Sunday 21st March 2021
Welcome to our online service. Our talk today is based on John chapter 12 verses 20 - 33.
Be safe and be blessed.
Christa D. Wiegand
Sunday 14th March 2021
We all face a difficult time with new challenges every day.
Feelings of isolation, sadness and worries are part of our daily life.
We want to bring inclusiveness, hope and healing to your home.
The encouragement we are looking for is found in our Lord Jesus.
Rev. Betsi Thane is posting daily encouragement and prayers at our Facebook group.
But you can follow us on this page too.
Many blessings and be safe.
Encouragement Friday 3rd June 2020
Matthew 11:25-30 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)
Jesus Thanks His Father
25 At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank[a] you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.[b]
Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30 NRSVA - - Bible Gatewa
27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
Dear friends I take great comfort from these verses as we come out of restrictions, knowing that I can lay down my burden and find rest in Jesus. I also think that it is important that we give thanks for coming through this crisis and can get out and worship together again in church as the body of Christ as we feel able.
Let us Pray
Lord Jesus Christ, you are our comfort and saviour, our strength and redeemer.
We give thanks that You came to earth died and rose again so that we might be saved.
Accept our thanks for being with us though this trying time
and having the opportunity to reflect on Your Word daily,
for we know that we often fall short of being worthy but we know You came to save us.
Bless all who are struggling at this time of change and reassure them that You are with them.
Encouragement Thursday – 2 July 2020
Encouragement Monday – 29th June 2020
The other day someone told me that I often speak (write) about the importance of having a relationship with God. Why?
Why? Because that is what Jesus came for. Jesus does not want religious people keeping religious rules but He wants us to be His children who believe that He is the Son of God, who died for our sins on the cross and rose again…
He wants us to have a loving relationship with the living God.
Yesterday I went for a walk and an elderly Maltese man approached me and started to ask questions who I am, where do I come from and what do I do in Malta. After he learned that I am the minister of St Andrew’s he shared with me his faith testimony.
To cut the longer story short he told me that the Holy Spirit freed him from gambling addiction. That he is free, and it would never been possible if he would have trust in his own strength. No, he said, it wasn’t me, it was the Holy Spirit!.
God is still working on this earth! Holy Spirit is among us. We just need to open our hearts and minds and receive His grace.
If you are God’s child keep praying for those you know and who need God’s salvation.
But if you do not know God as your Saviour search your heart and ask our Heavenly Father to show your the way. If you have any doubts or questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you in all you do
Encouragement Friday, 25th June 2020
Isaiah 40:31 New International Version (NIV)
In the past weeks we have been through a lot. We have thought about more things than we used to before. We have maybe prayed more than before. We have learned compassion in another form and a wider scale than before. We had the front-liners in mind, all who kept on working to make our daily life possible. We were remembered not to take everything for granted.
Today I would like to bring our thoughts to the people that minister in communities of faith. About how their ministry has changed and challenged them. The tireless daily work that brought us encouragement and prayers we received.
I was attending a webinar this week from the Church of Scotland were we talked about ministering and pastoral care in Corona times. How to comfort a congregation the best way and nourish them.
But it made me think also about the people behind it. The huge impact it has one each one of our Ministers. Wisdom, guidance and strength which is needed on a daily basis to be here for us in such different ways.
Let us pray especially for the leaders and Ministers of our churches today who have to deal with the challenges and differences in their ministry. That the Lord be with them and grant them the strength needed.
Let us pray:
My prayers are for those who are hurting and scared, those who rely on services that are having to close, and those who will find themselves quickly in need.
My prayers are also for you, those who minister in the midst of this crisis – that you will remain healthy, that you will care for yourself, even as you care for those with whom you have been called to minister. We pray for the healing and mending of the world.
May we find tangible ways of supporting each other – and all of God’s world - in this time, and in the days to come, and may we know that, no matter what, as we “love and serve others,” as we “seek justice and resist evil,” as we “proclaim Jesus,” with our words and our actions, we will find a way through this, together.
