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Great is the Lord

Psalm 145 is wonderful. I read it aloud this morning as I paced back and forth in my kitchen, trying to get my mind fresh and prepared for the day and keep my busy little 7 month old interested.

I felt like at the same time we were doing both verses 4 and 5:

“One generation shall commend your works to another,

and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendour of your majesty,

and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.”

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Lizards

I’m not much of a fan of them.

So, my skin crawled to this morning wake up to not one, but two posts about the creatures.

In his image

So God breathed life into Adam and Eve.

When they opened their eyes, the first thing they ever saw was God’s face. And when God saw them he was like a new dad. “You look like me,” he said. “You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made!”

God loved them with all of his heart. And they were lovely because he loved them.

 

– from The Jesus Storybook Bible

Advent

O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,

and enlarge my mind;

Let me hear good tidings of great joy, and hearing,

believe, rejoice, praise, adore,

my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose, my

eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father;

place me with ox, ass, camel, goat, to look with

them upon my Redeemer’s face, and in him

account myself delivered from sin;

let me with Simeon clasp the new-born child to my

heart,

embrace him with undying faith,

exulting that he is mine and I am his.

In him thou has given me so much that heaven can

give no more.

 

– from The Valley of Vision

A worthy life

If you could be anyone else in the world, who would it be? Would it be Cate Blanchett? What about Miranda Kerr? Barrack Obama? Maybe Cadel Evans? Who do you want to be like?

That’s the question I was asked this morning whilst looking at the start of Paul’s letter to the Philippians with some friends. Paul urges the Christians in Philippi to let their manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27). Instead of desiring to have the fame, wisdom, strength or wealth of someone else, we should desire to be a godly version of ourselves.

Paul didn’t let his circumstances impede his gospel service, but rather continued preaching Christ and living for him even whilst in chains. In fact, he sees his imprisonment as something that will advance the gospel (Philippians 1:12)! So often I think that only once my life it ‘sorted out’, or next week when I get back on track with things, that then I’ll be able to start living the fully Christian life. But as Paul reminds us, no matter what our situation, we are called to live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ.

I am who I am, and God has given me all I need for life and godliness. May He help me to live in a manner worthy of the gospel this very day.

 

Shameless plug

Hello.

This month I’m guest blogging over at EQUIP book club. The book is Just the two of us? It’s the one I recommended a while ago.

Have you read it yet?

The Diary of Anne Frank

I have just finished reading it for the first time.

Anne, the young Jewish girl who hid for 2 years with another family and her own in Amsterdam during WWII. Anne, the young girl who captured her experiences and emotions in her diary, fondly known as ‘Kitty’. Anne, the young girl who described herself as having a sunny disposition, but who would often also fall into darkness. On 29th October, 1943 she wrote, “I wander from room to room, climb up and down the stairs and feel like a songbird whose wings have been ripped off and who keeps hurling itself against the bars of its dark cage”.

Such a helpless picture, but not a surprising one considering her situation. I cannot imagine how my mind and body would let me survive.

Book clubs

I haven’t had a lot of experience when it comes to book clubs and somehow I’ve managed to dip my toe into the online variety rather than the face-to-face sort. The thing I want to know is what are the best features of a real-life (rather than virtual) book club, and how would one go about emulating these features online?

How do you go about re-creating that cosy coffee shop feel? Are chapter summaries, personal reflections on each chapter, or a question format preferable? Or is it a carefully configured combination of all three?

Memory Verse Monday

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

John 1:9-12 is it for this week. Izaac and I had a go at translating it from the Greek this morning as part of our holiday homework (an oxymoron if ever I’ve heard one). Still, what great news for those who believe in the name of the true light, Jesus!

Preach the word

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

2 Timothy 4:1-5

These have been my memory verses since Don Carson spoke on Paul’s second letter to Timothy at NTE.

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