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2014 in review

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ADVENT 2014 (with pictures).

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Advent Dates for 2014

Advent Dates for 2014

November 30 – First Sunday of Advent
December 7 – Second Sunday of Advent
December 14 – Third Sunday of Advent
December 21 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Advent is the season, of the four weeks before Christmas Day, when we prepare to welcome the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. During this season we think of the time when He will come again to earth, not as a baby this time, but as King of Kings forever.

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In Great Britain Advent comes in the Wintertime. It is usually cold and sometimes icy and snowy. During Advent we put up our Christmas trees and decorations. We love to decorate our homes, gardens and shops etc with all kinds of decoations, lights and evergreens like holly and fir trees.

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In churches it is traditional to have an Advent wreath with four candles around one white centre candle.

Candles Advent Wreath

Advent wreaths use three colours – purple, pink, and white. However, some may use blue in place of the purple.

1st CANDLE – (purple) THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE – We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)

2nd CANDLE – (purple) THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION – God kept his promise of a Saviour who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!

3rd CANDLE – (pink) THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY – The angels sang a message of JOY!

4th CANDLE – (purple) THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE – The angels announced the good news of a Saviour. God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

The 5th candle is lit on Christmas Day morning.

5th CANDLE – (white) “CHRIST CANDLE” – The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)

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EVERGREENS FOR ADVENT

When all the earth is brown, when the leaves have departed the trees; Evergreens stand in lonely vigil until the earth again is green.

Evergreen, everlasting, eternal, green branches are a part of our preparation, our waiting: a symbol of hope, a symbol of eternity, a reminder of love received. Evergreen is a symbol of the eternal promise of renewal, a symbol of the eternal and everlasting God.

Evergreens shout to us about the hoped for coming of green again. Evergreens stand ever ready to remind us of joyous hope. The joyous reality of the eternal presence of the Christ Child; the eternal presence in the entire world.

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Legend tells us that long ago, the evergreens were not forever coloured with verdant leaves. Before the birth of the Eternal One, before the coming, the evergreen was bare like other trees around.

We begin this legend with the recorded event written in Scripture and recorded by Matthew.

Matthew Chapter 2 verses 13, 14 &15 The Escape to Egypt

The Gospel writer says,

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. And the angel said to him: “Rise up and take the Infant Jesus and his mother and escape with them to Egypt. Stay in Egypt until I bid you return. You are no longer safe. Go, for Herod sends his soldiers to seek out the Child and destroy Him.” So Mary and Joseph and their Infant Child left the warmth and security of their land and journeyed into Egypt. And there they stayed until the death of Herod.

LEGEND

Hastily, they gathered their meagre belongings. Into the dark of night they stole away. Escape, they must, the jealous wrath of Herod and his men. Escape, they must, from the death decree handed down by Herod. No word could be said of their hasty departure; no notice of a planned destination. Friends and family could not know of their going, lest they too come under the decree of death. Over rocky hills and dusty roads, they travelled wearily; Mary and the Infant on the back of a donkey; Joseph, alert and watchful, walking beside them. With heavy saddened hearts and fearful weary bodies, they made their way all night long and into the following long day. Mid-afternoon, dust in the distance behind them came. Fast riding soldiers came, soldiers sent from Herod, sent to carry out Herod’s dreadful mission. Where could they hide? Where could the Holy Family find protection? The hillside was barren, offering no shield. Quickly, a frightened Joseph guided Mary and her child into a clump of cedars on a hill. Immediately, the bare cedar twigs greened with colour, thickened with growth to shield the Holy Family. The white berries of the cedar tree turned to sapphire blue to match the robe that Mary wore that day. So Mary, mother of Jesus in a robe of sapphire blue could blend with cedar trees, and go unnoticed by passing, hunting soldiers. Past the Holy family, went the band of Herod’s men; never seeing, never knowing Mary, Joseph, and Infant Jesus were safely sheltered in a clump of green cedars with berries of sapphire blue. Since that day, cedars and plants like them have never shed their leaves; never lost their green; for they sheltered the Holy Family. Forever green, to honour the day they received the Infant Christ Child.

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THE ADVENT VIRUS

WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS (Anonymous via email)

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

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Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

A loss of interest in judging other people.

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

A loss of interest in conflict.