I’m wishing you all a blessed day.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
Today’s verses from John chapter 3 reminds of my conversation between myself and a my friend that I had have 30 years ago. These verses are a part of a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. (If you want to know the whole story please read John chapter 3. )
Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a religious man and a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus with some questions. He observed Jesus and knew about His teaching. And Nicodemus wondered if Jesus is who He says He is, If Jesus is the Son of God? If Jesus is the One who saves? If Jesus is the One who gives an eternal life. These were my questions exactly. 30 years ago I was a very religions person. I went to church and tried to follow all the rules but I did not know if Jesus is the Saviour.
What about you? Do you believe? Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins? Do you believe that He rose from the grave?
Do you believe that Jesus Christ loves you with all of His Heart? You are never too far away from His Reach. No matter the sin that you’ve committed, His Blood can wash away the stains of the past.
Choose to receive Christ. Let His Love dwell in every area of your life.
Let His Power wash away every hurt.
Let His Blood cover you.
Let the Blood of Jesus Christ restore you.
In Christ, you are made new. Let His Blood soften your heart.
Let His Blood heal you.
There is nothing that God cannot rescue you from. There is no addiction that He cannot break. There is no disease that He cannot cure. He is the answer. He is the solution. He is the way.
The void that you’re facing can only be filled by God. There is no void that He cannot fill. He is the answer. You cannot fill that heart void with temporary things. You cannot fill that heart void with man made things. The void that you’re experiencing can only be filled by God. Another job, relationship, promotion or car will not fill the void in your heart. Only Jesus Christ can occupy your heart and fill it until it is satisfied. Only He can satisfy your heart. Only He can fill the void.
Please, do not rush back to do what you have to do. Stop and be still…
Think just for a moment about what you believe. Are you religious or do you have a relationship with the living God?
May the Lord bless you
- yours in Christ
Above: Gozo (Photo by CD)
Encouragement Friday 19th June 2020
Ephesians 3:14-21 New International Version (NIV)
A Prayer for the Ephesians
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
What a wonderful prayer written by Paul when he was imprisoned in Rome in his letter to the Ephesians and is as relevant today for us in the 21st century.
Let us pray
Dear Father as we take this time to worship and praise your name,
we know that we are not worthy but that you came to earth, died, and rose again so that we might have life. We give thanks for waking up this morning,
for (please add two more of your own thanks) and we ask you to be with us through out the day
(please add two more things to pray for)
All these things we take to you in Jesus name.
Part of mosaik at Ta Pinu, Goz. (Photo by CD)
Encouragement 12th June 2020
In Leviticus 26:12 we read "I will walk among you and will be your God"
After many weeks of restrictions due to the Corona-Virus we are more and more going out again. Trying to bring normality back in our life. What will be different, what will be our life after Covid-19?
What has changed in our thinking about our self and in thinking of others?
Isla, Malta (Photo by CD)
Here a little meditation and invitation of Jesus
Let me walk with you that you may know I am not absent neither am I distant but close alongside you on the journey of life.
Let me walk with you to the hurting and together we will bring them comfort.
Let me walk with you to the fallen and together we will lift them up.
Let me walk with you to those who weep and mourn and together we will wipe away their tears.
Let me walk with you to the hungry and together we will share our food.
Let me walk with you to the lonely and together we will share our friendship
Let me walk with you in all our journeying you will learn
Of my presence and nearness, daily come more to know more and more about me until you come to know me and serve me and love me.
So let me walk closely with you, and be your companion and with your free agreement take you to places where I want you to be. Show you things you want to see, let you listen to those things I want you to hear. Let you encounter those people I want you to meet.
Do not be afraid. I know and understand your joys, your hopes, your every feeling, you r fears and hidden guilt and doubts, and I would still walk with you and bring into your life so much to enrich and delight you, so much to surprise and bless you.
(from Marantha community)
Gozo (Photo by CD)
God’s word for you today Saturday 6th June 2020
I have a friend who never gives up on me and is always by my side.
His name is JESUS
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
Greatest man in history named Jesus,
Had no servants, yet they called Him Master
Had no degree, yet they called Him teacher
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer
He had no army, yet kings feared Him
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world
He committed no crime yet they crucified Him
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today
A friend accepts you as you are. A friend likes to spend time with you.
Being a friend of God implies faith in God and intimacy with God that is available even today to you and me through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. To become a friend of Jesus starts with a love for God through Jesus. Only Love can produce love in return.
Lets be thankful for God’s unconditional Love for us. Thank you Jesus that you call us friends.
Be safe. Yours in Christ,
Encouragement – Wednesday 3rd June
Encouragement – Tuesday – 2 June 2020
In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said:
"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever."
Have you thanked God for His Word lately? For the BREAD OF LIFE?
Have you thanked God for the privilege of having a Bible?
But you know, having a Bible it’s not the same as reading it and satisfying the spiritual hunger for more...
But perhaps you think that reading the Bible is a burden? You feel like it’s something you have to do, or should do but you struggle with?
I guess that you know that Bible wasn’t always accessible to the public. At certain points in time, the Bible was only in Latin. During this period, this language was only widely spoken by the clergy and lawyers, not by the general public. For a significant period of history, the only way the masses heard the Word of God was through oral telling and reading by others.
Many people couldn’t read it for themselves whenever they wanted to like - we can. And I bet they didn’t struggle to get God’s Word into their lives the way some of us do now. I bet they counted the days and hours until they got to hear it again. Thanks to the Reformation, we can read the Bible in our own language today.
How much do we take our access to Scripture for granted today?? Especially in free countries where Christianity is not openly persecuted and criminalized.
What a privilege it is to open the Word of God, wherever we are, whenever we want.
God’s Word is a precious gift and our access to it is an immense blessing. To not open it and read is to rob ourselves of that gift. Reading the Bible is not a burden or a "have to." It's a "get to."
Sometimes a little gratitude is all we need to view something with new eyes.
I encourage you to stop for a moment and to choose gratitude for God's Word today and open it up with this fresh perspective.
Be blessed and keep safe
yours in Christ
Encouragement Friday 29th May 2020
Day 9 – Thy Kingdom Come is a worldwide prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost. Since its launch by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, Christians from 172 countries and 65 denominations have taken part in praying for friends and family to come to faith in Jesus Christ. These days have always been full of expectation and anticipation. As the Lord Jesus ascended, He promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable the disciples to be witnesses. As they waited for the promise to be fulfilled they devoted themselves constantly to prayer (Acts 1:14). So, the renewed call across the church is to set these days apart to pray, and each individual to pray for 5 people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ.
Reading: - Luke 15.20-24
So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
How joyful God is when He welcomes us back. We can have such skewed ideas of God as if He is an angry dictator or fault-finding headteacher. But actually, God is love and His attitude towards us is compassion and grace. Even when we are far from Him, He is willing to run and meet us, the way this father did.
Look how it says, ‘But while he was still far off ’ – the father didn’t wait for the son to come all the way to him, but he went and made up the distance.
God does that. God doesn’t just wait – He comes out to us in His love and He stretches His arms in welcome. God is stretching His arm out right now, moving down the road waiting for your friends to come home.
Loving God, please get my friends on the road where they see You running to meet them.
Thank You that You welcome us with joy however far or however long we have been away.
Think of how you have been hurt by someone, or disagreed with them. How could you reach out and meet them where they are, just as Jesus does for us?
Yours in Christ,
Encouragement 28th May 2020
Day 8 – ADORE
Reading: Romans 8.37-39
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We expect there must be something that can separate us from the love of God. But God is saying, ‘I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, how far away you are: my love for you will not change.’
