30 May 2012

God's Gift and Your Gift to God

"What you are is God's gift to you; what you do with yourself is your gift to God."
- Danish Proverb

Psalms 119:73
73You made me; you created me.
Now give me the sense to follow your commands.

1 Peter 2:4-6 (NLT)
4Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God's temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him. 5And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are God's holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ.

Luke 13:18-19 (NLT)
18Then Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? 19It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds come and find shelter among its branches."

26 May 2012

Rutherglen - Stop For Lunch

Rutherglen is a small town, at the north eastern parts of country Victoria, 10 kilometers from the nearby Murray River border with New South Wales. It was named after the Scottish town of Rutherglen, just outside of Glasgow.

This old gold rush township was established in the 1850's. Today, Rutherglen is a major and the oldest wine producing region in Australia, with wineries all within a short drive from the town of Rutherglen. This wine region is particularly noted for its sweet fortified wines.

Passing through Rutherglen on our way back to Melbourne, we stopped over for some lunch. The main street of the town has an old historical charm about it, with most of the shop fronts retaining the same look they had a century ago.

I have heard much about this place but we will have to come back another time to explore this region history, sights, its soul, character, food and wine at our leisure. Autumn is recommended as the best time of the year to visit this region for this is the time after the harvest, when exciting festival and events happens.

We stopped at the Rutherglen Wine Experience Visitor Information Centre, located in the town centre on 57 Main Street.

The centre offers a display of the town's rich history, how wines are made and also provides comprehensive tourist information of the region, from information of local businesses, activities and events, bike hire, internet access, a gift shop offering great local wines, local produce and souvenirs, a cafe with delicious breakfast and lunch offerings, art gallery and lots more.

Yes, this place is packed with information of the region and a good place to start when planning your stay here.

Walking about along the Main Street of the town, looking for a place to have some lunch, we came across this odd named cafe, "Forks n Corks", serving Modern Australian cafe food, on 82 Main Street. Seafood Pasta, Fish and Chips were our selection for the day.

Just a couple of shops away, there is "The Home of Parker Pies". Just could not resist the temptation to pack a couple of them pies too .....for supper!

There is also an artistic flair to the town, judging by the arrangement of the bicycles. They were on display along Main Street. The railway line suggest a strong history of the place, but the line has long since been closed.

05 May 2012

GOD Has A Positive Answer

Internal monologue. Have you heard of these words before? It basically means an inner voice, internal speech or a verbal stream of words as one thinks. Much of one's thinking is a conversation with oneself.

Now, how often does your "conversation with oneself" comes to a negative conclusion or a negative perspective of a situation.

However, God's monologue to our situation has a positive answer to it.

The following are some examples:

You say : It's impossible.
God says: All things are possible.
Luke 18:27 (NLT)
27He replied, "What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God."

You say : I'm too tired
God says: I will give you rest
Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
28Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."

You say : Nobody really loves me
God says: I love you
John 3:16 (NLT)
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:34 (NLT)
34For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God's Spirit is upon him without measure or limit.

You say : I can't go on
God says: My grace is sufficient
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
9Each time he said, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me.
Psalm 91:15 (NLT)
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue them and honor them.

You say : I can't figure things out
God says: I will direct your steps
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

You say : I can't do it
God says: You can do all things
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
13For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

You say : I'm not able
God says: I am able
2 Corinthians 9:8
8And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

You say : It's not worth it
God says: It will be worth it
Roman 8:28 (NLT)
28And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

You say : I can't forgive myself
God says: I Forgive you
1 John 1:9 (NLT)
9But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.
Romans 8:1 (NLT)
1So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

You say : I can't manage
God says: I will supply all your needs
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
19And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

You say : I'm afraid
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

You say : I'm always worried and frustrated
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
7Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.

You say : I'm not smart enough
God says: I give you wisdom
1 Corinthians 1:30 (NLT)
30God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.

You say : I feel all alone
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)
6Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid of them! The LORD your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)
8Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you."
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
5Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
"I will never fail you.
I will never forsake you."

Contributor – Anonymous

01 May 2012

Jesus Be The Centre Of My Heart @ City Harvest Church

Matthew 6:21 (NLT)
21Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)
37Jesus replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' 40All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Luke 11: 9-10 (NLT)
9And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 10For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.
Luke 19:10 (NLT)
10“And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost."

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