More Than Meets The Eye

Peace is more than the silence of cannons,
Health is much more than just no disease;
Civilisation is more than mere techno-ology,
Ecology more than saving big trees.

Spirituality is more than good Sunday sermons,
Science is more than fast shuttles in space;
Happiness more than a well filled fat belly,
No state is higher that this live human race.

Man is much more than just bone and strong sinew,
Thoughts are much more than just dreams in the dust,
The God you are seeking is hidden within you,
Life is a spiral, progression a must.

Have a wonder-full joy-filled Sunday

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

A Gift from God

This my Thought for Today:-

I heard recently about a 3 year old girl called Eden.

She is extremely cute but she was not named Eden because her parents thought that she was an angel.

“No,” they said, “it is because we know that there will be good and bad in her, but she will always be our gift from God!”

Corinthians 1 12:4 says:-

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same spirit is the source of them all.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

On The Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Ten Lords a Leaping

It is suggested that “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was used by catholics, who were not permitted to practice their faith openly, to sing about their religion, with each element of the carol having a hidden religious meaning. According to this theory, the Ten Lords a Leaping, represents The Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments, along with the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer appear in the first book to be published in the Welsh language “Yn Y Lhyvr Hwnn” – literally ‘In This Book’ – which was the first sentence. It was published in 1546 and was the work of John Price of Brecon. Then in 1551 the Denbighshire scholar William Salesbury published a Welsh translation of the main texts of the Prayer Book, followed by a publication of the first Welsh translation of the complete Bible in 1558 by William Morgan

Between 1546 and 1660, 108 books were published in the Welsh language. Though a tiny number compared with those published in English or French, it was considerable compared with publications in other Celtic languages. In that period, only four books were published in Scottish Gaelic and only eleven in Irish.

The full list of suggested hidden meanings in the carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”;

* The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

* Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments

* Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

* The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

* The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

* The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

* Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

* The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

* Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

* The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

* The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

* The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So now you know ~smiles~

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Theological Thought for the Day

A man was invited to lunch with a friend of his, who was a Minister.

After the meal the two of them went into the Minister’s large study room-cum-office, in which hundreds of books were displayed around the room.

“Almost all of them are on theology,” said the Minister.

“And do you mean to say you have read them all?” the visitor asked.

“Yes – and many more.”

“And after reading so many learned works, what would you say that the Christian religion really is?”

The Minister did not hesitate before replying, “Loving God for all you are worth, and being a good neighbour”.

And I guess that’s all to be said!

When all theology is reduced to the bare bones, so to speak, all religion is fundamentally two things only:-

* Belief in some power other than ourselves

and

* Doing good whenever we can

 

 

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

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had preachers today that could attract 1000 people to hear them preach?

And, remember, that John Wesley preached on very many occasions in fields and the open air, and such was their enthusiasm to hear Wesley preach that people willingly travelled long distances and stood in even the very worst weather to attend his meetings!!

World-Wide Methodist Songfest – 24th May 2014

Mark this date in your diary now!

For on 24 May 2014 the whole Methodist world is invited to sing to mark the very day— indeed the very hour —that the Methodist mission really began.

The Trustees of The New Room in Bristol (the oldest Methodist building in the world) have proposed to the World Methodist Council the first ever ‘World-Wide Methodist Songfest’ to celebrate the 275th anniversary of the Aldersgate experience.

The plan means that starting from the Pacific islands east of New Zealand and traveling westwards as the day unfolds across the world to Hawaii in the west, congregations will gather at 8 pm (20:00 hours) local time to sing Wesley hymns in a variety of languages and styles.

As the clock reaches “a quarter to nine” – the very time that John Wesley records that “my heart was strangely warmed” – Charles Wesley’s famous hymn O for a Thousand tongues to Sing will bring the song-fest to its climax.

Although the moment will be different in each time zone, every celebrating church will mark the occasion at their local time of 20:45. The event may include prayers and readings and other hymns as each local situation prefers.

The New Room will of course be celebrating this occasion, and we shall be looking for a congregation to help. But we also want as many of our Friends and supporters to promote an event in their locality—whether it be in the Pacific, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas—in fact, in every time zone.

This event— encircling the world —will remind everyone that it was from John and Charles Wesley’s heart-warming experience in May 1738 and from the opening of The New Room in Bristol, England in June 1739 that Methodism spread across the globe.

The Prayer of Jabez

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying:-

“Because I bare him with sorrow”

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying:-

“Oh that you would bless me, indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldst keep me from evil, and that I may not cause pain!”

And God granted him that which he requested……

1 Chronicles 4: 9-10

 

Jabez’s superiority of honour lay:-

  • In piety towards God, the true source and characteristic of honour.
  • In his pursuit of advancement being in dependence upon God
  • In his complete dependence upon God’s protection
  • In his unshaken confidence in restraining and preventing grace.