Friday, December 31, 2010

At the turn of the new year you might be asking: Is there more to life than this?

Your Love (Psalm 139)

Just love this video! Used it at my Rocky Kidz (children afterschool drama group) this year and the children really seemed to connect with God as we performed a beautiful dance to it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sozo: the verb 'To Save'

When Peter saw Jesus walking on water - he stepped out of the boat to walk with him. On taking his eye off Jesus and noticing the increasingly large waves around him Peter began to sink. Peter cried out "Lord save me!" (Greek: Sozo)

Similarly when they were in a boat and Jesus was asleep a storm frightened the disciples as the waves poured over the boat. They cried out to Jesus: "Lord save us! - we're going to drown"

We will only call out for a saviour when we realise that we need to be saved.

John 3: 16 is probably the most famous verse in the Bible. Less famous are the two verses that follow:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE the world through him. Whoever believes in (trusts in , clings to, relies on) him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

Like the disciples on the boat we are in need of a saviour to save us from imminent death - total separation of God.

"For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23a)

Since: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) like the disciples we are urgently in need of a saviour:

"but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6: 23b)

As our sinless Christ suffered (the most excruciating death penalty devised by man) on the cross he took the full wrath of God for our sin on his shoulders.

Are you trusting in, clinging to and relying on Jesus for forgiveness of your sin? If not here is what I suggest you urgently need to do:

(1) Recognise that you are in danger
(2) Cry out to Jesus "Lord save me!"
(3) Repent: Turn away from ALL that is not of God and turn to God - (This is possibly a good time to say sorry to God the stuff that you have done that is against His will and perhaps a good time to thank Jesus for dying on the cross)
(4) Rely on the saving blood of Jesus Christ for salvation:
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

(5) Ask God's Holy Spirit to come and live in you
(5) Enjoy your new relationship with God through Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Enjoy 'eternal life' - the best quality of life in the presence of God - a life that starts today and goes on for ever more.




Wednesday, July 7, 2010

If evolution is true ...






















mmmm if evolution is true - how come there are so many humans that have been left behind????

Friday, June 25, 2010

America and Soccer

Congratulations to all my friend from the United States for their topping their group in the World Cup Football (Soccer). You put England into second place - what's that all about then?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Who closed your mouth?

I have been thinking about Peter quite alot recently. His mouth was closed by no other than a servant girl - someone of no authority whatsoever! With a heart full of fear Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. At Pentecost we hear that with a heart full to the brinm of the Holy Spirit Peter was compelled to go out and talk about Jesus - his witness was so powerful that 3,000 people became Christians that day.

But would his new resolve last? What if he was brought in front of the authorities - would Peter be silenced once again? Well he didn't have to wait too long before he would find out. In Chapter 3 of Acts we read that Peter full of the Holy Spirit is used by God to heal a lame man and he was dragged in front of the Sanhedrin - the workplace of no other than Annas and Caiphas - the very men who with Judas plotted Jesus' death. If he was going to have his mouth closed it would be now!

Instead of being silenced he told them that they were responsible for Jesus' death - and then with John declared the all time truth:

There is salvation in no one else! Under all heaven there is no other name for men to call upon to save them'

The religious court did not know what to them - but warned them never to speak of Jesus in public again.

Peter and John replied:

"You decide whether God wants us to obey you rather than him!"

"We can not stop telling people about the wondrous things we saw Jesus do and heard him stay"

If we want revival - we need to bend down on our knees and get to the point where we can not stop telling people about the wonderous things we have seen Jesus do and say!

Who has closed your mouth?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

FLORIDA COURT SETS ATHEIST HOLY DAY

Had this sent to me via e-mail:don't know if it is true -hope so!

In Florida , an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days... The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days..

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays..".

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant."

The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."

The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."




You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Porn and Politics: What happened to integrity?

Anna Arrowsmith - Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate - is a director of Pornographic movies.

She claims to be a ' keen campaigner for women's rights'. Why then is she so willing to exploit women, through the world of pornography?

The fact that Liberal Democratic leader Nick Clegg supports her shows that the world of politics is getting seedier and seedier. His comments suggest that her private life does not affect her integrity. Rubbish! Integrity is about the whole person. If she is so willing to exploit women in this way for her own wealth, - what lengths will she go to to get where she wants to be in politics! Anyone who is willing to exploit women should not be able to represent the public in parliament! Christians should take matters like this seriously before casting their vote.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ouija Boards on sale for 8 year olds

I am disgusted and outraged to find out that Hasbro Waddington sell a Ouija Board 'game' aimed at age 8 to adults. How sick is that?

Anyone wanting to protest about this product can do so as follows:
Telephone 888-836-7025
or e-mail: consumer_affairs@hasbro.co.uk

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"I thirst"
















I thirst!

