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August 07, 2006

The pain of loving

When you love someone and it is not reciprocated it can often be painful, frustrating and at times make you feel lonely.

I have heard it described as being like grief but with the the added complications of the person you are in love with still being here.

When you love someone and they are not even around it can be even harder. Or in some cases it is the love for a father or mother you have never known. Often love, when its not reciprocated, is painful.

I have experienced this pain before, the difference this time is that God is with me. One of the greatest things about God is his promise to us. He lets you know his love unconditionally. It also means that you can be certain he will reciprocate your love for him and it need never be a painful love. Often things you give up for God can seem painful but God eases that pain with his love.

So if your feeling lonely, or unloved, I urge you to find God for his love is never lacking.

January 06, 2006

What you do you once you're a Christian?

It's a question many of us ask ourselves after being born again. Similarly I have been asked by friends and family the same question too.

The obvious things to list are Prayer and grow faith in God.

Another is to

Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself.

This is found in Matthew 7:12. The whole of Matthew needs to be followed but Verse 12 sums it up.

It doesn't get any more complicated than is.

An example of this for me was last night. On Thursday nights my friends always have a friendship meal. It's open house for Christians and non–Christians alike. It's an opportunity to get to know people and be hospitable. As Thursdays are always busy I made myself a drink. I thought how nice it would be if someone was to make a drink for me. So then I decided I would do just that for everyone else. The end result was making some 30+ drinks, which takes a while with a normal house kettle that will fill about 4 cups. Keeping track of who I had asked and who I hadn't was a task as many people arrived at different times. A simple thought turned into a mission but I felt it worthwhile, especially as there were some people I hadn't met before and it's always good to feel welcomed when you visiting someone for the first time. In the end I succeeded in making sure everyone had a drink or had at least been asked and said 'no'. One brother did manage to have three drinks made in the middle of all this which was quite amusing.

It wasn't so much the act itself that was good; many do good acts without faith. The fact that I was thinking of God and thinking of others while doing it was the most beneficial, I think I gained the most from the exercise.

December 12, 2005

Church & Sundays – A popular misconception

Before I was a Christian I used to think the same as the majority of 'worldy' people; that Church was a building, or that Church is a set time each week on Sunday from 11:00 til 13:00 (I still refer to a Sunday service as church much to the annoyance of my brethren, and they do have a point, some habits take longer to die than others).

I'd like the set the record straight for anyone not in the know;

Church is not a building or restricted to 2 hours a week! Whenever two or more of Gods people (in this case I mean Christians, although it's important to remember that we are all gods people) meet and praise God, or move in the spirit, then you have 'Church'. It is not a place or time, not limited by physical boundaries or restricted to a day of the week.

Church is about treating others as you wish to be treated, loving others and showing the way to Gods love (I hasten to add that the latter makes the former much easier to achieve!!). This can take place in a Church building and on a Sunday between 11am and 1pm. The important thing is to make sure it's not restricted to these times and places and opprtunities are not lost by thinking so.

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'31The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31 NIV"

I consider myself very fortunate to have found God in a church that subscribes to this whole-heartedly, my church – Curious? why not contact me and come along? We'd be happy to welcome you.

*'worldly' a worldy view of the world as opposed to a christian or godly view.

December 09, 2005

Christian's are Human too

Yes, this may sound like a strange thing to say to someone who is seemingly on the outside (I was myself until very recently) "Christian's' are human too".

It is easy to dismiss a view or belief without really considering the individuals. To the surprise of a number of my friends and relatives I have become a Christian. To some this is a good as turning into an alien, and in some respects it could be argued that this is not far off the mark! lol

To take a more rational view;

It is just as easy for someone young to be disrespectful about older people, without considering the fact they themselves will one day become 'old'. Similarly older people can forget what it is like to be young and judge just as harshly.

Well, for Christians it can be similar (except not all humans become Christian), we are all human, just looking at life from a different prespective.

I hope, in my own imperfect way, to help clear the muddied waters for those with a non christian view. Yes I'll be truthful, in the hope they come to see the beauty in life I now see. It is often said by 'born again' Christians 'I wish I had become a Christian earlier in my life'. The important thing is not when, just that you do.

To temper that slightly, I would never try and press or cajole someone into being a Christian. It doesn't work that way, one of the beauties about it is that you only become a Christian by your own free will. This means you can relax and decide for yourself if you want to be. With that said my only recommendation is that you give some thought with an open mind and an open heart.

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