Identity – Destiny – Defining Moments – Part 3 – Jesus’ Biggest Defining Moment

It’s Good Friday and my thoughts turn toward Jesus and the events of Calvary. I cringe and draw back from the violence of that day. It’s too easy to gloss over Friday and fast forward to Easter Sunday and the resurrection. But today I let myself ponder as I reread the story in the Gospels. I’m sure Jesus never cherished the thought of the cross, except for the solution to sin that it would usher in. His love propelled him on through that dreadful Friday.

I’ve been thinking over the past few weeks about defining moments in Jesus’ life, and there was none more important than the incident in the Garden of Gethsemane, the night of his betrayal. On this Good Friday it is appropriate that we take time to think about it and ask the question; What if Jesus actually decided to call those legions of angels to set him free?

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Identity – Destiny – Defining Moments – Part 2 – Jesus Steps into His Destiny

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Life’s circumstances lead us to defining moments that clarify for us who we are and what our destiny is. There will be many defining moments in our lives and each one leads us into God’s plan and purposes for our lives.

God can do a lot in a few years.  Take Jesus’ life for instance.  Of his 33 years on this earth, his ministry came at the final 3 years of his life.  For him too, there were many defining moments along the way and each one took him closer to the fulfilment of his destiny; to the purpose for which he came to earth.

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IDENTITY – DESTINY – DEFINING MOMENTS – Part 1

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Have you ever pondered the big questions in life?  Who am I?  Why am I here?  Do I have a purpose? Most of us have at some point struggled with these issues.  And they are important ones.   Some people, including Christians, struggle through life not knowing where they actually fit and if they have any real purpose in life.

We are going to look at some biblical characters over the next few blogs who found their answers to these important questions.  Firstly though, let me say it is never too late to discover the answers and to step up into who we were created to be. Many of the happenings in our lives are actually preparation for what God wants us to do. Life’s circumstances lead us to defining moments that clarify for us who we are and what our destiny is.  And, as we will see, God can do a lot in a few years.

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Christmas Time is Miracle Time

Re-reading the Christmas accounts recently I was alerted to two miracle birth stores that are foundational to the event we call Christmas. The whole story is actually one huge miracle that has impacted our world like no other. The Son of God – The Word, who spoke our universe into existence – became flesh and entered this world as a tiny babe via the womb of a teenage virgin. We read in the Gospels about Mary and her cousin Elizabeth and the miraculous birth of their boys.

Just two ordinary women, going about their daily lives, suddenly interrupted in their routines with the startling angelic message that they would bear significant sons.  One boy, John, was destined to pave the way for the other, Jesus, who would change the course of history. 

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The Democracy Bird – a poem

I don’t usually comment politically as I want to keep this blog page about encouraging ourselves to find that sweet spot of connection and closeness with God. That still place – where we find our peace and the encouraging challenge to better ourselves – is important for our emotional and spiritual health. However it has been impossible to be unaware of the political turmoil in our world. Or to be untroubled by the tension we see all around us. I have been particularly aware and uneasy about the huge gap that has emerged between those who favour the left wing and those who support the right wing. It seems everyone’s leaning is more pronounced than ever, and shock! horror! if you mention anything positive on the opposite side. The tension and verbal attacking has blown out into hostile actions and our democratic world is sitting on a powder keg. There is no respect for views other than our own and the idea of listening to each other and assessing or readjusting our position even slightly is arrogantly shunned.

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Creation declares God’s glory

Well I’m back after a month or so to continue our series on finding out about God from his creation. My focus has been elsewhere, and I’ve been busy, but now I’m ready again to continue blogging.

Order & Interdependency (connectedness) 

Just as God created the galactic worlds to be ordered and connected and to work harmoniously, so also he has created interdependence among life on earth.  Everything flows in an ordered manner. Order occurs when everything is in its correct and appropriate place. Sustained order is needed so that the whole of God’s creation flows and works together in a balanced manner.

Ecosystems are communities of living and non-living things that work together.  An ecosystem can be as large as a desert or a lake or as small as a tree or a puddle.  The water, water temperature, plants, animals, air, light and soil all work together. If there isn’t enough light or water or if the soil doesn’t have the right nutrients, the plants will die. If the plants die, animals that depend on them will die. If the animals that depend on the plants die, any animals that depend on those animals as a food source will die.  All the parts work together to make a balanced system!

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When Life Gets You Down – Look Up

The Heavens Declare:  God’s grace and favour and faithfulness 

When life’s big questions puzzle us; when life gets us down and we can’t make sense of our circumstances; it helps to pause and look up.   Literally.  Look up to the sky above. 

We are taking time over several blogs to look up and around us; to contemplate God’s creative work. For in his handiwork we see his splendour and majesty, and gain glimpses of the nature and character of God himself.

The Psalmist David found this helpful and wrote about the inspiration he saw there.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;  no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,  their words to the ends of the world  (Psalm 19:1-4)

We have looked at how BIG God is by considering how vast is his universe. Then we considered his constant and DEPENDABLE nature revealed in the heavens and his awesome POWER. Today we shall ponder how this big dependable and powerful God is also gracious and faithful to all his creation.

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When Life gets you Down – Look Up

The Heavens declare:  God is exceedingly powerful

When life’s big questions puzzle us; when life gets us down and we can’t make sense of our circumstances; it helps to pause and look up.   Literally.  Look up to the sky above. 

We are taking time over several blogs to look up and around us; to contemplate God’s creative work. For in his handiwork we see his splendour and majesty, and gain glimpses of the nature and character of God himself.

The Psalmist David found this helpful and wrote about the inspiration he saw there.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;  no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,  their words to the ends of the world  (Psalm 19:1-4)

We have looked at how BIG God is by considering how vast is his universe. Then we considered his constant and dependable nature revealed in the heavens. Today we shall ponder his awesome power.

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When Life gets you Down – Look Up

The Heavens declare:  God’s unchangeableness (Immutability)

Malachi 3:6  I, the Lord, do not change.

We are taking time over several blogs to look up and around us; to contemplate God’s creative work. For in his handiwork we see his splendour and majesty, and gain glimpses of the nature and character of God himself.

When life’s big questions puzzle us; when life gets us down and we can’t make sense of our circumstances; it helps to pause and look up.   Literally.  Look up to the sky above. 

The Psalmist David found this helpful and wrote about the inspiration he saw there.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;  no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,  their words to the ends of the world  (Psalm 19:1-4)

Last blog we looked at how BIG God is by considering how vast is his universe. Today we will consider his constant and dependable nature revealed in the heavens.

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When Life Gets You Down, Look Up. – God is Bigger than You Think.

When life gets us down and we can’t make sense of our circumstances, it helps to pause and look up.   Literally.  Look up to the sky above. 

The Psalmist David found this helpful and wrote about the inspiration he saw there.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;  no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,  their words to the ends of the world  (Psalm 19:1-4)

Maybe life has become mundane and monotonous. Or perhaps it has closed in on you with pain or disappointment. It could be that you are locked into a fast-paced enterprise, the pressure of which, threatens to overwhelm you.  We all need to pause and breathe and re-centre ourselves.

When we take time to ponder the heavens we find it silently speaks volumes. The timeless message of the skies can lift us above the all-encompassing situation that threatens to overwhelm us. 

In the scheme of things our planet is really very small and our personal world minuscule in comparison to the reality around and above us.  To look up is to see the smallness of our circumstances. It brings perspective. We are reminded that we are not the centre of the universe and that there is a higher power working beyond what we are presently encountering.  To look up is to gain hope and help and perspective.  We see our Creator’s formidable might and power and realise that he is still there taking charge of all things.

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