Posts Tagged ‘saviour’

Yes, it’s Hogmanay, or new year’s eve, and it’s at this time of year  we look back over the year that is about to end, and also look forward to a brand new year. We look back at the past year of highs and lows, commit them to the past, and move forward into a brand new year, promising to make a new start, making changes in our lives to make a better future for ourselves.

This got me thinking about how this is almost what we do when we accept Christ as our Saviour and friend – We give all our past failures and sins to Him, and as we look forward to a life with Christ, we ask Him to be at the centre of all we do by letting Him not our hearts.

So this year as you look back over your life in 2017, consider whether there have been parts of it that you kept from God. If so, make a commitment to God today to let Him be at the centre of your life from now on. Let’s make 2018 the year we truly give our all to Christ.

On Monday we celebrated the birth of Jesus. That was such great news over 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, but is it still good news today in 2017?

Most of us will have celebrated Christmas is some way over these last few weeks, whether it was spending Christmas Day with your family, going out to an office party, giving or receiving gifts, carolling or attending a church carol service, going for lunch with your work colleagues. But on Christmas Day, did you take some time to celebrate the good news that Christ is alive?

Good news, great joy for all
Melody breaks through the silence
Christ, the Saviour is born!

The Christmas lights burn brightly all around as we approach Christmas Day.

Lights on the Christmas trees, lights in the windows, lights in the garden lighting the way…but do they light the way to Bethlehem, and the stable where we find the baby Jesus, Saviour of the world?

All the lights, shining brightly
As the choir of, angels sing
Singing praise, now in the highest
At the birth of, Christ the King

Yes all the lights, are shining brightly
As the choir of, angels sing
Singing praise, now in the highest
At the birth of, Christ the King

Open my eyes; O heart believe
The wonder of, that Christmas night
Be born in me

Sing again, the sacred song of
How that star lit, up the sky
And how this world, lost in the darkness
Felt the hope of, Heaven’s light

Open my eyes; O heart believe
The wonder of, that Christmas night
Be born in me

Wouldn’t it be great if, no matter what was happening in our life, we could be 100% sure what the outcome would be?

Well, while we may not know exactly how events will turn out, we can be sure that Christ is there with us.

I wonder what it feels like to have no faith:

…to think death is the end, as there’s no afterlife.

…when life gets tough, thinking there is no hope.

…to feel like you’re on your own, with no-on ever looking out for you.

I’m glad I can’t imagine what those situations feel like, because I do believe God exists and that Jesus is my Saviour.

If any of those situations sound familiar to you, I urge you today to come to God and give Him your life and your all.

Harvest is a time when we thank God for all the things that He provides for us. We give food and produce to our church to help those in our community who are in need.

But is there more to harvest than this?

Yes, it’s about ‘harvesting souls’ for Christ as well. In other words, it’s a time for us to bring others into a knowledge and understanding of God’s love.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Join me in praying today that God might use each of us to plant a seed in someone’s heart so that they might come to know God as their friend and saviour.

 

 

Easter weekend and the associated celebrations are over, so does that mean Easter is over, we can stop celebrating Christ until Christmas comes round again?

We definitely should not stop celebrating Christ just because Easter is over. After all Christ paid for our sins by giving his life, so how can we ever repay him? We will never manage to repay him for giving himself for us, but we can everything Easter is really about is just as true today and everyday, as it was during the celebrations.

 

Seeking solace in his downturned eyes,
such agonising pain betraying,
Hiding heartache through their stifled cries,
with wordless weeping, silent praying,
Beneath the bloodied,
wretched wraith,
faithful friends,
constrained or driven,
keep their vigil,
hold hard to faith,
and hear his whispered word:
Forgiven
by Stephen Pearson

Christ thought of us as he gave his life for us, so let’s make sure we think of him each and every day of the year. Let’s think of others who don’t know Him, and bring them to Him.

Is there a particular seat or chair in your house that is your go-to seat, your comfy seat?

How about shoes, do you have a favourite pair of comfy shoes that you always wear when you know you’ve got to do a bit of walking?

Comfortable is something we all like to be isn’t it – Whether that is a particular chair, or pair of shoes, having enough money to live by, or even in our friendships. But what about your relationship with God, is “comfortable” a word you’d use to describe that?

I was reminded recently of a quote I found a few years ago by Francis Chan:

But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we will live comfortable lives, and this is confirmed Matthew 5:3-5 (NIV), as we read:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Our life may not always be comfortable, even though we’d love it to be, but be assured that God will always comfort and strengthen you.

 

Lo, he comes, with clouds descending,
once for our salvation slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ the Lord returns to reign.

So Christmas has arrived!

Today we celebrate the triumphant arrival of Christ to earth all those years ago.

The Kingdom Triumphant by Eric Ball celebrates Christ triumphant arrival. The music has three main sections entitled: ‘Vision of Judgment’, ‘Remembrance of the First Advent’ and ‘Vision of the Second Advent’.

So as you celebrate Christmas Day with your family and friends, today, please remember the first advent and that birth of our Lord and Saviour, and look forward to the second advent!

Merry Christmas!

The world needs…

Posted: November 11, 2016 in cross, life, music, quotes, religion
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The world’s in a bit of a mess these days to put it mildly, isn’t it. So what do you think our world really needs?

There’s one person who can save this world, Christ…

fallen-world-risen-saviour

In order to save this world, Christ needs our help. Are you up for the challenge?