Wednesday, 31 August 2011

I Love This


I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
 

Noah's Ark :
 Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark .

ONE
:  Don't miss the boat.
TWO
:  Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE
:  Plan ahead.  It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.  
FOUR
:  Stay fit.  When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE
:  Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX:
 Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN
:  For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT
:  Speed isn't always an advantage.  The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE
:  When you're stressed, float awhile.
TEN
:  Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN
:  No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting. 

Wednesday 31 August 2011

Matthew 24
JESUS FORETELLS THE FUTURE
1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings.2 But he responded, "Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!"
  3 Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, "Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?"
  4 Jesus told them, "Don't let anyone mislead you,5 for many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah.' They will deceive many.6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don't panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won't follow immediately.7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
  9 "Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
  37 "When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day.38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.39 People didn't realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.

  40 "Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left.41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.
  42 "So you, too, must keep watch! For you don't know what day your Lord is coming.43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
  45 "A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.46 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.47 I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.48 But what if the servant is evil and thinks, 'My master won't be back for a while,'49 and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk?50 The master will return unannounced and unexpected,51 and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We have to train our spirit as much as we need physical exercise. Like an athlete preparing for a race we must prepare for the day of the Lord. In our training and preparation we must stand out so that we can inspire others to follow Jesus.

As soldiers preparing to be called into battle, we must prepare our spirits everyday for the coming battle. Our fight is not in flesh but against the evil forces of the unseen world.

Don't deviate from your training plan but stay steadfast and focused. 

To God be all the glory.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Monday 29 August 2011

Matthew 18

THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM
1 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
  2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them.3 Then he said,"I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
  5 "And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.6 But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.
  7 "What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.8 So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It's better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet.9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It's better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
  10 "Beware that you don't look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father.

Jesus made it quite clear in verse 3, He said "turn from your sins" and then "become like little children". These are two foundations in our path towards God and heaven. The rest of this chapter Jesus tells you that it is better to enter heaven without a part of your body that causes you to sin than to go to hell with all your parts.

Becoming like little children is having complete faith in God, and putting our trust in Him. When I read this I can't help thinking of my own son, how he is always looking for me and how he loves to say he missed me and longed to be with me and in the same way I always can't wait to be with him.

This opens a little of God's heart for us in me, how much God must miss us and longs to spend time with us. When we spend more and more time with someone we become like that that one, spending time with God will let us change more and more to be like Him.

Put your trust in God and spend time with Him, He is your Father.

To God be all the glory.


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Wednesday 24 August 2011


Matthew 13

PARABLE OF THE FARMER SCATTERING SEED
1 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake.2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore.3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
  "Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn't have deep roots, they died.7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand."
  10 His disciples came and asked him, "Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?"
  11 He replied, "You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not.12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.13 That is why I use these parables,

For they look, but they don't really see.
  They hear, but they don't really listen or understand.

14 This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says,

'When you hear what I say,
  you will not understand.
When you see what I do,
  you will not comprehend.
15 For the hearts of these people are hardened,
  and their ears cannot hear,
and they have closed their eyes—
  so their eyes cannot see,
and their ears cannot hear,
  and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
  and let me heal them.'

  16 "But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.17 I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but they didn't see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn't hear it.
  18 "Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don't understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.21 But since they don't have deep roots, they don't last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God's word.22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God's word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God's word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!"

Monday, 22 August 2011

Monday 22 August 2011

Matthew 11

JESUS' PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: "O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!
  27 "My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
  28 Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light."

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Wednesday 17 August 2011

JESUS CALMS THE STORM (Matthew 8)
23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples.24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
  26 Jesus responded, "Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!" Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
  27 The disciples were amazed. "Who is this man?" they asked. "Even the winds and waves obey him!"

I decided to add this one again, just because it is so awesome. I believe we are constantly facing tremendous storms in our lives and we are continuously blinded by the devil in thinking that we are punished or that we must try and overcome this challenge on our own strength.
When you read this again, look at how Jesus reacts. He is angry in a way to His disciples for not believing. They had already seen that He is God and yet they were afraid. Jesus reacts instantly and rebuked the storm and suddenly all was calm.
We see Jesus do amazing things every day in our lives yet we still don’t trust Him when the next wave comes.
We must constantly fight this and have a child like faith in Jesus. He is the way the truth and the light.
He will be with you and He will calm the storms.
To God be all the glory.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Thought for today


1 Corinthians 1:8-9
He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Monday 15 August

THE FAITH OF A ROMAN OFFICER (Matthew 8)
5 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him,6 "Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain." 7 Jesus said, "I will come and heal him."
  8 But the officer said, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.9 I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, 'Go,' and they go, or 'Come,' and they come. And if I say to my slaves, 'Do this,' they do it."
  10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, "I tell you the truth, I haven't seen faith like this in all Israel!11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.12 But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
  13 Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, "Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened." And the young servant was healed that same hour.

