Finding The Missing Peace

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I'll get round to it sometime - maybe tomorrow!




I’ll get round to it sometime – maybe tomorrow!


How good are you at complaining. One man who was interviewed recently on television reminded us 

that whinging is different to complaining. Whinging is apparently just moaning but not doing anything about it. Formal complaining means that you are holding the service provider responsible for what they do or do not do and making sure that you get what you are paying for.


I have just come back from a trip to Africa. En-route our cases stayed in Dubai while we flew to Lusaka. They caught up with us eventually but we have a claim to lodge for extra expenses incurred as a result of an extra night that we stayed in Lusaka. Have I submitted it yet? I think you probably can guess the answer. 


Most of us feel that we deserve to get what we pay for. This is only fair and it is our right but how 


many of us actually get round to complaining when things go wrong. The purpose for writing this 


article is not actually to encourage you to complain (not that it would be a bad thing) but to point out


that most of us don’t get round to it very often. We mean to but we don’t quite get round to it. That’s 


true about a lot of things.



Think about this for example. How many of us have joined a gym and never used it? How often do we 


think about slimming but never quite get there? Or your mortgage – you know the rate could be lower 


but because of the hassle of changing provider we never get round to it. All of these examples are about


things that could improve our lives but we put off doing anything about it.


I want to ask you to consider another area of your life which we all tend to ignore and pretend that it’s 


too much hassle – that is your relationship or lack of one with God. We can all argue why we don’t 


think God is real but in our hearts we know that God is there. Most of us live life as if it will never end 


and accuse people of being morbid who raise the issues of life after death. But we all know that we will 


die one day and to ignore the afterlife is fatal. You say if I’m wrong, I’m wrong but the reality is if 


you’re wrong you will be lost forever in a place you don’t want to be. 



The reality is that when it comes to life and death, existence and consciousness, God, heaven, hell and 


the why do we exist questions we can’t work it all out on our own. We don’t have the capacity and 


ability to get our hands on the all the information we need. We weren’t about when the world began, 


we can’t propel ourselves forward to see what the future holds but we can access the greatest book ever 


given to humanity to read what God has revealed. This book, the bible, was given to us by God and it 


truthfulness in the ordinary things of life can be verified i.e. what it says about geography, history, 


science, medical issues etc. It was written this way to give us confidence that if it stacks up in the things 


we can understand then we can afford to trust God about the issues we don’t know about i.e. the big 


issues of life which affect us all.



The Bible is God’s revelation. He is telling us things that we would not otherwise know or understand.


I am asking you to consider this and to think it through. Here are some of the things God explains:



Why there is hurt, pain and death in life?  


God’s book says ‘by one man (Adam) sin came into the world and death by sin and so death passed 


upon all men’. We hurt because of the choices we make. Ignoring God hurts and not living the way that 


God created us to live hurts. 


Is there more to life than this? 


Jesus said that he came into the world so that we could have life as God intended. He explained that 


‘God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not 


perish but have everlasting life. God’s love for the human race was such that he sent His own Son, 


Jesus, into the world not to condemn us but to save us. It is the death of Jesus on the cross that paid in 


full the price that was required to clear our guilt and reconcile us to God. 



Is there life after death? 


The bible teaches there is. God has been there forever. He is the great uncaused cause of everything. 


The bible tells of an afterlife but it also teaches that Christ Jesus came into the world from heaven, the 


eternal living place of God. More than that it teaches that Jesus came back to life three days after he 


died and that over 500 people were witnesses of this.



But back to you. 


What are you going to do this time? Ignore what is being said! Look into it further? Read the Bible for 


yourself? Seek the Lord and pray, calling out to God to hear and answer. Can I remind you – there will 


come a time when it will be too late! Prepare to meet God today.

 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Leicester Girls Camp



This is the second day of camp. We arrived yesterday about 1700, had tea and then after a game for the campers headed to the meeting hall. One of the main reasons for this week of camp is to introduce young people to the word of God (the Bible) and to give them a clear understanding of their need of salvation. So last night I started by speaking about image and appearance. We all look at ourselves in a certain way but as most of us admit, in our saner moments, we don't always tell ourselves the truth. We think about ourselves more highly than we ought to and we overlook our flaws and sins when it suits us. That's what the Bible means when it states in Jeremiah 17:9 that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" We are not capable of being honest with ourselves all of the time.

But the reality is that God is painfully honest. In the same passage we are told that "I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings," Jeremiah 17:10. God doesn't look at the outward appearance, as we do, he looks at the heart and his conclusion is that all have sinned and come short of His glory.

The good news is that God the 'Father sent the Son, Jesus, to be the Saviour of the world'. Our hearts might deceive us but God want to forgive us. His Son died to pay the price to provide salvation. Our part is to turn from our sin, repent, and trust His Son for salvation. 

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

God does not break His promises!



This is a tremendous statement but can I be confident that it is true.

Firstly, as a Christian I accept that the Bible is the word of God. There are many valid and persuasive reasons that convince me that the Bible is the word of God but that discussion is not for today. The Bible says that all the promises of God will ultimately be fulfilled in and through the Lord Jesus (see 2.Cor.1.20).


My second reason for believing this statement is the evidence of what God has done to date. In Romans chapter 15 verse 8 we learn that the Lord Jesus ‘confirmed the promises made to the fathers’. In other words He did what God had promised He would do. We find a similar statement in Titus chapter 1 verses 2 & 3. God promised ‘eternal life’ and the Lord Jesus provided it. If God has never broken His promises to date why would I assume that he will break them in the future?


If you happen to be reading this and are not a believer in Jesus Christ then you will find this truth quite disturbing. If God never goes back on His word then you are in big trouble. For among the many promises that God has made is this. He has promised to judge the world at the end of time (Acts.17.31). That judgement is personal as well as national/international. The judge is the Lord Jesus (John.5.22) and the assessment will be absolutely fair and evidence based (Rev.20.11-15). God will always do what is right and justice will always be carried out in the end.


If you are a believer look and pray for an opportunity today to tell someone about your experience with God. Share Gods word with them – you and they will be blessed by it.
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Monday, August 07, 2017

God is not capable of lying





What a bizarre statement from a human perspective. I lie, you lie and we all do so why assume that God would be any different. There is a core issue that we are facing here as we look at the topic of God’s total truthfulness. The issue is that God is everything that we are not. He is pure, He is perfect, He always acts within his character and He is unique compared to you and me. One of those strands of His outstanding character is His total truthfulness.

It is often helpful to compare translations of the Bible to understand a text. Modern versions translate Tit.1.2 as ‘God does not lie’. Older versions usually say he ‘cannot lie’. Which is correct you might be asking? Strong’s Concordance’ says that the word for lie has a negative particle in front of it to indicate that God is not capable of lying. Robertson’s Word Pictures says that the statement really means that God is the ‘non lying God’. God is not in the business of lying, it is out of character for Him and he just does not do it.

What does this mean for me? It means that I can trust everything God has ever said. It means that every time I pick up my bible to read or a verse comes into my mind that I can say to my self – this is the truth, I can rest on this! Image the effect that this has on my Bible reading.

If the truth of this really grips you it will strengthen your faith in God. It will make you more obedient. It will build your confidence. It will fix your eyes on heavenly things and not on the earth.


You’ll have a good day after thinking this one through.
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