Posts Tagged ‘King’

When people throw stones at you, you can choose to throw them back, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Yes, stones may hurt and scar you when people throw them at you, but ultimately, as this quote from Nicky Gumbel suggests, it’s how we deal with the situation that shows our character and our strength.

Don’t let stones be your downfall. Instead, learn from them, and use them to build a better you.

It’s Christmas

Posted: December 27, 2016 in Christmas, life, music, religion
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So we’re now a couple of days after Christmas…has the spirit and excitement of Christmas worn off you yet?

Maybe you’ve received some excellent presents, eaten too much, and celebrated for too long, and so are still catching up on sleep and relaxation? Whether it’s two days, three days or two hundred days since Christmas Day, we really should be celebrating Christmas! Why? Because Christ is our Saviour and as such we worship Him every day, so doesn’t that make Christmas part of every day of the year?

this-is-christmas

This picture really sums up what Christmas is about. I hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family and received lots of lovely gifts, however I hope that in amongst the gifts you took time to remember Christ, and celebrate his birth.

Let’s celebrate His birth and listen to Hallelujah by Darlene Zschech.

He is here
The Savior has been born
The one we’ve waited for
Surrounded by our praises

He is here
The promise of the king
To You our lives we bring
Let your glory be revealed

Joy to the World
Peace to all who love Him
The savior has been born
And all the heavens smile

Glory to God
We bring an offering to You
Join with all the angels
Singing Hallelujah

 

He is King

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Christmas, music, religion
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He came to set us free.

His name is Jesus.

He is the Saviour of the world.

He is our King.

He is my Saviour and my King.

 

I’ve done a number of Word Associations with you over the last while, and today, as the title of this blog post suggests, I’m going to do another one, but this time it’s all about Christmas! So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Baby
  2. Star
  3. Tinsel
  4. Turkey
  5. Carol
  6. Birthday
  7. Gold
  8. Donkey
  9. Manger
  10. Angel

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Jesus
  2. Bethlehem
  3. Tree
  4. Dinner
  5. Band
  6. King
  7. Present
  8. Stable
  9. Hope
  10. Peace

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words you’d always associate with Christmas but I hope they got you thinking a little more about what Christmas means to you. As you may have gathered from my answers, Christmas for me is all about Jesus, and celebrating his birth.

I love you Lord,
And I lift my voice  to worship you.

All my soul rejoices.
Take joy my King in what you hear.
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.

The following video of Fire In the Blood by the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army features the songs Sing For Joy, You Know That We Love You as well as the chorus listed above.

Think about your life, do your actions and your words reflect how God wants us to live?

God will take joy in what he hears, if we live as he has directed. So let’s show our love for God by worshipping him and by living our life for Him. 

 

Are you a soldier of Christ?

I know you may not recognise the term “soldier” in this context, so think about it this way, are you part of the army of Christ? If you answer yes to that question, that makes you a soldier of Christ.

For those of us in the Salvation Army, the word “soldier” is a term we regularly use and that is what got me thinking about being soldiers of Christ. I think it was again at our recent Salvation Army UK Congress when we sang the following song:

Soldiers of our God, arise!
The day is drawing nearer;
Shake the slumber from your eyes,
The light is growing clearer.
Sit no longer idly by,
While the heedless millions die;
Lift the blood-stained banner high,
And take the field for Jesus.
 
Refrain:
Storm the forts of darkness,
bring them down, bring them down!
Storm the forts of darkness,
bring them down, bring them down!
Pull down the devil’s kingdom,
Where’er he holds dominion,
Storm the forts of darkness,
bring them down.
Glory, honour to the Lamb,
Praise and power to the Lamb;
Glory, honour, praise and power,
Be forever to the Lamb.
 
See the brazen hosts of hell,
Art and pow’r employing;
More than human tongue can tell,
Blood-bought souls destroying.
Hark! from ruin’s ghastly road,
Victims groan beneath their load,
Forward, O ye sons of God,
And dare or die for Jesus.
 
Warriors of the risen King,
Great army of salvation,
Spread His fame, His praises sing,
And conquer every nation.
Raise the glorious standard higher,
Work for vict’ry, never tire;
Forward march with blood and fire,
And win the world for Jesus.