A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Frequent attacks of smiling

An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems.

Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

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CHRISTMAS 2014 (including The Holy Bible Story of the birth of JESUS.

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CHRISTMAS 2014 (Including the Holy Bible story of the Birth of Jesus)

Another year has passed so quickly and we are preparing to celebrate CHRISTMAS once again. I pray that you will be able to experience the joy and wonder of GOD sending His only SON to be born on earth as a baby JESUS. He grew up and lived a perfect life without any sin. That is why HE is the only one who can be our Saviour and HE can give us eternal life if we will trust only HIM for our salvation and trust our whole life to HIM.

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Happy Christmas

I hope you have many happy memories of Christmastime in past years and that Christmas 2014 will bring you more happy moments and memories to treasure. For some people Christmas can be a lonely and sad time. For these people I pray that they will feel God’s presence very near to them and that they are able to rejoice at the celebration of the birth of the Saviour Jesus Christ.

I hope you find many of these stories, songs and hymns about Christmas interesting and inspiring. I hope they will bring you memories of previous happy Christmases and that they will help you to forget your troubles for a while and enjoy a really Happy Christmas this year.

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A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING A PRAYER FOR A SNOWMAN

A SILENT NIGHT CHRISTMAS 1915 A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS

CHRISTMAS ARE NO TWO SNOWFLAKES REALLY ALIKE

CHRISTMAS IN DIXIE HOW SAINT NICHOLAS BECAME SANTA CLAUS

CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR LOVE IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS IS FOR SPECIAL LOVE JOY TO THE WORLD

CHRISTMAS PRAYERS LEGEND OF THE RAINDROP

CHRISTMAS ROSES MESSAGE FROM SANTA CLAUS

COME AND SEE WHAT’S HAPPENIN IN THE BARN! SILVER BELLS

DING A LING THE CHRISTMAS BELL TELL OUT MY SOUL THE GREATNESS OF THE LORD

EXPLANATION OF 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SONG THE CHRISTMAS GUEST

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS THE KING IS COMING

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE UNTO A CHRISTMAS TREE

I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR LONG THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN

IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR THE MAN BEHIND THE STORY OF FATHER CHRISTMAS

THE SERVANT KING THE STORY OF THE CAROL SILENT NIGHT

LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER WHERE TO SEARCH FOR THE LORD

LET IT BE CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE WHY IS JESUS BETTER THAN SANTA CLAUS

MARY’S LITTLE BOY CHILD

O HOLY NIGHT

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

STRANGE AND DIFFERENT ‘RUDOLPH’

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THE CANDY CANE

THE CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAY CAKE

THE GIFT

THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS ROSE

THE LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA

THE LORD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

TWAS A COMPUTER CHRISTMAS

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“A noted poet was once asked in an interview if he could explain one of his poems ‘in ordinary terms.’ He replied with some feeling, ‘If I could say what I meant in ordinary terms I would not have had to write the poem.’ From the time of Christ’s birth the people of God have ‘had to write a poem’ to Christmas, composing a single multi-stranded paean of praise spanning the centuries, because ultimately the meaning of Christmas resists being fully spelled out ‘in ordinary terms.’” Dr. Brian Linard

Here are some lovely Christmas poems. I hope you will find some favourites amongst them.

Click on the titles and enjoy the inspiring words!

A COWBOYS CHRISTMAS PRAYER

A KITTEN’S FIRST CHRISTMAS

AT CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS IS

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS

DAY OF HOPE

LET ME NOT KEEP CHRISTMAS

ON THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

OUR JESUS FROM GALILEE

SOME SPECIAL GIFTS

THE BEST GIFT

THE CHRISTMAS BELL

THE DANCE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREES

THE GOSPEL TREE

THE JOY YOU GIVE

THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS LIGHT

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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Holy Bible Story of the Birth of JESUS.

Luke Chapter 2  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.

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

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.

Matthew Chapter 2 The star leads the wise men to Jesus.

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

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10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

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Please visit this site again. I pray for you to enjoy this wonderful time of year, when we celebrate the birth of The Saviour of the world.

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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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ADVENT 2014 (With Pictures).

