Jesus is the reason for the season

Simply………

WITHOUT JESUS IT WOULD ALWAYS BE WINTER AND NEVER BE CHRISTMAS

How can you be filled with the Holy Spirit?

How can I be filled with the holly spirit

Different people are filled by the spirit usually in one of these categories

Longing
Receptive
Hostile
Uniformed
Unlikely

Exepericed the power of the spirit

Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. For they heard them speaking in other tongues and praising God.

Then Peter asked, “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” (Acts 10:44-47 NLT)

Released in spirit

People experience the spirit in different ways. Actual manifestations, heat, coolness, water feeling loads of different things

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. (Romans 5:5 NLT)

The spirit brings love. Everybody needs love. True unconditional love comes from the holy spirit.

Summery

Three hindrances
Doubt
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9, 10 NLT)
Fear
“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:11-13 NLT)
Inadequacy
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:13 NLT)

What does the Holy Spirit Do?

What does the holy spirit do?

Sons and daughters of god

Forgiveness

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (Romans 8:1, 2 NLT)

The moment we come to Christ we are forgiven

Adoption

Then we are adopted into the family of god. We all become brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. We inherit by are own death of our own life. We also will share the riches of joy in heaven.

Developing the relationship

He helps us pray

Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. (Ephesians 2:18 NLT)

There is no barrier between us and god. As we have a part of god living inside us, the holy spirit.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26 NLT)

He enables us to understand gods word

A new level of understanding is obtained by the holy spirit.

Unity of family

The holy spirit unites all the churches.

Gifts

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT)

We need all theses gifts. To be an effective family within the church we need people to use the gifts. Neither one gift is more important than the other.

Growing of the family

God wants to have his family grow. When the spirit enters us it’s an overflow of emotion.

Summery

Every Christian has the spirit inside them but not every Christian is full of the spirit. That’s why it’s important to be continually refreshed.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. (Revelation 22:17 NLT)

The Holy Spirit

Just some more Godly notes I wish to share.

Holy Spirit

Who is the holy spirit?

Often the part of god what people forget. Or don’t understand

Was he involved in creation?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:1, 2 NLT)

So from the beginning the holy spirit was there just as he is here now. When the spirit comes it always brings newness.

He came to people at certain times for certain tasks

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. (Exodus 31:1-4 NLT)

When the spirit comes to us today it brings us newness to our gifts and work. The spirit gives us strength. Let’s us break free. There is always a purpose for the spirits actions

He was promised by the father

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. (Ezekiel 36:26, 27 NLT)

Gods spirit helps guide us to be more like Jesus. The spirit can break addictions, sin and evil. It can soften our hearts. We have to be ready to Listen and to go anywhere and do anything

“Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams,
and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on servants—men and women alike. (Joel 2:28, 29 NLT)

This is a promise for everyone. No matter of the type of your background.

John the baptist linked him with Jesus

for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. (Luke 1:15 NLT)
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35 NLT)
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:41 NLT)
At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him (Luke 2:25 NLT)

Jesus predicts his presence

On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) (John 7:37-39 NLT)

We have a spiritual thirst that can only be filled by streams of living water that you get from Jesus. Drink up the holy spirit.

Pentecost

Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:2-4 NLT)
When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.
They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!” (Acts 2:6, 7, 13 NLT)

People couldn’t believe it so peter explains it.

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy. And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below—blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’ (Acts 2:14-21 NLT)

Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” (Acts 2:37-39 NLT)

Summery

It’s an amazing gift for everyone.

God could be described as water in different forms eg ice water steam

An exercise on Self Worth

Below is an exercise I done with the children in my Sunday school class (we call it kidzone)
The point of the excercise was for the children to start thinking about how much other people are worth and wether you can put a price on an other humans life.

1st give the kids this information

Imagine you are on a luxury cruise ship, sailing around the Caribbean. All of a sudden there is an explosion. The ship begins to sink.

There is one lifeboat left and you are put in charge of it.
After you get on, there is only enough places for three more people to get in.
But there is 6 people left on the ship!!!

You have to choose who to save

Katie: a pretty 17year old singer & actress who has just got to the final of the xfactor

Frank: the ships cook

Caroline: a young mother of 2 who married but who is just about to divorce her husband

Professor Hargreaves: a scientist who is 70years old. He has just found a cure for cancer but he only has all the information in his head, he hasn’t wrote it down yet.

Jason: an top special force army soldier

Who would you save and why?

Then after about 10 mins of discussion give them the next half of information.

New information!!!

Caroline is the princess of the land of megabuck, she’s one of the richest women in the world.

Frank is your dad.

Jason was injured in the explosion and is really injured. If he doesn’t get to hospital soon he will die. But they might not be able to save him anyway.

Bring the children together to discuss there answers.
Then put it to them, that before God we are all equal. Maybe use some scripture.

Have a go my group loved itM

Doomsday2/False prophesies

So the world didn’t end…..all surprised??? Didn’t think so

If people paid more attention to the word of Jesus himself there would have been no fuss at all …………

Matthew 24:36-51 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…

The word of Jesus sums it up

Doomsday!

So the world didn’t end…..all surprised??? Didn’t think so

I ask one simple question does it say in the bible…

a) in several places things to the effect of “like a thief in the night I shall come” meaning to be constantly alert for the second coming of Christ and to always try to be more like him

Or

b) anywhere in the bible an exact date and time even down to the minute when Jesus will return?

IF GOD WANTED US TO KNOW EXACTLY WHEN JESUS CHRIST’S RETURN IS GOING TO BE IT WOULD SAY IN THE BIBLE!!!!!!!

Holy Spirit

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Brief notes from discussion around Jesus walking on water

Just some notes I jotted down from a discussion about when Jesus walked on water.

Being terrified can really test faith.
When Jesus walked on water the disciples were terrified.

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was againstit. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, saveme!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:22-33 NIVUK)

Some points to ponder

Why were the disciples sailing at night & where we’re they going?

Seems like a silly question and the simple answer is the set sail as Jesus told them to go. Jesus had just fed the five thousand and now wanted to move on so he told them to set sail and said to them he will meet them there.

Now if we just pause this there. Jesus wasn’t worried how he would cross the river so I wonder if he knew at that point that he would just simply walk across? He knew he would get to the other side without the boat.

Why did the disciples think it was a ghost?

Yes why did they? They had just seen Jesus feed five thousand people with a bit of bread and a few fish yet they thought it was a ghost? Maybe it was because they didn’t recognise Jesus. Or probably they were just amazed at another miracle.

why did Peter start to sink?

Peter took note of what was happening around him and started to sink. Now if we relate that to our own lives, if we take our eyes off Jesus and let circumstance around us affect our lives we’ll end up sinking.
But if we get in that situation there is help at hand…….
Peter started to sink so what did he do? He called out for Jesus. And jesus’s response? To reach down and take him by the hand.
If we find ourselves failing into an ever decreasing circle, reach up for Jesus. Call to him. He will always hold your hand.

So I ask………

Will we take a risk and a step of faith?

Get out of the boat and walk on water?

personnel thoughts & notes on the gospels & acts

The church I attend is Vale Community Church. It’s held in Marston Moretaine Bedfordshire uk.
( for more info see http://www.vale.org.uk)

These are some notes I jotted down whilst reading through the gospels and the book of acts.

God bless

Matthew
Jesus healed the sick but his main aim was to heal the spiritually sick. Men can heal other men medically, but ONLY Jesus can forgive and spiritually heal.
We see jesus putting spiritual healing 1st with the paralysed man in Matthew9.

In matt9:22 we see the lady touch the end of jesus’s cloak. Jesus healed her. Now one thing about this story that I’ve over looked is that this women was considered “unclean” she had been bleeding for many years and was like a leapor to most people. But Jesus, in an instant took that away and changed her life. I think the message is quite clear……some situations that have been bad for months, years can be changed through Jesus. We perhaps consider to many things a lost cause.

In matt9:23-26 we see a synagogue ruler come to jesus to heal his DEAD daughter. Now he didn’t come to Jesus until his daughter was dead—it was too late for anyone else to help. But Jesus simply went to the girl and raised her! In our lives, Christ can make a difference when it seems too late for anyone else to help. He can bring healing to broken relationships, release from addicting habits, and forgiveness and healing to emotional scars. If our situation looks hopeless, remember that Christ can do the impossible.

Matt13:40-43 parable of the weeds sown in the field
At the end of the world, angels will separate the evil from the good. There are true and false believers in churches today, but we should be cautious in our judgments because only Christ is qualified to make the final separation. If you start judging, you may damage some of the good “plants.” It’s more important to judge your own response to God than to analyse others’ responses.

INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT THINGS WITH HARDENED EYES, LOOK WITH EYES OF FAITH! Then you’ll see god work, his power, his love and mercy

Lots of times in jesus’s life on earth loads of people were brought to him for healing. We, today, can still do this as we can bring these people to Jesus through prayer.

Matt18:10 Our concern for children must match God’s treatment of them. Certain angels are assigned to watch over children, and they have direct access to God. These words ring out sharply in cultures where children are taken lightly, ignored, or aborted. If their angels have constant access to God, the least we can do is to allow children to approach us easily in spite of our far too busy schedules.
(“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:10 NIVUK))

(In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. (Matthew 18:13 NIVUK))

Matt 18:21-30 the parable of the unforgiving debtor
If anyone doesn’t understand why they shouldn’t forgive someone they should read this!!

Matt19:10-12 marriage some people might find hard to understand. But I think I get the grasp of it. I believe god lead me and sherri together. So that we could be married in accordance with his will. Everyday we are committed to each other and are joined as one.

This statement from Jesus And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. (Matthew 23:9 NIVUK) is an instruction yet Catholics call there priests father??

Mark

Mark 1:3 like how John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus we can prepare the way for other people to come to Christ by explaining what a relationship with him could be like.

Mark 1:23 it is important to remember that demons are not creations of satan. They are fallen angels. God is the creator of all.

Mark 2:10 the 1st time in marks gospel where Jesus is referred to as the “son of man” which is saying he is human as apposed to “son of god” saying he is god

Mark 4:9 The hearing Jesus wants from us is not the kind we use when we listen to background music or when someone starts to recount a long story we’ve already heard. To truly “hear” Jesus’ words is to believe them, to use them immediately in decisions and attitudes, and to base life on them—your recreation and work, family plans and money matters, praying and singing. To hear Jesus’ words is to make Jesus your true Lord.

We as Christians should be like rays of light shining the way to god

Mark 4:41 The disciples lived with Jesus, but they underestimated him. They did not see that his power applied to their very own situation. Jesus has been with his people for 20 centuries, and yet we, like the disciples, underestimate his power to handle crises in our lives. The disciples did not yet know enough about Jesus. We cannot make the same excuse.

In mark 8:11 the Pharisees ask Jesus for a sign from god. Jesus had already provided so so many signs of gods power but the hearts and minds were hard. We should have hearts and minds of faith then we will see gods power all around us

In mark 8:25 Why did Jesus touch the man a second time before he could see? This miracle was not too difficult for Jesus, but he chose to do it in stages, possibly to show the disciples that some healing would be gradual rather than instantaneous or to demonstrate that spiritual truth is not always perceived clearly at first. Before Jesus left, however, the man was healed completely.

In mark 9:24 ; The attitude of trust and confidence that the Bible calls belief or faith (Hebrews 11:1, 6) is not something we can obtain without help. Faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9). No matter how much faith we have, we never reach the point of being self-sufficient. Faith is not stored away like money in the bank. Growing in faith is a constant process of daily renewing our trust in Jesus.

Luke

Luke1:30, 31 God’s favour does not automatically bring instant success or fame. His blessing on Mary, the honour of being the mother of the Messiah, would lead to much pain. Her friends would ridicule her, her fiancé would come close to leaving her, then eventually her son would be rejected and murdered.
But through her son would come the world’s only hope, and this is why Mary has been praised by countless generations as the young girl who “found favour with God.” Her submission was part of God’s plan to bring about our salvation.
If sorrow weighs you down and dims your hope, think of Mary and wait patiently for God to finish working out his plan.

For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37 NIVUK)Such an awesome verse

3:3 when john the baptist when to preach it was all avout repentance. Now Repentance has two sides,1st turning away from the sins we’ve done and 2nd turning toward God. To be truly repentant, we must do both.
We can’t just say we believe and then live any way we want to. Just as we can’t do everything right and not have a close relationship with god.

In Luke 4:39 Jesus healed Simon’s (Peter’s) mother-in-law and immediately she got up and took care of others’ needs. What a beautiful attitude of service she showed! God gives us health so that we may serve others.

Luke 5:8 Simon (Peter) was awestruck at this miracle, and his first response was to realise his own insignificance in comparison to this man’s greatness. Peter knew that Jesus had healed the sick and driven out demons, but he was amazed that Jesus cared about his day-to-day routine and understood his needs. God is interested not only in saving us, but also in helping us in our daily activities.
Kind of describes how I feel sometimes not worthy.

In Luke 5:16 we jesus withdraw again to solitude. He was so busy. Had so much to do. People who wanted to see him……but he knew he needed his father. In our lives no matter how busy we get we should always make time for god.

I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” Luke 7:28

From the passage above (Luke 7:28) We see how highly Jesus praises John the Baptist. He was really the last person, following on from the old testament, that was before Jesus. He paved the way for our saviour. He for-filled what was written by prophets of old.

Isaiah 14:12How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!

Luke 10:18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

These two verses are very similar

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Luke 10:38–42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed, or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

From the verses above; Luke 10:38–42 Mary and Martha both loved Jesus. On this occasion they were both serving him. But Martha thought Mary’s style of serving was inferior to hers. She didn’t realise that in her desire to serve, she was actually neglecting her guest. Are we to busy doing things for Jesus that we’re not spending any time with him? Jesus did not blame Martha for being concerned about household chores. He was only asking her to set priorities.

In Luke 12:22–34 Jesus commands us not to worry. But in todays life, how can we avoid it? BY FAITH. Only faith can free us from our anxieties.
Working and planning responsibly are good but dwelling on all the ways our planning could go wrong is bad.
Worry is pointless because it can’t fill any of our needs, worry is foolish because the Creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need. He promises to meet all our real needs, but not necessarily all our desires.
TRUST IN OUR GOD!

ACTS

Acts 1:6 gods kingdom is kind of already here, it in us. The Holy Spirit that is in all believers forms gods spiritual kingdom

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:9-11 NIVUK)
This was Jesus accended into heaven. I think the angels are saying here is not to be constantly looking up into the sky wondering when he will return. Instead we should spread gods word and try to become more like Jesus everyday.

Luke 2:14 here is the first time we see Peter show his leadership. He was empowered by the Holy Spirit. Before he wasn’t such a good leader (eg denying Jesus), but Jesus forgave him and now he had the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 2:24 Peter spoke forthrightly about the resurrection. As Peter preached, the events of Christ’s death and resurrection were still hot news, less than two months old. Christ’s execution had been carried out in public before many witnesses. His empty tomb was available for inspection just a short distance away. If Christ had not truly died, Peter’s message would have been laughed at or ignored. If Christ had not been resurrected, authorities could have produced his body and put an end to this new faith. But Peter and the apostles had witnessed the risen Christ. Changed men, they announced the news with great passion and conviction.

