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He's got the whole world in His hands!

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Hello again. I hope you’re all well and enjoying life. We went to Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent a few weeks ago – my first time, but Kev has been before. It was absolutely beautiful and we hope to visit again.

There's a lovely Italian garden, as well as a large lake and woods – I was amazed just how spacious the area is! We took a picnic and had a long walk round the lake and through the woods. Although there were a lot of visitors, we found it easy to maintain social distancing, as there was so much open space.

We visited the shopping village later and had a good browse, then had a hot chocolate before setting off home.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap and harvest if we do not give up.” (Galations 6:9)

It’s discouraging to continue to do right and see no tangible results. But God challenges us to keep on doing good and to trust Him for the results.

I have recently become quite discouraged with the response to my blog and seriously wondered whether I was wasting my time and money! Every week, I receive an email from my website company, stating the number of visitors to my website. Well, this particular week saw the figures at an all-time low and I was very disappointed. I prayed about this and the Lord gave me a swift answer, as the following week’s figures were the highest ever! I got the message that I should continue with my blog. I know the figures will fluctuate from week to week but I am sometimes a bit over-sensitive about it, taking it all too personally. I sometimes need reminding that I am writing this blog primarily to reach people who do not yet know the Lord. It’s not about me – it’s about God and His kingdom!

“But he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13)

Jesus predicted that His followers would be severely persecuted by those who hated what He stood for. In the midst of this, however, they could have hope, knowing they had salvation. Times of trial serve to sift true Christians from false or fair-weather ones. When you are pressured to give up and turn your back on Christ, don’t do it. Remember the benefits of standing firm and continue to live for Christ.

“All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:13)

“All men will hate you?” That’s a bit dramatic, surely? Maybe not.. Jesus is increasingly becoming a dirty word in our modern world. “Bible bashers”, “God botherers” and “Jesus freaks” are not popular nowadays! But there comes a time when Christians have to choose between the world’s acceptance and God’s approval. I choose God.

To believe in Jesus and ‘stand firm to the end’ will take perseverance because our faith will be challenged and opposed, but the assurance of our salvation will keep us going through the hard times.

“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs, according to the promise.” (Galations 3:29)

The original promise to Abraham was intended for the whole world, not just for Abraham’s descendants. "I will bless those who bless you." (Genesis 12:3)

“But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.” (Hebrews 3:6)

Because Christ lives in us as believers, we can remain courageous and hopeful to the end. We’re not saved by being steadfast and firm in our faith, but our courage and hope reveal that our faith is real. Without this enduring faithfulness, we could easily be blown away by the winds of temptation, false teaching or persecution.

It’s never easy being a Christian – let no-one tell you otherwise. But, once truly committed to Christ, there is no turning back. I wouldn’t even want to, anyway. I would absolutely hate to be without Jesus in my life. Choose Jesus, not the world – I can highly recommend it!

Please do your best to share this blog with anyone and everyone who might be remotely interested – and even if they’re not! 😀

Thanks and God bless.

No Christ, no hope – know Christ, know hope!

“But Noah found favour in the eyes of God.” (Genesis 6:8)

Hello again. I trust you are all well and content. I hope you’re managing to get out and about a bit.

We went to Chester Zoo last week. I haven’t been since I was taken on a school trip in junior school – when Adam was a lad! It’s an enormous place, and very easy to get lost. The animals seem to be very well looked after, with plenty of space to roam around - the only problem with this is that they were not very visible and we were a bit disappointed not to be able to see all of them.

But we did manage to get a few pictures.

It says in the Bible that Noah was a righteous and blameless man. This does not mean that he never sinned, but that he wholeheartedly loved and obeyed God. Like today, the earth was corrupt and full of violence, so God decided to destroy the earth and the people in it. He asked Noah to build an ark and gave him exact specifications on how to do it.

God informed Noah that He was going to flood the earth but would save Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives. They would enter the ark and survive the flood. God instructed Noah to take a male and a female of each animal species into the ark with him and his family. God then sent a flood over the earth for 40 days, and no-one survived outside the ark.

Noah got right to work when God told him to build the ark. Other people must have been warned about the disaster but apparently didn’t expect it to happen. It’s a similar situation today. Every day, thousands of people are warned of God’s inevitable judgement; yet, most of them don’t really believe it will happen!

“Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22)

The world in Noah’s day was flooded with evil. The number of those who remembered the God of creation and love had dwindled to one. Of God’s people, only Noah was left.

God’s response to this severe situation was a 120-year last chance, during which Noah built the ark. As well as being the first major shipbuilder, Noah was a man of patience, consistency and obedience. He wasn’t without weaknesses, and he actually got drunk and embarrassed himself in front of his sons! This was a poor example of godliness to his sons. But even godly people can sin, and their bad influence affects their families. Although the wicked people were all killed in the flood, the possibility of evil still existed in the hearts of Noah and his family.

The message from this interesting saga of Noah and the ark is that God is faithful to those who obey Him. He does not always protect us from trouble, but He cares for us in spite of it. Obedience is a long-term commitment.

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:13)

We sometimes see a rainbow when it’s raining and the sun is visible. It’s a beautiful sight, made more so by the fact that it’s a sign that God will keep His promises to us.

Noah stepped out of the ark onto an earth devoid of human life, but God gave him a reassuring promise that He would never destroy the earth by flooding again. The next time will be a destruction of fire, but that’s another story!

God also promised that, as long as the earth remains, the seasons will always come as expected. That is very reassuring, in light of current climate change worries! But, as always, we can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that our wonderful God is in control. He always has been and He always will be.

Ann ❤

No hope, no Christ - know hope, know Christ!