Intimacy With God

I am an activist by nature and enjoy busyness. I’m too often driven by an internal audit intent on measuring my usefulness against my use of time.

In my early Christian life, I was all about Christian service. I found both my spiritual realisation and purpose in service. Now, nothing wrong with serving, it is at the heart of Jesus’ teaching, but not at the expense of intimacy with God. The two fit neatly together like a hand in a glove.

The hand can carry out many tasks, yet for its protection and warmth it at times needs to secure the protection of the glove. So with God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, yet we need also to hide within God for our own provision and protection.

Jesus recognises that he too must steal away to find intimacy with his Father if he is to sustain his powerful ministry. We learn little of the substance of such moments, yet recognise that if we’re to follow in Jesus’ footsteps there is an important lesson for us here.

I know for many years I found my joy and strength basking in the glow of God’s intervention through my ministry. It was almost as if my identity, my meaning was determined by my ministry, the more powerful the better. I stopped drawing aside with God, believing ministry was testimony enough that God was with me. While God accomplished many things, I was an increasingly distant stranger to him. Nothing to do with God, but everything to do with me.

When the power drained away and I faced childlessness and then Katey’s MS, I was in deficit, for without the fruit from my ministry I had nothing to reflect upon.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

John Wesley in Abergavenny – Tuesday, 16th October 1739

I felt in myself a strong aversion to preaching in Abergavenny.

However, I went to Mr Waters (a Presbyterian author of religious pamphlets who, on the 5th April 1739, had invited George Whitefield to Abergavenny and had erected a ‘very commodious’ stand at the back of his garden, from which Whitefield had preached) to desire the use of his stand.

He said, “With all my heart” – if the Minister was not willing to let me have the use of the church.

After the Minister’s refusal (for I wrote a line to him immediately) Mr Waters invited me to his house.

About a thousand people stood patiently (although the frost was sharp, it being after sunset) while from Acts xxviii, 22, I simply described the plain old religion of the Church of England, which is now almost everywhere spoken against under the new name of Methodism.

An hour after, I explained it a little more fully in a neighbouring house (the home of Mrs. Elizabeth James, a widow, in Cow Lane, now Nevill Street; on the 14th November 1741 she married George Whitefield in St Martin’s Church, Caerphilly), showing how
God hath exalted Jesus to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins.

John Wesley – Tuesday, 16th October 1739

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

The Greatest Man in History – JESUS

Jesus had NO servants         – they called Him MASTER

Jesus had NO degrees          – they called Him TEACHER

Jesus had NO medicines       – they called Him HEALER

Jesus had NO army,               – Kings FEARED Him.

Jesus won NO military battles – He CONQUERED the world.

Jesus committed no crime      – He was CRUCIFIED.

He was buried in a tomb        –  He LIVES today.

He lives, Christ Jesus lives today

 

Feel honoured to serve Jesus, as your Prophet, Priest, King and Leader.

Spread this message to all.

Jesus said – “if you deny me before man, I will deny you before my Father in Heaven.” – Matthew 10: 32-33

(From the Book of BIG Prayers)

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas

 

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
by M.S.Lowndes

Jesus Christ was born this day
So many years before
He came a servant to the lost
Though he was Lord of Lords

We celebrate this joyous time
Reflecting on His birth
Not born in a mansion, but a stable
As if He had no worth

He came so He could identify
With the human heart of man
And gave His life as a sacrifice
Offering a better plan

A plan that reconciles us back
To our loving Father God
Bringing hope and redemption from
Sins ruling iron rod

For this is the only reason that we
Should celebrate this day
To become focused on anything else
Would take the meaning away

So let’s arise with joy in our hearts
And share it with everyone
The meaning of Christmas will always be
The birth of Jesus – God’s son

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, dear friends all

Please remember the true meaning of Christmas whilst enjoying yourselves and spare a thought for those people who are spending Christmas alone, people who are homeless, people who have no money and no joy in their heart.

Let us send our blessings to everyone who needs our prayers at this very special time of year

God Bless

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Paid in Full

A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study.

His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible.

Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.

Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.

He began to search his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages.

As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired.

On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.