Our faith and our credibility also rest on the truth of the empty tomb. Why? For a number of important reasons. According to the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, the resurrection of Christ means that he is the Son of God and that his word can be trusted. It means that his sacrifice for sin was acceptable to God, so we can be completely forgiven. It means that our Saviour is alive and active, able to help us in times of need. It also means that one day we, too, will conquer death. The Christian faith rests on the basic fact of the empty tomb. We should never neglect this essential part of the gospel when you share your faith with others.

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptised, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (Acts 2:38-41 NIVUK)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47 NIVUK)

How amazing that day would have been.
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Acts 3:5, 6 The crippled man asks Peter and John for money, but Peter gave him something much better, the use of his legs back.
This demonstrates how we often ask God to solve a small problem, but he wants to give us a something else something better. I don’t think there’s any harm in asking God for what we want, but he is more likely to give us what we really need.

Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus Christ” this is the first time we hear the phrase used by one of the apostles. It basically means “by the authority of Jesus Christ.” The apostles were doing this healing through the Holy Spirit’s power, not their own. All of the gifts we have come from god so everything is always through Jesus.

Acts 3:12 from this verse Peter now has an audience and he captures it! In our lives if we have an opportunity, cease it, preach and teach.

Acts 10:2 here we start to Cornelius now he loved god and prayed to him. But he knew nothing of Jesus. This relates to a question asked today “what happens if you don’t know Christ Jesus?” This man was seeking god and god sent Peter to him to tell the good news. I believe if anybody tries to seek out our god god will send an apostle.

Acts 11:26 The young church at Antioch was a curious mixture of Jews (who spoke Greek or Aramaic) and Gentiles.
It is significant that this is the first place where the believers were called Christians (or “Christ-ones”), because all they had in common was Christ—not race, culture, or even language. Christ can cross all boundaries and unify all people.

Acts 13:38, 39 This is the Good News of the gospel: that forgiveness of sins and freedom from guilt are available through faith in Christ to all people. We should be refreshed by this each day.

In acts 17:16 Paul is now in Athens. The centre for idols. He was dismayed and distressed to see this but even though that he could see this was embedded in there culture he still persevered preaching the gospel.

What are you hoping for this christmas

This is a recent talk I spoke about at our church the theme was what are you hoping for this christmas. Vale community church
You can hear it at http://www.vale.org.uk/media

What are you hoping for this christmas

That is a question that parents across the country are asking children during this time of year.

There are Santa’s in shopping centres & garden centres up and down the country.

And waiting patiently or maybe impatiently in line are many children, just waiting to sit on Santa’s lap and hear him ask the question, “What do you hoping for this Christmas?”

So what do you all hope for.

There are those around us, even more so at this time of year who feel hopeless or are in hopeless situations.

I found video clip online about a little boy. Now I’ll let the clip do the talking although I will say this is a boy running out of hope.

I’ve also found a story which I’d like to read to you, I’d like to point out that I didn’t write this story/parable

Years ago, there was a very wealthy man, who had a young son. And they both shared the same passion for art collecting.

Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, and many others covered the walls of the family estate.

The widowed father looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector.

But war soon came, and the young man left to serve his country.
After only a few short weeks, his father received a telegram that his beloved son had been killed while carrying a fellow soldier to a medic.

On Christmas morning a knock came at the door of the old man’s home, and as he opened the door, he was greeted by a soldier with a package in his hand.

He introduced himself to the man by saying, “I was a friend of your son.
In fact I was the one he was rescuing when he died.
May I come in for a few moments?
The old man let him in.

“I’m an artist,” said the soldier, “and I want to give you this.”
As the old man unwrapped the package, it revealed a striking portrait of his son.

Which the old man treasured for the rest of his days.

Now The following spring, the old man passed away.

A few months later the art world was in anticipation! As all of the art works that belonged to the man would be auctioned.

The day came and art collectors from all around the world gathered to bid on some of the world’s most spectacular paintings.

The auction began with the painting of the man’s son.
“Who will open the bidding with £100?” he asked.
silence.

From the back of the room someone called out, “Who cares about that painting? It’s just a picture of his son. Let’s forget it and go on to the important paintings.”

But the auctioneer replied, “No, we have to sell this one first. Now, who will take the son?”

Finally, a friend of the old man spoke. “I knew the boy, so I’d like to have it. I will bid the £100.”

“I have a bid for £100,” called the auctioneer. “Will anyone go higher?”, “Going once. Going twice. Gone.”

The gavel fell.

Cheers filled the room and someone said, “Now we can get on with it!”

But the auctioneer looked at the audience and announced the auction was over.
Stunned disbelief quieted the room.
Someone spoke up and asked, “What do you mean it’s over? We didn’t come here for a picture of some old guy’s son. What about all of these paintings? There are millions of pounds worth of art here!
We demand you explain what’s going on!”
The auctioneer replied,
“It’s very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son… gets it all.”

This is the essence of the story of Christmas:

Whoever takes the Son gets it all.

The Bible puts it like this: “He who has the Son has a life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).
The one who has the Son has it all.

But exactly does the all mean.
first thing is that Advent promises new life, in Jesus because: It means we now know a bit about what God is like.

You see God of heaven came to live among us in the form of jesus.
Reasons….?
He came to teach us.
He came to Heal us both spiritually and physically.
He came to die for us so that we might be forgiven.
Then Jesus rose again to help us understand that we will be raised as well.
He then ascended back to the Father to speak for us.
He promised that he will return so that eternal HOPE would burn in our hearts.

Imagine what the world would be like Jesus Christ, had never come to earth.

Apart from the biblical implications like Peter, James and John would have done nothing more with their lives than fish for a living.
The Apostle Paul (who wrote a lot in the new testament) would have been no more than a cruel bully demanding for perfection from people.
The people who needed healing, during the time that Jesus would have lived, would still have been broken in body and spirit.
The lame would still have been lame; the blind would have remained blind the deaf still deaf.

Many schools would not exist, because they were started by Christian to learn more about god and teach others in fact many years ago schools believed that to study “science” was to study the word of God and understand how he made the world.

Many hospitals like would not exist, because they were begun by people who had hearts full of compassion for those who were ill.

Our way of dating history would be completely different, since all of history is divided into the BC and AD

There would not be churches on every corner of our cities.

There would be no hope for millions of people.

There would be no Christmas. There would be no Christmas carols or hymns.

But most of all, because of Jesus, we have the hope of heaven.

Think about what the world would feel like if there was no hope of heaven.

We could not talk about heaven, or any reason to hope for eternal life with God.
When we talk about loved ones we’ve lost without the hope heaven where would we think they’d be?

There also would be no hope of one day hearing the words:

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21).

There would not be any hope of a resurrection.
There would be no eternal life. Nothing to anticipate.

But because Jesus came, we do have hope!

Ok

How many people in this room have been snooping around for christmas presents, found one, with your name on, given it a shake or a smell and tried to guess the contents.

Hands up

Its the same principle with jesus Accept we don’t have to guess the content as we know the gift is Jesus.

At Christmas we are reminded that Jesus has given us the gift of hope. Now for many people,…. maybe some people in this room……, it is still wrapped up.

But the gift has your name on it.
What better gift could you ask for Than the gift of hope?
God bless.

Preach on stress

This is a recent talk I spoke about at our church. Vale community church
You can hear it at http://www.vale.org.uk/media

Today I’m going to talk about stress.

Now I was driving along and off goes my phone beep beep “chris would you like to do the food for thought on the 16/9 Steve ” before I could string a sentence together My wife had replied yes of corse no problem!
I did actually say I wanted to before she pressed send!
But i did panic
Below was our conversation

Me: I’ve nothing prepared
Wife: just leave your mind open and let god speak to you
Me: how can I do that with everything going on at the mo can’t get Henry’s op out of my head.
Wife: incorporate that chris
Me: what do you mean
Wife: why don’t you do it around stress and worry.
Me: I’ve had an idea I’m going to do it around stress and worry.

So stresses and worry.

What person on the planet has never experienced stress? That person surely does not exist, because the only way to avoid stress is to be dead!

Imagine you wake up in the morning, get dressed and you decide to go to Tesco. You step outside make your way to your car, and you are confronted by a massive lion.

What would your response be?
a) Take out your mobile and dial 999?
b) Stand there saying, “Here pussy pussy?”
or c) Run for your life?

The answer that you’d come to would be whats going on in your head.

but Your body’s response is different;
1st Your muscles tighten,
Then adrenalin makes your heart beat faster,
your blood pressure rises,
your digestion system grinds to a halt,
your saliva drys up,
you breathe more deeply and more quickly,
you start to sweat,
your face goes pale,
and your blood sugar level increases.

And then for me I’d pass out!!

This is stress.

Stress is normal.

In fact, we’ve all experienced stress from the moment we’re born.

One moment, you were snuggled up in your mother’s womb.
And then suddenly you think, “Hey, where’s that draft coming from?”
Then you you’re being squeezed through a narrow tube, then “pop” out into the atmosphere.
Then someone picks you up with cold hands, and weighs you!

Now That’s stress.

Now everybody at some stage has dreamt of a stress free life! But the truth is it ain’t gonna happen.

In fact, you wouldn’t want to because we need stress to function.

Psychologists say that not having enough stress hinders your performance in normal day to day life as much as having too much stress.

A healthy level of stress can be a great motivator.

Short-term stresses like speaking in public let’s say at a church,
In marston,
At a informal food for thought talk, can boost your immune system To that task as the next time you do it your stress levels will be reduced.

So not all stress is bad.

The big problem is when stress gets out of control.

Stress related illness is such a huge problem that it’s estimated “that if all the people on tranquillisers were banned from driving or operating machinery, the world’s economy would collapse overnight.”

Now I couldn’t stand up here if I hadn’t have had experince of high levels of stress.

2006 was a terrible year for me.

How did I get through that? I didnt it broke me. I was a broken man even now certain things that happen can take me back to those times.

And now our family has been faced with similar problems.

So how did I get through this time.

2 things

1) taking a step back look at yourself have a break. (Not a kit kat)
2) leaning on god

Step back take a look at yourself and rest from the stress and worry.

Even Jesus used to take a break.

He understood that nobody can give out indefinitely without putting something back in. His break or rest period if you wish, was described in the bible by him often going up mountainsides alone and spending time praying. Just father and son talking.

He also preached about stress and worry
A passage from Luke 12:22-25 says

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Luke 12:22-25 NIVUK)

It’s true what does excessive stress and worry get us.

In the book of isaiah it says

You will keep in perfect peace
him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord for ever,
for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:3, 4 NIVUK)

So if you’ve got your mind focused on God, leaning on him and trusting in Him, He’ll keep you in perfect peace.

In times of major stress or worry Take the back seat and let God take the front, He’s a much better driver.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34 NIVUK)

God bless.

Thank you for listening

Bane vs batman

Thought I’d upload a picture of the moment in ” The Dark Knight Rises” where Bane breaks Batman’s back!

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What is heaven?

What is heaven?
This Came to me on 26/6/12 in Menorca
I was walking back to our apartment when I came across aload of ants drowning in a pool of coke! I thought “bet that’s heaven to them”. Then god spoke to me and told me that this was the foundation step to a preach about Heaven. And it grew from there….

So What is heaven?

Now as with all things theres an opposite in this case hell but we are going to talk about heaven so I promise no pics of fire

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Or flaming skulls

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No really

So how many people have said at some point “aaahhh heaven”. Or “this is heaven”.
What things promote people to say this. I’ve some images that you might be able to relate to that…… Apart from this first one

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Now this is where this talk was born with some ants. Now to ants a few drops of sugary drink and a empty piece of food rubbish is awesome to them. maybe thats there “aaahh heaven” moment

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For us maybe its a lovely beach “ah heaven”

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Relaxing in the sea “aaahhh heaven”

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Maybe a nice spa day “aaahhh heaven”

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Or maybe like me if you have a sweet tooth “aaahhh heaven”

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Or maybe you’re a chocoholic. “aaahhh heaven”

But some people, when asked to think “what is heaven” they start to build literal pictures in there mind.

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Or

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I could show loads but you get the idea.

So people can think of heaven in so many ways.

But let me tell you it’s a real place. It’s the place where you’ll get all the answers you want. A place where you’ll meet Jesus.
How awesome is that you get to meet the son of god who saved your life.

Right lets imagine now that you are going on holiday. And try to imagine that heaven is our holiday destination and the airport/airplane is our journey there;

So what do we do first, we book somewhere. The best place we can get but in heaven first class accommodation have been made for you in advance.

Jesus said……

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2 NIVUK)

So Jesus promised us that he was going to prepare a room for us. This he said to his disciples to comfort them. He comforts us all by saying that when he ascended to heaven he was going to make it fit for us. To make a place there just for us and for all who believe.

So what do we make sure we have to take on holiday with us…..

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PASSPORTS: Your credentials

As People seeking entry wont be permitted past the gates without having proper credentials. And they must have their names registered with the ruling Authority.

The bible says……..

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27 NIVUK)

Only people who have given there lives to Christ will be allowed in. See god can see into the depths of our hearts to he knows what your beliefs are without you saying a word. He remembers. So when the time comes, god won’t forget.

An important place people have to go through is IMMIGRATION:

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Now to be classed as an immigrant you have come from another country and plan to settle in the country you’ve just arrived in.

In heaven, everyone entering are classified as immigrants, since they are taking up permanent residence in a new country. But there is no quota, no cap on how many can enter and no discrimination.

Instead, they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:16 NIVUK)

Now when you go on holiday you take your

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LUGGAGE. On our flights the limit was 15kg per person which you could combine in your cases but no case could weigh more than 23kg for health and safety. But when you go to heaven No luggage whatsoever can be taken.

The bible says

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. (1 Timothy 6:7 NIVUK)

Now if your going somwhere exotic your might need Vaccination injections:

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But again in heaven we are promised that no Injections are needed as diseases and illness will cease to exist.

Revelations says

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 NIVUK)

Now the thing you really panic about when your at the airport….

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DEPARTURE TIMES: constantly checking the departure boards, checking your at the right gate worrying about delays.
There’s no departure or arrival times for heaven we are not to know otherwise we would be constantly checking our own departure board.

In the book of acts it says

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. (Acts 1:7 NIVUK)

So to summarise I can’t answer the question of my title of this talk as I don’t know what heaven really is.
I think I could probably describe hell better. And i wouldn’t use words like fire, skulls, flames gnashing of the teeth.
Hell to me would be eternal separation from god.

And I want completely the opposite to that so I guess heaven to me is living in eternity with god.
If I could use an image to answer what is heaven it would be this..

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Gods Arms wide open ready to greet me.

God bless.

Disability experience at airports.

I’d thought I’d blog about something extremely positive.

My middle son uses a wheelchair and I use sticks and we were concerned about how this would effect us going on our holiday to Menorca.

Our holiday was to the santo Tomas resort and we flew from London Luton airport to Mahon airport in Menorca. We flew with first choice/Thomson.

