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THESE ARE THE WORST OF TIMES THESE ARE THE BEST OF TIMES

These are the worst of times

In 1859 Charles Dickens wrote the novel A Tale of Two Cities where the plot centres on the years leading up to the French Revolution in the late 1700s and culminates in the creation of the first French Republic. Charles Dickens began his novel with these contrasting words;
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredibility,
it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

And down …

DEFINING MOMENTS

Rod Denton Induction at Elizabeth Church of Christ_2012Defining Moments are
Tests or Experiences or Seasons
that involve
embracing a new challenge, or enduring great difficulties or overcoming some obstacle
that requires Courage and Faith Steps and a
determination to break through at all costs
and result in moving to a new level of growth,
achievement, ability, influence, learning and future potential
and ultimately an enlarged impact in the world.

Defining moments are
usually unexpected, confronting and require us to make a decision that will impact our destiny.

The road of life
is marked by critical defining moments.

The road is never crowded,
always upward and becomes narrower the further we travel.
But to those who walk along

WORDS THAT HAVE SHAPED MY LIFE 41-48

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(41)  “GOD DOESN’T MAKE JUNK”

I will never forget the letter I received from a lady who had met with me to discuss her concerns about her son. She wrote: “I came to see you about my son but somehow you sensed I needed help. You helped me realise that I was worth loving, and that God actually valued me. I came from our talk feeling that I had insulted God for thinking someone he created was worthless, and I was suddenly convinced God loved me as I am and I wanted to shout it to everyone. It took the rest of the day to calm down. What a lovely …

AMAZING GRACE – Part 2…. God’s Sustaining Grace

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AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND,
THAT SUSTAINS A SOUL LIKE ME.
I ONCE WAS WEAK, BUT NOW I’M STRONG,
THROUGH CHRIST WHO LIVES IN ME.

The grace of God comes to us in two instalments; first we are saved by grace (Amazing Grace Part 1) at conversion, and then we are sustained by grace (Amazing Grace Part 2) for the remainder of our lives.

Interestingly it is possible to be saved by grace and yet not sustained by grace. That is why some Christians can be thriving while others are just surviving; or why some Christians rely on their own strength to serve God while others are supernaturally empowered …