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Jesus Wins…

Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling-place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death”or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’

Revelation 21v1-5

What do you think heaven is like? That was the question I asked our young people this week. And of course the answers varied a little, but truth be told most of them hadn’t really though about it, if they had they recognised that they were influenced by images in the media of white clouds, halos and harps… But what is heaven really like? Well John in the penultimate chapter of the Bible gives us a clue, and I think we could sum it up in just two words… Jesus Wins.

Jesus wins because he takes his people who are broken and dead in sin and makes them his beautiful bride who is radiant in holiness…

Jesus wins because the barrier of separation of sin and temple curtains are gone, we can walk with the Lord just like we were always meant to…

Jesus wins because there will be no Paris shootings or refugee crisis. There will be no bad news from the doctor or heart ache at home. There will be no more pain… no more death even.

Jesus wins because all the things we enjoy now will not simply be better they will be permanent, they will never fall to tedium or brokenness. There will be endless joys to be had…

Jesus wins because he is seated on the throne of his Kingdom and we will be there too…

Jesus wins because he can be trusted.

Please PRAY that I and all the teenagers might think more about heaven… remembering that as we walk this earth, one day it will all be made new, one day we will take our place in the Kingdom of Jesus! So whatever we face today, we know our tomorrow is guaranteed.

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I could sooner…

Sovereign Grace Music have released a new Album this week called ‘I could sooner count the stars’ and the opening track (which is the album title) produces some wonderful imagery at the start of each verse for us to enjoy as we consider our great God and I wanted to share it with you just as a thought for you today…

Verse 1:
I could sooner count the stars
Than number all Your ways

Verse 2:
I could sooner drink the seas
Than fathom all Your love

Verse 3:
I could sooner turn back time
Than turn Your heart away

You can enjoy the whole track below:

The New Year 2015/16

So here we are again, the new academic year, a time of great change for many… but our hope is that whatever this year has in store all of us will keep being Rooted in Jesus overflowing with thankfulness, remembering, all we need is in Him!!

Remember to that if you ever need any info please check here for all the updates!

Thanks

Jesus on Every Page

Recently I have been reading David Murray’s excellent book ‘Jesus on every page’ (https://www.10ofthose.com/products/17224/Jesus-On-Every-Page/).

And I came across these words (it is talking about Jesus in regards to creation).

‘Have you every thought about the the incredible imagination and inventiveness behind the created worked and asked why? Why did our Redeemer go to such lengths to provide us with such a varied and diverse world? Partly the reason was that He has an eye to using such things, animals, materials, and so on to teach sinners the way of salvation. He was preparing visual aids for future use.

He created sheep so He could teach sinners about how He is the Good Shepherd. he created birds to help His redeemed people live less anxious lives. He created camels to teach how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter heaven. He created lilies and roses so He could compare Himself with them. he created water to explain how He refreshes and revives the thirsty.

When Jesus picked those up some four thousand years after their creation, they were not just coincidentally helpful to Him; He deliberately created them for the great end of helping to redeem a people.

And think of how Jesus even created what would be used in His own crucifixion. What did He think when He made trees, one of which would one day suspend Him between heaven and earth? What did He think when he made the metal that would eventually impale Him on the cross? He made what would be used to cause Him pain and kill Him. He created all the accessories of redemption.’ (p.47-48)

Firstly just ponder that thought today… and then secondly, get hold of his book to be filled with a joy of Christ in all things.

Do you wish Doctor who were real?

I don’t know if you are a Dr. Who fan or not, I must confess that I watch it but won’t call myself a ‘Whovian’, in fact to be perfectly honest I’ve found this last series a little dull… but I’ve still been watching it anyway.

And this week’s episode sparked my interest…

There are many things in it which deserve our attention, and when the second part is played out I will try and have a think more deeply about some of the questions it raises.

But for now, let us rest upon one line that the Doctor spoke to Clara…

‘Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference’?

The Doctor so cares for Clara, that even after being betrayed by her, he is still prepared to help… if he can.

And we see that and it only increases our admiration for the Doctor more, because what love and concern he must have that he thinks so little of self and so much of others that he is prepared to not treat Clara as she deserves…

Don’t we wish that there was someone who would do the same for us?

