14/07/2018

When the storm is raging...

When the storm is raging and your heart is sinking low, do not give up, call out on Jesus-Christ, the son of God and invite him in your life; he will be there for you forever.
The Lord is so good and He loves you so much.
Our Father in Heaven keeps his promises, He does not change.
He will help you! Whoever you are, no matter what you have done in the past, wherever you are, ask Jesus-Christ, the King of Kings who died willingly on the cross so that you can have eternal life, that is if you follow him.
In the bible, the Gospel of John (ch 8 v12) says: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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25/05/2018

Bless the Lord oh my soul!


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Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
You're rich in love
And You're slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
Bless You Lord
And on that day
When my strength is failing
The end draws near
And my time has come
Still my soul will
Sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years
And then forevermore
Forevermore
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
Yes I'll worship Your Holy name
I'll worship Your Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name
Jesus I will worship Your Holy name
Worship Your Holy name
#Jesus-Christ died for our salvation, he #reigns on high and he will #come back
Songwriters: Jonas Myrin / Matt Redman
10,000 Reasons lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group
Released2011
GenreChristian/gospel

12/05/2018

Esther

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After Aert de Gelter
Where are we?

The events in the book of Esther occurred from 483 BC to 473 BC, during the first half of the reign of King Xerxes, who chose Esther as his queen. During this time period, the first remnant of Jews who had returned to Judah were struggling to reestablish temple worship according to the Law of Moses. But Esther and Mordecai, along with many other Jews, had chosen not to make the trek back to Judah. They seemed content to stay in Susa, the capital city of Persia, in which the story is set.

The book was written no earlier than 470 BC and probably no later than 424 BC, during the reign of Xerxes’ son Artaxerxes.

Why is Esther so important?

Esther is the only book in the Bible not to mention the name of God. But that is not to say that God was absent. His presence permeates much of the story, as though He were behind the scenes coordinating “coincidences” and circumstances to make His will happen.

Much like the book of Ruth, this book stands as one of the most skilfully written biblical books. Using eight feasts to systematically build and resolve suspense, the author constructed the story chiastically—using a Hebrew literary device in which events mirror each other inversely. Early listeners to the story would have recognised significant events and followed the rising tension with understanding.

Haman, the king’s evil second-in-command, was a descendant of Agag, king of the Amalekites, who were ancient enemies of God’s people (Numbers 24:7; 1 Samuel 15:8). He cast the lot, called “pur,” in order to determine the day that the Jews would be exterminated (Esther 3:7–9). The feast of Purim, still celebrated by Jews today, commemorates the Jews’ deliverance from Haman’s plot (9:24–32).

God is sovereign

While the primary purpose of the book of Esther was to relate the dramatic origins of the feast of Purim, a greater theme shines through the story. The sovereignty and faithfulness of God permeate each scene. Nothing is truly coincidental, the book of Esther says to us. God’s sovereignty is best summarised in Mordecai’s exhortation to Esther: “
Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”” (Esther 4:14).

When events seemed out of control to Esther and Mordecai, when the king dictated ruin for their people, when evil was poised to triumph . . . God was at work. 
He worked through their dark days (Esther was taken to the harem [2:1–16]), their faithful obedience (Esther risked her life before the king [5:1–3]), and their victories (Esther revealed Haman’s plot and the Jews’ destruction of their enemies [7–9]). This message is clear: God is sovereign even when life doesn’t make sense.

God is also the great Promise Keeper. Mordecai’s words reflected his faith that God would honor His eternal covenant with Abraham and David.

10/05/2018

My tears, your tears...


When our King comes back
And we will be with Him
Forever
The One who died for us
And overcame, 
Victorious in every way
Loving and compassionate
His name is Jesus-Christ,
He is the only way
the Truth
and the Life.


Dr Martin Luther King



In 1957, Dr. King was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization designed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. He would serve as head of the SCLC until his assassination in 1968, a period during which he would emerge as the most important social leader of the modern American civil rights movement.

