Living The Script

From the beginning God made it clear that he intends for us to be significant players in his drama. No doubt, it is first and foremost God’s story. But we can’t passively sit back and just watch what happens. At every stage he invites humans to participate with him.

Here are three key steps to finding your place in the drama.

1.IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE BIBLE

If we are unfamiliar with the text of the drama itself, there’s no chance of living our parts well. Only when we read both deeply and widely in the Bible , marinating in it and letting it soak into our lives , will we be prepared to effectively take up our roles. The more we read the Bible ,the better readers we will become. Rather than skimming the surface we will become skilled at interpreting and practicing what we read.

 

2. COMMIT AND FOLLOW JESUS

We’ve all taken part in the brokenness and wrongdoing that came into the story. The victory of Jesus now offers us the opportunity to have our lives turned around. Our sins can be forgiven. We can become part of God’s story of new creation.

Turn away from your wrongdoing. God has acted through the death and resurrection of the Messiah to deal decisively with evil , in your life and in the life of the world. His death was a sacrifice, and his resurrection a new beginning . Acknowledge that Jesus is the rightful ruler of the world, and commit to follow him and join with Gods people

 

3. LIVE YOUR PART

Followers of Jesus are gospel players in the local communities living out the biblical drama together. But we do not have an exact script for our lines and actions in the drama today. Our history has not yet been written. And we can’t just repeat lines from earlier in the drama. So what do we do?

We read the Bible to understand what God has already done, especially through Jesus the Messiah, and to know how we carry this story forward. The Bible helps us answer the key question about everything we say and do: is this an appropriate and fitting way to live out the story of Jesus today?

This is how we put the scriptures into action. life’s choices can be messy , but God has given us his word and promised us his spirit to guide us in the way.You are God’s artwork, created to do good works. May your life be a gift of beauty back to him.

 

 

 

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A church garden. Good idea?

 

In recent years i have gradually been bitten by the grow it yourself bug. Before we moved house we had no room in the garden to grow much fruit and vegetables, but we was lucky enough to get our hands on a local council allotment.

Great we thought , we had big plans of transforming the plot into a growers paradise full of neat raised beds full to the brim with wholesome goods, set between gravel paths with a nice little shed to sit in and enjoy a well-earned cuppa.It was going to be a family project and we would reap the benefits! But our own best laid plans usually fall short and this one was no exception. It started ok, although at first sight the overgrown plot looked quite intimidating.

After a few weeks of hard graft and plenty of stings from nettles and thistles we had the plot pretty much weed free. A composter was added to the plot. We put some manure over the plot and spent the next couple of months controlling the weeds and enriching the soil ready for the spring. Even in the winter months we was spending around 6 hrs per week at the plot removing the odd stubborn weed and turning the soil over , working in the compost and manure.

In our first year we produced carrots, parsnips, potatoes, lettuce, onions and garlic and raspberries. Throughout the summer we needed to spend an hour a  day, at least, on the plot just to keep the weeds under control. The second year was a different story, mine and my wifes hours increased at work , this along with a house move and the kids after school clubs and activities increasing ment less time could be spent on the plot and it became more and more over grown, eventually we had to concede and give up the allotment.

Now with a bigger garden we are able to grow a little bit at the end of the garden. We are currently nurturing leeks, onions, peppers, beetroot, carrots, strawberries, green beans and potatoes.

 

Then the other day i thought wouldn’t it be great to be able to grow enough fruit and vegetables to be able to give out to those who really need it in our community. So my thoughts have now turned to whether i should look into starting a group through my church who are able to give up the time to grow enough produce to make a real difference to peoples lives. But i dont really know were to start!

so many questions .Where would we grow it?. Who and how many would be needed to help?.  How would we distribute the produce and how would we identify those who would benefit the most? What if we have a poor yield of crops.

So i think the place to start is in Prayer. To pray for some answers, for some guidance and for God to bless my plans. The lord has  put these ideas into my heart so i hope and pray he can guide me in the coming months to whatever outcome he has in store for me.

It would certainly be exciting to be able to be part of a team who plants the seed and watches as God nurtures and provides for those who need. The same way as he provided through his Son Jesus for all of us who truly needed him to save us.

Psalm 104:14

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth

Matthew 25:31-46 

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …

 

 

Mark 15:16-41

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.

