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Show Yourself to me, Lord

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Man: Show Yourself to me, Lord, show yourself to me. I need to see Your face, Lord, I need to see.

God: See then, my people, see then my word. See that love is the essence of all. Open your eyes and you’ll see Me.

Man: Now I need to hear You, Lord, now I need to hear. I need to hear Your voice, Lord, I need to hear.

God: Hear then the hungry, hear then the thirsty. Hear the loud cry of your neighbour, My friend. Hear all these things and you’ll believe. Open your ears and then you’ll hear Me.

Man: Now I need to touch You, Lord, now I need to touch You. I need to touch Your warmth, Lord, I need to touch You.

God: Touch the dying, touch the sick. Touch all men, that others reject. Touch all your neighbours and then you’ll believe. Hold out your hands and you’ll touch Me.

Man: I need to know You, Lord, now I need to know. I need to know You, Lord, I need to know.

God: Look at the universe, son, look at the things around you. Learn from the goodness around you. See the clarity that encircles you. Study all things, and then you’ll know Me.

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A Launching Pad

Simla chandigarh diocese a launching pad 01 Laws, are made for people according to the situation and environment they find themselves in-hence they are temporary. they are means of instructions-a living and continuous instruction. the law is intended to educate people to come to God. It is not intended to be observed externally only, but should guide people as a map along the road to God. Hence the laws should be internally observed. The greater the fidelity to the law, the more prosperity s increased.

The law is basically instructive. In school, for example certain laws and regulations are made to keep discipline and peace. They are catechetical and suited to normal life and are an expression of the life of the community. In the home too certain observances are necessary.

Laws: like

  1. Honor your father and mother;
  2. Be kind and neighborly to your fellowmen;
  3. Be decent and pure with yourself and your neighbor;
  4. Do not steal &
  5. Do not harm or kill your neighbor or destroy his property or take away his  good  name come, these have come from God through man so that we may be  able  to live a happy life.

A law serves to fear God. Also, by keeping the Law, you can give public witness to your vocation. This means that you have a personal sense of your vocation. In other words the Law draws us to the Love of God.

The Law therefore gives us a choice of Life or Death. It is merely an external Love of God and serves to make it practical. Laws therefore establish proper conditions for us to live our lives as:

  1. It educates as to what man is
  2. It gives us the knowledge of what His nature is
  3. It shows us man’s relation to God by keeping him away from the weaknesses that could harm him i.e., by protecting him against himself and by the gift of God’s own presence that he gives us in the law.

The Law is a launching pad. Every morning therefore we can start off once more and be launching towards God by obeying His commands and the various laws that help the immediate environment.

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How to make Right Decisions

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In order to continue in the middle of God’s perfect will, it is vital that we make right decisions each day and each week. But that is not always easy. As a tool to help you make right decisions from a biblical perspective, There are 13 questions you should ask when facing a choice. Here they are:

1) Does God already have a clear teaching about this?

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

If God has already spoken clearly about this, you do not have to wonder any longer. Just do what he has told you.

Simple, right?

Well, the problem here seems to be that most people in our culture today seem to have a fairly low level of knowledge of the Scriptures. They are “low-information believers.”

So, I would encourage you to saturate your mind as much as possible with God’s Word. Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Learn it. Once you have done so, you will be amazed at how much better you are at making good, solid decisions in life.

2) What do my top spiritual advisors tell me about this?

Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

It is vital that you surround yourself with godly friends who will be able to speak into your life about life’s decisions. Do you realize that you are basically a composite of the five people you spend the most time with? It is crucial to choose those people carefully. If you don’t have those types of friends, I would encourage you to increase your involvement in church and small groups and ministry in order to establish those godly relationships.

3) What do authority figures in my life have to say about this?

Titus 3:1
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work.

(Also see Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:17)

God often works through authority relationships in our lives. For instance, it would be extremely rare for the best choice to be something that is illegal. Look at this choice from the vantage point of authority figures in your life, and at least use that as an important reference point for you.

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4) How will this affect me spiritually?

1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.

There is much more to this life than just earning a bigger paycheck or improving your status amongst peers. When you make choices, make sure you consider how this decision will affect your spiritual development. Will this draw you nearer to God or further from him? Will this decision interfere with your ability to attend church, maintain godly relationships, or spend time cultivating your spiritual disciplines? If it harms you spiritually, then I would suggest pulling the plug on that choice.

5) How will this affect my family? Will this draw us closer to God or further from God?

1 Corinthians 8:9
But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

Not only must you consider how this decision will affect your own spiritual development, but you must also consider the affects it will have on the spiritual state of your family. Will this help your family to grow in Christ, or will it interfere with that spiritual growth? Will this pull them away from godly friends and away from a healthy, godly church environment? Will this divide your family in any way? Be careful not to make decisions that will cause your family to pay a big price.

