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Picture of the week: 23 September 2016

Picture of the week: 23 September 2016

… And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God …“.

Philippians 1: 9-11 1New International Version (NIV)

A journey through the Psalms – Psalm Psalm 126:4; Psalm 119: 33 -34

A journey through the Psalms – Psalm Psalm 126:4; Psalm 119: 33 -34 

(with linked music video: “Building God’s Kingdom” by ‪Rend Collective: Asking for the Holy Spirit to invade us as we are God’s church,need his power in us, seeking His kingdom first )

“ … Now, Lord, do it again!

Restore us to our former glory!

May streams of your refreshing flow over us,

Until our dry hearts are refreshed again! …”

 Psalm 126:4 Passion translation

“… Give me revelation about the meaning of your ways,

So I can enjoy the reward of following them fully,

Give me an understanding heart so that I can

Passionately know and obey your truth …”

 Psalm 119: 33 -34 Passion translation

A journey through the Psalms – Psalm 72 extracts

A journey through the Psalms – Psalm 72: Extracts from 1-8

(with  2 inspirational linked video clips)

… Please stand up for the poor,

help the children of the needy …

let the righteousness burst into blossom …”

Psalm 72: Extracts from 1-8, The Message translation

Woman working for organisation helping the poor, Moscow Russia

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Inspirational Video – A Heart for the needy

K-LOVE – Tenth Avenue North – Mike Donehey – On Helping Others

 

A journey through the Psalms – Psalm 33:3

Post 4: A random journey through the Psalms

 “… Sing and shout with passion,  Make a spectacular sound of joy …’’

Psalm 33: 3 A song of praise, Passion translation

A journey through the Psalms – Psalm 27:14

Post 3:  A journey through the Psalms: Psalm 27:14

“… Here is what I’ve learned through it all:
Don’t give up, don’t be impatient,
Be entwined as one with the Lord.
Be brave, courageous, and never lose hope.
Yes, keep on waiting –
For he will never disappoint you!
Psalm 27:14, Fearless Faith, Passion translation

Cornerstone – Hillsong

A journey through the Psalms – Psalm 22:11-14; 16; 21

Post 2: Psalm 22:11-14; 16; 21 

A journey through the Psalms

 I pray for hope restored, strength and a full recovery for all my friends who are battling cancer (the extract from the Psalm and the links to the songs are specially for you)

“ … So don’t’ leave me now, stay close to me!
For trouble is all around me
And there’s no one else to help me.
I’m surrounded by many violent foes;
Mighty forces of evil are swirling around me
That want to break me to bits and destroy me…

They’re like ravenous, roaring lions tearing their prey.
Now, I’m completely exhausted, I’m spent.
Every joint of my body has been pulled apart.
My courage has vanished and
My inward parts have melted away.
I’m so thirsty and parched – dry as a bone.

… Save me from all the power of the enemy;
From this roaring lion raging against me
And the power of this dark horde …”

Psalm 22:11-14; 16; 21 Passion translation

The first two songs express feelings, emotions, worries and hope. The last song is about hope and trust in God and healing.

Tim Timmons – Cast My Cares: Song Sessions

Tim Timmons Great Reward: Song Sessions

Healer – Bethel Worship

Chapter 11: Seasons of our lives

Chapter 11: Seasons of our lives

Every year we are blessed with spring, summer, autumn and winter. I suspect we all have our favorite season and are filled with expectation when we notice the early signs of seasonal changes. I do! Initially when I started to write this, I found myself on a rather comfortable garden bench during spring time, amazed at how quickly the new leaves had formed on trees surrounding our home. Summer was a few steps ahead and I was looking forward the inviting smell of a barbeque, or as we say in South Africa the ‘braai’ and long warm summer days.

In our house you can feel the expectancy when summer is approaching. Our girls cannot wait for sun filled days and glorious blue skies. Lisa and Emma’s idea of a perfect day is to spend as much time possible in a swimming pool. A good friend of ours who lives just across the border in a small rural town surrounded by the French Alps and can testify to this as we make use of our southern hemisphere openness to invite ourselves often to his home in Peillonnex to test out their pool!

Autumn sometimes creeps up like a thief in the night, but then serves up a glorious painted canvas with bright rich colors of red, orange and yellow. Great for photography – I still need some work on my nature photography skills which do not come naturally as I am drawn to photography genres involving people, emotions or abstracts creations. Autumn prepares us for the challenging cold and foggy winter months which are ahead. Just as for spring, in a house filed with girls, autumn seems to create its fair share of confusion judged by the apparent difficulty in making choices for them in what to wear. Like many men before me, I have given up in trying to fully understand this dilemma and sometimes faint sympathy when I hear a rather familiar “… but I have nothing to wear …” phrase during these seasons. Glad to be a guy! With winter the choices seem somewhat easier, as long as it is warm and in shades of black or grey. In these cold months I give a special thanks to God for blue sky days in snow covered mountains and fun or sometimes in my case survival on the ski slopes when trying to keep up with the kids).

As the years pass, I realize that the seasons in our lives are not always that easy to discern. Changes are not as certain or predictable as those of the seasons we encounter in nature. As we all have experienced in some form, sometimes change is forced upon us, at times we try really hard to manufacture  it ourselves (many times without success). Change also seem to materialize slowly over time and we only realise what has place when we are able to look back over a period of many years. As the years roll on (my 30 year high school reunion is coming up in September this year and sometimes it feels like yesterday when I was still in school, especially when I think back of all the things we did way back then). I have noticed some distinct seasons in my life. Certainly they did not follow the predictable order of what God serves up though nature so graciously year after year, but were part of a process where I was able to grow with Him and be equipped in ways I did not think possible to better deal with the next season He has in store for my life.

 In Ecclesiastes 3 1-8 , A Time for Everything, Salomon writes that:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2     a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal,  a time to tear down and a time to build,  a time to weep and a time to laugh,  a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,  a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace – (New International Version (NIV)).

I love this passage. Every time I read this passage, there is something different which grabs me as I think about own experiences or what is happening with loved ones and friends around me. It may surprise you, but I have never read the book of Ecclesiastes until I did so for the first time recently. What a pleasant surprise! From my recollections of years ago and from what I learned from recent sermons I have listened to on Solomon’s live, I was familiar with many of the great things he had achieved during his life. I was rather less familiar with how he dealt with worldly matters and temptations. So it was interesting to hear his words on and the conclusion he draws.

 In Ecclesiastes 9: 11-12 – A Common destiny for us all, Salomon writes that: I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise  or wealth to the brilliant  or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.  Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times  that fall unexpectedly upon them – (New International Version (NIV)).

In the end Salomon comes concludes that faith in God is the only way to find personal meaning.  He decides to accept the fact that life is brief and ultimately worthless without God. I agree.

Ben de Bruyn – Copyright © 2014