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January 2015

Libby Lane is now Bishop of Stockport

Libby Lane is now Bishop of Stockport.

For at His name every knee must bow!

This morning, I went to church in Hixon and we happened to sing the following hymns;  we are very fortunate as these hymns were accompanied by guitar and mandolin. Our keyboard and violin musicians were away today. I confess that I am not too keen on the organ! These are some of my favorite. I suppose they are ‘traditional’ however for me they are very new and wonderful since I discovered them only eight years ago.

Jesus shall take the highest honour
Jesus shall take the highest praise
Let all earth join heaven in exalting
The Name which is above all other names
Let’s bow the knee in humble adoration
For at His name every knee must bow
Let every tongue confess He is Christ, God’s only Son
Sovereign Lord, we give You glory now

For all honour and blessing and power
Belongs to You, belongs to You
All honour and blessing and power
Belongs to You, belongs to You
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God

I am a new creation

I am a new creation,

no more in condemnation,

here in the grace of God I stand.

My heart is overflowing,

my love just keeps on growing,

here in the grace of God I stand.

And I will praise You, Lord,

yes I will praise You, Lord,

and I will sing of all that You have done.

A joy that knows no limit,

a lightness in my spirit

here in the grace of God I stand.

There is a Redeemer,
Jesus, God’s own Son,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Holy One,

Thank you oh my Father,
For giving us Your Son,
And leaving Your Spirit,
‘Til the work on Earth is done.

Jesus my Redeemer,
Name above all names,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Hope for sinners slain.

Thank you oh my Father,
For giving us Your Son,
And leaving Your Spirit,
‘Til the work on Earth is done.

When I stand in Glory,
I will see His face,
There I’ll serve my King forever,
In that Holy Place.

Thank you oh my Father,
For giving us Your Son,
And leaving Your Spirit,
‘Til the work on Earth is done.

What about you, what are your favorite hymns or worship songs? 🙂 Do you play an instrument in your church?

Visitors

In our garden we have visitors such as various cats, squirrels, pheasants and woodpeckers. I took a few photos of the woodpecker but in the end the one I post is the only decent one! The others were too blurred! I love its red patch at the back of his neck. It’s cute and also i can spot him straight away! Our two rabbits are insouciant and do not mind sharing the garden!DSCN4036

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How big is your faith?

Today,  I was reading Pastor Emma Creamer’s biography and I found this powerful phrase:  ‘Prayer is the key and faith unlocks the door!’ After becoming a follower of Christ, I heard that God always answer our prayers, it could be yes, not yet or no. The delay and the ‘simple no’ imply that we need to wait. I don’t know about you but at times I find waiting difficult.

In Matthew 21:21-22,  we read this amazing statement that Jesus told his disciples:

21 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

I understand that Jesus says, 1- believe, 2- don’t doubt, 3- you will receive all things. It does make me wonder…all things… material things? spiritual things? Maybe I would like to ask for more faith to start with!

Then the other day I was reading 2 Chronicles 1:7-12

 That night God appeared(O) to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me(P) king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise(Q) to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.(R) 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead(S) this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth,(T) possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor,(U) such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.(V)

Wow, how awesome! If you keep on reading, you see that our Lord kept his promise (as always) and Solomon was blessed with so much!

What happens if your faith is at its lowest? We read in Luke 17: 5:7 that the apostles themselves asked Jesus to increase their faith.

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Give us more faith!” The Lord said, “If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Dig yourself up and plant yourself in the ocean!’ And the tree will obey you.

Why having  faith is sooooo important ?

In Hebrews 11:6 we read :  ‘Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him.’

Faith is the saving grace—it is the connecting-link between the soul and Christ.’ Rev. Spurgeon.

In John 3:36 we read John’s testimony about Jesus ‘ Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

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And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

In his epistle to the Thessalonians, Paul was anxious to see his friends again to encourage them and increase their faith. He says: ‘We pray very hard night and day that we may see you again face to face, so that we may equip you with whatever is lacking in your faith.’ Paul wants to see his brothers and sisters in Christ so that he can strengthen them in their faith.

 

 

Birds in Norfolk

Recently I have neglected taking my camera with me, instead  I have used my mobile to take photos. I took these photos last October when we went to the RSPB Titchwell Marsh and I completely forgot about them. It was pretty windy but we saw lots of beautiful birds. We had a great holiday!

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Dinosaurs in the Bible?

Monster illustration

When Christians are asked by non-believers to reconcile dinosaurs and the account of creation in Genesis, many questions arise. Is the Bible silent about dinosaurs? Why are dinosaurs apparently never mentioned in scriptures? Did dinosaurs live before or during the time of Adam and Eve and mankind?

We should note that the word “dinosaur”, which means terrible lizard, is a relatively new word that was first used in 1842 and was coined by scientist Richard Owen. This is the reason that the word “dinosaur” doesn’t appear in the Bible which was written well before the 1800‘s.

Dinosaur-like creatures mentioned

In the Book of Job, dinosaur-like creatures are mentioned and so they appear to have existed at the same time that Adam and Eve and their descendants existed. Job is an ancient book. If this book were placed in its true chronological order in the Bible, it would reside within the Book of Genesis since Job lived over 4,000 years ago.

In Psalm 74:13 it says, “It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.” Isaiah 43:20 reads, “The beast of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen” and he also writes about a monster (51:9).

Specifically, are dinosaurs in the Bible?

Job describes what sounds very much like a dinosaur. Read Job 40:15-24:

15 “Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.
16 What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly!
17 Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
18 Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron.
19 It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
20 The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.
21 Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.
22 The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it.
23 A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.
24 Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?”

Some of the translations say that the word “Behemoth” is an elephant or hippo, but there has never been a hippo or elephant that has a tail like a “cedar” (v 17) which is taken from the cedars of Lebanon. The cedars of Lebanon were valued above all timbers in ancient antiquity. They were 130 feet tall and their stout trunks could be over 8 feet in diameter. What elephant or hippo has a tail that size!? Many ancient dinosaurs were up to 150 feet in length like the Brachiosaurus.

Elsewhere, Job (41:1-34) describes a creature that inhabits the seas that some translations have mistakenly translated into the word whale. But any Bible with margins that gives the original translation of the word clearly indicates it is not a whale. What whale has razor sharp teeth like iron that can swallow its prey whole (v 14)? Has anyone ever seen a whale or fossil remains of a whale where the weapons of man can not penetrate (v 26-29)? What whale can destroy by simply passing over their prey (v 30) and has no fear whatsoever of anything (v 31-34)? In 2008 the Natural History Museum in Oslo, Norway revealed one of the largest dinosaur sea predator ever found. It is a Pliosaur Kronosaurus which is estimated to be over 50 feet long. The teeth that remain are still sharp enough to cut wood.

The more we read the Bible, the more we find that dinosaurs are not inconsistent with the scriptures. They could have died from disease, the flood, or in some cases, hunted into extinction. Regardless, it is obvious that the dinosaurs did roam the earth at one time. It is also clear that the Bible makes mention of some creatures that fit their description. Therefore, Christians belief in the Bible and the knowledge of the existence of dinosaurs, are not incompatible. In fact, they are completely compatible with God being the Creator of all life; plants, animals, insects, and mankind.

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-do-christians-believe-about-dinosaurs/#ixzz3OLXoMQtL

You may wonder why in the beginning of the new year I am blogging about this question. Well I’ve had a few students asking me this question and this should not be a stumbling block for anybody to understand that the bible is the word of the Lord. What’s your view on this?

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