Why does everyone in the 21st century struggle so hard for contentment? What is stopping us from being satisfied?
From childhood it seems we have been programmed to want more and more. We are rarely satisfied, constantly searching for a state of contentment that we think will only be found when we get that promotion, run the marathon, get into a lasting relationship, receive a pay rise, pass the exam, win the lottery… Seeking contentment is usually unsatisfying. We become trapped in a never-ending cycle of striving, perhaps sometimes achieving, but never being truly content.
February is the month of love.
Valentines Day can be summed up in the famous saying: ‘the greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return’. Valentines Day is only one day, it promises one day of love. Thankfully God’s love is not so fickle. It is eternal.
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened". That great wit, Sir Winston Churchill, is credited with this amusing observation.
Have I not commanded you?
'Love the Lord you God with all your heart and soul and mind'
Barny Norris, a professional optometrist, looks in some detail at the structures and workings of the human eye and concludes that it would be extremely difficult to imagine that it was constructed by any other method than by an intelligent designer.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both. (Proverbs 20:12 ESV)
Two apparently unrelated events have featured largely in the news over the last week: the General Election and the VE Day celebrations. Seventy years apart, they may at first sight seem unconnected, yet there is a link between them. A co-incidence of timing meant that two of the three main political leaders gathered at the cenotaph were performing their last duty as leaders, faced with the immeasurably greater loss as the country remembered those who had fallen in the Second World War.
Many will no doubt have received cards on which the sentiment "Peace on Earth" such as these are expressed. It is almost universally the case that these words have been taken and used in this context - a desire for peace and harmony in the earth.
This we are told is what the season of Christmas promotes.
But what do those words 'Peace on Earth' really mean? Where is the "Peace on Earth" that was promised by the Angels so long ago? Are these just nice words we express to one another this time of year, or is there something more?
It's one of the unescapable hard facts of life - we all, unfortunately, will die one day. This talks looks at the reason why, showing how that mankind and science do not have an adequate answer. Turning to the Bible we find the answer, and not only that - God has provided a solution, a wonderful plan for the future of mankind and this earth which gives us hope and a positive outlook on life now.
For our country, November has two times of remembering. This article is adapted from a Youth Club earlier this month talk which looked at the sort of things those around us remember, why remembrance is important, and what God want's us to remember.
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.