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God placed us on this earth.

God made us who we are today.

Let’s remember to thank Him each day for giving us life.

We live because God gave us life, so we must give our all to Him in return.

I have a few favourite Christmas Carols, some because of the music, some because of the words and some because of the combination of the music and words.

One carol that I’ve always really liked is In the Bleak Midwinter which I know some have told me is a bit of a strange carol to choose as a favourite as the music seems quite sad and dismal…a bit like the first line of the carol.

For me the sadness of the music was probably what drew me to this carol in the first place, as most carols have a happier sounding tune if not a more lively melody, so this made me look at the words of the carol more closely.

It is the last verse of this carol in particular that I love:

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

Isn’t that what Christmas and Christ’s life is all about? Have you given Christ your heart this Christmas?

In my wanderings around the internet, I came across a quote which really got me thinking about my own life and whether I would actually be able to say the following when I finally meet my maker at the end of my life here on earth:

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me. ~ Erma Bombeck

My honest answer to this questions today is, no. I haven’t used all my talent for God. However, I pray today that God will help me to use all the talents He has given me, whatever they me be, to help tell others about Him, so that by doing so, when I do come face to face with God at the end of my life, I can honestly say I have used all my talents for Him.

How about you, are you using all your talents for Him?

Here’s Richard Phillips beautiful melody to Sidney Cox‘s hymn All There is of Me, as sung by The Three Sopranos, which really sums up my thoughts for today:

 

Sacrifices

Posted: February 13, 2015 in bible, life, music, quotes, religion
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Let’s start with a question:

Are you sacrificing the right things for God?

What should we sacrifice for God?

The bible tells us that “for the sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart”. So what does he require of us? He requires our will, our mind, our pride, our ambition, our desires, our all. All so that He can refine them so He can use us to further His Kingdom.

Are you ready to sacrifice your all for God?

The fourth step to recommitting your life to God is by becoming a Christian, by letting God into your whole life. i.e. Not just some parts of your life, but into the whole of your life. In John 1:12 God said:

To all who received him [Christ], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

To enable you to give the whole of your life to God, you must have completed the steps I’ve detailed over the last 4 days. i.e. Admit your sins, follow God and believe in Him.

I hope you find the words and music of All There Is of Me (performed below by The Three Sopranos) helpful, as you recommit your life to God:

Music has always been a huge part of life, both general music as well as Christian music. I’ve often found that when I’m struggling I find myself listening to music that lifts my spirit, or when I need reminded of God’s love for me, I find myself listening to songs of praise and worship – Why? I believe because God has erected me to that music.

Music is such a huge inspiration to me in my Christian life, that I often thank God for those who have been inspired by Him to write the music (and the words).  I read the following prayer on a friends Facebook status a few days ago (You know who you are, I hope you don’t mind me using it):  

We are moved by music and word , given through God , we all have different tastes , but we give thanks to those who inspire us through ,in word music and song … however it touches or moves us , in whatever form it takes we give you the thanks and praise …. for the gift you give these people who sing , speak , and write your word what an important ministry , IN YOUR NAME WE PRAY … AMEN .

There Is Music Everywhere performed here by Richard Phillips

Lit Candle

Posted: March 19, 2010 in religion
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Matthew 5:14-16

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In yesterday’s blog was all about Unlit Candles and today I want to expand on that thought…

While a candle remains unlit, it remains in the dark, just like its surroundings. Once again this is this same with us – If we have no light for others to see, then we too live in darkness and no-one will see God’s light shining within us.

In John 1:5-6, John said:

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.

Therefore, how can we claim to love and serve God while at the same time walk in darkness? If we claim to be Christians and yet remain as unlit candles, we do not know God’s truth. We not only contradict God’s message but also deny it’s truth because of the way we are living.

We are living in dark times, but this is nothing new, throughout the New Testament, we’re told how darkness stands for the opposite of the Christian life. The dark is hostile to the light – Light and darkness are natural enemies.

The darkness of this world represents those who are ignorant of  the love of God. This is why in John 12:35,  Jesus summoned His friends to:

Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.

Jesus Christ is the Light and He shares this light with every born again Christian.

Christians are candles for the Lord. We must remember that we never shine of ourselves, that we are only a light in this world while we  live in the Light of Christ Jesus. By shining our light we give light to other, and make every place we go brighter with love and grace.

I read the following somewhere recently, and felt it applicable to today’s blog post:

Great lighthouse lamps pours beams far out to sea, but it does not lighten the space around its base. Some people send brightness far away while failing to brighten their own homes and the lives of those around them. Though it is incumbent upon us to influence as far as possible, let us not forget to be a benediction to those nearest to us.

So in conclusion, think about your own life:

  • Are you a Christian?
  • Are you a lighted candle?
  • Or are you an unlit candle?

Be a candle of the Lord today and help bring light into this world that is so full of darkness.

One of my favourite Salvation Army Songster songs is The Candle of The Lord. I hope you enjoy the following version of this song performed by Richard Phillips (piano):