God has a purpose for you!

For the Lord takes delight in his people; He crowns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4

Psalm 34:1

I will bless the Lord at all times.

and also...

But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness". 2 Corinthians 12:9

God loves you!

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8.

23/08/2016

Were not our hearts burning within us?

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem.14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.(C)
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,”they replied. “He was a prophet,(F) powerful in word and deed before God and all the peopl20 The chief priests and our rulers(G) handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.(H) And what is more, it is the third day(I) since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us.(J) They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”(K)
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

12/08/2016

On this rock!




Dear friends, I have the pleasure to share with you this beautiful worship song interpreted by Steven A. Have a blessed day in the name of Jesus. Amen

09/08/2016

Syria: under bombs and under fire



TO SECRETARY JOHN KERRY AND PRESIDENT OBAMA,


The repeated targeting of healthcare workers and hospitals by the Russian and Syrian governments are war crimes. We call on you to give Syria’s heroic healthcare workers and the communities they serve a zone free from bombing to ensure their protection. The international community has agreed the bombs need to stop. The resolutions are in place. They simply need to be enforced.



BOMBS AND UNDER FIRE

We are in an emergency. In July 2016 a medical facility was attacked on average every 17 hours. Many facilities have been attacked multiple times, often changing location for safety. When they started building a hospital in one northern Syrian town, local residents begged them to move -- knowing the hospital would be targeted.

Since Syria’s peaceful uprising was met with brutal force doctors have been systematically targeted by the Syrian government and its allies. For the Syrian government anyone treating people on ‘the other side’ is a valid target, and their elimination part of a deliberate strategy to force people back into areas under its control. 
Of the 750 medical workers killed since the beginning of the conflict, all but 52 have been killed by Syrian or Russian government attacks - this is just what has been documented, the real number is likely much higher. 
Despite being in clear contravention of international humanitarian law, medics have been executed and tortured. One doctor who was interrogated said “the most important thing was not to reveal my medical work,” since it is common knowledge that doctors are tortured worse than other prisoners.

However, the biggest killer of medical workers in Syria is neither torture nor execution. The greatest threat comes from the air - the Syrian government and Russian bombing. At least 750 medical workers have been killed and over 400 hospital attacks have been destroyed by these indiscriminate weapons. 
These attacks are not just killing physicians and damaging hospitals, but destroying entire communities. When you kill a doctor in Syria, you are ensuring that hundreds, if not thousands, of people will die. 
When you destroy a medical facility, you push people out of their communities to seek desperately needed services. In addition to routine aerial attacks targeting hospitals, health workers face a chronic lack of supplies and specialists. This is particularly dire in besieged areas, where treatable diseases and injuries can be a death sentence.

01/08/2016

Bristol - Limoges



10:40. Limoges airport was full of expats waiting for their beloved to come through customs and it took more time than usual, half an hour! My sister-in -law Pauline did not show any sign of nervosity after her flight but I know how hard it's been for her to come to visit us by plane. She did think of coming by coach but it would have taken 23 hours (Bristol - Poitiers) 
Last time she flew to Spain was 16 years ago and she just remembered the scary turbulences! 
The first thing she told me about the flight was that the Lord gave her peace of mind before the flight and she felt very grateful! 
We are proud of her and so pleased that she made it. Tomorrow is market day in Civray, then we'll have a walk round the town. 
It's been a warm day here and I hear that in Bristol, it was pouring all day.



22/06/2016

We were all babies once!


When I read this verse in Jeremiah I was in awe. This verse opened my eyes to our Father's deep love for all his children not just when they pop out but when they are tiny. It also meant that we cannot forget that the beginning of life is happening in a mother's womb and that at each step of its 'knitting' it's precious. 
In Psalm 139 13-14 The Psalmist reminds us that each baby is wonderfully made. 


What do scientists make of those amazing verses? According to Dr. Alfred M. Bongiovanni, professor of obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, 'human life begins at the time of conception. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life.” 

Speaking of the early stages of a child’s development in the womb, Professor Bongiovanni says, “I am no more prepared to say that these early stages represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.”

Also Dr. Jerome LeJeune, genetics professor at the University of Descartes in Paris, states, “after fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being.” He says this “is no longer a matter of taste or opinion. Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception.

Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth of Harvard University Medical School argues, “It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception.”

To conclude, I share these verses found in the Book of Job, ch 10 v 8:12 when Job is in utter adversity and rightly worried about his future! 

“Your hands shaped me and made me.
    Will you now turn and destroy me?
Remember that you molded me like clay.
    Will you now turn me to dust again?
10 
Did you not pour me out like milk
    and curdle me like cheese,
11 
clothe me with skin and flesh
    and knit me together with bones and sinews?
12 
You gave me life and showed me kindness,
    and in your providence watched over my spirit.



18/06/2016

UK gene editing: taking place soon!

The following information is very disturbing! Is this really going to happen!

A British ethics committee has greenlighted the use of human embryos for genetic research.

