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‘The LORD’s my saviour and my light– who will make me dismayed? The LORD’s the stronghold of my life- why should I be afraid? When evildoers threaten me, to take my life away, my adversaries and my foes will stumble in that day. Although an army hems me in, my heart will feel no dread; though war against me should arise, I will lift up my head.

One thing I’ll plead before the LORD, and this I’ll seek always: that I may come within God’s house and dwell there all my days- that on the beauty of the LORD I constantly may gaze, and in his house may seek to know direction in his ways. For in his dwelling he will keep me safe in troubled days; within his tent he’ll shelter me, and on a rock me raise. My head will then be lifted high above my enemies; and in his tent I’ll sacrifice with shouts of joy and praise.

LORD, hear me when I call to you; be merciful and speak! “Come, seek my face!” you told my heart; your face, LORD, I will seek. O do not hide your face from me, and do not turn aside your servant in your righteous wrath, for you have been my guide. O God my Saviour, leave me not; do not reject my plea. My parents may forsake me, LORD, but you will welcome me.

Teach me, O LORD, how I should live, and lead me in your way; make straight my path, because my foes oppress me every day. Give me not over to the will of vehment enemies; for liars rise to slander me and breathe out cruelties.

Yet I am sure that in this life God’s goodness I will see.

Wait for the LORD; be strong, take heart. For him wait patiently.’

 

Psalm 27 (C.M.)

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Burst of Hope: Light in the Darkness

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What beauty has been revealed to us!
Horgabost Beach, Isle of Harris

A Prayer from the Heart

The Measure of Maturity

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Taken from Every Day With Jesus Bible p.409
‘Our fellowship with other Christians heightens our understanding of God and helps us stay spiritually fresh. I have no doubt that my fellowship with other Christians has helped more than words can convey in keeping me spiritually alert and topped up. When for some reason I am not able to fellowship with other Christians, my spiritual life tends to sag. This is one of the laws of Christian life, and we ignore it to out peril.
Dr. E. Stanley Jones said, “The measure of our spiritual maturity can be and is measured by the breadth and depth of our capacity and willingness for fellowship.” Note the words “capacity” and “willingness”. This doesn’t mean working at enlarging our circle of fellowship- though for some it may mean that- but that we have the capacity and willingness to do it if God should so lead.
I know there are Christians in churches, fellowships and denominations whom I will never meet down here on earth, but I have the capacity and willingness to fellowship with them if God were to make it possible. We are only as mature as our willingness and capacity for fellowship. Therefore, if we cannot or do not want to fellowship with others who are truly Christ’s, then we are immature Christians….our basis ought to be this: everyone who belongs to Christ should belong to everyone else who belongs to Christ.’

God Speaks

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Taken from Every Day With Jesus Bible, Selwyn Hughes, p.405

‘Then a voice came from the cloud saying: “This is My Son, the Chosen One; listen to Him!” -Luke 9:35
…It is significant that immediately following this statement, a cloud descended and “they became afraid as they entered the cloud.”
Where there is division, there will always be clouds. There are clouds over churches, and we fear as we enter those clouds. Why are we afraid? The answer is simple- division. Each denomination is thinking in terms of itself, is losing a sense of the collective unity. But out of the clouds comes a Voice. God speaks! The voice is one of evaluation and invitation: “This is My Son, the Chosen One; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35). The clouds will never lift and the fears will never depart until we listen to Christ. And what is He saying? This: “May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You” (John 17:21). Christ must be first, and the unity of His body must take priority over any denominational allegiance…’

God’s Mysteries

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From ‘I Stand at the Door and Knock’ by Corrie Ten Boom

‘In 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Paul talks about Christ’s servants who have been entrusted with God’s mysteries… What are they? Well, we can read about them in the Bible. God has revealed them to us. We understand a lot about mysteries once we have opened our hearts to the Lord Jesus. He reveals them to us through His Spirit. And we should pass them on. I will mention one of them, John 3:16: “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.”

If we are prepared to accept this amazing mystery of God, we need to pass it on. We need to be faithful and spread the news about this amazing truth and many other truths. It makes us so happy and thankful to know such a mystery. And what does God expect us to do? He expects us to be faithful, that is all. Love and obedience go together. But our task is not a small one. Paul talks about it: we are Christ’s messengers, God’s way of bidding us to be reconciled with Him.

