Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
upon which was a sign that read
I entered through that portal,
anything you couldn’t carry,
further down was Understanding
I couldn’t miss the Holy Spirit,
My basket then was getting full
so I tried to get enough of that
For I thought I had everything
for I knew that when I stepped outside,
Songs and Praises hung quite near,
He just smiled and said to me,
He smiled again, that knowing smile, saying …
“My child, Jesus paid your bill in full, a long, long time ago."
It has the power in the words to heal and to comfort, to build up and to strengthen, to restore and renew; and all because of the power behind the words. Read it to yourself, listen to it, see it in a new light. Whatever you choose to do it will bless you. I found a great screen saver which depicts this Psalm with some beautiful music and images. Why not click on the link above and see for yourself; I'm sure that you'll love it to.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Now that the end draws near;
And I will face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which Im certain.
I've followed Christ the Way.
I've travelled each and ev'ry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it His way.
Regrets, I've had a few;
For all my sins, too great to mention.
I served my Lord in ev'ry way,
He saw me through without exemption.
He planned each charted course;
Each careful step along life's byway,
But more, much more than this,
He showed me His way.
Yes, there were times, I'm sure He knew,
When I attempted more than I could do:
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it His way.
I've praised, I've prayed and cried;
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.
To think I ran the course;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I walked in His way.
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not the Lord, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
To praise and pray, be one who kneels.
The record shows He took the blows -
And did it His way!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The problem is that we have a mortgage to pay on top of all the normal living expenses --- or should that read living EXPENSIVES these days?
Then I started to think things through more logically. I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ way back in September 1967, and since then, although my path has not been strewn with roses, I've never wanted and been left in need. God has ALWAYS provided for me all that I've needed. So why should that change just because I retire from the denomination? The answer is that perhaps I will change the means of the journey but not the destination. Sometimes we can get bogged down by the day-to-day matters of our lives and forget who we've entrusted the charge of our lives to.
Then there are the assortment of things that clutter up our lives. Looking around us we blanket ourselves with a host of things that make us feel more secure for a variety of reasons, yet in reality Christ is all we need. If we make sure that our lives are right with God then the rest will follow on. After all, I believe that the reason that we stay is to honour God and be a serving witness in Christ's name. That's our overall mission, and when God deems that we've fulfilled it He will call us home.
Is it possible that sometimes we put our roots down too deep because we find the things of this world too attractive to let go of?
Now there's a thought to ponder on this Sunday!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The most precious things in life cannot be touched and yet they manage to touch us; they cannot be felt and yet they manage to make us feel them; they cannot be bought for they are always free. So here, dear reader, is one of those good things for you to feel.
I liked these two cartoons which give something of an idea of the messy muddle that I've been gradually sorting through. So far I've taken about twenty-five bin-bags to the Charity shops and another sixteen to the Tip for recycling, etcetera. I guess another two or three days should see the task completed, which I shall be glad about. One of the things I hate about it is that you feel that you are prying into someone else's life, although it's a necessary task that has to be done by someone.
What can we learn from it, I wonder? Well, one thing for certain is that when it comes to the crunch we all need someone to help sort out the mess and muddle that creeps into our lives. So many people are hoarders of one sort or another, aren't they? At least with Elsie's muddle it's easily remedied! Some people hoard emotions and bad memories, afraid to let them go, and by hanging on to them they remain just underneath the surface, waiting to rise up and disturb the person afresh, time after time. So I guess that the best lesson that we can learn is that we all need to de-clutter our lives in every sense on a regular basis. We don't have to do it all on our own either, for thankfully we have a Helper on whom we can always rely. I'm reminded at this moment of one of the hymns that I've chosen for Elsie's funeral service next Monday, What a friend we have in Jesus. Click on the link and hear the choir from the Morriston Tabernacle, Swansea in South Wales. Indeed, there will never be another friend that has done, is doing, and will do so much for us, especially with no charge. In every sense, He's a life-saver!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
There is an expression that reads, Life is too short to live the same day twice. How easy it is, especially when you're young, to fritter away that most precious of commodities --- TIME. I suppose that it's the thought that there's always another day in which to get something done that lets you do this, but one day time will run out. Just imagine that today is all you have. What would you do with it?
As Christians, although we enjoy ourselves in this life, we look forward to the time when we will live in the Kingdom of God; the time when we will see Jesus face to face; the time when we will be able to praise Him for ever. Yet how much better it would be to live each day now as though we were already there.
TIME, that commodity which allows us to measure our progress in life. We refer to it in so many different ways. Sometimes wistfully, sometimes sadly, sometimes with regret, and often recall places that we once knew and people whome we once loved --- or perhaps were loved by. I wonder whether, in the light of our personal history, we would do things any differently if we were granted that time once again. Personally, unless we were granted the value of hindsight and the wisdom that age brings so often as a companion, I doubt that we would change much if anything. Why? Because we were who we were at that moment. We made our decisions for different reasons than those which hindsight would allow us. We hurt and were hurt. We valued and devalued. We stood still sometimes and we grew sometimes. And all the while, though life seemed to be endless, time was passing by --- sometimes even, it might be said, passing us by.
Perhaps the answer is that in order to grow we need to experience all that life brings to us, the hurts and pains as well as the joys; the sad times as well as the happy ones. That way we will always have a yardstick to measure things by. After all, if we were perpetually in one state of mind how would we ever be able to fully appreciate it? Surely a permanent state of happiness would be unrecognisable if we never experienced sadness as well. If there were no 'lows' in life, how would we ever experience the 'highs'?