I’d thought I’d write down all the significant points that’s made our holiday so much easier.

We parked at the long stay car park at the airport. And there was a 10min transfer. First of all there was ample disabled car parking near to the bus pick up point. The Bus driver very helpful lowered the bus and put the ramp out for My sons wheelchair. There was a special place on the bus for wheelchair users plus carers.

At departures a man at the bottom of the lifts told us exactly which route to take that would be easily accessible and avoid any queues.

So we Skipped all the queue as went through the special access route..
Went through security. Again so helpful. They looked after me and son so good.
The scanner went off when I went through it. I was searched. I told them about the metalwork in my back so the used the paddle thing and scanned my back and the thing went crazy!! How awesome! But they were fine about it.

They were very respectful of our needs whilst at the same time making sure we had the same checks done as everybody else.

My son and I, went to a separate gate especially for people who have mobility problems. The people there were fantastic. We waited for a special truck thing to come. It lowered its tailgate and we went in.
My sons wheelchair was anchored down and I sat next to him. The truck took us to the plane where it lifted up to the level of the door at which point we both boarded and my sons wheelchair was taken to the cargo haul.

When we landed the great service continued. My son and I waited until everyone else was off the plane, while they moved the lift/truck thing into place for us.
Just as we were about to go on the truck, the pilot came out of the cockpit. He had a nice chat with my son. Which he thought was awesome.

The Spanish guy who drove the truck was brill. He was so helpful. He helped us all the way through passport control and through the terminal. He even offered to help me reclaim my luggage. But he left us there as I met back up with my wife.

So as far as our outgoing flights were concerned the service we revived from Luton airport and Mahon airport was amazing. They really treat me and most importantly my son with respect.
It’s not often that wheelchair users get such looking after.

My son said to my wife that he thought it was so lovely to see so many strangers be so kind to him!
How lovely.

On the way home the great service continued……

Once we arrived at Mahon airport, Helen, the kids rep who came on the coach, was a great help. She went and got a trolley for our luggage and took us to where we needed to check in.

We needed to check in at a different desk because of the special assistance we require. It also meant we skipped all the queues! Then we said goodbye and thanked her, as like all the reps we came into contact with she was fantastic.

Then we went through to security. Again we skipped all the queues. They were very helpful and respectful but still gave us a good security check.

We then went to get a drink and whilst sitting down a special assistance man came over and gave us all the details we needed, where to go and what gate etc.
So after we finished our drinks and the boys finished there muffins and donuts we headed for our gate.

When it was time to board we were ALL escorted out to wait for the special truck things. Spanish rules were different to the uk’s so it meant my wife and I and my three boys all got to come on with us.
Then the truck came and we all got on and it took us to the plane.
We were really lucky again as we were the first on and the pilots door was still open. So all the boys got to meet the pilot and had a quick sneaky look at the cabin. AWESOME!

After we landed back at Luton…….

My son and I had to wait until everyone was off and one of the truck/lift things came. But once everybody was off the captain came out. And we were so lucky. He asked us If we would like to see the cockpit! That was AWESOME!

Then the truck came picked us up and we had a guy, like before took us right though to luggage collection. Again so helpful.

It really restores your faith in human beings. Everyone we have encountered during our holiday has been happy, friendly, kind, courteous, helpful, respectful and genuine.

Bible facts and figures

Here are some bible facts and figures I found. They mostly relate to English bibles. So may slightly differ from your translation. But others are generic.

Number of books 58
Number in old testament 39
Number in new testament 27
Number of verses in OT 23,214
Number of verses in NT 7,959
Number of words in OT 512,493
Number of words in NT 181,253
Longest book OT Pslams
Longest book NT Luke
Shortest book OT Obadiah
Shortest book NT 3John
Longest chapter OT psl 119
Longest chapter NT mat 26
Shortest chapter OT psl 117
Shortest chapter NT rev 15
Longest verse OT Est 8:9
Longest verse NT rev 20:4
Shortest verse OT 1chronicles
Shortest verse NT John 11:35
Middle book OT proverbs
Middle book NT 2 Thessalonians
Middle chapter OT job 29
Middle chapter NT Romans 13-14
Middle verse OT 2chron 20:13
Middle verse NT acts 7:7

Totals
Verses 31,173
Middle chapter of the bible Pslams 117
Middle verse Pslams 118:5
Most mentioned character DAVID (1,118)
Longest word mahershalalhasbaz (Isaiah 8:1)

Did you know?

More than 6500 languages are spoken in the world. And of these, 2167 have part or all of the bible. But that still leaves around 4333 that have no translation!

The smallest bible was the mite bible published by Oxford university press in 1896. It’s pages were 28 x 41mm, it was 900 pages long and 13mm or 1/2 inch thick!

Noah’s boat by todays measurements was bid enough to hold 432 double decker busses!

Some of the musical instruments mentioned in the bible include a rams horn, trumpet, flute, harp and tambourines!

Original translations included Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic!

The wolds slowest selling version of the bible was “david wilkins” which sold one copy every 20 weeks.

Exodus 16-18

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is Exodus chapters 16-18

Day 23 Exodus 16-18
Gods plans for provision and protection. The Israelites really start to grumble. In fact there are 18 references to them grumbling in first 12 chapters! God does meet there needs with quail meat and manna. They are looked after during a battle. Pressure mounts on Moses so after advice from his father in law (jethro) he appoints elders that will act for the people.

Some key verses
There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron.
“If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.” (Exodus 16:2-5 NLT)

Then Moses added, “The LORD will give you meat to eat in the evening and bread to satisfy you in the morning, for he has heard all your complaints against him. What have we done? Yes, your complaints are against the LORD, not against us.” Then Moses said to Aaron, “Announce this to the entire community of Israel: ‘Present yourselves before the LORD, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole community of Israel, they looked out toward the wilderness. There they could see the awesome glory of the LORD in the cloud.
“I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’” That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, “It is the food the LORD has given you to eat. These are the LORD’s instructions: Each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person in your tent.” So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed. (Exodus 16:8-10, 12-18 NLT)

But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them.
After this the people gathered the food morning by morning, each family according to its need. And as the sun became hot, the flakes they had not picked up melted and disappeared. On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much as usual—four quarts for each person instead of two. Then all the leaders of the community came and asked Moses for an explanation. He told them, “This is what the LORD commanded: Tomorrow will be a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath day set apart for the LORD. So bake or boil as much as you want today, and set aside what is left for tomorrow.” (Exodus 16:20-23 NLT)

You may gather the food for six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath. There will be no food on the ground that day.” Some of the people went out anyway on the seventh day, but they found no food. The LORD asked Moses, “How long will these people refuse to obey my commands and instructions? They must realise that the Sabbath is the LORD’s gift to you. That is why he gives you a two-day supply on the sixth day, so there will be enough for two days. On the Sabbath day you must each stay in your place. Do not go out to pick up food on the seventh day.” (Exodus 16:26-29 NLT)

So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived at the land where they would settle. They ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan. (Exodus 16:35 NLT)

So once more the people complained against Moses. “Give us water to drink!” they demanded. “Quiet!” Moses replied. “Why are you complaining against me? And why are you testing the LORD?” (Exodus 17:2 NLT)

The LORD said to Moses, “Walk out in front of the people. Take your staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile, and call some of the elders of Israel to join you. I will stand before you on the rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come gushing out. Then the people will be able to drink.” So Moses struck the rock as he was told, and water gushed out as the elders looked on. (Exodus 17:5, 6 NLT)

While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. (Exodus 17:8 NLT)

So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. (Exodus 17:10, 11 NLT)

After the victory, the LORD instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” (Exodus 17:14 NLT)

Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, heard about everything God had done for Moses and his people, the Israelites. He heard especially about how the LORD had rescued them from Egypt. Earlier, Moses had sent his wife, Zipporah, and his two sons back to Jethro, who had taken them in. (Exodus 18:1, 2 NLT)

Jethro had sent a message to Moses, saying, “I, Jethro, your father-in-law, am coming to see you with your wife and your two sons.” So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law. He bowed low and kissed him. They asked about each other’s welfare and then went into Moses’ tent. (Exodus 18:6, 7 NLT)

The next day, Moses took his seat to hear the people’s disputes against each other. They waited before him from morning till evening. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?” Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.” “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. (Exodus 18:13-22 NLT)

Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions. He chose capable men from all over Israel and appointed them as leaders over the people. He put them in charge of groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. These men were always available to solve the people’s common disputes. They brought the major cases to Moses, but they took care of the smaller matters themselves. Soon after this, Moses said good-bye to his father-in-law, who returned to his own land. (Exodus 18:24-27 NLT)

Some thoughts
Manna is a Hebrew word which means ‘what is it’!
Negative complaining is something which we would teach our children yet in today’s world negative complaining is everywhere. At the root of it is the thought “I wouldn’t do it like this”. Everyone thinks that could do the job better than the person doing it. If we all listened more to god rather thinking negatively we would all realise it is all for our own good. GOD LOVES US so why would he makes us do things that aren’t for his will

Exodus 13-15

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is Exodus chapters 13-15

Day 22 Exodus 13-15
Gods leads them out and through the sea! god teaches the Israelites how to sanctify there first borne to him. God leads the Israelites out of Egypt and takes the bones of Joseph with them to burry at Canaan. They are lead by pillars of fire and cross the red sea. This is where we see the last of the hard hearted pharoah at the parting of the red sea.
But it isn’t long before we see grumbling in the Israelite camp!

Some key verses

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Dedicate to me every firstborn among the Israelites. The first offspring to be born, of both humans and animals, belongs to me.” (Exodus 13:1, 2 NLT)

“This is what you must do when the LORD fulfills the promise he swore to you and to your ancestors. When he gives you the land where the Canaanites now live, you must present all firstborn sons and firstborn male animals to the LORD, for they belong to him. (Exodus 13:11, 12 NLT)

A firstborn donkey may be bought back from the LORD by presenting a lamb or young goat in its place. But if you do not buy it back, you must break its neck. However, you must buy back every firstborn son. “And in the future, your children will ask you, ‘What does all this mean?’ Then you will tell them, ‘With the power of his mighty hand, the LORD brought us out of Egypt, the place of our slavery. Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, so the LORD killed all the firstborn males throughout the land of Egypt, both people and animals. That is why I now sacrifice all the firstborn males to the LORD—except that the firstborn sons are always bought back.’ This ceremony will be like a mark branded on your hand or your forehead. It is a reminder that the power of the LORD’s mighty hand brought us out of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:13-16 NLT)

Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear to do this. He said, “God will certainly come to help you. When he does, you must take my bones with you from this place.” (Exodus 13:19 NLT)

The LORD went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. And the LORD did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people. (Exodus 13:21, 22 NLT)

And once again I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD!” So the Israelites camped there as they were told. (Exodus 14:4 NLT)

Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them. The cloud settled between the Egyptian and Israelite camps. As darkness fell, the cloud turned to fire, lighting up the night. But the Egyptians and Israelites did not approach each other all night. Then Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the LORD opened up a path through the water with a strong east wind. The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side! Then the Egyptians—all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers—chased them into the middle of the sea. But just before dawn the LORD looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw their forces into total confusion. He twisted their chariot wheels, making their chariots difficult to drive. “Let’s get out of here—away from these Israelites! the Egyptians shouted. “The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt! When all the Israelites had reached the other side, the LORD said to Moses, “Raise your hand over the sea again. Then the waters will rush back and cover the Egyptians and their chariots and charioteers.” So as the sun began to rise, Moses raised his hand over the sea, and the water rushed back into its usual place. The Egyptians tried to escape, but the LORD swept them into the sea. (Exodus 14:19-27 NLT)

Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD:
“I will sing to the LORD,
for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider
into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
my father’s God, and I will exalt him! The LORD is a warrior;
Yahweh is his name! Pharaoh’s chariots and army
he has hurled into the sea.
The finest of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea. The deep waters gushed over them;
they sank to the bottom like a stone. “Your right hand, O LORD,
is glorious in power.
Your right hand, O LORD,
smashes the enemy. In the greatness of your majesty,
you overthrow those who rise against you.
You unleash your blazing fury;
it consumes them like straw. At the blast of your breath,
the waters piled up!
The surging waters stood straight like a wall;
in the heart of the sea the deep waters became hard. “The enemy boasted, ‘I will chase them
and catch up with them.
I will plunder them
and consume them.
I will flash my sword;
my powerful hand will destroy them.’ But you blew with your breath,
and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
in the mighty waters. “Who is like you among the gods, O LORD—
glorious in holiness,
awesome in splendor,
performing great wonders? You raised your right hand,
and the earth swallowed our enemies. “With your unfailing love you lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your might, you guide them
to your sacred home. The peoples hear and tremble;
anguish grips those who live in Philistia. The leaders of Edom are terrified;
the nobles of Moab tremble.
All who live in Canaan melt away; terror and dread fall upon them.
The power of your arm
makes them lifeless as stone
until your people pass by, O LORD,
until the people you purchased pass by. You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain—
the place, O LORD, reserved for your own dwelling,
the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established. The LORD will reign forever and ever!” When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers rushed into the sea, the LORD brought the water crashing down on them. But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground!
Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced. And Miriam sang this song:
“Sing to the LORD,
for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider
into the sea.” (Exodus 15:1-21 NLT)

Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded. So Moses cried out to the LORD for help, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink. It was there at Marah that the LORD set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him. He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.” After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water. (Exodus 15:24-27 NLT)

Some thoughts
Gods hand was clearly showed at the parting of the red sea. Something never to be forgotten. But unfortunately the Israelites forgot very quickly. They moaned at the first sign of trouble forgetting what god is capable of. Did they really think that god had plagued Egypt and parted the red sea just so they would die of thirst? Maybe we are too quick today to think the same. God is amazing and has plans for us all.

Exodus 11-12

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is Exodus chapters 11-12

Day 21 Exodus 11-12
The final plague. The Passover. Its the start the shaping of Christianity.
The Israelites are finally freed. But it takes all the first borns to die! The adventure of a lifetime begins now!

