06/08/2019

News update July 2019

Dear friends and family in Christ, here are the latest news!

July's gone already and here is a new month.
Even though I'm retired now, time seems to go as fast as it used to go when I was teaching.
As I'm taking it easy, I haven't drawn a personal timetable yet. I think I should really!

The only pattern that does not change is the following
- delighting in bible reading in the morning
- praying together
- breakfast or brunch whenever
- afternoon, out with my hubby 

However I am easily distracted and will joyfully go on YouYube to listen to worship songs or messages. I am also reading an excellent book : Creating a culture of invitation in your church by Michael Harvey

Last week was a treat, Steven's sister Pauline visited us we enjoyed this special time. She came all the way from Wales.

My sister in law Pauline
We went to Angoulème, the comic strip capital, here are a few photos!

A painted post box


the market at Angouleme
An old poster for a photo festival
Today's verse: 
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord,
He is good;
His love to Israel endures for ever.
And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, 
because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 
But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, 
who had seen the former temple, 
wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid 
while many others shouted for joy
Ezra 3:11 - 12

22/07/2019

At calvary!


A beautiful worship song 
Courtesy of Susan Tuck

Calvary

Thank you Lord, you bore the pain
You wore the crown, took all my shame
And thank you Lord, you died for me
Upon that cross at Calvary

Chorus
At Calvary, at Calvary
At Calvary, at Calvary
You took my sin and set me free
And now I live to worship thee

Thank you Lord, that I should know
The Son of God, Your Love to show
And thank you that you died for me
To set this lonely sinner free

Chorus

Risen Lord, eternal King
God’s only Son, above all things
I bow before Your heavenly throne
And seek Your kingdom, eternal home

Chorus


28/06/2019

Let not the wise boast of their wisdom...


Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

23 This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,


24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:

    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.







24/06/2019

Obeying Christ!

2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Version (NIV)

We demolish arguments
 and 
every pretension 
that sets itself up
 against the knowledge of God,
 and 
we take captive
 every thought
 to make it obedient to Christ.

Dear friends, I hope that you are having a lovely day. It's very hot here in Civray (Vienne) as the forecast announced it. We've just had lunch and about to go for a walk at our friends'house to water their garden while they are away in Portugal. 
You may wonder why I have highlighted this verse in 2 Corinthians 10:5. Though I've had to check where it belonged, I keep my 'sanity' thanks to that verse. In effect, among the thousands thoughts that invade our conscious mind every day, quite a few are annoying and we must not dwell on them for fear or being dragged to the bottom of a pit. This verse gives us authority to counteract the plan of the evil one so we can stay on the narrow path and listen to the Holy Spirt without being either distracted or dejected. Does it happen to you sometimes? We must be ready to 'analyse' 'every thought' and decide it they are contrary to the will of God and get rid of them with the help of the Holy Spirit who is by our side! All glory to our Lord who cares for us and whose love is unfathomable! 

03/06/2019

Franciscan prayer of discomfort

May God bless you with discomfort at eay answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless  you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed  for those who suffer with rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference  in the world so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God who creates, redeems and sanctified be upon you and and all you love and pray for, this day and for ever.
In the name of Jesus Amen!

29/04/2019

Evangelising in France!


Neil Cole is talking about evangelising, giving us lots of examples and answers to questions! It's an amazing talk!
These are only a few notes!
We have  been called to be light in the darkness!
What is darkness? Darkness is absence of light (Einstein) so you are not shining, go in the darkness, bring Jesus with you because light overpowers darkness.
The new converts will take the gospel in the next house. We have to have confidence that the gospel will spread!
When you come in a community who does not have Jesus, what you are looking for is one person that is receptive to the gospel and when that person becomes a christian this person will have an influence affect somebody else. This is a peace person.
What does this person look like?
She knows everybody in the community and the community knows her. It could be somebody who is well respected or a low character and they are greatly feared. Either one is OK. When they become a follower of Christ, I call those people a domino. There has been a the New Testament, Matthew, good character? he was a tax collector which means he was unpopular, Jesus was a friend to sinners and tax collectors who are the worst. Jesus looked in the tax office and he said this is my apostle. Matthew threw a party and brought Jesus to the party.
What about Lydia? She is an Asian woman who lived in Europe and a business woman. Paul meets her by the river, 
The Ethiopian eunuch, a politician, Philip shares the Gospel with him. The Coptic church traces ...
What about Cornelius?
The Samaritan woman?




