HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW BEGINNINGS

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You might say ..”I’m glad this year is over…………..” but did you stop to think of all the great things that may have come your way???????  It’s always the negatives and the things that have held us back that we think of first.

Keep in mind that death and sickness will always be there, as these are part of everyone’s life, but have you stopped to think at how those trialling and difficult times have helped you grow????? Probably not.

Well !!!!! Let me help you put things in perspective a little.

Speaking from experience, all those times people talked about me at work, it didn’t really matter because the truth speaks for itself.  People have their own biases and flaws, we should not measure ourselves according to other people’s standards.

So those difficult times that have been thrown at me,  actually helped me grow stronger. They helped me focus on what was important. The times my colleagues didn’t invite me to lunch, well they did me a favour because I wasn’t really interested in their narcissistic conversations anyway. The times I didn’t get that promotion, the extra money and the  curse words I would have received, wouldn’t have been worth all the extra worry and critics wanting me to fail. I proceeded to do all aspects of my job, all the little things and big things in a great way, because I was proud of my work and efforts and I allowed these to speak for themselves and they have (If they don’t, it’s your cue to move on).

People made positive comments or noticed all my efforts. Sure it took longer but I did it for myself and my pride in my work and not for the glory. Money wasn’t going to make me happy, promotions neither. Not being true to who you are can hurt more, instead I chose the narrow road and I know that God has blessed me because it felt right and I didn’t worry about the rest who were chasing the next dollar, promotion, right circle of friends etc. I look at all this and see my God at work.

I know people who have done jobs that were below them, that were paid half what they were worth but the lessons learnt and contacts made from those jobs, were priceless, they propelled them to the next level and so on until they got where they wanted, because God was working in their lives. Because they were steadfast and had faith that good things would come because God is the giver, the almighty and the all powerful one.

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As the new year is fast approaching let us be thankful for what He has given, for what He has removed, for what He has omitted and for what is to come. With God’s hand upon us, His favour, His blessings and His Son Jesus,  we can grow, prosper and succeed to the level that makes us truly happy and at peace.

I wish the steadfast hand of God upon you all,  the peace of Jesus and the gifts of the Holy Spirit that will propel you to the level that will prosper you and hold you in God’s favour.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 AND MAY YOUR CUP OVERFLOWETH

I LEAVE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS VERSION OF MY FAVOURITE SONG -Auld Lang Syne

 

 

 

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Modern Secularism-Our youth don’t believe in the bible anymore

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Our youth don’t believe in the bible anymore, many seem to think that if you can’t prove it, then it doesn’t exist, that’s what I hear from teenagers these days and that’s what my teacher friends tell me are their experiences at high school.

The science departments in schools seem to have a foothold on this. Well since when have they become the authority on Theism? They are denying thousands of years of intelligence and they justify it by saying that the bible cannot be proven and that it is  corrupt. If that’s their argument, then why read any book, website, newspaper, bulletin or article? Everything we read has a bias, what renders it credible is the source and the proof that comes with the story. Well everything that was prophesied in the Old testament has been realized in the New Testament. Prophets who were chosen by God and who gave their lives for the truth, were all God inspired. Their words came from God. The bible is a living book and should be read as if God were talking to us in the now.

THESE ARE SOME UNDERSTANDINGS THAT ARE VERY CLEAR IN THE BIBLE 

Sin creates an infinite disorder with God. The more dignified the person is that is offended, the more grievous the offence is…..(St. Thomas Aquinas)

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NO ONE CAN BE JUSTIFIED BY HIS OWN WORKS BUT BY GOD ALONE

NO ONE WHO DENIES THE SON HAS THE FATHER

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION

JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:6  “I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”          

The laws  of the western world have been inspired by the bible, if the bible is irrelevant then western society has become irrelevant too.

There is nothing God doesn’t know about man or that He still needs to learn and see about him, because He knows it all. We have been created by God, we have been created in His image, we are wired for God. There are enough testaments of people who weren’t  christian, who lived in non christian countries who have found God.

This is the exact reason why we should have respect for what cannot be explained by science. Faith is the evidence of what cannot be proved. There are dogmas that are mysteries, but that are exactly the true test of our faith.

God owes us nothing, the universe belongs to Him. God knows all our sins and only our truth and belief can justify us in the eyes of God through His Son Jesus. Jesus Christ as our mediator, Jesus Christ who offered Himself for reparation of our sins. Jesus Christ the perfect bridge joining man and God together.   (Scott M. Sullivan).