Dr Kathy Niakan of London’s Francis Crick Institute was given permission by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority earlier this year to edit single genes, despite international criticism. Christian Concern’s Chief Executive, Andrea Williams, said at the time that the move had crossed a "dangerous ethical line".

The Cambridge Central Research Ethics Committee, the relevant regulator in this case, has now given Dr Niakan the go-ahead, making the UK the first country to approve gene editing and only the second to attempt it. China previously experimented on embryos but this was not approved by a regulator.

Single gene editing

The new technique, known as Crispr-Cas9 (CRISPR), is thought to be able to edit single genes, by making the 'faulty' gene inactive or replacing it with a healthy copy. This would alter the DNA of an embryo.

Experiments, which will begin later this year, would take place on the human embryo within the first seven days of its life, and afterwards it would be destroyed. The embryos will be donated by women who have some left over, after undergoing IVF treatment.

The practice has not only been criticised for destroying human life, but there are also concerns about both the technique’s unknown consequences and the potential to create ‘designer babies’.

Dr David King, director of the Human Genetics Alert organisation, said earlier this year: "This is the first step in a well-mapped-out process which is leading to GM babies, and a future of consumer eugenics."

'Misleading'

Scientists claim that CRISPR will be able to discover the reason for failed IVF and miscarriages.

"We would really like to understand the genes that are needed for an embryo to develop into a healthy baby," Dr Niakan claimed.

"Miscarriage and infertility are extremely common but they are not very well understood. We believe that this research could improve our understanding of the very earliest stages of human life."

"If we were to understand the genes, it could really help us improve infertility treatment and provide crucial insights into the causes of miscarriage."

Yet experts have warned that this claim is misleading. Earlier this year, Dr Peter Saunders of Christian Medical Fellowship said:

"The fact is that we already have quite a good understanding of what causes IVF failure and miscarriage and it has very little to do with anything that can fixed by Crispr-Cas9.

"Only abnormalities in single genes can be readily fixed with gene editing of the sort that the Crick Institute is proposing. Gene editing tools like Crispr-Cas9 do not fix chromosomal abnormalities".

Pushing boundaries

Dr Trevor Stammers, Programme Director in Bioethics and Medical Law at St Mary's University, has also spoken about the many concerns surrounding gene editing and its approval in the UK.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 in February, he outlined the moral problems with the destruction of human embryos and the dangers of introducing even restricted experimentation.

By gradually removing restrictions surrounding the technique, he explained, the practice will be "unstoppable", as scientists push to break further scientific boundaries.

'Ploughing ahead heedlessly'

Commenting on the Cambridge Research Ethics Committee’s approval of gene editing, Christian Concern’s Chief Executive, Andrea Williams, said:

"It is disappointing that an ethics committee should greenlight this kind of experimentation. The number of ethical considerations involved in gene editing has led many nations to warn against its use, yet here in the UK, scientists are ploughing ahead heedlessly. An ethics committee should aim to safeguard human lives at every stage, not condone their destruction for the purpose of experimentation."

Read more here

17/06/2016

What is love then?


What is love?

In Peter's epistle, we read: 'Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins' (1 Peter 4:8) 

Here is another verse that I like too.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
 1 Corinthians 13:1 

And I mustn't forget this one:
7Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.9This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.…
1 John 4:8

What is love then? When we go at a wedding, we often hear those verses about love. You may have heard them before, you may not!

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

It's a definition of the perfect love! (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) 


13/06/2016

Hope in the name of Jesus!

Anchor of our soul
Even youths (teenagers) grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, 
they will walk and not be faint. 

Isaiah 40:30-31

God’s Chosen Servant

15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.
 16 He warned them not to tell others about him.
 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21 In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Matthew 12:15-21

02/06/2016

Encouraging verse!


The English Standard Version says
Psalm 42:8
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.

28/05/2016

Puffin Rock




Our three year old daughter loves a children's program called Puffin Rock; read on , click on the link 
Dreaming of the Country : Puffin Rock:

One way to make picture quotes on line!

Love your neighbour: One way to make picture quotes on line!:

Good morning friends You must have noticed those picture quotes everywhere.

19/05/2016

Missing Chibok girl found after 2 years

Amina Ali, was found Wednesday with a baby and Mohammed Hayatu, who said he was her husband.

When Amina Ali Nkeki was kidnapped by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram more than two years ago, she was a mere schoolgirl.
On Tuesday night, she apparently wandered out of a forest, asking for help, accompanied by a baby and a man who claimed to be her husband, according to witnesses.
The man is being investigated by Nigeria's joint intelligence center, according to a military statement.
Amina Ali is the first of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram to be freed after the two years in captivity, Nigerian military officials say.

Military officials and locals gave different accounts of how she was liberated. Nigeria's army said she was rescued by army troops, but a witness told CNN the girl wandered out of the Sambisa Forest in the northeast of the country along with her child and a man.