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6) Is this going to bring more peace or less peace to my life?

1 Thessalonians 4:11
That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.

Did you know that God actually wants you to have a peaceful life? Of course, this is not the “American way,” but it is definitely an important consideration when it comes to making decisions. Be cautious that you are not stacking your life with more and more “stuff” that will send you over the edge with stress and anxiety. And make sure it is not going to steal the peace from your family as well.

7) Is this consistent with the way God has wired me?

1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God has created you for a purpose, and He has designed you specifically to fulfill that purpose. You are a gifted individual, and His plan will be for you to function within that area of giftedness. When we veer outside of the way He has wired us, we often feel excessive stress, anxiety, and burnout very quickly.

When it comes to making decisions, make sure you evaluate the choice in light of the way that God has designed you. Are you creative? Are you detail-oriented? Are you relational? Are you task-oriented? Are you a communicator? Pay attention to how God has wired you.

8) Am I paying attention to the risks that are associated with this?

Proverbs 27:12
A wise man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.

When making decisions, it is very important to honestly assess the risk that is involved. Sometimes we can become so mesmerized by a “golden carrot” that we overlook the risks that are associated. For this one, I would suggest that you have an outside voice speak into the situation.

In his book Entreleadership, Dave Ramsey says that anytime he has made a business decision that has gone against his wife’s advice, it has cost him at least $10,000. Sometimes others, like a spouse, can see the risks that we overlook.

It is a sign of wisdom to be cautious. Not fearful, but cautious.

9) Do I have total peace from God about this?

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Sometimes everything can look right on the outside when I’m making a decision, but there will still be angst within my spirit. I have learned that making a decision without that inner peace is nearly always a mistake. God gives us peace as a protection and a guide. Seek His peace, and be cautious of making decisions that move against that peace.

10) Are the doors of circumstances clearly open here?

(See Acts 16)

God often works through obvious circumstances. For example, He did that for Paul in Acts 16. In that chapter, Paul and his entourage kept facing closed doors as they were seeking where they were to minister next. And then, one door to Asia flew open while all other doors were closing.

God often directs me more by closing doors than by opening them. But there have been times in my life when I have attempted to force open a door that was not truly open. That never ends well.

It’s always good to look at how God is opening or closing doors in front of you. And while an open door does not always mean that you are to pass through, it is often an indicator that God is at work. Pay attention to open doors, and be cautious of forcing doors open when they are closed.

11) Is now the best time for this? Could waiting be better?

Ephesians 5:16-17
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Haste does not always produce the best decisions. Sometimes everything might seem right about a choice, but making the decision at a later time might make more sense. This isn’t always easy, because we often want to move forward quickly when we see an opportunity. But sometimes the wiser decision is to slow down, plan more, get more input, and give it more time to develop.

12) Am I willing to let God close this door?

(Again, refer to Paul’s journey in Acts 16.)

An important element to making good decisions is to make sure that you are completely submitted to God’s ultimate plan for your life. Sometimes we get it into our heads that we want to do a certain thing, and then we struggle immensely when we begin to realize that God may not want us to move forward with that particular choice.

The disaster comes when we place our desire above God’s plan. Let me be clear here. That never turns out well. The best decision you can ever make is to submit your choices to God’s plan and be willing to give up an opportunity when you sense God does not want you to move forward with that decision.

13) Am I willing to trust God if He asks me to step forward?

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Closely related to the above question is this: Are you willing to trust God if He asks you to step forward? This is basically the flipside of question 12. It’s important to stop when God says, “Stop,” and it is equally important to move forward when He says, “Move forward.”

Are you willing to do that thing He might want you to do? What if it makes you feel uncomfortable? What if it moves you out of your comfort zone? What if it requires faith?

I can testify to you that the most exciting moments of my life have been when I have submitted to God and stepped forward with Him in faith. I hope you can experience that same joy.

Wrapping It Up

OK, so when you have a tough choice to make go over these questions before confirming your decision. Talk through each of these questions with your spouse or a friend in the context of a decision you are currently making in your own life.

  • All Scripture quotes are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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The importance of sport in developing a spiritual life: the John Paul II way!

The late Pope John Paul II was known for his love of sport as a means of building spiritual character through excellence in sporting skills and fitness, discipline and self-sacrifice.Image

In his life and teachings, Pope John Paul II showed that he believed in sport not as an end in itself, giving rise to the danger of becoming a vain and harmful idol, but as an instrument given by God for the spiritual and comprehensive development of the person: “Every sport, at both the amateur and the competitive level, requires basic human qualities such as rigorous preparation, continual training, awareness of one’s personal limits, fair play, acceptance of rules, respect for one’s opponent and a sense of solidarity and unselfishness”.

