AN ISSUE WITH A BROTHER

Today’s guest blogger is Ennrich Kritzinger who’s book Gender Plus is published today!

Forgiveness creates the way back to love — more so, to unconditional love!

Oh, where could I go with this thing called disappointment that was stuck in my heart? Would it be to the one I blamed for it being there in the first place? Surely not! An offence was taken, maybe not given, and I needed to let it go. I couldn’t and didn’t want to carry it any more by myself. It clouded my view, troubled my heart and yes, even quieted my voice from speaking. It hurt! It hurt like crazy!

So I went to Him, Jesus, who is forgiveness, and asked for His help. My question: how do I set things right with my brother? How can I even face him, speak to him with this thing in my heart, this beam stuck in my eye?

And so He lifted my head and said: ‘Give it to me. It was never yours to carry. Give me all your disappointment, anger, hurt, fear and unforgiveness! I carried it for you. Yes, 2000 years ago: now exchange the beam in your eye for forgiveness at the cross.’ How amazing that God gave Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins on a wooden cross so that we can have wooden beams of unforgiveness removed from our eyes. With his one act of love, it was done! Now I could go back to my brother, with a whole heart again — now you can speak again!

Thank you, Jesus. For you are forgiveness, you are truth, you are love, and you teach how to love unconditionally! You are the way and you teach me the way back to a brother!

Ennrich Kritzinger, author of Gender Plus published February 29 2016.

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Who can we trust to tell the truth?

So a group of Argentine Doctors have linked the larvacide chemical being used in Brazils water as a pesticide, as a possible cause of the birth defect known as Microcephaly, rather than the actual Zika virus caused by the very mosquitos the pesticide aims to control. Although researchers disagree on whether the chemical is a likely cause of the condition, the Brazilian government have taken the research seriously enough to ban the use of the pesticide. Now I’m no expert in such matters but one thing really troubles me and has done for some time.

Who can we trust to tell us the truth?

Governments, big business, religious organisations, among others have all let us down in the past as the pursuit of their own agenda’s sadly colour the shade of whatever particular ‘truth’ they seek to promote at any given time.

Thankfully in the person of Jesus Christ, who said “I am the way and the truth and the Life’ we have someone we can totally rely on. His words have stood the test of time and still provide the solid foundation upon which many societies seek to build their moral framework.

We may not always get our bit right in following his instructions but at least he is always true to his word.

‘I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’

To discover more about Jesus check out this lovely creative book by Sarah Woodall  Musings through Mark

 

 

What price British Values?

This week we have our first guest blogger, Peter May. His book, ‘The Search For God’ is published on February 22nd.

What exactly are these British values that politicians keep talking about? They are rarely spelled out. As far as I can see, they seem to boil down to fair play, politeness, patience when queuing, an admiration for cricket and a sense of humour. These are all very good British values, especially the cricket, but are totally inadequate for the foundations of national life.

Our historic national values are not grounded in such trivia but are deeply rooted in historic Christianity. This was clear to King Canute, who according to Goscelin, writing in 11th century, placed his crown on a crucifix in Winchester to show he reigned under the authority of the King of Kings.

In 19th century, it was clear to William Wilberforce as he stood against slavery, to Lord Shaftesbury as he introduced legislation to protect young children, and to Elizabeth Fry as she sought to improve the lot of prisoners.

The contemporary, bogus notion of British Values would have achieved none of these things. These reforms flowed from deep rooted Christian values. If the Government passes laws within such a framework, then so well and good. But if not, if they fail to protect the vulnerable, oppress the poor, lack compassion for the strangers at our gates, damage marriage and family life, put children at risk by teaching them there are no norms for sexuality and that their genders are fluid and can be chosen, the issues are thrown back on us to decide who will be God over us.

Contrary to the spirit of our age, Christian values are rooted in objective truth and morals. Freedom of conscience, freedom of belief, freedom of assembly and freedom of worship, are essential characteristics of a free country. They were not easily won and are grounded in a higher authority, the conviction that the risen Jesus is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords and, as the Prayer Book put it, the only Ruler of Princes. If we do not honour him as such, usurpers will take his place. Christian people must give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s – but give back to God the things that belong to him.

Peter May 9781910786376

Perfectionism

The first book we published is called Naturally Supernatural by Wendy Mann. We caught up with Wendy last week to discuss the reprint that is now required because her book has sold so well. Reprints give the opportunity to amend typos that crept into the first edition – yes imperfections do exist within the printed page! In fact the publishing industry average is about six per book. This got me thinking. Is there anything that is 100% perfect? Think about what we buy and the services we use – there’s always something that prevents anything from being 100% perfect. Perhaps this a good reminder of the human condition. None of us are perfect (me more than most!) and our imperfections can be physical, emotional or behavioral.  History records that only one person was ever perfect. His name is Jesus. Getting to know him does not make us perfect but it does allow him to start changing us from within to make us better people9781910786000.