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UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN, UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN, and the Government shall be upon his shoulders and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Ever lasting Father, Prince of Peace, of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end.
(Is. 9:6-7) NIV

Just over 2,000 years ago, a baby was born in the city of Bethlehem in Israel. This baby's birth was prophesied over 400 years before His birth by the prophet Isaiah. His birth was of such importance that the world's time zone changed.  It went from BC to AD, before Christ to after Christ.

Isaiah also foretold of what  the purpose of this baby's birth would be: He would govern the whole world, and His name
will be called Wonderful, (inspiring delight, marvellous), Counselor (one who gives guidance, a mentor and confidant), Mighty God (possessing great and imposing power and strength) Ever lasting Father (eternal) Prince of Peace (freedom from disturbance).
Jesus has many names, but these names are specific.  He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles (September/October) but man in his wisdom, incorporated his birth with the worldly festival of St.Nicholas.

So rejoice everyone, Jesus has come, He died at 33 years of age for us, for you and me, that we might have the choice of accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour or to turn our backs on Him.  What ate you going to do? 
Merry Christmas everyone,. God bless and keep you all safe.

Chaplain Carla Evans

TROUBLED TIMES

In some parts of the world, it appears to be very troubled.  Yet the Word of God says to NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED.

It is so easy to let fear rise its head within us when we see the devastation happening around us. Its easy to let hate rise in our hearts when we witness the grief that innocent people feel because of what has happened to their loved ones. And it is easy to one revenge on those who have caused all the grief and fear and are the cause of despair and hopelessness.
Yet Praise is the Power of Heaven.  If we can train our minds to praise God in faith instead of turn away from Him carrying fear, we are becoming mature Sons of God.

Easier said than done, I know.  Yet we are in God's army, we are in His training boot camp, and it is in the middle of stress and trials and troubles that we can learn to praise and trust Him if we are determined to not buckle under the heaviness and oppression around us.

May I encourage you to  stand up, putting on the armour that God has given you to wear from Ephesians 6. Even as a soldiers put on their armour before entering battle, we are encouraged as Christians to put on the Armour, the uniform God has supplied us with.  Ephesians 6:12-18
Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand.  
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

So be encouraged, pray, praise, put on your armour, and stand tall in the battle. May God be with you all.
Chaplain Carla Evans


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His eye is on the sparrow, and I  know He watches over me.
Things a bit tough? Life a bit rough? May I invite you to talk to the Greatest Problem Solver there is? His name is Jesus, He will help you if you ask.

Things going well? Family good, career going well, house hold is at peace, may I invite you to praise and thank Jesus for being with you?

Are you afraid of what is happening in the world today? Wars, murders, aggressive violence, random killings, ISIS, gay marriage, sex education for small children, may I invite you to get on your knees and join the host of other people who are waring a battle in the heavenlies against evil principalities and powers?





JESUS SAID,   I AM THE WAY,
                          I AM THE TRUTH
                          IAM THE LIGHT
It is said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. 
Us humans take a long time to wake up to the fact that if we want to be healed, if we want to be set free from the chains of oppression, if we desire to live peaceful lives, if we want to know what joy is, then we try every other avenue before we look to Jesus.

Physciatrists know how to take us apart, but do they know how to put us together?
Meditation on self may give us peace of mind for a short time, but not for the long haul.
If we want to live in a world with no conflict, how do we learn to break the chains of oppression?

JESUS SAID,   I AM THE WAY - His pathway and guidance  is the way we need to walk.

JESUS SAID    I AM THE TRUTH - He cannot lie because He is truth. He is not a false God that does not have eyes to see us, to hear us or  to not know about us.   HE IS A GOD OF TRUTH. And there is no other god like Him. The Bible, His Word, has been discovered down through time to be truthful in what it predicted.

JESUS SAID,  I AM THE LIGHT. He is the Light that dispels darkness, worry, despair. His Light shines as a beacon, drawing us to Him. He is the Light in the storms of life and He has promised to never leave us.  His light is like bees to honey, flock towards that Light and there is everything you need.

BLessings  Chap. Carla Evans






Paul's Damascus Road- by Poet Noel 26 September 2017
 
As Saul travelled down the Damascus road,
He breathed out threatenings and slaughter,
Against the Disciples of the Lord,
And said things, he should not aughta.
 
As Saul journeyed along that Damascus Road,
A bright shining light, from Heaven came down,
Saul heard a voice, Why do you persecute Me,
And Saul fell  face down to the ground.
 
Saul  heard the Lord speak from Heaven above,
And Saul’s eyes became quite blind that day.
Saul’s fellow travellers took his hand,
Leading him, and showing him the way.
 
God tells His Humble Servant, Ananias,
To go pray, and Saul will see again,
That was the day Saul’s life turned around,
Saul was once so lost, but now was found.
 
We know that when we walk in a way,
That’s far from God and His Amazing Love,
His Endless Love and Mercy, reaches out,
To ALL of us, from Heaven above.






