Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sheep

Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  - Psalm 100:3

It is a wonderful grace to know that the Lord is indeed God, God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth and everything in it.
He made us, we are not a product of random actions, we were created by our Lord, we belong to Him, he made us, he bought and paid for us, he paid the price in full for our sinfulness. We are his sheep, the unworthy objects of his eternal loving protectiveness!

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Revenge of the Guava!



It wasn’t all doom and gloom between My sister and I, well mostly it was but not all the time, one of my happiest memories involved her and a friend of ours and I going berserk in a small neglected guava plantation on the farm. That day we really did discover the true purpose and correct use for Guavas.

This small patch of Guava trees had long been neglected or forgotten by the man who owned the farm and it bordered the back portion of our property, we had up to now avoided it, but on that day we ventured in and seeing a mass of rotting guavas on the ground we picked them up and began throwing them at each other, now realize this they were rotting and really stank, I mean really badly, they were also really soft and when the said projectile, the rotten guva hit its target it broke up completely leaving the victim in a real mess, we played for what seemed an age until our steam ran out, when my mother came out of the house to see what the commotion was all about she was horrified that we had wasted all that fruit, it was a while before she actually listened to our explanation and eventually she saw the funny side, but would not let us into the house before she had thoroughly hosed us down with our garden hose-pipe.

 I cannot fail in my duty to add a cautionary note to this story, it is a little know fact, perhaps up to now I have been the only person to come to this momentous discovery, that Guavas have a long memory and can be vindictive, yes its true they had their revenge on me, I was visiting a friend and they like so many people had a really nice guava tree in the garden, the guavas on this particular tree were quite simple the biggest and best looking I had ever seen before, and that is saying something as they are very common in Zululand and we did have a small plantation near our back yard. We all began eating guavas we had picked, the tree was heaving with an abundance of them. I was halfway through mine as we stood chatting and eating when I looked for the first time at what I was eating and to my horror saw it was absolutely infested with worms. Eating such a soft fruit the texture and taste of the worms were impossible to detect, I can tell you it took me years before I could eat one again, and I am not talking about the worms.







The Smell of Home

 I grew up along the east coast of the republic of South Africa The smell of the warm sea, the Indian Ocean to be more precise is unforgettable,  not being a marine expert, but when you approach the beach and the warm and humid air hits you with a bit of the salt spray it’s tremendous, I always feel as if I’m on holiday when whether I’m ankle  knee or waist deep in the sea waters, and after taking a few tumbles in its strong currents and feeling the salt water work its way through the nostrils may be unpleasant, but one still feels affection for the experience.
The vast fields of sugar-cane one sees as you travel the length of the Natal coastline, on a windy day from afar the leaves move in waves just like one large grassy ocean, and the sweet smell of unrefined sugar one gets as you approach the plantations is such a familiar smell to me, it’s the smell of home. 







Our living water

He made streams come out of the rock 
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.  - Psalm 78:16

Think of being in a desert, a place with no access to water of any kind. Think how important finding water in order to survive would be, we would become obsessed with water. Think about the fact that outside of Christ we are spiritually dead, we are nothing more than dry bones in a very dry desert. 
Jesus is the living water, He is the stream of life giving water, our thirst is for Him, only He can satisfy our thirst, even in the deserts of life, places where there is no water, Jesus can cause water to flow from out of the rock, He can do the impossible. He has done the impossible for us already, He rose from the dead. His resurrection proves He can bring life giving water, he can bring, he can give new life to the dead. 


Friday, May 22, 2015

The Lord and the womb.


Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.  - Psalm 71:6
A great reminder that God recognizes us even in our mothers's womb, We have leaned on Him, even when we were in the womb He was protecting and sustaining us. Life begins in the womb, it matters not that laws on this earth fail to recognize life in the womb. God, the Creator of the universe created human life on the sixth day. He knows when and where life begins for each individual. He also knows when our lives end, precious is the blood of His saints. All life is precious to our God, be it life in or outside of the womb.
Even our birth, our survival in the womb and entrance into this world depends on the Lord. He brought us out of the womb, He brings all of us out of the womb, He i the one who extends our lives, everyday we live, we live by His grace. 

Praise Him for every day, praise Him for new life, for extending our lives, praise Him, now and always!


Pastor Gary Morrison
Trinity Baptist Church
www.trinityallentown.org




Friday, May 15, 2015

The Lord hears our Prayers!

O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.  - Psalm 65:2

Yes God, the Lord the Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ who sits on the right hand of God the Father, it is he who hears all prayer! 
Jesus hears, He is not dead and buried, He is alive, He is the Eternal One, the God who hears the cries of His loved ones, He who listens, even when we are alone in darkness, abandoned, deserted, abused, forsaken, forgotten by all, neglected, depressed, even when we are persecuted with impunity to death, Jesus hears our cry. Oh what comfort, though no one responds to our distress, He hears our prayer, our voice, He sees our need, our desperate plight. Truly we come to Him, we draw near to Him in prayer.
I wonder if we truly appreciate what a God-given resource we have at our disposal, I wonder if we realize what privilege we have been given?
"Oh Lord, you see us where we are, you see us as we are, you see beneath the facade, you see our heart, our lostness, our brokenness, you see and you hear!
May your name be praised now and forever more, Amen!"
Draw near to Him in prayer.
May He bless us in the days that lie ahead with a stronger sense of His very real presence with us at all times.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Waiting

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.  - Psalm 62:1

In God, and in God alone, and in no other, and in nothing else can our souls, our inner most being, that which we are inside ourselves, only in the Lord God alone can our souls commune. 
Apart from Christ our inner most being is actually spiritually dead, dead souls are like dead people, and dead people just simply do not communicate at all, they don't communicate, because they cannot, they are dead. 
Once the Lord comes and breathes His Holy Spirit over us and on us our souls come to life, and immediately like newborn babies who wait for their mothers, we wait for our heavenly Father! 
Our very salvation comes from God the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God brings His salvation to us in a more certain way than a mother feeds her newborn baby. God's care for us, his newborn children is more loving and caring than the most loving parent could ever possibly be. 
That may be hard to grasp for some, but it is meant as an encouragement, and assurance, a comfort.  
We need never fear the Lord and His love for us.