Monthly Archives: June 2014

Do You Know That God is Your Heavenly Father?

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           LILY 8  

CONSIDER THE LILIES

(Based on Luke Chapter 12 verses22-31 and Matthew Chapter 6 verses25-33)

Sung by Jim Patterson.

Consider the lilies, they don’t toil nor spin

And there’s not a king with more splendour than them.

Consider the sparrows, they don’t plant nor sow,

But they’re fed by the Master who watches them grow.

We have a Heavenly Father above

With eyes so full of mercy

And a heart full of love.

He really cares when Your head is bowed low.

Consider the lilies and then you will know.

May I introduce you to this friend of mine,

Who hangs out the stars and

tells the sun when to shine.

He kisses the flowers each morning with dew,

But He’s not too busy to care about you.

We have a Heavenly Father above

With eyes so full of mercy

And a heart full of love.

He really cares when Your head is bowed low.

Consider the lilies and then you will know.

Yes, consider the lilies and then you will know.

Written by Joel Hemphill

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Purity and humility are beautiful.

1 Peter Chapter 5 verses 6-10

6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

9Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

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FATHER’S DAY Sermon By John Campbell

Broadcast on Revelation TV (Church Without Walls Sunday 15th June 2014

Wikipedia defines Fathers Day as a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, celebrating paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Fathers’ Day it says, was created to complement Mothers’ Day, a celebration that honours mothers and motherhood.

These days are fun, but we’re clearly told in the Ten Commandments and later by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians to honour our parents day in and day out as a duty of love, not just on one day a year. Father’s Day is a great idea as long as it’s not seen as being the only day on which we need to honour our male parent.

Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth. And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Now in many families, and not only Christian ones, I’m sure it’s the case that fathers are recognised as important and given honour. Unfortunately in western societies in particular, the state of fatherhood has become somewhat degraded as a consequence of prolific sexual activity and subsequent pregnancies amongst teenagers and young people, easy no-blame divorces on demand, and the abandoning of any need to be married before having children, so that in too many families fathers are barely acknowledged to exist. In fact often they don’t exist, they’ve simply disappeared and forsaken all responsibility for the children who are the fruit of their loins. Or, as sometimes happens, the mother moves away with the children and makes no provision for the father to see the children.

Some of you watching may have been deserted by your own fathers. Some of you reading this may be wives and mothers discarded by your husbands. Some of you reading this may be fathers dumped by your wives and your children. Deep down in you all there is hurt and heartbreak. Deep down in you all there is confusion and rejection. Deep down in you all there is a longing to be loved and accepted and for normal family life to be restored.

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I have good news for everyone of you! everyone of you.! There is a Father Who will never desert you. There is a Father who will never discard you. There is a Father who will never dump you nor forsake you. He loves you so much, so purely and deeply, so individually and so passionately, that He sent His Son to purchase each and every one of you out of your sin and iniquity so you would be His in perpetuity, that you might dwell with Him from here to eternity, that you might bask in His love and in the absolute and total forgiveness of everything you have ever done, however bad, however despicable, however unspeakable, however foul.

He knows what you have done and He still loves you but He has to forbid you from His Presence in such a state.He is a holy, righteous, wise and just God.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; He tells us in Romans 3:23.

Elsewhere, in the light of this He says:

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, says 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

He sent His Son to pay every debt we’ve each accumulated every time we fell short of His glory. This debt, whether made up of one or thousands of shortfalls, has the same price tag. It demands your death. The wages of sin is death says the scripture. The Law of God pronounces the same sentence on all unredeemed humankind, no matter whether they are king or queen, citizen or subject, male or female, celebrity or unknown, religious or nonreligious, or a member or not of any self-professing, self-confessing group of any code or conduct or belief, however sincerely held. For each and every one of us the payment for our sin is the death sentence. God is a holy God. His word is unchanging and forever settled in heaven. He cannot be divided against Himself, against His words. Such a thing would lead to the entire destruction of His entire creation – it’s held together by the word of His power and if His word was uncertain then so too would be the stability of creation. But our holy, righteous, just God is Love, personified.

He loves all people with such powerful, passionate, all consuming jealous love that in His unfathomable wisdom He announced a plan in the Garden of Eden that would satisfy the most voracious demands of His law for the death of all defaulters, while also justly and righteously satisfying His heart’s desire that all men should be saved.

