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Calvary

Posted: April 19, 2019 in belief, cross, death, Easter, finance, life, music, religion, words
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When a friend or family member pays a debt on your behalf, maybe even a relief that you don’t need to worry about a debt any more.

The same applies to us when we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour, because on that first Good Friday, Christ paid the ultimate price for our debts, death! Because of Calvary our debt to God has not only been paid, but has allowed us to be forgiven of our sins and promised eternal life with God.

Calvary has paid our debt, because Christ paid the ultimate price for us.

The Saviour alone carried the cross
For all of my debts, He paid the cost
Salvation complete now forever I’m free
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

No power on Earth
Not even the grave
Could separate us from mercy and grace
He is faithful to save, oh His blood never fails
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

No one but Jesus
Can make us pure as snow
We stand in Your freedom
Calvary covers it all

Calvary covers it all
My sin and shame, don’t count anymore
All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

All praise to the One who has ransomed my soul
Calvary covers it all

You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power.
Your knowledge of me is too deep; it is beyond my understanding.

Psalm 139:5-6 (Good News translation)

Yesterday I shared verses 1-6 of Psalm 139, where we are reminded that God knows absolutely everything about us, even before we’ve thought or done it ourselves.

It’s amazing to know there is someone who knows us so well isn’t it? It’s even more amazing when we acknowledge that not only does God know everything about us, He’s also there with us through every step of our life, protecting us and guiding us.

We can only truly experience that wonderful protection and guidance from God when we fully accept Him as our Lord. Only then will we understand just how much He loves us. So I urge you today, let Him be your everything.

I am sure of this, are you?

Even during the most difficult of times, I still praise the Lord, because I know He loves me – Do you?

Too late

Posted: November 26, 2018 in birthday, death, family, Health, hope, life, love, music, religion
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Are you a person who is always very early for every event, or are you always running about at the last minute to get there just in time?

There are some things in life that it doesn’t really matter whether you get there on time or not, such as:

  • shopping
  • parties
  • meetings
  • lunch or dinner dates
  • bus or train

You may not agree with some of those things, but really does it matter if you’re late for them. i.e. is it a matter of life or death?

Speaking of life or death, there are some life events that you probably don’t want to be late for:

  • birth of your child
  • death of a love one

It’s not the end of the world if you do miss these events, but if for example you aren’t with a loved one when they die it can be difficult to forgive yourself for not being there for them, and for you when they most needed you.

There is one other life or death situation we must not be late for, and that’s giving your heart and your all to God. If we’re too late at doing this, i.e. we die before we get round to accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour, it’s too late, our future has been decided.

A few days ago I came across a t-shirt I’d bought at a concert, and on the back of it it said, “I’ve been waiting…for so long””.

My first question is, do you know what concert I’d have bought that t-shirt at?

Secondly I want to ask you, what are you waiting for?

We spend a lot of time waiting don’t we, in queue, for someone to arrive or depart, for something to start or finish, maybe wait for someone to tell us how they feel about us, exam results, or wait for news of a loved one… the list is endless.

What about God? Have you waiting for him to answer your prayers? Are you still waiting for him to answer your prayers?

If you haven’t already accepted God into your life, it’s not too late, because he is still waiting for you. God waits for each one of us to turn to him, and he will wait forever if that’s how long it takes us to acknowledge him as our Lord.

As I lay in bed the other night a John Gowans and John Larsson chorus which I don’t think I have heard for a while, came into my mind:

We’re all seeking the same Saviour,
We’re all seeking the self-same Lord.
We’re all claiming the same cleansing,
We’re all finding our peace restored.

I’m sure we’ve all come across churches where it can seem as if everyone pulling in different directions with different aims and objectives. When that happens, those within the church are definitely not serving the same God. I will go further than that and say that if they are not seeking and serving the same God, are they even serving God at all?

We’re only human, so disagreements are natural, but when they happen in our church we really should know better shouldn’t we?

So I leave you with this, is everyone in your church seeking the same Saviour and serving the self-same Lord? If the answer to that is ‘No’, it’s time to put past disagreements and difference behind you, dismantle those cliques and let your church become an inclusive place where everyone and anyone can come and feel welcome and without fear of judgement or exclusion. Because if we’re all serving the self-same Lord, isn’t that what He would expect of us?

Yesterday in Spread Love I asked that we all try to spread some love, because it could make a huge difference to someone’s day.

In a similar vein, we should always be kind to others, as kindness costs the giver nothing, but may be the lifeline the receiver is desperately in need of.

2 Samuel 2:6 (NIV)

May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favour because you have done this.

Kindness encourages kindness, and kindness makes other’s lives brighter, so be spread some kindness each day.

When I hear the word ‘noble’ I always tend to think of royalty or at the least the upper class or those with titles such as lord, dame, count or countess. I’m sure there are many people who consider themselves to be nobility that would treat everyone they meet, regardless of their background, exactly the same.

Having said that I know there are people who ‘look down’ on others simply because they think they are superior to them in some way. This simply isn’t acceptable, as we should all be treated as equals, and as the following quote reminds us, the only person I want to be superior to is my former self!

How about you, are you superior to your former self, rather than to others? If not, maybe it’s time to change and become superior to your former self instead of to others.

When you’re at your lowest, what raises your spirits and helps you see a future you want to be part of?

For me, when I’ve been at my lowest I had someone who gave me the strength and reassurance to get me through.

At work we have managers or team leaders who are there to guide, direct and teach us.

How about in your life as a whole? Do you know who is leading you?

God is my Lord, and my leader. I hope He is your leader too.