In this category, I share how to do various tasks online.
How to add an image or photograph to your Gmail account.
It’s always a good idea to have a photograph on your Gmail accounts and related Google accounts. Many of us, including myself have several Gmail accounts and when you are scrolling down looking for various accounts, I find it very useful to be able to recognise the account by a certain image or photograph.
In this video I take you through the steps to add a photograph to your Gmail account.
The first option is to go to your Gmail account and click on the icon where your photograph will be shown on the far right hand of the screen, once you have uploaded it. This will then bring up a circle with your initial in the centre and the option says “change”. Click on this and then it will take you to the upload my photograph screen, this video will show you the alternative way which I will explain to you now.
The second option is to go to your Gmail account, go to the settings icon, which looks like a cog and then in the drop down menu, click on “settings” and then scroll down the page will take you to “my picture”. Then click on “select picture” and then click on “choose file” and choose a file from a destination on your computer and then just adjust the box to show the correct part of the image that you want to be seen.
Just remember that it does take a few hours normally before you see your image live.
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What are you thinking? Are you thinking what can I do or are you thinking what can Jesus do? Unfortunately, I see too many Christians full of worry and anxiety, there is a name for this and Christians don’t like to hear it, it’s called unbelief!
You can’t but he can!
You can’t, but he can, this is great news! Hebrews 12:1 – 2 says this;
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Before I was born again, I didn’t have the spirit of God living in me, the very day that I said yes to Jesus his Holy Spirit came to live within me, such an amazing thing, he never fails to amaze me what the spirit of God can do. I like what Romans 8: 9 says;
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
I thank God that the day that I said yes to him, my spirit changed to a born-again spirit, my thinking changed, my perspective changed and I have a hope and a future, this is not for a select few people, it is for everyone who desires God says yes to Jesus. I know that being born-again doesn’t mean that all the problems are over, but we do have a hope and we do have a helper and counsellor.
John 14:26 26 But the [a]Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.
How is your thought life?
It is very easy to let our thoughts run wild and rather than thinking what God can do, humans often have a tendency to think about the problem and in this way the problem magnifies. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that;
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”.
This Scripture is so true, God has given us a very sound mind, he hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, he has given us a new spirit, which is full of power and love. The Message Bible explains this verse in this way;
5-7 That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.
We have to be so careful not to think about what are feelings are thinking, but by what the word of God says.
There have been occasions in my life when my thought life has got the better of me in the middle of the night, I have actually got up in the middle of the night and started praying to break this terrible thought pattern. For some reason, the mind seems to be able to come alive in the middle of the night and think the very worst, but we need to take a God-given authority and rebuke any thoughts that are not of God.
Do you have a war room?
Last night I was watching the Christian film, “War Room”, I have seen this film several times, it is absolutely brilliant and if you have not seen this film, I strongly recommend that you try and see it, it is potentially life changing.
It is about a couple who have a very busy lifestyle, a very nice house and go to church when time permits, but basically it’s all about the material life, they also have a 10 year old daughter whom they have very limited time for, due to their busyness. To cut a long story short, the wife meets an older anointed Christian lady who tells her how to pray powerfully and not to make the same mistakes she did.
The younger lady (Liz) receives so much from the older anointed Christian lady that her family life is greatly turned around. She actually creates an area in the home purely for prayer, which he refers to as her war room and this is where the battles take place and she and her family have become overcomers.
Do you have a war room where you do battle’s in the heavenly realm?
Be an overcomer
I have unfortunately seen many Christians who are not overcomers, this is not God’s plan for our lives, he has given us his word, which has the power to overcome obstacles and move the largest mountains. I believe that the best thing we can do is to have a quiet place where we can pray regularly, in fact maybe we all need a “war room” where we can do battles and be winners!
So let us set our thoughts on things above and what the word says and not go on our own thinking, in other words, only believe!
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Are you in tune with God? I hope you are, sometimes it’s too easy to go our own way and not here the voice of God.
John 5:19 tells us; 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
We need Jesus
We are all created in the image of God and we all need a saviour, the one that came to freedom and life in abundance. Do you know what God’s will is for your life or are you just going through life with no plan or no goals? John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came to bring life and life in abundance, the thief came to steal. I know that I want to choose life, I know that life throws things at us that we don’t always want, but it’s wonderful to know that God is bigger and can move the largest mountain.
Being in tune with God means that you have direction in your life, a plan for the future, I can’t think of anything worse than just walking blindly through life, this is far from God’s best.
So what is the plan?
