April 2010

May Devotional – Indispensable Love

1 Corinthians 13 is rooted in the supremacy of God’s love. Written by Paul of Tarsus, he talks of having faith that can move mountains and that without love in our lives we are just an empty noise.

As one of the most popular sections from the Bible written to the Corinthians, it is commonly read at wedding ceremonies, funerals and other church occasions. This passage was read at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. More recently it was read by Barack Obama from verse 11 in his inaugural address in 2009 – ‘When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things’.

In verses 9-12 Paul talks about the present – ‘for we know in part’ but he talks about our future too ‘when completeness comes, what is in part disappears’ and it is then that we shall know fully. Imperfection becomes perfection of knowledge, ‘for now we see but a poor reflection as in the mirror’ will then become ‘we shall see face to face’. With the return of Christ we will see Him as He really is and where He really is, seated on the throne, Lord of Glory. Paul reasons this contrast between the present and the future, similar to the contrast between the way a child thinks and understands and the way an adult thinks and understands.

We can love in the long haul and know that love always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. Love is there to the end and will be there beyond the end. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”.

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On your knees

It’s a well known fact that most of the battles we are ever likely to face are won on our knees – but obviously a prayer can be said much more subtly in any location. And I’m finding out more and more how open people are to prayer and what a powerful effect it has on the one being prayed for.

Last night I was at a Social network in a large department store and one of the treats was a mini makeover. The young man putting on my ‘slap’ chattily asked what I did…and then responded to the answer by saying he didn’t like to think about religion and just hoped that when the time came he’d get into heaven, but was clearly worried about his ‘sins’.

I pointed out that giving ‘absolution’ was part of my job spec and he told me it’d take all night! But was very open to be prayed with – right there in a busy store surrounded by champagne sipping women. I simply prayed ” Father please will you bless Lee – and make yourself known to him, that he may come to know and love you as you surely know and love him”. AS I was leaving I waved and said “See you in Church then” – and he laughed but he mouthed “thank you”. The rest is up to him and God, I’ve done my bit for King and country.

This morning I walked my dogs along with a man who is recently widowed. He went to take a short cut but I said I always pray under that tree over there and this morning I want to pray for you. He looked a bit surprised but came along to the tree and was really choked when I prayed that God would wrap him in love and bring some joy into his life. Before we went our separate ways down footpaths he asked about the possibility of joining my community choir. Then said “Thank you for the prayer – it was lovely.”

No one has ever refused the offer of prayer so far and it’s so easy to do. So I’ll continue my own personal fight against the powers of darkness by praying anywhere and everywhere. It’s an ongoing battle and we can all join up regardless of age or experience and work from your own home base.

Why not join the Home Guard yourself? Getting out and about in the community helps – go to clubs and networks, and get a dog – it opens up loads of conversations! Let us know how you get on…

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Claims of Noah’s Ark found on Mount Ararat

Breaking news reports claim Noah’s Ark has been found by a group of evangelical researchers thousands of feet up in its Biblical resting place on Mount Ararat in Turkey.

Scientists report that the carbon dating conducted on the wood and stone from the site reveals their age as 4,800 years old. The exact location of the find has not been disclosed and further tests will be carried out. A researcher claimed they were ,‘99.9% sure’ the remains were of the original Ark.

In the Old Testament story from the Book of Genesis, God commanded Noah to build the Ark to save his family and the world’s animals from the global flood which was sent to rid the earth of mankind’s corrupt behaviour.

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