At this point we’d better be sure we understand what we are being saved to and saved from.

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Death in its most simplistic definition is the absence of life in this world as we know it. It is a state of decay and degradation. It’s the removal from among us of someone or something we have known. It’s the finite irretrievable ending of something once begun. Death is all those things but much, much more important is what death is not.

Death is not the end of existence but a change of state from flesh to spirit. Death is the continuation of life in another existence, in another realm, but without God. It is to exist in eternal separation from the God who loved you so much that He created you in the first place. He knew you even before you were in your mother’s womb.

The psalmist says and He chose the exact parents who would execute His blueprint. (That’s a fundamental reason why it is so important to honour your parents. A sovereign God selected them to give birth to you.) You have the right genes, the right DNA, the right physical, emotional and mental characteristics and abilities to be exactly who He designed you to be.

Even for those conceived under unfortunate circumstances, God still says that we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

So the sentence of death, being the wages of sin, is to know for certain that when we die we will forever be separated from our Parent, from our God, from the source of all life, from the source of all light and blessing and that we’ll spend eternity in a place of darkness and loneliness and meaningless existence without love, without acceptance, without God.

But the Good News is THIS is what we are being saved from.

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As a Father, God has revealed His heart for His children and for the whole world. He’s revealed a plan that doesn’t compromise His word. The righteous demands of the Law MUST be satisfied. He’s shown a way that doesn’t infringe the justice of the death sentence passed on each of us since the beginning of time. The redemption of man can only be secured by someone willing to die in his place, not only for each of us but for all people who have ever lived and ever will live. In order for the substitution to be both effective eternally and legal it must be performed by someone who has never sinned and is every way, in all ways, a man like us. And His blood must be offered to God as the payment. The scripture tells us that the life is in the blood. Blood must be poured out before God as a redemption for life. Before blood can be poured out a sacrificial death must take place.

How then will this be possible? How can it be? Who could possibly fulfil this role for we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? But God has revealed His perfect plan:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 5:15-18 So also is the free gift not like the offence. For if through the offence of one (that is Adam) many are dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, has abounded unto many. So is the gift not like it was by Adam that sinned: for the judgment was by Adam to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by Adam’s offence death reigned by Adam; much more they who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of Adam, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of Jesus Christ the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

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What a gift! This is the ultimate Father’s Day gift! A free gift from our Father in Heaven to His children on earth.

And today on this Fathers Day I’m reminding you of how much your heavenly Father loves each and every one of you despite all the aggravation you’ve caused Him! His gift to you today and every day is that of His only begotten Son who willingly gave Himself to the cruellest and most humiliating of deaths so that he could redeem you from eternal separation from Him.

He poured out His own blood before the Father in heaven that He might fulfil the demands of the law and having done that, to clothe you personally dear reader in a robe of His righteousness if you’ll let Him.

All He asks is that you will believe Him. That you will believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died in place of you for Your own sins and iniquities, that in Him you might have eternal life. In Christ death is not separation from God but eternal life with total forgiveness, love, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said in those famous words recorded in the Gospel of John and which now form such a profound opening proclamation at a Church of England funeral service:

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

Will you go to the cross at Calvary today and say to Him, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. Please forgive my sin and become my Saviour?”

The scripture says – Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lor

I would like to close now by reading the words from one of Charles Wesley’s famous hymns:

And Can It Be?

And can it be that I should gain

an interest in the Saviour’s blood!

Died he for me? who caused his pain!

For me? who him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be

that thou, my God, should die for me?

Amazing love! How can it be

that thou, my God, should die for me?

‘Tis mystery all: the Immortal dies!

Who can explore his strange design?

In vain the firstborn seraph tries

to sound the depths of love divine.

‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;

let angel minds inquire no more.

‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;

let angel minds inquire no more.

He left his Father’s throne above

(so free, so infinite his grace!),

emptied himself of all but love,

and bled for Adam’s helpless race.

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,

for O my God, it found out me!

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,

for O my God, it found out me!

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,

fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

thine eye diffused a quickening ray;

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

my chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

my chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

 

No condemnation now I dread;

Jesus, and all in him, is mine;

alive in him, my living Head,

and clothed in righteousness divine,

bold I approach the eternal throne,

and claim the crown, through Christ my own.

bold I approach the eternal throne,

and claim the crown, through Christ my own.