Jesus said,  I AM THE WAY, I AM THE TRUTH AND I AM THE LIFE. (John 14:6)
Today there are many kind of religions, many kind of faiths and many false gods that people worship. But there is only one true God, and He is above all gods.
It is written in His Word, the Bible, which is a map that can guide us through life if we allow it, that He was, He is, and He is to come.
He is a God of love yet can also be a God of wrath.
He is a God of peace, yet can shake His arm in violence.
He is  rich in mercy, yet holds evil accountable.
He is everything.

Some believe that by doing good works, by living an upright life, by showing kindness and giving money to the  needy  that will be enough to get  them into the reward of the righteous, Heaven.

Sadly it is not enough.  The Word of God says in Romans 10:9, IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH THE LORD  JESUS, (the Son of God) AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD HAS RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED.

What does being saved mean?  It means that we have passed from eternal death into eternal  life. It means that while we are  alive on this earth, we have the life of  Jesus  living in us, we are  no longer alone. He shares every facet of our life with us - the good, the bad and the ugly. He gives us His strength to overcome the problems we have and shows us the way through them.

Something happens on the inside of us when we become a Believer.  It is like a light fills us from within. Its like an invisible heavy bag that was hanging onto our backs disappears.

For some accepting  to walk with Jesus comes at a high cost. To walk with Jesus takes courage.  But He has told us, I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU. Hebrews 13:5. FOR I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS.

Be encouraged to take this leap of  faith.  It has cost some their lives, but God is no man's debtor, and His reward to those is great who follow Him to the end.

Carla Evans. Chaplain


I WILL SURELY SHOW YOU KINDNESS. 2 Sam. 9:7 NIV

In Bible times, when a new king ascended the throne, he usually killed or banished every member of the old king's family. So, here's the story. Jonathan, King Saul's son, and David, whom Saul hated, were close friends. So close they made a covenant to protect one another with their lives. After Jonathan and Saul died in battle, Jonathan had one remaining son called Mepheiosheth. So, David had him brought to the palace saying, "I will surely show you  kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table."
Mephibosheth was living in Lo Debar, which means, "the land of nothing....the place of no bread." 2 Sam.9:4-5. That's significant, because when your self-esteem is non-existent, your surroundings usually reflect it. You either give up completely, or go to the other extreme by striving to be perfect. But you don't have to do either. The Bible says, "God for Christ's sake, has forgiven you." Eph 4:32. Your acceptance with God isn't based on who you are; but Whose you are! Mephibosheth was lame in both feet and couldn't walk properly. And spiritually speaking, you couldn't either. Yet Mephibosheth ate at the King's table; he was  lame in both feet. 2 Sam. 9:13. His lame feet couldn't be seen because they were hidden under the king's table. And God does the  same for you too! He wraps you in the righteousness of Christ and puts all your sins under the blood. That means you're always acceptable in His sight - including this very moment!
Bob Gass

Well what do you know.......

Science is actually catching up to the Bible and what is written within its pages

1.       The bible tells us the earth floats in space. (Job 26:7)  “He hangs the earth on nothing.”

In AD1650 scientists came to this agreement.

2.        The bible tells us the earth consists of atoms. (Hebrews 11;3) “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen are not made of things which are visible.”   In recent years science has discovered that everything we see is composed of things we can't see.

3    Humanity thought the world was flat, yet in the Word of God it clearly states: “It is He who          sits above the circle of the earth.”Isaiah 40:22    Christopher Columbus proved the bible right.

4.        The bible teaches us about oceanography. Psalm 8;8 says, “The birds of the air and the fish of the sea pass through the paths of the seas.” Matthew Fontaine Maury, an Oceanographer, discovered the warm and cold ocean currents, the paths of the sea.

5.        God said to Job when he was gong through a great trial in his life, “Can you send out lightings that they may go and say to you, “Here we are?”  God said 1500 years before Christ that light could be sent and manifest itself in speech.  Did you know that all radio waves to X-rays travels at the speed of light? (About 300,000km per second). This fact was not discovered until 1864when British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggested thatelectricityandlight waves were two forms of the same thing.

True science never disproves the Bible.

(excerps from The Word for Today Bob Gass.)

 
My Hope Is Built
The United Methodist Hymnal Number 368
Text: Edward Mote, 1797-1874 
Music: William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868 
Tune: THE SOLID ROCK, Meter: LM with Refrain

1. My hope is built on nothing less 
than Jesus' blood and righteousness. 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
but wholly lean on Jesus' name. 
Refrain: 
On Christ the solid rock I stand, 
all other ground is sinking sand; 
all other ground is sinking sand. 

2. When Darkness veils his lovely face, 
I rest on his unchanging grace. 
In every high and stormy gale, 
my anchor holds within the veil. 
(Refrain) 

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood 
supports me in the whelming flood. 
When all around my soul gives way, 
he then is all my hope and stay. 
(Refrain) 

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound, 
O may I then in him be found! 
Dressed in his righteousness alone, 
faultless to stand before the throne! 
(Refrain)








PSALM 19

1  The heavens are telling us about the glory of God. The sky is showing the things that his hands have made.

2   One day pours out the story to another day. One night tells the next night what it knows.

3   (But) they do not use words and have no languages.  Nobody hears their voice.

