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Friday, October 18, 2013

Sometimes we think we need God more than others, but we are wrong!
bicycleaccident.jpg“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein

 Over the last two days my heart and prayers have been with a friend who has been immersed in a problem that has impacted the life of his family significantly.

Sitting at work two mornings ago, the phone rings and he hears an unknown voice, full of urgency asking for him. He responds to be told “your son has been in an accident” and that the boy is being taken to hospital.

I was informed of this by email as he left work to struggle through city morning commuter traffic to get to the boys side.

This is where God comes in!

Since I have very little information and don’t know the circumstances I simply take the information that I have and start praying.

Firstly I am not sure if the accident was a car accident or not, and the level of the injuries are not known. My prayers are simple,

a.   That the boy would not be excessively hurt, and
b.   That the accident situation would not have been one having an expensive complicated legal mess,
c.   That my friend and his family would receive hope and have their concerns reduced,
d.   That the family would come around the boy and help him the best they can,
e.   That God would intervene in his treatment and injuries and minimise the damages.

These are simple prayers, trying to cover the situation with spiritual power to enable the best to occur.

I wait, anxious for more news but not wanting to interfere with what I know will be a stressful family situation.

Most of the day passes and then I send out a tentative inquiring email to see if there is more known.

The answer…

Well, after many hours at the hospital, we are finally home!  My son is okay, all things considered.  He has a broken wrist and some bad scrapes and cuts on his face.  There is no concussion, but he has some memory loss around the time of the accident.” 

I praise God! As I tell others that know him, relief floods through them. I see it visibly on their faces.

 My dear wife who has been praying with me is happy yet still concerned. She works in Auto Insurance medical rehabilitation and the message doesn’t quite ring true.

She explains to me the boy had a concussion but the hospital chose not to classify it as such.

We find out he has had a CT scan, but my wife explains that this proceedure rarely shows up injuries to the brain and we need to continue to pray.

That’s the reason for this blog, I want to get more people praying for this family and this boy.

That he will not have any lasting brain injury!

It turns out that finding out want happened is difficult. Somewhere between home and school, riding his bike the boy jumped the bike up onto a curb. Something went wrong! He flew over the handlebars and smashed his face down onto the pavement or sidewalk, breaking his wrist in the fall, but hitting the front of his head full force into the solid concrete. He was not wearing a hemet (Note to the world: Use helmets when riding bicycles)

There is an area of concern still. There could be undetected damage! Our prayers are to remove that potential. Please join me in these prayers!

Yet, there is something more important that comes to me in this circumstance as well. The urgency and direction and intent of my prayers became focussed by this incident.

My heart and mind became less self-focussed and more other focussed.

That love for my neighbour overwhelmed me.

I asked myself why this day’s focus should be so much more poignant.

Why is not every day this way?

We need to feel with our hearts for God.

We need to want to intervene in life in ways that make a difference. What is going wrong in our world that we can identify and ask for God’s intervention? God is a relationship God! He wants to help us with our problems. Do we want to do the little he asks and bring him into them as part of our relationships?

Let’s realise that God uses problems to help us examine our lives. See James 1:2-3, My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. Your faith will be put to the test. You know that when that happens it will produce in you the strength to continue.

God uses problems to lead us in directions we need to go. It’s not nice to get beat up by life, but proverbs 20:30 explains “Blows and wounds wash evil away.    And beatings make you pure deep down inside.” We clean out our lives when we respond the correct way to problems. We become more disciplined and focus on what God says more “It was good for me to suffer. That’s what helped me to understand your orders. The law you gave is worth more to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” Psalm 119:71-72. We learn to toss out the unimportant and find what is of real value. We purify our lives.

The evil in life may intend us harm but it is not successful Genesis 50:20 “You planned to harm me. But God planned it for good. He planned to do what is now being done. He wanted to save many lives.”

God wants us to experience his power through us.

The boy is at home now! It will take five to eight weeks before the situation is really known. This is time to focus on God and prayer to ensure the young boy will become a young man who goes through life with God’s protection and fully capable of the tasks God wants him to do.

I also pray for you today, that God will enable you to face your life problems, that you would see them as opportunities to allow God to work and to purify you.

May you be greatly blessed today!
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Running and other early morning benefits
 run.jpg“Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that's why I keep coming back for more!” ~ Sasha Azevedo

10 reasons to start running starts with this advice...

“One of the biggest benefits of running is that it's good for your health. Running is an excellent way to strengthen the heart and ensure the efficient flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body, which helps decrease your risk of a heart attack”

The medical community also agrees that running starts our metabolic burning of calories and once it’s started during the running, it stays high during the day and so even after the run, more calories are burned than normal. The benefit continues during the day after the activity ends.

Christians have another activity that they do that has parallels with running. This activity is reading the bible. We read it each morning and during our reading it increases our spiritual awareness and connection with God. It also has a lasting effect and continues with increased spiritual awareness all day and better connection with God.

With running we loose that weight that weighs us down and we gain energy. With spiritual activity of reading and praying, we loose the weight of sin that weighs us down and more freely through life.

Runners often run for a cause like money for cancer or hunger or child welfare. Christian’s devote their lives to the cause of connecting others with the most magnificent person in the universe(and outside the universe :) ).

Runners meet others through running. Christians meet with God and he directs them to others needing help and who can provide help. We are part of a great big family with relations in every country and of every national group. Isn’t that wonderful?