The desert place: a place of identification

Father

I thirst

In this desert place

I thirst

I thirst for an understanding of my identity in you


If! .. you are .. the Son of God …. he said to me

Abba … I do not question your Word

You declared me to be your Son

But for a deeper understanding of all that means

I thirst

Entered into human shell

Human hands

Human feet

Human heart

Human mind

I AM … called to encapsulate all that you are


Father

I thirst

In this desert place

I thirst

I thirst

for a deeper understanding

of my identity in you.


The desert place: a place of Trial and Temptation

Father

I thirst

In this desert place

I thirst

I thirst for your righteousness

Abba

Above all

I thirst to remain right with you!


He knew … he knew …

that tempter that deceiver knew

The optimum moment to strike

In that place of human weakness

Body breaking

Head pounding

Stomach craving

The evil one pounced:

‘tell these stones to become bread

test your God – throw yourself down –

let the angels attend

bow down to me

and all you could ever want for

will be yours’

But Father

This desert place

paradoxically

Is a place of unparalleled

intimacy

And in human weakness

You are made strong.


Father

I thirst

In this desert place

I thirst

I thirst for your righteousness

Abba I thirst to remain right with you!


The desert place: A place of preparation:

A place of transition

Father

I thirst

In this desert place

I thirst

I thirst for direction from you.

The desert place

The place of the scapegoat

Now ravaged by the wild beasts

The High Priest having placed the sin of Israel

Upon its shoulders

According to my Father’s word

Driven into the wilderness to die!



Father in this desert place

I find my reason for being

My purpose discovered

The direction you will take me revealed

Father here in this desert place

You are leading me

preparing to take me

where no other can go

A place of unquenchable compassion

A place of total reconciliation

For I AM

Being led to that place

Where I will say

“I thirst”



Father, Son and Holy Spirit

We thirst

We thirst for identification in you

We thirst for righteousness

We thirst for justice

We thirst for compassion

We thirst for understanding

We thirst for direction

We thirst for living water

We thirst for you

For only you O Lord

Can quench our thirst.



Friday, February 5, 2010

When God is on the Case

Yesterday I had an operation on my bowel which had a '1 in 20 chance' (doctor's words not mine!) of resulting in complications. There were a great number of people praying for me. My given Psalm reading for the day (I am following a read the Bible in a year pattern) was Psalm 16:

v 1 Keep me safe O God for in you I take refuge

v 5 Lord you have assigned me my portion and my cup, you have made my lot secure

v 8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand I will not be shaken

v9 therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices: My body will rest secure

As I finished my reading my wife brought to me her given readings for the day which she thought was for me - they included Psalm 91:
v 9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place no evil will befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling
and 1 Peter 3:
v 12 the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentitive to their prayer
and Job 11
v 18 You will have courage because you have hope. You will lie down in safety. You will lie down unafraid.
Ever had a strong feeling that God was saying that He's on your case? The incredible peace that was in my heart as I was laying down on the operation table awaiting to be given the anesthetic was beautiful! God's presence was tangible!

Today I am feeling much stronger than I should be.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Where's the hope in all this?

Images on our tvs from Haiti have disturbed and hurt us and if you are like me cost sleep. One image that did give hope was the sight of Christians worshiping God in the streets. Paul who when whipped and imprisoned and left to rot and die sang praises to God wrote: "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who ...fall asleep (die), or to greive like the rest of men who have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

It is not that we shouldn't grieve but that we shouldn't grieve like those with no hope. Christian hope is a sure hope - a certainty! We have a certain hope because of Jesus' promise that those who trust and believe in Him shall have eternal life.

Paul continued: We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep IN HIM. (v14) He died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him (5:10)

That is why those people in Haiti are able to worship their God in the most difficult of circumstances!

"Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philipians 3:4)


Thursday, January 14, 2010

A time for giving






























Haiti needs our help. We should be as generous as we can.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It was someone's intention that the cosmos in all its vastness and microscopic detail should come into being

"To make up your mind that there is a God affirms something tremendously important about being alive. It means that you believe that you do not exist by accident. Someone knows that you are there. Someone decided that you should be there. It was someone's intention that the cosmos in all its vastness and microscopic detail should come into being. That was and is God.

Christians reject the view that the presence of humans on this beautiful planet has come about by an unplanned sequence of events. They do not accept that life is merely a phenomenon that overtakes some planets in their dying years. Instead they believe that God always intended that human life, with its capacity for intelligence, goodness and love, should be the climax of a vast plan. We are incredibly fortunate to be part of that plan, because we are alive, and human life is bursting with potential."

From Now a Christian.org