4   (Yet) what they say goes into all the earth. Their words go to the ends of the world.
  God has made a home for the sun (in the sky).

5   The sun comes out from his home like a bridegroom.  He is very happy to run fast, like a very strong man.

6   His sunrise is at one end of the heavens. He travels in a big circle to the other end.
  Nothing can hide from the heat of the sun.

7   The book of the LORD is wonderful. It makes people feel alive again. We can trust what the LORD tells us.  He points out the way when we are not sure of it.

8   What the LORD tells us to do is always right.   It makes us feel happy deep down inside us.   What the LORD commands us is pure.   It makes our eyes shine with new light.

9   The fear of the LORD is a clean fear.  It will always remain with us.  Every word that the LORD says is true. Every one of them is righteous.

10   They are of more value than gold,  even a lot of pure gold.  They are sweeter than honey,  even the best honey that bees make.

11   Also, they are a guide to your servant. Good things come if he obeys them.

12   Who can know when he has made mistakes? Forgive me all my secret sins.

13   Also, stop your servant from wanting to sin. Do not let sin rule over me. Then nobody will say that I did wrong. I will be clean (because you help me). I will not do anything very bad.

v14   Lord, I want everything that I say to make you happy. I want all my thoughts to please ou.   You are my Rock and you are my Redeemer.


DISGRACE v GRACE
  
Over the length of our lifetimes we have  had experiences that were not too pleasant.  These experiences have left us feeling perhaps shamed, disgraced, vulnerable and guilty. We remember those times perhaps more than anyone else, because they are personal and are highlighted in our minds.

The things we have done may not have been of great disgrace, or indeed, they may have been, but what ever those times were, they left an impact on our lives. In fact, they became a weak point in our reflection of who we are. How we value ourselves.
It is these weak points that our enemy Satan, loves to accuse us of.  For he is the Accuser of the Brethren as it says in the book of Revelation 12:10 NKJV.

BUT LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU WITH SOME GOOD NEWS!

Because of Jesus great love for us, because  He died on the cross for you as a Living Sacrifice, and because you are a believer in Him, you are no longer living in Disgrace, but UNDER GRACE!

WHAT IS GRACE?

Grace is undeserved favour!  We no longer need to live under the condemnation and accusations of the lies of Satan, our enemy, we are set free to live under God's grace and mercy and forgiveness. When the enemy comes to bring these former accusations to your mind, tell him to get lost. You are now redeemed you have been paid for by the Blood of Jesus, and these things no longer have power over you!  Wow and Wow and Wow again!

Guard your mind against Satan trying to bring these accusations back to you. Put on the Armour of God,
Ephesians 6:10-18. NKJV.  God has given to us special armoury to safeguard us against the ways of the enemy. No soldier goes to war without his weapons, we are in a spiritual war, so please, use your weapons!
Stay safe in God
Carla Evans Chaplain

Something to think about -

Shame = something we perceived we have done which is wrong. Guilt = is the voice of our conscience is personal and is a result of the shameful thing we have done. So if shame comes from ie..an act of defence, following orders, why do we carry guilt? It is because we have done something that offends our conscience, the heart of ourselves. Something which has gone against our inner person, the very nature of ourselves. Guilt and shame are bedfellows. 

BUT there is a way to cut through them both...
"Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.' And you forgave the guilt of my sin" (Psalm 32:5). "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you" (Colossians 3:13).  





HOLIDAYS
We have recently returned from our annual holidays and it was a great time of refreshing and to be able to admire God's creative handywork while viewing the scenery of our destinated place.

Typical tourists ,we purchased some little gifts for family and friends and on our  return I gazed at one trinket and decided to keep it for ourselves.  It is the figure of a little hula  girl who can sway her hips and move her arms. She is able to do this by the aid of a little  solar battery  which is placed at the base of her feet. As the light hits the solar she starts to sway and move.  Intrigued I stood and watched this figure as the  morning sunlight  shone on her and she started moving.

Then a thought struck me, without light, she is immobile, she doesn't move, she is just an object. Yet when the light hits her, she comes alive  so to speak, and beauty is seen in the way she sways and moves her hips.
I realised we are like that.  When we live in the dark we are prisoners, we cannot move, we feel suffocated, yet when the Light of God hits us, we are free and we begin to move and have life and liberty because of  Him and what Jesus has done for us.
His Light - Jesus- shines on us and gives us movement. AS we continue to bask in His Light, we have Life. And His life shines out through us allowing His beauty to be seen in us.
Selah.  God bless
Chaplain Carla Evans
ANZAC DAY
Yesterday, here in Australia was Anzac Day. A day when the nation came together to remember and honour all those who have sacrificed their lives or who have fought in any war or conflict that our Nation has been involved with.