I normally start my day by making coffee and at this time of year making the fire up, it is particularly cold as I write this devotional! I then turn to the word, often this can be in the form of devotionals, I’ve always enjoyed reading devotionals, but I do make sure that they are from spirit-filled men and women of God, as I only want to take my counsel from strong people of God and people who are full of the Holy Spirit. I also like to choose a passage from the Bible, sometimes this can be something random or sometimes I will follow a plan. Sometimes I will just listen to the Bible in audio form as I work, I appreciate that this isn’t quite the same as sitting down quietly and reading the word, the same time I feel modern technologies have given us the ability to hear the word wherever we are.
I was reading something from the late Billy Graham the other day and he was talking about finding a place in your home and a regular time when you can be quiet and come for God and pray and hear the voice of God, this is so important. I also heard Billy Graham say that when you come into the word you pray it is impossible to stay the same, the work transforms us, it brings joy, it brings health and woman really believe in the word of God there is so much power.
I promise you that if you take the steps to read the word of God, to pray and to listen to the voice of God you will be transformed. Many of us are too busy doing their own thing rather than spending time in the presence of God, I challenge you to have a firm plan to read the word daily at sea what happens.
Are you in tune with the King of Kings?
As I mentioned earlier, I read many different devotionals from various spirit filled authors, I don’t think I have any particular favourites as all these great men and women of God have something to offer. One of the authors that I regularly read from is Smith Wigglesworth, he was a humble Yorkshireman and a plumber by trade, he gave up his plumbing business to share the gospel with the lost.
Smith Wigglesworth was a man of great faith, he believed God for the absolute impossible! I see too many Christians today doubting the word of God, one of Smith’s sayings was, “if God’s word says it, that settles it”! I always say that I have a simple faith, but a strong faith, I do not know everything in the Bible, I struggle to quote Scripture at times, but I do believe that I have seen the miraculous! I used to be an atheist, but God had a plan for my life, I now say 2 people that I have seen too much not to believe, I want to encourage you to stay in tune and believe what the Holy Bible says, whatever your situation.
We all have a choice
Jesus was perfectly in tune with his heavenly Father as John 5:30 tells us.
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
I believe that we need to die to ourselves and seek our heavenly father, not our will, but his will. In doing this we will release ourselves from our own will and live in the freedom of God! I have been on both sides of the water, in other words, there was a time when I was not living my life to Jesus, but living for self, I can assure you this does not work and it does not bring true joy and happiness. Only seeking first the kingdom of God can bring true everlasting joy. I think all this go through trials, but many of us lose our joy in our trials, but the word does not say this, we need to remain positive, stand on the prices of God and be expectant. If every time you have a trial and we lose our joy, we will spend the majority of our life feeling sad and downcast, I know full well that we can often sort out one trial and another one quickly follows, this is why it is important to stay in tune with God and make a choice to be joyful.
Stay in tune with God and keep the joy!
I cannot emphasise the importance of staying in tune with God and keeping your joy! I have heard Todd White say “wouldn’t it be great if Christians believe that the Christian life was a supernatural life”! This is so true, the Christian life should be the supernatural life, we should be moving mountains, people should see something different on us, I’m thankful that we believe in the God is impossible, the God of the breakthrough!
So are you going to stay in tune with God and keep the joy, I promise that if you do this, you will not regret it.
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One of the many things that I appreciate about the Christian life is that Jesus said: “it is finished”! So what does this mean, I believe that Jesus wants us to trust in him and take full advantage of it all!
I like the scripture from Matthew 8:23-27 The wind and the waves obey Jesus.
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marvelled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
The disciples were scared, the water was starting to cover the boat, I must admit I think I would have been a bit scared of water coming over the boat.
But then Jesus asked his disciples why they were fearful and said, O you of little faith! But when Jesus spoke, the sea became calm, there is so much power in the name of Jesus!
Maybe today you are fearful of something, maybe your business is going through a tough time or you’re marriage is going through a difficult period?
I have good news for you.
Jesus came to give life and life in abundance, he wants us to call on the name above all names Jesus and cast our fears upon him. It would be wonderful if Christians actually realised that the Christian life is a supernatural life!
Call on the name of Jesus
I heard the story of a Christian farmer who had a large maize crop and at the time the farm was suffering from a terrible drought. The plants were literally withering away in the summer heat. Can I ask you what you would do in this situation?
Thankfully the farmer was a man of faith and he called on the name of Jesus and the skies changed from sunshine to heavy rain. Apparently, it rained heavily all night and the farmer received a bumper harvest. This is what happens when we call on the name of Jesus.
