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On His Plan For Your Mate

Everyone longs to give himself completely to someone: to have a deep soul relationship with another; to be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But, God to a Christian says, no, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled, and content with being loved by Me, alone. With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me. To having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me, alone. Discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I plan for you.


You will never be united with another until you are united with Me, really united with another, exclusive of anyone, or anything else, exclusive of any other desires or longings. I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing…one that you cannot imagine.


I want you to have the best, please allow Me to bring it to you. Just keep watching Me...expecting the greatest things. Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I Am. And keep listening and learning the things I tell you.


You just wait, that’s all…wait. Don’t be anxious, don’t worry, don’tlook around at the things that others have gotten or I have given them. Don’t look at the things you think you want. Just keep on looking off and away to Me, or you will miss what I want to show you. And then, when you are ready , I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than anything you would dream of.


You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready, and I am working even at this moment to have both of you ready at the same time. Until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I prepare for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me. And this is perfect love. And, dear one, I want you to have the most wonderful love.


I want to see in you, in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me. And I want you to enjoy materially, the everlasting union and beauty and perfection and love that I offer you with Myself. I know that I love you utterly. I am El Shaddai-most loving Father, God Almighty. Believe it and be satisfied and I will satisfy you.

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Bank Holiday Monday. 

It is great to get away and relax on a Bank Holiday. I should say, for the benefit of those who don’t live in the UK, that a Bank Holiday is a national holiday. Everyone is off work for the day. Our tradition is for everyone to go to the same places to relax. As a result we have gridlock on country roads and motorways (Highways). We all enjoy the excitement of sitting for hours in a car and wondering what time we will arrive home. All in all, it’s a pretty relaxing day! I am talking a little tongue in cheek. You can have a great day out and be very relaxed if you choose well, where and when you are going. 

I was with my wife, son, daughter, son in law and granddaughter in Houghton Mill near Wyton. It was a beautiful day, the setting was perfect. We paddled in a stream, had a picnic, walked and talked, and laughed and played with our 14 month old adorable granddaughter. 
I had been in Northampton for the weekend talking to young people about God and why He deserves our worship and reverence. It was a fascinating study. The talks were all based on the experience of Ezekiel, an Old Testsment Prophet. 

The people of his generation had drifted away from faith in God. They had forgotten how amazing God is! Their lives had become routine, and complacency about spiritual issues had crept into their lives. Some of them had completely changed direction in life. Some of them had changed religion, some didn’t believe on God any more and some had become so busy with life that they didn’t think about spiritual issues any more. 

I have a feeling that this is pretty much the case with my generation. The categories that I have described sum up accurately the viewpoints of many people today. 

But in Ezekiel’s day something big happened. It all started with a vision that God gave Ezekiel. He was so blown away when he rediscovered what God was really like that it changed his way of thinking for the rest of his life. But the story gets better. Such was the change in Ezekiel that he became a messenger for God and spent the rest of his life persuading his peers about the reality of God. 

My prayer this Bank Holiday the light of the glorious gospel of Christ will shine in some person’s heart and that the result will be that they become a 21st century Ezekiel who God will use to communicate His message to their generation. 

Is Jesus Christ the Son of God? Why are Christians so certain that is the case. Stephen points us back to the Bible to answer the question.

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is jesus the son of godIs Jesus the Son of God?

Why are Christians are so convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and why is it deemed to be so important? It’s an excellent question!

Christian belief is laid on a very solid foundation. First of all we believe that God has revealed information, to the prophets who wrote the Bible, to point us in the right direction. Our beliefs are not just based on human research or discovery. In other areas of life when we want to learn about something outside of our sphere of experience we seek information from a trustworthy source. So if you are researching space travel for the first time you would go to NASA or some other space agency to ask them questions. It is wise practice to go a reliable source.

