Day: 16/08/2014

Seven Life-Transforming Words

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead”
– 2 Timothy 2:8

This is the first of a series of posts on summarised Lessons from New Wine – United 2014. @johncoles1, the outgoing Director of New Wine spoke on the verse above to open Week 1 of the conference.

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For someone in Christ, it is not what we do, but who we are – a beloved child of God – which gives us significance.

Jesus baptises us with the Holy Spirit and endows us with the love of the Father. He included you and me, unworthy as we are, to be saved by grace if we put our faith in him. He loves the unlovable, he includes the excluded, and when we put our faith in him, he saves sinners.

‘Christ resurrected’ is the good news we have, the message we must preach, because it uniquely and supernaturally shows just how much God loves us – enough to give his Son to be put to death to defeat our sins – and it gives us our sure and certain hope of eternal life in him.

Declaring this truth glorifies God, and saves the lost.

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There followed a video testimony from a lady wondrously healed of blindness the previous year, who then recovered from debt through the ministry of Christians Against Poverty. John then challenged us: can we, the church, become known for miraculous happenings in all of our communities; in us, through us, around us; in our friends, and in our communities – to the glory of God, to testify to: his love and grace; to Jesus’ sacrifice; and to the power of the Holy Spirit he left with us.

Remember Jesus

Seventy Times Seven

Seventy times seven
We must forgive
For the sake of the One
Who died for many
To show His love
In all the earth
To neighbour and enemy
Until He returns

‘Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.’
– Matthew 18:21-23

Reblog: As Gold Is Tested

I simply loved this!

Deb's Blog

“I will bring the one-third through the fire

Will refine them as silver is refined,

and test them as gold is tested.

They will call on My name

And I will answer them.

I will say, ‘This is My people’;

And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'”  Zechariah 13:9

Silver and gold must be tested and refined in order to be used.

Thank You, Lord, for Your great mercy that enables us to persevere.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Behold, these are the ones

who’ve been refined

by the

hottest fire.

I answer when

they call on Me

and am their

One Desire.

God bless you as you are refined and tested today!

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