Drop the fear, keep the faith!
I can recall in my own life many times when I have called on the name of Jesus and he has answered immediately! Are you fearful today, are you calling on the name above all names?
I urge you to call on the name of Jesus and to expect to see the miraculous!
How about dropping the fear but keeping the faith?
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As a countryman, living and working in the countryside, I see the beauty all around me, every day I see something new, something that our wonderful Saviour has created.
Do you see the beauty all around you?
I often think of this passage from Genesis, our heavenly Father has clearly created a beautiful world:
Genesis 1:29 – 31 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you, it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.
I am privileged to live and work in the English countryside if ever I have to go into town, I’m very pleased to come back to the field’s and the idyllic village setting that I live in, it makes me appreciate country life even more.
I remember before I was born again I would love to get on a horse and ride around the field’s and admire the beauty of the fields. At the time, I saw the beauty, but I didn’t see the creator or I didn’t want to see the creator! I tried to shut my eyes to creation, but I believe that the beauty all around me had something to do with my salvation. I would look all around me and I would think someone must have created this beauty, but I would stop my thoughts from going further.
Now I see the creator!
The famous healing Yorkshire evangelist, Smith Wigglesworth used to say that he didn’t pray long prayers, but he never went more than 30 minutes without praying, what a great principle! When I’m outside or I glance out of my window, I see the beauty of creation all the time and I see the beauty of the creator and I thank God for all that he has made around me. Do you see the beauty all around you and do you see the creator?
Let’s focus on the things above
I’m thankful that I don’t wish for much, I value friends greatly and I thank God for the wonderful people that he has been around me. It’s very easy to want the next new shiny object, let’s focus on the creator and all he has created. I believe that many people are blind to the creator and they are blind to what God has done. I was blind once to the things of God, but now I see, it is so wonderful!
Look all around you and you will be utterly amazed!
God spoke these words to me some years ago, it was almost an inaudible voice, it was so clear! It reminds me of the prophet Habakkuk, and how he was complaining to the Lord, that the Lord answered in Habakkuk 5:5 and said,
“Look among the nations and watch—
Be utterly astounded!
For I will work a work in your days
Which you would not believe, though it were told you.
When I see creation, I am utterly amazed and astounded at the beauty all around me, it’s a wonderful feeling.
To me the simple things in life are the best and please don’t get me wrong, I love technology and gadgetry which help to make our life, sometimes easier!
Jesus went up into the mountains to pray to his heavenly Father, I will often speak in tongues and pray when I’m on my own working outside, I believe that being outside and seeing the beauty all around is a great way to connect with God and to hear his voice.
I thank God for his amazing Grace that set me free twenty years ago, this is something that I will be forever grateful for, I was lost, but now I am found. I thank God for that born-again spirit that he has given me, it totally changed my thinking!
Maybe you don’t know Jesus as your personal saviour, if you don’t not the King of kings, pray a prayer something like this from your heart:
Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen. Dr. Ray Pritchard.
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Is it possible to make money online? This is a question that many people ask me, and the second thing they say when I tell them that I have a website is, well how can that make you money? Unfortunately, the majority of people do not understand the power of the Internet and if you don’t understand, the power of the Internet, you may struggle to make money online. Firstly, it is possible to make money online, but you do need some basic training and secondly, if you can see the power and potential of the Internet, I believe that this will help you go along way and move your business quickly forward.
Do you understand the power of the Internet?
I believe that the Internet has opened up huge opportunities over the past few years, I have been working online for around twelve years now and I believe that we have more opportunities to make money online than we could have ever dreamed of a few years ago. Before having a broadband Internet connection, I just found the Internet frustrating and almost impossible to use with the old-fashioned dial-up connection. When I had my first broadband connection which gave me half a megabyte, (it may sound slow, but it was absolutely amazing after having a dial-up connection) the Internet opened up huge new Horizons and I saw the power and the potential of the Internet.
Can you see the power of the Internet and can you get your head around the potential of the Internet? I can and I’m going to take full advantage of the Internet’s potential. Apparently, in 2015 3,200,000,000 people were using the Internet and this number is increasing all the time. Apparently, there are 7,000,000,000 people subscribed to mobile device subscriptions, the figures are staggering!
I actually run a small local off-line business and although the business is doing well, I am limited to how far I can travel and how many people I can market to. The Internet opens up a potentially worldwide audience, it is possible to literally market to millions of people around the world and the people who are going online is increasing daily.
So how can you make money online?
There are many many ways to earn money online, my very first moneymaking website was a Google AdSense website, so in other words, I had Google ads on my website and I would be paid a commission which was dependent on how many people clicked on the ads, it worked for me.
Google AdSense is a good way to start making money online, although you do have to have the right type of website and you need to have the right type of ads in the right place. I regularly earned 3 figures a month from Google AdSense on my first website, I also had other streams of income from it, but this was a regular boost to my income. I’ll explain more about Google AdSense in a separate blog post in the near future.
Another popular way to make money online is through affiliate marketing, many companies now add affiliate programs amongst ways of promoting their products. Once you find your niche and make sure your niche is something that you are interested in, not just something that you think will make you a lot of money! If you don’t have an interest in your niche you will really struggle to make your business work.
There are affiliate programs available for almost everything you can think of, the other day I carried out a search for affiliate programs for telescopes, (I have no interest in telescopes, but I just thought it would be interesting to see what affiliate programs were available). I was surprised at how many affiliate programs for this particular topic were available, so in general, whatever your niche, whatever your product, there is normally an affiliate program available. You can read more about affiliate marketing on another post that I’ve written here.
Another good way to make money online is to publish a book, this is not something that I have done myself, but I know people have successfully published books and is something that I will be looking into doing in the future. Amazon has made it very easy to publish books, either on Kindle, as an e-book or as a hardcopy. An e-book could be used to promote your business or brand, you could potentially use it as a free gift or charge a fee but at the same time, it can promote your business. Apples iTunes is another way of also promoting your e-book.
I recently heard of an 80-year-old lady who was successfully publishing her third book and apparently it was selling really well and her finances have been turned around. It’s always great to hear a success story.
The third way to make money online and there are many more ways, which I will write about in future posts, is to sell your photographs. Many people today are able to take decent photographs on a mobile phone or digital camera, there are companies like https://www.shutterstock.com and https://www.istockphoto.com/ and more which allow you to sell them your digital photographs.
It’s often difficult to find quality photographs online to use publicly, there are free photographs available the best photographs are the paid ones, I have purchased quite a few photographs for various websites etc.
Are you going to start making money online?
Like any business, it takes time to start making money, and an online business or off-line business does require dedication and hard work, but it will pay off in the long run.
So are you going to start making money online? Please don’t leave it too long, if you have an idea try and put into practice, the quicker you start the quicker it will happen.
I always recommend that people receive the right training, I am here to help you every step of the way. For the past 3 years plus, I’ve been a member of this Internet marketing site, this is something that I firmly recommend. In the early days, I did receive the right training and I was doing a lot of guesswork on the Internet, if you want to learn about making money online, take a look at my profile Roybretton here to learn more. You can sign up as a free member you can upgrade to a paying member at any time.
And remember that in everything you do, have faith in God!
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Many people ask me the question, “What is affiliate marketing”, or “How do you make money online”, or even, “I can’t see how having a website can earn you money” or “It sounds like a scam to me”! The problem is that most people do not know how to make money online or they have purchased a scam product or some people will actually sign up for something but take no action! Here I want to explain more about what affiliate marketing is and how you can earn money from selling other people’s products.
So what is affiliate marketing?
This is how Wikipedia explains affiliate marketing “Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts”.
So in other words, your selling someone else’s product, for example; you have your own website and then receiving a commission, you do not physically handle the product or deal with any complaints or issues.
Let me explain more, I have a website that sells garden machinery, I believe I have something like 6000 products on the website, but I never see the actual physical products, I don’t deliver any products and I don’t deal with any defects that the products may have. Incidentally, you may be thinking, I don’t have a website, so I can’t start affiliate marketing, well maybe you don’t have a website, but is actually very easy to build your own website, I will explain more in another post.
To sell affiliate products you will have to join an affiliate program, this is a very simple signup process, you need to find an affiliate program for your particular niche and then apply. Ideally, you need to have content on your website before you apply, otherwise, you may not be accepted, the affiliate provider will check your website out, but at the same time, they want to sign you up as they want you to promote their particular products.
Once you have joined an affiliate program you will receive your unique tracking ID which tells the affiliate company that the customer purchase from your website. You can actually send someone to an affiliate website or you can send them directly to the particular product that you are promoting.
I am in quite a few different programs, there are lots of affiliate programs to choose from.