The Good news today, is that there is…

Listen to the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 5v6-8:

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The story revolves around the idea that the dead go on living just in a different guise, their minds are put in one place and their bodies another…

Christ died for you, not when you were at your best, not when you finally got to a point whereby you deserved it.

But he died for you in your worst moment, in the moment when we were at our furthest from God, and he said to us… I don’t care what you have done… I love you so much, I will do anything to bring you into my family.

We watch Doctor Who and wish he were real… but really we have someone far far better

Enjoy your day.

We will remember…

It was just over a week ago that we were remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter…

Yesterday at the 9:15am service and this coming week at the 5pm service we will be celebrating communion, a chance for us to remember together that  sacrifice.

But Just stop for a moment and consider what view of humanity Jesus has by even instigating communion. As if the death of God would be something we would forget, so much so that we need a symbolic meal to remind ourselves.

But sadly, that is exactly what we do.

Perhaps we do not forget the details, but perhaps we forget that Jesus died for me, perhaps we forget that it was not nails that held Jesus to the cross but his love for us as our sin was laid upon him. Martin Luther had good reason therefore to say that ‘we all carry the nails of Jesus in our pockets’.

So just consider next time you take the bread and the wine how low we are that we even need such a meal in the first place…. but then consider the love of the Saviour who not only gave as a means to remember but became the means of salvation for us.

We will remember…

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What is really the problem?

in game

This morning on my way back from taking Mog to school I had my normal radio station on (5 live – news in the morning sport in the evening… ideal), but one of the items they had on was an interview with a mother whose son had racked up a £4000 bill from in-game purchases in Fifa 14. I won’t bore you with the details of what was exactly involved, but essentially her credit card details were stored on the machine and so her 13 year old son could without thinking keep buying more and more things.

There are 2 important lessons to learn, the first is the obvious, be aware of any game that has in-game purchases. It is quite a common thing now, in fact a large percentage of apps for phones and tablets rely on you buying in-game material. Don’t be fooled make sure that everyone in the house knows this and that everyone knows what the ‘house rules’ are.

With Apple products you can go to the settings to turn off in game purchases if that is what you want. It is harder on Playstation’s and X-boxes but if you do not want people to buy things simply do not put your card details in.

But the second thing to consider about this was her response to the question: ‘Who are you most upset or angry at?’

Now what followed revealed something very deep about the human heart.

That we are not to blame… for this mother of the 13 year old boy said that the people with the biggest responsibility for this was the games companies…

But really that is absolute rubbish.

The person to blame is her son.

He knew what he was doing, he knew he was spending money, but in her words ‘he got caught up in the game’.

Or in other words he was so caught up in his world, in his own enjoyment that he did not care for anyone else.

Passing the blame for our sin is as old as the world… just look at Genesis 3v12-13:

‘The man said, “The woman YOU put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it”. Then the Lord God said to the woman. “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”.

When asked what they had done both Adam and Eve passed the blame… it wasn’t their fault, it was their circumstance (The woman that God had put there) or it was someone else (the serpent).

The only people who are guilty of our sin, is ourselves. If we fall into the trap of thinking that it is our circumstances or other people that cause us to sin we will never get to the heart of the problem and so never come to the real solution.

If I think it is other people I will simply seek to change the externals, where as what I really need is a new heart, what I really need is a rescue.

Only when we see the problem is our own heart, our own sin, will we come to Christ as saviour not to give us good advice but to save us from death to life.

Do you see that as your biggest problem?

But the great truth of following Jesus is that he came to ‘save sinners’. Only when we feel the full force of our own inadequacy and failure, will we feel the full force of his love and forgiveness.

You ARE more sinful then you can know… but you ARE more loved then you can imagine…

Enjoy your day.

The greatest prize

In American sport there are few prizes that can top winning the Super Bowl. It is for American Sport what the FA cup or Wimbledon is for us.

And this year was no different, an estimated 100 million people (about 98% of which are in the USA) watched the Seattle Sea Hawks convincingly beat the Denver Broncos.

For the players of the Sea Hawks this was without doubt the single greatest defining point of their sporting careers, they could not reach anything greater.

But yet listen to this short interview with some of the players and coaching staff and the perspective they give… You might be surprised at what they say.

Could you say that? What is the greatest prize in your life?

In view of God’s mercy

I wonder what you think of when you hear those words from Romans 12 ‘In view of God’s mercy…’

Perhaps this video will help…

 

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