PEACE

Peace be with you

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

Geoffrey

Moving Mountains

Moving mountains is not, as you might expect, an everyday occurrence. In fact, recorded instances of mountains being moved are not plentiful.

However, Marco Polo (1254-1354), a Merchant Venturer from Italy, did appear to have had one notable occasion when he saw an actual mountain being moved.

This is – supposedly, anyway – a true story.

In his capacity as a Merchant Venturer he travelled in China with the Emperor, Kublai Khan, who was the grandson of Genghis Khan.

In their journeys, Marco Polo and the Chinese Emperor came upon a small village in which there lived a group of Christians.

The Chinese Emperor was known for being very sadistic and cruel and he ordered his soldiers to execute them all.

But before his orders could be carried out he said, “Before I kill you, I will prove that your God is dead and that nothing in your Bible is true. Your Bible says that if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will be able to move a mountain by commanding it to go. Just a little way from your village is a mountain – I am going to give you three days in which to move it”

On the first day, all the villagers cried out, ‘Oh God, we’re going to die! Move the mountain!’ But the mountain did not move.

On the second day, they found one man, a shoemaker, who was more spiritual than the rest and they made him do all the praying. He prayed all day, ‘Oh God, we’re going to die! Move the mountain!’ But still the mountain did not move.

Come the third day, the Chinese Emperor returned and ordered his soldiers to line up the Christians and behead them.

But first he said, “I gave you three days to move that mountain and it’s still there! You have no God, your Bible must be a lie. You must pray one more time whilst I watch you! Then you will be beheaded by my soldiers!

This time, however, the village Christians began to pray differently. They looked at the mountain and they began to command it to move in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth.

And as the Emperor watched unbelievingly, the mountain began to MOVE!

And from that time onwards the Chinese Emperor became a Christian and he sent Marco Polo back to Italy to bring missionaries back with him to evangelise China.

Never under-estimate the Power of Prayer!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Smiling

SMILING

The thing that goes the furthest toward making life worthwhile,

That costs the least and does the most……is just a pleasing smile;

The smile that bubbles from the heart, that loves its fellow-men,

Will drive away the clouds and gloom and bring the sun again.

There is no room for sadness……when we see a cheery smile,

It always has the same good luck, it’s never out of style,

It spurs us on to try again when failure makes us blue,

The dimples of encouragement are good…..for me and you.
With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Of all the gifts given to mankind by God, there is none greater than the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit has many functions, roles, and activities. First, He works in the hearts of all people everywhere, throughout the entire world.

Jesus told the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit into the world to “convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:7-11).

Everyone has a “God consciousness,” whether or not they admit it. The Holy Spirit applies the truths of God to minds of men to convince them by fair and sufficient arguments that they are sinners. Responding to that conviction brings men and women to salvation.

Once we are saved and belong to God, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts forever, sealing us with the confirming, certifying, and assuring pledge of our eternal state as His children.

Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit to us to be our Helper, Comforter, and Guide. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever” (John 14:16).

The Greek word translated here “Helper” means “one who is called alongside” and has the idea of someone who encourages and exhorts. The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in the hearts of believers:-

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.

(Romans 8:9)

Jesus gave us the Spirit as some kind of “compensation” for His absence, to perform the functions for us which He would have done if He had remained personally with us here on earth.

Among those functions is that of the revealer of truth. The Holy Spirit’s presence within us enables us to understand and interpret God’s Word.

Jesus told His disciples that:-

“When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come”.

(John 16:13)

The Holy Spirit reveals into our minds the whole counsel of God as it relates to worship, doctrine, and Christian living. He is the ultimate guide, going before, leading the way, removing obstructions, opening the understanding, and making all things plain and clear.

He shows us the way we should go in all spiritual things. Without such a guide, we would be apt to fall into error. A crucial part of the truth He reveals is that Jesus is who He said He is:-

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the father, the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”

(John 15: 26)

The Holy Spirit convinces us of Christ’s deity and incarnation, that he was the Messiah, His suffering and death, His resurrection and ascension, His exaltation at the right hand of God, and His role as the judge of all. He gives glory to Christ in all things:-

“He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine, and declare it to you.”

(John 16:14)

Another one of the Holy Spirit’s roles is that of gift-giver. 1 Corinthians 12 describes the spiritual gifts given to believers in order that we may function as the body of Christ on earth. All these gifts, both great and small, are given by the Spirit so that we may be His ambassadors to the world, showing forth His grace and glorifying Him.

The Holy Spirit also functions as fruit-producer in our lives. When He indwells us, He begins the work of harvesting His fruit in our lives — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

(Galatians 5: 22-23)

These are not works of our flesh, which is incapable of producing such fruit, but they are products of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives.

The knowledge that the Holy Spirit of God has taken up residence in our lives, that He performs all these miraculous functions, that He dwells with us forever, and that He will never leave or forsake us is cause for great joy and comfort.

Thank God for this precious gift—the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Families

‘Family’ is an increasingly difficult word in today’s world. The word itself derives from the Latin meaning ‘servant of the household’, and perhaps the best understanding for familial relationships is that each one is to act as the servant of the other – thereby emphasising Paul’s teaching in Philippians, ‘put others’ interests over and above your own’. However, as a mediator who has been present at the breakdown of marriages, servanthood is the last thought in either party’s mind in a fractured family.

I recognise it will be a painful subject for many, without my rehearsing the long list of reasons here. Yet if this is painful for us, how much more painful is it for its originator, God? The very heart of marriage, itself the foundation for family, is established in the early chapters of Genesis. Man and woman are created as equals. The word describing Eve as a ‘helper’ actually means ‘one corresponding to’, so there is not distinction in status from the moment of creation, and all such gender wars are in fact the invention of a fractured humanity.

Scripture advises that a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and become one flesh, which means they are a unique social unit and one single being and will realise God’s plan upon the earth together. As such a unit they are required to build a common life that expresses faithfulness to each other, the willingness to listen and to forgive each other, sharing economic risk alongside each other, parenting and educating children in the ways of God.

Men and women, of equal status and shared kinship, reflect between them the fullness of God, for neither one nor the other bears the total image of God; as scripture says, ‘So God created man in His own image…male and female He created them’ (Genesis 1:27, NKJV). The reality of God requires two distinct expressions of God’s highest creativity.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Watch Your Words

Keep a watch on your words, my darling,
For words are wonderful things;
They are sweet like bees’ fresh honey –
Like the bees they have terrible stings.

They can bless like the warm glad sunshine,
And brighten a lonely life;
They can cut in the strife of anger,
Like an open, two edged knife.

Keep them back if they’re cold and cruel
Under bar, and lock, and seal;
The wounds they make, my darling,
Are always slow to heel.

May peace guard your path, and ever,
From the time of your early youth,
May the words that you daily utter
Be the words of beauiful truth.

(This is a message given to a child by his grandparents at his christening)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

God Has Many Messengers

The unexpected kindness,
From an unexpected place.
A hand outstretched in friendship,
A smile on someone’s face.

A word of understanding,
Spoken in an hour of trial.
Are unexpected miracles,
That make life more worthwhile.

We don’t know how it happened,
That in an hour of need;
Somebody out of nowhere,
Proved to be a friend indeed.

For God has many messengers,
We fail to recognize.
But He sends them when we need them,
For His ways are wondrous and wise.

So keep looking for an angel.
And keep listening to hear,
For on life’s busy crowded streets
You will find God’s presence near.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey