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Love is Giving

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1 & 14

It is so easy to get sucked into the festivities, the buying of gifts, wrapping of presents, travels, jingle bells, etc, and miss out completely on the very essence of Christmas.

Christmas is about a demonstrated love – God taking the first step to bring us back to himself through his Son Jesus. Now, gifts and turkey carvings are delightful, but what’s more delightful is that God desires a relationship with us- not because he needs relationship by the way, but because we were made for relationship. In him, with him, we find our true selves and purpose.

So this Christmas, remember Who it is really about and do make some space and time for Him.
Have a blessed Christmas time.
Just_A_Thought

‘Each Gives What He Has’

What do you have to give?

For over 40 years East Berlin was controlled by the communists. West Berlin was free. One day some people who lived in East Berlin took a truck-load of garbage and dumped it on the West Berlin side. The people of West Berlin could have retaliated by doing the same thing. But instead they took a truckload of canned goods, bread, and milk and neatly stacked it on the East Berlin side. On top of this stack of food they placed the sign: ‘Each gives what he has.’

What do you have to give?

Just_A_Thought

 

 
Taken from “What Kind of Fruit Is On the Tree?” by Howard Strickland (Dec, 2011)

 

He Knows My Name

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness 2 Corinthians 12.9

Words from the song “Fly”, on the album “He Knows My Name” by Thomas Dean, Worship Pastor at Central, Edinburgh, Scotland

Verse 1:
My God lives, breathing life into the weary
My God heals, and he wants to make me whole
We were made to reflect You in your beauty
Oh Lord

Chorus:
Would I fly, as your spirit makes me new
My life will point to You
Renewed, Refined, Restored
Would I soar, in my weakness You’ll be strong
An adopted child of God
I am Yours

Verse 2:
Our God speaks, building faith into his children
Words of truth, bringing freedom from our shame
We’ve been saved, to reflect You in Your beauty

© Thomas Dean, 2012

Guitar chords available at HeKnowsMyName.co.uk.
Listen to the complete EP below or support Thomas’ ministry on BandCamp

Enjoy!

Love of Neighbour

“This rough world sometimes needs to be rebuked, and if we can get at the ears of the people, it is our business to reprove them; and I think if ever there was a time when this text needed to be enlarged upon, it is just now. It is so often forgotten, so seldom remembered, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’

‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ – We can split it into three parts. Whom am I to love? My neighbour. What am I to do? I am to love him. How am I to do it? I am to love him as myself.” – Charles Spurgeon

Something to reflect on: a) Who is your ‘neighbour’? and b) What might be the practical implications of loving neighbour as yourself?

Every blessing, in Jesus Christ
Word of Hope Ministries

Prayer at Christmas

The Saviour was born to bring us freedom and hope- May that be your experience this Christmas.

He was born to show us how to live- Humbly, to love mercy and yield our lives to the Father in heaven.

He came to earth to bring light into our darkness- May His light shine brightly in any area of your life that needs illumination (finance, spiritual, health, marriage, etc)

May Christ be reborn in our hearts today and always.

Have a Merry Christmas and a New Year of renewed hope.

From the Just A Thought Team
Word of Hope Ministries

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Reflecting God’s Glory

“The moon has no glory of its own except that which it receives from the dazzling sun. And so are we! We will know no true and lasting glory until we turn to the Sun of Righteousness, the Sun of our souls to receive grace to do that which we were first fashioned to do- reflect the glory of the Lord”
-Dominic Ahiaga-Dagbui

Every Blessing
Word of Hope Ministries

Give It Up & Gain it back

Would you be prepared to give up, just so you might gain? Sounds counter-cultural, isn’t it? Jesus said,

“And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life” Matthew 19:29.

It is so easy to become very attached to these, and more, that they actually rob us of the freedom to live freely and enjoy life abundantly as promised by Christ. Placed in the right priority or perspective, that is Christ above all, they can rather help us to achieve our purpose in life more effectively.

Give it up to gain it back.

Every Blessing
Word of Hope Ministries

 

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