The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Jesus told us:

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18)

His commands were simple and few: To love God and to love others, as He has loved us and as we love our ourselves, including our enemies (Matthew 22:35-40; John 15:12; Matthew 5:43-48; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:25-37).

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:25-27)

Thank you Lord, for wanting to be our best friend and counsellor.

If you don’t already have a personal relationship with Jesus, He wants to be your true BFF too. All you have to do is ask and be prepared to let Him in.

The Bible says that “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). This is an offer open to everyone, no matter how far from God, or lost you may feel, Jesus said He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). If you invite Him and His ways into your heart and life, you truly will have an eternal best friend like no other.

 

 

 

Francis of Assisi Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is discord, unity;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, teach me to seek:

not so much to be loved as to love,

to be understood as to understand,

to be consoled as to console,

for it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

it is in giving that we receive,

and it is in dying that we rise to eternal life.

A beautiful poem when made from the heart. It was later adapted into the hymn, “Make me a Channel of Your Peace“.

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Free Daily Christian Teachings, Publications, Radio and TV

UCB (United Christian Broadcasters), is a Christian media ministry formed to promote the good news of Jesus Christ, has recently launched a new DAB Radio christian channel,  UCB UK. UCB’s radio stations include UCB UK, Inspirational, Gospel and Bible. There is also a UCB TV Channel and a  prayerline you can telephone/email or text.

The UCB network also publishes free publications which can be posted out, emailed or read online.

The publications are made for varied age groups from children through to adults and include “The Word for Today“, “Word 4u 2day“, “The book of Hope” and “The Overcoming Series” amongst others.

Those wishing to support this exciting project, can donate here.

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How to Love

How to Love

In Success – love

In Loss – love

In Peace – love

In Troubles – love

In Joy – love

In Despair – love

In Faith – love

In Disappointment – love

In all things – Love

Love others as you would like them to love you

 

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God, Creation and Evolution

OK, here’s something that has always puzzled me. As a Christian with a science degree, I have often wondered why people presume that one explanation of creation renders another obsolete when for all they know, the alternative theories could coexist!

I have often noticed this with scientists in particular, eg the age old nature vs nurture debate – “are we the way we are because of how we were born (nature – genes) or because of how we are raised (nurture)”. The debate has raged for as long as the history of psychology, at least. And yet, most intelligent people will readily admit that it is most likely a combination of the two! Not the scientist though, at least, not when they’re trying to prove a theory!

As a scientist that can conceptualize that science may provide explanations, but not have all the answers, and not being too big a lover of absolutes, I have come to believe that God was the spark of life, and Evolution was his method of creation!

God is often referred to in the bible as a potter (Isaiah 64:8) where things are molded into creation rather than a magic hey presto with a wave of the wand. Genesis 1:20-27 says that God told the earth to send forth that which was created, could you think of a better way to describe evolution? Furthermore, the bible sates that to God “a single day is like a thousand years and a thousand years as a day” (2 Peter 3:8). This suggests that not only does God experience time differently to us, but what he created in 7 days (or stages) may have been may thousands of years in our time. Perhaps enough time for evolution to be used as the method for creating different species?

Also, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the order it says that God developed things is akin to that proposed by evolutionists (Genesis Chapter 1). Yet how could pre-scientific man have known the order of life development if he were not told by the maker?

A site discussing some of the questions people may have regarding Christianity and evolution can be found at talkorigins.org.

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Made In Gods image:The human trinity

 

The bible says that we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). God’s trinity comprises of :-

 

God

Jesus

Holy Spirit

We are also made up of a trinity of soul, body and spirit. The figure below shows how these different aspects of a person can influence our choices actions and words.

The Spirit –  Our spirit is our most direct link to God, via His Holy Spirit. God’s people are called to worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Our spirits search all things within us and knows all about us, as does God’s spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). God speaks to us via the Holy Spirit, the still small voice which can prick our conscience, give us Godly wisdom (Isaiah 11:2), intercede for us (Romans 8:26-27) and teach us all things (John 14:26), although your flesh may not always like what you hear!
As our Heavenly Father, God can guide us in His ways via the Holy Spirit but spiritual growth requires that we learn to follow the leading of His Spirit, “For all who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14). This will most likely involve the laying down of your worldly desires and self-interests (Galatians 5:17) but in the words of Jesus, “what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?” (Luke 9:25).
The Soul – The decision making part of you. The conscious mind which determines whether we will be led by the voice of our spirits and act in love, or whether we will follow the desires off the flesh – opting for self gratification over love for others. It is our soul which we are improving when we allow ourselves to become more led by God, as our spirit, through Christ, is perfect (being God’s – we just have to learn to listen to it more!) and the flesh will pass away. It is our choice whether we want to listen to and strengthen our flesh or our spirit – free will.
The Body is the flesh, with its appetites, lusts and desires. It is “all about “me”” with the body and instant self gratification where possible. The bible says that our flesh wars against our spirit, against that which we wish to do (Galatians 5:17). I know which one I’m rooting for!