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23

Sep

COUNT IT ALL JOY ( JAMES 1:2 )
This is a Christian paradox.
For how can a Christian consider or count it a great joy when we experience trials and tribulations?
James is actually exhorting us to think through from God’s perspective.
Know that God intends to use trials and tribulations and testings for our good and for His glory. Realise they come to test our faith and to produce in us the quality of endurance. 
Emotionally we are overwhelmed. But when we think things through and pray we become composed and in control of the situation in God’s strength, wisdom and understanding.
I took this picture of a person bowed in prayer at Athens in Greece - on Mars Hill  where Paul preached with no resounding success. But although he gained a few converts, it was a seed sown in hard ground for the many idols that dominated the area around the Acropolis with the dominant Temple to Athena. However discouraged Paul was he did not give up. He later won many converts at Corinth which was a more sin-ridden city than Athens.

COUNT IT ALL JOY ( JAMES 1:2 )

This is a Christian paradox.

For how can a Christian consider or count it a great joy when we experience trials and tribulations?

James is actually exhorting us to think through from God’s perspective.

Know that God intends to use trials and tribulations and testings for our good and for His glory. Realise they come to test our faith and to produce in us the quality of endurance. 

Emotionally we are overwhelmed. But when we think things through and pray we become composed and in control of the situation in God’s strength, wisdom and understanding.

I took this picture of a person bowed in prayer at Athens in Greece - on Mars Hill  where Paul preached with no resounding success. But although he gained a few converts, it was a seed sown in hard ground for the many idols that dominated the area around the Acropolis with the dominant Temple to Athena. However discouraged Paul was he did not give up. He later won many converts at Corinth which was a more sin-ridden city than Athens.

17

Sep

THE RISEN CHRIST: THE FOCUS OF OUR FAITH.
Every morning i pray that any past grievance or future enxiety will not make me lose focus on our risen CHRIST.
For the disciples at the Ascension were chided by two angels for focusing on their witnessing of Jesus Christ returning to His Father ( Acts1:6-11). 
What the Ascension really proclaims is that our focus should be on our Risen Saviour who is no longer bound by time nor space but is always available to us in the present - our ever-present help in time of need and trouble!
This photo was taken in Corinth in the museum nearby to serve as evidence of the Christian presence known as the Corinthian Church in the epistles of Paul. Amidst all the rampant idolatry found there it is difficult to focus on Christ.

THE RISEN CHRIST: THE FOCUS OF OUR FAITH.

Every morning i pray that any past grievance or future enxiety will not make me lose focus on our risen CHRIST.

For the disciples at the Ascension were chided by two angels for focusing on their witnessing of Jesus Christ returning to His Father ( Acts1:6-11). 

What the Ascension really proclaims is that our focus should be on our Risen Saviour who is no longer bound by time nor space but is always available to us in the present - our ever-present help in time of need and trouble!

This photo was taken in Corinth in the museum nearby to serve as evidence of the Christian presence known as the Corinthian Church in the epistles of Paul. Amidst all the rampant idolatry found there it is difficult to focus on Christ.

14

Sep

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.
Each morning i ask the Lord: do you really really love me?
And He would answer YES.
And it will be confirmed by one of His love letters (THE WORD) to me.
Today i found it in 1 Corinthians 1:9 which says God invites me into a ‘wonderful friendship’ with His Son. And this Wonderful Friend took the judgment of my sin and its death penalty on the Cross. 
Which friend would ever do that for me?
This realistic painting of Jesus shows His Face - thoughtful, caring, concerned, sad, pensive - and His eyes that says it all.

WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.

Each morning i ask the Lord: do you really really love me?

And He would answer YES.

And it will be confirmed by one of His love letters (THE WORD) to me.

Today i found it in 1 Corinthians 1:9 which says God invites me into a ‘wonderful friendship’ with His Son. And this Wonderful Friend took the judgment of my sin and its death penalty on the Cross. 

Which friend would ever do that for me?

This realistic painting of Jesus shows His Face - thoughtful, caring, concerned, sad, pensive - and His eyes that says it all.

13

Sep

SEEING GOD’S LOVE.
Many Christian friends love to show me their Kodak moments they took with their cameras: beautiful scenery, exotic locations, unusual sites. Some say they saw God in nature.
Whenever i ask them if they saw God’s love, they look at me askance.
For each morning when i pray i do not look at the dawn and sing ‘O what a beautiful morning’. What if it rains?
Instead i visualise God’s Love through the mental images of Christ’s nail-scarred hands, His head bleeding from the crown of thorns, His face marred beyond recognition, His speared side, His nail-pierced feet. However gruesome, they serve to remind me each day how He died for me to redeem my sins.
The power of God’s love comes from the Blood of Christ not Nature’s herbal remedies.
These two images of God in Nature and on the Cross are separate and apart.
Which do you prefer?
So many will correctly answer they prefer the latter - but is it from their hearts when all they post on FACEBOOK are God’s words with a backdrop of flowers and scenery and cute animals and cuddly babes or soft toys???
This is a painting of Christ at Gethsemene. However beautiful the garden setting, it is the redemptive beauty of His sufferings that should be our focal point.

SEEING GOD’S LOVE.

Many Christian friends love to show me their Kodak moments they took with their cameras: beautiful scenery, exotic locations, unusual sites. Some say they saw God in nature.

Whenever i ask them if they saw God’s love, they look at me askance.

For each morning when i pray i do not look at the dawn and sing ‘O what a beautiful morning’. What if it rains?

Instead i visualise God’s Love through the mental images of Christ’s nail-scarred hands, His head bleeding from the crown of thorns, His face marred beyond recognition, His speared side, His nail-pierced feet. However gruesome, they serve to remind me each day how He died for me to redeem my sins.

The power of God’s love comes from the Blood of Christ not Nature’s herbal remedies.

These two images of God in Nature and on the Cross are separate and apart.

Which do you prefer?

So many will correctly answer they prefer the latter - but is it from their hearts when all they post on FACEBOOK are God’s words with a backdrop of flowers and scenery and cute animals and cuddly babes or soft toys???

This is a painting of Christ at Gethsemene. However beautiful the garden setting, it is the redemptive beauty of His sufferings that should be our focal point.