Light and evil

light-bulb-1425824-640x480We see so much going on in our world. We see hate and violence. Where one community attacks the other and then there is retaliation. So the circle continues.

I believe in justice and freedom to live without fear.

As a follower of Jesus I see a few things I need to do.

Being light: A person who shows people Jesus and his teaching. Jesus was a man of peace who cared for the lost, lonely, broken, destitute, etc… and he wanted people to have a relationship with God.

Jesus was willing to die to show God’s love, mercy and grace. And by believing in him and his resurrection we can live in hope of a better way and life.

A harder thing for anyone is to love our enemies whoever they might be. Yes if I am was part of a family who lost a loved one, I would find it very hard. But seeing situations where people have chosen to love rather than hate, we see things have changed for the better. We know how unjust life is. In Jesus’ time we see the people who were supposed to welcome Jesus, were the ones responsible for his death.

Let us pray for peace, and a desire to work together for a better world, a world which values and lives out the teachings of Jesus.

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Money

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Those who had plenty gave a small percentage of what they had spare, while a poor old lady gave all that she had left. (based on Mark 12:41-44)

What is the value of the money in your pocket or bank account? How do you view it? Are you eyeing up a new purchase or food that you do not need for your stomach?

How do you view what is around you? The poor, the needy? Institutions that support you? The unemployed, the hungry, the refugee, the lost?

Jesus talks about the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God (Matthew 5:3).

If you view the world for what you can get out of it with your money, then you are a long way from God’s Kingdom, a fair and just system. It is a world where self is the most important at the expense of all else. I stand guilty as all, as I neither have a valid excuse.

The poor widow may be sad and lonely. Struggling daily to survive. But she had found something in her life that meant everything to her. A reason to keep going. A hope, that one day there will be a better life. She had something which she could hold onto daily, which would not let her down.

Where is your hope and mine? Happiness cannot be found in spending lot of money on ourselves. Of course we need it to buy food, and help pay for utilities and a roof over our heads. But our true fulfillment and meaning cannot be found in it. It creates a superficial world where there will be more false than truth.

We need to take a real hard look at the money we have and see how we can be generous to others.

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Taking that step

journeyHow are you with God? If you are searching, here is my story or journey.

I want the best for people, I want to see them happy and fulfilled. I would like them to know Jesus and a change for the better that can occur in their lives.

But I forget, forget about myself and my own journey. Am I doing OK? Am I close to God or am I just creating something in my own mind and then sharing it. An ideology.

I had a picture recently based on the prodigal son.

The trip home to the father (God) I came to a fence. The fence surrounds the property of the father. I would stand at this fence looking in, looking at how great it would be to enter the property and enjoy a friendship with the father. I even tell others, those I trust about how great it is to know the father, while with others I kept quiet, in case they found out about my desire to enter. When the father came close to the fence I would start running in the opposite direction.

I also became jealous of those who entered and were being blessed by the father. Like the prodigal son! I even made judgements on these types of people.

So what is your reaction to God’s calling in your life? Is everything quiet. I would encourage you to start searching.

Are you an observer. Make a choice today to choose the right thing and come to the father, the invitation is there.

Are you enjoying a friendship with the father (God). Great, keep going and growing.

I myself with each day choose to accept God’s invitation.

Dear God

I am searching, wanting to find answers and to believe in something. I have many images of you. May I accept that you are a heavenly father that cares passionately for me, waiting to welcome me home no matter how bad I have been. I choose to choose you, to commit my life to serving you. In Jesus name. Amen.

Dear God, I have moments where I doubt you and your love for me. I have chosen a life away from you. But time after time I find myself in trouble. I choose now to stop searching, stop running and to return to you. In Jesus name. Amen

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God is waiting

Luke 15:11-32

We have choices in our lives. Good and bad. How are your choices? Do you find contentment with yours? Lets examine the prodigal son.

The prodigal wants his own life and not be accountable to anyone.
He sees a certain type of lifestyle and sacrifices everything for that
Sacrifices all his relationships
Lives it up with no restriction as he has money

But money runs out and there is a famine
Work is hard to get
He looses friends
He finds himself in a worse position than that of being at home

So he makes a decision (repentance – turn his life around)
To go back home and become a servant in his fathers home
As he feels he no longer can be called a son
But his father is always on a look out for his return
When he returns he runs to meet him
And brings him back as his son, no conditions

Has anyone told you that God is waiting for your return?
That he will greet you
That he will not lecture you on what you have done
Will have a celebration

Are you lost?
Life is not going to plan?
Feel you cannot return?
Relationships broken?
What you dreamed would bring satisfaction only brings dissatisfaction?

Why not look back to God?
Ask him to help you

One thing to add to this story
God just didn’t leave us to realise our need of him
He came and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus
To experience what we experience
And to bring an alternative lifestyle
The lifestyle that God would want us to have

If you have not considered Jesus, then I would encourage you to look at Jesus, his life and his teaching

A prayer for those looking

Dear Jesus,
My life is not going to plan
I have had things that were suppose to bring me happiness
Only bring me unhappiness
Or wanting more
An endless search
I look to you now
To bring me answers and hope
I choose to follow you
And live a life that I was suppose to live
Send your promised Holy Spirit on me now
And start a new journey
In Jesus name
Amen

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Committed to Care

timeJesus cared for those around him. If he was travelling, he would stop and give his time to those who needed him.

