Whether it is music or songs you write, whether it is needlework or artwork or any other product that you make, whether it is research work or anything you write that you think is important: Make it your own MASTER piece. Essentially, there will always be people who like your work and those who will despise it. The message that the lady gives that the only thing important in life is what YOU yourself think of your work…..
Take some time off to check if the IPCC is correct in saying that the climate crisis is worse than it ever was. John Christy is a well known expert in climatology.
I am sure that, like me, you are pleased to see that all Covid rules are being retracted so that we are now all able to celebrate Easter the way we were used to, by being able to visit church on Good Friday and Easter Sunday and reflect on the unmatched expression of God’s unconditional love for us: Jesus dying on the cross and rising again on Easter Sunday, so we could be reconciled to God as sons and daughters in His Kingdom (John 3:16).
I have made a small collection of thoughts on Peter’s denial of his faith in Christ and then his subsequent affirmation of that faith in Him! See here:
No matter what anybody tells you, always remember that the Gospel – the Good News (from God) to announce your salvation – is absolutely for free!! It does not cost anything. The price was paid by God Himself. This is what we celebrate on Easter day!
We also have brought back the passion play “The Glory of Easter’ as performed in the Crystal Cathedral many years ago. We had previously broadcast this play in 3 half hour pieces but we were now able to show it on the internet in one program. It is the first video, please click here:
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Fig. 1: The HadCRUT4 dataset, shows no global warming for almost eight years!
The media tell us almost every day now that we have a global warming problem due to our emission of more carbon-dioxide (CO2). Let us just look at the extent of the ‘problem’. Since 1979 we have satellites doing the global infra-red temperature measurements (UAH). See here ‘The linear warming trend since January 1979 stands at +0.13 C/decade (+0.12 C/decade over the global-averaged oceans, and +0.18 C/decade over global-averaged land)’. Before the satellite time, we had people looking at thermometers in a number of places on earth. In Fig.2 below I show the global results from Hadcrut4 as measured and reported.
The trendline is down. In other words, there was no warming from 1935 to 1979. The 1935 date was chosen because of the length of the Gleissberg solar cycle which is ca. 87 years. I would expect that over the length of the period 1935-2022, deltaT should be 0. Assuming that our temperature on earth is dominated by this weather cycle, we note that the extra warming from 1935 until now other than from solar forcing is in fact not more than 0.5C, in total. This is really the maximum extent of the ‘problem’, as anyone will find it. We must place this amount of warming in context with the fact that the accuracy and recording of temperature in the past was not as good as it is now. Also, that the extra 0.5C warming of earth is not unprecedented in the history of earth, e.g. see here
The HadCRUT4 dataset, now at last updated to the end of 2021, shows no global warming for almost eight years! I think that this observed pause (Fig.1) is significant and I would have thought that it should be celebrated. It means that the projections by the IPCC of the warming of earth of 1.3K for the period 1991 to 2030 could be grossly overestimated.
[IPCC (1990, p. xxiv) confidently predicted 1.8 K global mean anthropogenic warming from 1850-2030, of which 0.5K had occurred by 1990 (Morice et al 2021)]
I wonder why the climate activists and the mass media are all quiet about this good news? With these results in mind, should we really place the progress of mankind in the balance by spending more money on the The Green Illusion | Bread on the water?
I am disturbed to find that many people have begun to view religion with suspicion since a few people in certain churches have been shown to have been involved in exploiting people for sex and money. Although some of these reports are most surely true, they are in fact few and far in between and this does not at all justify any generalization to the effect that Christian religion is untrue. In fact, it seems the current fight against the going ‘tradition’ where all believers are heaped up together as being either capitalist, Marxist, racist or sexist, is actually the same as the one that Maarten Luther fought against the Roman Catholic church back in 1517….Instead of exhibiting the 95 points he made against the ruling powers-that-be, (remember: ‘Here I stand, this is the truth; there is no other way’), let me rather show the famous song he wrote to testify to his faith, in the original language it was written:
I am sure that Maarten Luther was not perfect. But let me make his and my message absolutely clear: the Gospel (Good News) and eternal life is for FREE. It does not or should not cost you anything! Interestingly, Luther’s message was not accepted by the powers-that-be in the 16th century but note that as a result of the persecution of the Protestants in Europe, the true gospel got spread to all continents, including England, the Americas, Africa and the East.
The gospel is not only for FREE, it is also open for any person or criminal that thinks God will not accept him because of what he or she did in his past…Understand that most of the heroes who wrote the Bible actually were big sinners and murderers. Moses murdered an Egyptian because he wanted to stand up for his people and David killed a man because he wanted his wife. Paul stood by when a new Christian was stoned to death for his faith in Jesus Christ. That is the truth, as it was recorded in history….Nobody is perfect. The question is whether you think your life on earth was just an accident or whether is was a plan. In fact, I wrote something about this, Letter to a prisoner (Prison Ministry) | Bread on the water
II am showing you this prayer. If you pray this prayer, you will have eternal life – no matter what – but if you pray it, do not think it will NOT change your life for ever…..
I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life. I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of You, Jesus Christ, in giving Your life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness You have made freely available through Your sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my King, my Lord and my Savior. From this day forward, I no longer want to be controlled by the desire to please myself but I want to follow You all the days of the rest of my life. Those days are in Your hand. I ask this in Your name. Amen.