Lots of references in this song to military terms such as

  • Take the field
  • Conquer
  • Forward march
  • Army of salvation
  • Raise the…standard higher
  • Victory

All of which give us quite a vivid image of what the songwriter is trying to portray to us.

At the end of the day though, it’s all about winning the world for Jesus…it’s all about transformation again isn’t it!

So as a soldier of Christ, are you ready to arise and go out into the world and transformation the world for Jesus?

Glory To The King by Darlene Zschech

You’re the comforter to the lonely
The lifter of my head
I see You veiled in majesty
We cry glory, glory
We cry glory to the King

Lord,my heart cries out
Glory to the King
My greatest love in life
I hand You everything
Glory,glory
I hear the angels sing.

Open my ears
Let me hear Your voice
To know that sweet sound
Oh my soul rejoice
Glory,glory
I hear the angels sing

You’re the Father to the fatherless
The answer to my dreams
I see you crowned in righteousness
We cry glory to the King
Comforter to the lonely
The lifter of my head
I see You veiled in majesty
We cry glory,glory
We cry glory to the King

We cry glory glory
We cry glory to the King

God is there in the depth of our despair and in the heights of our joy – Who else is there like that?

God is there for the lonely and gives them comfort – Who else is there like that?

God loves us unconditionally – Who else is there like that?

So how should we repay Him? We should give Him glory…Glory to the King!

1 Timothy 1:17 (NIV)

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

How can I stand beneath the breath of God and not be humbled?
How can I stand in God’s presence and not be moved?
God, you are truly amazing!

Are those words true for you? For me I can sometimes get caught up with the things of life itself and forget just how truly amazing and wonderful God is, however it doesn’t mean that I forget about God.

God is part of my life. He always will be because I have acknowledged His presence in my life and am truly humbled by all He has done for me and continues to do for me on a daily basis.

Humble King by Benton Brown

Oh kneel me down a-gain
here at Your feet
Show me how much You love humility
Oh Spirit be the star that leads me to
The humble heart of love I see in You

CHORUS:

You are the God of the broken
The friend of the weak
You wash the feet of the weary
Embrace the ones in need
I want to be like You, Jesus
To have this heart in me
You are the God of the humble
You are the humble King

On Calvary‘s tree the King of Glory languished,
Hel, not by nails, but by undying love,
Sin’s debt to pay, the sting of death remove.
Boundless cleansing to provide,
Mercy’s gate open wide.
 
From that sacred hill
Hope is gleaming still;
Thy shame and grief he bore;
Go in peace, sin no more.
 
His purple robe is parted ‘mong the soldiers,
that sceptre-reed discarded where it fell;
Yet, meekly borne, that crown of cruel thorn
Still attests his royal might,
Fears to quell, wrongs to right.
 
Darkness descends, the cross in mystery veiling,
Deep thunders roll and lightnings rend the skies
As jesus dies, a willing sacrifice;
God’s own word, by blood is sealed;
By his stripes we are healed.
 
His tender touch can heal the broken-hearted,
his word dispel the darkness of despair;
Come, bring thy sin, thy sorrow, pain and care,
And, believing, thou shalt prove
All the strength of his love.

Can you believe that Jesus died on a cross, just so we could be forgiven of our sins? I personally find that awesome – I don’t think there’s a better was to describe how it makes me feel.

Can you imagine sending someone you love to visit a particular location, knowing that they would be killed there? I can’t! But that’s exactly what God did, he sent Jesus down to earth knowing that he was  going to be killed. Wow!

Why did God allow his only son to be killed?…because He loves us…he loves you and he loves me. If ever someone showed us how much they loved us, surely it was God that day all those years ago when his son died on a cross.

I love the song From That Sacred Hill, I always have. However the trombone feature of the same name, has made this song come alive for me once again. I include here the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army playing this arrangement, please follow the words above…

My favourite verse of this song is the very last one…

His tender touch can heal the broken-hearted,
his word dispel the darkness of despair;
Come, bring thy sin, thy sorrow, pain and care,
And, believing, thou shalt prove
All the strength of his love.

…why? Because it reminds me that no matter what life has thrown my way, all I have to do is believe in God and he will show his love for me in ways I could never imagine.

Remember believe in God because he does love YOU!