Monday, 17 June 2019

On our Doubts


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“A faith without some doubts is like a human body with no antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask the hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person's faith can collapse almost overnight if she failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.”
Tim Keller 
 
Jude 1:22 - Be merciful to those who doubt;
 
May our doubts lead us to a deeper and more genuine faith.
 
Keep walking in the ways of Christ and may he show you his path. 
 
Living in Grace
D3LM3 

Friday, 14 June 2019

Dear Jesus

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If you have ever wanted to pray, but haven't known really what to say, then use this prayer as a starting point. It is truly a great prayer.

"Dear Jesus,

Help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.


Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in
contact with may feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!


Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others; The light, O Jesus will be
all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you shining on others through me.


Let me thus praise You the way You love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by words but by my example,
by the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.
Amen." - Prayer written by John Henry Newman

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Love them anyway


Have you ever felt so despondent with people that you are tempted to pack it all in and to stop giving of yourself? If you are nodding your head right now, then you will want to read these words -

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred. 

Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. 

Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. 

Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. 

Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. 

Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. 

Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. 

Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. 

Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. 

It was never between you and them anyway."

 

These words are attributed to Mother Teresa. They have been adapted from the original words written by Dr Kent Keith.

If you find them useful please feel free to pass them on and give credit to the original authors.

Living in Grace

D3LM3


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Stopped in your tracks


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    Have you ever been so impressed by something that it has literally stopped you in your tracks? You can't believe what you are seeing & experiencing that you need to stop to appreciate what you are encountering? Usually these events leave a life changing impression upon us and we are 'different' for the experience. 

   Selwyn Hughes argues that this what our encounter with Christ should be - we should be changed by meeting Christ and then living differently. 
  
 “No one can be a disciple of Jesus unless he/she has been stopped in their tracks by Jesus & experienced an inner change.” – Selwyn Hughes

Have you experienced that inner change? Are you still allowing the Spirit of Christ to stop you in your tracks?

Living in Grace
D3LM3

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Sizonqoba

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Sizonqoba - 'together we triumph.'
This was the motivational slogan for Comrades 2019 and I felt honoured to be running in this years race. My experience of running in this awesome event is that it brings all sorts of people together, all with the same common goal - to finish the race!

Of course we can draw a wonderful parallel with our Christian race and if Jesus spoke isizulu he may have even told his disciples - Sizonqoba! As a Church community the more we learn to rely on each other and to help each other, then the more we will all triumph in the end. God is glorified in the collective Body of Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 -Finally, dear brothers, as I come to the end of this letter, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and triumph wherever it goes, winning converts everywhere as it did when it came to you.
Living in Grace
D3LM3

Sunday, 9 June 2019

The Watershed Moment

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John told his followers about the gift of the Spirit long before Pentecost. Of course, most people couldn't fully grasp what he was saying, until the actual moment took place. God chose the annual feast of Pentecost to pour out the Spirit upon the entire Church - what perfect timing. From this point on (the Watershed Moment) the people of God were mobilised to share the Good News without fear.
 
Matthew 3:11 - “I baptise with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
 
As always Eugene Peterson puts these words into language we can all relate too.
 
“I’m baptising you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”
 
The real action of our faith comes from the inspiration of the Spirit.
The Spirit ignites the Kingdom of God in us.
The Spirit changes us from the inside out.
We serve in the drama of the faith, but the main character is always JESUS.
 
Living in Grace
D3LM3

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Waiting

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When you are waiting for something it is often easier if you know when the actual date is going to be. For example, if you are preparing for a big event - like a wedding, family celebration, function, race or sports fixture - the waiting is made bearable by the prescribed date. 
 
However, when you are asked to wait for something and you have no idea when the 'date' is going to be, that is hard to do. This was the situation the disciples faced between Ascension and Pentecost. We know now that it was only 10 days for them to wait for the Spirit to descend, but they didn't know that. It could have been 2 weeks, 2 months or even 2 years.

The spiritual challenge for us is to remain patient with God's timing, even in the moments when we wish God would hurry up. God's plans and gifts are always worth waiting for!
 
Luke 3:15 - The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.

Hebrews 6:15 - And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

Living in Grace
D3LM3