Finding the right affiliate program
You may be thinking that your particular niche may not have an affiliate program, but if you carry out a search on Google you will find that there is an affiliate program for almost every niche. I just carried out a search on Google for “programs for garden products affiliate” and there were numerous amounts of programs available. Admittedly, garden products are probably quite popular, so I tried another search which was “affiliate programs for telescopes” which I guess is not so popular. Even for the above topic, which I would imagine is not that popular, numerous affiliate programs appear in the search.
When and how do I get paid?
Affiliate programs vary on how they pay their clients, some affiliate programs pay out monthly and others you can set a minimum payment threshold. First of all, before you get paid you have to drive traffic to your website, there are many ways of doing this, I will cover this more thoroughly in future articles.
There are many ways to drive traffic to your website, one way is to write a genuine product review, as most of us know Amazon sells lots of their products to people reading reviews, me being one of them.
Another popular way to promote affiliate products is through social media, you could create a Facebook business page, open a Twitter account, in the name of your business or product, Google plus is another good way to share your brand or product.
There are numerous ways on the Internet to promote a product, you can also go down the line of paying to promote your product, popular places to advertise your product are, Google AdWords, Bing, Facebook ads, Twitter ads, LinkedIn ads and classified places like Gumtree and Craigslist.
Can I make money from affiliate marketing
This is probably the big question that most people want to ask, “Can I make money from affiliate marketing”? The answer is yes, you definitely can and I do! Like any business, whether it’s an off-line business or online business, it takes time and you have to work at it, but all things are possible. I remember that the first moneymaking website that I put up in 2007 sold the product the first day that the website went live, it wasn’t an expensive product, but I actually sold something and made a commission, if I can do it you can also do it!
I would say the best way to move your business forward is to try and do something each working day and be consistent, consistency is almost the biggest way to success in my experience.
What do I do now?
I know too many people who say, “I’m thinking about what niche I could promote online” or “I want to start something online, but I’m not quite sure when”! If you have this mindset, you probably won’t do anything! The best way is to find a niche that you like and have an interest in and then do it and take action!
Many people make the mistake of not having the proper training, I started working online over 10 years ago and I learnt the hard way, thankfully help and training is available! I’m a member of this Internet marketing membership site and I have been for the past 3 years plus and I will carry on being a member! If I had found the site earlier in my early Internet marketing days, it would have saved a lot of money because they teach you step-by-step about affiliate marketing.
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I was very privileged to have been brought up in a very strong evangelical Christian family, I had a great childhood and we done many good things together, they were very happy days. Sundays were very strict, we would always go to church in the morning which was followed by a nice Sunday dinner often with other Christian friends, there was definitely no television or gardening on a Sunday and we talked about the things of God.
I went into the world
As a teenager growing up in a Christian family, I felt like I was missing out on the things of this world, it seemed like my friends were having a better time enjoying themselves, there didn’t seem to be lots of rules and regulations and they just seemed generally more free to do whatever they wanted, any day of the week. At the age of fourteen, I refuse to go to church any more, much to my parents disappointment, I just found church so boring, I would almost look at the clock every minute and I would try and turn the pages of my Bible individually to try and make the time go quicker, it didn’t seem to work.
Take a look at my video regarding my first prayer!
Growing up in my twenties and running my own small business I started to meet all sorts of people, many of them country people who enjoyed the countryside and hunting and shooting. I started to socialise in public houses with these people and very quickly it became a daily habit, socialising and drinking, I was moving far away from God’s plan for my life.
I enjoyed my life, working hard, playing hard, lots of hunting, I also worked on a self-employed basis for one of the local hunts, it was a great time. We used to go to some amazingly beautiful places, I used to think to myself someone must have created this beauty, but I would immediately try and shut the thoughts out of my mind. If I could find a Christian to have an argument with, I would, unfortunately, I found that most of them really couldn’t stand up for their faith when they were brought to the test from an atheist like me. However, one thing that I didn’t know was that people were praying for me and when people pray for you, there is nothing you can do to stop God moving in your life.
My thoughts changed
As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I really appreciated and admired the beauty all around me, it was amazing, someone had to have created this beauty. Moving into my late twenties I thought there has to be more to life than just working and playing hard, surely we don’t just work and work and then die? I felt a need to go back to church, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to do this, I think pride was probably getting in the way.
It took me two years or more before I plucked up the courage to walk into a church, I didn’t want a boring church, I wanted a happening church, I had seen far too many dead churches my life. It felt strange being in the church, I was very worried that my friends might see me in church, even though the church was twenty miles away from where I was living, I knew I had to go to church and not be distracted. It was very strange being amongst all these people singing and praising God, but something felt so good and I knew that I was doing the right thing, even though I didn’t believe!
