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Food for thought

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Psalm 34:8 NLT

Growing older increases your chances of your metabolism slowing down. (I’m pretty sure mine stopped years ago!) But I’m like most girls, conscious of their selves: particularly the body shape. There was a postcard meme trending for a while saying “Everybody thinks a girls dream is to find a perfect guy. But it’s actually to eat without getting fat!” I’d say it’s true, I can’t speak on behalf of every girl out there. But it’s true for me! Could it be true for guys too? Perhaps..

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i9:2 – The Pursuit of Happiness

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

i92DataWhat makes you happy? What gives you pleasure? What’s the difference between happiness and joy? For most of us, “living the dream” is something that was mapped out for us — university, work, marriage, kids — but are those the elements that really make us happy? Even in our pursuit and following of God, sometimes happiness seems so elusive.

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Missions Month 2015: Praying for the nations

Here at BCEC, during March we focus on Missions (not to say we don’t normally. But we like to look more into it this month!)

Occasionally during prayer time I like to pray with scripture in mind. Of course I don’t always remember scripture off by heart (shamefully, I always fail to remember the old memory verses that the Sunday school teachers used to try and drill into us!). So I find having God’s Word in front of me open and ready very helpful during prayer times.

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Our God is a great big God

When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
Psalm 8:3-4 (NIV)

Are we attempted to be God and control every element in our lives? Or micromanage everything else? Or playing God in the instance of creating babies from three people? Or shouting at each other, or our kids and family members all in the name of love–just to be heard and get our own way? I find it interesting when someone says “Are you following Jesus or are you making Jesus follow you?” Have we just become a generation where it’s me-first and then everyone, and if I have time and I can be bothered, eventually I’ll think about God and pray to Him?
But if I think about it, God went all out for us.

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heart pressing

The question I like to ask people sometimes is this:
What are some things that have been pressing on your heart lately?

Perhaps it’s not necessarily facebook-status worthy for you to share out in the social-media-sphere (or maybe it is but it’s too personal?) But I’m pretty sure everyone always has at least something that has got them thinking about something or someone. Something that occupies your thoughts, either about something that happened, or a current situation, or a concern for the future. Something fills our minds and hearts. It might get you anxious and worried. It might be something you have a tendency to put off until the day before the deadline. It might be uncertainties.

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Losses in life

I like to subscribe to certain Christian newsletters so I can receive a dosage of encouragement in my inbox every so often, God willing and Godly-appointed. Yesterday I received a timely message. One that I wish to share with you. Not my words, but an author. It is an excerpt from a book entitled “The Soul” by J.P. Moreland. I hope it encourages you as it did to me…

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Fear Not

I remember when I was a wee kid, probably about 2, I went with my mum to college. She would be upstairs in a class. And I would be downstairs in the child day care room. One time, I was the only one at the end of the class, and my mum was still upstairs. So the teacher took me upstairs. My mum was talking to a scary-looking man. She introduced me to him. And I remember hiding behind my mum’s leg while the man remarks “Isn’t she shy!” I remember that was my first ever feeling of being scared. Shy? I don’t think so. On one hand there was a scary man, on the other hand, I was seeking comfort from the security of my mum. It was the first feeling of fear in my life.

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Do Justly

A lot has been written about the terrorist attacks in the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The death of the journalists and artists has been declared a war against free speech. And any attack against free speech is an attack on freedom and justice. Here in the west, we hold firmly onto the values of freedom of speech and freedom of expression. And yet we live with this awkward tension between the defence of free speech and the defence against hate speech.

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forgetfulness

I think I’m becoming more forgetful as I get older.

I forget where I left my car keys. I forget where I parked my car.
I forgot what time my kids finish school. I forget what days they have activities.
I always forget something on my shopping list. Even when I write it down.
And people over 30 will agree with me, at some point we start forgetting how old we are. (though that might be a deliberate forgetting.)

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