Sometimes we think that God’s love is dependent on the way we act. But God is saying, ‘Listen, not even the heights of this earth could separate me or stop me from loving you.’
Christianity is first a relationship with God through Jesus, not first a series of activities! The love of God is ultimately expressed in the Cross of Christ, which stands for all time as the sign and assurance of God’s unchanging love.
Loving God, thank You for Your love from which nothing can separate us,
and which does not depend on our efforts.
Please reveal this love and the peace it brings,
in the lives of the five people I am praying for.
Think about how you can show someone that they are loved and known by God
Be safe. Keep in contact with each other
Yours in Christ
Encouragement 25th May 2020
Day 5 - Thy Kingdom Come is a worldwide prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost. Since its launch by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, Christians from 172 countries and 65 denominations have taken part in praying for friends and family to come to faith in Jesus Christ. These days have always been full of expectation and anticipation. As the Lord Jesus ascended, He promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable the disciples to be witnesses. As they waited for the promise to be fulfilled they devoted themselves constantly to prayer (Acts 1:14). So, the renewed call across the church is to set these days apart to pray, and each individual to pray for 5 people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ.
Reading:Luke 15.1-6; see also Matthew 18.12-14
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’
The loving God pursues us. He leaves the ninety-nine to find the one. From a rational perspective, He would do better to guard his ninety-nine and forsake the one that He’s lost because that would be more profitable. But actually, God’s love doesn’t seek profit – every individual sheep is worth pursuing. Sometimes we can be exclusive about the people that we want to show love and care to. In verse 2 we read: ‘the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them”’. But the Jesus that we claim to follow had no requirement for those he ate with. The sinners and the tax collectors were people that he came to find. Jesus went to Matthew’s house – Matthew the tax collector – to have dinner with him. Jesus went out of his way to spend time to eat with a group of people whom society rejected.
In the same way, Jesus left Heaven and came down, not only to dine with us but also to die for us. He has done everything to find us.
Loving God, thank You for coming to find us with Your love.
Please reveal your love and peace to my friends.
Depending on where you are in the world, you may not be able to invite loved ones to church. But church was never a building, but the people of God. Therefore, in what ways can we leave our comfort zone and imitate Jesus by reaching out to them?
Stay in contact with each other.
Yours in Christ
Encouragement Wednesday – 20th May 2020
Encouragement Saturday – 16th May 2020
How to pray – PARDON
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
Many times when we pray, we forget these next two steps but they are vitally important to our walk with God.
We need to regularly ask God to search our hearts and reveal our sin to us, and then we can ask to forgive our failures. We have an everyday need for God’s grace, both for ourselves and for others.
Prayer is about cultivating a relationship with Jesus and in any relationship, part of intimacy is humility and openness. Humble, open, teachable hearts apologize when they are wrong.
Forgiveness from God is predicated on your ability to forgive. This is the only part of The Lord’s Prayer where Jesus attaches an action saying, “You can pray for forgiveness, but make sure you’re forgiving others.”
God is a big God who has a big future for you, but you need to let go of the small grudges and hurts to walk into that future. When you release someone else, you release God to bring release in you!
Do not leave any sin unconfessed; unrepented sin erodes relationship with God and hinders intimacy with Him.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephe4:32)
Keep safe, keep strong
yours in Christ
Encouragement Monday, 11th May 2020
Our lives can get overwhelming, daunting, and hard. We can easily get discouraged, frustrated, and burned out by circumstances or relationships that are beyond our control.
In those seasons where we are feeling hopeless and helpless, the best thing we can do is turn away from the challenges and turn toward Christ. When we remember that God is in control and our lives are not our own, we remember we have a Savior who gives us strength when we are weak and who comforts us in all our times of need.
We love and serve a good, gracious Father, and we are undeserving of the love, grace, and mercy He so freely lavishes on us. What else could we do but give him endless thanks and praise in return?
