Monthly Archives: January 2013

Spiritual Warfare

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Whatever you are faced with today or this year, God will give you the strength and the provision to succeed in your task, if you pray and ask for His help and then do your part as best you can and trust Him completely for the things you can’t do.  Put God first place in your life, do your very best to please Him in all you do and then leave the consequences to God. He is all wise and all loving. He knows what’s best for you. If you have never asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart and life and be your Personal Saviour and Lord, you may feel as if God doesn’t listen to your prayers. Jesus Christ is the only way we can have access to God the Father. We have to be truly sorry for our sins and confess them and turn away from them. Once we honestly do this and we have asked Jesus to be Lord of our life He will be a very close, faithful, unseen friend.  He will guide and comfort you through life’s ups and downs. 

Holy Bible  (Ephesians 6:10-18).

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692.Their website is http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association www.PeaceWithGod.net

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STAND UP STAND UP FOR JESUS:

By George Duffield, Jr., 1858

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Ye soldiers of the cross;

Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss:

From victory unto victory, His army shall He lead,

Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey

Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;

Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;

Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Stand in His strength alone,

The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own;

Put on the gospel armour, and watching unto prayer,

Where calls the voice of duty, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The strife will not be long;

This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song;

To him that overcometh a crown of life shall be;

He with the King of glory shall reign eternally.

(Relevant Scripture:Ephesians 6:11-18

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The devil and God are at war with each other, and we are in the middle of this spiritual battle Yes, the Bible does teach that we are in the midst of an unseen spiritual conflict between God and Satan—one in which Satan is constantly trying to gain victory over us. The Bible says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against … the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). These are sobering words, and they should warn us to be on our guard, and not ignore our responsibility to believe in Christ and live for Him. They also should remind us of our need to face the devil and his temptations with God’s strength, and not rely on our own resources to meet Satan’s challenges. This is why the Bible tells us to “Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). Through prayer, through the truth of God’s Word, through the Spirit, and through our fellowship with other believers we can resist the devil’s assaults.

But you should remember two truths about the devil.

First of all, he is a defeated foe! Satan was first created as an angel in heaven by God, but he became proud and wanted to be mightier than God. Thus he was thrown out of heaven by God. By His death and resurrection Jesus Christ overcame the devil, and someday He will come again to bring an end to Satan’s influence over the universe.

Second, when we know Christ, we are safe in God’s hands forever. Is your faith and trust in Christ? Make sure of your commitment to Him today.

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As Christians we will not always have an ‘easy’ life.

We are in a battlefield not a playground!

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I Am On The Battlefield For My Lord

 (written by Sylvana Bell & E.V. Banks)

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I am on the battlefield for my Lord.

I’m on the battlefield for my Lord,

and I promised Him that I would serve Him ’til I die;

I’m on the battlefield for my Lord.

Verse 1

I was alone and idle,

I was a sinner too.

I heard a voice from heaven say there is work to do.  

I took the Master’s hand, and I joined the Christian band;

I’m on the battlefield for my Lord.

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Verse 2

I left my friends and kindred

bound for the Promised Land,

the grace of God upon me,

the Bible in my hands.

In distant lands I trod,

crying sinner come to God;

I’m on the battlefield for my Lord.

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Verse 3

Now when I met my Saviour,

I met Him with a smile,

He healed my wounded spirit,

and owned me as Hs child.

Around the throne of grace,

He appoints my soul a place;

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I’m on the battlefield for my Lord.

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The Legend of the Snowman and Pictures

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Here in England we are having cold, snowy, icy weather. Many schools are temporarily closed. I think the children are more pleased with this than their parents! Many of the children are enjoying playing out in the snow, sledging, throwing snowballs and building snowmen. As I sat looking out into the garden, which looks very picturesque with it’s coating of snow on the ground and on all the trees and bushes, I thought about this lovely article I found on the web a couple of years ago. I hope you will enjoy reading it and it will help you to think about all the blessings God has given you and wants to give you in the future.

The Legend of the Snowman

By Ann Shorb

Bible verse ISAIAH 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

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Without a doubt, the legend of Frosty, the jolly, happy snowman who came to life when the children placed an old silk hat on his head is the most popular of all stories about the snowman. There are other legends about these popular winter visitors who come briefly and then melt away, but here’s one of my favourites.

