Monday, 10 May 2021

Sinners to saints

 

We should all stop and marvel at how God changes the hearts of even the hardest of people. We may not consider ourselves sinners on a grand scale, but all followers of Jesus need to have moved from being 'sinners' to saints. No one starts the spiritual lives already in the kingdom of God - we need to choose to move from our kingdom to be under God's reign. 

Romans 5:19 - "For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous."

Living in Grace

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Sunday, 9 May 2021

Mother's day



“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you." - Exodus 20:12

On Mother's day (9th May) we offer up a special prayer of thanksgiving for all mothers (and women in general). We should be grateful for the remarkable role that they play in the lives of our communities. 

"Dear Lord,

Thank you for the gift of women in our communities, and especially for mothers today. We are deeply grateful for their compassion, wisdom, strength and graciousness. We acknowledge the roles they play in guiding and nurturing the hearts of the younger generation, as well as their Godly example. We thank you for their protective instincts and their often unselfish actions.

Sadly, not all people have the gift of a good relationship with their mothers and so we pray for these broken relationships, as well as for those mothers who have already passed away. We ask that the void left by these mothers would be filled by friends, family and Church community. 

Thank you for the role that Mary played in raising the young Jesus and for the way she would have nurtured him and taught him many things. It is profound that the Incarnation of the Messiah included years of being loved and mentored by his parents. Surely, this is not an accident, but a recognition of the importance of these roles.

Lord in your mercy, please hear our prayers. Amen."

Living in grace

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Saturday, 8 May 2021

Thinking leads to actions


"Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts." - Soren Kiekergaard

Proverbs 23:7 - "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he."

It is so true that the more we dwell and think on certain things we slowly start to act more inline with those thoughts and ideas.

So, what are you thinking about at the moment?

Is it changing your actions?

Living in Grace

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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Love and hate



What do you make of these words from two hugely influential people:

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." - Martin Luther King Jnr.

Jesus said it like this:
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." - Luke 6:26-28

Is there room in our hearts for both?
I don't think so.

Living in Grace
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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Aslan the strong


C.S. Lewis created the character of Aslan in his incredible Chronicles of Narnia series and I am grateful for the remarkable image of the strong Lion. Aslan has an obvious correlation with King Jesus and it is interesting that whenever he shows up in the book, he brings hope, authority and love to the others. I think that Lewis did a great job of portraying the strong, but compassionate side of the Lion. 

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

May Jesus Christ bring into your life the same strength, peace and love that you need right now. 

Isaiah 40:29He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.

Living in Grace
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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Inexhaustible


I have come to believe that Prayer is inexhaustible. We could pray for every remaining minute of our lives and still not comprehend the depths and mystery of prayer. For this reason I love reading the thoughts and ideas on prayer, from those who have gone before us. These faithful prayer warriors teach us another beautiful aspect of the ocean of prayer.

Here are a few to inspire you today:

"Sometimes a person prays with his tears, even when words are missing." - Bill Gothard

"Daily prayer for daily needs." - E.M. Bounds

"The great gift of God in prayer is Himself." - Maxie Dunnam

As you find the time to communion with God today I pray that you may experience the light and love of His spirit.

1 Kings 8:28 - "Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day."

Living in Grace

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Monday, 3 May 2021

Waiting Patiently


The great nineteenth century evangelist George Muller remarked if you continue to wait patiently and believingly upon God; then answers will surely be given to your prayers.” Today’s reading reminds us that our patience with the Lord will be rewarded in the end, we just may need to be very patient.

Psalm 40:1 - "I waited patiently for the Lordhe turned to me and heard my cry."

"I waited and waited and waited for GodAt last he looked; finally he listened." - Eugene Peterson in the Message

The words 'waiting' and 'patiently' don't usually go hand in hand, but I guess we are urged to keep trusting in God's ability to deliver us from our times of trouble.

Living in Grace

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