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Open my eyes

Open my eyes (Psalm 119:18; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Lord,

Open my eyes,
So I may see your beauty;

Open my ears,
So I may hear your voice.

Open my mind,
So I may grasp your message;

Open my mouth,
So I may sing your praise.

Open my wounds,
So I may share your passion;

Open my hands,
So I may sow your peace.

Open my heart,
So I may know your presence;

Open my soul,
So I may spread your love.

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FLOGGING

Flogging 

They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again (Luke 18:33; NLT).

Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).

They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go. […] And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah” (Acts 5:40-42; NLT).

“For you will be treated as you treat others” (Matthew 7:2; NLT).

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment” (Matthew 25:45-6; NLT).


Lord,
We can’t destroy
Freedom of thought
By flogging people
Whose ideas we don’t like;

But if we could,
What would it say about us,
And what punishment would await us
After our death?

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Message

Message

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

“This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him”  (Luke 9:35; NLT).

Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you (Psalm 55:22; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple, “ Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

“Love you neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Lord,
Your message is so simple –

All we need to do
Is love you,
Listen to you,
Talk to you honestly,
Follow your Son,
Forgive others,
And serve you
As best we can.

In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen.

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Walking in the light

When the Christian life seems difficult and complicated, or God seems far away and impossible to understand, it can help to remember that all we really need to do is to follow the example Jesus set for us in thought, word and deed…

Walking in the light
* This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5; NIV).
* When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12; NIV).

Lord,
How we stumble
In the darkness of our ignorance!

Illuminate our hearts and minds,
We pray.

Help us to follow your dear Son
As his disciples,
So we can walk in his light.

We ask this in his precious name,
Amen.

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