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Today is known as Palm Sunday. It’s a day Christians around the world celebrate as we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, one week before he was crucified.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem that day on a donkey – in those days a donkey was a symbol of peace. Crowds paved his way with palm branches – in those days this indicated that a king or dignitary was arriving in victory or triumph!

Mark 11:7-11 (The Living Bible)

So the colt was brought to Jesus, and the disciples threw their cloaks across its back for him to ride on. Then many in the crowd spread out their coats along the road before him, while others threw down leafy branches from the fields.

He was in the centre of the procession with crowds ahead and behind, and all of them shouting, “Hail to the King! Praise God for him who comes in the name of the Lord!” . . .  “Praise God for the return of our father David’s kingdom. . . . ” “Hail to the King of the universe!”

And so he entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a time a reflection and celebration, which we call Holy Week. It follows Christ’s journey from his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, to his crucifixion on the cross. Holy week runs from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday.

Receive

Posted: October 17, 2018 in belief, bible, Internet, life, quotes, Relationships, religion, stress
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Have you ever been waiting for something to be delivered, and become very impatient when it doesn’t arrive when expected? In these days when we can order things on-line for delivery later that same day, I suspect we’ve all found ourselves in that situation, but hopefully not too often!

Just as we can become impatient when deliveries do not arrive when we expect them, so we can become frustrated with God when he doesn’t answer our prayers when we expect Him to, or in the way we want him to.

Shame on us for thinking that though, as God will always answer our prayers:

Mark 11:24 (The Passion translation)

This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

Whenever we ask God for anything, we simply need to believe He will answer our request, and God will deliver in His time – which may or may not be in the timescale we were expecting.

Have you noticed how whenever there are young children about, they always seem to be at the centre of everyone’s attention. We all want a cuddle from the child, or the child to reach out to us for help or guidance.

So maybe today’s bible verses that relate to the ‘faith of a child’, are more about our faith than actually the faith of a child. Today’s verses are from Mark 9:36-37 (TPT)

He wrapped the child in his arms and said to them, “Whoever welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me welcomes not only me, but the one who sent me.”

We we can’t accept the innocence of a child with open arms, how can we accept other who have life experiences behind them, and therefore have their failures and flaws. So we are expected to treat everyone as a child, in other words, accept them unconditionally, ignoring anything that may distract us from accepting them.

It can sometimes feel like everything you try to achieve is impossible. When we try to do things on our own without seeking God’s help, we are always likely to fail.

However, as we’re told in Mark’s gospel, if we give everything to God, He can help us achieve great things.

How hard is that!

Yes, when people hurt us, physically or emotionally, it can be extremely difficult to forgive them. It can be even more difficult to forgive them if they’re not sorry for what they’ve said or done.

However as Christians we must be willing to forgive and forget, even when those concerned aren’t sorry!

Help my unbelief

Posted: March 28, 2017 in belief, bible, life, love, music, prayer, quotes, religion
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No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” ~ Mark 9:23-24 (The Message)

Even once we give our hearts and lives to God, that won’t stop us having doubts about God. However if we pray and ask God to help rid us of our unbelief, He will give us the strength and knowledge to always believe in Him.

I do believe!

Posted: March 27, 2017 in belief, bible, family, life, love, music, quotes, religion
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Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” ~ Mark 9:24 (NIV)

How about you, did you have that eureka moment in your life when you suddenly realised that you do believe in God? Or have you always known God was there and so have believed in Him for as long as you remember?

However, and whenever you told God you truly believed in Him, doesn’t really matter, as ultimately the fact that you do believe is all God asked of you.

under-the-weatherWhen you’re feeling ill or unwell, you seek medical advice, by either going to see your doctor or attending hospital.

But what about when you’re struggling with life or struggling spiritually?

Funny how when we’re struggling, God is often not the person we turn to even although he is “The Great Physician”

Mark 2:17 (NIV)

Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”

So if you’re feeling under the weather, always remember Jesus is there for you.

God can

Posted: June 18, 2014 in life, love, music, quotes, Relationships, religion
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god can

Do you believe in God?

Do you believe God can do anything?

Do you believe God can heal the broken-hearted?

Do you believe God can help you achieve anything?

Do you believe God will help you achieve everything he asks of you?

I believe, do you?

 

Today, as the title of my blog post suggests, is Palm Sunday, but do you know why it is called Pam Sunday and what is celebrated on this day each year?

Palm Sunday is the day on which Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, one week before his death and subsequent resurrection. The bible tells us that when Christ entered Jerusalem huge crowds welcomed him, waving palm branches and covering his path with the palm branches.

Mark 11:7-11 (The Living Bible)

So the colt was brought to Jesus, and the disciples threw their cloaks across its back for him to ride on. Then many in the crowd spread out their coats along the road before him, while others threw down leafy branches from the fields.

He was in the centre of the procession with crowds ahead and behind, and all of them shouting, “Hail to the King! Praise God for him who comes in the name of the Lord!” . . .  “Praise God for the return of our father David’s kingdom. . . . ” “Hail to the King of the universe!”

And so he entered Jerusalem and went into the Temple.

Palm Sunday marks the start of a time a reflection and celebration known as Holy Week, which follows Christ’s journey from to the cross. Holy week runs from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday is sometimes also called Passion Sunday.