Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Royal Baby, Joy To The World

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The baby has been named George Alexander Louis

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What a joyful day it was yesterday, as around the world the news spread of the birth of a baby boy, a future King, to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It lifted the spirits in the people of Britain and many other countries. Our prayers are with Kate, William and their baby and all the Royal Family. Our Queen Elizabeth has been a wonderful example of a reigning monarch. She made her vows at her coronation and she has kept them throughout her reign.

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The Church of England has published a special prayer for the royal baby:

God our Creator, who knows each of us by name and loves us from all eternity: we give you thanks for new life and human love. Bless William and Catherine as they welcome their son into the world. Give them patience and wisdom to cherish and love him as he grows. Surround the family with the light of hope and the warmth of your love today and always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said in his message of congratulations: Today we give thanks and praise to Almighty God for the arrival of the Royal baby boy. I send my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and also my prayers for them at this wonderful time. May the Risen Christ call him by name and be with him always. It is marvellous that we share in the joy and hope of a new born child, which is a great gift of our Loving Creator God. God be praised.

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He has also published a special prayer for the baby boy:

Generous God, Thank you for endowing the human race with the gift of sharing in your work of creation. We thank you for the Royal baby. May your holy angels guard and protect him. Give to William and Kate joy and peace and fill their home with the love of the Lord Jesus. Amen.

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As I was thinking about all the joy of the new royal baby’s birth, I thought about the joy of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the angels at the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago. I thought about the wonder of all the people when news spread about His birth. I thought about Mary ‘pondering all these things in her heart’.  She must have wondered how it could be, that He would be the Saviour of the world.

The birth of Jesus was prophesied many years before it happened, in the book of Isaiah Chapter 9 verses 6 & 7

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

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Luke Chapter 2  New International Version       The Birth of Jesus

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.

2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,

7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

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Kate and William will know that feeling of ‘pondering in their hearts’ as they think about the wonderful future they wish for their child. All parents know that feeling of hoping, wishing and praying that they will be good parents and that their child will have a happy and fulfilling life. It is thrilling, yet a little bit daunting to know you are responsible for caring for your child to the best of your ability. I believe every child is a gift from God and I believe He guides us in the best way, when we pray to Him and ask for wisdom in the many situations that occur when raising a child.

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One day (we do not know when that will be), Jesus will return to earth. He was born on earth as a baby, He grew up, He taught about God the Father, He was cruelly crucified, even though He had done nothing wrong, died and was buried: BUT He rose from the dead, He is alive in Heaven now and when He comes back to earth He will reign forever as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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Matthew Chapter 24     New International Version (NIV)

29‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earthwill mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

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14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

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9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at 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 http://www.PeaceWithGod.net

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Nourish Your Soul and Spirit

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Philippians Chapter 4 verses 4-9

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

We human beings are made up of a body, soul and spirit.

We seem to know well enough how to feed our bodies.

When we become Christians, we begin to learn how to feed our spirit. By praying to God, reading the Holy Bible, bible study and fellowship with other Christians, reading Christian books etc.

When it comes to our soul, we Christians don’t seem to feel clear about what is good for us! We seem to draw boundary lines that make us feel as if we are becoming too ‘worldly’ if we as much as watch television or go to the cinema for instance. So we tend to withdraw from any activity that isn’t labelled ‘Christian’.  We need to mix with people; otherwise we become ‘too heavenly minded to be any earthly use’.

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Whatsoever is lovely. Beauty is necessary to feed the soul.

Beauty can be found in many places. If we are looking for God we can find Him everywhere. He gives us the discernment to appreciate beauty and to shun evil. The world of nature (God’s creation) is full of beauty all around us, mountains, valleys, seashores, rivers, waterfalls etc. The tranquillity in these places helps us to gather our thoughts and gain a right perspective on our lives. The different seasons of the year bring their unique beauty too. There are the changing colours of trees and plants in autumn. A fresh fall of deep snow in winter can transform a garden into something like an artist’s painting. Spring is when everything in nature comes alive again. Trees blossom, bulbs flower and greenery flourishes everywhere where there appeared to be only brown soil. Summer is the gardener’s joy! Fruit and vegetables thrive and colour from all the flowers is a delight!