27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. [28]  29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

 

Christ met death in its greatest terror. It was the death of the vilest malefactors. Thus the cross and the shame are put together. God having been dishonoured by the sin of man, Christ made satisfaction by submitting to the greatest disgrace human nature could be loaded with. The Roman soldiers mocked our Lord Jesus as a King; thus in the high priest’s hall the servants had mocked him as a Prophet and Saviour. Shall a purple or scarlet robe be matter of pride to a Christian, which was matter of reproach and shame to Christ? He wore the crown of thorns which we deserved, that we might wear the crown of glory which he merited. We were by sin liable to everlasting shame and contempt; to deliver us, our Lord Jesus submitted to shame and contempt. He was led forth with the workers of iniquity, though he did no sin. The sufferings of the meek and holy Redeemer, are ever a source of instruction to the believer, of which, in his best hours, he cannot be weary.  Shall I indulge anger, or utter reproaches and threats because of troubles and injuries?

 

The place where our Lord Jesus was crucified, was called the place of a scull; it was the common place of execution; for he was in all respects numbered with the transgressors. Whenever we look unto Christ crucified, we must remember what was written over his head; he is a King, and we must give up ourselves to be his subjects, as Israelites indeed. They crucified two thieves with him, and him in the midst; they thereby intended him great dishonour. But it was foretold that he should be numbered with the transgressors, because he was made sin for us. Even those who passed by railed at him. They told him to come down from the cross, and they would believe; but they did not believe, though he gave them a more convincing sign when he came up from the grave. With what earnestness will the man who firmly believes the truth, as made known by the sufferings of Christ, seek for salvation! With what gratitude will he receive the dawning hope of forgiveness and eternal life, as purchased for him by the sufferings and death of the Son of God! and with what godly sorrow will he mourn over the sins which crucified the Lord of glory!

 

There was a thick darkness over the land, from noon until three in the afternoon. The Jews were doing their utmost to extinguish the Sun of Righteousness. The darkness signified the cloud which the human soul of Christ was under, when he was making it an offering for sin. He did not complain that his disciples forsook him, but that his Father forsook him. In this especially he was made sin for us. When Paul was to be offered as a sacrifice for the service saints, he could joy and rejoice, but it is another thing to be offered as a sacrifice for the sin of sinners. At the same instant that Jesus died, the veil of the temple was split from the top to the bottom. This spoke terror to the unbelieving Jews, and was a sign of the destruction of their church and nation. It speaks comfort to all believing Christians, for it signified the laying open a new and living way into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. The confidence with which Christ had openly addressed God as his Father, and committed his soul into his hands, seems greatly to have affected the centurion. Right views of Christ crucified will reconcile the believer to the thought of death; he longs to behold, love, and praise, as he ought, that Saviour who was wounded and pierced to save him from the wrath to come.

Jesus Christ reigns supreme for ever.

Amen

Why i hate Religion ,but love Jesus

This video for me underlines the misconception that many people have about followers of our lord Jesus Christ. Most look at us as religious weirdo,s who lock ourselves away together and live a life of strict rules without the enjoyment of many of  life’s pleasures.

Other religions are all about WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO BE GOOD ENOUGH. With Christianity and Jesus as our lord and saviour it is all about what has been DONE.
Because Jesus died for our sins , we are all forgiven , if we accept him as our lord and saviour.

As Christians we can still enjoy lifes pleasures as long as God is at the centre of everything. Without God at the centre they become mere ‘ God substitues’ never quite living up to our expectations, never able to fully satisfy.

Imagine these pleasures are all spokes on a wheel , to keep them in order , for the wheel to function you need a hub in the centre – God. Without this hub the spokes just twist and crumple and fail.
RELIGION SHACKLES YOU UP IN CHAINS
JESUS CHRIST SETS YOU FREE.

Care in The Family

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I first came across the fantastic and extremely helpful Care in The Family in 2011 when  Grace Community Church in Kempston,  Bedford  ran a series of 6 week courses during the summer . I chose a course which was based around marriage. The 6 weeks was centered around watching a DVD presented by Care in The Family’s founder Rob Parsons followed by discussions within our group ( around 8 if my memory serves me correct ). Rob is a man who engages his audience with down to earth advice, truths, and real life stories and encounters along with a dose of humor. I found it amazingly useful and went on to read some of his published works. His organisation offers help , advice and counselling on all aspects of the family life , and run regular seminars around the country.

Please take a look at their website – http://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/.

It may offer up some useful ideas or be able to put you in touch with someone who can help you or someone you know. Everyone needs to take family life seriously, the good parts and the ugly parts and remember we all need a little help and encouragement at times.

Ephesians 1:5
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

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