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.

28/04/2010

A date for your diary in May

Stafford Art Group are holding their annual exhibition 
on the 11th to the 29th of May at the High House, Stafford.
All group members are encouraged to submit their work 
which is then selected by an independant artist
 and a representative  from the High House.
I have three paintings in the exhibition this year titled `River Tay Scotland`

`Peony`

 and `Winter Morning Cannock Chase` all painted in oils.


 I also paint in watercolour and acrylics
 covering a wide range of subjects and am also interested in textiles.
The exhibition is always worth a visit so if you are in town pop in and have a look!
Blessings from Geraldine Taylor.

26/04/2010

Art, vicar and humour do mix!


Courtesy of our artist Geraldine Taylor.

A bit of fun!

Everybody is welcome! I hear that this evening is going to be absolutely fabulous!..Blessings.

21/04/2010

Westminster 2010 declaration of conscience

WE BELIEVE
that protecting human life, protecting marriage, and protecting freedom of conscience are foundational for creating and maintaining strong families, caring communities and a just society.
WE INVITE Christians of all denominations who subscribe to the historic Christian faith to sign the Westminster 2010  Declaration of Christian Conscience.
WE CALL upon all parliamentary candidates to pledge that they will 'respect, uphold and protect the right of Christians to hold and express Christian beliefs and act according to Christian conscience’.

Latest News

20,000 signatories and 2,000 Facebook fans in ten days for Westminster 2010 Declaration - Wednesday 14 April

Christians have responded with huge enthusiasm to the launch of the Westminster 2010 Declaration of Christian Conscience which has clocked up over 20,000 signatories and 2,000 ‘Facebook fans’ in ten days since its launch on Easter Sunday.
Today it has received more than 30,000 signatories. If you wish to sign it took, click on the above link!
Blessings, in Jesus-Christ.


18/04/2010

Taste and see that the Lord is good!

Can we know Jesus lived?
The documentary evidence is good. Some people believe that the New Testament that we read has been translated hundreds of times and no longer bears any resemblance to what was originally written. In fact the New Testament was written in Greek and only that was copied out lost and lots of times. So much so that many remain and almost all of the New Testament (and a lot of the Old) in one document (Codex Sinaiticus) which is dated c. 350 AD. There are lots of older documents going right back to a small piece of John's gospel dated 127 AD. These are old and what they all show is that what we have today is virtually identical and hardly anything has been altered. The odd word or phrase and there is evidence of the errors that happen when either something is dictated or copied - repeats or spelling errors (equivalent to the English mistakes of 'there' for 'their' etc.)
There are more of these documents and of an older age than for a lot of other 'events' in history before then and since which no one questions.

Can we know Jesus died?
Obviously he had to have died - we all do! But, on a cross as a common criminal at the hands of the Romans? Crucifixion is about the cruellest form of execution ever devised and the Romans were 'good' at it because they wanted people to be in fear of what happened to those who committed offences - tough justice! Why would anyone invent that a carpenter turned itinerant preacher and healer from Nazareth whose only crime was to 'offend' the Jewish leaders by his direct claims could end up being crucified? It does seem to be a rather an odd story to have at the centre of the world's number one selling book!

Can we know Jesus rose from the dead?
It is what people have said and written for almost 2000 years and for which many themselves have been prepared to die! Another question, why? Why would people make it up, why would people die for a lie and why would anyone form a movement and it survive (well) for all that time if the very basis of it all is untrue? The written evidence is that of an empty tomb, men and women seeing Jesus alive and on one occasion there were 500 (1 Corinthians 15:6) and that is a lot of people.

Can we know Jesus is alive today?
This time I am going to answer with a bold 'yes'. In the Psalms (and so long before Jesus) the writer says, (Psalm 34:8) Taste and see that the Lord is goodI have been a Christian for over forty years - nearly all my life, and I can say that through those years with all their joys and sorrows, the Lord has been good and I see Jesus in and around my life and that of others. He brings love, forgiveness, acceptance and he guides and provides in remarkable ways. We have a saying very similar to what the psalmist says, 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating'. The 'proof' that Jesus lives is mostly discovered when we take that informed step of faith and trust him in small or bigger ways.

Will you be able to say this Easter and beyond, 'Jesus lives. Alleluia'?
Millions will do so including me. Say it now if you can and join us as we continue to worship and seek to serve our crucified, risen, ascended and glorified Saviour.

Team Vicar's Compass article for April
Artwork at  http://art-verse.com/index.html

12/04/2010

Forgiveness

When we were at dad's in Norfold (Heacham) we popped in the Christian bookshop and I chose a book writtten by Sokreaksa S. Himm. Thirteen members of his immediate family including his parents were brutally executed by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. Reaksa describes how he overcame  his wishes of revenge thanks to grace of the Lord and he tracked down his family's killers to let them know he'd forgiven them, to bring them peace and tell them about the Lord.
Facts
One of the most traumatic periods was that from 1975 to 1979, a war orchestrated by Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge leader. More than 2 million Cambodians died of starvation, disease, overwork or by execution. (page 38)

Quotes I liked
'The power of forgiveness from the Lord Jesus-Christ has set me free from the bondage of bitterness..(page 51)
'The message of loving our enemies is the most fundamental teaching of Jesus-Christ. Luke 6:27-28
(page 120)
This is an excellent read, truly inspirational!