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3 Things to Remember This Easter

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 by Sandi A No Comments
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This weekend, Christians around the world are celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. For me, it is a time of joy and jubilation as I think about how much God loves me, that He would give His only son to not only die for me, but for the whole world. It is an incredible truth.

Here are three things that we should all remember not only at Easter but in every season of our life:

1: Don’t forget what God told you

In Luke 24:1-8, Mary Magdalene and a few other women found the tomb stone rolled away. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to them and said “He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee.

This shows that at that time of sadness and hopelessness they had forgotten what Jesus had told them. So let us be a people who don’t forget what God told us when we find ourselves in tough situations.

2: Jesus’ death was a job well done – it paid for all your sin

His death paid for every sin we have and we will ever commit. This doesn’t mean that we should go on sinning. Instead, we should rejoice that we have been forgiven and we can draw close to God without a doubt. So anytime the enemy whispers in your ear that you are not forgiven and tries to condemn you, stare right back at him and tell him to shut his voice of accusation up! Cos you are a child of God and you have been fully forgiven!

3: Share the good news

When Mary Magdalene and the other women found out about the resurrection of Jesus, they went to share the good news with the other disciples. In all situations, let us not forget to share the good news of what God has done for us and is still doing for us. Share it with your family, share it with your friends, share it with you co-workers, share it with your class-mates. Share it with anyone who is willing to listen!

Be blessed as you celebrate His resurrection and the new life He has made available for you.

Don’t forget!

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Sandi A No Comments

 

It’s that time of the year again. Most people are eating Easter eggs and putting on a few pounds they will be complaining about next week =)

Today I write to remind you not to forget the reason for this weekend.  I came across a few Facebook statuses I want to share with you!

Truth #1: “Don’t forget, Jesus is the reason for THIS season. Not the Easter bunny!  (Mary Mary)” – many times we get into the whole Easter eggs thing that we forget that Jesus actually died for us. He took our place so that we can live again, so that we can have a place in heaven. Not many people would die for you, let alone the whole world.

Truth #2: “Saturday. The day between the death & resurrection. So often we get so dismayed in the waiting- but HOPE- His promise WILL BE fulfilled.  (Kari Jobe)” – this touched my heart. Just when everyone including the devil himself thought that it was over, Jesus was getting ready to rise again on the third day. Be not dismayed friend. Your deliverance is coming. I pray that you have fresh hope and joy right this moment as you wait for the fulfilment of what God has promised you. It’s coming.

Truth #3: Before I share this status, I just want to say that this is a perfect summary of why we celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.

Why do we commemorate Jesus’ death on the cross by calling it “Good Friday”? From Billy Graham:

What appeared at first to be a tragedy was in fact a triumph—because by His death on the cross Jesus Christ purchased our salvation. We are separated from God because of our sin, and because we are sinners we have no hope of eternal life. God is pure and holy, and even one sin—just one—would be enough to keep us out of heaven. But by His death on the cross, Jesus Christ became the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins, and because of that, heaven’s door is now open to all who put their faith and trust in Him. And that’s why we can call the day on which Jesus died “Good Friday.” In fact, it was the greatest Friday in the history of the human race, because on that day Jesus Christ won our salvation. At one time, the Bible says, we were “without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). But now we have hope, because Christ died for us.” (Mandisa)

With all that shared, I have nothing more to say except, may you have a fulfilled weekend as you commemorate Jesus’ death and resurrection.

To finish off, be blessed with this video from one of my favourite people in the whole wide world, Davy Flowers.

Spoken Word by Davy Flowers from Pinelake Church on Vimeo.

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Manners

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 by Sandi A No Comments

Manchester Christmas MarketThe Christmas lights were switched on in Manchester about three weeks ago and soon after the Christmas markets began. I just love the markets; you get all the European foods and goodies and get to experience a taste of ‘another world’ so to speak.

So one evening my friend and I decided to go to the market, specifically to eat garlic mushrooms and mini-pancakes. Dutch mini pancakes with nutella and syrup we did eat, but garlic mushrooms we did not find. We ended up settling for some German mushrooms which had some pepper/garlic flavouring, which were not too bad I have to say – after adding some salt.

So you’re probably wondering where I am heading to with this blog….here goes….

In the midst of the walking and the fun admiration of jewellery, leather bags, food and hot chocolate, my friend received a phone call. She picked up her phone to speak and she stopped walking. As I was walking besides her, I noticed a man who with his wife was in a hurry to go past us. Why people do not say excuse me, is beyond me. So I gently nudged my friend forward and told her ‘this guy wants to pass’. She immediately moved to the side and let the couple through. Almost immediately after that happened, the man passed a comment. It was rather rude. He said “there’s no one else in the world except you and your phone.”

WHAT! WHAT! WHAT!

How rude. How inconsiderate. Where did our manners go? Really, I thought about this and was just shocked at the sheer words that came out of his mouth!

Did he know what my friend was talking about on the phone?

Did he have to reply in such a way?

The answer to both these questions is N-O – No!

But then again, I have to remind myself, I don’t know what kind of day this man had and maybe he was not in the best of moods. I do forgive him. It makes me think about how many times I have mumbled things under my breath, especially when I have allowed myself to be offended by little things.

Eph4v29So guys, here are my lessons learnt!

Truth #1: Think before you speak

Truth #2: Treat others as you would like to be treated

Truth #3: Do not get easily offended by little things

Truth #4: Learn to say excuse me if you want to go past someone!

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