In 1963, he led a coalition of numerous civil rights groups in a nonviolent campaign aimed at Birmingham, Alabama, which at the time was described as the “most segregated city in America.” The subsequent brutality of the city’s police, illustrated most vividly by television images of young blacks being assaulted by dogs and water hoses, led to a national outrage resulting in a push for unprecedented civil rights legislation. It was during this campaign that Dr. King drafted the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the manifesto of Dr. King’s philosophy and tactics, which is today required-reading in universities worldwide.

In 1963,  Dr. King was one of the driving forces behind the March for Jobs and Freedom, more commonly known as the March on Washington,” which drew over a quarter-million people to the national mall. 

It was at this march that Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which cemented his status as a social change leader and helped inspire the nation to act on civil rights.

Dr. King was later named Time magazine’s “Man of the Year.”

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In 1964, at 35 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. His acceptance speech in Oslo is thought by many to be among the most powerful remarks ever delivered at the event, climaxing at one point with the oft-quoted phrase

 “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

Also in 1964, partly due to the March on Washington, Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act, essentially eliminating legalized racial segregation in the United States. The legislation made it illegal to discriminate against blacks or other minorities in hiring, public accommodations, education or transportation, areas which at the time were still very segregated in many places.

The next year, 1965, Congress went on to pass the Voting Rights Act, which was an equally-important set of laws that eliminated the remaining barriers to voting for African-Americans, who in some locales had been almost completely disenfranchised. This legislation resulted directly from the Selma to Montgomery, AL March for Voting Rights lead by Dr. King.
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02/05/2018

More worship song! My life is yours!


Video courtesy & all credits : Better Life Team (Most popular & anointed Arabic Christian Worship Team, based in Egypt. May God bless BLT) BLT : YouTube home page : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3L8... Better Life Team Music albums check this link for buying songs: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/be... .... Note: For English translation & Arabic Lyrics in English : go to settings & switch on Annotation. Portuguese, Romanian, Chinese(China) , Polish , German, Hungarian , Norwegian & English, subtitles published. Check it out. Go to "settings" click subtitle button.. select any language. English translation subtitles credit goes to Sherif Saad & Yousef Al-A'ssaf. Arabic Lyrics in English : provided by Rowies Takla. May God Bless them abundantly. My life is yours...Arabic Christian Song (Salvation Call ...Come and surrender your life to Jesus).This song invite everybody including our Muslim friends to receive the salvation through Jesus Christ the only ONE way to Father(Allah). May be you are watching a Christian song , first time in your life , consider this as a life changing salvation call for YOU, please respond by NOW, today itself because tomorrow is not yours. Come and receive the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and reveal himself in your life. Kindly SHARE this beautiful video with all your Muslim friends. Let the holy spirit speak with them through this good news of salvation. Thank you . God Bless you. Better Life Team , Egypt : Check this link to buy song : https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/be... For more arabic christian song : try this link : http://hymn.linga.org/top7 ...If the Lyrics and translation not appear, go for this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWKMS... @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Lyrics @ translation in English Dawart kteer-ala shei yes-edni (I searched alot to find something to make me happy) Hawelt alaai-haga teshbe'ni (Tries to find some thing that could satisfy me) wfdelt tayeh,fe al-donia hayem (but i went lost, wandering in this world,) Albi lessa atshaan (my heart was still empty and thirsty. seme't wahed, bynadini. Aal:" taal,emsek beidi. Ana arfak, d-Ana khalaak. Ana hases beek (I heard some one calling my name told me to hold his hand ,i know you,i created you ,i felt your pain ) w gait ashanak ya habibi, mott badalak ala al -salib ,Wahabtak hayah (i came for you o my beloved,i died for you on the cross , i gifted you this life) W edetak nagah.Kol znobak maghfoora laka. (i gave you salvation and all your sins are forgiven) w shoft eiydo mamdoda leya ,Bellamsa SHAFYA FATAH ENAYA.nawar tari'y.Ghayar hayaty. (and i saw his hands reaching out for me,with healing touch he open my eyes,he shed light on path and changed my life) Ana eli kont be-eid (i was gone too far away..) Ezay makontesh shayf rabbi? (How ,i couldn't see my lord) w kont aiyesh men ghero gambi? (how did i live with out him,stays beside me?) Rakaat odamo ,w mesikt fe eiydo.sarakh-t baala soaat........ (i knwlt down before him,i hold his hand,i cried out him....loudly) Hayaty tebaa leek al-youm (today ,my life belongs to you lord) Tesh- had aan Yasua w twool,Howa da al-Tareek, (to bear witness to jesus , to say .."he is the way") w hoa al-Maleek.Howa da Elah-i-al-abady (He is the king,He is my eternal God) Taala w sallem hayatak odamo .Da howa Elah-ak (Come and surrender your life to him ,He is your God,) W hases be halak.Hayedeelak awowa,w yedeelak norsra ala kol kh -atya.Matrannem maaya (grant you victory ,over every sin,come sing with me,) Hayaty tebaa leek al-youm (Today ,my life belongs to you lord) Tesh- had aan Yasua w twool,Howa da al-Tareek, (to bear witness to jesus , to say .."he is the way") w hoa al-Maleek.Howa da Elah-i-al-abady (He is the king,He is my eternal God)..

