On The Lighter Side

Visiting his grandparents, a small boy opened the big family Bible.

He was fascinated as he looked through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out. He picked it up and found that it was an old leaf that had been pressed flat between the pages.

“Mama, look what I have found,” he called out.

“What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked.

With astonishment in his voice, the boy answered, “I think that it’s Adam’s underwear!”

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A preacher was completing a temperance sermon.

With great expression he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and throw it into the river!”

The congregation nodded their approval.

With even greater emphasis he added, “And if I had all the wine in the world I’d take it and throw it into the river, too!”

The people clapped and were saying “Amen”.

And then finally, he concluded, “And I had all the whisky in the world, I’d take it and throw it into the river!”

As he sat down, the song leader then stood up quite slowly and announced, “For our closing song, let us sing Hymn Number 555: “Shall We Gather at the River.”

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Father O’Malley answers the phone.

“Hello, is this Father O’Malley?”

“It is”.

“This is the Tax Office. Can you help us?”

“I can”.

“Do you know a Ted Houlihan?”

“I do”.

“Is he a member of your congregation?”

“He is”.

“Did he donate £10,000 to your church?”

“He will!”

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(Courtesy of the Christian Centre Newsletter, Ebbw Vale)

In love, laughter, joy and peace

Many blessings

Geoffrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Jesus

Why are so many people around the world today turning to Christianity for answers?

Why after 2000 years do so many still find hope and peace in the midst of life’s troubles through their faith in Christianity?

Perhaps, like so many others, they have found that there really is a God. And what is more amazing is that this God actually cares about you and me.

This is how much God loved the world (you and me): He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was.

He came to help, to put the world right again.

(The Message Bible)

Ever thought how much a loving, caring God could change your life?

How much of a comfort and a help He would be?

Want to know more?

Come and find out at: –

The Christian Centre
Crown Buildings
Ebbw Vale
Gwent

Phone: – 01495 309586

And on Facebook: –

https://www.facebook.com/The-Christian-Centre-Ebbw-Vale-128513533933017/

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

A Heart-warming Thought

Bill was an old Great War soldier, and illness had left him paralysed from the waist down. His bed was brought downstairs, in the tiny, two-up, two-down house he shared with his wife, Nita, and he spent the rest of his days looking out of the window.

His cheery smiles were a joy to passers-by. So, when it came known that Bill had started knitting to pass the time, many people donated oddments of wool.

Bill knitted blankets in basket-stitch, in nine-inch strips, which his wife, Nita. sewed together. These multi-coloured blankets were given to friends all over the place.

For more than 40 years Bill gave out these blankets to all his many friends and although thin and worn through the passing years, his blankets were in daily use in bedrooms all around the village where he lived.

When we give, we can never know the full impact that our generosity will make.

It is a very heart-warming thought

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Her Family’s Survival Rested On Her Shoulders

It was her fault. That’s what her in-laws said. They were so convinced, they threw her and their three grandsons out of the house. Sani moved to another village and started washing dishes and clothes as a servant. All the while, she carried the blame of her husband’s death and the entire weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders.

November 2015.

Sani had been married only for five years when her husband died from alcohol poisoning. Before she even had time to think about how her life and the lives of her three boys would be without a husband and a father, she found herself homeless, rejected and blamed. She didn’t know how she would care for her family.

Sewing Machine and Widow’s Dignity

Sani was blamed for the death of her husband. As she and her sons were kicked out of the home they had shared with her in-laws, she felt the pain of rejection and abandonment.

Alone and heavy-burdened, she moved to another village to start a new life as a widowed mother. She found work as a house servant, washing dishes and clothes. Somehow she managed to keep her family alive, but the struggle was constant day by day.

As the years passed, Sani sent her two teenage sons to work as labourers simply to keep the family afloat. Because of their grave poverty, her children could not continue in their schooling. Even though she and her sons worked hard, the income they earned still did not build up their financial needs. But help would come, unexpectedly, from one of her neighbours.

Sewing Machine and Widow’s Dignity

Sani was blamed for the death of her husband. As she and her sons were kicked out of the home they had shared with her in-laws, she felt the pain of rejection and abandonment.

Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Jaival lived near Sani. He had been ministering in her community for two years and hosted worship services in three different locations. Because Jaival lived near to Sani, he often spoke to her about the love of Christ.

Sewing Machine and Widow’s Dignity

Sani was encouraged when Pastor Jaival spoke to her about Jesus. When she accepted Christ’s love, she found out Jesus hadn’t rejected her.

Sani had always followed her traditional religion, but gradually, as Pastor Jaival continued to share with her, Sani began to understand the love of Christ. She attended prayer meetings held at Pastor Jaival’s house. She grew to know Jesus personally and chose to accept His free gift of love and acceptance.

Though she found new life in the Lord, Sani and her sons still struggled for daily survival on the meagre earnings they laboured for.

Pastor Jaival, well aware of Sani’s needs, placed her name as a recipient for a Christmas gift distribution. It was through this distribution that Sani received another gift that would change her life: a sewing machine.

The gift was a perfect fit. Sani had previous tailoring experience, so she went right to work stitching clothes. Her income increased, enabling Sani to provide for her family and better manage their needs. Sani could even send her youngest son to school!

Sewing Machine and Widow’s Dignity

Sani was encouraged when Pastor Jaival spoke to her about Jesus. When she accepted Christ’s love, she found out Jesus hadn’t rejected her.

Sewing Machine and Widow’s Dignity

Sani received her new sewing machine with joy. Thanks to people around the world and the love of Christ, Sani is now able to take care of her family and sees her worth in the eyes of Christ.

Sani experienced the love of Christ and His providing hand in a real and tangible way. A simple sewing machine brought her hope and helped show her how much the Lord values her. Her life is just one testimony of hundreds who have received a gift from Gospel for Asia’s Christmas Gift Catalogue.

You can be part of bringing Christmas to those in need of extra love and help. This Christmas, offer hope to a family and show them in a tangible way that Jesus loves them.

Sani received her new sewing machine with joy. Thanks to people around the world and the love of Christ, Sani is now able to take care of her family and sees her worth in the eyes of Christ.

Give a Christmas Gift

With many peaceful blessings

 

Geoffrey

 

A Man Said To God

A man said to God,

“What is a million years to you?”

And God said,

“A second.”

Then the man said to God,

“What is a million dollars to you?”

And God said,

“A penny”

Then the main said to God,

“Will you give me a penny?”

And God said,

“Sure, you just need to wait a second!”

(Seen on a church door in Valetta, Malta)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

My Journey With The Holy Spirit

I have just uploaded my new video which describes my Journey with the Holy Spirit from my earliest days in a Methodist Sunday School to my present life, married to Marlene, and as a member of Beaufort Hill Methodist Church.

And, of course, my testimony includes how our Father God answered my desperate prayers when I was ‘dying’ and brought me back to life because as Jeremiah 29: 11 says – God has great plans for Marlene and I.

To view my new video please click below: –

https://youtu.be/utVoXZRKJCU

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Christians United For Israel

During this season of Thanksgiving let us join King David in giving thanks to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for He is good and His mercies endure forever! Whether you are standing on the mountain top or walking through a deep valley, the Word of God teaches the believer to give thanks to the Lord in all things

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues all generations. – Psalm 100

We especially thank the Lord for all of you who have locked your arms and joined your voices with Christians United for Israel to stand and pray with Israel and the Jewish people now and forevermore.

So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations. – Psalm 79:13

May the Lord richly bless you with joy, peace and hope as you gather your family to celebrate God’s goodness during this Thanksgiving season.

(Pastor John Hagee)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey