Jun 27, 2016

Think Spot 27 june 2016

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Think Spot - 27th June 2016
Be Authentic

"Such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present." (2 Corinthians 10:11)

For those of us who engage in social media, writing letters or emails to people or as we talk to people on phones are we the same person then as when we are with people face to face? Is your behaviour with people when not physically with them the same as your behaviour when you are physically with them?

That is how the great Apostle Paul was with people - the same in their presence or away from them. That is what he urged his readers, the Corinth church, to be like... God wants the same from us - authenticity and relying on Him to help us be authentic Christians living in what is often an unauthentic world...


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Jun 20, 2016

Think Spot 20 june 2016

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Think Spot - 20th June 2016

Yesterday in the UK & USA it was Fathers Day - a day to honour our fathers... My father has been dead now for 23 years. I still remember the phone call I got from my mother saying he had passed on. What is the best way that I can remember my earthly father? The best way I can keep the memory of my dad alive, is to show love to others. After all, he loved me at my worst (and that was pretty bad, albeit a long time ago)! Sure it can be risky, but it pays off more than it doesn't...

A similar picture to the love that God has for me - sacrificial and practical...

‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ John 13:34-35


Christians are commanded to love others - all others and without exception... We are to love others as God loves - sacrifically and practically... As we love other people practically, God's love is shown and revealed...

Go into this new week, to love others. If you don't know how to love a particular person, ask God to show you and tell you - He will do so if you ask!

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Jun 13, 2016

Think Spot 13 June 2016

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Think Spot - 13th June 2016

John 13:34-35 And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples. (Good News Translation)

Romans 12:10 Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. (Good News Translation)

I may forget a conversation after 5 minutes - and often do increasingly... I may come eventually to even forget my own thoughts after 30 seconds... But I haven't forgotten the feeling of being loved and knowing that I am loved by others - and I hope I never do... That feeling/memory is increasingly what I want others to know too - that I hope I have shown that person love in some way...
As Christians we are to show love to people - al people. It is to be a love which reflects the love that God has for people. This is a love which is gives the best to the other person. As we go into this week, show a giving love to those you meet. Ask God to show you how you can do this, particularly to those you wouldn't ordinarily spend time with...


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Jun 6, 2016

Think Spot 6 june 2016

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Think Spot - 6th June 2016

John 3:16 tells us this: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

That is perhaps the best known Bible verse in the world! But how many of us, particularly those who would call ourselves Christian, know 1 John 3:16 "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."

So as we go into this new week, consider how you can love others sacrificially, generously and graciously this week - then reflecting the very love of God to people.

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May 30, 2016

Think Spot 30 May 2016

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Think Spot - 30th May 2016

As we read the New Testament, we see that the early church had passion for God. For generally speaking, they had a pretty good idea of what it meant for God to become human, when the Almighty, holy & sinless God, became human, became sin and the clean became dirty.

Why? So that humans could choose to enter back into a living and dynamic relationship with God, where they are individually ransomed, healed, restored and forgiven. Is that not a WOW? That is the message of Paul and the early church which grew extraordinarily. As we read the Book of Acts and the letters & history of the very early Church, we see them getting their hands dirty and reflecting the God they claimed to follow - breaking down the barriers...

It is time we as the 21st century church did likewise if we are not already. We can do it - individually, as small groups and as churches together. Go this week and make your own life count for the God you follow and love. Amen.

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May 23, 2016

Think Spot 23 May 2016

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Think Spot - 23rd May 2016

One of the key verses in the Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippian church is
 "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)

Indeed, as we read the life of Paul and his ministry and witness for Jesus Christ, those words could be said to be Paul's motto or maxim for his life of service to God. The Apostle Paul's view of God and of Jesus Christ was not too small. Over 50 times in this letter to the Philippians, Paul states the name of Jesus or of Christ and that doesn't include the pronouns such as he, his and him. Paul was besotted with God. Paul was besotted with Jesus Christ.

Are you, if you are a Christian, besotted with Jesus - the God you claim to follow? Go into this week, knowing that God loves you and safely knowing that He cares deeply for you. Put your cares and concerns in His hands and let Him lavish his care upon you.

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