My Dad Can Do Anything!

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by Luke Kincaid

Last night, while Seth was playing with some of the children in our complex, I was taken aback by what one of the little one’s had to say while they were talking about their dad. I can’t remember what I asked them exactly but it was in regards to their dad’s ability in doing something or another and her response made me smile:

“Of course! My dad can do anything!” with a beaming smile on her face.

Upon hearing these words I thought to our indescribable Father in heaven and how these words said by a four year old were applicable to Him:
 
God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but buy working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. – Ephesians 3:20-21 (The Message)
 
Our Father in heaven is able to accomplish incredible things in our lives and those around us. So be reminded of the fact today that we have the strongest dad, the smartest dad, the most loving dad, the best dad! 
 
Thank you Father for loving us so much and giving us the right to be called your children through our Savior and big brother Jesus!
 
 
Much love,
 
Luke
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All of Our Tomorrows

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I am happy to announce that our regular blog will be kicking off on Monday 11 January and we are looking forward to sharing our thoughts, experiences and reflections on what God is showing us through His beautiful creation, daily life and His word.

That being said, today’s post is just something I was inspired by and would like to share with you all. May you be blessed by the beautiful words of this song and the story behind them.

God Bless

Graham

Sovereign Grace Music

Thousands of years ago, David said, ““Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16) God knows every one of our days and holds them in his hand before we even live them.

Looking back at 2020, that might be a difficult truth to grasp. But it’s still true. The foundation for our hope lies in one place: the promises of God revealed fully to us in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If God would give his only Son to pay for our sins, how will he not also give us every good thing? (Rom. 8:32) Even when those “good things” look like 2020, we can be confident God is using them for our eternal joy and his eternal glory. That is just the knowledge we need to give us faith and hope as we look forward to 2021.

This past year one of the Sovereign Grace songwriters, Dave Fournier, brought a set of lyrics to our songwriting retreat called, “All of Our Tomorrows,” eventually set to a beautiful tune by Ryan Foglesong. The song is a prayer that acknowledges and prays for God’s careful, wise, personal, and faithful involvement in the lives of those Christ has redeemed. It speaks to our need for guidance in the future, comfort in loss, and strength for all our days.

We recorded a simple video of the song this year and plan to record a full version next year. We pray God would use this song and the truth it proclaims as a means of faith, comfort, and hope for all of your tomorrows.

Lyrics:
This spinning world by Your own hand
Hurls ever on around the sun
The seasons march at Your command The old departs, the new year comes
And though celestial is Your gaze
You search and care for all our ways
We offer up to You this day And all of our tomorrows

May zealous youth and cautious age
Determine not the steps we choose
Great Shepherd, guide us through each day
Oh, how we want to follow You
Come Living Way, our way make clear
Let perfect love drive out our fear
Be Thou our vision, now and here
And all of our tomorrows

When winter makes us reminisce
Of warmer days so distant now
Of cherished saints the sun once kissed
Whose beauty passed behind the clouds
Let all our fond and longing tears
Remind us we are pilgrims here
We trust You, Sovereign of our years
With all of our tomorrows

Hands to the plow, we’re pressing on
And running hard to win the prize
Empowered by the love of God
With grace before and grace behind
For lo, what hope before us stands
You finish all that You began
Eternal joy is in Your hands
And all of our tomorrows

Written by Dave Fournier and Ryan Foglesong Vocals: McKenzie Fuller Piano: Bob Kauflin Produced and edited by Grace Nixon Filmed by Bekah Heid and Grace Nixon Assistant engineering: Caleb Grunau © 2020 Sovereign Grace Worship/ASCAP, Sovereign Grace Praise/BMI (adm. worldwide at CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK & Europe which is adm. by Integrity Music). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches. All rights reserved. CCLI #7167554

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Happy New Day!

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by Caryl Moll

As we let the sun set on a difficult 2020 and start to experience the dawn of this brand new year, please allow me a moment to send you some good wishes….

Instead of the usual ‘Happy New Year!’ may I rather wish you a… “HAPPY NEW DAY!” instead? 