Some key verses

Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will strike Pharaoh and the land of Egypt with one more blow. After that, Pharaoh will let you leave this country. In fact, he will be so eager to get rid of you that he will force you all to leave. Tell all the Israelite men and women to ask their Egyptian neighbors for articles of silver and gold. (Exodus 11:1, 2 NLT)

Moses had announced to Pharaoh, “This is what the LORD says: At midnight tonight I will pass through the heart of Egypt. All the firstborn sons will die in every family in Egypt, from the oldest son of Pharaoh, who sits on his throne, to the oldest son of his lowliest servant girl who grinds the flour. Even the firstborn of all the livestock will die. Then a loud wail will rise throughout the land of Egypt, a wail like no one has heard before or will ever hear again. But among the Israelites it will be so peaceful that not even a dog will bark. Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites. All the officials of Egypt will run to me and fall to the ground before me. ‘Please leave!’ they will beg. ‘Hurry! And take all your followers with you.’ Only then will I go!” Then, burning with anger, Moses left Pharaoh. Now the LORD had told Moses earlier, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, but then I will do even more mighty miracles in the land of Egypt.” Moses and Aaron performed these miracles in Pharaoh’s presence, but the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he wouldn’t let the Israelites leave the country. (Exodus 11:4-10 NLT)

“Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal. That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water. The whole animal—including the head, legs, and internal organs—must be roasted over a fire. Do not leave any of it until the next morning. Burn whatever is not eaten before morning. “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the LORD’s Passover. On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the LORD! But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt. “This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the LORD. This is a law for all time. (Exodus 12:6-14 NLT)

“Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation to generation. (Exodus 12:17 NLT)

And that night at midnight, the LORD struck down all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on his throne, to the firstborn son of the prisoner in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died. Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron during the night. “Get out!” he ordered. “Leave my people—and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the LORD as you have requested. (Exodus 12:29-31 NLT)

The Israelites took their bread dough before yeast was added. They wrapped their kneading boards in their cloaks and carried them on their shoulders. And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed; they asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold. The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth! That night the people of Israel left Rameses and started for Succoth. There were about 600,000 men, plus all the women and children. A rabble of non-Israelites went with them, along with great flocks and herds of livestock. (Exodus 12:34-38 NLT)

The people of Israel had lived in Egypt for 430 years. In fact, it was on the last day of the 430th year that all the LORD’s forces left the land. (Exodus 12:40, 41 NLT)

So all the people of Israel followed all the LORD’s commands to Moses and Aaron. On that very day the LORD brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt like an army. (Exodus 12:50, 51 NLT)

Some thoughts
Every year at easter Christians worldwide remember/honour/celebrate the Passover meal Jesus had before he was crucified for our sins. This is all from an remarkable event that happened over 2000 years before, where the lord god pardoned all his people ( who had marked there homes with blood). When Jesus was crucified darkness fell over the land just like the plague in Egypt. We should mark are own hearts
A accept that not perfect need to be forgiven
B belive Jesus died for us and for our sins
C confess. Know he is my saviour the way the light.

Exodus 7-10

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is Exodus chapters 7 – 10

Day 20 Exodus 7-10
The plagues!
Moses and Aaron meet the pharaoh but he was not impressed by gods staff. So the plagues were inventible.

Some key verses

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pay close attention to this. I will make you seem like God to Pharaoh, and your brother, Aaron, will be your prophet. Tell Aaron everything I command you, and Aaron must command Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave his country. But I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn so I can multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt. Even then Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you. So I will bring down my fist on Egypt. Then I will rescue my forces—my people, the Israelites—from the land of Egypt with great acts of judgment. When I raise my powerful hand and bring out the Israelites, the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded them. Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty-three when they made their demands to Pharaoh. (Exodus 7:1-7 NLT)

So this is what the LORD says: “I will show you that I am the LORD.” Look! I will strike the water of the Nile with this staff in my hand, and the river will turn to blood. The fish in it will die, and the river will stink. The Egyptians will not be able to drink any water from the Nile.’” (Exodus 7:17, 18 NLT)

If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs across your entire land. The Nile River will swarm with frogs. They will come up out of the river and into your palace, even into your bedroom and onto your bed! They will enter the houses of your officials and your people. They will even jump into your ovens and your kneading bowls. (Exodus 8:2, 3 NLT)

“Do it tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. “All right,” Moses replied, “it will be as you have said. Then you will know that there is no one like the LORD our God. (Exodus 8:10 NLT)

So the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Raise your staff and strike the ground. The dust will turn into swarms of gnats throughout the land of Egypt.’” So Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded them. When Aaron raised his hand and struck the ground with his staff, gnats infested the entire land, covering the Egyptians and their animals. All the dust in the land of Egypt turned into gnats. Pharaoh’s magicians tried to do the same thing with their secret arts, but this time they failed. And the gnats covered everyone, people and animals alike. “This is the finger of God!” the magicians exclaimed to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh’s heart remained hard. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the LORD had predicted. (Exodus 8:16-19 NLT)

I will make a clear distinction between my people and your people. This miraculous sign will happen tomorrow.’ And the LORD did just as he had said. A thick swarm of flies filled Pharaoh’s palace and the houses of his officials. The whole land of Egypt was thrown into chaos by the flies. (Exodus 8:23, 24 NLT)

the hand of the LORD will strike all your livestock—your horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats—with a deadly plague. But the LORD will again make a distinction between the livestock of the Israelites and that of the Egyptians. Not a single one of Israel’s animals will die! (Exodus 9:3, 4 NLT)

Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a brick kiln, and have Moses toss it into the air while Pharaoh watches. The ashes will spread like fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, causing festering boils to break out on people and animals throughout the land.” So they took soot from a brick kiln and went and stood before Pharaoh. As Pharaoh watched, Moses threw the soot into the air, and boils broke out on people and animals alike. (Exodus 9:8-10 NLT)

But I have spared you for a purpose—to show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth. But you still lord it over my people and refuse to let them go. So tomorrow at this time I will send a hailstorm more devastating than any in all the history of Egypt. (Exodus 9:16-18 NLT)

The only place without hail was the region of Goshen, where the people of Israel lived. (Exodus 9:26 NLT)

If you refuse, watch out! For tomorrow I will bring a swarm of locusts on your country. They will cover the land so that you won’t be able to see the ground. They will devour what little is left of your crops after the hailstorm, including all the trees growing in the fields. (Exodus 10:4, 5 NLT)

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Lift your hand toward heaven, and the land of Egypt will be covered with a darkness so thick you can feel it.” So Moses lifted his hand to the sky, and a deep darkness covered the entire land of Egypt for three days. During all that time the people could not see each other, and no one moved. But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived. (Exodus 10:21-23 NLT)

Some thoughts
Moses was 80 years old when god started to work in and through his life!
The plagues all came in quick succession. And we’re all different and crippled Egypt in there own way. God was using his power to rescue his people. Now we don’t have to go that far to rescue people from eternity without god. But we can take an example. People need salvation. The only way to achieve this is through god. If god wants to use us to save others we should be ready and willing.

Exodus 1-6

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

Now that I have finished the book of genesis, I have moved on to the book of exodus.

This is Exodus chapters 1- 6

Day 18 Exodus Introduction
Soon the Israelites are put into slavery by a new pharaoh and as the Israelites grow he orders all the first born males to be thrown into the Nile. One boy is saved “Moses”. He grows up in the courts of the pharaoh and is descend to be the leaders of the Israelites.
God speaks to Moses in the form on a burning bush and instructs Moses along with his brother Aaron to confront the pharoah and demand that the Israelites are set free. After 10 plagues they are set free.
The second half of the book talks about the 10 commandments and the tabernacle.

Day 18 Exodus 1-2
Moses is born in Egypt but ends up fleeing. We first here of his birth from a couple from the tribe of Levi who conceal him to avoid his certain death. He is adopted by pharoahs daughter who brings him up to be a well educated leader of men. However he ends up committing murder so flees. He marries.
God hears the israelites call for help. Freedom is calling

Some key verses

In time, Joseph and all of his brothers died, ending that entire generation. But their descendants, the Israelites, had many children and grandchildren. In fact, they multiplied so greatly that they became extremely powerful and filled the land.
Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done. (Exodus 1:6-8 NLT)

So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down with crushing labor. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king. But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. (Exodus 1:11, 12 NLT)

Then Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, gave this order to the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah: “When you help the Hebrew women as they give birth, watch as they deliver. If the baby is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live.” But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the king’s orders. They allowed the boys to live, too. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. (Exodus 1:15-17, 21 NLT)

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.” (Exodus 1:22 NLT)

About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. (Exodus 2:1-3 NLT)

When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This must be one of the Hebrew children,” she said.
Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked. “Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother. “Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him. Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, “I lifted him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:6-10 NLT)

Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand. The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?”

Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian. When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. (Exodus 2:11, 12, 14, 15 NLT)
Moses accepted the invitation, and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife. Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, for he explained, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.” Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act. (Exodus 2:21-25 NLT)

Some thoughts
As we go on our Christian journey we are being constantly being prepared for gods will. If we turn this to Moses during his upbringing he was taught at the best schools, by the best mathematicians, scientists, philosophers in the land of Egypt. He learned so much and gained so much life experience. now all what he was learning was to be put to use to lead thousands and thousands of people. And to keep them together.
God is always using are lives to prepare for something else. His will.

Day 19Exodus 3-6
Moses is confronted by a burning bush. It is god giving him clear instruction of what to do. But he is full of excuses as to why he cannot carry out the tasks. God gives Moses power that he can use in gods name and tells him to use his brother Aaron as a spokesperson for Moses.

Some key verses

There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
“Here I am!” Moses replied. “Do not come any closer,” the LORD warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. (Exodus 3:2-5 NLT)

So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. (Exodus 3:8 NLT)

Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:10, 11 NLT)

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations. (Exodus 3:14, 15 NLT)

“But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand forces him. So I will raise my hand and strike the Egyptians, performing all kinds of miracles among them. Then at last he will let you go. And I will cause the Egyptians to look favorably on you. They will give you gifts when you go so you will not leave empty-handed. (Exodus 3:19-21 NLT)

But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’? Then the LORD asked him, “What is that in your hand? “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the LORD told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. Then the LORD told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand. (Exodus 4:1-4 NLT)

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Now put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out again, his hand was white as snow with a severe skin disease. “Now put your hand back into your cloak,” the LORD said. So Moses put his hand back in, and when he took it out again, it was as healthy as the rest of his body. (Exodus 4:6, 7 NLT)

And if they don’t believe you or listen to you even after these two signs, then take some water from the Nile River and pour it out on the dry ground. When you do, the water from the Nile will turn to blood on the ground. But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else. Then the LORD became angry with Moses. “All right,” he said. “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He will be delighted to see you. Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do. Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say. (Exodus 4:9-16 NLT)

Then you will tell him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son. (Exodus 4:22 NLT)

On the way to Egypt, at a place where Moses and his family had stopped for the night, the LORD confronted him and was about to kill him. But Moses’ wife, Zipporah, took a flint knife and circumcised her son. She touched his feet with the foreskin and said, “Now you are a bridegroom of blood to me.” (When she said “a bridegroom of blood,” she was referring to the circumcision.) After that, the LORD left him alone. (Exodus 4:24-26 NLT)

After this presentation to Israel’s leaders, Moses and Aaron went and spoke to Pharaoh. They told him, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Let my people go so they may hold a festival in my honor in the wilderness.” “Is that so?” retorted Pharaoh. “And who is the LORD? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:1, 2 NLT)

Then the LORD told Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh. When he feels the force of my strong hand, he will let the people go. In fact, he will force them to leave his land!” And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—‘the LORD.’ I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty’—but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them. (Exodus 6:1-3 NLT)

“Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the LORD. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. (Exodus 6:6 NLT)

Some thoughts
If at first you don’t succeed………well you could give up or try and try again. If we feel like this good encouragement can really help. A great source of encouragement is found in the bible. But you can also here it from other people or songs. Now circumstances can knock our faith and try to shake it. Remember we live in a fallen world. But we do have salvation through Jesus.
Circumstances change but god never does nor do his promises!

Genesis 48-50

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is genesis chapters 48-50 –the end of the book of genesis

The next set of entries will come from the book of exodus.
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Day 17 genesis 48-50

The nation of Israel is born! This is the last 3 chapters in the book of genesis. They record the the end of the lives of Jacob and Joseph. Jacobs final act is to bless his 12 sons. Who ultimately become the 12 tribes of Israel. This would fulfills the promise made by god to Abraham. The book ends with Jacob being taken to Canaan for burial.

Some key verses
Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me. He said to me, ‘I will make you fruitful, and I will multiply your descendants. I will make you a multitude of nations. And I will give this land of Canaan to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.’ (Genesis 48:3, 4 NLT)

“Long ago, as I was returning from Paddan-aram, Rachel died in the land of Canaan. We were still on the way, some distance from Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). So with great sorrow I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath.” (Genesis 48:7 NLT)

Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my grandfather Abraham and my father, Isaac, walked—the God who has been my shepherd
all my life, to this very day, the Angel who has redeemed me from all harm—
may he bless these boys. May they preserve my name and the names of Abraham and Isaac. And may their descendants multiply greatly throughout the earth. (Genesis 48:15, 16 NLT)

Then Jacob said to Joseph, “Look, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will take you back to Canaan, the land of your ancestors. And beyond what I have given your brothers, I am giving you an extra portion of the land that I took from the Amorites with my sword and bow.” (Genesis 48:21, 22 NLT)

“Come and listen, you sons of Jacob; listen to Israel, your father. “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength,nthe child of my vigorous youth. You are first in rank and first in power. But you are as unruly as a flood, and you will be first no longer.
For you went to bed with my wife; you defiled my marriage couch. “Simeon and Levi are two of a kind; their weapons are instruments of violence. May I never join in their meetings; may I never be a party to their plans. For in their anger they murdered men, and they crippled oxen just for sport. A curse on their anger, for it is fierce; a curse on their wrath, for it is cruel. I will scatter them among the descendants of Jacob; I will disperse them throughout Israel. “Judah, your brothers will praise you. You will grasp your enemies by the neck. All your relatives will bow before you. Judah, my son, is a young lion that has finished eating its prey.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down; like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants,
until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor. He ties his foal to a grapevine, the colt of his donkey to a choice vine.
He washes his clothes in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth are whiter than milk. “Zebulun will settle by the seashore and will be a harbor for ships; his borders will extend to Sidon. “Issachar is a sturdy donkey, resting between two saddlepacks. When he sees how good the countryside is and how pleasant the land, he will bend his shoulder to the load
and submit himself to hard labor. “Dan will govern his people, like any other tribe in Israel. Dan will be a snake beside the road, a poisonous viper along the path
that bites the horse’s hooves so its rider is thrown off. I trust in you for salvation, O LORD! “Gad will be attacked by marauding bands, but he will attack them when they retreat. “Asher will dine on rich foods and produce food fit for kings. “Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns. “Joseph is the foal of a wild donkey, the foal of a wild donkey at a spring— one of the wild donkeys on the ridge. Archers attacked him savagely; they shot at him and harassed him. But his bow remained taut, and his arms were strengthened by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel. May the God of your father help you; may the Almighty bless you with the blessings of the heavens above,
and blessings of the watery depths below, and blessings of the breasts and womb. May the blessings of your father surpass the blessings of the ancient mountains,
reaching to the heights of the eternal hills. May these blessings rest on the head of Joseph, who is a prince among his brothers. “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf,
devouring his enemies in the morning and dividing his plunder in the evening.” These are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said as he told his sons good-bye. He blessed each one with an appropriate message. (Genesis 49:2-28 NLT)

There Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried. There Isaac and his wife, Rebekah, are buried. And there I buried Leah. It is the plot of land and the cave that my grandfather Abraham bought from the Hittites.” When Jacob had finished this charge to his sons, he drew his feet into the bed, breathed his last, and joined his ancestors in death. (Genesis 49:31-33 NLT)

Pharaoh agreed to Joseph’s request. “Go and bury your father, as he made you promise,” he said. So Joseph went up to bury his father. He was accompanied by all of Pharaoh’s officials, all the senior members of Pharaoh’s household, and all the senior officers of Egypt. Joseph also took his entire household and his brothers and their households. But they left their little children and flocks and herds in the land of Goshen. A great number of chariots and charioteers accompanied Joseph. When they arrived at the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan River, they held a very great and solemn memorial service, with a seven-day period of mourning for Joseph’s father. (Genesis 50:6-10 NLT)

Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath, and he said, “When God comes to help you and lead you back, you must take my bones with you.” So Joseph died at the age of 110. The Egyptians embalmed him, and his body was placed in a coffin in Egypt. (Genesis 50:25, 26 NLT)

Some thoughts

The Israelites brought the idea to Egypt to worship one god. But the Egyptians soon went back to worshiping many gods.
Christians shouldn’t try and be better than each other. We are one body each part as important as the other. The body of Christ.
Joseph always witnessed to others he never waverer to others. He was always gods man. Do we always act the same. At church, at home, at the shop wherever we go we should always be a letter of Christ.