The amazing faith shown here by a roman officer surely leaves me stunned. How easy it was for him to believe in the power of Jesus, yet we struggle to trust Him in our lives.

Let Him be the light in your darkness, the answer to your worries and the place where you find peace today.
To God be all the glory...

Monday, 8 August 2011

Monday 08 August 2011


Matthew 7

DO NOT JUDGE OTHERS
1 "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.

THE GOLDEN RULE
12 "Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

THE NARROW GATE
13 "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it

TRUE DISCIPLES
21 "Not everyone who calls out to me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.22 On judgment day many will say to me, 'Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.'23 But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God's laws.'

BUILDING ON A SOLID FOUNDATION
24 "Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock.26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash."

What stands out from this section is the narrow gate. Jesus made it quite clear that getting  to heaven is not an easy task. It is a narrow road with many up's and down's. Paul said that if you die with Him you will also suffer with Him, but he also said that nothing is impossible for God.
It all comes down in trust and faith. When you completely rely and trust God He will help you.
Jesus then becomes your solid foundation and nothing will be able to get you down, even the strongest of winds in the hardest of times.
Remember: God never sleeps, He is and was and will always be there. He will never leave you nor will He ever forsake you. You are never alone.

To God be all the glory.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Following the light

John 3
  16 "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
  18 "There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son.19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God's light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.21 
But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants."

30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

When you let the light of Jesus shine in your life and you start to follow Him and do what God wants, He will automatically become more in your life and you will become less and less.
His light in you will lead others to the truth.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

EXPLANATION OF GOD


THIS IS FABULOUS!!!

It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to 'explain God.' I wonder if any of us could have done as well
?
(and he had such an assignment, in California , and someone published it, I guess miracles do happen!)


EXPLANATION OF GOD:
'One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.'

'God's second most important job is listening to prayers An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.'

'God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.'

'Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista . At least there aren't any who come to our church.'

'Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.'

'His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.'

'You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.'

'You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!

Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.'

'If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.'

'But...you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.


And...that's why I believe in God.'

Serving others

Romans 12
3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,5 so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
  6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.7 
If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
  9 Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.


Wednesday 03 August 2011

Guidelines for living holy
Matthew 5

17 "Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.
21 "You have heard that our ancestors were told, 'You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.'22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.
37 Just say a simple, 'Yes, I will,' or 'No, I won't.' Anything beyond this is from the evil one.
42 Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow.
46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 6
4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

But you are to be perfect, even as our Father in heaven is perfect. 
Jesus came to this world to show us the way to the Father, when He left He gave this duty over to us top guide people to the Father and to heaven.
The easiest way to start this is by the way we live our lives, and how other see us or rather see Jesus in our lives. Jesus gave clear guidelines when He was on earth and He still guides us daily through the works of the Holy Spirit.
What stands out is not only that we must be perfect but the way we must love and care for other must be so different that what we normally does.
You must not only love your loved ones but in the same way you must love your enemies. This is God's love. He loves us unconditionally and has only our best interests at heart.
Let God guide you in loving other with a pure and caring heart today.

To God be all the glory.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Let God change you

Romans 12
A LIVING SACRIFICE TO GOD
1
 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.2 Don't copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Monday Power verse

We worship an awesome and amazing God

 Romans 11
33 Oh, how great are God's riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
34 For who can know the LORD's thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? 35 And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?
36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen


Monday 01 August 2011

Matthew 5


TEACHING ABOUT SALT AND LIGHT
13 "You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavour? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
  14 
"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

When Jesus lives in you there is a light that fills your body. Jesus is the light of the world in all its beauty and chaos. Once you have received this light is almost as if you won a great prize and you want  to tell and show everybody what you have. This light of Jesus is that prize and the amazing thing is you received it by grace. It is given to you out of love. Once your light is shining you can not hide it away, but instead you must stand up and let the world see it.
Like a city on a hilltop, shining brightly for everyone to see. Your light in a dark world can be a guiding light for someone else.
In the old the old days a light tower was the guide that ships used to steer clear of the rocks and find their way to the harbor.
There are so many people out there that are heading for the rocks and your light might be the only thing they see that will keep them from crashing into the rocks and finally sink to the depths of the dark unknown.
You might be the one that will keep them from ending up in hell.
Take your light and let is shine for all to see, let them see Jesus in your life so that they will want to have Him in their lives to.

To God be all the glory.