In every capital city and small country towns, people line the streets, and honour those who have returned from wars and show their respect to them.Children standing by the side of the road as these diggers marched by waved the Australian flag and shouted and clapped. Faces of Mothers and wives too carried some emotional scars but they stood and waved and cheered these men and women on.

I watched and looked intently at the faces of those who marched by.  They ranged from recently returned Veterans to those of WW2.  I saw  such conflict of emotions on their faces. They were remembering old mates, places, situations, conflicts and the hard days of battles.

Question - shouldn't we honour our Diggers every day?
God remembers us every day. He will never leave us or forsake us the Word of God says. We are His beloved children, maturing into His Sons.
Stand Tall Diggers, Stand Tall believers in the Living Word. Keep marching straight and true.
Carla Evans Chaplain

·ARE YOU LISTENING?
Years ago a famous Christian speaker, Agnes Sanford, told how God warned her not to travel on a certain airplane flight. She obeyed. The plane crashed, killing all on board. When she shared this she was asked, "Why didn't God warn all the others?"
Her response was; "God is speaking to us al, but so few are listening."
The Bible says a number of times, "Anyone with ears to hear must listen to what God is saying to the church." (Rev.3:22)
Are we listening?
Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.




EASTER


· So what does this weekend mean to you? A holiday? Family catchups? Work around the house? Watching sport on TV?
This day represents life and death. Death for a man named Jesus who walked on this earth 2000 years ago - a death so brutal that it is recorded that He was marred more than any man. He was whipped, beaten, abused. A death that changed the time of this world from BC, Before Christ, to AD, Annodomini, After Christ. He died with pikes being hammered into his wrists and feet, placed on a wooden cross which was jolted vertically into the ground. Death, cruel and brutal.
His death was pre-planned. Jesus died to give you, the individual, a free choice. A choice to live or die, not physically but spiritually. We all have to die physically, but Jesus died to give us an opportunity to have life with Him after His death.
But that's not all -if we decide to believe in Him, and tell Him so, He comes by His Spirit and lives within these physical bodies.
This gives us immediate acknowledgment by Him as belonging to him. As the bible says, we then come out of darkness and into the Light. In John's first chapter we read that Jesus is the Light of the World and in Him is no darkness.
He is light, and He is Life, and He is the One who saves and rescues us from the chains of darkness. He offers us peace within and His grace saves us from all DISGRACE.
If we reject all He offers, what happens? 1. We have made His barbaric death of no value. 2. The darkness,heaviness,despair and oppression stays with us. 3.when under stress and pressure, we have nothing within to help us overcome  the obstacles. 4. When we die, what then?
Bless you all heaps. Carla Evans

WHERE SHOULD WE SERVE HIM?

My first call to pastor a church was very 'interesting'.  All of we 2nd year 'theologs' were being allocated pastorates.
I was sent to speak at a church that an other student had been allocated to.  He was very vocal about not wanting to go to this church.  On the other hand I loved the people of this rundown little church.  In the end I was given this pastorate and had an enjoyable experience at my first church  which lad a good foundation for my  calling as a Pastor.

We all need to have a real heart for God  and a sense of His calling for  whatever we choose as our life's vocation. My daughter has this sense of calling to be a teacher and is very effective in teaching and bringing children to faith in Jesus. My son on the other hand has settled into the world of finance and  is effective in this role.

God is leading you - follow Him and serve Him with all your heart, the world will be abetter place when you serve God in your everyday vocation. 

A further reminder to me that "He knew the way I should take" was affirmed in my 30's when God brought Psalm 128:6 vividly to life.
Upon reading his word God very firmly impressed on me that I would live to see my children and my grandchildren. I was convinced I was just

After the death of my wife, I remarried and didn't know my new wife had two medical conditions that made it virtually impossible for her to have children. Never the less she bore two  children under very normal circumstances and our son and daughter in law  are now proud parents of a baby girl.  At 84 years of age I became a grandfather - because God is faithful.
Please  listen to Him and trust Him because "He can do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think."  Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.



LOVE
1 Corinthians 13

I am about to conduct the wedding of a family member and it is always a pleasure and a honour to do so.  The great Love chapter of the bible is always a good  foundation to speak about during the wedding service.  Love conquers all, love is not selfish, does not seek gain for oneself, love forgives, and is kind and gentle, does not speak bad words of  anyone. 

In the world in which we live today, those words are idealistic, not realistic. Paul the Apostle writes that our tongues are like a rudder of a ship, they are  small but have the power to steer a ship to safety or calamity. So do our tongues. How many times have we spoken words and regretted them later? How many times have we chosen the best for ourselves and given away the second best?  How many times have we been jealous or wanting something that belongs to someone else but have hidden this greed away in our hearts?

Why does the bible say to live this way when we can't do it?  There is a little  word here that explains it all. Grace. God's undeserved favour.  God knows that no one is perfect in this world. Only Jesus, who came to this earth and showed us the way to live - He was the perfect One. It is only with Jesus living in us by the power of His Holy Spirit can we live a more Godly life.

The bible gives us something to aim for, it is a road map of living, pointing and explaining directions within its covers.  That is why, as believers in God, we need to read the bible to learn not only who God and His Son Jesus are, but to learn how to live a life that reflects the Glory of God.  As we read the Word, the Bible, and submit to its teachings, we become more like the Author of Life. We become more loving and more loved.
God bless. Carla Evans Chaplain






GIVE YOUR LOVE AWAY
One evening before Mary Martin, the great Broadway musical star, was to go on stage in SOUTH PACIFIC, a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein. He had written it to her from his deathbed.
"Dear Mary, a bell's not a bell till you ring it. A song's not a song until you sing it. Love in your heart is not put there to stay. Love isn't love till you give it away." 
After her performance a number of people rushed backstage, exclaiming, "Mary, what happened to you out there tonight? We have never heard anything like that performance! You sang with more power than you've ever sung."

Blinking back tears, Mary read them the note from Hammerstein and added, "Tonight I gave my love away!"  The poorest person in the world has something to give others if he or she has love in their heart.
Love's gift takes many forms - a smile, a hug, a gift, a not of thanks, a hand up and just being there in tough times Love is the one gift that always fits, is always appropriate and always in season.
Jesus aid, "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35NKJ)
Paul wrote, "May the Lord make you increase and abound in love o tone anther and to all." 1 Thes.3:12 NKJ.
John  writes, "Beloved, let us love one anther, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." So the word for you today is" GIVE YOUR LOVEAWAY.
Bob Gass.



IT'S NEARLY TIME
Mark 16.

Its hard living in todays world.  Stresses, pressures, hatred, violence, greed, dishonesty all abound.  Once upon a time a man's word, followed by a handshake was tighter than todays contracts for mortgages at banks.

What went wrong? What changed society?

The bible says that when we harden our hearts to the God of all Creation, He steps back and lets us get on with thinking that humanity knows best. Of course, we didn't notice straight away that humanity was slipping, no, it happened bit by bit, slowly and surely the evil in this world crept in to take the places of honour and integrity, love and forgiveness. And what happened?

We eradicated Him from our school system, and shootings and violence followed, along with birth control available at schools, parents not informed if their  child had an abortion, guns being taken to school for 'protection', teachers being beaten up. We didn't honour or consult God re the changes of constitutions and what happened? Abortions, legalised same sex marriage, permissible homosexuality,  greed in man over rode the innocent humble man in regards to his property and rights.
We didn't honour Him in our courts and what has happened?  Judges and magistrates and lawyers passed sentences that were so lenient that people were no longer frightened of breaking the  law. All the punishment they received was a slap on the hand and a 'tut, tut.'
We didn't honour God in our marriages and what happened?   Divorce rate spiraled, violence within the home, children  being left with no loving parent, because its easier to get a divorce and move on than to stay and try to work at a marriage and a commitment made before God to 'forsake all others'.

We haven't done too well since turning our backs on God have we and thinking we knew better than Him.

BUT DO I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU!
The tide is about to turn.  The time for mocking and scoffing about God is about to end. He has made  the appointed time to let His creation know, that's us, you and me, that He is God and that His love for us is far greater than any offence we have caused Him.
He is going to call His people to stand up and be counted. He is going to have His people praising Him in the streets, in the work place, in the supermarkets. He is going to release His power through His Holy Spirit and the healing of the sick is going to take place, just like He promised us.

The ordinary person, the like you and me, will be able to pray for people and see the healings flow, see the chains of darkness fall from peoples lives, see the drunks stand up and walk tall and stand straight, see the drug addict set free, see the battered wives and children healed, see the aggressive hard nosed business man humble himself before God, and see the Governments of our lands rule with honour and integrity.
We are going to see such great things.  I can hardly wait! How about you?
DO YOU LOVE HIM? Then be prepared to be a part of God's army, marching through the lands. deliverance is our song with healing in our  hands.  You can have a part to play in this army of God.  Wait on Him, seek Him, Praise His Name,
Chaplain Carla Evans









WHEN PROFIT BECOMES LOSS

Is there any advantage in being the richest man in the cemetery? Jesus said, "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?"
Good question!
Many ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, made elaborate provision for the after-life by being buried with their wealth, their slaves and physical provisions.

Their tombs were robbed, their goods rotted as did their bodies.
God reminds us of an obvious reality - we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out. All we have to present to the Almighty is who we are and what we have done.

But He also reminds us that if anyone is in Christ, trusting Him, he is a new creation - the old has gone, the new has already come which is an altogether more encouraging prospect than doing our own thing, going our own way, having a well earned fate.

So we should ask ourselves, "Is what I am trusting in good for time and eternity?" If not we gain from re-evaluating our lives and redirecting them to Him Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life!
Rev. Colin Britten Rtd. 


Who are you?

You are the person God created and look like Him, for we are made after His image the bible says. 
You are a person much  loved by our Heavenly Father, God.
You are a person the Son of God, Jesus,  died for.
You are a person that the Holy Spirit of God dwells in IF you believe in God Himself and the gift He wants to give you.
You are a person God is holding out the gift of  eternal life to.
You are a person IF you accept and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who becomes the "Temple" of the Holy Spirit
You are a person who HAVING THE HOLY SPIRIT living within you, by asking God for this to happen, have dunamous power, DYNAMIC POWER.
You are a person who, when following the leading of the Spirit of God, can raise the dead, heal the sick, speak in a heavenly language.
You are a person who can move mountains of depression and anger and replace, by speaking  the faith Word of God, into joy and healing of body, soul and spirit.
YOU ARE A PERSON MUCH LOVED BY GOD AND YOU ARE A TWINKLE IN HIS EYE!

Be blessed, move the mountains of anger and depression of this earth, proclaim Heavenly Kingdom dynamics, set the bound person free, walk in victory over the circumstances and not under them.
God bless and keep you
Carla Evans


IS SEEING BELIEVING?

Many insist that if only they could see God in action,  miraculously meeting their needs, then they would be able to believe Him and commit themselves to trusting Him with their lives.

But is this real?

A couple of million Jews saw God deliver them from the most powerful nation on earth, through a series of miracles, yet their unbelief kept them out of the Promised Land for 40 years. Only two  of them  entered into what God had promised and provided.

Thousands saw Jesus heal many people, and do many other miraculous works, yet the cry of the mob went from "Hosanna!" to "Crucify" in an instant.  They had heard the word and seen the works of Jesus, but they had no  depth of faith and deserted Him in a time of crisis.
Jesus reversed  man's approach to God. He said, "If you believe, you will see the glory of God." There is plenty of historical evidence as foundation for faith in Jesus, but He only becomes real to us when we commit ourselves to Him on the basis of  what He has already revealed.
Believing leads to seeing!
 
Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.






WHAT OF TOMORROW?

It’s true I am not a devoted follower of the Christian faith and have broken a few of the Ten Commandments. Nevertheless I have immense respect for those who openly demonstrate their beliefs  This respect has been reinforced by so many devout Christians from all walks of life who I have rubbed shoulders with.. They showed moral courage and dignity no matter when or where until their very last breath. Their strength was their faith and it never yielded.   The point I am making is that in our society we have choices. I was certainly given the opportunity for religious teachings at school. I still recall with clarity the rules from stealing to sharing and all in between. I was comfortable with such teachings as they were already constantly demonstrated by my parents at home.  The question I ask is who decided such teachings would no longer be taught at government schools and for what reasons. Given a troubled society where broken families are on the increase, it would seem more appropriate than ever to teach such lessons. Why deny any child the opportunity to listen, ponder and then decide later in life? Whatever the choice, the beautiful qualities that the man on the cross had preached could be an asset to any individual.  History shows our nation was predominately of Christian faith which provided a base for the development of our nation’s values which in turn helped set the standards for following generations to pursue.  There is a strong possibility, due to the neglect of such essential values and disciplines that a door is slowly closing on what used to be a lucky and unified Nation.  Is it that we are turning a blind eye to a solid foundation which has played a significant contribution in establishing our way of life? GM January 15, 2017 

Turning a Blind Eye to Wisdom I am confused in a land of disorder, drugs and “to hell with you.”              Media stars curse, sniff, snort and are idolised for what they do Yet Jesus who preached of equality, love and peace to name a few Is mocked, disowned and by many, even despised too   
                                        How sad the world with its hate and bickering to and fro We still have not learned the lessons from so long ago When a wise man spoke of peace and love He even preached it when nailed to the cross high above.
                                                         In this space age where we reckon we are smarter than ever There is still much unknown beyond the ether to the Never- Never Science and medicine have answers for much as well as many cures Yet there’s no need of drugs for true love and faith to endure 
                                                                           Who decided that the teachings of Christianity be banned at school? Surely such learnings in any tribe can be essential tools. Does it really matter if God and Jesus were myths or real?   It’s the beautiful messages for all of us to understand and feel                                                                                                      Was it not the very foundation of our nation’s future to be?Tenants to help guide us to ensure an orderly civilized society Isn’t it wise to feast on the richness of such teachings from the past? Than bow to mischievous manipulators who intend for us to fast.
                                                                                                                           Hands up those who have never thought of a God when in strife Even for that split second when trouble or danger was rife?
                                                                                                                                            Why deny children teachings which in time they can reject or keep Will they know of a time before we were herded like bleating sheep?

George Mansford © January 2017







There was a man named John. Turns out he was the cousin of a man named Jesus. He testified, when they were both adults, that Jesus was the Light of the World.
How could that be?
How could one man be The Light of the World?

The bible says that Jesus was  with His Father (God) in Heaven when the world was formed.  There was nothing made on this earth that was made and Jesus was not a part of  it. (John 1;1f).

Jesus, the bible says IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.  If this was not so, how could so many people down through the archives of history testify about  this One man?

How is it then that so many thousands of people are arrested in their daily life when they  hear of a Man called Jesus who died for them and offers them eternal life?

How is it then that many, many people are healed of their sicknesses and diseases today by people praying for them in the Name of Jesus?

