This is Amazing Grace

I went to a Woman’s Conference called Embrace a few nights ago. The worship was amazing. We sang this song which I had never heard before. I loved it! The words just touched my heart. I just love when song lyrics hit you in the face.

This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy, worthy, worthy

95/365: Alive

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95/365: Alive — Yesterday I wrote about the burial of Jesus. I finished saying that death could not beat Him. Today Christians remember that on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. He defeated the grave. He is alive. I believe that He lives inside of me. I thank God often that Jesus died and rose again. It is by His grace and mercy that I am free. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus my sins are forgiven and I have eternal life.

He said to them “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day.” (Luke 24 verse 26)

91/365: Blessing

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91/365: Blessing — We can all be a blessing in the lives of others. I have many people who are blessings in my life. People who have given their time to help me and care about me. God never fails to pour blessings into the lives of those who love Him. I believe that He blesses the lives of His people every single day. It may not always be a huge thing that is easily noticed. Sometimes it is a little thing such as someone buying you a coffee or paying for your bus fare when you do not have enough change.

But still I will say..

It was been a difficult few weeks but still I will say God is good. Despite the tragic loss that broke my heart, God is still working in my life. I will never, ever understand why God called my brother home but I know that he is now resting in the arms of the one who created him.

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I started a temporary job on Monday 12th January and it was expected to last six weeks. I have just completed my seventh week and Monday will see the start of my eightieth week. I am thankful for this job. I hear many people complain about their job but I actually enjoy work. I love getting up in the morning and going to work. I like having something that fills my day, that keeps my mind focused. In all honesty without this job I have no idea where I would be right now.

I have been attending a Bible Study on a Wednesday evening for the past fourteen weeks. I feel I am closer to God than ever before. I like hearing other people share their views on the Bible. I like hearing other people talk about how God is touching their life. God has touched my life in such a big way since October. I have been able to break a huge addiction that has controlled my life for the past five years and with His love and grace I am learning to break others. He has built my confidence. I feel free to be who He created me to be and that feels good!

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Christians Against Poverty

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Four years ago today my church, Northfield Community Church, opened a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) centre. I guess the church members did not know what to expect at the start of this adventure. As a church we prayed for ten years to become a partner with CAP but God’s answer was always not yet. God’s timing is perfect so we waited and continued to pray. Eventually, in 2010, we opened the doors of our centre to the local community.

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The community we serve, Bootle (Liverpool), is one of poverty and deprivation. Those within our community are faced with various problems. There are individuals unable to pay their bills because they cannot find a job or they are too ill to work. Parents who cannot feed their children, often going without food so there children will not go hungry. There are families unable to go out and spend the day together at the cinema or the zoo. Those struggling with debt also face the shame and hopelessness that comes hand in hand with it. They feel ashamed because they cannot provide for their family, and they feel as though they have failed.

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CAP visit these individuals and restore hope in their hopeless situations. As well as debt advice we also provide food for those unable to afford to do a weekly shop. At our centre we collect food which is taken along to client visits as and when it is required. We send birthday cards out to let our clients know we are thinking about them. We organise events for our clients to show they are not alone in their struggle. The events allow them to meet others who share their difficulties and also those who are willing to help release them from the burden of debt. It has been an honour to help organise these events and has made me realise that even the simplest of things, that seem trivial to us, can put a smile on the face of those who are surrounded by darkness. Two years ago I helped organise a Christmas dinner for some of our clients. We decorated the church with paper snowflakes and Christmas decorations, brought all the children a little present, and prepared as well as served the food to clients. It was an evening of food, entertainment and fellowship. The opportunity to sit down and share a meal with others was not the norm for so many of our clients but they all had a great time. For me to be able to be part of such a special time was touching and to see our clients leave at the end of the evening wearing a smile made the evening even more special.

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We have seen people in our community released from the grips of debt. We have seen our church grow as people have given their lives to God. Our church has individuals who are still struggling with debt but they attend church most Sundays to get to know God. They acknowledge that even in their struggles and pain there is a God who is for them and not against them. To me, seeing those individuals each week is a real inspiration. We have seen frowns turned into smiles, tears turned into laughter. It is amazing to see!

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Our CAP centre is run by an amazing, Godly women who is passionate, hard working and kind. She does an amazing job both publicly and behind the scenes. She is supported by members of the church who accompany her on visits, help organise and run events, pray for the work of our centre and donate food to the emergency food collection. God has given our church a real heart for the poor and a longing to see their lives transformed.

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Everything that our centre has achieved in the last four years has been for the glory of God. It has been His strength and His will that we have continued to be a lifeline to a broken community. It is by His love for us that we are here today. This has been made possible by Him and the examples Jesus set. My prayer for the next four years, and beyond, is that we continue to reach out to the needy and that, through our kindness and support, they will get to know our amazing God. The God of unending love, and the One who will never give up on them.

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Thank you God!!

https://capuk.org/