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The Marked Life

ScarAs I type this, I wince in pain as the fingers on my left hand tap each individual key. A movement I had taken for granted all my life, now provide a little slither of pain shooting down my left elbow, where I have been stitched up pretty tightly. Currently my arm is healing from a pretty severe cut from shattered glass; my attempt to climb through my window (I left my keys inside) seemed like a good idea at the time, but a smashed window and a deep cut prove otherwise.

I received 18 stitches to my arm to cover the gaping hole the shattered glass had left, the piece of glass somehow managed to cut through two layers of skin, arm fat and nerves, just about scraping my muscle tissue underneath. Once the wound has healed, I will be left with a scar on my left forearm for life. A little reminder of my bull headedness!

Now whilst my career as an arm model has ended before it’s even begun, I readily have a sermon illustration for the rest of my life now. The scar will always serve as a reminder of my exploits at that window. every single time I look down at my arm, I will be reminded! A mark of remembrance.

20140522_083354As I lay in bed attempting to sleep and recover the blood I lost during my frantic wait for the ambulance to come, I was reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul in the book of Galatians; “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” – Galatians 6:17

Paul bore marks and scars of a whole other nature to my bullheadedness. He bore the marks of Christ!! We only have to flip back to 2Corinthians 11 to read the physical scars he bore for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Now not all of us will face physical persecution, but what about the spiritual scars Paul bore and we should strive to bear for Christ’s sake?

When I mean spiritual scars, I mean marks that tell a story. Who can you point to and say I have left my mark on them in a spiritual sense. You led them to Christ or you helped them in their spiritual growth, you met a physical need or spent time in prayer for your brother or sister in Christ. Spiritual marks!!! Where can you point to and say I have sacrificed my time and energy to congregate and be with other believers, every time the church doors open for services.

If the Lord is gracious enough to give you a long life, would you have borne the marks of a life walked with Christ? Maybe physical, but more so spiritually.

Jesus himself, when he appeared unto his disciples showed them his physical marks on his body to prove to them how much he loved them and what he had just done for humanity. Beckoning with his voice, Jesus tells ThomasReach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:and be not faithless, but believing

Jesus lived a marked life, a life which showed his actions spoke louder than his words……and Jesus spoke many words, as we see in the gospels.

My challenge is this; just like how Jesus Christ and Christians who have come and gone through history did great exploits, exploits still to this day which shape our everyday living. We should also strive to do great things for a great God. Let us attempt to leave our spiritual marks on a lost and dying world and on lost souls.

Never forget the words of Christ to his personal disciples “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” – Matthew 28:19-20

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This Will Literally Make Your Blood Boil

Do you know what I randomly read the other day? The boiling point of liquids at different pressures! Now you might think “hmm how random”…..to which you would be right, but it got me thinking about the the world we live in, and the way in which God orchestrated this world with all it’s nuances to be liveable and sustainable.

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Onto my shameless habit of reading random topics now; I read that the boiling point of liquids is linked to the given pressure around the said liquid. Lets say we take water for instance, water boils at 100 degrees celsius. At 100 degrees celsius, the vapour pressure of water equals the pressure in the air surrounding the liquid thus the water boils and starts turning into vapour or steam.

Now you might think alright, what’s so interesting about this, or why write a blog post about it? Well think about it…….we live in a world where the air pressure is just right for us to live in. Allow me to elaborate! If we were to say visit the planet Mars, where the air pressure is significantly lower than it is on Earth, the temperature at which liquids will boil would be much lower in relation to Earth. Thus meaning that we as humans who are filled with liquids would only survive literally minutes on Mars without appropriate space gear. With the pressure being so low, the boiling point of liquids wouldn’t have to be high as it is on Earth for it to start boiling, even room temperatures would be enough to make the liquids reach boiling point on Mars. So our bodies which have all encompassing liquids like blood would start to boil until we are cooked from the inside, or until it explodes out of us like blood pudding.

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This just goes to show how Earth was specifically designed for us humans to inhabit. Qualities like what I’ve just discussed could not have come by chance. What are the chances that all minute changes in the world would all coherently work together to make living possible? This is the sign of a designer, and that designer is none other than Jesus Christ.

The bible tells us in John 1:3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made

We are also told

in Colossians 1 that “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist

Everything that exists, whether visible or invisible was made by him, and He is the one who sustains life. To think that there are millions of processes which work for us every single day to give us the sustainability of life, all sustained by the all Sustainable One.

It boggles the mind that people would really think that all this came by chance. The world is too complex for chance to have any say. It has evidence everywhere of a designer. To think otherwise would be foolish – Psalm 53:1

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The Blood Is The Life

Naturally when I don’t know something I endeavour to to learn a little something about the said topic, in order that in the instance the topic comes up again, I can successfully hold a conversation, or at least give a meaningful statement or input. Up until yesterday, I had NO clue about blood types……not anymore lol Continue reading

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