The Truth About God

So, if you are serious about discovering truth about God and the spiritual world then you need to go to the most reliable source, the book of God, the Bible. It is a trustworthy source. Read it, check it’s sources, speak to those who believe it, look at it’s accuracy in every sphere it touches. There can only be one answer to the question of the origin of a book that was written over a period of one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, many of whom did not even know each other and yet, amazingly, present the same message and principles from the beginning to the end.

The Bible 

The Bible has been proven to be God’s message to mankind. The evidence that the Bible we have today is the Bible that was written originally can be checked out from archaeology, history, geography and many other disciplines. To check this out you might want to read some of Lee Strobel’s books, he makes an excellent case for the veracity of the bible. In addition read John BlanchardJohn LennoxErwin W. Lutzer and Josh McDowell to name a few. This is not a myth but if you treat the Bible as one you will miss out on the most vital truths known to humanity.

is jesus the son of godFacts about Jesus the Son of God

Secondly check the facts concerning Jesus Christ. There are over three hundred signposts (biblical predictions/prophecies) which point to him. The chances of them all being fulfilled precisely in the life of one person, at the right time, in the right place are mindblowing odds apart from this fact – God planned it and implemented His plan in a person – His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts the mode of his conception, the place of his birth, his exile into Egypt, the slaughtering of the innocents, the gifts from the magi, the time of his death, the method of his execution and His resurrection and lots more. Co-incidence, I don’t think so!

Predictions about Jesus

Finally look at the detailed predictions about the way that Jesus would die. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 describe the horrific death of God’s Son a cross. Death by crucifixion was unknown when Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before the death of Jesus but God knew that was the way that His Son would die.

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Angelic Words

In closing please listen again to the words of the angels who announced the birth of the Lord Jesus ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’. Is he your Saviour? He died ‘for our sins‘. He suffered ‘the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God‘.

Will you rest by faith on what the Lord Jesus did to save your soul?

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How much do we really value life? I watched a group of girls yesterday who were playing with a grasshopper. They weren’t hurting it just observing. The little creature had hopped on to their mat when they were having a picnic. It was fascinating to see their interest in such a tiny insect. 

When it came to putting the insect back in the grass what a fuss they made. You’d think that the little fella was a long time friend. It was so hard to say goodbye! It wasn’t going to be easy to let him go!
Is that the way you are with friends? How much do you value them, how much do you care about them?

My point? If a little creature can produce such rapt attention from a group of teenagers (they were all known to us, as we have been running a camp for them) how do you think God feels about us? He made us? We were made in His image. He loves us! 
What is our general response to God. As far as I can see we have at the least ignored Him and at the worst we have intentionally disobeyed and disrespected Him. 
The bible states that God still loves us despite our rude behaviour. He is not willing that any of us should perish. Unlike the insects and beasties we all see from time to time we are not dispensable. We have souls that are valuable in God’s eyes. 
Humans do not have the means to sort the problem of their sin of rebellion and ignorance which is why the gospel is all about Jesus, the Son of God. It’s focus is on the redemption he purchased by his death, burial and resurrection. The truth of the matter is that we are so valuable to God that he ‘spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,’ Romans 8:32. 
I close with a quotation from the book of Psalms. These verses highlight the value of the human, the impossibility of self redemption and the need for God to intervene and provide salvation.  I am so glad that God sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world. 
Psalms 49:5-13
Why should I fear in days of adversity,
When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—
For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
That he should live on eternally,
That he should not undergo decay.
For he sees that even wise men die;
The stupid and the senseless alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
Their inner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have called their lands after their own names.
But man in his pomp will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.
This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who approve their words.
Selah.


Many of you will now be on holiday. It’s a great feeling to be off but often anticipation of the holiday is half of the enjoyment. I always look forward to going on holiday. For weeks and often months I dream of the mornings when I don’t need to be up at the crack of dawn, when I can have lie in (and not feel guilty), when I can read my book and not think ‘O no, look at the time’ I’d better get to sleep’. Then the holiday comes and goes in a flash and it’s back to ‘brass tacks’ (I don’t know where the saying came from but I know what it means!).