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Advent Dates for 2014

Advent Dates for 2014

November 30 – First Sunday of Advent
December 7 – Second Sunday of Advent
December 14 – Third Sunday of Advent
December 21 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Advent is the season, of the four weeks before Christmas Day, when we prepare to welcome the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. During this season we think of the time when He will come again to earth, not as a baby this time, but as King of Kings forever.

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In Great Britain Advent comes in the Wintertime. It is usually cold and sometimes icy and snowy. During Advent we put up our Christmas trees and decorations. We love to decorate our homes, gardens and shops etc with all kinds of decoations, lights and evergreens like holly and fir trees.

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In churches it is traditional to have an Advent wreath with four candles around one white centre candle.

Candles Advent Wreath

Advent wreaths use three colours – purple, pink, and white. However, some may use blue in place of the purple.

1st CANDLE – (purple) THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE – We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)

2nd CANDLE – (purple) THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION – God kept his promise of a Saviour who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!

3rd CANDLE – (pink) THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY – The angels sang a message of JOY!

4th CANDLE – (purple) THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE – The angels announced the good news of a Saviour. God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

The 5th candle is lit on Christmas Day morning.

5th CANDLE – (white) “CHRIST CANDLE” – The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)

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EVERGREENS FOR ADVENT

When all the earth is brown, when the leaves have departed the trees; Evergreens stand in lonely vigil until the earth again is green.

Evergreen, everlasting, eternal, green branches are a part of our preparation, our waiting: a symbol of hope, a symbol of eternity, a reminder of love received. Evergreen is a symbol of the eternal promise of renewal, a symbol of the eternal and everlasting God.

Evergreens shout to us about the hoped for coming of green again. Evergreens stand ever ready to remind us of joyous hope. The joyous reality of the eternal presence of the Christ Child; the eternal presence in the entire world.

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Legend tells us that long ago, the evergreens were not forever coloured with verdant leaves. Before the birth of the Eternal One, before the coming, the evergreen was bare like other trees around.

We begin this legend with the recorded event written in Scripture and recorded by Matthew.

Matthew Chapter 2 verses 13, 14 &15 The Escape to Egypt

The Gospel writer says,

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. And the angel said to him: “Rise up and take the Infant Jesus and his mother and escape with them to Egypt. Stay in Egypt until I bid you return. You are no longer safe. Go, for Herod sends his soldiers to seek out the Child and destroy Him.” So Mary and Joseph and their Infant Child left the warmth and security of their land and journeyed into Egypt. And there they stayed until the death of Herod.

LEGEND

Hastily, they gathered their meagre belongings. Into the dark of night they stole away. Escape, they must, the jealous wrath of Herod and his men. Escape, they must, from the death decree handed down by Herod. No word could be said of their hasty departure; no notice of a planned destination. Friends and family could not know of their going, lest they too come under the decree of death. Over rocky hills and dusty roads, they travelled wearily; Mary and the Infant on the back of a donkey; Joseph, alert and watchful, walking beside them. With heavy saddened hearts and fearful weary bodies, they made their way all night long and into the following long day. Mid-afternoon, dust in the distance behind them came. Fast riding soldiers came, soldiers sent from Herod, sent to carry out Herod’s dreadful mission. Where could they hide? Where could the Holy Family find protection? The hillside was barren, offering no shield. Quickly, a frightened Joseph guided Mary and her child into a clump of cedars on a hill. Immediately, the bare cedar twigs greened with colour, thickened with growth to shield the Holy Family. The white berries of the cedar tree turned to sapphire blue to match the robe that Mary wore that day. So Mary, mother of Jesus in a robe of sapphire blue could blend with cedar trees, and go unnoticed by passing, hunting soldiers. Past the Holy family, went the band of Herod’s men; never seeing, never knowing Mary, Joseph, and Infant Jesus were safely sheltered in a clump of green cedars with berries of sapphire blue. Since that day, cedars and plants like them have never shed their leaves; never lost their green; for they sheltered the Holy Family. Forever green, to honour the day they received the Infant Christ Child.

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THE ADVENT VIRUS

WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS (Anonymous via email)

Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Angels prayer

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

A loss of interest in judging other people.

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

A loss of interest in conflict.

A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Frequent attacks of smiling

An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems.

Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

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God Is Closer To You Than You Think. (with pictures.)