Runners run to experience something new and different. Christians living by the power of Holy Spirit experience new and different in an incredible way. Powerful, supernatural, incredibly comforting and peaceful. Joy indescribable in the most strange circumstances. New and different is the very nature of God.

Runners often train for a specific goal. That 21km race or that 30mile race. Christians have their eyes on the goal of everlasting life in heaven with experiences that outweigh the pleasures we can ever experience on this earth, but with great dignity and truth at the same time. We have the ultimate goal. Perfect life!

Running improves energy levels. The more you run the more energetic you become. Bible reading, prayer and time with Christian and in doing God’s work gives Christian energy. The more we experience God working through us the more we desire to experience God working through us continually.

Running can help with stress relief. God’s forgiveness, guidance and protection far outweighs any simple stress relief that running provides. With God the creator of the universe is our protector, friend and lover. We need never fear.

What all this is actually saying is that if we want to improve our day we just need to pick up that bible and connect with God each morning,

It works! I know!

PS: The full advice for runners is from the article hyperlinked above if you want to start running as well
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Meditation in times of trouble
coupleCross.jpg May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

We all get into tough troubling times.

This weekend a good friend stood up and broke her foot. All she did was stand up, her leg had gone to sleep, she stumbled and fell forward breaking a bone in her foot.

The whole pace of life changes with one step.

Work can suddenly surge and seem to consume our lives, family relationships can flare and burn others as the issues become white hot, illness can suck away our strength and leave us with no energy to move in even normal ways.

These and other aspects can hit us blindsided and slow us down.

What do we do?

The bible suggests despite all this the apostles who were like us continued and those they led did as well in fact those men said...

“...give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.  Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.  Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” 1 Timothy 4:13-16

Firstly there is an instruction to read the bible. We cannot apply God wisdom in our life if we don’t know it. God is love and compassion, but he is also just and the avenger of wrongs. How do these go together? The bible holds the answers. We need to know what it says.

Next we need to give ourselves to “exhortation”. This funny word is not used much today so we don’t really get an understanding of it do we. It means urging someone to do something. Rather like I have been urging people to read the bible.

Have you noticed when we spend time urging others, we somehow find we have gained energy ourselves|? It’s as if ,by urging another, we speak into our own lives and get ourselves going. E

xhortation is powerful. Exhortation to do the things God wants done is even more powerful!

Then there is doctrine. Another word with no meaning in the modern content (maybe a negative feeling goes with it though). What does it really mean?

Doctrine is the set of beliefs held and taught. It is our beliefs we hold to, and then teach about God.

It is important!

When we hold to truth, it releases us from bondage and sets us free. We get to say..


Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
Psalm 77

Remembering what God has done reminds us of what he can do.

Then by prayer and pleading for His help, we can be victorious over the life circumstances that seemed to be drowning us a few minutes or hours earlier.

God is very good, but he needs our participation to make our lives good. We are all evil and do wrong things and it is only by God’s grace any of us can rise above the evil, even momentarily.

Meditation on God’s word will lift us up and float us above the hurt level giving us comfort and peace. Glory be to our amazing God and may he bless you with His glory today.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Should Christians dance?
partydance.jpg“Without music, life would be a mistake.... I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

God commands us to dance!

Psalm 149:3 (NIV)

Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.

Also

Psalm 150
Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

 It seems that natural response our body has to music is not only approved by God, but it is commended by God!

We respond physically to rhythm and music and as human dancing is a form of ex[pressing joy and appreciation of life.

We can use it to express joy and appreciation of God.

It is a form of adoration and a way we can lift our spirits.

Psalm 30 says

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

God can turn our lives around if we let him and when he does one of the ways we are expected to respond is in the joyful abandonment of dancing.

We don’t dance all the time. There are times of sadness where our bodies cannot dance. Ecclesiastes 3 in our bible explains this

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,

    ...

    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,..

Most of us know how Samuel describes that ancient King, David, loved by God danceing publically and vigorously in the streets in front of his subjects.

Now all these references so far are from the older part of the bible, the Old Testament.

Is there any dancing references that Jesus himself referred to?

Arguably the greatest parable he told is the parable of the lost or prodigal son. In this ,the story of the wayward son who abuses his father and then returns having discovered his failing, the son is welcomed by the loving father in one of the deepest revelations of God the Father's love for us.

How does the father in this Parable of the lost son respond? With great love and joy, a great party...

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.

The older brother returns sees what’s going on and comments on the dancing. Dancing at the Fathers command, and in this parable there is no doubt the Father represents God the Father.

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

Yet many people feel dancing is uncomfortable and wrong. They claim it is a sensually seductive activity that pulls people down.

I am sure dance can and is abused, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good or approved by God in it’s correct forms?

Food is good, but is also wrong when abused. Do we simply avoid food? No! That would be foolish! Why do we apply this harsh restriction to dancing?

Ignoring the joy of dancing is almost as silly and we should not go against the natural joy God gave us.

Some people say, “but dancing was good in the past...today it’s evil”

Let’s remember past also had negative dancing. John the Baptist lost his head because Herod was seduced with dancing.

People abused dancing in the past, but that didn’t stop the early church from taking part in the joy of dancing.

Today when you hear that favourite tune and your hips start to sway, your foot starts to tap and you feel the joy rising within you, you can let it do so. God would want that joy in your life.

We are creatures that are built to enjoy music more than any other living creature. We create it, and use it and God expects us to do so.

How about we turn on the music and enjoy the day.

May our God bless you richly!
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