Who was JR Tolkien?



Tolkien at the Botanical garden, Oxford

1  John Ronald Reul Tolkien was born in Bloem-fontein, South Africa, on January 3, 1892. The Tolkien family moved back to England three years later, when J. R. R.’s father took ill. J. R. R.’s father died when he was 4 years old, and his mother died when he was 12. After that, he and his brother were left in the care of Father Francis Morgan, a Catholic priest.

2. After graduating from Oxford University in 1915, Tolkien joined the British Army to fight in World War I. In his first year of service he took part in the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in human history, where more than 1 million men were killed or wounded, including many of Tolkien’s friends. “By 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead,” he would later write. As biographer Bradley J. Birzer says, “Though he spent less than a year in the war, if affected him deeply. Tolkien had lost several of his closest friends, and their loss, he believed, gave him an even greater duty to carry on their jointly conceived project, which was to do God’s will in the world.”

3. During the war Tolkien contracted trench fever, a moderately serious disease carried by lice (his fellow writers A. A. Milne [creator of Winnie-the-Pooh] and C. S. Lewis would also contract the disease on the Western front). Tolkien served the remainder of the war in recuperating in hospitals or performing duties in garrison.

4. After leaving the military Tolkien took a job working for the Oxford English Dictionary (his speciality was the history and etymology of words of Germanic origin. In 1920 he took a teaching position at Leeds University. Four years later he accepted a job at Oxford University, where he would remain for the rest of his career.

Tolkien had a speech impediment that made him difficult to understand, especially during his class lectures. Despite this flaw, he was popular with his students and frequently received standing ovations.

6. Tolkien had a peculiar sense of humor and was fond of playing odd pranks. Along with Lewis, he once dressed as a polar bear for a non-costume party. He would chase neighbors away dressed as an Anglo-Saxon warrior, and, in his later years, would include his false teeth in payment handed to store clerks.

7. From 1929 to 1940, Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were close friends as well as co-workers. Tolkien brought Lewis back to the Christian faith, and Lewis inspired Tolkien to write and publish his fantasy stories. (“The unpayable debt that I owe to [Lewis] was not ‘influence’ as it is normally understood, but sheer encouragement. He was for long my only audience. Only from him did I ever get the idea that my ‘stuff’ could be more than a private hobby.”) After Lewis death Tolkien wrote in a letter to his daughter, “So far I have felt the normal feelings of a man of my age—like an old tree that is losing all its leaves one by one: this feels like an axe-blow near the roots.” He also refused to write an obituary for his old friend, saying, “I feel his loss so deeply that I have since his death refused to write or speak about him.”

