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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Psalm 55:22, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you”

1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you”

So, are you worried about bills, health, debt, marriage issues, and the future? I’ve discovered that 90 percent of the things that filled me with anxiety over what might happen never did.

The dictionary defines worry as: to cause to feel anxious, distressed, or troubled about something, or to bother or annoy, as with petty complaints. Some unknown quotes concerning worry are:

(1) “There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever”

(2) “Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway”

(3) “Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere”

(4) “Worry doesn’t improve the future, it only ruins the present.”

So why worry? To eliminate worry, we must face the coming problems and responsibilities with faith, trusting God for His grace and provision. I read some time ago about a paratrooper in the U. S. Army who had made more than 100 successful parachute jumps without a single serious injury. But the first day back home after being discharged, he stumbled over a rug, fell against a table, and broke four of his ribs! He had worried a great deal about his parachute jumps, but then something happened he had never worried about, “He tripped over a rug.” Jesus said that it’s futile to fret, for worrying can’t change anything (Matthew 6:27). My brethren we need to remember that our heavenly Father knows all about our situation and watches over us. We can be sure that He will take care of our needs no matter what tomorrow brings. Thus, it is better to be wise and trust the Lord.

Closing illustration:

The story has been told of a young girl traveling on a train for the first time. She heard that it would have to cross several rivers along way to her destination.

She was troubled and fearful as she thought of the water. However, each time the train came near to a river, a bridge was always there to provide a safe way across. After passing safely over several rivers and streams, the girl settled back in her seat with a sigh of relief.

Then she turned to her mother and said, “I’m not worried anymore. Somebody has put bridges for us all the way!” So my brethren, when we come to the deep rivers of trial and the streams of sorrow, we too will find that God in His grace “has put bridges for us all the way.” So we need not fall into hopelessness and anxiety. In delightful though often untraceable ways, He will provide for us and carry us through the difficulties to the other side. Even though we may not understand how He will meet our needs, we can be sure that He will provide a way. Those who have given their worries over to God can exclaim with the psalmist, “The LORD is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works … The LORD preserves all who love Him” (Psalm 145:17-20). Instead of worrying about what’s ahead, it would behoove us to:

(1) Trust God .The alternative is to trust people with the future, and that leads to disappointment.

(2) Delight in the Lord. Take delight in God and His will, and He promises to provide for what you need.

(3) Commit your way to God. He will bless your efforts.

(4) Wait patiently for the Lord. He will prevail.

My friend, the more we immerse ourselves in God, His Word, and His promises, the less we will worry over the troubles of this world. Sure, it’s a tough world we live in, but with God we can be victorious!

For all His children, God desires
A life of calm, not flurry;
His will for every day is this:
That we should trust, not worry – Anon.

When we put our cares in God’s hands, He puts His peace in our hearts.

Bless you....'

Sunday, October 28, 2012


1.I serve a risen Saviour
He's in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him He's always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

2.In all the world around me
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.
3.Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,
Lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,

None other is so loving, So good and kind.
He lives....He lives
Christ Jesus lives today...
He walks with me and talks with me... along life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives salvation to impart.....
you ask me how I know He lives? He lives....within my heart!

Bless you.....

Friday, October 26, 2012

Effective Communication.....

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NLT)

Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ.
20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law.
Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law.

21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ.
But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.
23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

Here we have one of the great evangelism passages from the bible.

The Apostle Paul is sharing with us how he works to see people saved.

From an evangelism point of view we can take great comfort from the second part of verse 22, in particular the word “some”.
We think to be successful in our evangelism efforts, we must see everyone we share the gospel with.... saved.

This is not the case and Paul knew this.

Not everyone will say yes...... it will be “some”.

Our responsibility is not "their response"; it is that we share the gospel.

But I believe that there is another principle that we can learn from this passage of scripture, and that is a principle surrounding effective communication.

So many things fall down.... fail.... or don’t fully succeed, due to a lack of, or poor ineffective communication.

When God wanted to stop the building of a tower which became known as the tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-8) He affected their ability to communicate.

As soon as they were unable to communicate with each other their building came to a halt.

Whether you are building a business, a church, a team, a marriage or sharing the gospel.... the success of that endeavour will be closely tied to your ability to communicate effectively and clearly.

We need to understand that communication is not the answer, effective communication is.
For example, we have a number of nationalities represented in our church some for whom English is their second language.
If I speak English and one of these people speaks their language, which isn’t English, we are both communicating, but it is not effective. When people read the above text, they sometimes misread it..... that Paul was compromising to get people saved....
but this was not the case.
He states “But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ”.
Paul was actually working on effective communication.

Effective communication is not just speaking or even speaking a lot, it is the ability to firstly understand another person’s point of view.....
so that you can then communicate the best way forward.

This is what Paul was doing. He came alongside a person, so he could see what they saw. In doing so he gained understanding into what they saw, which in turn meant he could effectively communicate the truth of the gospel.

He didn’t change or even stray from his message, he just delivered it in such a way that it would be most effective.

What can we learn from this? Effectively communication begins not with speaking but with understanding.
Once you understand what your audience sees...... your communication strategy can be built from there.
It may take a little longer to get to the point where you share your message, but it will give your message greater opportunity for success.

Understand more and communicate effectively.

Scott,.... Elevate Church, www.elevatechurch.com.au

Bless you and thank you Scott...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Do we all have problems?

We had a church camp this last weekend.....it went well. It was only a couple of hours drive from here, but the thought that we were "away" sure did wonders. Which brings me to another thought.....because we were "not at home" there was a totally different feeling and also a totally different outlook on life, even if only for the weekend. Things left behind for the weekend, were not thought about......they were still there, but.....you know what I mean? So....why is it that we feel we "need to get away from it all for a while?" We don't really escape the unpleasantness! Could it be that "people" want to escape for a while, because they do not know God? Some years ago, I heard some one say..."Come to Jesus and all your problems will be over..." Could that be why people feel they want to escape? Because when I heard the above....I winced.....and when I left that meeting I thought to myself..."Is that what we are showing to people? A picture of salvation that promises us that "never again" will we struggle with problems? If the above is the truth, then I am missing out, because I am struggling a lot with problems...even by going away for a weekend, the problems will still be there, when we arrive home again. The young person mentioned above might have been very sincere in what he said, but he was very sincerely wrong! Problems will always be with us, but above all we must never forget....butso too will God! Blessings...... Yaddy

Thursday, October 4, 2012

You may have noticed.....

This tree grows out the back and we grew it from a seed.....it's beautiful!

typical bowl of fruit which my mum had and the fruit is artificial, hers was too, just a reminder of my child hood.
I have not been here so much....Since I had my arm operated on, and I now am the proud owner of an 8inch "nail" inside my humurous bone in my left arm, I have not been able to be as active as I would like. Just last week, I decided the floor needed mopping, it doesn't get done as often as I would like, so I decided here goes.....my arm was so painful all weekend, I am now in doubt as to whether it was worth all the trouble or not. I did manage to take some photos as I love spring and outside is just beautiful. I sit on our deck and really appreciate the wonders of God's nature. The jasmin 's perfume is out of this world, and it is growing like mad all around the back door....together with some Freesias...these two scents are so "spring" I love them. There are also some old fashioned Gladdies ( Gladiolas) coming up!