10/04/2019

Remember the Lord!

Image result for nehemiah 4




Don't be afraid of them.

Remember the Lord,
who is great and awesome
and fight for your brothers,
your sons and your daughters,
your wives and your homes.
When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work
Nehemiah 4: 13-15

This passage in the Old Testament is so encouraging for us even in our days.
Further down, we read that Nehemiah tells all his fellow Jews:
Our God will fight for us! Indeed our God did just that many times all through the Old Testament, helping his people even in this present time of distress, He was helping them and He is helping us now

For those of you who haven't tackled the Old Testament yet, here is an explanation I share with you:
God, in His long suffering, gave people a chance: by sacrificing an animal without blemish, the people could get forgiveness. Once a year the high priest could enter the Holiest of Holies, carrying the blood of the sacrifice, and obtain atonement for the people. Through the spilling of the blood of an innocent sacrifice, the debt of sin could be paid. (Leviticus 17:11Hebrews 9:22)
However, the blood of animals couldn’t take away the root cause of the problem, the sin in human nature. After their sins were forgiven, the people continued to sin
meaning that they had to come back and sacrifice again, year after year. Not even the high priest could help them; he himself was a sinner, and the sacrifice was for himself just as much as for the people. (Hebrews 10:1-4)
God hated this frightful state of affairs. His longing was to have communion with people and to save them. He looked for someone who could lead the people out of the vicious circle of sinning and forgiveness. But, despite the fact that there were righteous, God-fearing people throughout history, none of them were blameless, and none of them could “stand in the gap” between God and mankind. So then God sent His own Son to carry out this greatest work in history. (Ezekiel 22:30Isaiah 41:28Isaiah 60:16Isaiah 63:5John 3:16-17)
Jesus was the Son of God, but He willingly “emptied Himself” and became the “Son of Man” – a human being in every sense of the word, with the same human nature as all of us. This meant that Jesus was tempted as we are. But Jesus was also born of God’s Spirit, and this Spirit accompanied Him His whole life, giving Him the strength to carry out the task He was sent for. (Luke 1:30-35Philippians 2:5-8Isaiah 61:1-3)
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8. It was as a man that Jesus had to learn obedience, because, being a man, He had His own self-will, or sin in the flesh, and was tempted. There He learned to deny Himself, “take up His cross daily” and put that sin to death. The result was that He never sinned and was without sin. (Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 5:7-8)

Being blameless, the only human being in all history who was completely pure and without sin, Jesus was the only one who could “stand in the gap,” the only one on whom Satan had no claim. He was the only one who had not deserved death, either physical or spiritual. But, fulfilling the purpose for which He had come to earth, Jesus voluntarily offered Himself. 
He was crucified as the ultimate, blameless sacrifice. 
He died as the Lamb of God, the atonement for all mankind. 
He bore the punishment of all our sins, and died, the just for the unjust. (Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18)
Not only did He die a physical death, but He even experienced separation from God while He was hanging on the cross Jesus was physically crucified on the cross at Calvary. 

Though blameless, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin, which was death, so He could pay our debts and forgive us our sin if we are willing to believe in Him and follow Him. 

The Apostle Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20) This is a metaphorical... More. (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34) Through this sacrifice, all those who believe in Him are able to obtain forgiveness.

Jesus’ death on the cross

When the cross is mentioned in the Bible, it most often does not refer to a physical wooden cross, except when specifically describing Jesus’ crucifixion on Calvary.

 “Taking up your cross” refers to the metaphorical cross that Jesus’ speaks about in Luke 9:23. “Taking up your cross” is the act of denying the sinful thoughts that come up in you...

  More on Calvary, though absolutely one of the most momentous and powerful events ever on earth, is actually only part of the Christian story. 

