Kenya: Christians Killed, Churches closed

A church in Kenya has been forced to close after 11 of its members were executed by militants.

St Andrew’s Anglican Church is in Mandera, on Kenya’s border with Somalia. On December 2nd this year militants killed 36 quarry workers, nine of whom were members of the church.

A week earlier, two church members were among 28 people killed during an attack on a bus. Both attacks were the work of Al-Shabaab, the Somalia based terrorist group, and in both cases, the attackers separated Muslims from non-Muslims. Those who could not recite a Muslim prayer were executed!

“We have closed the Church,” church leader Elijah Kinyua told Open Doors, “We will decide later on whether or not to re-open. But for now things are not good on the ground. Please pray for us.”

Please pray:-

For courage and protection for Christians in the Mandera area in Kenya

and

For wisdom for Kenya’s leaders in dealing with Al-Shabaab.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Never Leave You – Hebrews 13: 1-18

Another Biblical Word Search from the Biblical mind of my wife,  Marlene:

This word search is entitled ‘Never Leave You’. Based on Hebrews 13: 1-18.

http://www./christianwordsearches.net/Neverleaveyou.html

It’s a very challenging word search but if you enjoy word searches then I am sure that it won’t take you long to find all the words!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

Your Gift of Life – at Christmas

Creaking on the staircase –
Noise outside my door –
A rustle in the chimney –
It’s ‘Santa-time’ once more.

St. Nicholas is on his way
With all his Christ-life gifts
To fire every child-light with
The loving Christ-mass kiss.

In some he’ll place the gift of gold –
In others frankincense –
While others will be given myrrh –
All signs of God’s presence.

For in each earthly crib or bed
In squalor, comfort, splendour –
The Christ child has been placed again
To call the world to wonder.

So come you kings, come one, come all,
Come shepherds to the cradle stall
And hear the angels sing anew
The heavenly song they sing for you.

Your God is in your gift of life –
The life He gives with love –
So take the gift and use it,
Use it wisely, don’t abuse it,
Let the Christ-life fire your spirit
That God in you may LIVE.

Sam Doubtfire

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

What Does God Want For Christmas?

George asked, ‘I don’t know what to get my Dad for Christmas. What do you give somebody who has everything?’

Harry replied, ‘A burglar alarm!’

Presents can be a real problem, when we want to give those we love something they really want. But what about God? What would he want from us this Christmas? What’s a suitable gift to celebrate the birthday of Jesus? What do you give someone who not only has everything, but who actually made everything?

The answer can be found Micah, a prophet who lived about 700 years before the birth of Christ: ‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8).

This Christmas, God is looking for the gift of lives characterised by justice, mercy and humility:=

Justice:- God is just – he is absolutely fair and righteous in all his dealings. Justice means ‘treating people right because you know God.’ In the Bible it means caring for the poor, speaking the truth and refusing to take advantage of the less fortunate. For us at Christmas, justice means doing right for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Mercy:- This speaks of sharing God’s heart by loving the unlovely even when they don’t love us back. How has God dealt with us this year? If He has forgiven us, then forgive others. Has God lifted us up when we were down? Then let’s seek to lift others. Where God has overlooked our faults, let’s overlook the faults of others. If God has been merciful to us this year, Christmas is a time to show mercy to others.

Humility: Humility is the opposite of pride. It reminds us that everything we have in life is a gift from God. Although some may have more or less than us, we can still thank God for what we have and do the best with what God has given me. This is the attitude we can reflect at Christmas, when we invest so much time in the presents we give.

God is looking to all these actions arising genuinely from our heart. As the carol says:

‘What shall I give him, Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I’d give him a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I’d do my part.
What shall I give him, I’ll give him my heart.’

Rev Paul Hardingham

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

God’s Tapestry

A museum had acquired a new exhibit. It was an item of tapestry, and when it had been unpacked the curator noticed it didn’t have a picture. Instead, it was just a jumbled mix of coloured strands.

One day, the designer of this tapestry visited the museum and the curator was quick to confront him.

The curator explained that the public disliked the designer’s contribution. It was offensive and had to be removed.

The designer was surprised at this reaction. Later, he went to see where his work was displayed and exclaimed: “It’s the wrong way round! You’ve hung my tapestry back to front!”

When the tapestry was hung correctly, the curator now saw a magnificent picture. It was a masterpiece – an inspired
work of art.

In this story, the tapestry represents our lives. The mixture of coloured strands are symbolic of all our human experiences and feelings. When we view our lives from one perspective, it can appear to be in a mess. All we can see is a confused jumble of pain, hurts, frustrations and difficulties.

Life seems to be a puzzle and has no meaning.

But our Creator God sees life from another viewpoint. He turns life’s tapestry around to reveal a true picture. God’s perspective shows life with a purpose, peace and power.

God is the Master Designer who can change the ugly into the beautiful. He can use all the colourful aspects of our life and interweave them to fill our lives with His light and love.

With God’s Spirit within us, He can turn us around so that in His sight we become a picture of holiness.

Lester Amann

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

A Very Merry Christmas To You All

A Very Merry Christmas to all my family and friends

A Very Merry Christmas to all my family and friends

Peace on earth, Goodwill to all men and women.

For God so loved the world that He have us His only begotten son.

Let us all remember that today is our Saviour’s birthday. And as we rejoice with all our families and friends within our Christmas celebrations let us never forget the reason why we have cause to celebrate.

May our Father God bless you mightily in everything you do and in everything you say.

God Bless each and every one of you

Geoffrey