Gardeners (with God’s help) create beautiful gardens. There is beauty in both formal and wild gardens. Artists use their talent to create beautiful pictures. Singers and composers bring us music and lyrics that touches our hearts.  Many secular songs,especially from the past, have lyrics that help us to become compassionate and not always thinking about ‘self”.  Comedians make us laugh and laughter is the best medicine of all! Comedians can be funny without being rude, in fact all the best comedians, were and are, never rude.

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Colossians Chapter 3 Verse 23 and 24.

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

There is a beauty in excellence. Always do your best, wherever you are and whoever you are with, knowing that everything you do is for God. You may think that your job is not important, but everyone is needed. We each have a part to play in this world. We will not all be famous, but our particular role is vital. Always do the very best you can because God looks at your heart as much as your work. He knows your struggles and your efforts under difficulty. He wants you to be successful but what pleases Him most is faith and loyalty. Often success in the world’s eyes is different to success in God’s eyes.

Isaiah 55:8-9     8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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We have to be real with God because He knows our motives and dreams as well as our actions. We may be rewarded in this life for our endurance under trials, or we may not! What matters most is hearing Jesus words* (when we die or when He returns to earth, whichever comes first.) *Matthew Chapter 25 verse 21  21 Jesus said ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

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God’s handiwork is always excellent. Think of the sun, moon and stars; they are constantly held in place by God. The timing of night, day and seasons is in God’s hands and it is a constant source of wonder. If you have ever studied the intricacy of nature in flowers, insects, fish, birds etc you will understand the awesomeness of God. Even in the tiniest of flowers, insects, shellfish etc, the arrangement of the cells and the mathematical precision of the designs tell me that we serve a God who is interested in the tiniest details of our lives.

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As the world goes on getting more difficult to live in, many people are lonely, worried, frightened and coping with burdens.

All over the world there are serious problems of poverty and famine.

There have been severe weather problems leaving people without shelter or food or water.

Even the more affluent countries are having financial and economic problems. Many people are worried about their financial situation.

Many people are lonely and cannot afford to go out to places. They are finding it hard just getting through every day.

Many people are afraid of crime.

Many people feel that God is very far away from them and feel that He has forgotten them.

They need to know about the love of God, because faith really does help when life becomes difficult. God hasn’t forgotten them. He is only a prayer away.

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But we need to tell people.

These people need the love of God to reach them and this can happen if we will just be willing to respond to the people that God puts in our path. We may be able to send money to charities which help famine and disaster areas. If we cannot send money we can pray for them.

People have to be loved and respected before we bombard them with the gospel. Some people have been hurt and rejected in their past and it is not enough only to tell people that God loves them. We have to show them by our kindness. 

We have to be interested in the things that they are interested in. We have to talk to them to find out their worries and cares and if possible, help them find a solution. In order to do this we must look after our bodies to keep healthy and we must feed our spirit with God’s word (The Holy Bible).  I also believe that we have to feed our soul so that our emotions can be healthy too.

Most important of all, if we want to serve God by serving people, we need to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. We need wisdom from God to know how to respond to peoples’ problems. The Holy Spirit will guide us and give us wisdom. The Holy Spirit pours love into our hearts and lives, so that we are able to love people and not judge them. God alone can judge people because He knows all things, all situations, all motives and all the sorrows that person has been through. 

We shall never know all the answers, but God always gives us enough guidance to take one step at a time into the future, over which He has complete control.

Jesus is a Friend and a Brother. He is full of compassion. He died willingly on the cross to forgive us our sins, mistakes, faults and our past. He knows our weaknesses and is willing to help us if only we will ask Him in prayer. He will never turn anyone away if they truly seek His LoveWe are saved by Grace. It is a free gift but we have to accept it. Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve and mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at 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 http://www.PeaceWithGod.net

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