A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

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A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

Just sharing a few thoughts from my notes (rather indecipherable)…

as inspired by a sermon from Bobby Schuller on the Hour of Power

Sunday 13 Feb

enjoy and be inspired

c

moon on the water at Tolaga Bay

Jesus came into the world to show us what God is like. Jesus reveals what God, The Father is like… and YOU can (and choose to) reveal (in society’s eyes) what Jesus is like. That’s His expectation. You represent Jesus…today.

Jesus had a uniquely close and intimate relationship with God, the Father

(“I am what God is like”)

see Matthew 11: 25-30 *

*  a defining verse in Jesus’ ministry (together with John 3:16,17)

You are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
– Matthew 5: 14-16 (NKJV)

HOW do you do that?

In other words, how to live your life by following the example of Jesus Christ?
* help others
* help heal and comfort the wounded of society and our own wounds will be healed
* be hospitable and kind
* make people feel included and that they belong somewhere

* listen to peoples concerns and worries – really care

* remember, it’s not your achievements that count, but the difference you make in people’s lives

* learn and grow (continually) along life’s journey
“Giant strides start with small steps”

Just do what is right and (like a moth) be drawn to that light
“Love guides us into holiness.”

 

 

You can be a light shining in the darkness of the world.

Shine your own bright light on humanity!

 

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To God, be the Honour and Glory.
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“The Christian’s Vital Breath”

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“This, then, is how you should pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name…”

Matthew 6:9

We are only one person in about seven billion people in the world, and so we wonder how it is possible God hears all our prayers. Does what we want to pray about have to be of vital importance to us or can it be of mediocre or even of less importance? Does God prioritize in who He answers and what He answers? This week, Charles Price gives an in depth exposition on the Lord’s Prayer, which brings together a series of relationships that are part and parcel of the Christian life. And within these relationships, we find the answers.

click on

http://www.livingtruth.co.uk/

http://www.livingtruthmedia.com/onDemand.php?ID=CDN

and

http://www.livingtruth.ca/LT/

 

Submitter’s Note:

Charles is my favourite TV preacher with his “practical, relevant” sermons (and which we can choose to apply in our own lives).

 

“For me, Jesus is the human face of God…and my pathway (connection) to that Ultimate Source, The Ground of All Being”
“Jesus Christ makes God real to me.”
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Best wishes from the First City to see the light each new day

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Picture (great) by my friend, Jenny, whose photographic talents I definitely do NOT possess!
from 
and 
Shared by “the world’s absolutely worst photographer”

Let your Christmas light shine on others

 

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http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11563280

The first candle lit is the light of hope. Hope is a word we often use. “I hope that the weather is fine on Christmas Day”, “I hope that I win the lottery” or a common sentence in many homes this week “I hope that Santa brings … “!

Christian hope is more than wishful thinking. It is the confident faith that God is in control, that God is merciful.

In Christian faith the expression of hope is a belief that in Jesus Christ we know the gift of life and a way of living that is hope-giving for each of us and for the world.

There will be thousands of people this Christmas who will be hope-bringers to people and communities all over the world, offering food, shelter, companionship and a helping hand.

Jesus empowered the poor and the most marginalised. He treated women and men with equal respect. He challenged unjust leaders and cared for children. Jesus demonstrated a better way of life and wants to impart that way of life into our hearts and to our world.

Hope is not, therefore, a punt or a risk but rather, as Jesus showed us, it is our choice to be hope-bringers and agents of change for those in our families and communities, our workplaces and city, and those we may never meet who need our help.

The second candle is the light of peace. As this year draws to a close, we are conscious of so many people who need peace in the nations of the world, in our communities, among our colleagues and friends, and perhaps even in our own hearts and minds.

This light of peace is not a pipe dream, nor a feigned peace which pretends that everything is okay when really it is not.

The final Advent candle lit before Christmas is the light of love. Christians believe that in Jesus Christ the world is given the offer of salvation, and the chance to see what divine love really means; divine love found in the experiences of caring for friend and stranger, seeking justice, feeding the hungry, healing the broken-hearted, caring for the earth and working for peace. That is the kind of love that this light calls us to share this Christmas.

As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas morning, the central candle of the Advent wreath is lit, celebrating that the light of Christ has come into the world and will come again. As it shines into the darkness it invites all those who see it to let the gifts of which the wreath speaks inform how they live their lives, for when we each bring hope, make peace, gift joy and live love, then the world is transformed.

Our world needs that transformation, a transformation we are all invited to be part of bringing.

 

from

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11563280

PPS

“When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

– as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
– c

from

http://www.racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com

and

http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

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TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow

“SHARE, ENCOURAGE and SPREAD, HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT”

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Picture (great) by my good friends, Jenny (and John), whose photographic talents I definitely do NOT possess!

My Journey of Faith

https://myjourneyofaith.wordpress.com/my-journey-of-faith/

“Faith is the soul seeing what the eyes can’t.”

 

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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A writer’s dreams
Pictures (great) by my friend, Jenny, whose photographic talents I definitely do NOT possess!
Shared by “the world’s absolutely worst photographer”
PPS
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

The Possibility Thinkers Bible

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https://possibilitythinkersbible.wordpress.com/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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Pictures (great) by my friend, Jenny, whose photographic talents I definitely do NOT possess!

“Unbroken’s” Louis Zamperini: The Rest Of The Story

http://www.cbn.com/tv/1422057738001

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3969017052001/zamperinis-story-of-faith-bond-with-rev-billy-graham/?#sp=show-clips

“There aren’t any problems that can’t be solved with Jesus Christ.”

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/louis.zamperinis.son.shares.details.of.his.fathers.faith.that.did.not.make.it.to.unbroken.film/51085.htm

and http://www.cbn.com/tv/3906851580001

You may also like more on Louis Zamperini at https://quietheroes.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/louis-zamperini-documentary/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
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“Rise and shine, sunshine”
PPS
 “There aren’t any problems that can’t be solved with Jesus  by your side.”
In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came before him, into his ears.
 Psalm 18:6
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
Psalm 18:16

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

and another version at 

I found the music and words most uplifting in a time of darkness (great).

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from https://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/

www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com and

http://myjourneyofaith.wordpress.com

“You Raise Me Up”

When I am down and, oh, my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.You raise me up to more than I can be.

Shared by “totally unmusical” craig

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PS:

“Those born with a talent to use will find the greatest pleasure in using it.”

Thanks for sharing your gift, Josh

“On Eagle’s Wings”

PPS

“Our talents are our gift from God, but what we do with them are our gift to God.”

“Rise and shine, sunshine”

picture (great) by my friend, Jenny

from http://www.jennysphotographicjourney.wordpress.com andhttp://www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com

PPS

* “What we learn in the darkness, we are to share in the light (eternal)”