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Thursday Story

People meeting Jesus

 The story of Heidi...

We continue apace into the twentieth century and hear the story of a friend of mine. Her name is Heidi and she is from England. Let's look together at how and why she started her Christian journey and the relevancy of Jesus Christ to her life! Come and listen to her story of faith...

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Walking with Jesus 07

Loveliness & Joy


Today we glimpse together at the loveliness and joy of Jesus! Come on in to hear what we say about this WOW about Jesus Christ of Nazareth

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!" John 15:9-11 New Living Translation

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POD - Psalm 22

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Psalm 22

(as read by Kathrine D)

For the Chief Musician; set to “The Doe of the Morning.” A Psalm by David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?
My God, I cry in the daytime, but you don’t answer;
in the night season, and am not silent.
But you are holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel.
  Our fathers trusted in you.
They trusted, and you delivered them.
They cried to you, and were delivered.
They trusted in you, and were not disappointed.

But I am a worm, and no man;
a reproach of men, and despised by the people.
All those who see me mock me.
They insult me with their lips.
They shake their heads, saying,
  “He trusts in Yahweh; let him deliver him.
Let him rescue him, since he delights in him.”

But you brought me out of the womb.
You made me trust at my mother’s breasts.
I was thrown on you from my mother’s womb.
You are my God since my mother bore me.
Don’t be far from me, for trouble is near.
For there is none to help.
Many bulls have surrounded me.
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.
They open their mouths wide against me, lions tearing prey and roaring.
I am poured out like water.
All my bones are out of joint.
My heart is like wax; it is melted within me.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
You have brought me into the dust of death.

For dogs have surrounded me.
A company of evildoers have enclosed me.
They have pierced my hands and feet.
I can count all of my bones.
They look and stare at me.
They divide my garments among them.
They cast lots for my clothing.
But don’t be far off, Yahweh.
You are my help: hurry to help me.
Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog.
Save me from the lion’s mouth!
Yes, from the horns of the wild oxen, you have answered me.
  I will declare your name to my brothers.
In the midst of the assembly, I will praise you.
You who fear Yahweh, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him!
Stand in awe of him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted,
Neither has he hidden his face from him;
but when he cried to him, he heard.

Of you comes my praise in the great assembly.
I will pay my vows before those who fear him.
The humble shall eat and be satisfied.
They shall praise Yahweh who seek after him.
Let your hearts live forever.
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to Yahweh.
All the relatives of the nations shall worship before you.
For the kingdom is Yahweh’s.
He is the ruler over the nations.
All the rich ones of the earth shall eat and worship.
All those who go down to the dust shall bow before him,
even he who can’t keep his soul alive.
Posterity shall serve him.
Future generations shall be told about the Lord.
They shall come and shall declare his righteousness to a
people that shall be born, for he has done it.

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Think Spot

5 December 2016

 As part of our living as followers of Jesus, here is something which has the capability of affecting every person on the planet.

Jesus, our Master, said in Matthew 12:36-37 "But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgement for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Jesus took words and thoughts extremely seriously. Jesus’ words encouraged others gently towards paths of right living. He spoke words of love, kindness, rebuke, forgiveness, encouragement and blessing upon and to others. Jesus is to be our guide and Master in the use of thoughts and words.

In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus equates calling somebody a fool with the physical act of murder. Murder has its beginning in anger developing into uncontrollable rage. Improper attitudes, words and thoughts can lead you and I to sin if we don’t stop their destructive use quickly. May the words we communicate and think about, be like those of Jesus – “full of grace”. How is your WOW factor of Jesus now?

When Jesus Christ called you to follow Him, He called you to follow Him wholeheartedly and be committed to only Him. Jesus calls you and I, to love God and be totally committed to Him.

Here is a brief prayer to help us into the new week.

Father, help us this week to be totally committed to you in all aspects of our lives.

May those we live with, work with and interact with,
know we are your child by the words we speak.
We ask this, through the mighty name of your Son, Jesus
and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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WOW Tour USA 2016

God, broken water-pump &

Kentucky Blue Grass here we come!

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We are in a series for these Sundays, whereupon I give some personal reflections on my recent 7 weeks tour of the the USA... During that time in the USA, I sought to enable and encourage others in their faith by teaching, training and most of all, WOWing for God! It is my prayer that I was able to do that for the glory and honour of God alone.

 Today I share briefly about the final few hours in Illinois before being picked up to go down to Kentucky!  Come on in to listen...

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Gems in the Gospel of John

Part 78 - John 18:27
Peter’s failure – individual effects

 

“One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a cock began to crow.”

We looked last time at the effect Peter’s denials should have had on the corporate identity of the church. We turn now to the effect it must have had on his personal life.

He was tripped up in such a silly way. Presumably he wanted to go into the high priest’s courtyard so that he could speak in defence of Jesus. That would probably have meant that there would have been 4 crosses on the hill and little would have been accomplished, but Peter would have demonstrated his bravery. He must have had some idea what he would say in the court to the officials but the rather casual comment of the servant-girl at the entrance caught him out and he just tried to turn her aside - a mistake which led him into the sequence of three apparently small lies.

But we must not lose sight of the consequences of what he did. Had he died then who would have led the apostolic band through those first few weeks? Who would have spoken at the giving of the Spirit at Pentecost? Who would have received the visions that led to the acceptance of non-Jews into full membership of the infant church? Of course, in the plan and purpose of the Lord God somebody else could have done so but if we think and say that it is also necessary to admit that what did happen was in the plan and purpose of God and Peter was his chosen one for these tasks.

There has often in the history of the church been a choice like this, between a complete open expression of faith in Christ and an attempt to so fit into the surrounding culture that we live for another day. We might call these the straight and the crooked positions respectively. In those early days of the church they were sometimes faced with a demand to say ‘Caesar is Lord’ rather than ‘Jesus is Lord’, with death as the penalty for not doing so. It is now more than 300 years since there was any equivalent in this country when some Scots had to say ‘God save the king’ which implied king James was head of the church and not ‘king Jesus’, as they believed. If they said the wrong thing they died on the spot.

Our world divides into two parts. In most of the Western world it is accepted that people may choose who they worship and serve, or nobody. But there are other large parts of the world where they are not supposed to make such choices. Some of you are in the same privileged position that we are. Others are faced when challenged with the very difficult choice between a statement that may lead to martyrdom or one that is a less than completely honest reply.

One thing is for sure: those of us not facing this sort of dilemma should never criticise those who are, whichever decision they take. There has always been a strong tendency for those who have had the choice and have taken the straight position - the ones that survived anyway - (and those who have not had to choose and assume they would have taken the straight position) to criticise and totally reject those who did not. Yet those who were not straight are probably the ones that have sustained the church most over the centuries.

Let us all be careful and not be the ones to judge - leave that to the Lord.

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