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PONDERINGS

I was looking through a forum the other day which appears to have mostly atheists attacking and ridiculing the few Christian members. Why do people who say they don’t believe in God spend so much time and energy denying and ridiculing his existence?

Now I don’t believe Mohamed is the one true God just someone who like many others got a little too big for his boots and people started worshipping him instead of God but you wont see me constantly chucking mud at him simply because I think my voice is for praising God and I remember reading a passage in the bible about not getting embroiled in idle arguments -hope to find it but maybe someone knows the passage and will pass it on.

Guilt seems to be something that they throw into the pot , atheists seem to have this crazy notion that Christians are consumed by guilt- Where or where do they get that idea from. It is since I have become a Christian that I have been freed from guilt and if I do feel guilty – well that’s nasty nick whispering in my ear and there is no room in my life for him.

No matter what I do wrong If I repent its instant forgiveness- I washed clean by the blood of Jesus – God will NEVER turn his back on me he weeps when I turn away from him. And its through his strength that I want to turn my back on my former wrong doings not because I’m afraid of going to hell but because I want to be with my Father in heaven.

That’s not being controlled by guilt – that’s liberation – I have choice

Praise God

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NLT)

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Prayers

I have asked for prayers from my friends Daughter who is only in her teens. Her croyns has flared up and she is in hospital in alot of pain at present . Please continue to pray for K for healing and also for her whole family.

thanks

Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)

Of David.

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-

3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

College

Well things have been moving on, Firstly got the results of my ethics modules and I did really best best marks yet of should I say ever , never in my life did I get a mark in the 80’s. For all you clever clogs out there it may not be a big did but for someone who scraped through 1 o’level it means a lot.

So I have my BACP form finished, insurance in place , in the middle of sorting out my training supervisor and my first client lined out. Got the referral today so just have to ring and arrange an appointment- can say no more about it but God is contining to look after me.

One person still to get a placement and one has a placement which will only cover the first 25 hours please continue to pray for them they have worked hard to get to this stage.

New member in our class, some one had to drop out at this point last year and has joined us, seems lovely . Please pray that she will be able to finish with us.

One good thing about placement is that we only have to attend every other week on a thursday for our placement module. Tuesdays remain the same , this time its intergrative but no PLRS Praise God- sadly we dont get away lightly we have case studies and exams instead.

Open Doors

“… that all of them may be one, Father … so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
– Jesus in John 17.21


Dear Christian Friends

“If we love one another,” the Apostle John wrote, “God dwells in us, and His love is perfected (made complete or matured) in us” (1 John 4:12). Those are weighty remarks.

Further John writes, “God is love, and whoever dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16). To ‘dwell’ means to continue, to remain or to abide. It is not possible to overstate the value of this. You can endure any test or circumstance if you know that you are dwelling in God and God is dwelling in you!

Often when believers from different denominations, backgrounds and traditions are persecuted or imprisoned together for their loyalty to Christ, their differences become trifles to them. They often for the first time see each other as children of their Father God and younger siblings of our older brother, Jesus first and foremost, and Baptist, Pentecostal or Orthodox second – if not third or fourth!

It has often been said that we Christians have far more that unites us than divides us, and I suppose that is true if we can see who we are in Christ and what we have in him. But all too often only the pressure of disaster or of persecution can get us to focus on those things instead of our disagreements.

Think of the spiritual power and healing love we must surely be missing out on!

This is not only a tragedy for those of us who must endure severe trials in order to become united and to truly love each other: it is a much worse tragedy for those in the world who are not able to believe because of our divisions!

And it is of course a heartbreaking tragedy to our dear Father and to our beloved Saviour and to the sensitive Holy Spirit. We need to exert every effort to love one another and live in unity in order to please the Triune God and reflect his unified nature.

With that in mind, let’s pray for the Church in Eritrea where Christians of all stripes are being persecuted fiercely by their own government:

ERITREA

Pastor Habtom Tesfamichel was taken into custody on 23 January in the capital city Asmara.

Pastor Habtom and his family were grieving over the death of a Lutheran pastor in Sweden when security officials interrupted to take Habtom to a nearby police station for questioning.

The 57-year old pastors the Full Gospel Church in Eritrea‘s capital city, Asmara. He is now being held in the capital’s notorious Wongel Mermera prison, along with nearly 24 other pastors and priests who have been in jail for nearly three years now.

The Eritrean government has never made public any charges against them, and most of them are held incommunicado, and prison authorities have reportedly gathered them into one cell to keep them from influencing other prisoners with the gospel.

Since May 2002, Eritrea has closed down dozens of churches, forbidding its citizens to worship outside the four government-approved religions: the Orthodox Church of Eritrea (Coptic Orthodox), Roman Catholicism, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Islam.

More than 2,000 Eritrean citizens in at least 14 cities and towns are known to be held in police stations, military camps and prison solely for their religious beliefs. The majority of the detainees are Protestant Christians.

You can read more details on our website at: http://www.opendoorsuk.org.uk/news/news_archives/001843.php

Please pray with us that:

* Pastor Habtom, his family and church members will be given strength, comfort and courage

* His family’s needs will be provided for during this time

* Christian prisoners in Eritrea and their loved ones will have the grace to forgive their persecutors

* President Issayas Afewerki will be turned away from persecuting Eritrea‘s Christians and turned toward the living God who is love

* Eritrea‘s true Christians will experience a new affection for each other and a greater unity amongst themselves that will cause many non-Christians to become open the Gospel.

Thank you for your support and for praying with us.

Every blessing,

John
Communications Team

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Guardian Angels ???

I was reading a discussion on a forum about guardian angels and did people believe in them and I guess I don’t know- I do believe in angels but whether I have my own personal one I’m not sure.

What the bible says about Angels

Nehemiah 9:6 (NIV)

You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you

But it got me thinking that sometimes God places just ordinary people in our lives just at the right time for a particular purpose they may not be real angels but they play such an important part in our lives even if its only for a brief moment.

Its like we are on a journey and the people we meet and the role they play ,some just pass through, some move on and some linger in our lives for a while and have a big impact.

Poem Angels

I can particularly think of one lovely Christian women who came in to my life when I was stuck in my faith and in my healing , I believe God used her to help me move forward. Another who was in my life at the right time and encouraged me to continue at college . All important and all part of Gods plan.