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.
32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
Luke 22:31-34 (NIV)
On the evening of our Lord’s trial and crucifixion, the apostle Peter was in a severe state of depression. Hours earlier, Peter had boldly asserted that he would never deny his Master. Yet later, during Christ’s trial, Peter sat crouching in fear, warming himself by a fire. A servant of the High Priest’s office approached Peter and he was in fact the third person that night asking Peter if he knew Jesus. Like twice before, he denied his Lord. Upon this denial – the third one – a rooster crowed, fulfilling Jesus’ word to Peter that he would deny Him three times before dawn. Peter ran out weeping bitterly.
For many years Peter had stood by Jesus. He had left his fishing nets to follow his Lord wholeheartedly. He had stood up for Christ many times in many places before many people. Even hours earlier, in the garden of Gethsemane, Peter boldly was ready to fight for Him. Yet, when Jesus was in his most desperate hour of need, Peter abandoned Him.
The emotional scars that this had left on Peter’s life must have been devastating. Yet, within 40 days Peter stood in the Jerusalem temple, proclaiming Jesus before three thousand people. This speech took place only one hundred yards from where he had flatly denied he knew Christ. What happened?
I don’t think that we are any better than Peter was. In each of our lives a time will come when Satan comes to question our faith and sow doubts (vs. 31). The unexpected death of a relative or friend can easily topple a man’s faith. A tragic traffic accident or illness causing the loss of someone close to you can put us completely off balance. At such a time it appears very much as if fate is governing our lives. That makes it difficult to confess that there is a God who loves us. That was how it looked to Peter when Jesus was imprisoned, charged, condemned, and handed over to be crucified. He (Peter) thought that everything was lost. There was no hope left. Jesus was going to die just like He had said He would. And that would be the end. He had seen the miracles Jesus had done. He had lived for three years with Him. He had learned that Jesus is God (Matt 16:16-17). And yet, at that particular point in time he had lost all faith in Him.
What is faith? Is it a leap in the dark? A mystical experience? Is it an encounter of the third or fourth kind with ‘someone’? I do not think so. In the light of the evidence that we have that Jesus was indeed who He claimed He was, I would say it is rather: to place your trust in Jesus, no matter what happens. It is being sure of what we hope and (being) certain of what we do not see. And, as strange as it may seem, the opposite of believing is not unbelieving. In fact, the opposite of faith is fear. Fear is faith in the negative. Once you place trust in the idea that things will not work out – it happens! But if you decide to let go of fear, something strange happens: it seems that it is automatically replaced with faith.
Jesus acknowledges the existence of the prince of darkness: Satan. (vs. 31). Apparently, this creature does have some right to accuse us and put fear in us. He will not stop asking questions and reminding us of our past. The worst thing that can happen to us is when he can sow doubt so that we lose faith (vs. 32a). Because then things may seem pretty desperate and hopeless. But even if we do stumble and fall because it had become too dark around us: Jesus is praying for us that eventually we will stand up again and carry on loving (vs. 32b).
I know there are people who think that ‘Satan’ or the devil is not real or does not exist. I would recommend that they do a careful study of the occult origins of the Third Reich. They will find that the eugenic laws and racist dogma that Hitler had put in place to obtain racial purity can be linked directly to occult practitioners and spiritualists who had contact with the old pagan Nordic gods. The leaders and prophets of these groups proclaimed that the people of Aryan race were losing their psychic abilities and other superior physical qualities because they had mixed with the “inferior” races. Up until almost the end of the 2nd world war very few people – especially in Germany itself – realized that the whole issue of racial purity was just a cover up for the real motive (of Satan), namely the murdering of the people of God. Jesus calls Satan the murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).
During His ministry Jesus explained several times that He had come to crush Satan’s power. But like He experienced during His own life: the fight against the darkness, sickness, and lack of knowledge here on earth is still on (Luke 22:53).
You will probably find the most convincing proof of Jesus’ resurrection when you observe the changed life of his disciples and friends after His resurrection and ascension. Look how Peter boldly preaches the Gospel at Pentecost (see Acts Chapter 2). When commanded by the rulers not to speak of Jesus, he shows a complete turnabout from that previous behavior when he says: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead – whom you had killed by hanging Him on a tree.” (Acts 5:29-30). The fear is gone! Threats to his life and possible imprisonment can no longer stop him to bear witness of the Truth. Truly, this change of behavior came about after Peter had seen the risen Christ….. Jesus’ love and forgiveness freed Peter from the emotional scars that depressed him. This is what happens when the living Christ becomes a reality in your live. Nothing will ever be the same. Everything changes. Nobody can hurt you. Nothing can stop you. There is hope! It burns in your heart, and it gives you a totally different perspective on life as a whole. Never give up hope. Hope is not foolish. Hope is the dream of the waking man. The hope that Jesus brings changes everything.
Many times we may deny Jesus, unintentionally or willfully, choosing not to include Him in our lives. But we are assured with confidence that Jesus Christ has given us His kingdom. There is no sin too great, too severe, or too scary to separate us from the love of God. Let Jesus’ love turn your broken heart into wholeness, your denials into declarations of His love and forgiveness for all mankind. Then like Peter, go and proclaim boldly what our Lord has done!
Selection from: Jesus is God – God is Jesus
by Henry Pool