Pray For The People Of Nepal, Devastated By An Earthquake

Dear Father God,

We pray for all affected by the earthquake in Nepal:
For those grieving the loss of loved ones,
For those living in fear of aftershocks,
For those trapped awaiting rescue,
and for those who are searching.
Comfort, protect, rescue and strengthen.

We pray for all who are responding on the ground:
For partner agencies coordinating the response,
For those in need of shelter, clothing, food and water,
For those in remote rural areas whose plight is yet unknown,
and for those who are travelling to and within Nepal.
Direct, provide, connect and guide.

We pray for the world as it watches on:
For the media as it tells the full story,
For compassion to overcome despair,
For unity to overcome distance,
and for kindness to prevail.
Inspire, move, unite and reveal.

In your resurrection hope we pray

Please join us in our prayers for the people of Nepal

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Lord, who is our shepherd,
We pray for the people of Nepal in this time of want.
Guide those who grieve to still waters; restore their soul.
Lead those who are searching to the right places.
Comfort those who are trapped in the darkest valley of fear.
May generosity and compassion overflow in response
so that goodness and mercy may follow all
who will live in the shadow of this earthquake.
May they dwell in secure houses and
know healing and protection all their life long.

Amen.

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DOUBTS ABOUT YOUR CHRISTIAN FAITH? TAKE ACTION NOW!

Do you have doubts about the Christian faith?

You know the story: Thomas was the only apostle not present when Jesus appeared to the disciples on the evening of his resurrection. When the rejoicing disciples later told Thomas that Jesus was alive, he flatly refused to believe them. He had seen the crucifixion.

The gospel goes on to relate that a week later Jesus indeed appeared to Thomas, and invited him to put his hand into the holes in his hands and feet. Thomas was utterly overwhelmed. His response was ‘My Lord and My God!’ He saw, he believed.

Then Jesus said something which is relevant to us today. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

Jesus KNOWS it can be hard for you, who have never seen him, to believe that he is indeed alive, and Lord of all. Which is, of course, where we are today.

Perhaps you really struggle with doubt. Well, there are two courses of action you can take:-
1. Don’t read the Bible. Begin to forget what Christianity teaches. Don’t go to church.Don’t ask God, or anyone else, for help.
Your ‘doubts’ are perfectly honest questions, but stop looking for answers. Assume that because you have questions, there are no
answers.

2. Look for some answers. Find out what the New Testament actually says about Jesus – by reading it! Do not be confused into thinking that you ‘doubt’ something which you may not even really ‘know.’

Pray – remember that Jesus said that those who believe without seeing are ‘blessed’. So ask God that, if he is there, please would he ‘bless’ you by opening your eyes to spiritual realities. Go to church.

Yes, the Christian faith demands that we take God at his word, with no evidence other than his Word. But though we believe in Jesus without seeing him, we do NOT believe without considering him. Faith is not blind credulity and unthinking naiveté.

We have faith in the historic person of Jesus Christ. Peter writes some real encouragement in his first epistle, “Though you have not seen him,
you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9).
Rev Dr Roger Roberts

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Why Did Jesus Fold The Napkin?

On that first Easter morning, John’s gospel (20:7) tells us that when Peter stooped and when into the tomb, he found the linen
wrappings that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in, thrown to one side. But the napkin, which had been placed over the face of Jesus, was neatly folded, and placed at the head of that stony coffin.

Why?

Why should Jesus fold the napkin after his resurrection?

The significance of the folded napkin might be found in Hebrew tradition of the day. When a servant waited on his master at the
dinner table, and the master was done eating, he would rise from the table and toss the napkin to one side. But when the master was not finished, he would fold his napkin to indicate that though he had left the table for the moment, he was coming back.

When Jesus folded his napkin, could it be that he was saying to the  world: I may be leaving now, but – I am coming back!?

One day, the  Bible teaches us, he WILL!

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Wth many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey