A DAILY LIGHT BITE

DOES AND DON’T’S

Some say that Christianity or religion is just a bunch of does and don’ts meted out by a judgmental God! Well, one things for sure, when my son was little I often had to say don’t do that, or you can do that! Did that make me a harsh, judgemental dad? Of course not, I did it because I love him and wanted the best for him and I knew because I’m older and wiser that something’s are harmful, thus I said no or don’t or don’t touch, but if it was good and helpful I would of course say yes!!

God is so much wiser than any of us, and because He is all-knowing He say’s DON’T, to something’s, and DO, to others! Here are some beauties from Psalm 37 and I challenge anyone to say that God HASN’T got our best interests in mind here!

Psalm 37

Verse 1 don’t worry and don’t be envious of those who do wrong.

Verse 3 [Instead], do trust in the Lord and do good, then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Verse 7 [Do] be still in the presence of the Lord and [do] wait for Him to act. [Or my paraphrase, ‘Stop fidgeting, keep still, don’t be restless, lay in God’s arms and in His time He’ll act’!]

Verse 8 don’t be angry and don’t be full of rage. Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.

Verse 34 don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along His path.

Pretty sage and sound advise if you ask me. So go and do the do’s and don’t do the don’ts! [Sounds a bit like a Police song!] LOL

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

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I was thinking about this word some time ago and how I wanted to be more significant [TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE] than to be successful! Success is ok, but generally you leave with it a material legacy! But if you can be significant that’s a whole different cookie. You can leave behind a whole set of positive life-changing [chains] of events and so much more. To be significant is ‘to make a practical, psychological, physiological soul and spirit difference, and just about everything else difference. Just go and ponder the difference you can make!

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I was thinking about the word ‘SIGNIFICANT’ so I checked it out: ‘Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy. [syn] notable, noteworthy, worthy of attention, remarkable, outstanding, important, of importance, of consequence, consequential; As I pondered this Holy Spirit said “look at the syllables in the word!’ So I did and noted there were 4! ‘SIGN’ ‘IF’ ‘I’ CAN’T!’ WOW! Then I thought ‘WOW’ backwards which spells ‘WOW’ of course! 😀

So, I began to think about this about 20 odd years ago after my divorce and break down. I was deep in depression, had to leave the ministry and go back into construction and it was a real personal battle in which I felt very useless, especially as a christian! I stayed faithful to God as best I could but He felt very distant [guess who moved away!?] Nevertheless, I knew there was more to life than this pit of despair I was in and so I began to call out to the Lord to restore me and revive me. This was about the Christmas time. In the January I decided to dig out my Star trek DVD which I hadn’t watched for ages called Generations!’ It was about the 2 captains [Kirk and Picard working together, great film] I was captivated by this one scene [FIG 1] Picard asks Kirk to return with him from the Nexus to defeat the evil Dr Soren. Watch the clip and you’ll see what I mean. I sensed Holy Spirit at this point saying ‘come back [to me] and make a difference again!’ That was like a seed being sown! 3 months later that seed germinated and 9 months from that I saw a harvest [literally from a ‘Spring’ Harvest!] Want to know more? Watch next time.

[FIG 1]

What do you see?

HOPE IN ACTION [We See Hope] Phil Wall.

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

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I was thinking about this word some time ago and how I wanted to be more significant [TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE] than to be successful! Success is ok, but generally you leave with it a material legacy! But if you can be significant that’s a whole different cookie. You can leave behind a whole set of positive life-changing [chains] of events and so much more. To be significant is ‘to make a practical, psychological, physiological soul and spirit difference, and just about everything else difference. Just go and ponder the difference you can make!

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I was thinking about the word ‘SIGNIFICANT’ so I checked it out: ‘Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy. [syn] notable, noteworthy, worthy of attention, remarkable, outstanding, important, of importance, of consequence, consequential; As I pondered this Holy Spirit said “look at the syllables in the word!’ So I did and noted there were 4! ‘SIGN’ ‘IF’ ‘I’ CAN’T!’ WOW! Then I thought ‘WOW’ backwards which spells ‘WOW’ of course! 😀

Holy Spirit reminded me of a prayer I kept praying ‘God help me to be significant, help me to make a difference! Now Holy Spirit was telling me “on your own and by your own strength you won’t make a significant difference! But with my power you shall!” So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: JOHN W] ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6.

Then Holy Spirit wowed me again, He said “look at the syllables again! What does it say to you personally?” ‘SIGN IF ‘I’ CAN’T!’ Then it hit me. I can’t of myself make a difference, but if [as Holy Spirit was showing me] I make a request from heaven, I SIGN ‘a prayer requisition order’ He then will release to me the ability within me to do it!” So now, when I CAN’T I SIGN the requisition prayer form then God does it through me, and for the past 4 months this I believe has been the case! I sign IF I CAN’T do it by my own strength!

I love this clip from Star Trek Generations. Take a look at it and tomorrow I’ll share a testimony of the change this clip made to my life!

“GO FISH!”

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

May 17 2017

Ok, so I thought I’d post these just to see how it all pans out!? Took these in Stratford Upon Avon yesterday.

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GARDEN AND SOUL CULTIVATION.

The nursery rhyme of my childhood read: How does your garden grow? “WITH SILVER BELLS AND COCKLESHELLS AND PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW!” Hmmm, Nah, I don’t think so! It requires blood, sweat, tears and very VERY hard work to cultivate and keep mine cultivated! Now, watch this!

For your garden to grow wild and revert back to it’s tangled, unsightly, wilderness self, this is what you do: ZILCH, NADDA, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! It just naturally happens and you don’t have to lift a finger to help it! “HOWEVER” contrary to this, if you want a beautiful fruitful, flowering and meaningful garden with a purpose, you have to ‘work at it’, ‘WORK AT IT’ WORK AT IT” It is called “CULTIVATION!” This works exactly the same with the human soul. Neglect it and it grows wild, cultivate it and it will have a fruitful purpose in life! Chew on this a while, and see what you yourself think!

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THE GREAT SIGN 23:9:2017

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Revelation 12:1-2 New International Version “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth“.

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Hi all. So over the past 12 months I have been checking out the September 23rd 2017 sign which tallies [or so it seems] with Revelation 12:1-2. Now I am not about to be foolish enough to give dates for certain events as no one knows the day or hour! Though I will say this:

  1. A day is 24 hours and
  2. One hour is 60 minutes and
  3. One hour is 3600 seconds.
  4. And one minute is 60 seconds! So to simplify things Jesus said ‘you wont know of my return within a 24 hr period or within a 60 minute period or even the period of a second or an instant’. However, God has given us signs or signposts, seasons or marker guidelines in the sky to help us know when certain events are imminent!

Now, I/we or whoever may be wrong! Fine, no problem. However, I can’t deny what I now know even if it is wrong and who’s to say it’s right or wrong apart from God! This quote from proverbs sums it up for me:

‘If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” [denying what you now know]
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? [He knows you do]
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? [Because He knows you]
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?’ Proverbs 24:12

So, go check out the link below. It isn’t short, but I urge you to find a slot and at least give it a hearing. Cheers JKW

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WORD FOR TODAY. BOB GASS

15.4.2017

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TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY

Calvary was always part of God’s plan

‘It’s what God had in mind all along.’

Isaiah 53:10

The psalmist wrote: ‘My God, why have You forsaken Me…I am…a reproach of men, and despised…All those who see Me ridicule Me…saying, “He trusted in the LORD…let Him deliver Him”…I am poured out like water…My bones are out of joint…My tongue clings to My jaws…They pierced My hands and…feet…and for My clothing they cast lots’ (Psalm 22:1-18 NKJV). Think about it: David could be describing Jesus’ crucifixion in detail. Yet when he wrote these words crucifixion hadn’t been introduced as a form of execution. It was initiated centuries later by the Phoenicians, and long after that before it was adopted by the Roman Empire. Dr Charles Augustus Briggs says: ‘You can take this psalm…lay it side-by-side with New Testament accounts of the crucifixion…and see how they dovetail perfectly. It’s astonishing that someone could describe something so intimately and intricately a thousand years before it happened.’ Calvary wasn’t the result of happenstance. Long before Jesus came on the scene, God had a plan to reconcile us to Himself through Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:18 NIV). Historian Paul L. Maier says: ‘In Isaiah chapter 53 we have almost a running commentary on what happened on Good Friday…It would be mathematically impossible for anyone else to fulfill all these parameters of prophecy in the Old Testament better than Jesus.’ Bottom line: ‘It’s what God had in mind all along…that he give himself as an offering for sin.’ That means long before there was an Easter, God was thinking about you!

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Prayer. Thank you O my Father for giving us your Son, and leaving your Spirit till the work on earth is done. Amen, Maranatha come Lord Jesus.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

14 APRIL 2017

     THE WEIGHT OF SIN ON THE CROSS [THE WAY OF SALVATION]

THE BLOOD WALK  #6

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THE AGONY OF THE CROSS As distasteful as the description of the flogging was, I knew that even more repugnant testimony was yet to come. That’s because historians are unanimous that Jesus survived the beating that day and went on to the cross— which is where the real issue lies. These days, when condemned criminals are strapped down and injected with poisons or secured to a wooden chair and subjected to a surge of electricity, the circumstances are highly controlled. Death comes quickly and predictably. Medical examiners carefully certify the victim’s passing. From close proximity witnesses scrutinize everything from beginning to end. But how certain was death by this crude, slow, and rather inexact form of execution called crucifixion? In fact, most people aren’t sure how the cross kills its victims. And without a trained medical examiner to officially attest that Jesus had died, might he have escaped the experience brutalized and bleeding but nevertheless alive? I began to unpack these issues. “What happened when he arrived at the site of the crucifixion?” I asked. “He would have been laid down, and his hands would have been nailed in the outstretched position to the horizontal beam. This crossbar was called the patibulum, and at this stage it was separate from the vertical beam, which was permanently set in the ground.” I was having difficulty visualizing this; I needed more details. “Nailed with what?” I asked. “Nailed where?” “The Romans used spikes that were five to seven inches long and tapered to a sharp point. They were driven through the wrists,” Metherell said, pointing about an inch or so below his left palm. “Hold it,” I interrupted. “I thought the nails pierced his palms. That’s what all the paintings show. In fact, it’s become a standard symbol representing the crucifixion.” “Through the wrists,” Metherell repeated. “This was a solid position that would lock the hand; if the nails had been driven through the palms, his weight would have caused the skin to tear and he would have fallen off the cross. So the nails went through the wrists, although this was considered part of the hand in the language of the day. “And it’s important to understand that the nail would go through the place where the median nerve runs. This is the largest nerve going out to the hand, and it would be crushed by the nail that was being pounded in.” Since I have only a rudimentary knowledge of the human anatomy, I wasn’t sure what this meant. “What sort of pain would that have produced?” I asked. “Let me put it this way,” he replied. “Do you know the kind of pain you feel when you bang your elbow and hit your funny bone? That’s actually another nerve, called the ulna nerve. It’s extremely painful when you accidentally hit it.  THE CASE FOR EASTER “Well, picture taking a pair of pliers and squeezing and crushing that nerve,” he said, emphasizing the word squeezing as he twisted an imaginary pair of pliers. “That effect would be similar to what Jesus experienced.” I winced at the image and squirmed in my chair. “The pain was absolutely unbearable,” he continued. “In fact, it was literally beyond words to describe; they had to invent a new word: excruciating. Literally, excruciating means ‘out of the cross.’ Think of that: they needed to create a new word because there was nothing in the language that could describe the intense anguish caused during the crucifixion. “At this point Jesus was hoisted as the crossbar was attached to the vertical stake, and then nails were driven through Jesus’ feet. Again, the nerves in his feet would have been crushed, and there would have been a similar type of pain.” Crushed and severed nerves were certainly bad enough, but I needed to know about the effect that hanging from the cross would have had on Jesus. “What stresses would this have put on his body?” Metherell answered, “First of all, his arms would have immediately been stretched, probably about six inches in length, and both shoulders would have become dislocated—you can determine this with simple mathematical equations. “This fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy in Psalm 22, which foretold the crucifixion hundreds of years before it took place and says, ‘My bones are out of joint.’”  Alexander Metherell M.D. PH.D.,  [THE CASE FOR EASTER, Lee Strobel]. We’ll continue this tomorrow.

Application: Please listen to this song “There Is A Redeemer” by Keith Green, performed here by Kathryn Scott.

 

PRAYER: Give thanks this Calvary day for all that Jesus has done for you.

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THE CROSS, THE CHRIST, AND HIS CRUCIFIXION.

 13:4:17                                  THE WALK TO GOLGOTHA [THE WALK OF SHAME]

THE BLOOD WALK  #5

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Context: The walk from the praetorian barracks to Golgotha was a walk of shame. Not that Christ Jesus did anything shameful, He just carried our shame! [Isaiah 53]. All along the route His blood dripped on the ground from which man was formed. He carried our guilt and our shame. We all have a shame walk!I know mine, you know yours, but His blood dripped red so our sin and shame could be washed away, cleansed whiter than the snow. I can’t think of a better song than this to go out on!!!

Led like a lamb to the slaughter
In silence and shame
There on Your back You carried a world
Of  violence and pain
Bleeding, dying, bleeding, dying

You’re alive, You’re alive
You have risen, Alleluia!
And the power and the glory is given
Alleluia, Jesus, to You

At break of dawn, poor Mary
Still weeping she came
When through her grief she heard Your voice
Now speaking her name
Mary, Master, Mary, Master!

You’re alive, You’re alive
You have risen, Alleluia!
And the power and the glory is given
Alleluia, Jesus, to You

At the right hand of the Father
Now seated on high
You have begun Your eternal reign
Of justice and joy
Glory, glory, glory, glory

You’re alive, You’re alive
You have risen, Alleluia!
And the power and the glory is given
Alleluia, Jesus, to You

You’re alive, You’re alive
You have risen, Alleluia!
And the power and the glory is given
Alleluia, Jesus, to You

Application:

Find a quiet place, listen to the song, read the words and let them wash over you. Then Pray.

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