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While playing outside after a beautiful winter storm, a young boy wandered too far from home and lost his way back. Eventually he stumbled upon the old country church where his family attended services each week. Standing silently in front of the building was a large snowman. He seemed to be just waiting to help the scared and lonely lad.

This happy winter visitor made of pure white snow reminded the young man of the holy nature of God. The three round balls that form his body symbolized the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—each a part of the whole being.

The tall, silk top hat, a symbol of honour, brought to mind what the preacher said about our need to always honour the Lord.

The snowman’s coal eyes stared intently at the boy, reminding him of God’s continual care, and the fact that the Heavenly Father always knows where we are and what’s happening in our lives.

The smiling mouth also made of coal reminded the youngster to be joyful and praise the Lord always for His many blessings—even when things are difficult.

The bright carrot nose made him think of the colourful world the Lord made for us and the constant beauty that surrounds us each season of the year 

As the boy stood there staring at his new friend, he thought about the warm, protective love of God as he looked at the scarf around the snowman’s neck.

But it was the twig arms spread wide open that made him cry. He knew that God’s arms of love and forgiveness are always open to all who come to Him.

Once he saw the snowman in front of the old church, the boy knew he could find his way home. The friendly visitor was there just when the youngster needed reassurance and hope, very much like our Heavenly Father; but unlike the snowman that eventually melts away, our Heavenly Father never leaves us. He is always there when we need Him. 

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Prayer

Almighty Creator, how good to be reminded of Your holiness and Your constant care for us as Your children. Thank You that when we lose our way, You are truly there to help and guide us in the right path, offering us Your love and forgiveness. Amen.                

By Ann Shorb       ©Copyright 2010, Ann Shorb

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A PRAYER FOR A SNOWMAN   Click on to read.

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After Christmas The Work Begins

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AFTER CHRISTMAS

Work of Christmas Begins . . . . .  . Howard Thurman (adapted)

When the song of the angels is stilled,

when the star in the sky is gone,

when the kings and princes are home,

when the shepherds are back with the flocks,

then the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,

to heal those broken in spirit,

to feed the hungry,

to release the oppressed,

to rebuild the nations,

to bring peace among all peoples,

to make a little music with the heart…

And to radiate the Light of Christ,

every day, in every way,

in all that we do and in all that we say.

Then the work of Christmas begins.

The message of the Feast of Epiphany

announces to all people, everywhere:

Rise up in splendour…your light has come,

The Glory of the Lord shines upon you!

Let the work of Christmas begin,

and let it begin with you.

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Post-Christmas Prayer

Long after the angels disappear into the heavens, the shepherds return to their flocks, the magi journey home and the great star sets, Jesus remains.

The Child in whom we rediscover God’s great love for humanity becomes the adult Redeemer who challenges us to imitate his selflessness and compassion in order that we might transform our world in love…

May we allow the miracle of Christmas to continue long after the holiday trappings have been packed away;

May we welcome the adult Messiah and his challenging Gospel to recreate our lives, making the peace, justice and hope of this holy season a reality in every season of the New Year.”

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Compassion

Some thoughts for after Christmas.

IF I CAN HELP SOMEBODY

Written in 1945 by Alma Bazel Androzzo, made famous by Mahalia Jackson,

a hit in 1951 for Irish tenor Joseph Locke

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,

If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,

If I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong,

Then my living shall not be in vain.

Chorus: My living shall not be in vain,

Then my living shall not be in vain

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,

Then my living shall not be in vain.

If I can do my duty, as a good man ought,

If I can bring back beauty, to a world up wrought,

If I can spread love’s message, as the Master taught,

Then my living shall not be in vain.

Chorus: My living shall not be in vain,

Then my living shall not be in vain

If I can help somebody, as I pass along,

Then my living shall not be in vain.

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Many people have been coping with difficult situations during the last year or more.  It looks like we have a lot more difficult times to get through in the coming months of this year too!  

