Knowing the Father's Presence by Jim Clark
Some mornings I wake up not feeling very close to God. It was one of those mornings earlier this week. I read some Scripture and prayed a bit before hopping in the shower. But as I said goodbye to my wife, I admitted that I didn't feel much intimacy with Christ. There were no major problems at home or work. My ministry was going well. Jesus was Lord of my life. And yet there was this spiritual dryness that made me long for another drink of the living water of Jesus. How could I sense that closeness to Him once more?
That morning I wrote in my diary:
I long for that Father/son relationship with You, Lord, where I know You are there for me. Where I weep when reading the story of the cross, knowing that my Savior died for me. But today I feel so dry and distant from You. Please show me the way.
I read of one believer who said that when he struggles he's learning to run to You, not away from You. I want to do the same. I'm running to You, Jesus, because I desperately need You. Please reveal Yourself to me in a powerful way and give me faith to trust You even when I don't feel You near me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Later in the week I read these encouraging words from Michael Horton about the work of the Holy Spirit:
So much of contemporary spirituality and piety is focused on self. "How am I doing spiritually? How is my walk? Am I living in victory?" Reformation spirituality lifted people out of a purely introspective, inward-looking piety and directed them outside of themselves to Christ and the cross, from which vista they could now look out across the needy world. ("In the Face of God", Word Publishing, 1996)
What a great reminder to continually come back to the cross and know that my salvation is not based on my feelings, how much I surrender, or how "spiritual" I may be that day. Our standing before God depends entirely upon His mercy displayed to us through the shed blood of Jesus. As we rest in that forgiveness, by faith, the Holy Spirit frees us to love God and love others with vigor and joy.
As God promises us:
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)
Not even a bad mood.
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
This coming Friday CF will be having
don't know what's recruitment drive?
well its basically a day where all the department heads introduce their departments and encourage you to join them !
If you've always wanted to serve God but never got a chance,
well here it is!
Join us on the 1st of February 2008, 12.45-2.00pm, School Hall
I'll list down the departments for ya'll to browse thru and try to give you a better understanding on the departments you can join
1. Worship Department
if you can sing or play any musical instruments used during CF
then this dept is the right one for you!
2. P.A Department
they fiddle with wires and make sure everyone can hear the person talking in front. haha
Technical? this is for you then :)
3. Ushers Department
they put on their smiling faces and welcome all of you to CF.
Think you're friendly and sociable? join them !
4. O.H.P Department
they look after the OHP machine and make words appear on blank walls.
wanna do that? sign yourselves up !
5. Tambourines Department
they are like the substitute for drums. but better.haha
Like dancing and playing the tambourines? what are u waiting for??
6. Newsletter Department
they publish the CF newsletter every 2/3 months.
Like to write or design? join them !
7. Encouragement Department
they make the cards for all of you as a form of encouragement.
and of course they do other stuff as well :)
loove making cards and art work? then this will be the right one for you!
8. Grounds Department
They pack up the tables and chairs and clean the floors
for you to keep your butts clean during CF !
Think you've got muscle? join them to help out!
9. Publicity Department
they look after the board and make sure you know where CF meetings are held.
Oh and they publicise CF's meetings too!
Love designing and feel creative? Join us !
well thats about all the departments you guys can choose from.
don't worry if you want to join more than one department,
you're definitely welcome to do so :)
so i'll see ya'll then lahkay !
Monday, January 21, 2008
This friday, CF will be having a
come join us on the
25th January 2007
at Block F
to see who our SPEAKER will be !
Don't worry CF's speakers are hardly ever boring and i promise you, you'll learn something and enjoy yourselves this week !
trusttt meee =)
See ya'll then !
Friday, January 4, 2008
Blessed New Year !
A new year has just begun so of course
CF is starting to have meetings once again!
To kick off this new year CF will begin with something we call Open Season
We will basically be introducing the CF committee to the new members
with a skit starring our current committee members !
so do expect lots of laughs and lame one-liners !
Afterall we are CF SMKDJ
Details are as follows:
11th January 2008
1.00 - 2.15 pm
See ya'll then !