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Mountain Plant

Claytonia megarhiza

This plant thrives in the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains. It is a succulent. It is delicate and long-lived. Claytonia megarhiza is a common alpine plant growing on talus and scree in North American mountain ranges, forming perfect rosettes of leathery leaves surrounded by porcelain white flowers. The magnificent roots can grow to six feet long and up to three inches in diameter!

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Valley flower

Canarian bellflower

There are 600 species of plants that only grow in the Canary Islands. This is the Canarian bellflower, a beautiful vine that thrives in damp valleys and laurel forests.

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Some flowers and plants will only grow on the mountains.

Some will only grow in the valleys.

As Christians, some of the things we learn about God, we can only learn on the mountain top when we are happy. Some we can only learn when we are in the valley and we are really suffering and we may feel that God is not near to us. But in actual fact, during both of these times God is very near to us, because at all times He will never let us go especially when we are living to love, please and serve Him! We learn many things about God when life is tough and we are climbing the mountain so to speak. God is in fact making us stronger, in order that we can face whatever the future may bring. God knows the future, we do not! But God always wants to prepare us, because He loves us and wants the best for us!

As we grow we realise that God is actually close to us at all times, but it is in extreme happiness, when God has answered yes to a long desired prayer, or in extreme sadness and sorrow that we feel God’s love surrounding us.

Plants will flourish and blossom when they live in the correct environment. So will we!

We must make sure we are in the correct environment to experience God’s love and care. He loves and cares for us at all times, but many times we may feel far away from Him.

In order to be in the correct environment we must have correct attitudes in our lives.

God loves to hear our prayers for help to live in the right way.

We need the help of the Holy Spirit in order to live in the way that pleases God.

With God’s help we must give up all bitterness, gossip and grudges.

With God’s help we must humble ourselves before Him and get rid of all false pride.

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ARE YOU IN A VALLEY, Then God is training you!

Bible verse: Isaiah Chapter 43 verses 2-3.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

Bible verse: 1 KingsChapter 20 verse 28.  The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, ‘This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’

Whenever we stand on the mountain, we are able to see clearly. It is the best vantage point to see what lies ahead. Wouldn’t it be great to live on the mountain all the time in order to anticipate what is ahead?  God allows us to experience the mountain top at times.

Joseph’s first mountain top experience was as a young man. He had the favour of his father, Jacob. He was given a fine coat and even had a dream about his future. As a young man, Joseph had a sense of destiny about his life.

God often gives us a picture of our future so that we will remember this picture when we are being tested to trust Him in the valley. This picture usually does not reveal how God intends to bring about the visions for our life. However, none of us really derive the character qualities God desires for our lives while we are on the mountain.

It is in the valley where the fruit is planted and harvested. It cannot grow on the mountain; it must grow in the valley. God is a God of the mountain, but He is even more a God of the valley. In the valley, it is more difficult to see ahead; the clouds often cover the valley and limit our sight.

Joseph was thrust into a deep valley that left him wondering if the God of his father had forsaken him.

Jesus hoped that He might be able to avoid the valley that caused Him to sweat blood.

Gethsemane

Bible verses

Mark 14:32-42   Gethsemane

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”

33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.

36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?

38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing.

40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.

42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Luke 22:39-46     Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

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39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.

40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed,

42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.

44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.

46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

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GETHSEMANE

“Have You Had a Gethsemane?”

In the garden He went to pray

when it seemed hope was gone.

He prayed with a broken heart.

And he prayed all alone.

Have you had a Gethsemane?

Have you prayed in despair?

In the dark of those weary hours

did the Lord meet you there?

Have you had a Gethsemane?

Have you prayed the night through?

Have you shed tears in agony

when no hope was in you?

Have you prayed,

“If it is thy will may this cup pass from me?

But if it’s your will, dear Lord,

                                                                       I will bear it for thee?”

 Song written By: William J. Gaither

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There is a valley that each of us must enter, usually unwillingly, in order to experience the God of the valley and to experience His faithfulness in the valley. Once we have spent time in this valley, we come out with something we would have never gained if we had not entered it. The valley brings much fruit into our lives so that we might plant seeds into the lives of others. God does not waste valley experiences. If we are faithful in the valley, we will enter a new dimension with God that we never thought possible. There is a harvest of wisdom and virtue that can only be grown in the valley.

Has God brought you into the valley?