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Thank you and God bless you all this Fathers Day. Amen.

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Footprints (Written by Mary Stevenson)  Copyright 1936 Also Known As “I Had a Dream” 

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One night I dreamed a dream.

I was walking along the beach with my Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.

For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,

one belonging to me and one to my Lord

When the last scene of my life shot before me

I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

There was only one set of footprints.

I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life.

           This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma.

“Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You,

You would walk and talk with me all the way.

But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life

there is only one set of footprints.

I just don’t understand why,

when I need You most, You leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child,

I love you and will never leave you,

                  never, ever, during your trials and testings.                                             

When you saw only one set of footprints,

It was then that I carried you.

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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.

Revelation Chapter 3 verse 20

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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God Will Restore Everything You Have Lost. (With Pictures)

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RESTORE      RESTORE 4      RESTORE 3

RESTORE 6      Strength 9      RESTORE 7

The seasons of life.

Autumn  Seasons 2  Life starts to get tough. We have a few problems.

Winter  Snowstorm The difficult times in our life. Times are hard. We have many problems.

Spring  Summer  New hope starts to rise in our heart. God is saying “You can make it”.

 

Summer  Seasons 3  Faith gets stronger. With  God’s help we overcome our problems.

GOD WILL RESTORE ALL YOU HAVE LOST

(It may take a long time.)

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Here is the end part of the Bible story of Job, after he had suffered for a long time.

Job Chapter 42     King James Version (KJV)

1 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

7 And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.

10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.

17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

RESTORE 2 James Chapter 5 verse 16

James Chapter 5 verses 13-20  The Prayer of Faith

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.

15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,

20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

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When you read the whole story of Job’s life you will see how much he suffered. He lost almost everything that was dear to him. But Satan had to ask God’s permission before he was allowed to testJob and put him through many trials. When you go through hardship in your life do not assume God is punishing you. On the contrary, He is more than likely putting your life into the right order even though it feels as if everything is going wrong and turning your life upside down. The times of hardship can sometimes be long. Because of mistakes made by ourselves, or the hurtful actions of other people, it can take a long time for God to pick up the pieces of our lives and put them in to the right order again.

We can suffer loss in life in many different ways, bereavement, loss of job, divorce, natural disasters, wars, illness etc. But even if the loss or hardship is our own fault, God still has compassion and He still puts the situation right even if it takes a very long time.

Think of the wonderful lessons we learn when we go through hardship. If we are wise we will choose to trust God no matter what! Then, He teaches us patience and endurance to an extent that we would never have had if things had always been easy. We learn to be compassionate towards other people who are suffering. God teaches us these things, but we have to be willing to put them into practice. Sometimes we have to take our eyes off our own problems and help somebody else in whatever way we can, like Job when he prayed for his friends! And God does not always give us twice as much as we had before like He gave to Job, but it is always what we need! God does not always replace the loss with exactly the same thing; indeed some losses like bereavement are irreplaceable, but He always sends something that we can know is from Him. He always replaces that which we have lost, but in His timing and His will.

Incidentally, God always rewards us when we have tried to do the correct thing and been badly hurt by people in the process. Again you may not be rewarded for a long time but it will surely come. I believe that some good things we have done will not be rewarded until we are in heaven, but that is my own personal view, some people would not agree with me.

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God does not always reward us with money but He makes us ‘prosper’. There are all kinds of different ways to prosper in our health, faith, joy, peace, friends, job satisfaction, having a loving family etc. Remember to thank and praise God every day if you have a loving marriage and healthy, loving children and grandchildren. So many people do not have this and where we can, we must pray for unhappy people.

Another way you can prosper is in the special unique talent or ‘gift’ that God has given to you personally. I believe that everyone is talented or gifted at least at one thing that is unique to them. When you have dedicated your life to God your special ‘gift’ gradually becomes clear as time goes on and God prospers you in that. It might be to do with your job or it may be a hobby. You become more interested, you learn more and more, you get better and better and you ‘know’ that God is prospering you! It doesn’t have to be a big talent and it does not mean that you will be famous. It is just that it will bring you joy and satisfaction. For example I love growing plants, indoors and outdoors. I love taking cuttings and seeing the new plants flourishing. It is a joy in the spring when all the plants that have been resting all winter come to life again and another busy gardening year begins. I have plants that are many years old and they have had dozens of cuttings taken from them which have been given to friends and relatives over the years.  M. Mainwaring

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I love to sing the following favourite hymn to myself !