Whatever you are faced with today or this year, God will give you the strength and the provision to succeed in your task, if you pray and ask for His help and then trust Him completely.

Bible verses Proverbs 3 verses 1-6

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him,and

He will make your paths straight. (Or will direct your paths.) 

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I have found this to be true! Great your strength if great your need!

When life is going great and we have few worries, we find it easier to thank God, to smile and to feel contented. There is nothing wrong with that, but when life is hard and bad things happen, it is very hard to be cheerful all the time. However, no matter how difficult our situation or circumstances, we can get through these times if we continue to put God first place in our lives. The way we put God first in our lives will vary from person to person because we are all unique, but I think we know, inwardly, when we are being selfish and not following The Lord. If we feel helpless and do not know where to turn, it is hard to just trust God completely, but it works! He knows what you are going through. He knows all things. He knows when you have been badly treated. He knows that you feel hurt, frightened and unsure of what to do. He suffered all these things when He lived on earth as a man. The world now, is not perfect like it was when He created it. Consequently we have trouble and problems in the world, but God is still in complete control. Trust God completely and you will come through your troubles stronger and wiser. You will have more compassion for people. God allows us to face problems in order that we will grow in our spirit. He is working in us to change us, to make us ready for Heaven, where we will live one day, if we personally make Jesus the Saviour and Lord of our life. Jesus is the only way to be forgiven of all our sin and made ready for eternal life in Heaven one day. That day may be when we die, or Jesus could return to earth before we die and take us to Heaven.

(No-one knows when that will be except God the Father.) Matthew Chapter 24 Verse 36

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

(I recommend that you read all of Matthew Chapter 24.)

If you are going through trials or suffering in your life at the moment, it does not necessarily mean that you are doing something wrong, which is what we are inclined to think when troubles arise. Even when you fully trust God you may still feel frightened or worried, but you can be confident that God will shield you. I know that many people in the world nowadays to have to face danger, but in a lot of the things we go through as Christians we are not actually in any danger, God is just making us stronger so that when we come through our trials we will be able to help others cope with their difficulties.

Helen Keller

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Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,

39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:1-5

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;

4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.  

5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

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1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

God Disciplines His Children

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

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The words of these three hymns help me so much to persevere in the Christian way of life.

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 He Who would Valiant Be.

He who would valiant be ‘gainst all disaster,

let him in constancy follow the Master.

There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent

his first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

Who so beset him round with dismal stories

do but themselves confound his strength the more is.

No foes shall stay his might; though he with giants fight,

he will make good his right to be a pilgrim.

Since, Lord, thou dost defend us with thy Spirit,

We know we at the end, shall life inherit.

Then fancies flee away! I’ll fear not what men say,

                                                    I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.                                                         

Words by John Bunyan, 1684 (Writer of Pilgrims Progress.)  as modified by Percy Dearmer, 1906

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Soldiers 

Onward, Christian Soldiers

Words: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924 Music: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1842-1900

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

with the cross of Jesus going on before.

Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;

forward into battle see his banners go!

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Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,

with the cross of Jesus going on before.

 

At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;

on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!

Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;

brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

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Like a mighty army moves the church of God;

brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.

We are not divided, all one body we,

one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

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Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,

but the church of Jesus constant will remain.

Gates of hell can never ’gainst that church prevail;

we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.

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Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,

blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.

Glory, laud, and honour unto Christ the King,

this through countless ages men and angels sing.

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OFT IN DANGER, OFT IN WOE   

Words by Henry Kirke White, first printed in 1812, and added to by Frances Fuller-Maitland 1827.

Oft in danger, oft in woe,

onward, Christian, onward go:

bear the toil; maintain the strife,

strengthened with the Bread of Life.

Onward Christians, onward go,

join the war and face the foe;

will ye flee in danger’s hour?

Know ye not your Captain’s power?

Let your drooping hearts be glad:

march in heavenly armour clad: fight,

nor think the battle long,

victory soon shall be your song.

Let not sorrow dim your eye,

soon shall every tear be dry;

let not fears your course impede,

great your strength, if great your need.

Onward then in battle move,

more than conquerors ye shall prove;

though opposed by many a foe,

Christian soldiers, onward go.

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