- Borrowed from a dear friend:
I am thankful:
For the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home with me and not out at the bars.
For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes because it means she is at home, not on the streets.
For the taxes I pay because it means I am employed
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
For the parking space I find at the far end of the parking park because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
For the person behind me in church who sings off key because it means I can hear.
For the pile of washing and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.
Be joyful, be thankful, pray continually
Yours in Christ
For our "Church family and friends" in Malta, Gozo and abroad
"This little light of mine"
by Lisa, Sharon and Christa
Encouragement – Thursday 7th May 2020
Photos by CD Above: Prayer wall in Edinburg
Below: The Hub (former Assembly Hall), Edinburg
(Tower Road, Sliema
Photo by CD)
Encouragement – Monday, 4th May 2020
The Hebrew word for “Stronghold” is, ‘ma`owz’ which means, “A fortified place, a fort, a fortress, a rock, a place of safety, protection and refuge.”
Personally, I like to think about the Lord as my place of safety. Christ is our Refuge. He is our Fortress.
In the day of trouble, in the day of Corona virus, in the day of loneliness He is our Strength.
In the midst of the storm, in the midst of unknown outcome He is your Strong Tower. Run to Him. Run to Christ in every season of life. He is your Protection and Shield.
The Old Testament prophet Nahum declares, “The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.” He is close to those who choose to trust Him. Choose to trust in Christ in the midst of turmoil. In the midst of defeat, choose to trust Him. In the midst of failure, choose to trust Him. In the midst of the desert, choose to trust Him. In the midst of the wilderness, choose to trust the resurrected Christ.
Who is like our God? Who is like our King? No one can defeat Him. No one can overthrow Him.
Jesus Christ is our Savior. He is our Lord. He is our Ruler. He is our Strength. He is our Way in the wilderness.
When things around you are chaotic — choose to trust Christ. Don’t focus on the instability of the world. Choose to shift your focus on Christ the King. (inspired by Vance K. Jackson)
Let us come to God in prayer
Eternal Father, you know my past, present and future, nothing is unknown to you.
When I worry about what is ahead of me, please calm my fears with the knowledge
that you go before me.
I will never be alone because you will always be with me.
You have promised that you will not fail me or forsake me
and you are faithful to keep all your promises.
Take away my fear and replace it with faith in your unending love.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Keep safe, Keep strong, Hold to Jesus
yours in Christ
(Photo by CD:
Cittadella in Rabbat, Gozo)
Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind
In Matthew 4:1-11 we read about Jesus going into the wilderness for 40 days. He was suffering, famished and tried by the devil. Many of us are staying at home and have been doing so for many days. Some may reach a total of 40 days inside soon.
Our social life feels like a desert too. Yet we have what we need to keep our physical being well and healthy. We are privileged to have food, electricity, fresh water, a clean bed and clean clothes.
These days we are on test. It is up to us what will be the result for us in a spiritual way once we can return to a more normal path again.
Rev. Besti is bringing us our “daily bread ”, we are not starving in this way. We are connected with other congregations and can take part in their online activities too.
We deal with a very different trial compared to what any one of us has experienced ever before. Sure there was suffering and problems in our lives before. This is not the first and not the last time. However, it is very diverse in so many ways.
Luke 4:13 states: 13 "When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.”
The change in our daily routine goes deep. The lesson we may learn from all this is we must go very deep too. When we pray and worship, let us not take the first idea or inspiration that comes to our mind. Rather use it as a starting point from where we can mature in our faith like never before.
We see from the disciples how much it takes to be a true follower of Christ. The reaction of Peter on the evening before the crucifixion, the disciples on the way to Emmeaus, the doubts when Jesus spoke about his resurrection.
Let us find out where we fall short and how we can improve to walk truly with our Lord Jesus. This time we are in this all together. Still we will all take different lessons out of it.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
Blessing for the way based on Luke 1:78-79 (inspired by “Prayer matters)
A new day is dawning!