IN THE GARDEN

I come to the garden alone

While the dew is still on the roses

And the voice I hear falling on my ear

The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

I’d stay in the garden with Him

Though the night around me be falling,

But He bids me go; through the voice of woe

His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.       Charles Austin Miles (1912)

Here is the account of how this beautiful hymn ‘In the Garden’ was written—from the hymn-writer C. Austin Miles himself:

One day in April, 1912, 1 was seated in the dark room, where I kept my photographic equipment and organ. I drew my Bible toward me; it opened at my favourite chapter, John 20–whether by chance or inspiration let each reader decide. That meeting of Jesus and Mary had lost none of its power and charm. As I read it that day, I seemed to be part of the scene. I became a silent witness to that dramatic moment in Mary’s life, when she knelt before her Lord, and cried, Rabboni! My hands were resting on the Bible while I stared at the light blue wall. As the light faded, I seemed to be standing at the entrance of a garden, looking down a gently winding path, shaded by olive branches. A woman in white, with head bowed, hand clasping her throat, as if to choke back her sobs, walked slowly into the shadows. it was Mary. As she came to the tomb, upon which she placed her hand, she bent over to look in, and hurried away. John, in flowing robe, appeared, looking at the tomb; then came Peter, who entered the tomb, followed slowly by John. As they departed, Mary reappeared; leaning her head upon her arm at the tomb, she wept. Turning herself, she saw Jesus standing, so did 1. 1 knew it was He. She knelt before Him, with arms outstretched and looking into His face cried, Rabboni!  I awakened in sunlight, grip­ping the Bible, with muscles tense and nerves vibrating. Under the inspiration of this vision I wrote as quickly as the words could be formed, the poem exactly as it has since appeared. That same evening I wrote the music.

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   The Garden of Gethsemane

I think about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when I think of the above song. I think about the agony of Jesus, knowing what He was about to face, but willing to go through it all because of His love for every single human being. He wanted to do His Father’s will to save mankind.

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I think about Mary’s grief when she found the empty tomb in the garden where Jesus had been buried.

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     Easter story. John 20 The Empty Tomb

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.

4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.

6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,

7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.

8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.

9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying

       Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb

12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

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Deuteronomy Chapter 30     New International Version (NIV)

Prosperity After Turning to the Lord

(Moses is speaking to the Israelites.)

1 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations,

2 and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today,

3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.

4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.

5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.

6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

7 The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you.

8 You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today.

9 Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors,

10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

The Offer of Life or Death

11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.

12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”

13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”

14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.

For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them,

18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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I will restore your health and heal all your hurts.   Jeremiah Chapter 30 verse 17 

Psalm 71:20: “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again.”

 God loves you 8   God loves you 10   God loves you 14

God loves you 4   God loves you 3   No Condemnation

Bible verse 9   HOPE 22  Sea 2

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The following article and prayer is by Joel and Victoria Osteen.

When You Feel Buried

We all face difficulties and challenges in life. But you have to remember, as a believer in Jesus, you have the life-giving seed of Almighty God on the inside of you. When you go through disappointments or tough times, you may feel like you’ve been buried. You may feel like you’re in a dark, lonely place. You may feel like it’s the end; but in reality, it’s only the beginning. The fact is, you haven’t been buried; you have been planted. That means you’re coming back. And not only are you coming back, but you’re coming back in increase, better and stronger than before!

In those tough times, you’ve got to draw the line in the sand. Make a declaration, “This difficulty is not going to bury me. This loss, this disappointment, this injustice is not going to cause me to give up on my dreams. I refuse to live in self-pity. I know I am a seed. That means I cannot be buried. I can only be planted. I may be down, but it’s only temporary. I know I’m not only coming back, I’m coming back even better than I was before!”

A Prayer For Today

Father in heaven, thank You for filling me with Your life-giving seed. I choose today to focus on the potential for my future. I know that I will overcome every obstacle by Your power that is at work in me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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You can receive an encouraging daily devotional word and prayer by E-Mail each day from Joel and Victoria Osteen by going to their website    http://www.joelosteen.com

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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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