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Archive for February 28, 2013

Compassionately Broken

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Injustice

Today a 27-year-old man was killed over a traffic dispute. The police in South Africa tied him up to their van and dragged him behind it. The man died from head and internal injuries. Read article.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:17-21

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Children Killed by their Parents

According to very basic statistics, on average approximately 70 children die every year in Britain and between 2000-3000 in America. Those on their own are horrifying enough without looking into the statistics for the other 194 countries in the world. The “Daily Mail” reported just two incidence today. One English 4-year-old girl was killed by her mental ill mother; and a 9-year-old Indian boy was killed by his mother who feared his penis was too small. Life is so easily take away.

Be sure you do not hate one of these little children. I tell you, they have angels who are always looking into the face of My Father in heaven. – Matthew 18:10

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Suicide

This week in England a 9-year-old boy hung himself after being bullied at school. Today photos appeared online of a couple jumping from a bridge in China. Every time I hear of stories like this my heart just breaks at the loneliness, desperation and hopelessness each of these people must have felt. Read article.

God is with you. The Powerful One who wins the battle. He loves you greatly; and with that love He will calm you, bring you peace and give you a new life. He has much joy over you and loudly sings your praises. Zephaniah 3:17

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Lack of Basic Life Needs

Shelter, clean water, heating, food, homelessness… the list is endless. Billions of people all around the world are in need; including in our own cities. We have so much to offer them, but are we brutally honest enough to admit that and act on it?

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. – James 2:14-18

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Discrimination

Fat/Thin. Able/Disabled. Male/Female. Old/Young. Black/White/Coloured. An independent counsellor recently resigned from his post in Cornwall for claiming “disabled children cost too much money and should be put down.” Our world is filled with unfair judgement and sadly we are all guilty of this too.

You are not a mistake. Before time began I was thinking of you. I spent eternity creating you for a reason; and only you can represent this special part of Me. – Genesis 1:27 and Psalm 139. 

Physical Sickness

We all suffer with some sort of sickness at some point in our lives. For some its minor and for others it’s great. Some get better, some don’t. I don’t know why God doesn’t just heal everyone… but I do believe this. We can’t escape death, it happens to 100% of us. God can most certainly step in and heal but maybe He doesn’t because in so many situations the story of grace, strength, wisdom and courage is far greater than an act of healing could ever be. Medicine and science is incredible, but there’s still a long way to go.

For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. – 2 Corinthians 5:1-5

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Emotional Pain

Shattered dreams, goodbyes, sadness, choices, reality, separation, rejection…

Jesus wept. = John 11:35 

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Death

For millions death came and took life in a terrible way. We only have to tune into the news or look around us and we lose count and at the number of lives gone. For the majority, death wears the face of fear. How can one have hope or be comforted? War, child soldiers, casualties of war, sickness, accidents, murder, natural disasters…

But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will rise. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

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