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). It meant that each Christian should be a missionary. You in your small corner, and I in mine. Is it possible? Of course it is. Second Timothy 1:7 says, “For God did not give us a Spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” We need not rely on our own capabilities, but on God’s. We need not depend on our limited strength, but on His unlimited power. Does this really mean that each Christian, whether called to be a housewife, a factory worker, or a tradesman, is in charge of God’s mysteries? Are they stewards of His mysteries?

My father had a watchmaker’s shop. He would sometimes say to me, “My name is on the shop, while it’s God’s name that should be on it. I’m a watchmaker by the grace of God.” Each Christian is building the kingdom of God, no matter whether you’re a watchmaker, a mason, a housewife,or a professor, or wherever you may be called to be.

You can be quite original about your calling. A little while ago I was talking to a coal merchant. He told me he had two telephones beside each other. “Quite often I have two conversations using both phones,” he said. “Down one I am giving spiritual care, and I talk about the Lord Jesus, while on the other one I’m taking an order for coal. It means they can both hear what I’m saying, I will ask the second one to wait a minute, and meanwhile he will be hearing the Word of God. When I have finished, I will ask, ‘How much coal do you need?’” That is how he understood his calling to be a steward of God’s mysteries and simultaneously a steward of the coal business.

We are only asked to be faithful. Isn’t it wonderful that we don’t even need to try and be faithful relying on our own strength? In Galatians 5:22 we read about the fruit of the Spirit which also includes faithfulness. We will work together: He who commands us to be faithful on the one hand and us on the other. Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” Holding Jesus’ hand, we remain faithful. And we can see our calling, even though everything may seem dark and lost. …’

Appreciation _ quote

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Appreciation: Having eyes to see what we have been given

The gentle touch of a friend. The surprise birthday party. An exhilarating mountain climb. A wonderful meal. A quiet walk. A stimulating conversation. The sheer audacity of autumn colours. A mother’s care. A mellow sunset. A lover’s passion. A moment of solitude. A gripping book. An inspiration. Appropriate timing in doing good. A sense of God’s presence. Mad hilarity with friends. A stimulating project. Receiving an unexpected gift.

Worship. Play. Prayer. Silence. Work. Love. Peace. Friendship. Family.

As we allow our minds to wander over the many facets of our lives, we cannot but help to be amazed. Here and there are the marks of love, the signs of goodness, the indications of grace. Here and there are the gifts of compassion, the fruit of service, the signs of hope, the blessings undeserved.

Henri Nouwen gently reminds us that ‘every time we experience real

goodness or gentleness we know it is a gift.’. He is right.

Appreciation cannot be an occasional afterthought. It is a way of life in which the present is celebrated, the giver thanked and where we live with a sense of amazement that so much has been placed in such undeserving hands.

Charles Ringma

For the Beauty of the Earth

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For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies,
Father, unto thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,
Father, unto thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight,
Father, unto thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends of earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,
Father, unto thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of Heaven,
Father unto thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

Folliot Sandford Pierpoint, 1835-1917

from ‘His Light in Our Darkness’ by Fiona Castle pg.49-50

Faithful One

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I find a hope within, to call my own
For I am frail of heart, my strength is gone
But deep within my soul, is rising up a song
Here in the comfort of the Faithful One.

I walk a narrow road, through valleys deep
In search of higher ground, on mountains steep
And though with feet unsure, I still keep pressing on
For I am guided by the Faithful One.

Faithful, faithful to the end
My true and precious friend.
You have been faithful
Faithful, so faithful to me.

I see your wounded hands, I touch your side
With thorns upon your brow, You bled and died
But there’s an empty tomb, a love for all who come
And give their hearts to you, the Faithful One

Faithful, faithful to the end
My true and precious friend.
You have been faithful
Faithful, so faithful to me.

And when the tale is gone, and when the race is run
I will bow down before God’s only Son
And I will lift my hands, in praise for all you’ve done
And I will worship you, my Faithful One. 

Sung by ‘Selah’ with Christy Nockels, on their album ‘Bless The Broken Road’