By the strength of the Spirit that was with Him from birth, Jesus had “suffered in the flesh” by denying it and not giving in to the inclination to sin that He had in His nature as a human being. In this way the sin in His flesh was condemned and He “put it to death,” “crucifying” the lusts and desiresThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful.

 See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. 

(2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More. So though He was tempted, He never sinned. (Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:16)

When Jesus died on the cross, He cried out, “It is finished!” At that moment, every last shred of the sin He had inherited in His human nature had been crucified, and His work on earth was finished. When Jesus died, the heavy veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom. The debt had been paid; the way back to the Father was open.

Jesus’ victory over sin“Victory over sin” means that you do not commit conscious sin – that which you know would be sin at that time when you are tempted. It doesn’t mean that you are without sin, but that temptation is overcome before it can become sin. (Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 15:57; Revelation 2:7)... More was also a victory over death. He did not remain in the grave, but arose from the dead with a glorified body, containing the whole fullness of God’s own nature. Forty days later He ascended to heaven, where He is sitting today at the right side of His Father. (Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9)

03/04/2019

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Cover art



Hello my friends, did you ever watch the film The Case for Christ?
if you haven't yet, just click on the above link!

I read the book a few years ago and I found it extremely interesting. My friends here in Civray went to watch the film but I was too busy to go with them.
Tonight as I was listening to some music on youtube I found The Case for Christ on the channel so I share it with you. 

If you still have doubts about the truth of the Gospel, why don't you watch the film.

Have  a blessed evening in the mighty name of Jesus-Christ. Amen


10/03/2019

God's grace

Image result for Malachi jacob I have loved



A pastor once sat in the vestry of his church to meet anyone who might have spiritual difficulties. One man came and the pastor asked, “What is your difficulty?” The man answered, “My difficulty is in Romans 9, where it says, ‘Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.’” “Yes,” said the minister, “there is great difficulty in that verse. But which part of the verse is difficult for you?”

“The latter part, of course,” said the man. “I cannot understand why God should hate Esau.” The minister replied, “The verse is difficult, but my difficulty has always been with the first part of the verse. I never could understand how God could love that wily, deceitful, supplanting scoundrel, Jacob.”

Image result for romans 9 18

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

28/01/2019

Jehovah God is the 'God, in heaven above and on earth beneath'

Image result for two spies from shittim

Within the list of faith champions in Hebrews 11, Rahab is mentioned right after Moses, and instead of Joshua! It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. Hebrews 11:31 Source



Joshua 2
1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.
2 The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”

Rahab Welcomes Two Spies

4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 7 So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.

8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

Because Rahab believed that Jehovah God is the “God, in heaven above and on earth beneath” she disobeyed the king of Jericho and hid the two spies. She was willing to do that because they served God whom she recognised and respected as the true God.
Source

07/01/2019

A new heart also will I give you...

Image result for i will put my spirit in you














I must say that reading the scriptures fill me with joy and it makes ponder..how much we are loved by our Lord! 

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you—and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).

27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

Good night my friends and sweet dreams ♥ 



06/01/2019

I will extol the Lord at all times



Today, our bible reading is Psalm 34, and the author of  the Scriptures Union commentary stresses the importance of testimony. 

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Listening to other brothers or sisters in Christ is not only encouraging for everybody in the assembly but it also gives us strength to do the same. We may be led to share our testimony when we fellowship, prompted by the Holy Spirit. Also, we may witness to other people outside church, those who don't know yet about the love of God . Planting seeds. 
I find it a delight to remember those precious and numerous moments in my life. Testimonies are those heartfelt experiences when the Lord has touched our heart. 

Psalm 34 verse 8 says: 
Taste and see the the Lord is good; 
blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him
This verse is awesome! You may wonder why it says 'taste' here. We need to feed on the Word of God all the time otherwise we will wither. Thus, the Lord Jesus said,“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God” (Matthew. 4:4). Jesus is quoting the Bible, Deuteronomy 8, the end of verse 3:
2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.

Also, the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah spoke about this spiritual nourishment, he said, “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your word became to me the gladness and joy of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).

