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Confrontation & Rebuke

Some of us are more comfortable with confrontation than others, but there are times when confrontation is the most loving thing we can do for another person.

Similarly, being rebuked by another person can be uncomfortable, but our openness and willingness to respond to correction are critical components of our character.

When someone criticises me, I lash out, shut down, hold grudges and get discouraged.

When I have to tell the truth about what someone is being or doing, I tend to say nothing and harbor ill-will.

Insult and hurt are the biggest lies we face in life. The reality is that we really cannot hurt another nor be fearful of being hurt.

That does not mean we act with callousness – but ‘being hurt’ puts blame on another person, and ‘feeling afraid to hurt’ dishonors myself.

What I would give to be free of the fear of Rebuke! Yet; how often to I listen to the Gentle word of God’s discipline, and how do I respond?

As a soul, I long to be pure. As a human, I have many faults. Learning to recognize, listen to and respond to God when life is correcting me, is a difficult place to stand.

Yet giving myself wholly to God allows me to release pain and worry and rest in my Faith.

This is a good one for you Kenny; read it again next year.

  • -Proverbs 15:31-
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Blessings and Discipline

“…You will be blessed in the City and blessed in the Country.
Your Children will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.”

“Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.”

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out…”

-Deuteronomy 28:3-6 & Jeremiah 29:11;13-

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Globalisation & God

“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. 

I must bring them also.

They to will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one Shepard”

  • -John 10:16 & 1 Timothy 3: 12-
 
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Posted by on January 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Leadership


‘…The entire law is something up in a single command: “Love you neighbors as yourself”. If you keep on boring and detouring each other, watch out our you will be destroyed by each other.’

-Galatians 5; 14-15-

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Parade

 

‘…Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel.
“The LORD hasn’t chosen this one either,” Samuel said.
Then Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
“The LORD hasn’t chosen this one either.”
Even the prophet Samuel was fooled.

 

1 Samuel 16; 8-9

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Ghost

 “So we make it our goal to please [the Lord], whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”

-2 Corinthians 5:9-

What is MY purpose?
What is MY passion?

Are the two the same?

If I am passionate, do I also have purpose?

Perhaps the purpose for us all is to find love and share it?

Happy New Year – 2018

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Hope


“… Therefore do not loose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

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  • 2 Corinthians 4:16
 
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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Jesus & His Disciples 

I never really get over the fact that this is the fate they all suffered….. 

Killing Jesus
By: Patrick J. Kiger February 19, 2015

How Did the Apostles Die?

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Jesus’ death on the cross, as described in the New Testament, has become one of the most famous events. But what happened to the 12 disciples who were his closest followers? Not as much information has survived about their fates, but here is what’s available from various sources, including the New Testament itself, apocryphal texts, early Christian historians, legends and lore.

• Simon, AKA Peter: Simon-Peter, who was appointed by Jesus the leader of the new sect, is viewed by Roman Catholics as the first pope, was eventually martyred in Rome during the reign of the emperor Nero. As the story goes, Peter asked to be crucified upside down, so that his death would not be the equal of Jesus and the Romans supposedly obliged.
• Andrew: According to 15th Century religious historian Dorman Newman, Andrew—the brother of Peter—went to Patras in western Greece in 69 AD, where the Roman proconsul Aegeates debated religion with him. Aegeates tried to convince Andrew to forsake Christianity, so that he would not have to torture and execute him. But when that didn’t work, apparently he decided to give Andrew the full treatment. Andrew was scourged, and then tied rather than nailed to a cross, so that he would suffer for a longer time before dying. Andrew lived for two days, during which he preached to passersby.
• James (son of Zebedee, AKA James the Greater): Acts 12:1-19 says that James was killed with a sword. The newly-appointed governor of Judea, Herod Agrippa, decided to ingratiate himself with the Romans by persecuting leaders of the new sect. After James was arrested and led to place of execution, his unnamed accuser was moved by his courage. He not only repented and converted on the spot, but asked to be executed alongside James. The Roman executioners obliged, and both men were beheaded simultaneously.
• John: John was the only one of the original disciples not to die a violent death. Instead, he passed away peacefully in Patmos in his old age, sometime around 100 AD.
• Philip: Philip, the first of Jesus’ disciples, became a missionary in Asia. Eventually, he traveled to the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, where he was scourged, thrown into prison, and crucified in 54 AD.
• Bartholomew: Bartholomew supposedly preached in several countries, including India, where he translated the Gospel of Matthew for believers. In one account, “impatient idolaters” beat Bartholomew and then crucified him, while in another, he was skinned alive and then beheaded.
• Thomas: Apparently Thomas preached the gospel in Greece and India, where he angered local religious authorities, who martyred him by running him through with a spear.
• Matthew: According to legend, the former tax collector turned missionary was martyred in Ethiopia, where he was supposedly stabbed in the back by an swordsman sent by King Hertacus, after he criticized the king’s morals.
• James (son of Alphaeus, AKA James the Less): According to Foxe, James, who was elected by his fellow believers to head the churches of Jerusalem, was one of the longest-lived apostles, perhaps exceeded only by John. At the age of 94, he was beaten and stoned by persecutors, and then killed him by hitting him in the head with a club.
• Thaddaeus, AKA Lebbaeus, Judas or Jude: According to several stories, he was crucified at Edessa (the name of cities in both Turkey and Greece) in 72 AD.
• Simon the Canaanite AKA the Zealot: Simon preached in Mauritania on the west coast of Africa, and then went to England, where he was crucified in 74 AD.
• Judas Iscariot: According to Matthew 27:3-6, the treacherous apostle quickly felt remorse over his betrayal of Jesus and went to the Temple to recant. When the high priests ignored his plea, he threw down the 30 pieces of silver that he had been paid, and went off and hanged himself.  But Acts 1:15-20, gives a different and even grislier version of Judas’ demise. He says that Judas used the blood money to purchase a piece of land and then fell headlong from a high place there, so that “he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.” Jerusalem residents subsequently named the place Aceldama, which means “the field of blood.”

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Posted by on November 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Hope and Resurrection

Encouragement happens when we look for it,

And give it,
In turn, it

Happens when we are not looking for it, when
We do not need it, yet

We do, it
Is soft and delicate and yellow,

Mellow on the face of a lover,
The,

Face of the receiver.
“In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

-John 16:16-

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Posted by on November 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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When God is hidden….

I had no idea that Joseph was approached by his bosses wife and when he refused to sleep with her, she framed him for rape and he was imprisoned for years.

Joseph prepares Egypt for seven years of famine by storing a little bit of what came in during seven years of feast.

I find, even now at my age, that I stagger from feast to famine and back again – like a yoyo.

I try and save and it just doesn’t happen.

But Joseph shows me something. Joseph does it because he is level headed enough to keep sight of the famine ahead.

Not that he’s a miser – he enjoys himself! He does it out of a sense of responsibility to himself and to those around him.

I think this year I’m going to focus on saving. Something here, something there, however little.

And see how that goes.

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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