Posted in Easter, God, Jesus, my thoughts, resurrection Sunday

Resurrection Sunday

He is risen.
He is risen indeed.
Hallelujah.

Today over all the nation, followers of that itinerant preacher, Jesus of Nazareth, will gather to praise God for the salvation that was wrought on the Cross.  Today we come together to thank Him for conquering death.  And today we claim once again that He is risen indeed, the Lamb of God, His only begotten Son. 

Thank You, Jesus for laying Your life down for mine and raising once more, King over all. 

You are better than anything in this world.  Your one life is the one that matters the most. 

Amen.

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Posted in faith, God, Jesus, journey, my thoughts

My Story

Why do I follow Jesus?
I follow Jesus because He is my life.  He is my Lord and Saviour and He gives me strength and courage to do life.  I know He is always there for me, even when people aren’t.

When did I start to follow Him?
I don’t really have an exact time that I can definitely pin down.  For me it’s an ongoing journey.  I’m sure there was a point that I decided for myself that He is real and for me, but Jesus has always been a part of my life.

What have I done, as a result of following Him, lately?

Lately, I find myself being challenged to serve in my everyday.  At work especially.  I work in childcare and it is so easy to get frustrated and to want to just walk away, but setting my heart on Jesus helps to centre me, and remind me that life is not all about me.  And that He is bigger than all my cares and worries.

Posted in my thoughts, NBL

Pro Sports and me.

The first time I went to a professional game of sport that I can remember, it was actually basketball.  The Townsville Suns.  Funny story, they had to change their name to the Crocodiles because the Phoenix Suns in the US were going to sue them for being called the Suns.  Which in some ways helped their brand.  The name change that is.  The Swamp is now well known in the Aussie Basketball lexicon and I couldn’t imagine them being known as any other team.  In fact, I wrote about ‘the Swamp’ in one of my Simple Plan fanfics. 
I can still picture the Swamp, or more formally, the Townsville Entertainment Centre.  We used to have our school Presentation nights there.  I think my year was the last year to have it there, and then they moved it to the Civic Theatre.  Smaller venue.  But, anyway, the Townsville Entertainment Centre was a big part of my life…what with going to the basketball quite a few times.  Funny, I think I’ve been to more Basketball games than AFL games.  The atmosphere was always electric, and the actual game? Fast paced and exciting.  And we had some good players on our team.  Rob Rose, Brad Davidson, Derek Rucker, Sam Mackinnon, Peter Crawford just to name a few. 
It’s funny, I talk about how I’m not interested in basketball so much, but I always ask my NBL loving fans how the Crocs are doing.  It’s not the same level of interest that I have for the NRL.  I still have a very soft spot for the NQ Cowboys.  But, I guess what it boils down to is anything Townsville related gets my heart pounding.  I miss Townsville, I guess.  I’d live there in a heartbeat.  If there was the perfect job for me.

There, I said it.  I would move back to the Ville if there was suitable work for me there.  But, since It’s kind of a small city, that’s highly unlikely to happen.  But, I can still dream, right?
Posted in Easter, God, Jesus, my thoughts, prayer, Saviour

Conversations about God

This is the last full week of work before the Passover/Easter break.  My thoughts have continued to be turned to God and what He did for me on the Cross.  I’ve also had some fun watching the kids at work learning about Passover and again I think about how Jesus is the ultimate Passover Lamb. 

For me and, I know, many Christians, the period of Easter is the most important in our walk with the Lord.  The fact that He gave His life for us is humbling.  Even more so is the fact that He conquered death.  We do not need to fear Hell if we put our trust in Jesus and accept Him in our lives.

I pray that this Easter more of God’s people will accept the call of He who Created us. 

On an interesting aside, I was talking to my friend and she told me that at her church the Pastor was explaining the meaning of Eve and Adam eating of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.  The Pastor explained that it was sign of their disobedience and wanting to be separate from God, a metaphor of them rejecting God in their lives.  This is sin. 

That encouraged me, because it was like a light going off in my mind.  I realised this could be the one thing that vindicates my views on evolution.  If eating of the fruit is a metaphor, then it doesn’t necessarily negate human evolution. 

Humans at some stage in their evolution could figure out God existed then decide that they didn’t want God to rule them, and this would be where sin entered into the world. 

It doesn’t negate the severity and importance of sin, but at the same time evolution within the human species could be accepted. 

Amazing.  God is amazing.

Though, that’s all just minor in comparison to what He did for us on the Cross.  This is what matters to the people of this world. 

And I am forever grateful to God for what He has done for me.

Thank You Lord for sending Your Son to die for me on the Cross.  Thank You Lord for defeating death.  For death is what we deserve, but You so loved us that You sent Your only begotten Son. For You did not send Him to condemn us, but to be our Saviour.