29 April 2012

Lesson for the week: 1 John 3:16-24

1 John 3:16-24  (NKJV)

The Outworking of Love

16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

May you, the reader, be blessed by these words :).


28 April 2012

A thought for the day

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them.
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Taken from "The Oil Change" A publication I receive daily :)

22 April 2012

Lesson for the week: 1 John 3:1-7

1 John 3:1-7 (NKJV)

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Sin and the Child of God

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

May you, the reader, be blessed by these words .


15 April 2012

Lesson for the week 1 John 1-2:2

1 John 1-2:2 (NKJV)

What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Fellowship with Him and One Another

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

May you, the reader, be blessed by these words .


08 April 2012

Lesson for the week: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (NKJV)

The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

May you, the reader, be blessed by these words .

Happy Easter,


06 April 2012

How Has Jesus Forgiven you Personally?

 HI all:

Here is something that was shared with me by a very dear, close friend in 2006. This IS worth the read.


How can Jesus have forgiven you?  He was a man who lived 2006 years ago, so he can't have forgiven you personally, can he?

Ok, let's have a look at you.  You are an engineer, an electrician or an accountant. Not the top of the pile like a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist.  But then again you're not at the bottom like a labourer or a road sweeper. No, you're just a regular guy.  You're doing ok. You eat what you want to and drink what you want to.  You work Monday to Friday but the weekends are your own. So what do you do on Saturday?   You go to the game in USA or the match if you're
European. The entertainment? Football or the Soccer? You cheer for your side, the best side; the most powerful side. Why that side? Well you want to be on the winning side, don't you? You cheer when your side scores a touchdown or a goal. You jeer when the other side does the same. Yep, just a regular guy.

Ok let's transport you back to a time in the past. Who would you have been? The year is 34AD. Let's have a look at you.  Now you are a stonemason, a wheelwright or a sword smith. Not the top of the pile like a Pharisee, a district governor or a scribe. But then again you're not at the bottom like a beggar, a leper or a slave. You're doing ok. You eat what you want and drink what you want. You work Sunday to Thursday but the weekends are your own. So what do you do on Friday? Well let's look at what's available in the way of entertainment. You can watch Roman Wrestling, the Romans parading up and down or three guys getting crucified.  No contest, Crucifixion every time.  This is going to be a good friday. You and your friends wander up the hill and gather around the cross of this longhaired guy.  The other two were just thieves.  The first nail goes through the left hand. You cheer. The next nail goes through the right hand.  You cheer.  Now this is a good bit. The guy's feet are crossed and the third nail, a long one, gets hammered through both feet. You cheer louder.  Why do you cheer?  Well you want to be on the winning side, don't you? The Romans.  You want to be part of this team. Now they raise up the cross." Who is this man?" you ask.  "Oh, some guy called Jesus of Nazareth" a man tells you. "The Romans call him The King of The Jews” The man on the cross, this Jesus, just hangs there. He doesn't yell, curse or scream. He just hangs there. You all go quite. Silent. Wait, something's happening. He's moving his lips. He's going to say something. You listen intently; this could be good.  The guy looks down; straight into your eyes, straight into your buddy's eyes, straight into everyone's eyes. You hear this poor pathetic man whisper "Father forgive them. They know not what they do"
How has Jesus forgiven you, personally
Think about 
it.                                                                              Anon.

01 April 2012

Lesson for the week: Mark 11:1-11

Mark 11:1-11 (NKJV)

The Triumphal Entry

11 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”
So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”
And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
That comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!”
11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

May you, the reader, be blessed by these words .