I kept going to this Pentecostal church every week, from around mid June to September, I didn’t miss a single week and I actually look forward to going. One thing that really disappointed me was the fact that people were really unfriendly my feelings were that if that Christianity was so good, surely they should be speaking to me telling me about the good news, very few people spoke to me. Incidentally, the good thing about people being so unfriendly in churches has helped me to go out and try and reach the lost and to be friendly to newcomers in the church and those around me!
I started the Alpha course
It was in the month of September that the church was running an Alpha course. (An Alpha course is a course that gives you an introduction to Christianity and it also enables you to ask as many questions as you want to, this was very helpful to me and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is searching who they are)
The Alpha course was great for me, we started off by having a meal together on tables of approximately 8 people, it was a great way of meeting and getting to know new people. We would then hear a message for about 30 minutes and then we had about 45 minutes of practical time answering questions etc. This was really beneficial for me, as I literally had 1001 questions to ask about the Christian faith.
I think there are about 12 different chapters or sessions to the Alpha course and we were approximately halfway through the course and the subject was about prayer, I found it difficult to understand how you could pay to someone that you can’t see!
My first prayer was answered!
After each course we were given homework, in other words, small exercises to help us learn more about the Christian faith. This particular session was all about prayer and it so happened that I was looking for a better mortgage deal, I have been self-employed all my life, but unfortunately, because of this, the banks don’t always want to give you the best mortgage deal! So I thought I would pray and ask God to give me a better mortgage deal!
I literally prayed, “if you are out there God, get me a better deal on my mortgage”, please note, that there was no please or thank you for this prayer, I didn’t have much faith for it! As I finish praying, my phone rang and it was someone on the phone who had got the wrong number, but he was actually looking for someone who lived a few doors up from me and I actually knew who this person was. I explained to the person on the phone that I thought this man’s telephone number was in the local parish magazine and I will try and find it for him, while we were talking, the gentleman on the phone happened to mention that he was a mortgage broker!
I was very surprised about this, so I asked the gentleman if he could get me a mortgage and he said he could! After a few weeks, I had a new mortgage at a very competitive rate, my heavenly Father had answered my first prayer.
The promises of God are true!
I was utterly amazed at what had happened to me, God had instantly answered my prayer! Twenty plus years on I have seen God do the miraculous many times, if you have a need, please ask in faith can be expectant.
John 14:13-14 is a great scripture to read!
13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask] anything in My name, I will do it.
Thank you for reading.
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As Christians, we need to stand firm on what we believe and we must not be ashamed of the gospel, we need to shine out the glory of God wherever we go, the verse from Romans 1:16 is so powerful; For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Are You Ashamed Of the Gospel?
Are you ashamed of the gospel, are you shy of telling people the good news? Standing for the truth is so important, unfortunately, I have seen many Christians who are not particularly bold about their faith. When we tell people the good news of Jesus it brings a glow to our heart, we have to remember that when we tell people about our faith we are not alone, we have been given a counsellor, the holy spirit and we can call on his name at any time, he is a helper. In John 14:16 it tells us this, And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever
I have found that most people are really quite interested in our relationship with Jesus, especially if you can tell them real-life stories and about the miracles of Jesus. Whenever I start talking to someone about Jesus, I call on the name of Jesus to give me the right words to say. Once I start talking, the conversation normally flows, I know that deep down that most people in this world are lost, they really want to know the purpose of life and the truth about life. Many people have tried all sorts of different avenues to try and find the truths and obviously, until they find Jesus, they will never know the truth. When I tell someone the good news that Jesus came to give life and give eternal life, if someone wants to condemn me that’s fine, is not ever going to change me because the truth has already set me free, I know what it was like to be on the other side and it was not good!
The truth will set you free
Have you ever come across someone who is full of problems and there life looks impossible? Did you know that Jesus doesn’t always use the people that we expect him to use, he uses people to do extraordinary things, I sometimes wonder why he chose me, but he did!
I know of people who will be in church on Sunday and will not talk to their work colleagues about what they were doing on Sunday or about the Christian faith in general, to me this is asking for trouble. When we tell people the truth, it has the opportunity to bring freedom, in my experience, when you are open about your faith and when you show Christ-likeness, people will respect you. I have been in some great conversations with people about my faith and many have not become born again, but I know that a seed has been planted and it definitely gives them something to think about.
So tomorrow morning when you go into your workplace, I challenge you to tell someone about your Christian life, do you want to be ashamed of the gospel all proud of the gospel?
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