Praying to our Father God

Heavenly Father, Almighty God, thank you that through the death of Jesus and his resurrection I can know that I am forgiven for all my sins.

Thank you that I live in the age of the Holy Spirit and that I have become empowered through the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for how the events of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit have transformed my life and transformed this world.

Thank you for healing me when my physical body was so very ill and weak; an illness from which I very nearly died.

Help me to see people as you see them – not by the world’s standards but with your eyes, and I pray that your power will always be present to heal the sick.

And I humbly pray that the eyes of the whole world will be opened to see these remarkable events with awe and amazement.

And may you always bless me mightily in everything I say and in everything I do.

With many joy-filled blessings

Geoffrey

Boko Haram Captives Released

For months Open Doors has asked you to pray for the rescue of countless women and children abducted by the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, in northeastern Nigeria. We are thankful to report that around 1,000 men, women and children, have been freed from Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa forest – said to be the militants’ last stronghold. Those rescued included many Christians, but there was no sign of the 232 school girls abducted from Chibok in April 2014.

Please Pray:

  • Thank God that these men, women and children are finally free again
  • For healing and restoration for those who have been freed from Boko Haram – they are often brainwashed and traumatised
  • For God to work through churches and Open Doors staff to provide them with support

For the protection and safe return of those who remain captive, including the Chibok girls.

For more information about Open Doors please go to:-

http://www.opendoorsuk.org

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

May You Find Serenity And Tranquility

May you find serenity and tranquility
in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength
to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there,
even when you feel most alone.

May you discover enough goodness
in others to believe in a world of peace.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch,
a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts
as well as receive them.

Remember the sunshine
when the storm seems unending.

Teach love to those who know hate, and let that love embrace you
as you go into the world.

May the teaching of those you admire become part of you, so that you
may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you
have touched and who have touched yours are always a part of you, even
if the encounters were less than you would have wished.

It is the content of the encounter that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the
goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day to see the
beauty and love in the world around you.
Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way.

What you may feel you lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another.

What you feel you lack in the present may become one
of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.

May you always feel loved.

Author Unknown

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Dorcas (Tabitha) Miraculously Healed

My wife, Marlene, has just created a new Word Search to challenge your Biblical mind…….

Dorcas (Tabitha) Miraculously Healed:-

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

 

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Healing Power of Laughter

The health benefits of laughter have become widely recognised in recent years. People feel less pain after a good laugh because (research suggests) it releases chemicals that act as a natural pain-killer.

Physical benefits of laughter have been found to include a drop in stress hormones and less risk of heart disease. Mental and social benefits include less anxiety and stress, improved mood and enhanced group bonding.

Humour helps us to keep a positive outlook in difficult situations, disappointments and loss. More than that, laughter gives us the courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope. It really is contagious – just hearing laughter primes your brain and readies you to smile. It dissolves distressing emotions. You can’t feel anxious, angry or sad when you are laughing.

Humour gets you out of your head and away from your troubles. Infants begin smiling during the first weeks of life and laugh out loud within months of being born. But you can learn to laugh at any stage of life.

Smiling is the beginning of laughter. It can help to set aside special times to seek out humour and build from there. Pay attention to children and emulate them. They are experts on playing, taking life lightly and laughing.

The old advice to “count your blessings” will distance you from negative thoughts. When you hear laughter, move towards it. Share your embarrassing moments. The best way to take yourself less seriously is to talk about times when you took yourself too seriously.

There are now hundreds of non-profit laughter clubs world-wide, including many in the UK.

Philip Barron

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

The Holy Spirit

The following envisionment is based upon a series of lectures about the Holy Spirit given by Kathryn Kuhlman in 1947 (the year I was born).

Kathryn said:-

“I see in my mind the three persons of the Trinity sitting down at a great conference table before the formation of the Earth ever took place.

God, the Holy Father, gave the others the news that even though He would create men to have fellowship with Him, that man would sin; and break that Fellowship.

The only way Fellowship could then be restored would be for someone to pay the price for that sin. For if another did not pay it, then man himself would have to continue to pay the price in unhappiness, disease, death, and eventually hell.

After the Holy Father finished sharing, His Son Jesus spoke up and said, ‘I’ll go. I’ll take the form of a man and go down to Earth to pay that price.  I’ll be willing to die on the cross so that man can be restored to perfect fellowship with us.’

