Thursday, 13 August 2020

A new foundation

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It saddens me when people abuse the grace God has given to us. I see this happening in many ways, but the one that causes me the most frustration is when people adopt this attitude: 

"God loves me and will forgive me, so I can do what I like!" 

This is not only a false understanding of God's holiness, but also his Love. From a human perspective can you imagine the consequences for a child who says to their parents: "I know you love me and won't discipline me, so I am going to do what I like!" That certainly would never fly in our home and I don't believe God would let it slide either. I like the words of the Life Application Study Bible that say:

 “God’s grace does not cancel our duty to obey Jesus: it gives our obedience a new basis.” 

Our obedience to Jesus is based on our reaction to his immeasurable grace. The way we respond to God's overtures of love is show it by our actions.

Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” 

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Missing Fellowship

True fellowship (Philippians 1) – Doxa Deo Bloemfontein

I am missing the fellowship of meeting together as believers. I think that this week has just been one of those moments where the reality of not 'being together' has begun to hit home. On the one hand, I am truly grateful for what modern technology gives to us, especially in times like Covid-19, but on the other hand, I am acutely aware of what it lacks in many other areas. 

There is a lovely Hymn that speaks of the gift of worshipping together and as I offer you these words, may you know that we are still united in the Presence of Jesus Christ. I hope that when we eventually get back together in a worship venue, that beauty of that moment will never be taken for granted again!

"All praise to our redeeming Lord,
who joins us by his grace,
and bids us, each to each restored,
together seek his face.

He bids us build each other up;
and gathered into one,
to our high calling’s glorious hope,
we hand in hand go on.

The gift which he on one bestows
we all delight to prove;
the grace through every vessel flows,
in purest streams of love.

Even now we think and speak the same,
and cordially agree;
concentered all, through Jesus’ name,
in perfect harmony.

We all partake the joy of one,
the common peace we feel,
a peace to sensual minds unknown,
a joy unspeakable.

And if our fellowship below
in Jesus be so sweet,
What height of rapture shall we know
When round his throne we meet."
- Charles Wesley

What do you miss the most about 'Church Life' at the moment?

Living in Grace


Wednesday, 12 August 2020

The Canopy

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The scriptures capture some beautiful images of God's love and protection for all God's children. Isaiah is one of those prophets who used many creative 'pictures' to share the message of God's mercy with the Israelites. Reading through Isaiah 4, I came to these verses which I want to share with you today:

"Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain."

What do you think of that? 

I love the image of the canopy - God's glory will be like a canopy protecting us from the sun (heat) and hiding place protecting us from the storms of life.

"If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest." - Corrie Ten Boom

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Monday, 10 August 2020

One life is all we have

                                                        Joan of Arc - Death, Facts & Accomplishments - Biography

In this month of August, where we honour the women in our communities, I have chosen to share a few quotes from Joan of Arc, also known as the Maid of Orleans. She was a remarkable woman indeed and her complete loyalty to God cannot be denied. Although some of her ideas may have seemed a little strange, she was willing to live and die for Jesus. May these words inspire you today.

You say that you are my judge; I do not know if you are; but take good heed not to judge me ill, because you would put yourself in great peril.


Go forward bravely. Fear nothing. Trust in God; all will be well.

 Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, nevertheless they give up their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it, and then it's gone. But to surrender what you are, and live without belief - that's more terrible than dying - more terrible than dying young.

As you live your one life, offer it to Jesus.

Luke 13:23 (The Message) -  "Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention."

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Saturday, 8 August 2020

The story in the Ocean waves

                                            Psalm 93:3-4 Illustrated: "Mightier than the Thunder" — Heartlight ...

If you love the oceans, waves, outdoors and nature, then you will want to watch this short devotion I put together via video. It has no speaking, just music and lovely photos. Enjoy it and let me know what you think.

Psalm 93:3-4
The seas have lifted up, Lord,
    the seas have lifted up their voice;
    the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
    mightier than the breakers of the sea—
    the Lord on high is mighty.

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P.S. If you trouble with the link then just go to my YouTube channel and watch it there :)

Friday, 7 August 2020

I call you "Daughter!"

                                                        Mark 5:34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you ...
Carrying on with yesterday's story from Mark 5, which includes the unnamed woman who had been suffering with a Haemorrhage for 12 years, we note something remarkable....

Although she has not been given a name (by Mark) she would have obviously had her own name. Jesus knows that she is a person of value, and despite her suffering, Jesus calls her by a new name in this powerful account.

Jesus calls her 'Daughter', which may seem like a generic term to most of us, but for this woman it would have been life-changing. Not only was she excluded from worship (for at least 12 years), but she was yet to encounter the Messiah. This moment, brings her physical healing and the beautiful gift of becoming a child of God.

Isaiah 62:2 -"The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow."

Thought: Sometimes we have to go through trials and suffering to truly discover that we are valued and loved by God. God knows our names and he calls us to be a part of his family.

Living in Grace

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Trying to understand Jesus

                                        Understanding Jesus - First Baptist Church Tomball

When we read through the accounts of Jesus we may not initially understand what he was up to. For example, this week I was sharing around Mark 5 (the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years) and how when she had received healing by touching Jesus's cloak, Jesus wanted to know who had touched him. At first glance it may seem that Jesus is drawing attention to this unnamed woman that could be embarrassing for her - I mean, why not simply let her go home and enjoy her moment?

The reason why Jesus wants to know who has touched his cloak is not for his sake, but rather for her sake. As David Smith suggests: "she would have lost the chief blessing of her life" if she had simple melted back into the crowd. Jesus understood that she needed more than physical healing only - she needed to know the PEACE of God upon her life and this is what he gives to her. Remember his words?

"Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from her suffering." (Mark 5:34)

Thought: Jesus's ways may not make sense to us at times, but do we trust that He has our best interests at heart?

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