How is it then that some men and women,  when praying, fall on their faces or knees as a presence so bright and light and full of love  visits them?

How is it then that men of evil faiths are staggered and changed in their hearts and lives when they are visited by this Man called Jesus in dreams or visions?

Jesus IS the Light of the World. Jesus is the foundation of our faith. Jesus  did walk on this earth and did return to His/Our Father in Heaven and one day He is returning.
His disciples witnessed Jesus being caught up in a cloud and taken to be with His Father, and the bible says that He will return the same way in the fullness of  time.

You don't believe me?  Please read the bible yourself and see if these written words are not the truth. Try reading the gospel of Mark, and the first chapter of the book of Acts.
God bless
Chaplain Carla Evans



HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED UP AND SEEN THE CLOUDS BEING SWEPT ACROSS THE SKIES?  THEY SEEM TO BE A SOLID MASS BUT IT DOES NOT TAKE LONG BEFORE THE WIND BLOWS THEM RIGHT AWAY AND THEY HAVE DISAPPEARED. 

HAVE YOU EVER STOOD ON THE BOW OF A SHIP AND BEEN SURROUNDED BY A MIST, OR DRIVEN THROUGH HIGH MOUNTAINS AND A MIST SEEMS TO ENVELOPE YOU?

 There is a bible verse that is very comforting and encouraging.
Its found in Isaiah 44:22.

I HAVE SWEPT AWAY YOUR OFFENCES LIKE A CLOUD, YOUR SINS LIKE THE MORNING MISTS. RETURN TO ME FOR I HAVE REDEEMED YOU.

So be encouraged fellow believers in the God of Heaven, the Jesus our Sacrificial Lamb and the Holy Spirit who is our teacher and guide, believe this Word, for God cannot go back on His promises to us.
Believe it, speak it, sing it, for God will sweep away all our offences and all our sins and they will be remembered no more. Don't let the enemy (Satan) rob you of this truth and blessing.
God bless
Chaplain Carla Evans




YOU WILL SAY IN THAT DAY;

I WILL GIVE THANKS TO YOU O LORD, FOR THOUGH YOU WERE ANGRY WITH ME, YOUR ANGER HAS TURNED AWAY AND YOU DID COMFORT ME.

BEHOLD GOD IS MY SALVATION, I WILL TRUST AND WILL NOT BE AFRAID; FOR THE LORD GOD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG, AND HE HAS BECOME MY SALVATION.

WITH JOY YOU WILL DRAW WATER FROM THE WELLS OF SALVATION AND YOU WILL SAY IN THAT DAY; GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, CALL UPON HIS NAME, MAKE KNOWN HIS DEEDS AMONG THE NATIONS, PROCLAIM THAT HIS NAME IS EXALTED.

SING PRAISES TO THE LORD FOR HE HAS DONE GLORIOUSLY; LET THIS BE KNOWN IN ALLTHE EARTH.
SHOUT AND SING FOR JOY O INHABITANTS OF ZION, FOR GREAT IN YOUR MIDST IS THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.



To all believers in Jesus and His authority, rejoice for He is cradling us in His hands! There is nothing that can happen on this earth that He is unaware of!
May this year of 2017 be a year of fruitful growing in God. Of the release of His gifts and fruits of His Spirit, and may darkness be far from our lives.




THE GODHEAD.


God is Light. You want to see light? Turn the switch on in a dark room, and you will see light! And the light is more powerful than the dark as it makes the dark disappear. 1 John 1:5 NKJ

When we are on a boat and sail in troubled waters, we rock and roll and hold on for dear life. It's only when peace comes to the waters does the boat gentle down and one enjoys being out on the water. Matthew 10:24 NKJ

We cannot see the Spirit of God, because He is spirit.  The Spirit is  also known as “the Breathe of God.”In other words, He is like the wind.  We cannot see the wind but we can see where the wind is by looking at the leaves and branches of a tree. They bend and sway under the influence of the wind.  Acts 2:2 NKJ

So three elements: Light, Peace and Wind.  All descriptive of the God Head, God the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit of God.Light (God) brings comfort in the darkness, Peace (Jesus) is welcomed after turmoil, and the wind (Holy Spirit) brings a sense of knowing that God, by His Spirit, is close by.

May you be blessed as you ponder on these words and  embrace them.

God blessChaplain Carla Evans


BE THANKFUL


They huddled inside the storm door – two children in ragged, oversized coats.
“Any old papers, lady?”

I was busy. I wanted to say no – until I saw their feet.  Little sandals sopped with sleet.

“Come in and I’ll make you some hot cocoa.”  There was no conversation. Their soggy sandals left marks on the hearthstone. I served them cocoa with toast and jam to fortify them against the chill outside.

Then I went back to the kitchen to work on my household budget. The silence in the front room struck through me. I looked in. The little girl held the empty cup in her hands and looked at it. The boy asked, “Lady are you rich?” I looked at my shabby slipcovers. “Am I rich? Mercy, No.” The girl put the cup in its saucer – carefully. “Your cup match your saucers.” Her voice was old with a hunger not of the stomach.

