Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget
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Isaiah 46:9-10 …….. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
Recently, the last surviving veteran of both World War 1 and World War 2 passed away. His name was Bill Stone and he was 108 years old. I believe that it is of the utmost importance that we remember the men who fought and died for the freedom that we enjoy today. The price they paid was immense; in suffering and in death and in the horrendous conditions they lived in on the battlefields.
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It is not only veterans of both World Wars that we must remember, there are also soldiers fighting for our freedom in wars today. We remember Iraq and Afghanistan. The weapons of warfare may have changed but the traumatic experiences and devastating carnage remain as atrocious as ever. We must salute and honour those men and women who risk their lives and often lose it each and every day on our behalf.
Of course, there is one war veteran who suffered more than any of us could ever imagine. His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
As He hung on the cross at Calvary, He confronted every demonic power and principality. He took the full weight of the sin of all mankind upon Himself. He was attacked physically, spiritually, psychologically and emotionally, yet He never sinned.
He took our punishment in our place and He won. The battlefield of the cross, where Jesus suffered and died, was the place of our tremendous victory. Jesus overcame sin and death and rose again to secure the greatest victory in the history of the world. The Lord Jesus triumphed on the cross so that anyone who believes in Him will be victorious and live with Him forever.
Let us never forget the war veterans from yesterday and today who paid the highest price for our national freedom, but let us always remember our Lord who gave up everything for our complete and total freedom – Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world.
Thank you Jesus, you have given us absolute freedom. Amen
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Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Your Witness in the Workplace

Your Witness in the Workplace
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2 Corinthians 2:15-16 ……… For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.
As zealous believers in Christ Jesus, we are passionate about our Lord and Saviour, it is little wonder that we want to talk about Him at every opportunity and in every situation. However, recently I have heard from some Christians who have encountered serious opposition to their Christian faith in their workplace.
We must remember that at work we are employed to do a job. That is the principal reason why we are there; therefore, work must come first. If we have an occasion to witness for Jesus then, of course, we should take it.
Wisdom must, at all times, prevail. Our Christian lifestyle is our best witness. We do not need a soapbox to preach from, our actions and attitude can often speak much more powerfully than our sermons.
Remember too, that our Christian faith and the evidence of Christ in our lives can sometimes stir-up a violent, antagonistic reaction. At these times we must make every effort to remain in the spirit and avoid the temptation to react in the flesh.
Our battle is not against flesh and blood, it is a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). People who do not know Jesus can often be influenced by an antichrist spirit and this spirit will clash with the Holy Spirit in us.
If we remain strong in the spirit and stand firm in faith, the love of God will flow from us and the grace of God will touch the hearts of those around us. We should be a bright light in the darkness and, as such, we should shine for the glory of God.
I have often quoted the founder of the Franciscans, St Francis of Assisi, as saying, “Preach the gospel always and use words if necessary.”
Lord Jesus, please show us how best to witness in the workplace. Amen.
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