A thought from Joseph, on life’s journey. When we walk through life we will come into contact with people who will make some fonn of impact to our lives.
From what can seem like the smallest of things like saying good morning each day to helping you daily with things in your life.
The trouble is, as I have come to realise, you can become so used to having people around you that you forget that they are helping you not out of duty, but out of love and support. Jesus tells us that He has our lives planned out for us; plans for us to prosper and grow as both individuals and as a church. Every single one ofus is special to Jesus and also to the people He has placed around us.
I was surprised to see just how little I can sometimes say a simple thank you to someone to show I appreciate them and the things they have done.
As you walk through your life, remember that the people you come into contact with not only impact your life in some way but you also have an impact on their life too.
Take a moment to think about all the people around you that have made a difference to your life and ask yourselfthis,
“Do they know how much I appreciate them?”
Life’s a journey- as you make a difference to those around you, remember they also are vital to you.
Well 2018 is almost over and I can honestly say that this year seems to have flown by so fast I sometimes feel as though I missed half of it.
Since we launched Living Way Church Website we have spent more time changing its format, layout and even hosting every few Months right up until almost the end of 2017. For most of 2018 we haven’t made many changes to its layout and that’s partly a good thing and a bad one.
First the good, we switched to our current host Rubberduck Hosting and have had an up time of 99.9% and we have the lowest hosting fees ever. I have taken a bit of a break apart from the hours I spent for GDPR compliance (a nightmare law). We were able to concentrate on our Live-streams more considering we were the first Rhondda church to introduce this it’s nice to watch it grow.
Now the bad, because I’ve taken the break I know the site needs some changes to keep it modern and interactive and a place you guys want to visit.
To end 2018 we have a major update coming that unfortunately won’t affect anything you see when you visit however, I hope that these changes will help push this site forwards as we start 2019. Personally I would like to thank everyone who’s used our site and hope you enjoy the changes we have planned.
May you be blessed and have a truly Merry Christmas!!
With Christmas just around the corner it is time for our annual Sea Cadet Christmas service, this service is always a hit and we would like to invite you all to come along. our service starts at 7pm and we will be serving refreshments at the end. Bring your family and friends and celebrate Christmas in style.
“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.
Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words.
Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.
Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (MSG)
I’m sure we all can agree. Our connection to Christ is vital to a living the life which we have been called to.
The truth is, a connection to God is something He (God), also wants.
He wants to be a clear voice in our lives. Rather than a voice hidden amongst the ‘static’ of life or a even dropped line.
Don’t settle for a second rate service. Invest in your connection!!
This is a well known passage from the Bible where a seemingly hopeless situation has an extraordinarily hopeful outcome.
The Valley of Dry Bones
The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know. ”
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. ’”
Ezekiel was presented with a very disturbing sight. A valley full of dryness. An army which at one time was possibly dreadful, mighty to behold, now just rotten, decaying skeletons!
In light of the valley of death before him, God asks the question?
He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
My answer, as I’m sure yours would be, is a resounding “No Way!” This is impossible and besides theses guys have had their time. This beyond my capabilities.
Thankfully, Ezekiel was a little wiser and more accepting that His God could and can do anything. His answer :
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know. ”
Ezekiel understood that only through Gods Words can anything be established. These bones may be beyond help But God!!!
The key is in the “Sovereign Lord” at the start of Ezekiel’s reply. So often I restrict God by looking at the surface of things. Forgetting that He is God!
Looking at the situation through human eyes : There is too much dryness here, too much death/ lifelessness. Yet, God is a life giving God. From the very beginning, in the book of Genesis God is seen as creating life from the very words he speaks
I allow areas of my life to become dry, parched and even dead. When it comes to letting the life of God flow through me. After all the Holy Spirit who was given to Pentecost is likened to living, effervescent water.
In this recent dry spell it is easy to see how the ground reacts when water is at a premium. Apart from the government sanctioned “hosepipe” bans. We see cracks, dry riverbeds and confused wildlife as they go to their local watering hole to find ……… Dryness.
The truth is if I allow myself to be cut off from the source of life : Jesus. Then how can I expect to flourish?
There’s a difference between being dead – with nothing to offer and being the “living dead” carrying the life of Christ within us. Knowing who we live for and all we have is from Him!
Rather than a soldier who is alive against the odds. When I exclude Christ, his words and the Holy Spirit. I become more of a terracotta warrior! Looks good but no life!!
Brief history : Terracotta warriors
Regarded as one of the greatest friends on the 20th century. These terracotta warriors were said to have been China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang’s personal army constructed at around 246 BC, taking around 40 years to complete. These warriors and horses were meant to be an army to protect the emperor in the afterlife. This army is as vast, as it is detailed, with more than
Each with gestures and individuality which draws many to visit and awe in the workmanship that has gone into them.
This being said, they may look mighty but are nothing but empty pots!!
Back to the account in Ezekiel. The valley of dry bones was a hopeless, dry situation. But God,
Ezekiel understands his limitations and yet God, encourages and involves him in the restoration process.
“Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. ’”
What’s the point
When I feel dry, go to the source
Nothing is impossible for God, he even wants to involve me/ you in the process
Don’t just look like a warrior (terracotta) – let the breathe of God, through His Words and Holy Spirit Breathe Life through your dryness
Becoming a “living-dead Warrior”, yes dying to my will and living for Christ.
living against the odds – that’s living life to the full!!
Living Way Church
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