Posts Tagged ‘New’

Easter. Part-One.

Death.

The many traditions that have grown up around this time of the year are associated with New Life, flowers, bunnies and eggs. Life is indeed the outcome, but it was of death first and these symbols have nothing much to do with the reality of these middle-eastern events.

Jesus had to die on the tree of cursing, so that His death as the Passover Lamb all who believed in Him would come to a knowledge of Salvation and enter into relationship with God once more through the final atonement.

2 Corinthians 6:2,  Isaiah 49:8,   Matthew 26:26-28,   Acts 2:23,   1 Corinthians 5:8,   Hebrews 3:15.

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Love. Part-Three.

The cost of Serving.

Believers have to serve and be served, if we refuse to do things in love we are of no profit to Jesus. Love cannot be mear words and noises from our mouths, it has to be actions expressed.

There are many oders in Christianity, of all the different kinds from Europe to the middle-east, the Americas to Russia and the far-east and they place the practice of faith in actions of love and kindness, sometimes at the cost of death.

The Apostle Paul said much to the eary Ekklesia about the need to practise love and we should take a few leaves from his fourrtenn letters of the New Testament?

1 Corinthians 14:1,  Galatians 5:22-26,  Philemon 8-10,  James 5:20,  1 John 3:1, 16.

EASTER. Part-Three.

Jesus Family.

The family of Jesus were around Him at the cross and the resurrection, along with followers, new believers and the witnesses of the resurrection.

Mary His earthly mother and many female followers were near and far at the stake/tree, while on that Easter Sunday moring they were all rushing to find the empy tomb.

Matthew 27:55-56, 61, 28:3-6,  Mark 15:40, 47, 16:1-9,   Luke 24:1-10,  John 19:25, 20:1-11, 16, 18.

Genocide. Part-One.

The world has seen Many!

The mass murder of people is nothing new in human history but during the 20th Century there were quite a few. Starting with the Armenians in Turkey or the Ottoman Empire, the the Nazi Holocaust 1938-46, the mass murder of over six million Chinese under the Japanese occupation 1931-45, the Italian mass murder in Abbisynia 1932-40.

After the second world war (1939-45) Communist China killed millions of its own people, two genocides broke out in Rwanda/Rouanda killing millions, while Cambodia had its own population descimated by a evil Disctator.

Exodus 2, Esther, Matthew 2.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Looking Foward.

That is part of what every New Year is about, we have a time to reflect on the past year between Christmas and the New Year but now we are hoping for better things!

The bible always manintains that emphasis of looking forward to Jesus’ return and our going home to be with the Master. We are warned not to dwell on the past, but race to the futures.

Luke 9:62,  Phillipians 3:12,  Hebrews 11:16,  2 Peter 3:12.

Yule.

Winter Celebrations.

Now enveloped into the New Year celebrations, but still marked by many northern-European countries from the 31st December to 3rd January each year with slightly diffrent names.

Russia calls it the winter frost and this is as close to the Santa tradition or their father frost arriving with childrens gifts, meanwhile the rest of.Europe has left us the one last hint of the Yule log Christmas cake.

Different religions and calanders all have there own New Years, but they help us to reflect on the year past and all that has occured in it, good and bad. Sometimes this is also good to reflect and consider all the good things that Jesus has done for us, even since the day we were saved.

Psalm 141:5,  Ecclesiastes 3:6,  Acts 10:34,  1 Peter 4:14.

Happy New Year.

Holy Spirit Promised. Part-One.

Empowerment.

As believers without the Holy Spirit we could do nothing, we would not be saved. It is the Holy Spirit in this New disspensation that leads us to greater things, in the application of our faith.

In the past it was poured out on individuals to serve the will of God, Abraham, Moses, David and many more. But now all believers recieve a share of Him, the Spirirt of God.

Acts 1:8,  2:4,  Romans 15:19.

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