This brings the end the book of Genesis.

God bless

Genesis 45-47

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is genesis chapters 45-47
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Day 16 genesis 45-47

This is where the family is all reunited. And Jacob comes as well. All the father heads of the tribes of Egypt were together again.

Some key verses

“I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt. (Genesis 45:3-8 NLT)

Then Joseph added, “Look! You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that I really am Joseph! Go tell my father of my honored position here in Egypt. Describe for him everything you have seen, and then bring my father here quickly.” Weeping with joy, he embraced Benjamin, and Benjamin did the same. Then Joseph kissed each of his brothers and wept over them, and after that they began talking freely with him. (Genesis 45:12-15 NLT)

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little children and your wives, and bring your father here. Don’t worry about your personal belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’ So the sons of Jacob did as they were told. Joseph provided them with wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he gave them supplies for the journey. And he gave each of them new clothes—but to Benjamin he gave five changes of clothes and 300 pieces of silver. (Genesis 45:19-22 NLT)
Then Jacob exclaimed, “It must be true! My son Joseph is alive! I must go and see him before I die.” (Genesis 45:28 NLT)

During the night God spoke to him in a vision. “Jacob! Jacob!” he called.
“Here I am,” Jacob replied. “I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. (Genesis 46:2, 3 NLT)

The total number of Jacob’s direct descendants who went with him to Egypt, not counting his sons’ wives, was sixty-six. (Genesis 46:26 NLT)

How old are you?” Pharaoh asked him. Jacob replied, “I have traveled this earth for 130 hard years. But my life has been short compared to the lives of my ancestors.” (Genesis 47:8, 9 NLT)

Joseph replied, “Since your money is gone, bring me your livestock. I will give you food in exchange for your livestock.” (Genesis 47:16 NLT)

So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. All the Egyptians sold him their fields because the famine was so severe, and soon all the land belonged to Pharaoh. (Genesis 47:20 NLT)

Jacob lived for seventeen years after his arrival in Egypt, so he lived 147 years in all. As the time of his death drew near, Jacob called for his son Joseph and said to him, “Please do me this favor. Put your hand under my thigh and swear that you will treat me with unfailing love by honoring this last request: Do not bury me in Egypt. When I die, please take my body out of Egypt and bury me with my ancestors.” So Joseph promised, “I will do as you ask.” Swear that you will do it,” Jacob insisted. So Joseph gave his oath, and Jacob bowed humbly at the head of his bed. (Genesis 47:28-31 NLT)

Some thoughts
When Jacob met the pharaoh he was 130 dusty and dirty meeting the most powerful man on the earth at that time. Yet it we know so much about jacob and yet we don’t even know the pharoahs name!

God bless

Genesis 37-44

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is genesis chapters 37-44
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Day 14genesis 37-40
Innocent Joseph ends up in prison.
This the start of Joseph’s adventures. It all starts because of his dreams and a colourful coal Jacob gives him as a gift. His brothers plot to kill him but end up selling him. Eventually Joseph ends up in prison and interprets dreams for other prisoners.

Some key verses
Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph a beautiful robe. (Genesis 37:3 NLT)

“Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them. Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!” This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant. (Genesis 37:6-11 NLT)

“Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”
But when Reuben heard of their scheme, he came to Joseph’s rescue. “Let’s not kill him,” he said. (Genesis 37:20, 21 NLT)

Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? We’d have to cover up the crime. Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed. (Genesis 37:26, 27 NLT)

Then the brothers killed a young goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in its blood. They sent the beautiful robe to their father with this message: “Look at what we found. Doesn’t this robe belong to your son?” (Genesis 37:31, 32 NLT)

When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. (Genesis 39:1, 2 NLT)

and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. (Genesis 39:7, 8 NLT)

She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house.
When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled, she called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running. “Look!” she said. “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. (Genesis 39:12-14 NLT)

So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained. But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The LORD was with him and caused everything he did to succeed. (Genesis 39:20-23 NLT)

Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard. (Genesis 40:2, 3 NLT)

While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. (Genesis 40:5 NLT)

So the chief cup-bearer told Joseph his dream first. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a grapevine in front of me. The vine had three branches that began to bud and blossom, and soon it produced clusters of ripe grapes. I was holding Pharaoh’s wine cup in my hand, so I took a cluster of grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” “This is what the dream means,” Joseph said. “The three branches represent three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cup-bearer. (Genesis 40:9-13 NLT)

When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given the first dream such a positive interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I had a dream, too. In my dream there were three baskets of white pastries stacked on my head. The top basket contained all kinds of pastries for Pharaoh, but the birds came and ate them from the basket on my head.”“This is what the dream means,” Joseph told him. “The three baskets also represent three days. Three days from now Pharaoh will lift you up and impale your body on a pole. Then birds will come and peck away at your flesh.” (Genesis 40:16-19 NLT)

He then restored the chief cup-bearer to his former position, so he could again hand Pharaoh his cup. But Pharaoh impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had predicted when he interpreted his dream. (Genesis 40:21, 22 NLT)

Some thoughts

Joseph’s coat would have been a long tunic type of garment. The type of clothing an heir would wear. Joseph alienated his brothers though it’s not really his fault as he was his fathers favourite. again he ends in prison not through doing wrong. So even though he was always doing the right thing he was knocked down. But he never stopped doing good. And he never stopped doing gods work.

Day 15 genesis 41-44
Joseph shines! His reputation as a dream interpreter is recognised and he is soon been put to work for the pharaoh interpreting his dreams. With gods help Joseph interprets that there is to be 7 years of good food followed by 7 years of famine. He tells pharaoh that a wise man should oversea This operation and the pharaoh appoints Joseph as this man.
When the famine spreads to Canaan Jacob sends his sons to Egypt to ask for food and they end up bowing before Joseph.

Some key verses

Finally, the king’s chief cup-bearer spoke up. “Today I have been reminded of my failure,” he told Pharaoh. “Some time ago, you were angry with the chief baker and me, and you imprisoned us in the palace of the captain of the guard. One night the chief baker and I each had a dream, and each dream had its own meaning. There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was a slave of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he told us what each of our dreams meant. (Genesis 41:9-12 NLT)
Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh. (Genesis 41:14 NLT)

“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.” (Genesis 41:16 NLT)

The seven healthy cows and the seven healthy heads of grain both represent seven years of prosperity. The seven thin, scrawny cows that came up later and the seven thin heads of grain, withered by the east wind, represent seven years of famine. (Genesis 41:26, 27 NLT)

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”
Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:39-41 NLT)

Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of selling grain to all the people, it was to him that his brothers came. When they arrived, they bowed before him with their faces to the ground. (Genesis 42:6 NLT)

But you must bring your youngest brother back to me. Then I will know you are honest men and not spies. Then I will give you back your brother, and you may trade freely in the land.’ Jacob exclaimed, “You are robbing me of my children! Joseph is gone! Simeon is gone! And now you want to take Benjamin, too. Everything is going against me!” Then Reuben said to his father, “You may kill my two sons if I don’t bring Benjamin back to you. I’ll be responsible for him, and I promise to bring him back.” (Genesis 42:34, 36, 37 NLT)

Then put my personal silver cup at the top of the youngest brother’s sack, along with the money for his grain.” So the manager did as Joseph instructed him. (Genesis 44:2 NLT)

“So please, my lord, let me stay here as a slave instead of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. For how can I return to my father if the boy is not with me? I couldn’t bear to see the anguish this would cause my father!” (Genesis 44:33, 34 NLT)
Some thoughts
Ruben even though lost his position as oldest son due to interfering with one of his fathers concubines he speaks up for the brothers. This is apparent when ruben pleads to Jacob about taking Benjamin down to Egypt. There is always conciqueses to our actions. Try not to make the same mistakes again.

Genesis chapters 29-36

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is genesis chapters 29-36
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Day 11genesis 29-31
Jacobs settles down and marries but it tricked himself into marrying another women as well. Jacob ends up fathering what will be the heads of the tribes of Israel. He also has to outwit his father in law, laben, and ends up comming off much better. God prompts Jacob to leave for Canaan. Laben purses but when he catches up with Jacob there differences are reconciled.

Some key verses
Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel. Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.” (Genesis 29:16, 18 NLT)

Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel. Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.” (Genesis 29:16, 18 NLT)

Now Laban had two daughters. The older daughter was named Leah, and the younger one was Rachel. Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you for seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.” “But wait until the bridal week is over, then we’ll give you Rachel, too—provided you promise to work another seven years for me.” So Jacob agreed to work seven more years. A week after Jacob had married Leah, Laban gave him Rachel, too. (Laban gave Rachel a servant, Bilhah, to be her maid.) So Jacob slept with Rachel, too, and he loved her much more than Leah. He then stayed and worked for Laban the additional seven years. (Genesis 29:16, 18, 27-30 NLT)

Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.” (Genesis 30:25, 26 NLT)

Let me inspect your flocks today and remove all the sheep and goats that are speckled or spotted, along with all the black sheep. Give these to me as my wages. In the future, when you check on the animals you have given me as my wages, you’ll see that I have been honest. If you find in my flock any goats without speckles or spots, or any sheep that are not black, you will know that I have stolen them from you.” (Genesis 30:32, 33 NLT)

And when they mated in front of the white-streaked branches, they gave birth to young that were streaked, speckled, and spotted. Jacob separated those lambs from Laban’s flock. And at mating time he turned the flock to face Laban’s animals that were streaked or black. This is how he built his own flock instead of increasing Laban’s. Whenever the stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob would place the peeled branches in the watering troughs in front of them. Then they would mate in front of the branches. But he didn’t do this with the weaker ones, so the weaker lambs belonged to Laban, and the stronger ones were Jacob’s. As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys. (Genesis 30:39-43 NLT)

But the previous night God had appeared to Laban the Aramean in a dream and told him, “I’m warning you—leave Jacob alone!” (Genesis 31:24 NLT)

Then he told his family members, “Gather some stones.” So they gathered stones and piled them in a heap. Then Jacob and Laban sat down beside the pile of stones to eat a covenant meal. (Genesis 31:46 NLT)
Some thoughts

We see hear why Joseph became the favourite son of Jacob. He loved rachel more than all the other mothers. But she was the last to bear him a son. So when she did, Joseph immediately became the favourite.
It brought jealousy between the brothers that we’ll see as we read further on.
Remember god has no favourites

Day 12 genesis 32-33
Jacob is returning to meet Esau and is very nervous especially when he learns Esau is coming to meet him with 400 men. He prepares gifts for him. We also see Jacob wrestle with an angel or a man of god or maybe god himself I a human form? Who knows? But they wrestle all night and this results in his name being changed to israel.

Some key verses
After delivering the message, the messengers returned to Jacob and reported, “We met your brother, Esau, and he is already on his way to meet you—with an army of 400 men!” (Genesis 32:6 NLT)

After delivering the message, the messengers returned to Jacob and reported, “We met your brother, Esau, and he is already on his way to meet you—with an army of 400 men!” This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” “What is your name?” the man asked.
He replied, “Jacob.” “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.” (Genesis 32:6, 24-28 NLT)

Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept. (Genesis 33:4 NLT)

Some thoughts
We see the Another big name change Jacob to Israel. The mystery man is god in a form. And Jacob was felt so blessed that he had seen him face to face and not died. God knew that this name change was for a reason and effected the future.

Day 13 genesis 34-36
Isaac and rachel die. We here of the story of dinah, daughter of jacob and leah, and how she was abused. Jacobs name change goes into more detail. Plus rachel dies while giving birth to Benjamin.

Some key verses
But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw Dinah, he seized her and raped her. (Genesis 34:2 NLT)

Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the field as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious that their sister had been raped. Shechem had done a disgraceful thing against Jacob’s family, something that should never be done. (Genesis 34:7 NLT)

But since Shechem had defiled their sister, Dinah, Jacob’s sons responded deceitfully to Shechem and his father, Hamor. They said to them, “We couldn’t possibly allow this, because you’re not circumcised. It would be a disgrace for our sister to marry a man like you! But here is a solution. If every man among you will be circumcised like we are, then we will give you our daughters, and we’ll take your daughters for ourselves. We will live among you and become one people. (Genesis 34:13-16 NLT)

So all the men in the town council agreed with Hamor and Shechem, and every male in the town was circumcised. But three days later, when their wounds were still sore, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, who were Dinah’s full brothers, took their swords and entered the town without opposition. Then they slaughtered every male there, including Hamor and his son Shechem. They killed them with their swords, then took Dinah from Shechem’s house and returned to their camp. (Genesis 34:24-26 NLT)

So Jacob told everyone in his household, “Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing. (Genesis 35:2 NLT)

As they set out, a terror from God spread over the people in all the towns of that area, so no one attacked Jacob’s family. (Genesis 35:5 NLT)

saying, “Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel.” So God renamed him Israel. (Genesis 35:10 NLT)

After a very hard delivery, the midwife finally exclaimed, “Don’t be afraid—you have another son!” Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni (which means “son of my sorrow”). The baby’s father, however, called him Benjamin (which means “son of my right hand”). (Genesis 35:17, 18 NLT)

These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob: The sons of Leah were Reuben (Jacob’s oldest son), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant, were Dan and Naphtali. The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant, were Gad and Asher. These are the names of the sons who were born to Jacob at Paddan-aram. (Genesis 35:22-26 NLT)

Isaac lived for 180 years. Then he breathed his last and died at a ripe old age, joining his ancestors in death. And his sons, Esau and Jacob, buried him. (Genesis 35:28, 29 NLT)

Some thoughts
So gore enforced Jacobs name change to Israel although throughout the bible both names are used for him. We can also see the 12 fathers of the tribes of Israel listed. The brothers were very upset over what happened to their sister so they got there revenge. But only because god aloud it. Revenge is not the best path to go down.

Genesis chapters 12-28

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is genesis chapters 12-28
More to come soon

Day 5 genisis 12-14

Abram is called by god to enter the promised land. Canaan. Now soon Abram and Lot know that the land is not big enough for the both of them. So they split but Lot is captured in sodom and Abram goes to rescue him.