So it would seem that the answer is to plan our days and our hours carefully, deciding what is important and what is best left out, and then get on with living our lives to the full and to the benefit not only of ourselves but of others too. That most elusive of experiences --- HAPPINESS --- is found when you put others first, and the first of the 'others' to place in central position should always be Jesus Christ. When you spend your time wisely, seeking always to do what will please God, and doing it in the name of Jesus, then you will find the fulfilment of those elusive dreams.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
gud at spelling! It cud have bean much moor serious! Just imagine if wun of the keys on my keybored was not wurkin. Imagine the chaos if I cudn't get the 'i' to wurk properly and it punched in an 'a' insted!!! If that was the kace then my blog entry mite read something like this:
Hello, dear reader, a thought that a'd wrate a few lanes today about green assues as at seems to be all the rage at present, so here goes. At would be a good adea to start off wath recyclang, whach as one of the easaest ways for people to start to make a dafference an terms of global warmang. Do you recycle? Af so, how good as at at the place where you go to tap your stuff? A try to recycle vartually everythang, but at's not very easy sometames. For example, for a very long tame the tap dad not accept plastac, and so a had to throw all the plastac anto the non-recyclable ban, and thas really arked me! Now they do accept at, but the skap for plastac as marked for plastac bottles only. A stall put ALL my plastac anto at though! Af only the manufacturers would stop usang so much packagang JUST TO FOOL US THAT THEAR PRODUCT IS BETTER THAN AT AS!
Did you get through all that? Are you still with me? Good! I hope I managed to raise a smile today, 'cos that's the intention, and don't forget that it takes less muscles to make your face smile than it does to make it frown, so have a really lazy day and go around smiling at everybody. Smile at all the folks at church and see how many wonder what's wrong with you. Smile at the gas=station attendant and see if he or she thinks that you're coming on to them. Smile at your family and see if they think that your coming down with something. If any of these things happen to you then just ask yourself the question whether you smile enough normally! After all, if it disturbs people when they find you smiling a lot then there must be something wrong somewhere. Of course, perhaps that's the real reason that you're smiling after all!!!
Have a great day, dear reader! Be in touch soon.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Within an hour of posting my blog entry I received a 'phone call from a hospital to tell me that an elderly lady --- a member of my church --- had just passed away. I got the call so quickly because I am listed as her next-of-kin due to the absence of any close relatives. I had been to see her on Monday afternoon and had a fair visit, although I was very concerned for her. All through that night I was disturbed in my sleep by that concern, and prayed that God would find a way to grant her what she most wanted, which was to go home and not be placed into a Care Home. Without doubt that prayer has been answered, albeit differently to the way that I would have wanted. God answered my prayer exactly, for she will not have to suffer the indignities of the Care Home life that she was so averse to, whilst at the same time God has called her home.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
My faith is very simple. Briefly stated, I believe that the whole of creation has been made by Almighty God, and that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I believe that Jesus Christ was all that is claimed, and that when He suffered on the cross at Calvary it was for the salvation of sinners in order that they might be reconciled to God, the price for their sin having been paid in full. The sacrifice was made for all sinners, and so that includes me and you, dear reader.
The wonderful gift of Salvation is absolutely free. It cannot be bought for a one-time price was paid by Jesus Christ. In order to receive the gift, all that's asked of us is that we firstly believe both in whom and by whom the sacrifice was made, and that we then repent of our sins. In order to do this we need to have faith. though we might see and be aware of God, of Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit, our belief is not a natural process. We were not born believing! No, we believe through faith, and the Bible teaches us that even that faith that enables us to claim this wonderful gift is, in itself, a gift from God.
So, if you believe that God is who He says He is, and that He will keep His promises, you have all the faith that you need. We read in Luke 17.6 that only a small measure of faith is required, and that faith comes from hearing the Word of God (Romans 10.17).
Sometimes, especially at those times when we are losing or have lost someone we love, particularly if the loss has been through illness or accident, our faith can be sorely tested. Yet coming through such periods of trial also serves to strengthen our faith, for we can learn from the experiences that we go through in a very positive way. One of the hardest things to accept is that God always knows what the best answer is to any given situation, and that, despite it sometimes appearing that our prayers might go unanswered, when we look back eventually in retrospect we'll find that our solution would have been the wrong one for the person concerned.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Sunday is always too busy for me to spend too much time posting on my blog, so here's a great picture which I hope will add a blessing to your day, dear reader!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
- More snow falls each year in southern Canada and the northern US than at the North Pole.
- Large snowflakes can measure up to 2" across and contain hundreds of individual crystals.
- The largest snowflake ever found was 8" by 12". It was reported to have fallen in Bratsk, Siberia in 1971.
- In Germany, frogs were once kept as pets because they croaked more loudly when air pressure fell and when bad weather was coming. They acted like primitive living barometers.
- An ice core 1,200 feet long can show what the climate was 1,400 years ago.
- The lowest ever temp recorded was at Vostok, a research base in Antarctica on July 21, 1983: -128.6°F.
- The heaviest snowfall in 24 hours is 76" at Silver Lake, CO 4/15/21
- The heaviest snow storm occurred on Feb. 13-19, 1959 at Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl, CA: 189" of snow fell.
Scientists believe dust and bacteria blown off plants and thrown into the air by ocean waves produce rain and snow. In a lab, Russell Schnell (U of CO) produced snowflakes by injecting bacteria into a cloud chamber. The experimental clouds immediately turned into snow. The bacteria, Pseudomonas syringae and Erwinia herbicola, contain a molecule that attracts water. After one ice crystal forms, it splinters. Each fragment serves as a seed for another ice crystal. The snowflake’s six-sided shape comes from the hexagonal lattice structure of an ice molecule.
Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley (1865 - 1931), known as The Snowflake Man, said of snowflakes in 1925, "Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."