Despite what we see and hear in the world around us,
the sunrise is coming.
When it comes, it will break through the darkness of our world —
darkness caused by the present situation we are in and which causes more violence and death and hunger and despair.
And all those who now sit huddled in the shadows
will be able to rise and walk with confidence in the light.
So go from here with courage and hope,
to love and serve the Lord. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Watch tower near
20 April 2020 – Monday
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, (NIV)
Just a few verses before, in Phil 2:8, Paul writes: “And being found in fashion as a man, [Jesus] humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
In verse 12 Paul reminds his beloved brothers and sisters that they should not miss the connection between the obedience that Jesus showed and the obedience expected of Christians as followers of Jesus. Paul notes the Philippians have faithfully followed his teachings whether he was with them, or not. Following a teacher's instruction when they are not present is the ultimate test of loyalty, and the Philippian Christians have done exactly that.
In this time of Corona virus we cannot meet physically, we can't gather together for Sunday worship and Bible teaching. We miss our weekly fellowship and all the other church activities. But it should not stop us to “continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling”
It does not meant that as Christian we constantly should fear hell or damnation because those who trust the Lord and gave their lives to Jesus are saved. Instead it should be the joyful trembling of an encounter with the glory of God.
Jesus sent us to love, to be the salt and light in this dark world.
What can you do, despite the social isolation, to show Jesus’ love for this dark world?
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”(Isaiah 40:28-29)
Almighty God, I want to believe that you’re with me and that I am known and loved by you… but some days, it’s hard.
You see my situation, you see the world that struggles with Corona virus. ….
The world needs you, and the world starts with me..
Help me to speak the truth from your Word back to myself. Take it from my head to my heart. …
Give me peace and wisdom, courage to live like a conqueror—because you’ve already given me victory over every challenge and obstacle.
Hear my prayer oh Lord for I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
Keep safe and positive thinking
yours in Christ - Betsi
Encouragement 17 April 2020 - Friday
In your relationships with one another,
Philippians 2: 5-8
From prison Paul addresses his beloved brothers and sisters in Philippi and reminds them that as saved believers they experience comfort, encouragement, love, and unity in Christ. As a result, they ought to express comfort, encouragement, love, and unity to their fellow believers. Here again, Paul emphasizes that how a Christian thinks—how they frame their attitude—is crucial to living a Christian life. This sets up a classic description of Jesus Christ's sacrifice on our behalf, starting in verse 6.
Paul wants us to focus of Christ's life, which is humility. He clearly feels this is something the Philippian believers have, or at least have access to, as Christians. The attitude of a believer is to resemble the attitude of Christ.
Paul highlights the fact that Christ, though God, took the form of a servant, was born human, lived obediently, and died innocently on a cross. In a similar way, believers are to live humbly after the example of Jesus. Doing so we will please God.
Tonight, God’s willing, I shall be inducted to St Andrew’s Church in Malta. I pray that God will grant me His blessings and mercies and in my service to you I will bring you comfort and love, encouragement and unity through and in Jesus Christ
Stay healthy, keep safe
Be encouraged to keep going through Jesus’ love and care
May God Almighty bless you today and ever
yours in Christ - Betsi
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of the Lord" (Medley)
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Encouragement 16 April 2020 - Thursday
"He is Lord, He is Lord"
Lisa, Sharon and Christa
And people stayed home.And read books,and listened,and rested, and exercised,and made art,and played,and learned new ways of being,and stopped.
And listened deeperSomeone meditated,someone prayed,someone danced.
Someone met their shadow.
And people began to think differently.
And people healed.And, in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,dangerous,meaningless,and heartless,even the earth began to heal.And when the danger ended, people found each other,grieved for the dead people,and made new choices,and dreamed of new visions,and created new ways to life andhealed the earth completely,just as they had been healed themselves.Thanks J.P.
Friday 03rd April 2020