Some key verses

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3 NLT)

As he was approaching the border of Egypt, Abram said to his wife, Sarai, “Look, you are a very beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife. Let’s kill him; then we can have her!’ So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you.” (Genesis 12:11-13 NLT)

Then Pharaoh gave Abram many gifts because of her—sheep, goats, cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels. But the LORD sent terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. So Pharaoh summoned Abram and accused him sharply. “What have you done to me?” he demanded. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ and allow me to take her as my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and get out of here!” Pharaoh ordered some of his men to escort them, and he sent Abram out of the country, along with his wife and all his possessions. (Genesis 12:16-20 NLT)

But the land could not support both Abram and Lot with all their flocks and herds living so close together. (Genesis 13:6 NLT)

After Lot had gone, the LORD said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! (Genesis 13:14-16 NLT)

They also captured Lot—Abram’s nephew who lived in Sodom—and carried off everything he owned. (Genesis 14:12 NLT)

Some thoughts

God told Abram to leave where he was and move to the promised land. Now if someone told you to “leave” somewhere it could be taken as a negative. But this is god. He would only tell us to leave somewhere if it was for his will. He wants us to be happy so he would have somewhere in mind where he wants us to go.
It was a big step of faith for Abram to move. Not only geographically but he didn’t know why.
Now lots of people can set out in a journey, wether it be moving from a place, growing spiritually even changing jobs. They set out with a destination in mind but never get there.
It’s refreshing to see Abram reached his goal. If god tells us to go somewhere it’s for a reason.

Day 6 genesis 15-17

Names change but gods promises are everlasting.
God promises Abram an heir to him which he believes. Also the 400 years stay in Egypt is foretold in these chapters.
Abram’s wife sarai is getting old so she gives the servant girl Hagar to him so he can have a child. Ishmael is born.
13 years later Abram and sarai have there names changed. They become Abraham & Sarah. Gods promise is fulfilled when his heir is born Isaac.

Some key verses
Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith. (Genesis 15:5, 6 NLT)

Then the LORD said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. (Genesis 15:13, 14 NLT)

The angel said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress, Sarai,” she replied.
The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.” Then he added, “I will give you more descendants than you can count.”
And the angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son. You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’), for the LORD has heard your cry of distress. (Genesis 16:8-11 NLT)

“This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. (Genesis 17:4, 5 NLT)

You must cut off the flesh of your foreskin as a sign of the covenant between me and you. From generation to generation, every male child must be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. This applies not only to members of your family but also to the servants born in your household and the foreign-born servants whom you have purchased. (Genesis 17:11, 12 NLT)

Then God said to Abraham, “Regarding Sarai, your wife—her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah. And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.” (Genesis 17:15, 16 NLT)

But God replied, “No—Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant. (Genesis 17:19 NLT)

But my covenant will be confirmed with Isaac, who will be born to you and Sarah about this time next year.” (Genesis 17:21 NLT)

Some thoughts

Sometimes I think we all think “why doesn’t god act now” in that moment? For his promises in the bible are of things long to come. But we forget these are gods plans “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 NLT)
It’s like traffic lights the green light flashes when it’s the right time. We should wait for gods green light.

Day 7 genesis 18-20

These chapters show the mighty hand of the lord when he strikes down sodom and Gomorrah.
When see abraham discuss with the lord about saving the two cities. Abraham banters with the lord and asks him that if he finds a number of righteous people that he would save them. But it was never to be the case. Because of the sin ridden cites. 2 angels enter the cities and destroy everything.
Lot and his family escape but his wife looks back, with fatal consequences.

Some key verses
Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:13, 14 NLT)

So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. (Genesis 18:20 NLT)

And the LORD replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.” Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes. Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?” And the LORD replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” (Genesis 18:26, 27, 32 NLT)

And the LORD replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.” Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes. Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?” And the LORD replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” (Genesis 18:26, 27, 32 NLT)

When they were safely out of the city, one of the angels ordered, “Run for your lives! And don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley! Escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away!” (Genesis 19:17 NLT)

But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26 NLT)

Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children. For the LORD had caused all the women to be infertile because of what happened with Abraham’s wife, Sarah. (Genesis 20:17, 18 NLT)

Some thoughts

How often it is when we are in a need to know basis with god. Sometimes god tells us what we do because this, will happen. But sometimes we walk blind. Only god knows what lays ahead. We must stay obedient to him. As he is the one who knows what’s best for us. We are doing his will.

Day 8 genesis 21-24
Isaac arrives is born heir to Abraham but this results in Hagar and Ishmael being banished but god looks after them.
We also see the almost sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham. But god in the end provides a ram as a substitute. We also see the death of Sarah. Abraham buys land for her to be buried in. Isaac marries Rebecca.

Some key verses
And Abraham named their son Isaac. Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!” (Genesis 21:3-7 NLT)

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” (Genesis 22:1 NLT)

“God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” (Genesis 22:8-12 NLT)

to let me buy his cave at Machpelah, down at the end of his field. I will pay the full price in the presence of witnesses, so I will have a permanent burial place for my family.” (Genesis 23:9 NLT)
They gave her this blessing as she parted:
“Our sister, may you become the mother of many millions! May your descendants be strong and conquer the cities of their enemies.” Then Rebekah and her servant girls mounted the camels and followed the man. So Abraham’s servant took Rebekah and went on his way. (Genesis 24:60, 61 NLT)

Some thoughts
Isaac means laughter. It’s gods way of reminding that every time they call Isaac they will recall Sarah’s laughter at the disbelief that god could make her pregnant.
Nothing is impossible for god.
We see another massive step of faith Abraham prepared to take his own life for god. But god didn’t want this he wanted to see how faithful when was to him.

Day 9 genesis 25-26
Abraham dies. And we see Isaac have very different twins.
Abraham marries again following the death of Sarah. And they have six children together but none inherit what was due to Isaac.
Abraham dies and isaac inherits everything. He buries his father in the tomb that his first wife Sarah was buried. Isaac has two sons Esau and Jacob. And Esau sold his firstborn birthrights to Jacob for some stew.

Some key verses
Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac. (Genesis 25:5 NLT)

His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite. (Genesis 25:9 NLT)

But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the LORD about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked. And the LORD told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.” (Genesis 25:22, 23 NLT)

The first one was very red at birth and covered with thick hair like a fur coat. So they named him Esau. Then the other twin was born with his hand grasping Esau’s heel. So they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born. (Genesis 25:25, 26 NLT)

“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. (Genesis 25:32, 33 NLT)

where the LORD appeared to him on the night of his arrival. “I am the God of your father, Abraham,” he said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will multiply your descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to Abraham, my servant.” (Genesis 26:24 NLT)

Some thoughts
Esau sold his birthrights for food. He could have had all that Isaac did. Was this gods plan?
Esau is described as such a nice man where as Jacob was devious and a bit conniving. But there was one big difference. Only one of them had time for god. Jacob.
It’s very hard in life to see such lovely people not knowing god. Just because they are nice it doesn’t mean they don’t need saving. Everybody does. We don’t want these people to go into an eternity without god.
Father god I pray for all who don’t know you, that some day they will come to love you.

Day 10 genesis 27-28
Jacob now schemes his way to the top! Isaac is getting old and frail so Jacob seizes the opportunity along with his mother to get isaac to bless him instead of his older brother Esau. Jacob flees from his angry brother and ends up on sleeping on a rock.

Some key verses
Prepare my favorite dish, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die.” (Genesis 27:4 NLT)

What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.” But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!” (Genesis 27:12, 13 NLT)

She covered his arms and the smooth part of his neck with the skin of the young goats. (Genesis 27:16 NLT)

So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said. “Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?” Jacob replied, “It’s Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.” (Genesis 27:18, 19 NLT)

“From the dew of heaven and the richness of the earth, may God always give you abundant harvests of grain and bountiful new wine. May many nations become your servants, and may they bow down to you. May you be the master over your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow down to you. All who curse you will be cursed, and all who bless you will be blessed.” (Genesis 27:28, 29 NLT)

At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the LORD, and he said, “I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. (Genesis 28:11-13 NLT)

Some thoughts
Keeping our word is a very Nobel thing to do. It shows that your a trustworthy character. This is true for Isaac. Even though he was tricked into giving jacob the blessing he would not and could not go back on his word. The choice though was the right one Esau was not the right person to lead the family under god. Decisions have to be made and gods approval is the only majority we need!

Genesis chapters 1-11

I’m doing a complete bible study from genesis to revelations. It’s a year long and they idea is you go through one section a day then by the time the year is out you’ll have gone through the whole bible. How I’ve taken notes is by doing a brief intro into the days reading, then a few key verses from the section then finally just a thought or 2 on what I’ve just read.

This is genesis chapters 1 – 11
More to come soon

Day 1 intro plus genesis 1-2
Intro to genesis
Genesis means origins or beginnings
Longest period of time covered of any bible book
Split up into two uneven halves. The first 11 chapters talks about the four major events of creation.
1) creation itself
2) the fall
3) flood
4) tower of bable breaking into the nations
The second half (39 chapters) talks about the 4 patriarchs
Abraham
Isaac
Jacob
Joseph

Out of nothing comes everything in 6 days.
Some key verses
Day 1) god created light & dark / day and night
Day 2) god created the seas and sky
Day 3) god created the land and the vegetation
Day 4) god created the sun, the moon & all the stars in the sky
Day 5) god created all the sea creatures and the birds in the sky
Day 6) god created animals and then man
Day 7) god rested
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 NLT)

And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. (Genesis 2:3 NLT)

But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (Genesis 2:16, 17 NLT)

Some thoughts.
The bible says 2 great lights were created to rule over the day and night but it does not use the words sun or moon as they would be used for pages worship.
This shows god as a designer a creator. But god did not use his hands all he did was speak. Nothing else he said let there be light and light there was. He said let there be animals and there they were.

Day 2 Genesis Chapters 3 -5

This is where man falls Adam and Eve are easily tricked by satan into defying god.
Adam and even think they know better than god. This cost them there home, land but more importantly there intermit relationship with god.
This is the first time man ignores one of gods commands.
Also we see the first natural born children of the earth. Cain and Abel. Such a joyful thing but then shortly followed by the first murder when Cain kills Abel.
Then it takes us through the genealogy down to Noah.

Some key verses
“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. (Genesis 3:5, 6 NLT)

By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19 NLT)

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Genesis 4:7 NLT)

Some thoughts

Temptation never changes and is always related to lies.

We also here of the first offerings to god. Abel gave god the best of his flock. Cain only gave what he wanted to. God favoured Abel because, Abel done his best. Not his duty.
Serving god because you feel you have to is not what god wants. He wants us to love him and serve him because we love him. He wants us to try our best for him. And there is no getting away from it either as god can see into the depths of our hearts he knows us better than we know ourselves.

As a christian we should how that our Actions speak louder than our words. for we are all letters of Christ.

Day 3 genesis 6-9

We begin with the earth in a bad way with god ready to cleanse the earth using his servant Noah. He is the only man on earth he can trust.
He instructed him to build an arc with dimensions set out by god, load it with a male and female of every type of creature on earth then the doors will close.
Then as promised by god, the flood came.
Then a covenant was made between god a Noah.

Some key verses

Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.” (Genesis 6:3 NLT)

But Noah found favour with the LORD. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 6:8-10 NLT)

And the floodwaters covered the earth for 150 days. (Genesis 7:24 NLT)

Release all the animals—the birds, the livestock, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—so they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.” (Genesis 8:17 NLT)

Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. (Genesis 9:11-13 NLT)

Some thoughts

There was a hundred years between the time Noah started to build the arc and the day the rain came.
Why? I think because god is a loving god and he wanted to give the people on earth time to repent but unfortunately that didn’t see sense.

The rainbow is a very powerful sign that shows us gods power, promises and love. We should always look around to see what god has done and is doing for us in our lives. Everyday he blesses us in some way. We just need to keep our eyes and hearts open to it.

Day 4 genesis 10-11

We start with the genealogy of Noah’s children.
Then it goes on to the tower of babel and see how that story unfolds. We then go on to the start to talk about Terha and Abram

Some key verses

At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. (Genesis 11:1 NLT)

Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.” In that way, the LORD scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the LORD confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world. (Genesis 11:7-9 NLT)

Some thoughts

4000 years after the tower of babel there is 1000’s of languages. Millions of pounds are spent making sure things are translated correctly. The bible is in lots of different languages but would need so much more if everybody on the earth word read it. And this is all down to the tower of babel.

12 sons of Jacob

The 12 tribes of nations of Israel come from the 12 sons of Jacob ( who god changed his name to Israel.)

Jacob was the father to all of them.

Mother : Leah

Sons. : Reuben (Jacobs oldest son)
Simeon
Levi
Judah
Issachar
Zebulun

Mother : Rachel

Sons. : Joseph
Benjamin

Mother : Bilhah, Rachel’s servant

Sons. : Dan
Naphtali

Mother : Zilpah, Leah’s servant

Sons. : Gad
Asher

These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob: The sons of Leah were Reuben (Jacob’s oldest son), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s servant, were Dan and Naphtali. The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s servant, were Gad and Asher. These are the names of the sons who were born to Jacob at Paddan-aram. (Genesis 35:22-26 NLT)

A psalm by me

Psalm

Jesus,

My Lord Jesus.

Through your fathers love for us he sent you to save all.
The light of the world.
The light of life.

You came, taught, loved, healed, you served.

You were, rebuked, hated, persecuted and crucified.

The enemy tired to rid the earth of you.

But, when your time came you were raised up. Arms stretched out wide and welcomed all who came to love him.

You defeated death and rose again. Then you went to sit at the right hand of our father.

But then came the spirit, the holy spirit.

I feel it in me.

It’s like a river flowing inside me.
You took all sin on your shoulders for me.

For all.

The only way to eternity is through you.

Everything is through you.

In your precious name.
Thank you.

Exodus notes chapters1-12

Some notes from exodus

Chapters 1-4

probably the most amazing miracle in the bible as God showed his amazing power by delivering an entire nation from suppression.

The people cried out to god and god listened.
God will always listen to what we say.
Only god is perfect.
He can see into our heart and soul.
So if we are upset there is no point from holding it from him. We can even get angry at god as we are only human. God loves us so much he sent his son Jesus, to die for us, so us as humans getting angry or upset is not going to stop him loving us.
Infact it is always god we should turn to. So many people get upset or angry with other people and the situation stays the same.
Why?
Because only god is the answer only god is the way, the truth, the light and salvation.
Now just because you cry out to god it doesn’t mean that you’ll get what you want.
Because we don’t know what is best for us!
Only god does. He will always come through but in his way and his time.

God is always there.

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5 NIVUK)

Never forget the holiness of god.

God uses anyone. The smallest weakest person is the biggest and strongest to god.

Even Moses didn’t think he was worthy of the task of bringing the Israelites out of Egypt.
But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

GODS RESONSE:-

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” (Exodus 3:11, 12 NIVUK)

When god makes promises/covenants with people he never forgets them. He promised that from Abraham a nation would come from him as numerous as the grains of sand.