A prayer tonight!

Thank you Lord for those precious moments when we know that your are by us, looking after us, caring for us. Thank you for what our Lord Jesus-Christ did for us on the cross, thank you for the promise of our salvation. Holy Spirit, help us witness to other as when you lead us. We ask you in the mighty name of our Saviour Jesus-Christ amen.

17/12/2018

Evening meditation

♥️I WILL GIVE THEM A NEW HEART ♥️

Good evening my friends,

I love the verse quoted in the picture above. Here it is in context:

The Promise of Israel’s Return

14 The word of the Lord came to me: 15 “Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the Lord; this land was given to us as our possession.’

16 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’
17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’

18 “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Tonight, the following verse came to me too:

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.”
John 4: 13-14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen
2 Corinthians 13:14


25/11/2018

Little Alice fell...

“Little Alice fell
d
o
w
n
the hOle,
bumped her head
and bruised her soul”

an unusual Saturday.. I felt that I was falling down ...
...until my Saviour picked me up again....this morning ..
Praise the Lord for his mercy ...


Did you know that ....?

While a few critics may try to read allegories of doctrinal debates into the work of Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll was Dodgson’s pen name), no one would accuse him of writing Christian allegory, although that rabbit hole certainly lends itself to all kinds of fun possible interpretations. 
Perhaps such strangeness explains why neither literary specialists nor Christian readers pay much attention to the relationship of Dodgson’s faith to his work. Maybe they should ....another day....



19/11/2018

God wants all people to be saved!

Image result for all people to be saved

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

So what does the apostle Paul recommends in his letter to Timothy? 

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people 

for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

A prayer tonight.
Father, we thank you for your word; open our eyes and our hears to your voice, that we may guide us according to your will and pray for those your Spirit leads us to pray. We are your people and you are our Father, we pray that you look after us and that we may feel your loving presence by us all the time especially in the middle of a storm. We ask you to heal us emotionally and physically, transform our hearts of stone in hearts of love and renew our mind so that we see you clearly. We know we can take refuge under your wings and that your grace and mercy abound all around us. We ask you in the name of your son and Saviour Jesus-Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, our Counsellor. Amen

03/11/2018

Blinded by your grace


Image result for blinded by your grace lyrics
I'm blinded by your grace
I'm blinded by your grace, by your grace
I'm blinded by your grace
I'm blinded by your grace
Lord, I've been broken
Although I'm not worthy
You fixed me, I'm blinded
By your grace
You came and saved me
Lord, I've been broken
Although I'm not worthy
You fixed me, now I'm blinded
By your grace
You came and saved me
One time for the Lord
And one time for the cause
And one round of applause
One time for Fraser T Smith on the chords
I feel we got one
I stay prayed up then I get the job done
Yeah I'm Abigail's you, but I'm God's son
But I'm up now, look at what God's done
Now I rule tour, look at what God did

Stormzy

18/10/2018

You shall be witnesses to ME



But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

When Alfred Nobel discovered an explosive element that was stronger than anything the world had known at the time, he asked a friend and Greek scholar for a word that conveyed the meaning of explosive power. The Greek word was dunamis, and Nobel named his invention “dynamite.”

Dunamis is the same word that Jesus used when He told His disciples, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). In other words, “You shall receive explosive, dynamite power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”

Think about how this power transformed the first-century believers. Prior to Pentecost, Simon Peter couldn’t stand up for his faith when strangers asked him if he was a follower of Jesus. After the power of the Holy Spirit was poured out on Pentecost, Peter stood up and boldly preached the gospel, resulting in 3,000 people being saved.

After Saul of Tarsus became a believer on the Damascus Road, God led Ananias to go and pray for him. 
He was then filled with the Holy Spirit, and from that moment on, he went out and proclaimed Christ everywhere, turning the then world upside down.

This power is for a purpose. It is not power to make you feel good. It is power to be a witness for Christ. It is power to change your life and change the world. Have you received this power?

Prayer: Ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit and manifest His power in your life and ministry.

Scriptural Reading: Acts 1:1-11Source: Dunamis