Know that the valley is a place of fruitfulness;

It is a place of testing.

It is where God brings what you know in your head into your heart.

The only value of knowledge is when it becomes part of your heart.

Look for God in the valley today.

By Os Hillman.

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TAKE MY HAND (with pictures)

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I have not been able to work on my computer recently as I have been ill, so there has been quite a gap since my last post.  I found this poem (Take My Hand), when I was feeling very low and I think it will help a lot of people to realise that God is in control and He is watching over us all with great mercy and LOVE.  If you would honestly, truly love to feel God’s presence in your life, find a time when you can be alone with God and simply pray and ask The Lord Jesus Christ (God The Son) to come and live in your heart and to guide your life from now on. In order to do this you have to realise that we are all sinners and we make mistakes, but as soon as you repent of your sins, however great or small, and ask Jesus to change your life, He hears you.  He (God The Holy Spirit) will live in your heart and from that moment on you will have Eternal Life (Salvation).  It begins as soon as we have asked and goes on until and after we die.  Jesus, by the power of The Holy Spirit causes us to become perfect enough to live in Heaven!

FATHER GOD    Jesus will return    EAGLE ISAIAH 40 31

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We often try to lead our own lives in our own way, but sometimes we get into a mess trying to do things in our own strength, but God really does know what is best for us!  Allow God to give you strength to do the things He wants you to do and to become the person He wants you to be, by the power of The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide you in what decisions you have to make and gradually you will come to recognise God’s still small voice leading you in the correct way in life. Sometimes God allows difficult situations to come into our lives to make us strong, not to punish us!   

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TAKE MY HAND

I cannot ease your aching heart,

Nor take your pain away,

But let me stay and take your hand

And walk with you today.

I’ll listen when you need to talk,

I’ll wipe away your tears,

I’ll share your worries when they come,

I’ll help you face your fears.

I’m here and I will stand by you,

Each hill you have to climb.

So take my hand,

let’s face the world,

Live one day at a time.

You’re not alone, for I’m still here…

I’ll go that extra mile.

And when your grief is easier, I’ll help you learn to smile!

~Author Unknown~

 

I think this poem could be a Parent, a Friend or God the Father speaking!

(Margaret Mainwaring.)

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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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Do You Want To Be Certain Of Your Eternal Future?

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We have all been shocked by many of the events in the world news recently. We pray for those persecuted people who are having to be rescued from moutains because they have had to flee in terror or be killed! There are many young children amongst them. We cannot imagine the terror their parents are going through.

 We must remember that God is still in control of this world, even though it appears that evil and hatred is winning!

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That is why I have written this post  about the future, and about the end times of the world as it is now.

Jesus will return one day and He will make the world perfect again. No more pain, sorrow, tears, suffering, evil, hatred, death, cruelty etc.

NO ONE KNOWS THE EXACT TIME THIS WILL HAPPEN EXCEPT GOD THE FATHER.

But in the light of all we see happening around us, I think we must assume the last days are getting nearer and we must be waiting and prepared for ****The Second Coming of Jesus Christ AND Christians should also be ready for when Jesus returns and removes His Church(True Christians) from the world and takes us to Heaven. ****(See Articles further on in this post)

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GUARD YOUR FUTURE.

By Ray Bevan

You have to make the decision, while you are alive, where you want to spend eternity. It is too late to decide you want to live in heaven after you have died. No other person can get you into heaven. They can guide you and teach you the way, but you have to make the choice. It is a personal decision.

The faith of someone else doesn’t automatically get you to heaven. For example, just because your parent or grandparent is a Christian it does not follow that you inherit a place in heaven.

Just because you attend a church regularly, or try to keep all the commandments, or do many good deeds, these alone won’t qualify you for a place in heaven.

There has to be that moment when it is just you talking to Jesus, alone in your heart, openly, honestly and just as you are. He knows you just as you are, with all your faults and failings and He loves you dearly anyway. At that time, when you confess to Him that you know that you are a sinner who needs to be saved and you ask Him to come into your heart and life to change you into a new person and give you a new life, He knows your heart. He knows you are sorry and He will forgive you and take away the guilt. He can change your faults, (you have to work with Him on this one!), and He can turn your failings around to victories.

