Jeremiah 29:11 – New Living Translation: For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. I was flicking through some music the other day, and came across one of older albums. It’s a live version of Garth Brooks on tour, and the one song that always jumps out at me is the I’ve linked below, and it’s the title for this blog. Throughout our life, we’ve often faced trials of many kinds, and this frequently leads to prayer. But, sometimes, our prayers are more like we’ve rewritten that well known scripture above.
Today we’ve had one of our regular planning meetings. And we’ve talked and planned for al sorts of things both current and future! From Marriage Matters, to Andy’s first book, from Christingles to Dave the Dog – we’ve covered it all!
Matthew 7 verse 16 says that by our fruits we will be known. This means that our actions are more important than our words because words, while very important, don’t necessarily lead to change, or action. But by their very definition, actions, are the outworking of what we truly believe and think. Andy took his wife to the dentist and it made him think about what we can, each of us, do every single day to show the love of Jesus Christ to the people we meet, to the people we love, to people who know Jesus again, to people who need to know Jesus for the first time.
The bible clearly teaches us that we should expect to find people in positions of authority in our churches, and church communities, who exist simply to destroy. Jesus dealt with it and so did Paul, so we shouldn’t be surprised. We shouldn’t accept it either! But how can we work out who is for Jesus, and who is not?