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  5. I hope the wine was 17 years old!
  6. That's how I thought about you putting this in. Always 'food for thought' even if one doesn't agree with everything. Kai
  7. I don't write these articles. They come to me via an RSS feed from other sites. And I choose the ones that I think might be of interest to the Christians on this forum. I don't always agree with everything that is written in these articles, but that's fine. ?
  8. Fascinating thoughts from you, Jonathon, and thank you for provoking/stimulating our own thoughts too. I don't exactly align with your beliefs but I respect them of course. I've sent you private message as I found myself wandering !
  9. I guess as long as it makes sense to him.
  10. It doesn’t make sense! KRISTEN YOUNG 9 JUNE 2021 There are a lot of times when life doesn’t seem to make sense. Like when we put in a good effort, but don’t get the reward we were hoping for. Or when your parents ask you to do something that seems completely insane when you’re in the middle of something really, really important. In the Bible, God often asked his people to do things that just don’t seem to make sense. Here are a couple of mind-bending examples: In the desert, God first asked the Israelites to give him the first and the best of their crops and herds. If you’re a farmer, this DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Farmers want to keep the best genetic specimens to make sure the next herds are just as good! God sent the huge numbers of Israelites out of Egypt (river plains, fertile, lots of food) into the desert (not much water, v. little food). This DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Where are you going to find enough food and water out there for hundreds of thousands of people all at once? When he was going to conquer the oppressing army, God told Gideon to send home almost all of his own men. This DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Why would you attack an opposing force of tens of thousands of men with only 300 soldiers? When King Saul did the dodgy and failed in his kingly role, God sent Samuel to look for a new king. He chose the smallest, youngest, not-even-thought-of-by-his-father-Jesse for the position. This DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. People want to follow the strongest, most physically impressive warrior kings, don’t they? When the Israelites were in exile and going to be in trouble, it was up to the young winner of a beauty pageant named Esther to save everyone. This DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Women in the king’s harem were powerless. Almost prisoners. How could a trapped woman do anything to save anyone? The more you read the Bible, the more you see of these events that don’t seem to make logical sense - from a human perspective, anyway. But here’s the kicker: that’s the whole point. God's commands don't always make sense See, when everything makes sense, we have a habit of trying to take the credit. So over and over, God put his people into situations where there was only one possible thing they could do: they had to trust him. Of course it makes no sense to give the best animal genetics to God. But he wanted his people to to put their future in His hands. Of course there’s no water or food in the desert. But God wanted his people to depend on him for their daily bread. Of course it makes no sense to fight an army with almost no men. But God wanted Gideon to know who really has the power. Of course it made no sense to pick David from the outside appearance. But God looks at the heart, not what we see. Of course it made no sense to give an imprisoned teenage girl the responsibility of saving a nation. But God can do anything through anyone. Then you get to the biggest, strangest, most mind-blowing event of all... The strangest plan When humans chose to disobey God and go their own way, what response from God would have made sense? “You break it you fix it?” “You have failed, and now you must pay the ultimate penalty?” Surely if we, the people, had broken our relationship with God and wrecked this world he gave us, the most sensible thing would be for God to just delete everything and start again. But that’s not how God chose to operate, is it? No. God did the most ultimate thing that DOESN’T MAKE SENSE: God sent Jesus. God doesn’t ask us to earn back his love. He loved us even when we were his enemies. He loved us so much Jesus died for us. That DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Jesus didn’t come looking like a conquering king, but like a humble carpenter’s son from a backwater town in Galilee. That DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Jesus - even though he did nothing wrong - died a criminal’s death. That DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Jesus took the penalty we deserved for our disobedience. We don’t pay for our sin. He did. That DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Jesus offers us the free gift of grace - if we accept his death for us, we are made one of God’s beloved children, wiped clean of all our sins, forgiven, accepted, whole. Us. The ones who deserve death! That DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. And yet, that’s what God did. Because even when God’s ways don’t make sense to us, they are more wonderful and more powerful than we could ever imagine. All he wants from you is that you trust Him. That makes the most perfect sense of all.
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  12. Well of course we had wine at the restaurant. There’s absolutely no point in having a 17 year old with a driver’s licence if mum and dad don’t indulge in wine at dinner is there? I used to have an ice cream maker - we never actually used it much was a lot of hassle to do so. Now the thermomix on the other hand makes fantastic ice cream, really easily.
  13. Sounds like you did just fine! Did you not have a glass of wine at the restaurant? ? Yes, when I first saw the picture I thought it was an ice cream maker...which I also thought was a cool gift.
  14. When I first scrolled the page I saw that as an ice bucket with a bottle of wine in it. I was thinking what an earth is this fool talking about - what a fantastic Mother’s Day gift. I didn’t get any wine. I got a necklace, some flowers a massage voucher and dinner at a nice restaurant in town.
  15. Probably not the best Mother's Day gift suggestion.
  16. LOVE the gullibility test!
  17. Thanks to our members who posted these elsewhere.
  18. Where is your identity? Education takes up a huge part of the lives of teens and young adults, and we often place significant value on things like: how well we are succeeding at school if we get into the course or job of our dreams if we’re meeting our goals for a successful and comfortable life. Don't be defined by uncertain things When someone asks you what you do, you probably respond by saying either you’re a student, or you work at such and such a place. For many people, their identity is shaped by what they study or what they’re paid to do, alongside their relationships and activities they’re passionate about (like sport or art). And so, it can be devastating when life fails to work out – if you fail an important exam, injure yourself badly, lose your job, or break-up with your boyfriend or girlfriend. These events stop you from doing what you love, or being with people you love. How would you react if one of these things happened to you? As painful as these things are, what matters most is that God loved us so much he sent his Son to take our sins upon himself and die for us. We can’t place our identity in people or what we do because these change all the time, and are affected by things way beyond our control. No matter how hard we work, we fail, mess-up, and are not perfect. But God is perfect, and because of what Jesus has done, we can know that God loves us, is in control, and is looking after us. Finding your identity in God God is loving, unchanging and perfect, as the following verses show: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17) “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8) “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” (2 Samuel 22:31) We can place our identity in God, with complete trust that this is the right decision, because he loves us, he is perfect and good, and he will never change in these characteristics. While so many things in our life change, God will always be who the Bible says he is. Rather than placing our identity in our successes, what we do, our friends and family, our boyfriend or girlfriend, or many other temporary things, let’s place our identity in the God who loved us so much he sent his only son to take our sins upon him and die for us. Placing God first, having him shape who you are, frees you to deal with the big losses in life because God is more important than passing, money or a romantic relationship. By placing your identity in God you are building your house on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27) which cannot be destroyed by life’s storms. So no matter what happens, remember that in whatever you go and do, your identity is in God.
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