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EASTER TRAUMA IN NIGERIA & SYRIA

April 25th, 2014
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Easter was a time of great distress for the parents of 187 teenage girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from the Christian enclave of Chibok, in Nigeria’s Borno State. On 17 April parents and volunteers on some 1500 motorcycles found the militants deep in the Sambisa forest but without military backing there was nothing they could do. Weeks have passed since the mass abduction and the girls still have not been rescued. Pray that God will liberate these girls.

Meanwhile, in Syria, the Battle for Aleppo has intensified. The Syrian Army is fighting rebels who are attempting to invade Christian areas. Shaken by rockets and bombs, traumatised and besieged Christians have been without food, water and medical supplies for weeks. Please pray for the Church in Aleppo.

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The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining

April 22nd, 2014
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1 John 1 :1-5

 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

 God actually became flesh and blood so that we through his wounds and shed blood on a cross we are able to be purified of our sins.

 1 John1: 6 -10

 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him

 We are included together in the fellowship between the Father and Son. That in itself is an overwhelming privilege. But this has responsibilities.

and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

 It is a contradiction to live a sinful life and claim to be included in God’ fellowship. We also cannot have true fellowship with one another unless we walk in the light where Jesus is.

 This admits that true light is from above, not from us.

 It is not trying to find who we are within us. Out true self comes from above.

 Our Christian life will be an -ongoing learning about God, revealed in Jesus Christ.

 and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin..

 The Lord’s Supper witnesses to this amazing gift of God.

 You will notice that there is no way we can be careless about sin. We really are without excuse because the blood of Jesus is continually effective. We cannot say we are trapped by our past or present. The future is always open to us in Christ.

 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

 It is one of the great truths of the good news: we are cleansed from our guilty conscience because God receives us as if we have never sinned. And this confidence is centred on God being faithful and just. There is no changeability in him –he is who he is – a complete and perfect character that we can trust.

 Therefore we can be completely honest about who we really are. To admit that we sin does not condone sin, or turn a blind eye to sin. It means we feel secure in the God’s love for us. It is a confession about our own inability by ourselves to solve our sin problem. If we could, the whole purpose of the Bible would be unnecessary and thus a lie.

 We are looking to God to make us righteous which means standing in a right relationship with him. It is a very humbling teaching: it strips us of the lie that we can build the right character by will power and not sin. We are not into will worship or personal moral rearmament. Righteousness comes from our union with Jesus Christ.

 John continues this theme in the 2nd chapter.

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He Arose

April 22nd, 2014
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 John 20

 This momentous event formed the central hope for the Christian movement.

 The Father’s will was the freely chosen decision before the foundation of the world to have many sons and daughters in Christ. He is the firstborn among many brethren.

To read a deeper analyzes of this please click here for Don’t Cry for Jesus by Gary Deddo.

 The resurrection is the beginning of the new life intended for all humanity. Just as in Adam all die, in Christ all will be made alive.

 The new creation has begun in Christ.

 1 Peter 1:3-5

 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

This is the great work for which we praise the Father.

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

God wants us to have the highest destiny. His love for us has purposed us to be his children in Christ.

5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

What a glorious day that will be when we stand in Jesus’ resurrection to see the glory revealed in us.

 Paul also emphasized this in Ephesians 2:4-6

 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

 This great love is the cause of our new birth. This great love is the reason the resurrection of Christ has become our own. This love achieved all for us even when we were still dead in our trangressions.

 Notice how everything about us is with Christ.

 What we have just expressed had their origins in the first words spoken by the risen Christ.

 John 20:17

 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.

 Don’t panic , I am still here with you.

 Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

 Jesus is calling the disciples his brothers. Something about the resurrection has forged this new bond.

 He sheds light on this by saying ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father.” This is not just a fatherhood caused by being the source of creation. This is much more profound.

 There is something new here. Because of the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus and his resurrection a new sonship is granted to those who live by the life of Christ.

 Jesus is implying that his Father is henceforth the Father of his disciples because the love he bears his only Son is extended to the human race that has been saved and can participate in his Sonship. Son. Jesus does create a distinction with my Father and your Father.

 It is the distinction between the natural sonship which belongs solely to Jesus, inherent in his person, and the adoptive sonship that stems from the Father’s free and gracious gift. But we now share this common Sonship with the Father.

 The Sonship of the only Son is communicated to men, and the Father extends to all the love that binds him to Jesus.

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