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Perfect church

Posted: August 25, 2019 in church, faith, life, quotes, religion
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Is there such a thing as a perfect church?

I believe there is no such thing as a perfect church – Why? Well every one of us is imperfect, so how can a church be perfect as long as there are imperfect people attending it!

The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it. – Charles Spurgeon

There may be no such thing as a “perfect church”, but each of us can find a church where we feel “at home” and feel we can grow in our faith. I hope you’ve found your church “home” – If not I hope you find it soon – You will know when you’ve found it!

This week I’ve provided several descriptions of a Christian, and the qualities you’d expect them to have.

Descriptions are all well and good, but in reality none of us ever truly live up to what is expected of a Christian. In fact none of us ever live up to God’s expectations of us. And this is all because we are human, imperfect.

The good news is God knows we’re not perfect, accepts us as we are, and is willing to help us be the best we can be – It’s simply a learning process.

Is there such a thing as a perfect prayer?

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power. ~ Amit Ray

I’m not sure I’d call any prayer a ‘perfect prayer’, however I would say that any prayer that is uttered from the heart, is worthy of being called perfect. God wants us to give our hearts to Him, so if our prayers come from the depth of our heart, they are perfect to Him.

Sometimes I think we all need a little reminder that none of us are perfect

failing

So when you fail, don’t think God doesn’t want you or has deserted you, because you are exactly the person He wants!

Today, I simply want to tell you that His Strength Is Perfect

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength
But sometimes I wonder what He can do through me?
No great success to show, no glory on my own
Yet in my weakness He is there to let me know

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
Hell carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak become strong
His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect

We can only know the power that He holds
When we truly see how deep our weakness goes
His strength in us begins, where ours comes to an end
He hears our humble cry and proves again

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
Hell carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak become strong
His strength is perfect

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
Hell carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak become strong
His strength is perfect

His strength is perfect
Raised in His power, the weak become strong
His strength is perfect
His strength is perfect

Sometimes when life seems to be going against us, we find it difficult to find the strength to face each day. Fortunately for us, God is able to provide that much needed strength, all we have to do is trust him and believe in him, and He will provide for us, because His strength is perfect.

Isaiah 41:10 – fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

God’s strength > My weaknesses

i.e. God’s strength is perfect when our strength is gone

His Strength is Perfect

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength
But sometimes I wonder what He can do through me?
No great success to show, no glory on my own
Yet in my weakness He is there to let me know

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak become strong
His strength is perfect, His strength is perfect

We can only know the power that He holds
When we truly see how deep our weakness goes
His strength in us begins, where ours comes to an end
He hears our humble cry and proves again

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak become strong
His strength is perfect

His strength is perfect when our strength is gone
He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on
Raised in His power, the weak become strong
His strength is perfect

His strength is perfect
Raised in His power, the weak become strong
His strength is perfect
His strength is perfect

A few weeks ago, one of my friends sent me an email which contained the following – I hope they bless and inspire you as much as they did me:

When I say that ‘I am a Christian‘ I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living.’
I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name. 

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!

Be Blessed, Be a Blessing!

I’ve found that when some people find out I’m a christian, they seem to think my life somehow becomes immune from all the things others face. Well today I just want to say that, yes, I am a Christian but…

  • I don’t go about shouting it, but I hope my words and actions reflect that I’m a Christian
  • I still struggle with what life throws my way but I know God is with me and will help me through
  • I don’t expect life to be full of roses, I know there will be thorns, but I know they will make me a stronger person
  • I don’t know everything about God, but I am learning more everyday
  • I don’t judge people by their religion, or lack of one, as God is the only person qualified to judge anyone
  • I’m far from perfect, as everyone can see, yet I know God love me
  • I still get ill just like everyone else, but I know God will heal me, if it is His will
  • I feel pain just like everyone else, but God is there to comfort me and give me strength to face the next day

Lifesong by Casting Crowns

Empty hands held high
Such small sacrifice
If not joined with my life
I sing in vain tonight

May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You

Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign Your name to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You

Lord I give my life
A living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be Your hands and feet

So may the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Let my lifesong sing to You

Roses and Thorns

Posted: July 26, 2010 in life
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Some people don’t like roses because they find the thorns a nuisance because they are sharp and get in the way when you try to handle them. To me these folk are just not looking past the jagged/rough edges, so are failing to see and appreciate the beauty of a rose in full bloom.    Roses can be compared in many ways to people: 

  • we’re all different
  • we come in different shades/colours
  • we each have our rough edges or thorns
  • however we each are beautiful in our own way

With roses it’s usually quite easy to see past the thorns quite easily. However with people it can often be very difficult to see the beauty in some, as on the surface they appear to have nothing but flaws/faults/rough edges. However everyone has good or beauty within them, we just may need to dig deeper into some than others to find that good/beautiful part of them, but it is there! The following fits in with my thoughts perfectly. I hope you enjoy it. 

Of Roses and Thorns by Haley L Carson

A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom and also the thorns. And he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?” Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.  

So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.  

Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others.  

This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing their faults, recognize the nobility in their soul, and help them realize they can overcome the faults. If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns. Then will they blossom, blooming forth thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold as it is given to them.  

Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom in our own garden.