Once this has happened Jesus is your relative! Now you areGod’s child! He has parental rights, He has ownership rights. He is your redeemer; He paid the price of dying on a cross in your place, because you are valuable to Him. Now that you have asked Jesus to take possession of you, you no longer belong to the devil! Now that you have asked Jesus to take over your life, He can rearrange it at any time, because He wants the very best for you. But, because as a general rule we humans don’t enjoy change, we sometimes flounder and rant and rail at these changes.

When He is taking bad rubbish out of our lives we are inclined to think He is working against us, we think He has got it in for us, we think He is punishing us. No, He is in fact turning our lives right side up, instead of upside down! And His motive is our sanctification; He wants us pure and holy, (set apart for Him). But this does not happen all at once. It is a life time’s work, in order to prepare us for our heavenly home. We shall not be perfect until the time of our death.

So this brings us to the process of how to live our lives now that we are saved! A tricky one this, as we shall make many mistakes in the future, even though we are trying to live to please Him. But they will be mistakes of living, not dying, as they were when we were in Satan’s grip. And our conscience will be more alert than before and we shall be more readily aware of when we are doing wrong and more willing to put things right.

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Holy Bible Ephesians Chapter 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,

10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

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15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people,

16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

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Trust Your Future To God

No-one knows what lies in their future. No-one knows the length of their future. Once we have Jesus in our lives as Saviour and Lord we can learn to trust God completely. Sometimes life can be hard and things may seem to be going wrong in our lives, but if we follow God obediently, as much as we know how to, we can be sure that He will work things out in a way that is best for us.

The Bible contains many verses about the future and what is to come, but no-one except God The Father knows the exact timing of these events. One day Jesus will return to earth and make all things new and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We should try to live in a way that keeps us near to God, so that we are prepared for whatever happens and finally be ready for when Jesus returns.   M. Mainwaring.

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THE TWO GREATEST COMMANDMENTS

The Two Greatest Commandments Matthew chapter 22 verses 34-40

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

40 All the Law* (* The Ten Commandments) and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

When we fully obey these two commandments of Jesus, we will find that we are in fact, obeying the Ten Commandments.

We are unable to keep all the Ten Commandments in our own strength. We need The Holy Spirit to help us. That is why we need A Saviour. Jesus is The Only Saviour. He led a perfect life while He was on earth and so He is The Only One who could pay the price to reconcile us back to God The Father.

(The Ten Commandments Exodus 20:1-17)

1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill. 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. 15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.)

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2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

We will find that we do not want to murder, steal, envy other peoples property etc. We find that God helps us when we aim to live to please Him. He gradually changes our desires and changes our stony hearts to hearts full of love, mercy and compassion. We begin to see life and people from God’s point of view. We have a renewed mind.

If God can change a caterpillar to a butterfly, how much more He will change you into His image.

Every person who has been invited God into their heart, confessed and repented of their sins to God Almighty and surrendered their life to the Lord Jesus Christ, is internally and eternally changed by God. Each person has moved from being a caterpillar to being transformed into a butterfly, figuratively speaking.

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Romans 12:2

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.                                                       

Corinthians Chapter 13 The Greatest Gift

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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Holy Bible Micah chapter 6 verse 8

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee,

but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God”).

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GOD MOVES IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY.   (Hymn)

God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea,

And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines

of never-ending skill

He treasures up His bright designs,

and works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,

the clouds ye so much dread

are big with mercy, and shall break

in blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

but trust Him for His grace;

behind a frowning providence

He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,

unfolding every hour;

the bud may have a bitter taste,

but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,

and scan His work on vain;

God is His own interpreter,

and He will make it plain.

By WILLIAM COWPER   (1731 – 1800)

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Holy Bible Isaiah Chapter 55 verses 8-11

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.

10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

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Holy Bible Chapter 1 Peter chapter 1 verses 3-9

Praise to God for a Living Hope.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

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 The following verses are about when Jesus returns to Earth and takes His Church(Bride) to Heaven.

****1 Corinthians 15:51-52

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

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13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

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****The following are a few verses from the Bible about the end times.

Holy Bible Matthew Chapter 24 The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.

2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.

5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

6 You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,

but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.

18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.

19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!

20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.

21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.

24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.

27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days “‘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 earth will 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.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.

33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

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

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;

39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.

41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.

44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?

46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.

47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’

49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.

50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.

51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

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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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