I thought this was a touching post and I wanted to share it with you all. God bless.
People living and working on one of the most culturally diverse streets in Britain are being celebrated in a new photographic exhibition.
On this blog I do my best to keep away from political events and areas of life that can only affect people in a negative way !!!
However flowing last nights terrorist attack in my home town of Manchester I just wanted to make a quick comment and to share what I feel is such a great city, its people and its very heart !!!
This is Manchester, the Manchester I love and grew-up in !!!!
SOFT SHARING PEOPLE!!!
My Heart is Broken!! For the people who have lost loved ones last night and for anyone affected in anyway !!!!
Please go and read this article, it reflects upon the best aspects of life…
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There was a barrier keeping the young man in Mark 10:17-31 out of the kingdom: his love of money. Money represented his pride of accomplishment and self-effort. Ironically, his attitude made him unable to keep the first commandment, to let nothing be more important than God. This man came to Jesus wondering what he could do; he left seeing what he was unable to do.
Jesus said it was very difficult for the rich to get into the kingdom of God because the rich have most of their basic physical needs met and thus often become self-reliant. When they feel empty, they can buy something new to dull the pain that was meant to drive them toward God. Their abundance becomes their deficiency. Jesus explained that in the world to come, the values of this world will be reversed.
Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT, April 20, Tyndale House Publishers. 2003.
Satan’s deceptive cunning is highlighted by Paul’s statement that he becomes an angel of light, disguising evil as good (2 Cor. 11:14). His destructive ferocity comes out in the description of him as a roaring, devouring lion (1 Pet. 5:8) and as a dragon (Rev. 12:9). As he was Christ’s sworn foe (Matt. 4:1-11; 16:23; Luke 4:13; John 14:30; cf. Luke 22:3, 53), so now he is the Christian’s, always probing for weaknesses, misdirecting strengths, and undermining faith, hope, and character (Luke 22:32; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:3-15; Eph. 6:16). He should be taken seriously, for malice and cunning make him fearsome; yet not so seriously as to provoke abject terror of him, for he is a beaten enemy. Satan is stronger than we are, but Christ has triumphed over Satan (Matt. 12:29), and Christian’s will triumph over him too if they resist him with the resources that Christ supplies (Eph. 6:10-13; James 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:9-10, 1 John 4:4).
Acknowledging Satan’s reality, taking his opposition seriously, noting his strategy (anything, provided it be not biblical Christianity), and reckoning on always being at war with him-this is not a lapse into a dualistic concept of two gods, one good, one evil, fighting it out. Satan is a creature, superhuman but not divine; he has much knowledge and power, but he is neither omniscient nor omnipotent; he can move around in ways that humans cannot, but he is not omnipresent; and he is an already defeated rebel, having no more power than God allows him and being destined for the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10).
Commentary from, Concise Theology, by J. I. Packer, page 70.
“Our business is to get them away from the eternal, and from the Present. With this in view, we sometimes tempt a human (say a widow or a scholar) to live in the Past. But this is of limited value, for they have some real knowledge of the past and it has a determinate nature and, to that extent, resembles eternity. It is far better to make them live in the Future.” The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis, page 76/chap. 15.
Highlighting another photographer, James Elkington, who posts lots of great photos many times of historical sites with lots of good historical commentary. Enjoy!
In AD 122, the Roman Emperor Hadrian built a great wall across Northern Britain, as part of a border control and to seperate the Romans from the barbarians. It runs a total of 74 miles across the top of Britain, and was the northern limit of the Roman Empire – beyond it was land belonging to the Ancient Britons including the Picts.
It took approximately 15000 men just under 6 years to complete the wall.
From North to South the wall comprised of a ditch, wall, military way and another ditch. There was a fort every 5 miles.
Milecastles (a small fort) were built along the wall between the major forts, along with barracks and ramparts.
For almost three centuries Hadrians Wall was a vibrant, multi-coloured frontier post, and despite it’s remote location life for the Roman soldier here probably wouldn’t have been that bad.
In the years following Hadrians…
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Ending Gossip in Our Life-follow up to, “Not Sometimes, But Always”, May 16, 2017.
Spreading rumors about other people exposes little about their true nature but reveals quite a lot about the speaker’s own character. Such behavior shows a willingness to sin against the Lord by causing harm to someone else. Until a gossiping believer confronts his sin, he can’t progress toward becoming the person God wants him to be.
Confession is the first step in dealing with sinful speech. This should be followed by repentance-the pledge to turn away from opportunities to talk about others. A useful scripture for a redeemed gossip to pray daily is Psalm 141:3: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Next, be on guard against temptation. Believers have a responsibility to set themselves apart from gossip in order to keep their thoughts and words pleasing to God. Being in the presence of one who spreads stories can tempt us to participate. In a situation where rumors are being shared, the best course of action is to speak out against the practice and then leave.
Finally, instead of talking about someone, it’s wise to pray for that person. Getting into this habit will help train the mind to replace sinful patterns with God-pleasing ways. The Bible teaches us to encourage and comfort each other, and prayer is a good way to obey that instruction 1 Thess. 5:11, 14).
A gossiping Christian dishonors God’s name-and his own. Instead of using words that disparage and injure, choose to speak well of everyone. In so doing, you will bring glory to the Lord.
Commentary from the In Touch Devotional by Charles Stanley, May 9, 2017.
Photo credit: T. Link
Below, at Thurlow Dam, adjacent to the Carbine Factory.