The Need For The Cross

This is just good teaching. Thank You Father.

A Christian Worldview of Fiction

As we approach Easter, I’m well aware of the fact that many people will simply ignore the day. Some (at least those in the northern hemisphere) will also celebrate it as a “spring is here” day, commemorating the new life in nature demonstrated by buds on trees, green replacing the colorless world of winter, baby birds pushing out of eggs.

But the resurrection of Jesus? No need for such “myths,” many will say.

The resurrection, of course, hinges on the cross. Jesus had to die first before He could be raised incorruptible.

In fact His death was not an act of martyrdom. It wasn’t the tragedy that spawned a movement.

Rather, Jesus did something no one else could do. The nails that crashed into His hands and feet, essentially nailed the “certificate of debt” owed to God by every sinner, to that cross.

The blood Jesus spilled that day was…

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Life!

It’s been a busy ole time! I finally got some carpet down throughout the new flat; tidied up a bit and put my studio back in use. Replaced the stolen buggy with another one and have been able to do a tiny bit of exploration of my new home area.

Found a shop last week, and the local bottle bank! Glass jars and bottles need to be disposed of properly if we don’t intend keeping them. So that’s another riddle solved. Apparently, I can recycle old batteries locally too, which is huge. I’ll go and suss that out properly too, hopefully, sometime this week.

We’ve had snow. Loads of big frosts and the weather turned seasonably cold in the last couple of weeks, or so. As I write, we’re exactly a week away from Christmas. Thankfully, we should have church on Christmas Eve, so at least I’ll go into the holidays with being able to worship before everyone hibernates for the next couple of days.

I’ve decided I’ll probably make home made pizza to keep me going next Monday! I cooked fish and chips last year, and that was lovely. I don’t do the rich food thing at Christmas. I’ll treat myself to biscuits and chocolate, but all that extra food? Nah. I don’t need it the rest of the year, so I don’t need it now when I know many people haven’t even got a roof over their heads, never mind all the extras which cause a lot of over-spending that not too many folk can afford any more. I’m extremely thankful to have somewhere to live and keep warm in. The rest is frippery I can manage without. Funny thing: I just don’t know how to answer the “What are you doing for Christmas” question. I get asked every year and stumble over it every year.

What am I supposed to do? Am I odd just for being alone and not worrying about it? I can’t answer that either. All I know is that I’m thankful, and if I found a stranger in need, I’d do everything I could to see to their needs, including hot food.

God has blessed me with a lovely place to live in that I love. I would like to be a part of someone else’s blessing.

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Long time coming, but I’ve got to tell you this…

Almost 11 weeks ago, I moved house, and county! No longer living in Norfolk, which I’d done since 1974, I moved just across the border to Suffolk, and a small town I’d never even heard of before looking for a new home. Long story shortened: I love it here in Brandon. The longer I’m here, the more in love with the place and the people I become.

And I’ve joined a church.

I talked about baptism with the pastor on the very first day I went there, and was baptised that very same afternoon. No hesitation. No silly excuses, just the sweet pastor and the whole congregation wanting to live completely under the banner of the truth of God’s word. They saw a spiritual need, and sorted it out that very day.

Well, you know what? That’s how things were done in Acts.

There’s loads more to this, but for now, I’m thankful to God Almighty for providing me with somewhere to go for my spiritual food and nurturing. Two services on a Sunday and another gathering every Wednesday. Just how it should be.

And the welcome I’ve received is second to none. So a prayer I prayed 8 years ago has seen its fulfilment completed, and I live just a few steps away from all my physical and spiritual needs. And people don’t believe in miracles?

Why not?

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This is how it will happen…

Revelation 9

Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

(verses 1-6)

Revelation 16…

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.” So the first went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image.

(verses 1-2)

For those who love their healthcare – I hope you take notice of the above. Here’s what’s truly happening. And we wonder why?

The storm over Jeremy Hunt’s latest attack on the UK’s health service is loud and clear from the people. The government do not give a damn about us, or whether we live, or die. That’s fact. But there is a greater truth in the above Scriptures than anything Jeremy Hunt can, or will do.

God doesn’t HAVE to phase out healthcare. But we’ve all become so used to it that a little drama might get people’s attention. So we are losing it. And when these Scriptures happen, there will be nowhere to run. Not even a doctor, should there be any left alive, will be able to get support if they are not covered by the blood of the lamb.

It would be right for EVERYONE to repent.

NOW.

I don’t CARE if you don’t like it.

I do not care.

Repent.

NOW.

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Thirteen Ways Goverment Budget Cuts Have Failed my Family (A Shortened Version)

Thank God there was once a proper health service. Those who worked in it saved my life, and my eyesight. Now, I’m old, it’s obviously time for me to look after myself, and be my own doctor. R.I.P – NHS. What a sorry shame we couldn’t protect YOU from harm when you need it most…

Mama Unexpected

It’s been in the news lately that my local county council are facing massive budget cuts and are failing SEN children. Was I shocked? Course not. Here’s a little list of some of the ways that budget cuts and “belt tightening” have personally affected my family so far in the last five years.

1) When I was in labour with Tilly, the unit was understaffed and so the midwife failed to spot that I was haemorrhaging heavily until my mum pointed out I was turning grey. I almost died in that labour room.
2) When Tilly was a few months old, my GP at the time told me she was “failing to thrive” but couldn’t refer me to anyone bar the growth paediatrician as the referrals would be rejected.
3) when Tilly was 10 months old my wonderful Health Visitor did her one year check early and sent off referrals…

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Encouragement

Isaiah 60

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Double Rainbow Meaning

Where I last lived, I always knew where to find the double rainbow after rain, or a storm. Now I’m in a new dwelling, I wanted to know where to find the rainbow last week. From the colour of the clouds, I knew there had to be one somewhere! I found it: To the right of my block of flats, over the house rooftops, there they were. Two of them. We never get one any more – always two!

Pure Glory

    by Hazel Straub

A double rainbow lit the darkened cloudy sky. God said, “Trust me through the storm, I have you. Don’t lean on your own understanding but lean into me, as the showers refresh. Embrace my wind, it blows the mosquitos away. Know my rainbow is a double one of covenant. They witness to my faithfulness. Trust me. I bring you through the storm. I am here for you.”

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