Examples of this:
Luke 19:5 (ESV)  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”

Luke 7:37-38 (ESV)  And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,  and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.

Luke 7:13 (ESV)  And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

Matthew 9:22 (ESV)  Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.

Luke 4:18-19 (ESV)  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus explains why he has come. From looking at the spirit of his words; there is care, concern and love. A mission to do something for those who struggle and in need of help. Someone to take charge and lead them to a better place. Where they are loved and cared for.

Looking at the verses above it is obvious that Jesus cared, no matter who the person was. Further personal reading of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will provide you with more examples.

What kind of situation are you in at the moment? Are you struggling? May I encourage you to look at the person of Jesus. Jesus is interested and cares for you. He wants you to be complete and whole, and free from things that are hurting you. Followers of Jesus believe in prayer, talking to God. May I encourage you to do the same and pour your heart out to Jesus, and tell him your issues. Would you commit to follow him? Live like him, by caring for others. Do email me if you have questions, I will try to help.

If you are what we call a Christian, a follower of Jesus, may I encourage you to care. Care for those around you, your family, friends, colleagues, those you occasionally meet. Start a conversation, they may lead to someone opening up and talking about their struggles. Be someone who will listen and find ways to help and care. If you are a brave type and want to take risks, or feel God is leading you to go up to a stranger, then start a conversation, listen, and share the love of Jesus with them.

If you have something to offer, like some kind of service, offer it free of charge, so you can care, and maybe introduce Jesus. I have two gifts which I use together. Listening and computers. So once a week I help a person with their computer problems. More often than not they want to talk, and I listen. If the opportunity occurs, then I will share Jesus.

A prayer for those who do not believe.
Dear Jesus
Life is a struggle and I feel no one cares.
From what I have learned about you.
You care.
Help me today.
Come travel with me.
Bring me hope, restoration and mending of broken relationships
In Jesus name
Amen

A prayer for those who believe.
Dear Jesus
You cared for those who you met on your journeys
Help me today, to have your eyes
To see people who need your help and care
Give me courage
In Jesus name
Amen

Prayer for Change

Dear Jesus
So many people are in need
And so much loneliness
People feel unloved and feel no one cares
Stir up in your people
A desire to change our world
By showing your love
And by caring
In Jesus name
Amen

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Get rid of Jesus

As with Herod, there are people in this world who want to get rid of Jesus and anyone linked with him. When Jesus was a baby/toddler, Herod wanted to rid of him and any association, which was other babies of the same age.

If we follow Jesus we know that he is with us. If we are persecuted then Jesus is with us in that, and in the worse case scenario if we die we will know we will go to be with Jesus. Maybe there will be a way out, an escape or rescue. The important thing is to stay close to Jesus, where we will receive his comfort, love, and instruction on a way forward.

Dear Jesus, thank you so much for loving us, so much so that you were willing to die for us. May we stay close to you, and in times of trouble know that you will not let us down. We surrender our lives to you. Amen

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It’s you fault

I have heard many things. But blame of the person who is the victim is not right. I heard a famous preacher condemn people who left the church after being put off by the leaders of the church.

If people leave the church and I was a leader then I would wonder why and try and sort out what was wrong. Surely a healthy church is one where people are appreciated and loved. Where people care and willing to go the extra mile with those that struggle.

To blame the person for leaving is just beyond me, and it makes me sad. Yes people disagree and leave, it happens all the time. But we must seek peace with all. To not make stupid mistake while dealing with people. To make a public declaration on TV is not right. It is more, Jesus have mercy on me a sinner. If I am in anyway part of people falling away, have mercy on me and help me to make things right.

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In touch with Jesus

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJohn 15:5  I am the vine; you are the branches.

We often hear opinions throughout our day. Opinions about the world around us, and more often that not the people who share their opinions think they are right.

If we represent Jesus in our lives and talk about him, there is an importance to examine what is being said. Would Jesus approve of what is being said?

The old testament is often used in cases of argument and proof of an opinion. But the problem with that is that you have to use the whole old testament in our opinions.

I think a better way of approaching our own opinions is reading about and examining Jesus. Seeing what he says and how he would act. We get to know the real person of Jesus who represents how all humans show conduct their lives. Yes we will still have heated debates but we are not damaging the name of Jesus.

Dear Jesus, I want to know you, to serve you and bring your hope to this world. Help me to be open and listen to you. May I be part of bringing  your Kingdom to this world. In Jesus name. Amen.

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The glory of God

gloryWe stand and we convince ourselves that we are right. If we believe in something, we are sometimes guilty of making our belief system fit in with ours. But we need it to be the other way. In the Christian faith we say that we do something for the glory of God. But we must be so careful, for we maybe wrong in our assumption and bring shame on God, causing people to reject God on what we have said.

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Challenge

What are the things that are challenging you at present? Are they creating stress or anger?
Maybe try to spend some time with God daily in prayer until there is an answer. A time where you tell God the challenge and then spending time listening and evaluating what comes into your mind.

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