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Periodic contributions from Revd. Giles King-Smith, Vicar of the three coastal parishes. We also continue to show contributions from the late Associate Minister Revd. Linda Walters

A Facebook Challenge

I don't often take up these challenges on Facebook but I felt this one was a really good one. It asked you to post scripture for 7 days. Either verses of encouragement or ones which were your favourites or had special meaning. I found it really uplifting to see what my friends posted after I challenged them. Each day you challenged a different person to start the challenge so there was a cascade of scripture. I thought I would share the scriptures I used so here they are:

Day One: I just love the promise that this scripture gives
Romans 8:38-39
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Day Two I love the promise in these verses
Isaiah 43:1b-2
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Day Three the verse I have taken for 2015 it has so much to encourage us.

Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus .
Day Four this contains such an amazing promise for all who believe.
Romans 8:15

"So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

Day Five A Scripture that makes me stop and think.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 -

This is what the Lord says:
“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.
But those who wish to boast, should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things.
I, the Lord, have spoken!


Day Six - A Scripture that makes me thankful.
Lamentations 3 v 22-23
"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion's never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
 
Day Seven I love this verse because of the wonder of God's grace towards us.
Ephesians 2:4-9

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."

Understanding God
Lent
 

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