Out of dark times spring light and life

How many of us experience those moments of lost hope, destroyed vision and broken dreams, both in our personal lives and our communities?

Christianity declares that Jesus, the one who died on the cross, was God dwelling among us; God in the flesh. 

This means that in his experience of the cross, we had the creator of the universe 

experiencing our humanity.


Through Jesus we see God,who has climbed into the dark pit with us. God seen in the Easter story is the one who knows and experiences our dark moments; and takes them on as His own.

When others let us down the hope present in the Easter story still stands. It’s a hope that stands for eternity.  It’s a hope that stands for eternity no mattewhat happens in our city or the world around us.

 We live with the belief that hope is always present, even when the darkness seems overwhelming. We may not always live up to the ideal, but every Easter we’re called back to that hope and reminded about what God is up to as seen in the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ.



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“When others let us down the hope present in the Easter story still stands. It’s a hope that stands for eternity.”

“The light shines in the darkness… and the darkness can never put it out.”


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Light (John)

Best wishes from the First City to see the Light
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand





“A writer’s dreams

“The same Spirit that made the world is in YOU…but first it has to be activated.”

“The same Spirit that made the world is in YOU (or at least a tiny bit of it *) …but first it has to be activated.”

– thoughts of my good friend, Lindsay (“The Prophet and the prayer-warrior”)


  • my words

“Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”


“Trust in the Lord with your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him
and he will make your paths straight.”*
– Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

* and/or “direct our path and make the right way through life for you”

Faith is a choice.”

from https://whyifollowjesuschrist.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/faith-is-a-choice/

“‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you’, declares the LORD.”
– Jeremiah 29:11-13

see https://itsalwaysdarkestbeforethedawn.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/only-if-you-have-been-in-the-deepest-valley-can-you-ever-know-how-magnificent-it-is-to-be-on-the-highest-mountain-3/

Thank you, Lord

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