Friday, July 26, 2013

Christians who have forgiven much

“Alan was a man who was driven by love and compassion and he would not want any of us to hold on to feelings of hate and unforgiveness. So in honour of Alan and in honour of the God we both love, my prayer is that this story doesn't end today. My prayer is that Jonathan Bowling and Ashley Foster will come to understand and experience the love and kindness of the God who made them in His own image and that God's great mercy will inspire both of them to true repentance.”

Maureen Greaves is an amazing beautiful Holy Spirit filled gracious lady and a fearless Evangelist. Alan indeed a most generous and loving man - now with the Lord.
 
Maureen Greaves is here following the example of Jesus, Stephen, Corrie ten boom, Nelson Mandella, Kim Phuc, Gordon Wilson and many more Spirit filled Christians, as she forgives her husband's murderers and prays for their salvation.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I hurt!

 
Love is my first and foremost motive for telling the Gospel. I deeply love Jesus and deeply love my neighbours.
 
I live in a community of hurting people and I hurt for those who are hurting. I hurt for those who seek some kind of hope through yet another inappropriate relationship, I hurt for those who have had yet another child removed from their care, (I hurt for that child!) I hurt for those who get into huge debt because they feel that possessions will bring some sense of satisfaction to their lives, I hurt for those suffering from addiction of alcohol and other drugs. I hurt when children are suffering from family breakdown, when they are growing up without any sense of hope, when they are made out (often by people who should know better!) to be nobodies, when they are labelled as 'compulsive liars' or 'compulsive thieves.'  
 
I am not talking about statistics here, I am talking about individuals whom I know and love.
 
And I am in no place to judge  - I have fallen short of God's best on much of the above.
 
Perhaps that is why I hurt for the lost.
 
That is my sole motivation for facing ridicule for offering something better.  I know that the only way these beautiful(!) people will receive the healing they need is through a transforming relationship with Jesus first as Lord then as Saviour.
 
Jesus said:
 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to preach the good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom
for the prisoners
and recovery of the slight for the blind,
to release the oppressed
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour. Luke 4: 18 -19

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Male 'wives' and female 'husbands' I personally believe this simply can't be right!

 
My personal view on this is that the Government is making an horrendous mess!  In a strange way the Government's intervention on marriage feels to me like a matter  from George Orwell's 1984 - only with an illiberal liberal agenda . I personally feel sure that the 'Thought Police' will be hunting out those who disapprove to all this all too soon, dismissing school teachers and Christian Registrars who conscientiously can not in any way promote same sex marriage. I am not sure that even the Church will be safe from civil law when European courts are asked to intervene!