.

Today in the final part of my Image blog posts, I want us to think about ourselves. i.e. Our own image. By this I don’t mean our physical image, but instead our spiritual image…

We know we are all different both outwardly and inwardly, but does that mean we can’t all be the image of Christ?

Being the “image of Christ” isn’t about what or who we look like, but it’s about the kind of person we are, how we act in every situation and what we say to both our friends and our enemies.

I came across the following quote recently and I think it fits with my thoughts today:

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

by G. K. Chesterton

This is backed up by scripture in Romans 12:9-10 (The Message)

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

To be considered to be Christ-like, we must, as the above quote from G.K.Chesterton suggests, love every, including the unloveable. Now I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that it can be very very difficult sometime to love the unloveable, and sometimes because of situations that occur, it can even be very very difficult to love those we care deeply about.

So to love is Christ-like, but loving everyone is tough, that’s why we can’t expect to do succeed on our own, that’s why God has promised to be with us in every situation.

I’d like you to listen to a beautiful piece of music with inspirational lyrics which completely reinforces what I’ve said in the last few days about us being the image of Christ. I really hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, are blessed by it. Here are the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Christ In Me:

God made us in his image, so surely that means we must try to continue to be like God in all we do.

Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

I pray that others may see Christ in me in all I do, and that Christ may continue to grow in my live. I pray you too may become the image of Christ.

Have you ever been told that you “look just like your…” mum/dad/aunt/uncle/sister/brother…?

How do you feel when you get told you look just like one of your relatives?

Lots of questions for you today…Do you agree with other peoples’ options of who you look like? Are you happy with the comparison?

Ultimately though we have little or no control over who we look like, but we do have much more control over who we act and talk like. We can choose which characteristics or actions we copy from those we see or know.

Have you noticed how we take many of our mannerisms and characteristics directly from those we spend most of our time with. e.g. When we’re growing up most of what we learn is from our parents or siblings, when we’re married we take on characteristics from our husband or wife, or even our children!

Where do we get our Christian actions from? Again many of us learn them from our parents and siblings, or from teachers or Sunday schools, other church goers. The best person however to learn our Christians way from is God and His son Jesus. Learning from Christ is a lifetime’s task, because we must continue to learn more about God and Jesus every ay of our life.

We must always continue to grow in the image of Christ.

Genesis 1:26 (NIV)

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,  and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”