Spend less than you earn!
Some timeless truth and wisdom from the pen of Charles Dickens:
"Annual income, twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness
. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery
Mr Micawber in the Charles Dicken Novel, David Copperfield
Labels: Finance, Stewardship, Wisdom
Bus Adverts Cont....
Following a series of posts about our 'Making Jesus Famous'
bus adverts in September 2008, I saw this news story
on the BBC website over the weekend. I find it a bit strange that the British Humanist Association and Atheist Society have put the word 'probably' in their advert. They seem to want to sit on the fence in their view of God. You either believe or you don't in my opinion!
I can certainly say that there is a God. Because of this faith in Jesus Christ, I can certainly stop worrying and enjoy my life in every way! - Click on either of these two bus adverts below to find out why.
Labels: Bus Adverts, Making Jesus Famous, Media
Publish or Perish
Publish or Perish.
This was a phrase that I heard a few years ago in relation to the need for church to be involved in publishing the good news of all that God is doing around the world in our generation. This needs to be done credibly, regularly and relevantly in my opinion. This idea and notion is one of the reasons that I continue with this blog! This blog is one forum in which I want to publish the good news of all that God is doing in my life and in Manchester.
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns" - Isaiah 52:7 (ESV)
Peter Paine, one of my fellow Elders in the church here in Manchester used this verse today as he was preaching. We have something to say and something to show to the world and we need to publish it! In a world that faces many challenges, we can say that 'God Reigns'. We can publish the good news of the salvation, peace and happiness that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Here in Manchester, I met a lady today who had given her life to Jesus after coming to our Sunday morning meeting for the first time. Praise God
, this is something I want to publish! God is so Good. We have seen 5 people saved and baptised in water so far in 2009 in the life of King's Church
I believe that God's people need to be publishers and proclaimers of the good news of the gospel. Whether that is through a blog, website, book or conversation with a friend - we have a message to tell of how God saves, how He brings peace and how He is still changing lives in 2009.
Labels: Blogs, Good News, Media, Salvation
New Year - New Blessings
Happy New Year! - For various reasons, my blogging became increasingly sporadic in 2008. I aim to change that in 2009 and be a bit more regular with the posts of all the amazing & wonderful things that God is saying and doing in my life and family.
A verse that has really impacted me recently is from John 1:16:
"from the fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another"
Sometimes you hear people say: 'it's just one thing after another'. It's usually a reference to how things are not going very well in any given situation. I love how the word of God speaks into our lives. The Holy Spirit says to us that it's not one thing after another, it's one blessing after another.
We receive this blessing from the grace of God being poured into our lives. We cannot earn it. We don't deserve it. It's the free gift of God that He chooses to lavish upon us.
In a time of economic recession in the world, we can live in a time of blessing in the Kingdom. Jesus is full of grace and truth, and from that place of fullness, He pours His blessing upon us. Whether that be in our health, finances or relationships - we can know the blessing and prosperity of the Kingdom by the grace of God at work in our daily lives.
Labels: 2009, Blessing, Blogging