That’s the mystery of God, He would rather have 1 true believer that 100 unbelievers or robots who think or say ……”Yes that’s nice!” “Or that’s how it was then but it’s different now”.  God doesn’t want fans, He wants commitment, He wants your heart, He wants you to fight for Him, He wants you to believe without condition.

The God inspired bible was not written with an expiry date. God’s realm has no time, He lives in a spirit world where time is of no relevance to God. He knew it then and He knows it now………. the heart of man. After all, He is the all knowing and all loving and it’s for this reason that He gave us His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us.

Jesus’ teachings were not just meant for the time in which He lived but for all times and for all people, the problems our ancestors faced 100 or 1000, 2000 years ago for example, still exist now:- unbelief, jealousy, dishonesty, laziness, theft, murder, coveting another’s property, adultery, greed, lust, drugs and alcohol addictions, vanity  etc…. These all existed then and they still exist now, the difference being that humanity is getting more and more wicked. Why do you ask???????

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I’d like to think that humanity is more educated now, we have access to so much information and getting it is easy via the internet.  We have more money now, our Old Testament ancestors didn’t have all this and the benefit of the wisdom and teaching passed on by Jesus Christ.  We have Jesus and His spirit to guide us and to lead us to the truth, but many of us young and old choose to ignore it.

When our children were growing up, we would watch TV shows together, that brought up certain contentious issues that we could discuss and bring God’s light into the problem. Open conversations are crucial, especially from teenagers’ inquiring minds who need direction, not necessarily from their peers, but a nurturing spirit and an infilling of truth from people who have a deep understanding for our living God and how He is at work in our lives. We still  watch movies now on TV or go to the movies and discuss the lessons and morals in them.

I write this because I have a concern for our youth, I have a concern because I believe some, young and old, do not have a heaven perspective. Some people seem to think that they’re invincible. They have no plan for eternity.

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Make no mistake God is our judge and vindicator….If God is been offended then He sets the standard for justice, it’s not up to me or you, but God.

I’d like to finish by saying that God offers redemption, to all those who open their hearts to Him and believe.

MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE YOU ALL TO THE COMPLETE TRUTH.

 

 

TRUTH…..What is truth?” retorted Pilate.

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What is truth asked Pontius Pilate in the time of Jesus? John 18:37. Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born for this, and I came into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is committed to the truth listens to my voice.” I AM THE WAY,THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE”. Jesus said.

Pontius Pilate refused to see the truth and missed the opportunity of witnessing the power of God because he was spiritually blind. The power was in his hands to let Jesus go but no!!!! He was too scared to stand for the truth. It is not enough for great men to do nothing!!!!!! This is the central theme of John’s Gospel………… When brought before Pilate, Jesus professes that He himself is The Truth and the witness to the truth. He does not defend the truth with legions but rather makes it visible through his Passion and thereby also implements it.

It is easy to rationalise and explain your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening to make a point.It is equally easy to make value judgments on just about anything. There is a danger in this in that it …….“does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate standard consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.  A ‘Relativist’ makes of life something that works for them, that there is no definite truth……. you discover your own path …make life something that works for you …..If it works for me it’s cool, it doesn’t hurt anyone so it must be right?? …..”FOLLOW YOUR HEART” some would say.  THIS HAS A PROBLEM because it takes the meaning out of life.( J. A. Ratzinger )  There is more to life than that………………So then…. “What is the true meaning of life?’’ “What is the goal???? ( J. A. Ratzinger ) The long term goal should be salvation and we have to map out our path as given to us by our saviour Jesus Christ. Today, in fact, truth is regarded as far too subjective a concept for us to find therein a universally valid standard.( J. A. Ratzinger )

Everything is to some extent negotiable. This has a problem because coming to some consensus would be near impossible and we face the risk of having no standards. The opinion of the majority would be the only criterion that counted. The minute one uses the word ‘’should” they are undermining relativism.

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One is making judgement imposing one’s truth onto others. This is a self-contradicting proposition. There is nothing everyone should do?  If you think you know the truth then you are an absolutist. We are not God, God is absolute. Jesus revealed who God is to us and that He came for the truth. So, the truth that leads to salvation is in the gospels according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.