Not alone anymore

Nothing like the releasing valve of the cross which lifts the shame I bear. Yes at his cross alone is where my pain, my guilt is all removed so I feel free. I find the rubble of my scattered life gently scooped up by his two scarred hands.

I watch in shock the father’s cries; he looks away, from his wounded son, to me his gazing eyes I note. He is judging him on my behalf. The price is paid the roads now cleared. My clenching fist he holds with care, offering his tender gift.

Ashamed, alone in my throbbing pain I yield to him his healing hand. So when he picks this broken clay and I’m back on the potter’s wheel again. I know that his work on me is not yet done; he moulds me to be like his holy one.

How can anyone with hopeless words with lips infected by this broken world raise their cry to holy God? Yet with this broken sorry heart, are the bold words that are coming out “my saviour, my comforter my strength, my love, my life” to you I come.

With every breath and every sigh with every worry and every smile he’s looking at me with father’s eyes. You saved this sinner and wretch that I am, holding on to my trembling hand. My tower of refuge my hiding place in you alone I rest today.

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To love someone means to see him as God intended him. – Dostoyevski

  • Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
  • If there is no God, everything is permitted.
  • To love someone means to see him as God intended him.
  • If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not only love but every living force on which the continuation of all life in the world depended, would dry up at once

Fyodor Dostoevsky dostoyevsky

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2 Kings 6:8-23 Looking at things Gods way

2 Kings 6:8-23 Looking at things Gods way / ELISHA (ə līʹ shȧ) my God is salvation.

God used enemies to chastise Israel:  Deuteronomy 28:47–48 / 47 “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you,

Enemies of Israel and Judah / Divided Kingdom : Throughout their history, Israel and Judah contended with enemies committed to their destruction.

Characteristics of Israel’s enemies:  They were often more numerous than Israel / often better equipped /  cruel and oppressive / determined to destroy Israel

Psalm 83:4 They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

The Egyptians, Amalekites , Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians / Those opposed to the rebuilding program under Ezra and Nehemiah /Haman the Persian (Esther 3), Greeks, Romans, Edomites, Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, king of Bashan, Canaanites and the surrounding nations, Syrians (Arameans) The Moabites, Ammonites, Midianites4

 

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Matthew 1:18–25 Obedience of Joseph and Promise of God

Matthew 1:18–25 Obedience of Joseph and Promise of God

 Story : In 1990, at the age of five, Luo Gang was kidnapped and sold to a family in another part of China. Unable to remember his parents’ names or the village they lived in, he stood little chance of ever going home. But 23 years later he did.

  •  Desire to see his real family – Find the truth
  • Determination to persevere in his attempt to achieve his goal (Decided not to get married before he find his parents)
  • Knew that there was more to him than what he knew about himself
  • With help from the web sight set up to reunite kidnapped children with his parents he was guided (Given help) to the exact place of his birth and was reunited with his birth parents

 ABOUT MARY AND JOSEPH

Mary would have probably been a teenager (some suggest sixteen at the oldest),

Joseph perhaps between eighteen and twenty; their parents likely arranged their marriage, with Mary and Joseph’s consent.

woman with a child, divorced  / infidelity, would be hard pressed to find another husband, leaving her without means of support if her parents died.

Much later rabbinic tradition charges that Mary slept with another man, some have insinuated that she was violated by Roman solder.

 

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Matthew 3:1–12 Uncompromising message by the submissive servant

Matthew 3:1–12 Uncompromising message by the submissive servant Preparing The Way Of The Lord (3:1-12)

Who was John the Baptist? After four hundred silent years, God was speaking through a new prophet who called people to repentance and promised someone greater to come.

  • John was a Levite. His father Zechariah was a Temple priest of the line of Abijah, and his mother Elizabeth was also descended from Aaron (Luke 1:5).
  • Jesus Christ and John the Baptist were related. Their mothers, Mary and Elizabeth, were cousins. (Luke 1:36).
  • John the Baptist was born 6 months before Jesus Christ (Luke 1:36). He died about 6 months before Jesus Christ (Matthew 14:10-12).
  • The angel Gabriel separately announced the coming births of Jesus Christ and John
  • Servant of God who made himself available
  • Prophet greatest of all / Jesus says he was the prophesized returning Elijah
  • preached in the wilderness of Judea – Mt 3:1
  • had a successful ministry – Mt 3:5-6
  • cut short by his imprisonment – Mt 4:12
  • All four gospels mention John’s ministry
  • His ministry prepared people for the coming of the Messiah

 

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2 Corinthians 5:14–6:2 Temporal and Eternal / Old and New

2 Corinthians 5:14–6:2  Temporal and Eternal / Old and New

1.       Who here would not like a new beginning / 2nd chance

2.       Older person may wish “If I could go back and start over?”

a.       Bad choices / unpleasant experiences / causing hurt and regret

b.       If I could take my words back / make different choices

c.       Time travel is impossible / God offers new beginning

Illustration : Broken legs need to be healed and mended! This takes time.

JOKE: A new hair salon opened up for business right across the street from the old established hair cutters place. They put up a big bold sigh which read:

WE GIVE $7 HAIRCUTS!?  /  Not to be outdone, the old Master Barber put up his own sign: WE FIX $7 HAIRCUTS!

One area of your life can have a new beginning today: Your spiritual life can have a FRESH NEW START!

 

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What does Christ mean to you?

Christ is not valued at all; unless He is valued above all. -Augustine

Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

This is one of the main reasons today, why young men find this so difficult; must we open our “heart” to follow Jesus? As followers of Christ, we are supposed to give up all. And this in the world that  is asking us to take full control of our destiny. Our man dominated culture of great self confidence, is now being replaced by the submission to God and to God confidence, God dependency and God centered lives.

To love means to open oneself, to make yourself vulnerable to someone else’s ideas and plans. Ironical this change has made me better father, better husband and better friend.

My wife use to say “Its better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” Now that we have been married for nearly 18 years she says this no more. And the reason why; its that one gets use to the love, begins to trust the person and feels comfortable in their presence. This comes with maturity and experience acquired as we share our lives with each other.

Yes the Bible does portray us (Christians) as the Bride of Christ but it also shows God as the God the Father who cares for his children. His love is deeper and wider and more meaningful that we could understand, yet even though we are so low in our ability to understand him he is not shy in his abundance of his revelation.

What does Jesus mean to you, are you ashamed of the Cross? Or do you testify to its power to save and transform.

God bless

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