Then Jesus turned to the holy spirit and said, ‘But I cannot go unless you go with me; for you are the one with the power.’

The Holy Spirit responded and said, ‘You go ahead and when the time is right, I shall join you on Earth.’

So Jesus came to Earth, was born in a manger, and grew to manhood. But, even though He was the very Son of God, He was powerless.

Then came that magnificent moment at the River Jordan when Jesus, coming up out of the baptismal waters, looked up and saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the form of a dove.

It must have been one of the greatest thrills that Jesus received as He walked in the flesh on this Earth. And I can almost hear the Holy Spirit whisper in His ear, ‘I’m here now. We’re running right on schedule. Now things will really begin to happen.’

And they did happen. Filled with the Spirit, He was suddenly empowered to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, and even raise the dead. It was the time for miracles. For three years they continued, and then, at the end, the Bible says that He gave up the ghost, and the Spirit returned to the Holy Father.

After Jesus was in the grave for three days, that mighty third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, returned.

Jesus came out of the grave in a glorified body. He performed no more miracles during the short time He was here, but He gave His followers a great promise; the greatest promise of all in the Bible.

He said that same Holy Spirit who had lived in Him would return to live in all those who opened their lives to His power. The same things that He, Jesus, had done. His followers would do, also.

In fact, even greater things would be done because now the Holy Spirit would not be limited to one body, but would be free to enter all those everywhere who would receive Him.

The last words He said before He went away were,  ‘And you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.’

God the Father had given him Him the gift. Now He was passing it on to the Church. Every church should be experiencing the miracles of Pentecost. Every church should be seeing the healings of the Book of Acts. This gift is for all of us.”

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Please take time to read – and inwardly digest – this very powerful teaching.

Yours, in Christ

Geoffrey

 

Quo Vadis?

At the beginning of 2013 I was dying! No question about it – everyone thought that I had already booked a one way passage to God.

But God – in His infinite wisdom – had other ideas.

My lovely wife – whose love and devotion to me went far beyond the call of duty – taught me to pray.

Not just a short dutiful prayer either; but prayers that came deep from within my heart. I prayed many times a day – accepting God as my Father and Jesus as my Lord and Saviour – and asking that He restore me to full optimum health.

And although bed-bound for several weeks and almost unable to walk, slowly, gradually I found myself coming back into full consciousness.

My wife, bless her heart, was VERY hard on me. Even shouted at me when I was at my lowest ebb.

So between being ‘nagged’ by my loving wife and receiving God’s bountiful blessings and Divine healing I am now able to drive my car and even walk for a few yards.

My wife also encouraged me to read the Bible. And so I do – every day. And each day I feel that I am becoming closer and closer to God.

The Bible says that whatever we need (need, not want!) we should ask for it in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. And it works, believe you me it works……………………

Having time to read books – and reflect – I am increasingly dismayed at the lack of compassion and understanding in our world today.

Take a few minutes to read – and re-read – the TEN COMMANDMENTS.

Thou shalt not steal and
Thou shalt not murder

Are self-explanatory

As is Thou shalt not commit adultery, though many people pay scant regard to this commandment!

But none of the Commandments say that Thou shalt not park on a double-yellow line, nor is any mention made of exceeding the speed limit.

And where does it mention in the Ten Commandments that if one marries someone from another country (especially from outside Europe) that all kinds of petty and unnecessary obstacles often prevent the wife/husband from obtaining a spousal visa.

It certainly is not part of God’s Divine Plan for Humanity that people who fall in love should be separated simply because they live in different countries!

Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party, has been quoted as saying that no one should be persecuted or separated just because of the person they happen to fall in love with!

And what about loving your Neighbour? The Ten Commandments speaks of not coveting your neighbour’s wife and possessions.

How many of us truly love our neighbours? Not in the physical sense but globally? Everyone you meet, whether or not you speak the same language, is your brother or sister!

Sometimes, when the leaders of G8 and G20 get together it is more like little children squabbling. It’s all about power politics and any resultant benefits for the countries and people they represent is purely coincidental.

Quo Vadis? Where are we going? Indeed!!

God has many ideas and suggestions for our future welfare. But how many people – especially global leaders – are going to have the courage to listen to Him?

My advice – if anyone is brave enough to listen to me – is to read the Bible. And inwardly digest!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey