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You Can Be Happy!

Posted By at Wednesday, February 13, 2019

       

It's sad to see so many unhappy, anxious Christians. So many of their lives are cluttered about with carnal things that are of no value in the Kingdom of God.

Luke 10:38-42 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha was distracted by the number of people in the home who needed to be fed and were all listening to Jesus, and her sister seemed oblivious to the urgent needs around her.

Luke 8:14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

Same thing happens on the thorny ground when urgent things can take our attention off the Word. But the true committed Christian can enjoy a supreme happiness and joy, regardless of their circumstances.

Jesus said in John 16:33 AMP CE Bible "I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]"

Let’s look at some of the factors that contribute to our happiness as Christians.

The Christian has Hope

The Christian knows that this life is not all there is to their existence. Our eternal hope rests on our faith in Christ.

Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

The Christian also has Contentment

Christians may not be satisfied in every aspect of their life; but contentment does not mean that one is necessarily resigned to the status quo.

We can abound in any state as Paul says in Phil 4:11 "Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content."

1 Tim 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain.

We can be content knowing The Lord will never forsake us.

Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you."

The Christian can have Peace

Phil 4:7 The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Prayer brings peace.

Phil 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Solutions to all our problems are found in the God’s Word.

The Christian needs Commitment

The person who is truly committed to Christ is happy. Commitment to the Lord brings about supreme happiness even in this life.

Those outside of Christ need to obey His gospel in order to attain the happiness that can only be found in Him.

Christians must make sure the factors which contribute to true happiness are found in their lives.

Norman

Dr. Norm Campbell • PO Box 600 • South Morang • Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA • www.familyfaithcentre.org

We are a WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park. If you're not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding. There will be exciting message to share with you so don't miss out! It's wonderful what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

We are also mentoring a number of other groups around the world who receive our Sunday preaching messages to instruct and encourage them to share it also.

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE [PVAC Building]

160 Centenary Drive, Mill Park Victoria 3082

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Learning to Walk With God

Posted By at Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Genesis 3:8 God was walking with Adam and Eve in the garden in the cool of the day.

God created man for the enjoyment of a walking relationship that involved companionship, dialogue, intimacy, joint decision-making, mutual delight, and shared dominion. God longs to walk with us, which is why his arms of grace have been pulling us into a closer walk with Him. He still wants walking companions.

Genesis 5:22–24 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Deuteronomy 5:33 You shall walk in all the ways that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Isaiah 2:3 Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.

We must learn to listen to Him every day.

Psalm 131:2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Then we can enjoy His presence.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together unless they have agreed?

Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

As we seek our Father God, we enjoy His presence, listen for His direction and then we learn to follow in His footsteps.

Job 23:11 My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.

2 Cor 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

How is your walk today, is it in the Word by faith?

Norman

Dr. Norm Campbell • PO Box 600 • South Morang • Victoria 3752 AUSTRALIA • www.familyfaithcentre.org

We are a WORD OF FAITH group meeting each Sunday morning in Mill Park. If you're not committed elsewhere on Sunday morning you would be very welcome. God has been blessing those that come along, many blessings are abounding. There will be exciting message to share with you so don't miss out! It's wonderful what God is doing! People have been healed and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in most meetings.

We meet at 10.30am each Sunday and you will be made very welcome!

We are also mentoring a number of other groups around the world who receive our Sunday preaching messages to instruct and encourage them to share it also.

FAMILY FAITH CENTRE [PVAC Building]

160 Centenary Drive, Mill Park Victoria 3082

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Prayer is Important!

Posted By at Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In his book; WHY REVIVAL TARRIES, Leonard Ravenhill says one of the reasons is "we lack urgency in prayer, we pray with a take it or leave it attitude, we pray chance prayers, and we do not even have a strong desire; but in fact are rather fitful, moody and spasmodic."

If there is any truth in the above statement at all, then we must do all that is possible to become people who are praying according to God's own pattern, and therefore people who get God's guaranteed results.

As a person once said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!"

The main thing is to know the Lord and abide in Him. To know the Lord intimately we must of course fellowship with Him. It would be impossible to know anybody in an intimate way without communication with them. For us Christians this is where prayer comes in.

Prayer, simply put, is communication with God. It is a dialogue not a monologue!

Luke 18:1 NIV...they should always pray and not give up.

Luke 18:1 NKJV ...men always ought to pray and not lose heart.

Luke 18:1 TLB…they must keep praying until the answer comes.

Like 18:2 TM…for them to pray consistently and never quit.

Notice Jesus links inconsistent prayer and losing heart together.

The word 'and' used here is a joining word and we could easily read the verse in this manner for learning purposes ...they should not lose heart and they should keep praying.

PRAYER MUST BECOME A PRIORITY!

Jesus clearly taught us about prayer when He gave the model prayer:

Matthew 6:9 "Our Father which art in heaven, hollowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever."

We must press in to take our prayer life to the next level and not simply say 'I'm just waiting on Him to move in His perfect timing etc'. The truth about the matter is most of the time He is waiting on us to move first! God has already moved for us. He sent Jesus to die a violent death on the cross to pay for your sins.

God raised Him from the dead and then gave us His Name, His blood, His Word, and His Holy Spirit to help us pray. If you have been discouraged take heart. If you are weary and the road has been rough in your journey this past year, please don't give up! Pray consistently according to God’s Word.

Norman

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Learning to Live Soberly

Posted By at Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Titus 1:8 But be hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled.

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

To live soberly involves more than the idea of being free from the intoxication of alcoholic beverages. That can be a challenge to many Christians who still imbibe and enjoy alcohol. So then what does it mean to “live soberly?”

The Greek word basically means being of sound mind, self-controlled, to be in one’s right mind, to call to one’s senses, living righteously and godly. It suggests the idea of thoughtfulness, of being serious-minded and of carefully considering the real situations of life.

Living soberly would help avoid the idea of being just pushed and pulled by life’s circumstances without any reason, plan or goal for life.

As Christian’s we all have responsibilities!

As Christians we are not to live aimlessly but to be examples to others especially those who are younger. I recall my son in law telling me when he was in Bible College, one of the instructors took all the young men out to the local pub for a beer!!!!

Titus 2:2-10 2 That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behaviour, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. 6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. 9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

When a Christian is living soberly, they will be giving serious consideration to certain things which then affect the way they lives, and that the Word instructs them to do and be.

Here are some characteristics of someone living soberly:

  • They will have carefully examined the evidences for the deity of Jesus Christ and recognize that He is the Son of God.
  • They will have a deep respect for the Word of God.
  • They will give serious consideration to the existence of the God of heaven and try to live accordingly.
  • They will possess a love and appreciation for the church for which Jesus died and was raised again.
  • They will have an awareness of their responsibilities to their fellowman.
  • They will display a constant awareness that there is another life beyond this one and that this present life is preparation for the next.

No one can really be a true success in this life without living soberly.

Norman

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Covenant Relationship!

Posted By at Wednesday, January 16, 2019

 

In this day in which we live in 2019, society generally knows very little about the sacredness of a covenant. That should be obvious by the number of marriages that break up [many of them with just cause], however, marriage is a ‘blood covenant’ relationship.

In the Bible generally a covenant is made for two reasons; love or necessity. As the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have all been called into a covenant; it is a covenant of love. The precious blood of Jesus Christ seals this covenant and it operates through His Divine love.

However, when we came into covenant with God we also came in of necessity [by God’s command] and we also came into covenant with one another and are now in the same family; we are blood brothers and sisters. We have been commanded to love one another as He loves us [John 13:33-34].

One of the great expressions of what a covenant is all about is found in 1 Samuel 18:1-4 where it describes Jonathan being knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved David as himself. Now to help you understand the sacredness and high calling of covenant, it says in 2 Samuel 9:1-13 that after Jonathan’s death, David was still looking for his covenant brother and he said, “Is there anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

3 And Ziba said unto the king, "Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet."

4 And the king said unto him, "Where is he?" And Ziba said unto the king, "Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar."

5 Then king David sent and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, "Mephibosheth." And he answered, "Behold thy servant."

7 And David said unto him, "Fear not: for I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually."

Kindness is the true expression of covenant love, as David showed to the little boy who was lame in his feet but was Jonathan’s son. As the King, David could have banished Saul’s memory forever, but David was motivated by the spirit of covenant love and not by the spirit of the world. I believe the Body of Christ needs to understand this kind of covenant love today.

Matthew 10:8 “…freely ye have received, freely give.”

Because God poured out His love on each of us unconditionally through Jesus Christ, He calls us as His body to do the same. We have received freely now we must freely give!

What are we motivated by?

Many are motivated by a judgmental spirit, and many are motivated by a sectarian spirit, yet others by a critical spirit. Our job is not to JUDGE or CRITICIZE. We are to LOVE and to GIVE.

It’s not a question of, “Does this person deserve my love!”

But “Does the covenant I have with God require me to love this person unconditionally?”

We may not like what others are doing, but we don’t have the right to judge them in that, because that is the job of the Holy Spirit. We are not qualified to do that.

David was a man after God’s own heart, not because he never made a mistake, [and he made a few], but because he understood the power of covenant friendship and kindness. 

We must all reflect a spirit of FRIENDSHIP and COVENANT KINDNESS in our every day lives, not judging or criticizing but loving and giving, just like Jesus did.

Norman

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The Shepherd Psalms

Posted By at Wednesday, January 09, 2019

I was sharing at a funeral for a 90+ year old member of the church on Monday morning. He had specifically requested me, some 10 years ago, way back in 2008 when he was in his early 80’s what he wanted me to share at his funeral, as he wanted to be prepared and ready. It was a delight to officiate at his funeral because he knew the Great Shepherd.

For those of you who are not regular Word people or Bible readers; Psalm 23 is right in the middle of three SPECIFIC PSALMS written by David the shepherd boy who defeated the giant Goliath and eventually became King of Israel. The three Psalms are all prophetically speaking about Jesus who came to earth in a three-phase ministry. He came as a Prophet, He now is our Great High Priest but He’s coming back as the King of Kings. That’s all in Psalms 22, 23 & 24.

Psalm 22 is about the GOOD SHEPHERD who gave his life for the sheep. It is now PAST TENSE; it has already happened! [See John 10:11 and Matthew 27:46!]

Psalm 23 is about the GREAT SHEPHERD who cares for the sheep in His pasture; that is the Church. [See Hebrews 13:20]

Psalm 24 is about the CHIEF SHEPHERD who is coming again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. [See 1 Peter 5:4]

If you don’t know the GOOD Shepherd of Psalm 22 who died for you and as you and in your place, then you can’t know the provision of the GREAT Shepherd of Psalm 23 who NOW is your Shepherd and is providing all your needs right now, and you won’t know the reality of the CHIEF Shepherd when He comes again to catch away the church and hand out the crown of life. So are you ready for his coming?

Psalm 23:1 The Lord IS my shepherd; I shall not want.

I shall not be in WANT for anything

Psalm 23:2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

I shall not want for REST

Psalm 23:2 He leads me beside the still waters.

I shall not want for REFRESHMENT

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul;

I shall not want for RESTORATION or refurbishment or renewal that all happens when we come to Jesus.

Psalm 23:3 He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

I shall not want for RIGHT DIRECTION and GUIDANCE. Jesus give us His righteousness.

Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;

I shall have no fear of death, BECAUSE IT IS JUST A SHADOW and the shadow of a big dog can’t bite.

Psalm 23:4 For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

I shall not want for COMFORT, He keeps me on track.

Psalm 23:5-6 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

I shall not want for NOURISHMENT and PROVISION He has taken care of all my needs.

Psalm 23:6 You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

I shall not want for the ANOINTING, it is the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage.

Psalm 23:5 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

I shall not want for God’s GOODNESS and MERCY it’s following me every day of my life.

Psalm 23:6 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

I shall not want for an ASSURANCE of my ETERNAL DESTINY because I KNOW the Shepherd! 

Do you know Him?

Norman

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May Our Eyes be Wide Open in 2019

Posted By at Wednesday, January 02, 2019

I read this little story on Christmas Eve and I thought I would use it to open up for 2019, I didn't want to wait another 12 months to use it next Christmas.

At Christmastime in 1897, a newspaper reporter in Boston saw three little girls standing in front of a store window full of toys.

One of them was blind. He overheard the other two trying to describe the toys to their blind friend.

The reporter said he never thought of how difficult it would be to explain what something looks like to someone who is blind. So, he wrote a story about the three girls for his newspaper.

Two weeks later, the reporter attended a gospel meeting conducted by Dwight L. Moody where he had intended to write a critical article attacking the evangelist. But to the reporter’s surprise, Moody quoted from his newspaper article about the three girls at the toy store window.

Moody said, "Just as the blind girl couldn’t visualize the toys, so an unsaved person can’t see Jesus Christ in His glory."

Moody preached that God opens the eyes of anyone who will acknowledge their sin and accept Christ by faith.

The newspaper reporter was touched by Moody’s words and realized he was a blind man who needed his spiritual eyes opened. That day he accepted Jesus as his Lord.

People who are in darkness cannot see the light.

2 Cor 4:3-4 “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel.”

In John 8:12 Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness."

We are all like that reporter; only Jesus can open our spiritual eyes. Have your eyes been opened yet to see the glorious things God has prepared for those that love Him?

If you read these blogs and have never accepted Jesus please do so today! If you do, you’ll see God and live your life differently.

Norman

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May 2019 be Your 'Best Blessings' Year

Posted By at Wednesday, December 26, 2018

This is my last Mid Week for 2018; I trust you have all enjoyed the Blogs I sent out through the year. To those of you who read the items, thank you for that. To those of you who use them for research and preaching, be blessed with them all. To those who sent financial support, may it be multiplied back to you - 100-fold return we call it in for you.

It's always interesting to look back, not with regret but with thanks for the year past, even though the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:13 "No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing; Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead."

The start of this New Year 2019 is an ideal time to reflect on the past, to take stock of your Christian walk and consider the direction God may want to lead you in next year. Set aside time to pause and pray and evaluate your spiritual condition as you seek God's presence.

Instead of making New Year's resolutions, consider making a Bible commitment not to break any promises you might make. Promises are easily broken because many times they're just so many empty words, though often earnestly spoken and even with some sincerity at the time of promise.

But God's Word transforms each individual by the Holy Spirit making us complete as we spend time alone with Him and He will begin to change us from the inside out.

Some of you probably already have your sheet of paper ready to write down your New Year Resolutions for this coming year of 2019. Well, I haven't done that as I decided a number of years ago that I was not making lists but simply making a commitment to spend more time in prayer with the Lord.

I believe the spiritual condition of my life is more important to the Lord than trying to keep promises to do such and such. He says my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and I found out a long time ago that those long lists of dos and don'ts either get lost or are too soon easily forgotten.

The things that really matter to us is what we will spend time on; because we will only do what pleases our heart to do.

If we don't read our Bible regularly; it's because our heart isn't in it. If we don't pray regularly; it's because our heart isn't in it. If we don't go to church regularly; it's because our heart isn't in it. If we don't tithe and give regular offerings; it's because our heart isn't in it.

But too often we will always find time for our favourite hobby or TV program because our heart is in that.

Rom 14:17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Matt 6:33 Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

What is the Kingdom of God? It is righteousness, peace and joy.

If we seek those three things; everything else will fall in to place. If we aim to please the Lord by living by faith as Hebrews 11:6 says we should, we will find out what He wants us to do, then it will all work out. I know He tells us to seek wisdom because it is the principle or most important thing. So if we do just that our health issues and financial priorities will begin to change.

The Bible tells us His mercies are new every morning, so I daily ask Him what He wants me to do. There is nothing wrong with accomplishing some short-term goals, but never let them consume your entire energy by making them so hard they are beyond your reach. Simply trust God to help you each step of the way! Get a fresh start each day, talk with the Lord FIRST. We should meet with God personally early EVERY morning, long before meeting with anyone else. It's the one way of prioritizing Him above everything and everyone. It's also a way of making sure you're at your best, spiritually and emotionally. Then, by the time we start interacting with the rest of our family and the world, we've already had time with God.

Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

I find it best to limit my desires (or wants) each year to a few things and concentrate on the really important needs; whatever they might be, as my heart directs me.

Many people want a fresh start in life. Those that are sick want a clean bill of health. Those in financial trouble want to be out of debt. We can do all these things, but we need to work on them one day at a time, seeking His face first.

I didn’t make any commitments last year except to love God more, to appreciate my wife Elizabeth and our family, and to pray for our friends and our partners in the Ministry. I think I made it ok, but only God has the score.

Try not to overwhelm yourself with too many good intentions. You can't be all things to all men no matter how much you might want to.

Remember; people will do what they want to do most, whatever the cost. Pray and ask the Lord what you might need to work on in your life, spiritually, financially, and maybe even how to improve relationships or your health, but don’t get bogged down with too many resolutions you know you will never keep.

I believe for God's best and greatest blessings in your life, family and ministry! So to Him, let there be all the glory for all the good that He is about to bestow upon you as you seek Him in 2019!

Norman

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It's ALIVE!

Posted By at Wednesday, December 19, 2018

I once heard the late brother Rev. Harry Greenwood share a story many years back, and he told about a man who was enthusiastic to share the Gospel in Hyde Park in London.

He had spent some 20 minutes standing on a corner but no one stopped to listen to him, they were just all too busy with their urgent lives. He was about to give up when he had heaven-sent inspiration. So he put his little bible on the ground and set his hat on top of it and started to shout out; "It’s ALIVE!"

Very soon a crowd gathered around him eager to see what was under the hat that was alive. When he had a reasonable crowd he lifted his hat and began to preach, "Yes folks, the Word of God is alive and can change your life if you let it."

Apparently, several came forward for prayer and got saved afterwards!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Passion Translation says; Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. 17 Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfil any assignment God gives you.

Have you ever read a selection of Scripture that you have read many times before, but then suddenly the words seem to jump off of the page? Perhaps every time before, you may have just skimmed over the words. Yet this time around, the words reveal something amazing and new to you? It’s as if God is speaking directly to your spirit through the words on that page.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Do you realise that when you read Scripture, the Scriptures are also reading you because Jesus is the Word of God made flesh! He’s reading your spirit, your current circumstances, and is aware of the spiritual battle raging around you. You may not know it, but it is reading you and me!

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

AMP CE For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life [soul] and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analysing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

That’s why the Bible is so important. It’s not just an ancient piece of literature filled with stories. It’s not just a book filled with law, doctrine, and poetry. It is alive!

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

This is why it is so vital to read Scripture every single day. It’s not just for head knowledge, but it guides and feeds you spiritually and leads you through every situation. 

Sometimes a verse is meant for a day, a season, or a life. Perhaps this week, start to pray and ask for God to reveal a Scripture to meditate upon today, this week, and during this season of life.

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I want to thank you once again, for your continued willingness to give into the kingdom of God through this ministry.

Your faithfulness will one day be rewarded in heaven. Until then, know you are making an eternal difference in the lives of every person reached through the written and spoken Word we send out each day around the world.

Thank you for your faithful support.

Norman

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What's LOVE Got to do With it?

Posted By at Wednesday, December 12, 2018

                  

Naomi Nonu is my daughter and leads worship at Family Faith Centre with her husband Ulu who plays keyboard. She also heads up the SuperKids Program as well as sharing the preaching/teaching program. This is an article she wrote a while back for the weekly church newsletter, so I felt to share it with you today! I thought it appropriate as we near Christmas; the season of God’s love for all of us!

Norman

Recently, Dr Norman (my Dad), spoke to us about ‘Love’. It was an excellent message!

So maybe you’re saying, “Well what’s love got to do with me, I’m too young to get married?” or “I’m already married, so what’s love got to do with me now?”

Love has everything to do with our lives, not just in marriage, but as Christians!

We are ambassadors for Christ here on the earth. The Word says His love is in our hearts (Romans 5:5), so we must be obedient stewards of that love. But let’s talk about a specific kind of love…

The love of children towards their parents – and not just small children – I’m talking about us as adults loving our parents.

Ephesians 6:1-2 Amplified Bible: “Children obey your parents in the Lord [As His representatives], for this is just and right. Honour (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother, this is the first commandment with a promise.”

This is for all of us, no matter what age we are. It is a command and it has a promise.

Look at verse 3, “That all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.”

I love what Pastor John Osteen said, “If your parents are elderly, it’s not enough to just help your parents financially when they need it. You need to show your love and affection. You need to fellowship with them. It is far more precious to them that you share your life personally than just send them a cheque each month! Honour, esteem and value as precious your father and your mother! That is the answer to long life!”

My mum [Elizabeth] always said to me that LOVE is spelt T-I-M-E, if you love someone, you spend time with them, listening to them. That’s why I spend time with my parents. Ian [my brother] and Dad meet each week for Father-Son fellowship time, and my older sister visits several times a week to help mum with her housework. Mum and I love to do craftwork together or feed the ducks at the local pond and chat. I love to fellowship with my parents.

Perhaps you could find something your parents enjoy and do it with them and encourage them. If you're older and your parents have passed away, then you’ve got a job to do!! You need to teach this to your children and grandchildren if you haven’t already. Leave them a heritage to be proud of, so they can esteem you and say, “My mother/father/ grandmother/father always prayed for me, spent time with me, encouraged me in the Word and in the love of God.”

Maybe you could start something special with your child (regardless of their age) like going out for Saturday morning breakfast together where YOU listen (without butting in!), really listen to what is in their heart, and encourage them.

People are THE most important thing to God. They should be to us too. With each of us doing our part as we ought, we get our job done for the Lord and show a mighty witness to the world while we’re at it.

Share God’s heart with your family today.

Naomi Nonu