All God’s People join in Maundy Thursday service

Come let us join our hearts in remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Lord’s Supper.

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Children’s Corner – Kids Read – Little Bird

KIDS READ will be posted daily in 15 poems for children from 1 April, 2015. Enjoy with your children and grandchildren and with children you love.

KIDS  READ 1/15-  LITTLE  BIRD

by Gary Bertnick

Little bird flies so high

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BIBLE DAILY DEVOTIONAL – I Samuel 20 – Friendship greater than kinship

Friendship greater than kinship: I Samuel 20

By Dr Bob Dellinger

https://oneyeardevotional.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/friendship-greather-than-kinship-i-samuel-20/

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Today’s reading: I Samuel 18-20.

Reading the account of Jonathan and David’s friendship, one can’t help but wonder what kind of king Jonathan would have been. His loyalty and integrity were undeniable. His selflessness was outstanding. His courage was battle-proven. Unfortunately, his father’s disobedience and faithlessness removed any chance Jonathan had of becoming king. Jonathan knew it, and he still remained faithful to his friend, David. He demonstrated that friendship can be greater than kinship.

Saul’s hatred for David grows greater as Saul falls further away from the LORD. At first Jonathan doubts that his father wants David dead. But when put to the test, Jonathan learns that David is right and that David must leave if he is to survive. The two friends have to say goodbye.

“May the LORD be with you as he has been with my father. But show me unfailing kindness like that of the LORD as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family–not even when the LORD has cut off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth.” So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD call David’s enemies to account.” And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself. I Samuel 20:13-17
Jonathan and David modeled a friendship that is an example to all of us, giving us a flesh and blood example of the proverb which says, “there is a friend that is closer than a brother.”

They showed mutual respect for each other.
They based their devotion on the character of their friend.
Jonathan remained loyal to David even though David was considered an enemy of his father.
Jonathan remained faithful to David even though it endangered himself.
They kept their words confidential when their friend’s welfare required it.
They would sacrifice personally for the sake of their friend.
As Jesus said, “greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend.” Jonathan and David shared that kind of powerful friendship, greater than any family tie. Their devotion showed that, even in a nation built on families, there could be a greater relationship based on love.

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HE LIFTS US UP: Beware of the Spoken Word

Do you suffer in silence…
or broadcast your problems to the world.
Do you put on a brave front…
or portray the “poor pitiful” boy or girl.
Do you lash out in anger…
or hold all your hurt within.
Or do you put all struggles on Facebook…
waiting for the comments to pour in.
For we all react to stress…
in a very different way.
But do we think first…
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He Paid It All

Christ came to redeem all who’s lost
He paid it all while upon that cross
If you’re lost and have no one to cling
All your burdens to the cross you must bring
And if you’re lost and have no place to go
Tarry to our Lord His way you must know
And if you’re lost deep in sin
He is the way forgiveness comes from Him
He is the Way the Only Way
From His Word we must not stray
He is the Way the Living Water
He is the only way to the Father
So when I seem to have lost my way
I remember it was Christ who paid

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If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail

Originally posted on The Wholly Blog:

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Prov. 16: 25

This verse speaks of so many members of the human race. How many people choose to carve their own path in life? How many people develop their own plan for life based on what they had seen someone else doing and they were inspired to follow those footsteps, and later on realized it wasn’t for them. We’ve all been given an allotted time here on earth and I believe there is a specific purpose designed for that time. But many live a life that seems right to them. The word “seems” has no direction to it. “Seems” is a very passive-sounding word. Those who live accordingly live a life whose end is the way of death.

There are many characteristics that help define God, one of which is, purposeful…

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Psalms 27:13

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[A Psalm] of David. The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.

One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.

 

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BIBLE DAILY DEVOTIONAL – 1 Samuel 15-17 – Matters of the heart

Matters of the heart: I Samuel 15-17

By Dr Bob Dellinger https://oneyeardevotional.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/matters-of-the-heart-i-samuel-15-17/

4425705900_5c8ed6a693 Today’s reading: I Samuel 15-17. Contrasting personalities are the lifeblood coursing through the book of I Samuel, and today the differences between Saul and David come into sharp focus. Their heart attitudes are key, driving them down very distinct paths and bringing very different reactions from God. God looks on the heart. The key words from today’s reading come as God admonishes Samuel to do as he does and focus on the most important part of a person: his inner character and attitudes. Samuel has been looking for Saul’s successor, but looking at all the wrong qualifications.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7 Continue reading

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Child of the World – Is same sex attraction a sin?

Question: “Is same-sex attraction a sin?”

Answer: Same-sex attraction is a physical attraction to a person of the same gender. That is, when men are physically attracted to other men or when women are attracted to other women, then they are experiencing same-sex attraction. This is a homosexual attraction, and homosexual behavior is a topic the Bible is very clear about.

Homosexuality is often lumped in with other sexual immoralities such as adultery and lust (Genesis 19:1–13; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:26–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9), so it is important to note that homosexuality is no worse (or better) than any other sin. God hates all sin—no matter what it is. Homosexuality is simply one of the many things listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10 that will keep a person from the kingdom of God.

The Bible says that people become homosexuals because of sin (Romans 1:24–27) and, in the end, being homosexual is their own choice. You can’t control being naturally attracted to a person, but you can control what you do with those feelings (1 Peter 1:5–8).

Whether a physical attraction is toward the opposite sex or the same sex, 1 Thessalonians 4:3–5 still applies: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God.” A same-sex attraction could lead to the sin of lust or homosexuality. Likewise, a heterosexual attraction could lead to the sin of lust or adultery. Having an attraction and even being tempted is not a sin; yielding to that temptation is.

That said, God’s forgiveness is available to everyone who desires it (John 3:16–21). The repentant homosexual, adulterer, idol worshipper, murderer, or thief is welcome to come before God to receive His grace and mercy. God also promises to provide strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).

The Bible is clear that children of God should think and act differently from the world, especially when the world’s standards go against what God has commanded in the Bible. Many in the world accept same-sex attraction and homosexuality as a social norm, but a Christian’s standards for life should come from the Bible, not conventional wisdom (2 Timothy 3:16–17). As Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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HE LIFTS US UP: Letting Go of Our Past

Letting go of our past…
is easier said than done.
But grabbing hold of God…
is when new lives have begun.
For it is only then…
that we can be free.
As we hold onto God…
and let His will be.
For He has plans for each…
for good and not harm.
And He will lead us to it…
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