Now if we take a look at this passage……….

Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:10-12 NIVUK)

God has made each of us in his image! It is god who defines any ailments we might have. But as god says here, he will help. He will always carry us when we are unable to cope but GOD would never put us in a situation we couldn’t cope with.

It is important that when we know that god has helped us we should thank him through worship. Never take god for granted.

and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshipped. (Exodus 4:31 NIVUK)

Chapters 5-6

The start of chapter 5 is the first time Moses approaches pharaoh and such an small but important line is said :- Afterwards Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.”‘ (Exodus 5:1 NIVUK)

The part I refer to is let MY people go! This shows gods cape of protectiveness he has over us. A true father that is protecting his children.

Now Moses starts to have doubts :- Moses returned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.” (Exodus 5:22, 23 NIVUK)

But as Moses did if we are doing gods will yet are struggling with doubt or opposition we should turn to the one who’s will we are doing, god. He is there for us. We should always trust god but we are only human. He will not condemn us for turning to him. That’s what he wants us to do.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.” (Exodus 6:1 NIVUK)

Another show of gods awesome power he has. His mighty hand!

“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.”‘ (Exodus 6:6-8 NIVUK)

God is promising deliverance to the Israelites. He will now take them out from the clutches of Egypt and take them to the land which he promised Abraham, canaan.

But the Israelites wouldn’t listen..Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage. (Exodus 6:9 NIVUK)

When we are under pressure or suffering hard times it’s important that we listen out for god. He is always there and will never give us anymore suffering than what we can handle.

Chapters 7-The end of the 10 plagues

Now at the start of chapter 7 Moses and Aaron are about to approach pharaoh for the first time.

But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out ofit.” (Exodus 7:3-5 NIVUK)

An interesting point here is where god says but I will harden pharaohs heart, now our god can actually make people’s heart do what he wants them to do. In this case he hardens a heart but if you ask him he can help open your heart. The trick is you have to really want it.
Let’s look at the plagues

The plages of Egypt.

1) the plague of blood

Moses staff struck the river Nile and it turned from water to blood all the fish died and there was a dreadful stench.

2) the plague of frogs

Moses staff struck the river Nile and it teemed with frogs. They came up into the palace the, bedroom into, bed, into the houses of the officials and on the people.

3) the plague of gnats

Moses staff struck the dust of the ground, gnats came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats.

4) the plague of flies

The lord sent Dense swarms of flies that poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials, and throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.

5) the plague of the livestock

The lord god killed all the livestock of Egypt.

6) the plague of boils

Moses took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh as instructed by god. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on men and animals.

7) the plague of hail

Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now. Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.”‘ Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. But those who ignored the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the field. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand towards the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt-on men and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.” When Moses stretched out his staff towards the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields-both men and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree. The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were. (Exodus 9:18-26 NIVUK)

8) the plague of locusts

So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail-everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt. (Exodus 10:13-15 NIVUK)

9) the plague of darkness

Moses stretched out towards the sky and total darkness fell

10) the plague of the first born

Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbours for articles of silver and gold.” (The Lord made the Egyptians favourably disposed towards the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.) So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt-worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh. (Exodus 11:2-8 NIVUK)

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn-both men and animals-and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Exodus 12:12, 13 NIVUK)

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn-both men and animals-and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Exodus 12:12, 13 NIVUK)

Summery of the plagues

1) blood
2) frogs
3) gnats
4) flies
5) livestock
6) boils
7) hail
8) locusts
9) darkness
10) first born

Summery of the plagues to end of 12

So god used his wrath against the oppressors of his people. I guess the plagues can give people a view of a god who is harsh god was protecting his people. Egypt were keeping the Israelites captive and using them for tiresome slave labour.
It was time they were aloud to be free. It was time for gods people to become children of god.

The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. With the dough they had brought from Egypt, they baked cakes of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves. (Exodus 12:37-39 NIVUK)

So they were free!

What an exodus! 600,00 men that’s not including all the women and all the children. What a sight it must have been. All those people and animals. A vast march of freedom.

Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisions left Egypt. (Exodus 12:40, 41 NIVUK)

Gods plan!

To the end of the chapter god lays out his instruction for he Passover meal (through Moses) to the Israelites.

Searching questions

Following a recent blog I wrote I received some great discussion and feedback. It’s really interesting to talk about faith and religion in a non threatening way, a bit like the alpha coarse. For anyone who doesn’t know what alpa is, it’s a coarse for people who want to find out a bit more about Christianity. Lots of denominations use it as a great tool to help bring people to faith.
For more info see

http://uk-england.alpha.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_course

http://www.alphausa.org/Groups/1000065342/Guest_homepage.aspx

So the reason for this blog entry is to ask some open questions to see what peoples thoughts are.
If you should like to comment please feel free.

Open questions;

Satan is a fallen angel when and why did he get banished from heaven?

Why does evil still persist? Knowing it will never be greater than god?

Will you go straight to heaven or will it be when Jesus returns and everyone is judged & a new heaven & earth is created?

Will we see our loved ones in heaven?

God bless
Chris

Preach about the cross

This was my talk on the cross which I preached today………
You can hear it at http://www.vale.org.uk/media

Now every where we go we see all sorts of signs and symbols. They can be used for information, warnings, directions all sorts of things.
Some sign are less useful or helpful than others.
For instance.

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Which way would you go at this junction?

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Sign not in use? Any point in this?

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To enter or not that is the question?

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Be afraid be very affriad

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How about just don’t put the sign up

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You’d be disappointed if you turned up here

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This bird does not care!

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I would love a mirror that said that to me everyday.

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Please close the gate to the invisible fence!

While we are on the subject of invisible! You’d have to be a seriously silly Harry potter fan to buy one of these

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Or how about these road signs

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I live at buts wind. Wouldn’t be on the top of my list of street names

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Nor would I like to live in dull

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Or nasty

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This however is my cuppa tea

But even some churches have crazy signs in fact I could spend another hour showing you all the ones I found. but this was my favourite.

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Now that’s a warning.

Now what about this symbol?

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the cross
Some say the most seen religious symbol in the world?
In our part of the world, this is certainly the case.

You see the cross on churches. You see the cross in jewelry.
Athletes cross themselves sometimes during sporting events.

But What does the cross mean to you?

what are the first things that come to mind when you see the cross?

The Oxford dictionary description of the cross in this sense is:

noun

An upright post with a transverse bar, as used in antiquity for crucifixion.
(the Cross) the cross on which Christ was crucified:
the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross
a cross as an emblem of Christianity:

It wasn’t always such a popular symbol. During the days of Jesus, the cross was a symbol of shame and embarrassment, a symbol of warning and terror. The Roman empire used the cross as a means of execution. A pole would be sunk into the ground, and if you were sentenced to crucifixion, you would be fastened to a crossbar and hung onto that pole. The cross was only reserved for slaves and robbers and assassins and rebels. As a general rule, Roman citizens wouldn’t be executed on a cross, because it was too shameful of a way to die

Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few hundreds of years since jesus died They used the fish symbol to mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes:

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For instance…when a Christian met a stranger in the road, the Christian sometimes drew one arc of the simple fish outline in the dirt.

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If the stranger drew the other arc,

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both believers knew they were in good company.

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Currently you can get car stickers that draw back to this practice. The symbol is used today to show that the bearer is a practicing Christian.

But back to the cross
Now Things changed when the Roman emperor Constantine took over. He wasn’t really interested in Jesus. So the persecution eased a little

So the cross started to become popular.

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What are the implications of the Cross for us today?

In the Bible the cross can be seen as a place of suffering and death.

The cross does show you death — but its a death to every sin!”

So to the believer The cross means that the old life is over and a new one has begun.

Its also God’s kinda of way of giving us an ultimatum ;
“You can have your sin or you can have my Son, but you can’t have both.”

Along time time before jesus was born, god used a sign in a similar way to the cross. …

Now Many of you know tony harris.
he used to spend time with me on a weekly basis to help with my study.
He said to me once “chris I challenge you to find Jesus on every page of the bible including the old testament”

That evening I bible dipped (Opened my bible) and I opened my bible to the book of numbers.
Now at this point in the bible it was the time of moses and he was leading the Israelites to the promised land and the israelites were moaning to Moses about god.
( which was something they done a lot).
God got angry with the people and sent snakes into the mix of them. Now Moses prayed to god to stop this and this is gods response…..

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived. (Numbers 21:8, 9 NIVUK)

Moses might have made the snake and pole into a cross shape we don’t know for sure but what we do know is that it’s the same principle.
People looked to what god told Moses to make and they lived.

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Look to the cross and you’ll have eternal life.

Jesus paid the entire debt of my sins your sins and everybody’s sins. You could say in a kinda graphic way that the slate has been wiped clean by the blood of Jesus.

That is the reason for our joy. As the slate is now clean.
This is why the cross is so beautiful to us! As its a place of forgiveness.

Now As for wearing a cross as jewellery well there’s hundreds of discussion and reasons for and against for Christians and non Christians about the wearing of the cross.

With regards to a plain cross, the New Testament says nothing specifically about to either to wear them or not.

The main thing to keep in mind is that many, people wear them who do not identify with Jesus in any way – criminals, gang members, movie stars, rock singers, rappers etc.; so the meaning has been blurred if not completely lost in a lot of people’s minds.

But by people even if there a non christian, wearing them it can be a gateway to a conversation along the lines of……..

“I noticed your cross necklace, I like it. But do you mind if I ask what exactly the Cross means to you?” And you’ve started a wonderful conversation to share The Gospel. Which isn’t always an easy thing to do.

Some say that wearing a cross is the same as wearing an electric chair Or a gas chamber today.
And you wouldn’t wear an image of an electric chair or hang one on the wall, so why wear a cross?
In fact The cross actually was worse than the electric chair, since it was not only an instrument of capital punishment, but also a method of great torture.

These are my opinions…

First off do you think I wear a cross?
Apart from my two tattoos yes I wear a cross.

I think that the cross is a representation of triumph over death, but also the burden Jesus carried when He died for every person’s sins.

I think people have them and ware them as a reminder that they’re forgiven, or that they’re loved so much that someone offered to die for them.

I wear it on a fairly long chain under my clothes, and every time it taps my chest I get a comforting feeling and it can make me feel a bit more centred towards God at random parts of my day.

Does it mean that you have to ware one absolutely not. As I said before the New Testament says nothing specifically about to either to wear them or not. You don’t have to Christians shouldnt have to ware one to show what there beliefs are as there lives should reflect that.

Ask yourself what does the cross mean to you?

But if you do got out to get a cross to ware remember what it was used for and more importantly why Jesus gave himself to the cross.

Catholicism pt2

I published a short blog about Catholicism and had some responses which you can see in the original blog.
I will reply individually.

The full original blog is below.
While I don’t necessarily agree with the response in all aspects, faith is all about exploring subjects and try to gain a deeper understanding and grow spiritually.

I am a Christian and if you put me into a “post box” of denomination I am a baptist. And I have been baptised by full Emersion in a believers baptism.

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The church I attend is quite different to many church’s. Baptist or not.

Vale community church. http://www.vale.org.uk

For instance we don’t have our own building it’s held in a school. But a church is the people not a building.

I really believe that cross denomination spiritual love is possible. We all want peace, love, respect and to live eternally in heaven.

Original blog:

I guess I wrote this as I don’t understand the catholic side of Christianity.
Some close family members of mine are catholic so in no way do I want to disrespect anybody just throw out some thoughts and welcome any feedback.

Some things to consider:

Why are pastoral leaders called “Father”?
Matthew 23:9 “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”

And why do Catholics pray the rosary?
Matthew 6:7-8 “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

And why do Catholics pray to saints instead of praying directly to the Father? John 16:23-27 “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”

The 10 plagues of Egypt.

As part of my study I’m doing on the book of exodus, I have reached the point of the 10 plagues of Egypt. It’s part of a more extensive study that I’ll publish once completed but I thought I’d just share the part about the plagues.

It demonstrates the awesome power of our god that he can and will use to protect us…….

The plages of Egypt.

1) the plague of blood

Moses staff struck the river Nile and it turned from water to blood all the fish died and there was a dreadful stench.

2) the plague of frogs

Moses staff struck the river Nile and it teemed with frogs. They came up into the palace the, bedroom into, bed, into the houses of the officials and on the people.

3) the plague of gnats

Moses staff struck the dust of the ground, gnats came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats.

4) the plague of flies

The lord sent Dense swarms of flies that poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials, and throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.

5) the plague of the livestock

The lord god killed all the livestock of Egypt.

6) the plague of boils

Moses took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh as instructed by god. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on men and animals.

7) the plague of hail

Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now. Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.”‘ Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. But those who ignored the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the field. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand towards the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt-on men and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.” When Moses stretched out his staff towards the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields-both men and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree. The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were. (Exodus 9:18-26 NIVUK)

8) the plague of locusts

So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail-everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt. (Exodus 10:13-15 NIVUK)

9) the plague of darkness

Moses stretched out towards the sky and total darkness fell

10) the plague of the first born

Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbours for articles of silver and gold.” (The Lord made the Egyptians favourably disposed towards the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.) So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt-worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any man or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, ‘Go, you and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will leave.” Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh. (Exodus 11:2-8 NIVUK)

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn-both men and animals-and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Exodus 12:12, 13 NIVUK)

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn-both men and animals-and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Exodus 12:12, 13 NIVUK)

Summery of the plagues

1) blood
2) frogs
3) gnats
4) flies
5) livestock
6) boils
7) hail
8) locusts
9) darkness
10) first born

Catholicism

I guess I wrote this as I don’t understand the catholic side of Christianity.
Some close family members of mine are catholic so in no way do I want to disrespect anybody just throw out some thoughts and welcome any feedback.

Some things to consider:

Why are pastoral leaders called “Father”?
Matthew 23:9 “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”

And why do Catholics pray the rosary?
Matthew 6:7-8 “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

And why do Catholics pray to saints instead of praying directly to the Father? John 16:23-27 “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”

Jesus walks on water

Being terrified can really test faith.
When Jesus walked on water the disciples were terrified.

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was againstit. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, saveme!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:22-33 NIVUK)

Some points to ponder

Why were the disciples sailing at night & where we’re they going?

Seems like a silly question and the simple answer is the set sail as Jesus told them to go. Jesus had just fed the five thousand and now wanted to move on so he told them to set sail and said to them he will meet them there.

Now if we just pause this there. Jesus wasn’t worried how he would cross the river so I wonder if he knew at that point that he would just simply walk across? He knew he would get to the other side without the boat.

Why did the disciples think it was a ghost?

Yes why did they? They had just seen Jesus feed five thousand people with a bit of bread and a few fish yet they thought it was a ghost? Maybe it was because they didn’t recognise Jesus. Or probably they were just amazed at another miracle.

why did Peter start to sink?

Peter took note of what was happening around him and started to sink. Now if we relate that to our own lives, if we take our eyes off Jesus and let circumstance around us affect our lives we’ll end up sinking.
But if we get in that situation there is help at hand…….
Peter started to sink so what did he do? He called out for Jesus. And jesus’s response? To reach down and take him by the hand.
If we find ourselves failing into an ever decreasing circle, reach up for Jesus. Call to him. He will always hold your hand.