8. Tolkien claims the idea for his first famous fantasy novel, The Hobbit, came to him suddenly while he was grading student essay exams. He took out a blank piece of paper and wrote, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” When he began writing the story, Tolkien believed he had invented the word “hobbit.” Released on September 21, 1937, with a print run of 1,500 copies, the book was already sold out by December. Since Nielsen started tracking books with their BookScan service in 1995, The Hobbit has not once fallen off of their list of the top 5,000 books. Because the book did so well, publishers requested a sequel in December 1937. Originally, Tolkien presented them with drafts for The Silmarillion, but they were rejected on the grounds that the public wanted “more about hobbits.” Tolkein's answer was the three-book series, The Lord of the Rings.

9. Tolkien generally objected to overt religious allegory in stories (such as the Narnia novels by Lewis), but he nevertheless considered his fantasy stories to be influenced by his religious worldview:

The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like “religion,” to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.

For Tolkien, fantasy and myths could reflect deeper truth: “We have come from God and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed, only by myth-making, only by becoming a ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man ascribe to the state of perfection that he knew before the fall.”
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01/04/2018

He is risen! Hallelujah


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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.
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, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers 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. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 
22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. 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.”
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.
Have a glorious Easter day in the knowledge that Jesus-Christ is risen and lives within us.



31/03/2018

A people that is his very own!

Titus 2:14
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He (Jesus-Christ) gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.
Titus 2:14

18/03/2018

Blob goes the Gospel story

Blob goes the Gospel story:

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HE MAY not be the first person to dedicate his life to
translating the Bible, but Ian Long is pro...









17/03/2018

The fountain of living waters

"For My people have committed two evils: 
They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, 
To hew for themselves cisterns, 
Broken cisterns 
That can hold no water.
Jeremiah 2:13

14/03/2018

I am He

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JACOB VAN OOST, The Younger 

(1639 Bruges 1713)















Gospel of John, 4: 4:26

4 Now he (Jesus)  had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

15/02/2018

Don't lose heart!


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The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

02/01/2018

What is Codex Sinaiticus?

What is Codex Sinaiticus?





Codex Sinaiticus, a manuscript of the Christian Bible written in the middle of the fourth century, contains the earliest complete copy of the Christian New Testament. The hand-written text is in Greek. The New Testament appears in the original vernacular language (koine) and the Old Testament in the version, known as the Septuagint, that was adopted by early Greek-speaking Christians. In the Codex, the text of both the Septuagint and the New Testament has been heavily annotated by a series of early correctors.
The significance of Codex Sinaiticus for the reconstruction of the Christian Bible's original text, the history of the Bible and the history of Western book-making is immense.

01/01/2018

To those who love God

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And we know that all things work together for good to whose who love  God, to those who are called according to this purpose.
Praise the Lord.

A prayer today

May our Father ABBA keep us strong and help us in our everyday life,
May his Spirit be poured on us in abundance
So that we can minister to others and encourage them in their faith,
In a gentle way but using the Spirit's words that will wake their conscience and stir them
in power to want to repent and seek our Lord's forgiveness,
and give them a thirst to read our Lord's Word that is full of benefits.

God bless you all brothers and sisters in the New Year 2018 In Jesus-Christ's name.

31/12/2017

God loves you so much...








Have you noticed the King of Heaven? He pursues you with his love everyday. Have you taken any notice? His name is Jesus-Christ. He died on a cross so that we all can have life in full, eternal life. Will you listen to his voice?






30/12/2017

Live in peace and be holy

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The Mountain of Fear and the Mountain of Joy

18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”
21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 

25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?
26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”
27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Letter to Hebrews 12: 18-28