Throughout his youth he was passionate about many sports including football, mountaineering, skiing and swimming. It is recorded that, when he was at school in Poland, during football matches between Jewish and Catholic groups he would often volunteer to play in goal for the Jewish team. During his papacy he continued to run, climb and swim in private until ill health overtook his physical abilities.

John Paul II’s greeting to those taking part in the European Games for the Blind in 1985 sums up the inspiration of all disability sport, right through to the elite level of the Paralympics. “Your sporting activities are a sign of your great human capabilities. You do not allow yourselves to be overcome by difficulties. You are determined to overcome them. In this you show great gifts of mind and will.”

Pope John Paul ll’s legacy includes the John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport. This was launched by Pope Benedict XVl during his visit to Britain in 2010. The new Catholic charity has since October 2012 been promoting sport as a catalyst and conduit to enable all people to embrace a greater vision of, and higher values for, themselves and those around them.

In fact it is fair to say that John Paul 2 Foundation 4 Sport was building on the London Olympics ‘legacy’ well before the 2012 summer of sport. When everyone was talking about legacy we were doing it!

The charity’s aim is to make use of sports grounds and facilities belonging to catholic schools and colleges across the country with spare capacity to offer. These are being organised to provide opportunities for young people, who have no access to existing clubs or teams, to channel their energies into constructive, healthy sporting activities, thereby improving their own lives and performance and helping others to achieve their potential.

The dream is to generate as many new sports facilities as possible so that young people can get off the streets and play a sport – ‘from gangs to clubs’.

JP2F4S to date helps support 15 sports clubs (the first JP2F4S club opened nine months after the charity’s launch in October 2011) – two London examples are set out below to show the influence the organisation has already had:

The Sports Squared initiative at Sion Manning offers football to girls and primary school children; dance for primary and secondary school girls and basketball to the VI Formers at St Charles VI Form College.

At Cardinal Wiseman 50 students- 30 boys and 20 girls – are trained by coaches from Brentford Football Club which has just won the Award as Community Football Club of the Year 2014.  Assemblies have been delivered in the schools as the Foundation seeks to integrate the 12 virtues of JP2 into the lives of the children.

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Facts about the Bible

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How many books are in the Bible?

The Bible contains 66 books, divided among the Old and New Testaments.

How many books are in the Old Testament?

There are 39 books in the Old Testament.

How many books are in the New Testament?

There are 27 books in the New Testament.

What does “testament” mean?

Testament means “covenant” or “contract.”

Who wrote the Bible?

The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.

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Which single author contributed the most books to the Old Testament?

Moses. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible.

Which single author contributed the most books to the New Testament?

The Apostle Paul, who wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.

When was the Bible written?

It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ).

What is the oldest book in the Old Testament?

Many scholars agree that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written by an unknown Israelite about 1500 B.C. Others hold that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) are the oldest books in the Bible, written between 1446 and 1406 B.C.

What is the youngest book in the Old Testament?

The book of Malachi, written about 400 B.C.

What is the oldest book of the New Testament?

Probably the book of James, written as early as A.D. 45.

What is the youngest book in the New Testament?

The Book of Revelation is the youngest book of the New Testament, written about 95 A.D.

What languages was the Bible written in?

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek.

When was the Bible canonized?

The entire New Testament as we know it today, was canonized before the year 375 A.D. The Old Testament had previously been canonized long before the advent of Christ.

What does “canon” mean?

“Canon” is derived front the Greek word “Kanon,” signifying a measuring rod. Thus, to have the Bible “canonized” meant that it had been measured by the standard or test of divine inspiration and authority. It became the collection of books or writings accepted by the apostles and leadership of the early Christian church as a basis for Christian belief. It is the standard by which all Christians throughout the ages live and worship.

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When was the first translation of the Bible made into English?

1382 A.D., by John Wycliffe.

When was the Bible printed?

The Bible was printed in 1454 A.D. by Johannes Gutenberg who invented the “type mold” for the printing press. It was the first book ever printed.

What is the oldest almost-complete manuscript of the Bible now in existence?

The Codex Vaticanus, which dates from the first half of the fourth Century. It is located in the library of the Vatican in Rome. There are older fragments of the Bible that are still preserved however– the oldest being a tiny scrap of the Gospel of John was found in Egypt, dating back to the beginning of the second century. (It is currently in the Rayland’s Library in Manchester, England).

What is the longest book in the Bible?

The book of Psalms.

What is the shortest book in the Bible?

2 John.

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 119

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 117

What is the longest verse in the Bible?

Esther 8:9

What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

John 11:35

Which book in the Bible does not mention the word “God?”

The book of Esther.

Who was the oldest man that ever lived?

Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).

Who were the two men in the Bible who never died but were caught up to heaven?

Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24). Elijah, who was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11).

Who does the Bible say was the meekest man in the Bible (not including Jesus)?

Moses (Numbers 12:3).

How many languages has the Bible been translated into?

The Holy Bible has been translated into 2,018 languages, with countless more partial translations, and audio translations (for unwritten languages). (This is an enormous amount of translations. In comparison, Shakespeare, considered by many to be the master writer of the English language, has only been translated into 50 languages.)

Is the Bible still the best-selling book in the world?

Yes, indeed!

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The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd

Confidence in God’s grace and care. – “The Lord is my shepherd.” In these words, the believer is taught to express his satisfaction in the care of the great Pastor of the universe, the Redeemer and Preserver of men. With joy he reflects that he has a shepherd, and that shepherd is Jehovah. A flock of sheep, gentle and harmless, feeding in verdant pastures, under the care of a skillful, watchful, and tender shepherd, forms an emblem of believers brought back to the Shepherd of their souls.

The greatest abundance is but a dry pasture to a wicked man, who relishes in it only what pleases the senses; but to a godly man, who by faith tastes the goodness of God in all his enjoyments, though he has but little of the world, it is a green pasture. The Lord gives quiet and contentment in the mind, whatever the lot is. Are we blessed with the green pastures of the ordinances, let us not think it enough to pass through them, but let us abide in them. The consolations of the Holy Spirit are the still waters by which the saints are led; the streams which flow from the Fountain of living waters. Those only are led by the still waters of comfort, who walk in the paths of righteousness. The way of duty is the truly pleasant way. The work of righteousness in peace. In these paths we cannot walk, unless. God lead us into them, and lead us on in them.Discontent and distrust proceed from unbelief; an unsteady walk is the consequence: let us then simply trust our Shepherd’s care, and hearken to his voice.

The valley of the shadow of death may denote the most severe and terrible affliction, or dark dispensation of providence, that the psalmist ever could come under. Between the part of the flock on earth and that which is gone to heaven, death lies like a dark valley that must be passed in going from one to the other. But even in this there are words which lessen the terror. It is but the shadow of death: the shadow of a serpent will not sting, nor the shadow of a sword kill. It is a valley, deep indeed, and dark, and miry; but valleys are often fruitful, and so is death itself fruitful of comforts to God’s people. It is a walk through it: they shall not be lost in this valley, but get safe to the mountain on the other side. Death is a king of terrors, but not to the sheep of Christ. When they come to die, God will rebuke the enemy; he will guide them with his rod, and sustain them with his staff. There is enough in the gospel to comfort the saints when dying, and underneath them are the everlasting arms.

The Lord’s people feast at his table, upon the provisions of his love. Satan and wicked men are not able to destroy their comforts, while they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and drink of the cup of salvation which is ever full. Past experience teaches believers to trust that the goodness and mercy of God will follow them all the days of their lives, and it is their desire and determination, to seek their happiness in the service of God here, and they hope to enjoy his love for ever in heaven. While here, the Lord can make any situation pleasant, by the anointing of his Spirit and the joys of his salvation. But those that would be satisfied with the blessings of his house, must keep close to the duties of it.

Article Source: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

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Learning from a Flock of Geese

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We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)

You have probably heard someone call another person who has done something foolish, “A silly goose!” Well, I can tell you that geese are not silly! We can learn a lot from the goose. For example, I am sure that most of you probably know that when geese fly, they fly in a “V” formation.

Have you ever wondered why the geese fly in a “V” formation?

Recent scientific studies have given us the answer. It has been learned that as each goose flaps its wings, it gives a lift to the one immediately following. It has been determined that flying this way gives the geese about 70% more flying range. Of course, that means that the lead goose is working harder. When the lead goose gets tired, he falls back into the formation and another takes his place. Now, that’s team work!

If you have ever seen a flock of geese flying, you have also noticed that all the time they are flying, the geese are “honking.” They do this to encourage one another. It is always easier to do something difficult when you know you aren’t flying alone, isn’t it?

Sometimes, a goose becomes sick or is injured and falls to the ground. When that happens, two other geese go down and stay with it until it is well. If it dies, they join another formation and continue on their journey.

Do you think the geese are silly?

geese It sounds to me like they are pretty smart! What lessons do you think we could learn from the geese?

  • We could learn that it is important for all church members to share the responsibility within the church rather than letting the same loyal ones work until they drop!
  • We could learn that it is important to “honk” encouragement to other workers in the church.
  • We could learn that it is important for us to look after those who are sick or in need.

There is a lot that we can learn from the goose, isn’t there?

Dear Jesus, help us to use the gifts that you have given us to serve and encourage others. Amen

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