I really enjoy my holidays. I like the time to reflect, meet my friends, discuss ‘everything under the sun’, eat, read, walk and doing lots of other things as well. The Bible teaches the principle of ‘taking time out’. The Lord Jesus told his disciples to ‘come apart’ and ‘rest a while’. When God made the earth he rested on the ‘seventh day’. It all adds up to the fact that we need to time to think, reflect, rest and enjoy the results of what we have been busy doing.


Do you take time out? Or is time to think and reflect wasted time in your reckoning?

I encourage you to take some time to think. Think about life, why we are here? What is it all about? Ask the dangerous questions! Read the Bible (the Word of God) and discover God who has the answers. 

God made us!

We will meet him one day!

He sent his Son, Jesus, into the world so that we could get to know Him. 

He understands that our sin and disobedience bars us from knowing Him personally. Like a good Father He holds us to account for our wrongdoing but unlike most, He is willing to pardon our sin because His Son, Jesus, took the punishment for us when he died on the cross.

Take time out today and learn the truth about you and your life. Read and thing about John 3:16 in the Bible, turn from your sin and trust the Lord Jesus for salvation.

John 3:16 says  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”

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Why are Christians are so convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Well you might ask, it’s an excellent question.

Our belief is laid on a very solid foundation. First of all we believe in divine revelation not just human discovery. In fact to learn about something outside of our sphere of experience we all accept we need information from a trustworthy source. If you are serious about discovering the truth – check the Bible out. It is a trustworthy source. Read it, check it’s sources, speak to those who believe it, look at it ‘s accuracy in every sphere it touches. There can only be one answer to the question of the origin of a book that was written over one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, many of whom did not even know each other. The Bible is God’s message to mankind.

Secondly check the facts concerning Jesus Christ. There are over three hundred signposts (biblical predictions/prophecies) which point to him. The chances of them all being fulfilled precisely in the life of one person, at the right time, in the right place are mindblowing odds apart from this fact – God planned it and implemented His plan in a person – His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts the mode of his conception, the place of his birth, his exile into Egypt, the slaughtering of the innocents, the gifts from the magi and lots more.

Finally look at the prediction about the way that Jesus would die. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 52 describe the horrific death of God’s Son a cross. Death by crucifixion was unknown when Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before the death of Jesus but God knew that was the way that His Son would die.

In closing please listen again to the words of the angels who announced the birth of the Lord Jesus ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’. Is he your Saviour? He died ‘for our sins’. He suffered ‘the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God’. Will you rest by faith on what the Lord Jesus did to save your soul?
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I was privileged to speak to the staff at Loloma Mission Hospital this morning before they started the week/day. Morning Devotions start at 0730 and are over by 0800. I admire the staff who work in Mission Hospitals as they are doing a very important job. They have a great care for the people who live in the area, which amounts to about 55,000 people, but their services also benefit people from other districts, provinces and even neighbouring countries. The medical work started in 1956 and since then has grown to be a well equipped hospital (by African standards) with 120 beds for in patients. There is also a large outpatients department and various programmes involved in primary health care. 


The Mission statement of the hospital is to communicate by word and deed the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to members of the district, based upon the truth and teaching of the word of God. It is wonderful to see a health provider seeking to meet the medical needs of patients without forgetting that the spiritual needs of the individual are vitally important as well. Historically medical training was holistic but we in the West have forgotten that human beings have spiritual needs. Matthew Parris, a journalist with atheistic leanings wrote on the 27th of December 2008 in The Times (1) about a visit that he had made to Malawi, his boyhood home ‘Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts. These alone will not do. Education and training alone will not do. In Africa Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real. The change is good’. 