Indeed, I want to wish you at least 365 brand new, happy new days… or more for that matter?

There was one major lesson I learned from 2020 and that was to take the year in bite size pieces. Nothing was certain for any of us. We all experienced daily changes in everything. Rules changed, incomes changed, interactions changed, lifestyle changed, moods changed.  The list of changes grew bigger and bigger. The only thing that remained certain about 2020 was change itself. How did we cope? I venture to say, “One day at a time!”

During the hard lockdown over the winter months of 2020, I resorted to climbing on our roof every morning. Some folk were alarmed at my exploits, but my deep desire was to see the sunrise every morning; to experience God in a different way and to find inspiration in the small things around me.

I can honestly say that every sunrise was different. It wasn’t just the clouds or the sky, or the light or the breeze, but the moment it filtered into the birds, the wildlife, the colours of the changing seasons. I felt that God was pressing me to open my eyes and to adopt a new mantle of gratitude. I was so blessed during those particular sunrises. The blessing extended because I was also able to share them with my friends via live stream. Indeed, I created new cyber-friends who started to follow the regular sunrises. Our God never disappointed – he carried me through the year, one day at a time.

So as we approach this new, uncertain year, I’d like to encourage you to take life one moment at a time. Let’s be mindful of who our God is, let’s spend time meditating on His word, let’s fall in love with Him all over again and let’s reach for our special talents to inspire others. We don’t have to do it all at once – just one day at a time.

Because of the Lord ’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

(Lamentations 3:22‭-‬23 NIV)

HAPPY NEW DAY!

 

With love, in Christ

Caryl

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Calven: What Christmas Means to Me

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by Calven Celliers

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” (Matthew 1: 22 & 23NIV)

When you think of the Christmas season, what comes to mind? What’s going on around us can easily distract us from seeking intimacy with Immanuel. Christmas is, however, a time when we remember that God sent Jesus to dwell among us and rescue those who were lost, orphaned, and without hope. Jesus was “God with skin on” – a man who experienced temptation, persecution, pain, and grief, but also joy. He understands us, loves us, and promises to never leave us nor forsake us.

But having said that, I can only imagine how Jesus’ disciples and followers might have possibly questioned this reality when they experienced very real feelings of abandonment, huddled behind locked doors following His death. They feared what might happen next. Would they be arrested and executed, too? Despite Jesus’ efforts in the final days of His earthly ministry to help make them understand the reality of His abiding presence always, I reckon they were still unprepared and stunned by His absence, left with feelings of grief and uncertainty.

2020 has been a long, hard year. Perhaps there have been moments when all of us have felt abandoned and overwhelmed when challenged with health issues, job losses, financial crises, and relationship problems. It’s at times like that, that it’s perfectly human to wonder why God doesn’t immediately swoop in and fix everything. Feelings of loss and abandonment seem especially keen over the holiday period. This Festive Season it may feel for many like they are living on the fringes, merely going through the motions. And so, this Christmas, more than any other, may we never forget that God is still with us. He hasn’t disappeared.

Jesus comforts us in the Gospel of John saying,

16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans — I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live.” (John 14: 16 – 19NLT

What was true of the disciples and those early followers is also true of you and me. Without the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, encourage us, lead us, and guide us, we too will not make it. And here’s a blessed truth worth celebrating this Christmas, the Holy Spirit is not fickle in His commitment to you! He is not just with you when you feel spiritual. He is not just with you when you’re at your best or when you’re on your knees. He abides in you. He comes to be with you forever. The Holy Spirit lives within us and promises to comfort and counsel us. You can count on Him!

In his letter to the Galatians the apostle Paul put it like this,

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4: 4 – 7NIV)

And that’s what Christmas means to me!

As we wrap up the NHCF Blog for 2020, I wish you all a truly blessed Festive Season. Whilst we may not know what 2021 holds, we do know Who holds 2021, and He will be with us every step of the way. He will never abandon us!

 

God bless,

Calven

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