So I ask………

Will we take a risk and a step of faith?

Get out of the boat and walk on water?

Really bad back day 23/4/12

I’m so gutted I’m not at alpha tonight!!

But I know that it would’ve been impossible for me to go.

My back is really bad today. I cant even try to put into words how it feels, so I’m not even gonna try.

I don’t think I’ve anything positive to blog about tonight. So that’s it.

God bless
Chris

22/4/12 Sunday supplement.

Today was Sunday supplement at church. Sunday supplement is our proper service as apposed to the Sunday brunch, which is food, chatter, building relationships and a 10-15 minute food for thought. We also do a Sunday extra which is our service plus holy communion.

For more info go to

http://www.vale.org.uk

Today we were focusing on listening out for god. Trying to open our eyes, mind and most of all our hearts to see god. In the bible it says that when Elijah listened for god could find him in a whisper. Some people go there whole lives without hearing god. But to see god is something we can do every day.

Some people want a literal glance at god himself. I personally believe that we won’t see god until when join him in his kingdom. But if you open up your eyes to creation you can see god. Look at a landscape, see how the hills are shaped as they our, see the rivers flow, the grass, the flowers all made by our god.

Look at our planet. A “big bang” really! More like the planets put in the right position so the sun can shine at the earth to create day and a moon for the night, the only planet that can have life and all this cos of an explosion???? I don’t think so. God created all the stars in the sky, he created our solar system just so we could live on this planet.

The human body. Evolved from a monkey????? If so why aren’t more monkeys evolving now. Why aren’t humans evolving? More like our amazing creator sculpted this exquisite vessel to carry our spirit.
Our body can heal itself, learn, teach, reproduce, work and all because god made it so.

God is all around us. Just step back and look around in awe at everything that he has done.

One thing god is not responsible for is evil. We live in a fallen earth. So when we see on tv the atrocities that happen around the world they are all because of man.

Take hunger in the third world. Greed has caused that. Selfishness has caused that. Evil has caused that. If half the people on the planet gave £1 a month to help stop it, that would be £3.5billion a month helping to end world hunger!!

Crazy when you think about it.

Listen to god, look for god, open your eyes, heart and mind to god.

God bless
Chris

Gods work

This is just an idea for anyone who’s knows Jesus.

Keep a note of all the times that god has been there for you. It’s a good way to share with other people just how amazing god is.
Jesus is always with us but not always do we see it.

You don’t have to show anyone your list, but Jesus wanted us to carry on spreading the word of god and this is away of doing it.

Also your list of times when you know god has intervened will help you. Everybody is tested in faith. Sometimes people experience horrendous things or see awful acts happen to others. These times can be a real test of faith.
If you look back at your list it will help you remind yourself that god is love.

20/4/12 adult day

Today I had some adult time with Sherri. By that I mean instead of being mum and dad we were chris and Sherri!! Well only untill 15:30 but we’ll take what we can get.

Now it might not sound an exciting day but for us, it was very nice.

Now as we had planned to go out today I had to have a bit more sleep than usual plus extra medication just so my back could cope.
So we went into Bedford. We had a few bits to get so we picked them up at a department store and as it sells all kinds of things we don’t usually see or buy, we were in there a while. But as we were prepared I had my mobility scooter out we us so I didn’t have to do any walking.
Then we popped into a soft furnishing shop as I needed to try and get a body pillow.
At night I really struggle to get comfortable let alone sleep but to help I use pillows to tuck under my back so if I’m laying on my side they prop me up. So I needed a new one of them.

Then I took my darling wife out for lunch. We went to a Cauvery. It was awesome. Gammon,turkey, Yorkshire puddings the size of sombreros and loads of roast potatoes. Lovely. But not as lovely as my company.
Then we went on a mission to find some gloves for my middle son. He uses a wheelchair and is now at the age where he wants to self propel but it hurts his hands. So we got him so biking gloves that we think will do the job.

Then back just before it was school time and we put our mum and dad hats on again.

I think it’s so important to take time out of your life as a parent to become just a normal adult. Especially if your in a relationship. Otherwise you will start to loose the very reasons that you got together in the first place.
Being a parent is a full time job don’t get me wrong. But if you start to become unhappy as your not getting any “me” time then you could even start to resent your child.

A happy parent is a good parent.

The 10

10 Commandments

1 You shall have no other gods before me.

2 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments.

3 You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

4 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

5 Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

6 You shall not murder.

7 You shall not commit adultery.

8 You shall not steal.

9 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.

10 You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.”

Exodus 20.1-17

Sinners prayer

A prayer for all of us.

A Version of the Sinners Prayer

Heavenly Father, I know that I have sinned against you and that my sins separate me from you. I am truly sorry. I now want to turn away from my sinful past and turn to you for forgiveness. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again.
I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, that He was raised from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become my Saviour and the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward.
Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You and to convict me when I sin. I pledge to grow in grace and knowledge of you.
My greatest purpose in life is to follow your example and do Your will for the rest of my life.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Amen.

Apostles creed

Apostles Creed

1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
5. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.
6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. the holy catholic [lower-case "c" meaning: "universal, one"] Church, the communion of saints,
10. the forgiveness of sins,
11. the resurrection of the body,
12. and life everlasting.
Amen.

This is our creed. Translated into English, this is the original creed attributed to the apostles of Jesus. It expresses the basic teachings of Jesus as evident in the scriptures. With these simple truths, all Christians can find unity with one another.

The creation of earth

The first seven days;-

1) god created light & dark / day and night
2) god created the seas and sky
3) god created the land and the vegetation
4) god created the sun, the moon & all the stars in the sky
5) god created all the sea creatures and the birds in the sky
6) god created animals and then man
7) god rested

1) god created light & dark / day and night

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5 NIVUK)

So god first created his own kingdom for him to dwell with all the angels of the lord and then a blank canvass. The earth. But all there was, was darkness. So he created light. He liked what he created and so named the period of light, Day and the period of dark, Night.
That was day 1. Amazing our god created the foundation for all life in one day!

2) god created the seas and sky

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky”. And there was evening, and there was morning-the second day. (Genesis 1:6-8 NIVUK)

Then an amazing fate. Totally deifying all laws of physics he separated the water to form water and air. God was pleased so he named the water, The Sea and the air, The Sky.

3) god created the land and the vegetation

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land”, and the gathered waters he called “seas”. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the third day. (Genesis 1:9-13 NIVUK)

Then god decided to create dry ground. So he gathered all the sea into one space and let the ground around it dry. He called the dry ground, Land. He then created vegetation, plants, flowers and trees. Now if you can try to imagine how many different types of plants etc there are, that is truly a remarkable creation. Each species had a different job to do. Some were to produce the right chemicals to release into the atmosphere for life to live. Some where for food. All had different jobs to do. That’s without the mechanics of the actual plants eg pollination, seeds, roots.

4) god created the sun, the moon & all the stars in the sky

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights-the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19 NIVUK)

Then god created to amazing sources of light. The sun ant the moon. The sun being the much greater so it could clearly light the day and reflect off the moon to shine in the the dark. He would use these as tools to mark time.
He would also make stars, again as a tool. They were to be used for navigation.

5) god created all the sea creatures and the birds in the sky

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning-the fifth day. (Genesis 1:20-23 NIVUK)

Then god decided to populate the two biggest spaces, seas and the skies. How incredible. All thousands of different species of birds and fish. All the different genetic make ups. But god done all this in one day. I imagine one male and one female so they could do as god said and “Be fruitful and increase in number” (reproduce). If you just stop and think that if you put all the best brains in the world together and gave them a lifetime and unlimited resources they still could create the smallest of fish or the smallest of bird. Yet our amazing god created all this in a day!

6) god created animals and then man

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day. (Genesis 1:24-28, 30, 31 NIVUK)

So god then created all the animals and mammals that walk the earth. Again if you put all the best brains in the world together and gave them a lifetime and unlimited resources they still could create the smallest of creature. Yet god created all that could walk, crawl, run, stomp and jump all in a day. He is amazing.
then is his infinite wisdom he decided he needed something to rule over all the animals, birds and fish.
So he made man. ADAM. He made Adam in his own image.

7) god rested

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2:1-3 NIVUK)

In seven days god had created beautiful raw earth and life. Seven days to create what would so far last for thousands of years. But even as he had just finished he knew me. What a mind boggling thought.

Thank you father
For this amazing planet and the amazing life that you filled it with
In Jesus name I pray
Amen

19/4/12 puppy sitting

As I write this entry tonight I have a gorgeous puppy in my arms.

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I am puppy sitting!!!!
On Tuesday my in laws in there infinite wisdom decided to purchase a puppy to add to there collection of animals of the canine variety.

They were due to go and look, I say again LOOK, at some bug puppies (boston terrier crossed with pug). But shortly after arriving both puppy and in laws fell in love with each other!
And in the true spirit of spontaneity they brought into there home “poppy”!

So how has she ended up at my house well….. as she is only a pup she can’t be left. Sherri and her mum and dad had already arranged to go out tonight which led to chris the dog whisperer to be pulled into action!!!

I have had to take a brake from writing as I had a little madam wanting to play. So far this evening she’s tried to chew a teaspoon, eat our sofa, gnaw my nose off and bite my finger in half!

I’m describing her as a terror but really she is so lovely and playful. My two dogs have got the right hump they are so jealous!

Enough puppy talk now.

My back is really sore today. Especially on my right shoulder blade. I have a heat pad on at the moment but sometimes they help other times I don’t notice any difference.

My wife has had her hair done today and looks beautiful.

Other than that not much else going on.

God bless
Chris

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Start of alpha 16/4/12

A little while ago Jo from church approached me and said that they were setting up a men’s alpha coarse. There were a couple of guys who were interested so they were going to do one.
Sherri done the alpha coarse and it was some of the reason she came to faith.
I on the other hand kinda skipped alpha. I had and still do have a great mentor who done the freedom in Christ corse with me. And I have also the the 40 days/ purpose driven life coarse by rick warren. But never alpha.

I came to faith gradually and god opened my eyes and ears and all of a sudden I could see the work he has done in my life and that he had always been there. Which in turn lead me to my baptism!

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But back to this alpha coarse.

So the idea was to have a men only group. I guess for reasons such as, males forming relationships and trust, with no women the men might open up a bit more and generally in churches the social life is based around the women. So at vale community church we try and break that chain. See website for details. http://www.vale.org.uk.
So the coarse started on Monday and will be on every Monday eve at mike.m’s.
In our group are
Myself
D
J
S
With Steve and mike leading.

The 1st session was about who was Jesus.

I was very apprehensive about attending. I guess I didnt know what I was going to get out of it.
But I was pleasantly surprised.

Usually when I attend a life group, all together time or any kind of gathering for worship and teaching, I contribute verbally quite a bit.
Wether it’s responding to a open question or taking part in a discussion I seem to talk a fair amount.

But during this session I was very quiet. I hardly spoke at all.
The others spoke a fair amount and had some very interesting points and I came away with lots to think about. Not only from the alpha framework but the discussions that were happening around me.

Very interesting!!

The topic itself was “who was Jesus”. And I guess I thought that would be something that I would have lots to say and less to take away and think about.
But it was the other way around!

So now I’m eagerly anticipating the next session.

But to anyone who hasn’t done the coarse wether your a long time Christian, relatively new Christian or not a Christian at all. It’s an opportunity to discuss the BIG questions!

God bless
Chris

15/4/12 Sunday brunch (hosting)

Today it was Sunday brunch at church.
( for more info see http://www.vale.org.uk)
Steve had asked me earlier in the week if I would host. Hosting means being the person that is at the front and introduces the day, runs through the itinerary and introduce the speaker.

It was a good morning. Really nice to see a.h & k.h! There was about 50 people there. D.m done the food4thought. Which was really good.

Had a chat with Steve and he’s asked me to do a food4thought in may and host another brunch. As well as that he’s asked me to go with him to lidlington church in June. He preaches there once every 3 months I think and the next time he does in June I’m going to share my testimony with there church so that’s all good.

Went over to see rod and Shirley. Came home.
Sherri cooked a lovely roast dinner.
Then we sat down with the boys and watched “Evan Almighty”

My back been normal kinda day today and by normal I mean painful.

Now gonna try & sleep

God bless
Chris

update 14/4/12

I haven’t wrote an entry on my blog for ages but I received a comment today about an entry I wrote about my ongoing issues with shermans disease. So it’s inspired me to start blogging again.

So I’ll start with my health.

Last time I blogged it was not long after my 2nd operation on my back. I had my first op in sept 2010 which was a two stage spinal fusion and anteria release. (see blog entry “schermans disease my story”). Then last year I had to have some repairs done to the top of my metal work. ( see blog entry “schermans my story part 2″)

So I’m about 6 months post op.

Unfortunately I have been getting a lot of pain recently. ( I am always in pain but this is worse and different) It started about a month ago and been getting worse gradually. It’s hard to describe but I get an ache in my lumber spine/back, shooting pains up my spine and burning pain across my shoulder pains.

Not always all three but always then pain/burning sensation in and around the top of my back/shoulder blades.

I’m worried it could be the start of a metal work issue like before! But I guess that’s because it’s following the same sort of problem. It might be something else!

But I won’t be finding out until late may as that’s when I see mr lehovsky at bolsover street Sherri tried to get mein sooner but not a chance 😒

So until I see him there is nothing I can do.

I kept being told not to worry but it’s very hard especially when I’m in so much pain day in day out.

But ce la vie. There are people in this world a lot worse off than me.

Anyway, just had Easter and i think we had more Easter eggs in our house than Tesco. But they’ve nearly all gone.
Boys are all ok.

Youngest going through testing for celiacs at the mo. plus he’s had a RATS test done.
Middle one still suffering with his legs and joints. He has just got anew wheelchair. This one looks a bit more grown up.
Oldest, enjoying middle school. Coming home with new not pleasant words each day!

As for my darling wife. Well she’s got some health issues ( not minor ones either ) but she continues to be amazing. She is by far my rock, best friend and soul mate.

Still enjoying church at vale community church. (www.valecc.org.uk). Had a lovely Easter service last Sunday.

Kids go back to school on Tuesday.

So there’s a bit of an update I will now try and be a bit more regular with my posts.

God bless
Chris

14/11/11

Had very tired lazy day!!

So so so so so so so so so tired!

Gonna get it bed and listen to my
Audio bible

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Had good nights sleep.
Boys for some reason decided to wake up at 7:30am!! Why???

Anyway.

Got dressed and had breakfast. Then we made our way to church.
Was really excited.

Got there and it was really nice to see everybody.

It was a nice service. First we had some worship. Then we had 2mins silents for remembrance Sunday.

Children had great time at kidzone.

All in all a good morning. Was lovely to get back there. Think it’s been about 6 weeks!

Then came home for a rest.

Then went over to r&s for Sunday roast. Which was lovely.

Boys couldn’t have been louder if they tried!!

Came home. Sherri bathed boys. Then all came to bed.