Later in the article Mr Parris reflects on a previous opinion he had of Christian Mission and faith and why despite being an atheist that he is convinced that it is Christianity that is good for Africa – ‘I used to avoid this truth by applauding – as you can – the practical work of mission churches in Africa. It’s a pity, I would say, that salvation is part of the package, but Christians black and white, working in Africa, do heal the sick, do teach people to read and write; and only the severest kind of secularist could see a mission hospital or school and say the world would be better without it. I would allow that if faith was needed to motivate missionaries to help, then, fine: but what counted was the help, not the faith. But this doesn’t fit the facts. Faith does more than support the missionary; it is also transferred to his flock. This is the effect that matters so immensely, and which I cannot help observing. First, then, the observation. We had friends who were missionaries, and as a child I stayed often with them; I also stayed, alone with my little brother, in a traditional rural African village. In the city we had working for us Africans who had converted and were strong believers. The Christians were always different. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world – a directness in their dealings with others – that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall.

Mr Parris goes on to tell of this increasing conviction when at the age of 24 he toured all over Africa. I’ll let him tell you for yourself as he expresses himself more succinctly than I would – ‘We slept under the stars, so it was important as we reached the more populated and lawless parts of the sub-Sahara that every day we find somewhere safe by nightfall. Often near a mission. Whenever we entered a territory worked by missionaries, we had to acknowledge that something changed in the faces of the people we passed and spoke to: something in their eyes, the way they approached you direct, man-to-man, without looking down or away. They had not become more deferential towards strangers – in some ways less so – but more open’.

The final piece of his article that I want to share with you is a record of his visit to Malawi in 2008. He states that things had not changed – ‘This time in Malawi it was the same. I met no missionaries. You do not encounter missionaries in the lobbies of expensive hotels discussing development strategy documents, as you do with the big NGOs. But instead I noticed that a handful of the most impressive African members of the Pump Aid team (largely from Zimbabwe) were, privately, strong Christians. “Privately” because the charity is entirely secular and I never heard any of its team so much as mention religion while working in the villages. But I picked up the Christian references in our conversations. One, I saw, was studying a devotional textbook in the car. One, on Sunday, went off to church at dawn for a two-hour service. It would suit me to believe that their honesty, diligence and optimism in their work was unconnected with personal faith. Their work was secular, but surely affected by what they were. What they were was, in turn, influenced by a conception of man’s place in the Universe that Christianity had taught.’

As a Christian I am bound to agree with the sentiments that Mr Parris expressed but please bear in mind that he is 1. Intelligent, 2. Good at expressing himself, 3. Contradicting his own worldview, 4. Well travelled and familiar with Africa, 5. Reflecting on a lifetime of experience, 6. Saying that the timeless truths of Christianity still work.

In closing, in case you are wondering my topic for the ‘Devotions’ was the final words of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. As a Christian I believe that the death of Christ is the only hope that we can offer this world. I should clarify that statement – the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the only hope that we can offer the people of this planet. I could spend my life developing new medicine and it would have an incredible impact on the world – that would be quite amazing. It could be my passion to develop a new fuel that possibly could save the planet ecologically and incredible as that would be it’s impact on the life of humanity would be limited. Extending the human lifespan and the quality of life would be an admirable goal but on its own it will never deal with the ultimate problem of death and all of the other dilemmas of life BUT the work of Jesus Christ on the cross has unending consequences for this world.

There are positive consequences for all who choose to believe the truth of the gospel – as Mr Parris discovered Christianity affects people’s lifestyle for their good and the good of others but it also deals with sin and provides eternal salvation. First Timothy states in chapter four verse eight that ‘godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come’.

The statements we looked at today were – 

Matthew 27:46 
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me

John 19:28
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!

John 19:30
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!

Luke 23:46
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ”

Please reflect on these statements. Jesus was forsaken of God to pay the price of sin so that you could be saved. He endured agony on the cross and His thirst was so that you might be satisfied for ever. Jesus’ cry ‘it is finished’ reminds us that He did everything that was required to provide salvation for all who are prepared to repent and believe the gospel. The final statement reminds me that the Lord Jesus, unlike everyone else, had power over his life even in death. He willingly laid down His life and dismissed His spirit. Thankfully He arose from the dead three days later. His resurrection is the proof that salvation is now freely available to all.

Do you believe it?

1. Matthew Parris, The Times, 27th December 2008