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“For you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.” Malachi 4:2 NIV

Morning over
Cardigan Bay, West Wales

Red Campions

 

 

“I will tell of all your marvellous works.”

Psalm 9:1 NIV

 

 

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Genesis 18:14.

 

 

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.”

Isaiah 55:6.

 

 

“If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”

2 Chronicles 15:2

 

 

“Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence.”

Isaiah 64:1.

 

 

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

John 12:32.

 

 

Cefnpawl Chapel, Mid-Wales

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

John 19:30.

 

 

 

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July 4th 2021

Jesus Comes

Why are we sometimes almost overwhelmed with worry?
Fear can be because of illness, loneliness, rejection, feelings of having failed to live up to our profession, and so on. Fear has endless causes.

Well, before Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were no different to us. They knew they were in serious difficulty.
However, what do we read? “When the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” John 20:19

Beautiful. It reminds me of a song by Oswald Smith which begins: ‘One sat alone beside the highway begging…’
The chorus reads:
   When Jesus comes, the tempter's power is broken;
   When Jesus comes, the tears are wiped away,
   He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
   For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.

Praise the Lord!


July 3rd 2021

Small Beginnings

It's huge!
From our sun-room we can see a magnificent tree, some kind of ash tree beyond the neighbours' bungalow. It's about 80 feet high, with branches heavy in leaf, so the whole thing must weigh several tons.
It's amazing to think that this huge tree was once a tiny sapling, before that a seedling, and before that it was just a seed. A miracle!
Ash Tree Looking at that ash tree makes me wonder which came first, the tree or the seed. Its original ancestor could only start life from one or the other.
Whatever theory you have of how life began, no-one can deny that plants, trees, and all creatures somehow sprang into life.

The first chapter of the Bible puts it like this: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty...’
A few verses later we read: ‘Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation, seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it ...”
However, the Bible doesn’t say which came first – the tree or the seed.
And no evolutionist has ever been able to answer that question convincingly.
I believe that is because the true answer is in that Bible book of Genesis!

See also the beginning of the gospel of John.


June 22nd 2021

What Next?

What’s going to happen tomorrow?
What’s going to happen next week?
What’s going to happen next year?
What’s going to happen to me?

Uncertainty rules the waves.
Not just with you and me.
Uncertainty rules our nation.
Uncertainty rules the world.
The Covid pandemic has changed the world scene.

For many people, uncertainty produces fear. And fear, worry, anxiety and stress all have negative effects on us – mind, soul, and body.
Uncertainty is not good for anybody.
So what is going to happen?
No-one knows for sure what the near future holds.

But that does not mean there is no hope!
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I do hope.” Psalm 130:5
“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24
And because of Jesus dying on the Cross for his people and rising from the dead, Christians can say “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

Praise the Lord!


June 19th 2021

It’s raining!

A steady moderate rain with almost no breeze. The perfect rain for gardens after their enjoyment of ten days of sunshine.
However, sometimes rain can be inconvenient. Sometimes an excess can cause serious problems. But generally speaking, rain is good for us. Life is based on water, and without an adequate supply, our fertile land would soon become desert.

Over the last 50 or 60 years, the desire for endless sunshine has captured much of the British population. Every year, millions of Brits travel abroad in search of the sun. For over a year now the covid pandemic has restricted air travel and the clamour of protest has got louder and louder.
I remember how the clamour for sunshine drove the foreign holiday craze in a big way in the 1970s.

For those of you with age to your credit, memories of 1976 may still be vivid. In southern England where we were living, there was no significant rain from the middle of March to the end of August. Crops failed, trees died, animals and birds suffered, and for many, life was a struggle coping with the heat and dryness. The soil cracked to a depth of 2 or 3 feet. Cultivations were well nigh impossible.
It was as if God had listened to the chorus of moans about British weather and about the wonders of the Costa del Sol, and had said, “OK, you want endless sunshine, do you? Here it is. See what it can do!”

Hand in hand, sunshine and rain make life possible.
In the beginning when God created the sunshine and rain, he knew what he was doing.
Maybe we would we be a lot happier if we thanked the Lord – come rain, come shine!


June 16th 2021

Communication

Communicating with each other has not been easy this past year.
We need to talk.
We need to share.
We need each other!

About twenty five years ago, Veronica and I went to the Oncology Unit in Bristol for four weeks. The number of people waiting for radiotherapy astounded us. And we were all experiencing the trauma of cancer.
Very quickly, our private world expanded. We were not unique. We saw other people differently. Suddenly, it did not matter what our personal traits, habits, or life-styles were.
Social class did not matter.
Wealth or poverty did not matter.
Individual interests did not matter.
Introvert, extrovert, whatever, it did not matter.
Our secure compartments of independence had become comfortless prisons.
Trouble had wrenched those padlocks away.
We were together, under attack by an enemy whose only purpose was to destroy. Cancer had changed the world for everyone.
Every time we went to that Oncology Unit we moved out through our doors to meet others as they opened their doors to meet us. Relationships and communications were on an unfamiliar basis, but in our shared difficulties we simply needed each other.

And now, right here in 2021, those of us who believe in Jesus, need each other.
We need to communicate.
We need to talk.
We need to share.
We need to help each other in our struggles.
We need each other!

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them.” Malachi 3:16


 

 

© John Puckett 2021