The Sambisa Forest, believed to be the terrorist group's stronghold, has long been the suspected location of the girls. As many as 276 of them were kidnapped at gunpoint from their boarding school in Chibok in Borno, northeast Nigeria, on April 14, 2014.
At least 57 girls were able to escape soon after their abduction, but more than 200 of them remain missing.
Breaking news, click here
Please join me as I am praying for the safe return of all the rest of the girls home. May our Father protect them and may He change the hearts of their kidnappers in the beautiful name of Jesus-Christ our Saviour. Amen

20/04/2016

Nigeria-Chibok Girls: BBOG Campaigners March To Presidential Villa

BIYA
Nigerian Government
Bring back all our Abducted Girls
The march in commemoration of the 2-year anniversary of the Chibok girls abduction, which started from the Unity Fountain climaxed as planned at the Presidential Villa.
That did not, however, stop the campaigners from continuing with their planned itinerary at the Presidency which ended with a press conference.

They delivered their message to the President right there.
First they asked the President to act fast to rescue the girls, some of which some parents had just identified in recent pictures on CNN.
Other major demand of the group is that government should investigate every case of kidnapping, whether or not it is related to Chibok, set up a missing persons verification bureau as well as a rehabilitation platform for victims of insurgency.


The Chairman of the Chibok community, Tsambido Hosea, asked for the establishment of a special search and rescue team with a special mandate to locate and rescue the Chibok girls.

He said that members of the community have continued to grieve over the faith of the girls and are asking the federal government to step up efforts to find them.

The campaigners said that 731 days is no joke and is too long a time for young girls to be left at the mercy of insurgents and away from home but they are not giving up until the girls are back and alive.

They insisted that government must act fast on the new information available.
One of the parents of the Chibok girls, Esther Yakubu, while berating the Police for denying them access to the Presidential Villa, said tearfully, “It is not our fault. We didn’t beg for it and we didn’t pay the Boko Haram to kidnap our girls. They did it just to fulfill their selfish interest.”

24/12/2015

Christmas carols

Last Monday, Steven and I went to a Christmas carols concert featuring the Ingestre choir directed by Roger Titley in Weston church, Mid-trent churches. It was my first time and I enjoyed it thoroughly; beautiful singing, friendly atmosphere. Here are a few photos! Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.






26/11/2015

We trust in the name of the Lord, our God



1 May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burn offerings. Selah
4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.
6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.


02/11/2015

Behold the Lord upon his throne.


Dear sis and brothers, I'd love to share this beautiful song with you. It has been in my head almost all morning.
May the Lord pour his blessings abundantly on you and your beloved ones today. In the name of Jesus-Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.

Behold the Lord - Kwasizabantu choir





06/10/2015

With all my heart - Bechol libi


Dear friends, I have the pleasure to share with you this messianic song for the glory of our Lord. I hope that it will  bless you. Praise our God. In Jesus-Christ. N.

02/10/2015

God pointing...Spirit leading..Kingdom coming..


‘Spirit-led Discipleship’
Leader: George Fisher

One of the ‘in’ words at the moment is discipleship, and rightly so. However, in most teaching and training on discipleship the Holy Spirit is hardly ever mentioned. This workshop will examine the vital role of the Holy Spirit in our discipleship and explore how being more open to the Spirit leads us to become effective disciples of Jesus.

‘Hearing & discerning the voice of God’
Leader: Tim Storey

In a world of noise and 24/7 information coming at us from all directions, it is increasingly hard to hear the still small voice of God. Whilst we may be able to take time out to go where it is quiet for a while, what about the rest of the time? Come along and let’s work out together how we can make sure God doesn’t just get a word in edgeways but that His voice is loud and clear in our lives each day.

‘Healing of past hurts’
Leader: Ali Summers

Discovering the inner journey of wholeness, freedom and intimacy that Jesus invites us into. We will explore some of the available prayer models which help us to find breakthrough in identifying lies and choosing forgiveness and healing.

‘Engaging in Worship’
Leader: Matt Hird

We will be exploring what engaging in worship means outside of the big events and conferences – how can we experience spirit-filled worship without a big band? There will be an opportunity to share insights as well as some practical tips for creating space for worshippers to encounter the Holy Spirit. Come willing to share and to receive.

‘Restoring the Apple’
Leaders: John Alessi and Carl Washington

It is often the case that the ministry of deliverance, particularly in the church in the West, is viewed with suspicion. It can seem archaic and weird, but the reality is quite the opposite, there are very powerful spiritual, emotional, and psychological dynamics that need to be addressed. If we are to see the glory of God in our communities we have to get the deliverance ministry back into the mainstream of the church, where it is seen as a component part of the body of Christ. In the ministry of Jesus, his deliverance ministry is one of the most outstanding features of his time on earth, and so it should be for us. The workshop will challenge our thinking of a ministry that is often overlooked

26/09/2015

gomakedisciples: What's that? Did you say 'Laminin' ?







gomakedisciples: What's that? Did you say 'Laminin' ?:



11 days ago, my sister-in law Pauline sent me a message and somehow I missed it! Not because it was enigmatic but because I have been skimmi...