On the Lighter Side

Definitely on the Lighter Side of Life, I had a chuckle when I heard this story:-

A teacher asked his pupils to make a list of the eleven greatest men in the world.

As his class was busy on compiling their lists, the teacher observed that one member of his class, Adrian, was looking very serious.

“Have you finished?” the teacher inquired gently.

“No Sir, Adrian replied, “I’m trying to decide on the goalkeeper!”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

A Short Prayer For Today

This short – but extremely profound – prayer is one which would greatly benefit us all by praying every morning as we wake up, and then practising what we are praying during the rest of our day.

And the prayer runs thus:-

“Our Father God, if we are wrong, make us willing to change; and when we are right make us easy to live with.”

Yours prayerfully

Geoffrey

How God Confirms His Inner Voice To You:- Isaiah 30: 19-21

Today’s Biblical Word Search, created by my wife, Marlene, is taken from Isaiah 30: 19-21 – How God Confirms His Inner Voice To You.

To freely download this new word search please visit:-

http://christianwordsearches.net/God’sInnerVoice.html

Happy Word Searching

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

If

My message today is very short – but VERY profound and it goes like this:-

If only everything were just what everything should be,
This world would be a pleasant place; the very place for you and me.
But, life, somehow, from our ideal is very far,
Our daily test should be – to make the best of things as they are!!

Remember – if you think you are beaten you are but if you can find the courage to meet your problems head on – who knows what wondrous things you might achieve?

With many positive blessings

Geoffrey

 

In The Shadow of Victory:- Ride the Rollercoaster of Holy Week

Now that we are approaching Easter – and all that that means to Christians throughout the world – I would strongly recommend that if you have a kindle you download a copy of the wonderfully inspirational book ‘In The Shadows of Victory:- Ride the Rollercoaster of Holy Week’ by Deacon Becky Lovatt.

Becky has created an interactive book, featuring stories from the viewpoint of many of the people that in some ways were involved in the last few days of Jesus’ journey towards the Cross.

For further information and to download this marvellous book for only £1.99 please go to:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00L9UYDKS/

To wet your appetite so to speak this is the first chapter:-

                          Dangerous Day 

We now begin the journey, remembering that already we stand with Jesus Christ our Saviour in the shadow of the cross, remembering that for him, it was a very dangerous day.

Jesus knew exactly what he was doing mounting the donkey at Bethpage, as this was where the priests had calculated the city limits. For Jesus to mount here was a statement that spoke volumes to all that were there. It was, in effect, as if He was shouting from the rooftops that He was the Messiah.

Now, position yourself at the side of the road, having first run and chopped down a palm branch that you are waving frantically.

Picture if you can the Roman army standing there, thousands of them, making it very clear that you are part of an occupied people. Look up at the temple on the hill, and look beyond it. There overshadowing the holy place is the fist shaped Roman fortress. Built purposely taller than the temple just to remind you who was in charge.

Listen to the crowd hailing him as their King. But He does not come on a war horse, only a humble donkey. And He does not come with swords and clubs; He is armed only with God’s words of peace and love.

Wave your branches, as they are the national symbol of your people. Wave them at the coming Messiah, showing your defiance to the Romans, believing that this Jesus would send them packing once and for all.

Jesus knew that for Him, it was a very dangerous day.

Picture the children laughing and playing around your feet. In your fear, you push them forward. Somehow this fear is always lurking beneath your joy; your fear of the Roman soldiers and the power they hold over you.

The children – they are young, surely these soldiers wouldn’t launch an attack against them, no matter how unruly the crowd become. Push them forward, put them between you and the soldiers, not because you do not love your children, but because you fear for your own safety.

Jesus knew that for Him, it was a very dangerous day.

Sing your hosannas, not just a song of happiness, but also a song of rebellion, a song that speaks of freedom, and of victory over your enemies. Stand tall in the face of those who persecute you. Hold firm, ready to take up arms and fight, ready to rally around this new king and take back, by force if you have to, your land, and your home.

Jesus knew that for Him, it was a very dangerous day.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

If Harsh Misfortune

These are very true words, written by good friend Anonymous:-

If harsh misfortune knocks you hard,
And keeps on hitting you,
Maybe you’ll come to feel, somehow,
There’s nothing you can do.

Maybe you’ll think it’s just no use
To keep on keeping on-
Your number’s up, your luck is out,
It’s time that you were gone.

But those who plod the uphill way
Win through to happiness ONE day.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Libya

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death.. but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24: 9 -13

“ISIS helped us strengthen our faith”

The brother of two of the Coptic Christians executed by Islamic State (IS) in Libya has thanked IS for including the declarations of faith made by the men in the video of the killings. The last words of some of the Christians were ‘Lord Jesus Christ’. “ISIS helped us strengthen our faith,” said Beshir Kamel, speaking on Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC.

He finished the broadcast by praying for his brothers’ killers: “Dear God, please open their eyes to be saved.” Please join him in his prayers.

Please Pray:

  • Thank God for the courage of the 21 Egyptians who were faithful to the end
  • For members of IS to encounter Jesus and turn from their life of violence and hatred
  • For protection and wisdom for the Christians who remain in Libya
  • For comfort and strength for the families of the murdered Egyptians.

Martyrs’ mother would welcome IS

Beshir described what his mother said she would do if she saw one of her sons’ killers: “My mother, an uneducated woman in her sixties, said she would ask [him] to enter her house and ask God to open his eyes.”

The brother of another of the martyrs told an Open Doors contact: “They kept the faith until the last moment. They didn’t deny the name of our Lord… We are proud of them.”

“I’m not moving”

Incredibly, some Christians are choosing to stay in Libya, despite threats against their lives. Christian Today reports that Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, the Italian Bishop of Tripoli, has said: “I’m not moving from here. And I’m not afraid.”

A pastor in Libya recently asked Open Doors to pray for ‘all those who are Christians in the country, especially the Coptic Christians who have become immediate targets’.

Say ‘Yes’ to your persecuted church family

If you would like to register your commitment to regularly pray, give and speak out for your persecuted church family in places like Libya, take the Step of Yes today.

Source: Open Doors, SAT-7 ARABIC, Christian Today

With many thanks for your prayers,

Open Doors Prayer Team

http://www.opendoorsuk.org

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey