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On Stony Ground…..

“The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. “Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. “Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. “Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” – Luke 8:5-8

This is one of the few parables which is found in Luke, Mark and Matthews Gospel books, I believe that it’s importance was repeated for a very good reason, both applicable among the disciples of Christ’s day as well as among the modern disciple of today. All Christians (especially young ones) need discipleship, it is not an optional extra of the Christian life but an essential. In the wild, lions will pick off the young and the weak among their prey, our enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8) is no different, those who are weak in their faith, knowledge or discernment are easy pickings for the enemies lies and deception.

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Thy Will Be Done…

Thus says the LORD to Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right hand,
To subdue nations before him
And to loose the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut……

I am the LORD, and there is no other;
Besides Me there is no God.
I will gird you, though you have not known Me;

That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun
That there is no one besides Me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other,

The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing well-being and creating calamity;
I am the LORD who does all these. – Isaiah 45:1,5-7

This whole chapter of Isaiah is one of my favourite’s in the entire Old and New Testaments, it is an example of God’s sovereign power over life and death, salvation and destruction. It describes a future King who would come to free the Israelites from their captivity in Babylon, Cyrus, a Persian pagan described as “anointed” by the Lord. This man is also seen as a forerunner type of Christ, like Isaac, Joseph and David were. Although bizarre to the people at that time, it was God’s will to use a foreign pagan to free them. God’s will may seem strange to us at times but it will always work out for the greater good in His plan.

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A Sword in the Wrong Hands…

Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:12-17

 

Four years ago a film called “The Book of Eli” was released and despite having a very loose Christian message it was clearly still a secular film but there was one line which I will never forget…….

The films main antagonist seeks the only surviving copy of the Bible left in the world and is willing to kill to get it, one of his henchmen questions his actions; why go to all this trouble, it’s just a book? To which the villain replies

It’s not a book, it’s a weapon!” (Expletives Removed)

Now a gun in the hands of a policeman or solider can protect and save the innocent from harm, but the same gun in the hands of a terrorist can only destroy lives. Likewise a Bible in the wrong hands is a powerful and dangerous weapon. (more…)

The Christian Manual

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This was my only attempt at poetry and I wrote it around age 12 (14 years ago)

The Christian Manual

Though this book looks old and tattered
Inside it is brand new
For in this book there is a power
Beyond that of me and you

Most people have this book at home
It’s only read by few
To many it just gathers dust
I’ve read this book, have you?

It’s written in our language
It’s easy to construe
The Authors request is made obvious
I followed it, did you?

This book has diverted me past my fears
Its promise so strong and true
The Author saved me from a sinful end
He can do the same for you

This book contains the Word of God
From start to end; right through
The book is called the Bible
I believe in it, do you?