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Needs Beyond the Sacred Page

 

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God – will provide our needs beyond what we can ask or think….

Philippians 3:19-20 (KJV) “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

In this life we can go through many types of needs which at times we have no control over; things can come at us from the left field with no warning and although we are stable and upright, it takes time to adjust.

We have a support system in Christ Jesus and in spite of this, when the cares of life unfolds, it takes a firm hand to stand firm and understand that this also is just for a moment.

One surety we have in this life is that if God be for us, no one can be against us and it is…

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Sand in my Hand

 

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There’s something about grabbing a handful of sand and observing the combination of patterns and colors on the tiny rocks and seashells.

“Hey! Look at these colors. Aren’t they mesmerizing?”

Just to think that there is a wider color spectrum that the natural eyes cannot see.

There’s more? More colors you say?

I can’t think of a color that doesn’t exist. Why won’t you give it a try?

None. Right?

It’s said that the skies declare the work of God’s hand.

God knew our faithlessness. He uses the sky as an example because it is untouchable and full of mystery. Our minds don’t need to work hard to wonder.

But it was the sand in my hand that inflated my faith and stirred up this reserved excitement in me.

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Life can only be understood backward


Soren Kierkegaard said,
‘Life can only be understood backward,
but it must be lived forward.’

 

Take courage and peace from the fact that God never changes.
He has always been there for us in the past,
even when we couldn’t see it at the time.
He will equally always be there in the future,
walking through life with us.
May our backward glances at God’s love give us the security to step out into the unknown future.
~ Alan Hermann

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What are friends and friendship

Friendship.

According to Aristotle, a Greek philosopher from ancient times, there are three types of friendship,

I. Friendship of utility II. Friendship of pleasure, and finally, III. Perfect friendship

But what is a friend?

A friend is someone other than family that you share close affection with. A friend will share kindness, sympathy, compassion, loyalty, fun, common beliefs and values.
A true friend will celebrate the good times, and provide support during the bad times.

Ecclesiastes tells us

“You are better off having a friend than being all alone…..if you fall, your friend can help you up.” Ch 4 v 9-10

In the Bible there are many mentions of friends, and it is easy to see the attributes that make a good friend;

Loving, respectful, positive, forgiving, reliable, loyal, inspirational, vigilant, supportive, non-judgemental, trustworthy, cooperative, wise, and self- controlled.

We are told in Luke 6 v 31

“treat others as you want to be treated.”

Of course, the most powerful example of a friend, was Jesus.

John 15 v 12 -13 “Now I tell you to love each other, as I have loved you. The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.”

Let us all remember the example Jesus gave us, and be the sort of friend to others that we would want for ourselves.

In a world where we can be anything, let us be kind, compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic, loyal, and fun to those around us, as we journey together towards the Kingdom. There, by God’s grace, we will meet our best friend.

 


Dear Lord,
Help us to be good friends to those around us.
Help us to show love and kindness to others, as you have shown us.
Help us to provide support and comfort to our friends as they have need.
Thank you for being our friend and comforter,
and for our many blessings.
Amen 🙏🏻🙏🏻

 

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Live the Four

Christian life is simple, but demands our total being.
It can be summed up in four words,
‘Love God, love people’.
But what about obedience, service, sacrifice etc?
Read the four words again.
It’s all there isn’t it?
We can’t fully love without all of these aspects of life flowing out of us.
Live the love.
The rest will take care of itself.
~ Alan Hermann

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Be it in May or September: Run the race

The last two academic years have been very weird with many restrictions. September is here again and soon it will be October, the month when everybody is back at work or back in school. Once more we faee a new academic and church year. Once more we are reminded we have work to do on this earth. We have our obligations and we have to strive to get some results in what we are supposed to do.

In Belgium, last year, sports were more a thing for one person on his own, because no group events were allowed. Everyone had to stay in isolation and contact sports were not allowed. The text underneath normally was to be published in May, when we had the underneath ‘prayer theme’ for the month, but we got somewhat behind with a lot of work, because other matters, like taking care of people, providing food to isolated people and help for those in need, certainly after the floods, required our attention.

In the Covid period it might not have been easy for many. Now it could well be that this year may be a year of transition, for becoming back to normal.

Jane Edwards has a look at what happened mostly in May. In her country that is the time the sun starts showing herself more and more attention is given to outside sports. She then thinks of the race which we have to finish.

Be it May or September, each day we are confronted with a lot of matters. Every day of the year, we have to get on and continue our way.

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Run the race

When I was at school, the month of May meant only one thing…..
Practicing for Sports day.
Today, children are encouraged to just take part, and they are all winners. Helping others along the way to finish together.

When I was at school, it was all about the winning!
Who could run fastest.
Who could throw furthest.
Who could jump highest.

Winners were winners, and losers were just that – losers.
Winners received prizes, losers were scorned.

There were cheers, and plenty of boos.

I hated Sports day. Whilst I enjoyed hockey and netball – team games, I hated the one against one competition of Athletics – mainly because I was rubbish, and not really built to run!

We are told in the Bible in Hebrews 12 that we need to ‘run the race’ , but we are also told that ‘bodily exercise profits little’ in 1 Timothy 4v8 – which is correct?
Of course we need to exercise.
For our hearts and minds exercise is good, but too much can become an obsession – and take us away from other activities that matter.
So, what race do we need to run?

Of course, this is the race to the Kingdom. This race is much better than the ones I failed miserably at school. This race, (perhaps more apt to call it an Obstacle Course) makes everyone a winner!
It’s about getting to the finish line – some may reach that before others, but everyone has a chance to finish and win… and have help from others along the way.
And the prize – eternal life!
No boos, but cheers from the Heavenly Hosts.
As we watch our children on Sports Day, or think about exercise for ourselves, let us remember the most important race of our lives.

 

 

 

Dear Lord,
Please be with us as we run the race to your Kingdom.
Some of us may be slower through lack of faith, anxiety, and fatigue.
Give us the encouragement and strength needed to make it to the finish.
Please help us to help others to the end,
giving them encouragement as you have to us.
Amen

 

Jane Edwards

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Race and Grace

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong

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Half The Story

I can’t speak for others, but I notice that so often when I look at myself, I only see half the story.
I see my failures, my wrong attitudes and numerous other faults.
I come to the correct conclusion that I am a failing sinner,
but I forget that this is only half the story.
I am a sinner,
who God loves and who He has saved through grace.
I need to come back to the central thought which is that the Creator of the Universe loves me.
He loves me as I am, not as I should be,
but thankfully He loves me too much to leave me as I am.
So when I think on this I say to myself,
‘Alan, you are a sinner, but you are a sinner saved by a loving Father’s grace,
and you are a failure, but a loved failure because failures are all our Lord has to work with.
~ Alan Hermann

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Le Destin de justes et le dessein bienveillant de Dieu

La destinée de Jésus était d’être le Roi divin du monde nouveau. Son séjour sur la terre n’était donc que temporaire, juste assez long pour apprendre “ l’obéissance par les choses qu’il a souffertes ”, “ rendre témoignage à la vérité ” et “ donner sa vie comme la rançon de plusieurs ”.

Si nous nous appelons chrétiens, nous devons admettre que la vie éternelle dont parle la bible, sera vécue sur la terre et non pas dans les cieux.

On nous dit dans Mathieu 5:5 que

“heureux les débonnaires, car ils hériteront la terre.”

L’Apocalypse 5:10 nous approuve les paroles de Jesus

” tu as fait d’eux (les justes un royaume et des sacrificateurs pour notre Dieu et ils régneront sur la terre.”

Dans psaumes 115:16

“le cieux sont les cieux de l’Éternel, mais il a donné la terre aux fils de l’homme.”

Les hommes fidèles du passé, ressuscités, et les autres brebis s’uniront pour faire de la terre un paradis ; ensuite aura lieu la résurrection de l’humanité en général, de ceux qui sont dans les “ tombes du souvenir ” et qui avaient “ fait le mal ”. (Jean 5:28, 29.) Tous ceux-là auront aussi l’occasion de profiter du sacrifice du Christ et des bienfaits de son règne et parviendront ainsi à la perfection, à la fin du règne millénaire du Christ.

Seuls ceux qui constituent le “ corps du Christ ” ont été déclarés justes, et cela en raison de leur foi ; ils obtiendront la justice réelle à la “ première résurrection ”. Les autres membres obéissants de l’humanité seront déclarés justes pour la vie éternelle après avoir subi l’épreuve avec succès, à la fin du règne millénaire du Christ.

Dieu Son dessein bienveillant n’a pas changé. Dieu n’a ni échoué ni renoncé ; il tient toujours à son projet originel. Démontrant qu’Il en est heureusement bien ainsi, Jéhovah a préparé pour la famille humaine le chemin du retour vers le paradis, un paradis aussi vaste que celui qu’il avait prévu à l’origine, c’est-à-dire une terre paradisiaque où régnera la paix éternelle. Finalement, il fera en sorte que la terre soit plus belle encore que lorsqu’elle est apparue aux yeux des astronautes qui, dans l’espace, tournaient autour de la lune dans leur vaisseau spatial fabriqué par l’homme. Il ne s’agit pas d’un mythe religieux, car, s’il en était ainsi, Dieu, qui est responsable de la rédaction de la sainte Bible, se serait exposé à la risée, et le clergé de la chrétienté ainsi que les savants modernes auraient des raisons de se moquer de lui et de tourner sa Bible en ridicule.

Pour chlore, la Bible nous informe que ce sera sur la terre, là où Dieu au commencement a placé les hommes, qu’ils recevront sa bénédiction.

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True or false hope

Hope:
It is so often the case that wonderful words and phrases have no real meaning
until we meditate for a while on their descriptors.
One such wonderful example is the word ‘Hope’.
To say that I have hope is meaningless.
Is it a true or false hope, a strong or weak hope, a living or dead hope?
I could go on.

Where does your hope in Jesus stand?
I pray it is enriched by the sure reality that you are greatly loved by the Creator and His Son,
whose love will be the sure basis of our hope for all eternity.
It is the only hope that matters.

Join me in hope.
It is the only way to live,
and live and live joyfully and eternally.
Live!!!

~ Alan Hermann

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Concern about the impact over time of Catholic livestreamed Masses

Many religious groups all over the world avoided their members having too much contact with other people and therefore chose to have their religious services online.

As the world fought to contain the spread of CoViD-19, or the coronavirus, in several countries Catholics have been dismayed that public Masses had been cancelled in a large portion of their country, as have weddings, baptisms, first Communions and confirmations. To be deprived of the Holy Eucharist is a terrible blow to Catholics.

While televised and online liturgies were a blessing for many, early in the pandemic and continue to provide benefits for parish ministries, some pastors who spoke with the National Catholic Register expressed concern about the impact over time.

Parishioners sit during Sunday Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church on August 15, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Parishioners wore face coverings during Mass as part of COVID-19 protocols inside the historic church which is recognized as the oldest Black Catholic parish in the country.
Parishioners sit during Sunday Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church on August 15, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Parishioners wore face coverings during Mass as part of COVID-19 protocols inside the historic church which is recognized as the oldest Black Catholic parish in the country. (photo: Mario Tama / Getty)

During COVID times, livestreamed Masses have been a blessing to many.

And whether the new Delta variant spikes or fizzles in the coming weeks, coronavirus has already changed many Catholic parishes in the United States.

In the United States of America, like in more Southern countries, much more people still want to go to mass. In Belgium we do find lots of people who are baptised in the Roman Catholic Church, but really do not believe so much, but are only member of that church out of tradition and because they want to have those celebrations of the first and second communion. The state television still keeps screening Roman masses, which made that in coronatime more people could find a church service on television. For other religious groups it was totally different. Several groups tried to organise services on the net, via Zoom or other social media.

In any case, what we could see at the Christadelphian meetings on the net, was that we had more people present at such service than at a real-life service. Providing livestreamed church services or Masses for those who cannot attend in person, due to health concerns and other serious reasons, is likely to remain a mainstay on Christadelphian but also on Catholic worship for some time.

But according to Father Jeffrey Kirby

The virus emergency not only changed the way the parish communicates with parishioners, it has even led it to unexpectedly develop a second constituency, as far-flung as California to the west and Ireland to the east.

Naturally, we all do know that there is No Substitute for The Real Thing.

Please read more how some American Catholic Churches managed the streaming of their services: Virus-Prodded Online Masses Have Changed Many Catholic Parishes — Are They Keeping Some Catholics From Returning to Church?

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