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So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honouring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgement upon yourself.
1 Corinthians 11:27-29 NLT

When I take Communion, I am taking the body of Christ and the blood of Christ into my body, into my blood. If I am not holy at the time, I am contaminating Christ. I deserve judgement for that. But it goes further, because I am told that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and if I am not holy, I am contaminating him.

I really need to concentrate on being holy, on being perfect. I can be both whenever I repent and seek forgiveness, but that is the reactive method – I need to be proactive in this, to put a much more conscious effort into being holy. It needs to be so constant it is my lifestyle. 

Shameless

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Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt.” So that place has been called Gilgal to this day.
Joshua 5:9 NLT

Sometimes I get flashbacks to things I did before I became a Christian. It happened again to me today – a thought of something I did which was wrong.

There are two ways I can look on these flashbacks: I can feel guilty or I can feel forgiven. Guilty is how the devil would like me to feel.

Forgiven is how I am, because my God tells me so. I am shameless because I have nothing to be ashamed of! My God has rolled away my shame and put it in the sea of forgetfulness. It’s gone.

Thank you, Jesus!

Who, me?

Christianity

The news of the capture of Gaddafi yesterday was an amazing breakthrough for the people of Libya, but it caused a mixture of emotions in me. The first and strongest emotion came out as “Good, he got what he deserved.” There is no doubt that he did, since by all accounts he was a brutal dictator who had no compassion for others and would readily eliminate anyone who got in his way. But as the news developed from the initial rumour to solid fact, I started to feel other emotions.

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Putting on a brave face

Christianity

The recent riots in England have been quite alarming, even just watching them on the TV. It must have been terrifying for those living nearby and especially for those who have been affected by them. One of the saddest parts for me was the furniture store which was burnt down. It was a quite unique building, housing a family firm with a history over 150 years. The photos of the building before the fire showed that the outside was really lovely, a building with real style. I have no idea what the inside was like, but I imagine that it was like most old shops – not quite right for today’s businesses.

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Light relief

Christianity

Today there were more riots in Athens, with a lot of very angry people getting even angrier, at police who will also get angry.

Tomorrow there will be strikes in the UK as public sector workers protest about changes to their pensions. Many of them are angry. Many people think they are wrong in what they say, and that they are wrong to strike. No doubt, many of them will get angry too.

Whatever the cause, people often get angry for it.

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