‘And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. Mark 3v6’
A man was healed and the response of the Pharisees was to plot the death of the Healer. The Pharisees were a heartless group but sometimes my attitude may be too similar to theirs. in order to avoid such an attitude we need to trust God’s truth in every circumstance and not impose our own wisdom. We need to reach out to all peoples as the Saviour did – never creating false barriers between any. And we need to avoid allowing ritualism to take control of our lives. Christianity is Christ and we need to live with that reality, not bound by forms or activities that may be historical but not Biblical. – I.I.M
Prince Charles has many titles. He is the Heir Apparent to the Crown, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, Knight of the Garter, Duke of Cornwall, Colonel in Chief of the Royal Regiment of Wales, Duke of Rothesay, Knight of the Thistle, Rear Admiral, Grand Master of the Order of Bath, Earl of Chester, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
Titles are attached to people by virtue of rank, office or attainment. In the Bible, Jesus is given far more titles than a royal prince. In fact, there are well over a hundred titles ascribed to Jesus.
The whole Bible revolves around Jesus (John 5:39) – Extract from ALPHA
In the early 1500’s a twenty-five-year-old artist and sculptor laboured tirelessly with hammer and chisel over a colossal block of cold marble. Other artists had rejected the stone because it had defects, so it sat untouched for several decades before this young sculptor saw something beautiful in it. He worked night and day with obsessive dedication. When someone asked him why he was working so hard on that old stone, he replied, ‘Because there is an angel in that rock that wants to come out’. Nearly three years after starting his work, the young artist, Michelangelo, unveiled his enduring masterpiece: a seventeen-foot-tall sculpture that today is known the world over as David.
– Wording from CFAN, image from http://zelmar.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/o-michelangelo-de-cada-um.html
Elijah had incredible faith in God. He allowed the prophets of Baal to perform their ceremony. Elijah called down fire from heaven and not only did the sacrifice burn, the altar did as well. We have nothing to fear if we trust in Him.
– an excerpt from “The Bible in 366 Days”.
Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the Bible with 176 verses, is a love song to God’s law. But you’ll never understand the Psalmist’s enthusiasm about a moral code until you think about children playing near a cliff’s edge. Without a fence, they’re always in danger, never able to relax. Because of the fence, they can play freely and without fear. God’s law is a safety fence that brings incredible freedom. Of course, it’s only a matter of time until a kid starts to wonder what’s on the other side of the fence. If he or she doesn’t know or trust the fence builder, they hop over the fence and fall off the cliff. And if they’re fortunate enough to survive, they come back saying like the Psalmist, ‘Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your word’ (v. 67 NIV). But there’s more to this story. God’s law is not only a safety fence, it’s also a mirror that shows us we can’t live up to His standards without His help. Only when we realise that the fence builder loves us and wants the best for us, are we happy to stay on the right side of the fence. The Ten Commandments begin with the words, ‘I am the Lord thy God…’ (Exodus 20:2 NIV), therefore don’t kill, steal, etc. God speaks about the relationship first, then about therules that govern it. The Christian life is not a question of rules or relationship, but rules based on relationship. It’s morality because of intimacy with God. When you understand that, you’ll trust whatever God asks of you. – FROM UCB
In Lamentations 3:22-26 the prophet Jeremiah, after he had gone through a time of severe affliction which caused his soul to sink within him, came to this conclusion with regard to the LORD:
22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in Him.”
25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
to the soul who seeks Him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
I have highlighted a few words in verses 25 and 26 and would like to ask you to take a moment to seek Him and wait quietly for Him so that you can also come to the same conclusion as the prophet. Why not embrace this scripture and hide it in your heart until you know it off by heart. I urge you, seek Him and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
– Extract from Angus Buchan
‘Jesus is coming soon, believe me he’s coming soon’ – This was the words of one dear man, sat on a street corner near Covent Garden, London, he had his sleeping bag tucked around him in silent devotion but he had a hope and he was ready to meet his saviour. Another man I read of recently said ‘I had to pause and ask myself what I’d want to be doing if Christ returned today. And I found myself answering from Matthew chapter 24&25… to take my talents and invest them (where the need was).’
It’s a challenge how ready am I or you, are we sleeping? Are satisfied with everything?