Sunday, October 21, 2012

God is able

Reflective Prayer: Ephesians 3:16-21 NIV

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -
"that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Get into the Bible habit

I believe someone right now needs this message below - Change your life today and be refreshed. To be able to read a bible is a blessing many take for granted:

To view a video to encourage you to read the word daily visit:

The aim of the 'Live Light in 25 Words' campaign is to encourage Australian Christians to read the Bible every day for the month of October and turn that into the habit of a lifetime," said Bible Society's Chris Melville. The campaign seeks to address the main reason why people say they don't read the Bible -  they just don't have the time, their lives are getting busier, their stresses heavier and  attention span shorter.

"This Australia-wide campaign is an invitation to Christians to make a fresh start on their Bible reading habit with just 25 words a day. It can grow from there," Mr Melville said. The Bible Society has produced a range of resources on their "25 Words" web site to help churches and individuals engage with the Bible. So far there have been over 22,000 downloads from the site. Everyone who registers will receive a daily Bible reading of around 25 words, together with a short comment and a question. "We hope that families will use these together or that others will read the verse and discuss the questions with a friend," Mr Melville said.

Resources include videos for churches and children, Bible reading guides from leading Christians, theologians and preachers plus Bible study resources for individuals, churches and small groups. A full list of details 

Source: Bible Society
Get into the Bible habit in October 

 THERE it was, in the drawer of the bedside table, as expected. Navy cover, crisp untouched pages and the Gideon logo embossed in gold. A copy of the Bible was found in many of the hotels we stayed in during our recent New Zealand holiday. Not Harry Potter, Fifty Shades of Grey or even Pride and Prejudice. But this book that has been in print since the 1400s, circulated as an oral tradition prior, and continues to trump all other literature in the volume of books sold each year.

It is widely acknowledged as the best-selling book of all time. The Guinness Book of World Records names the Bible as the best- selling book of non-fiction with more than 17 million copies sold of the Good News version to 1995 alone. It has been translated into 349 languages and 2123 languages have at least one book in their tongue.

Many are sold, but few read it, so it seems. Sadly, statistics reveal that Bible reading among churchgoers is abysmal at best. The latest National Church Life Survey reveals that 19 per cent of church attendees actually read their bible daily or "most days". The survey of 500,000 people also concluded that 12 per cent read the bible a few times a week, 5 per cent once a week, 27 per cent occasionally and 37 per cent hardly ever, or never.

Another study by the Centre for Bible Engagement says that there is a prevailing perception that the Bible is not important to everyday life. Hmm. I hear that often enough and I beg to differ. I couldn't tell you how many times I have opened my Bible, read a few lines and felt like God was speaking directly to me, in my unique situation.

Irrelevant, they say. Verses have told me to be bold, throw off fear, focus on good, demonstrate love.

A book of folklore and fairytales, they say. Jesus' words from thousands of years past have acted like a balm on old wounds.

Nothing but stuffy rules and traditions, they say. The Bible is perhaps more misunderstood than ever.

Today marks day one of The Bible Society's campaign to encourage people to give the good book a second (or third or 10th or 186th) chance.  Live Light in 25 Words gives people tools to delve into the Word, to rediscover truths of freedom, hope, love and peace in its pages. The idea is to build a habit over October's 31 days by reading the bible with some familiar faces - Masterchef 2011 winner Kate Bracks, Olympic swimmer Elka Whalan, popular blogger Erica Bartle to name a few (and, er, maybe my face is in the mix too).

Just 25 words each day from the Bible and I guarantee your life will be altered. Head to 25words.biblesociety  to sign up to receive daily motivation via your choice of a range of different formats.
In John 6:63, Jesus says this: "It is not the flesh that gives a person life. It is the spirit that gives life. The words I told you are spirit, and so they give life" (ICB version).
We pay ample attention to the needs of our flesh, what of our spirit?
Source: Claire van Ryn's musings  faithlikeamushroom.