They then left, holding their bundles of paper against the wind. They hadn’t said thank you. They didn’t need to – they’d done more than that. Much more. Plain blue pottery cups and saucers, but they matched. Potatoes in brown gravy; a roof over our heads; my man with a good steady job – these things matched too. I moved the chairs back from the fire and tidied the living room The muddy prints of small sandals were still wet on my hearth. I left them be. I want them there in case I ever forget how rich I am!”

The word for you today is: Don’t forget to thank God.

Bob Gass





SHARING THE HIGHWAY TO BLESSING

In the second book of Kings, we have a very telling story of a famine in Samaria.  It was so desperate that any food was being sold at exorbitant prices, and they were even reduced to eating their children. (2 Kings, 6&9.)

At this point God sent a message that by the next day there would be plenty to eat!

On that day four  lepers, who had to live outside the city because of  their disease, decided to go to the enemy camp to seek food; reasoning that the worst that could happen was that they would be killed,  rather than starving slowly to death.
Arriving at the enemy camp they found it abandoned; the army had  fled leaving behind all their food and valuables. The lepers arrived and enjoyed a banquet and gathered a lot of  valuables for themselves.

Then they had a revelation; one that most of us need some time in our lives; they said, "This is not right. This is a day of good news, and we aren't sharing it with anyone!" (2 Kings 7:9).They recognised if they did not share their blessing with their needy brethren back in the city, 'some calamity will come upon us.'

We need this same wake-up call. Living with the experience of the Gospel of God's saving love - and/or living in the abundance of God's material provisions; if we do not share it with others, ultimately some calamity will certainly fall upon us.  But sharing God's bounty with others will bring in the law of sowing and reaping. "As we sow, so shall we reap." This is the highway to blessing.
Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.




BUT GOD!
Eph 2:4-5

It is a common response, when we see a life in a real mess to remark especially as Christians; “There but for the grace of God go I, only by the grace of God have I been spared the mess that they have got themselves into.” That is the point Paul is making in Eph 2:4-5. We who were dead in our sins; heading for eternal disaster, without God and without hope in our lives; living careless, rebellious and disastrous lives; we are the ones God came to in Jesus and offered mercy, forgiveness and a hope and not only for this life, but also for a life that transcends  death. Our lives lacked any real hope or purpose, because God was not a living reality to us. But God stepped into our mess, paid the penalty for our sins and Jesus and brought life and immortality to light by His taking our death sentence on the cross – but more than this, He brought eternal life and immortality into our world by His resurrection. Here is the living hope God gives us in Jesus. Here is God sized help and hope offered to us here and now. Life was a mess – BUT GOD stepped in on our behalf and He makes the difference; a  fact that brightens my life, especially as both my younger brothers died at the end of 2015 and I am about to turn 84. Life is not almost over, life has barely begun Put your trust in Jesus and join me in this great adventure. Rev. Colin Britten Rtd.


SOLDIER’S PRAYER


God our Father,Help me to remain true to my ideals during my service to my country. Help me to be what is in my country, the land of the free.
May I realise that I represent what our country stands for, my uniform is a symbol of duty and valour both in peace and in war.
I take up arms to defend what all soldiers hold dear; Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Grant me the strength to live according to these ideals; the courage of my convictions and the resolve to endure whatever dangers threaten.
With you at our side, I fear no evil and resist every enemy, secure in the knowledge that you hold me in the palm of your hand.Amen.





FISHING!!!

Matthew 4:19

One of my favourite pastimes with my son-in-law is to go fishing. We don’t go very often, but it is good to sit in the sun and wait patiently for the fish to bite and just chat away about things of interest.

I was reminded of a man I heard speak so many years ago now when he said a fisherman threw so many fish back because he could not be bothered cleaning them!

Jesus was speaking to his disciple, Peter, who was a fisherman by trade, and said to him that He (Jesus) would make him (Peter) to be a fisher of men!  That means that Peter would cast out his net of good news about Jesus and throw it into the sea of humanity and catch those who are waiting to hear about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus would never throw his catch back into the sea of life because he could not be bothered to clean them.

His patience and love is infinite, it is everlasting and we cannot comprehend it with our natural minds.  Jesus walks beside us, tenderly caring and ‘cleaning us up.’  No matter how long it takes, no matter how many times we stumble, the Fisher of Men is always there, picking us up, patting us down, and setting our feet back on the path of life.

What a mighty God we serve!

Carla Evans





2.)  by BOB GASS

Psalm 104:19

Here's another amazing thing; without the moon it would be impossible for us to live on this planet.  And if anyone ever succeeded in deflecting the moon from its orbit, all life would cease.  It acts like a maid to clean up the oceans and th4e shores.  Without the tides created by the moon, our harbours and shores would become one big stench pool of garbage and it would be impossible to live anywhere near them.  Because of the tides, continuous waves break upon the shores of the ocean, aerating the waters of the planet and providing oxygen for plankton, the very foundation of our food chain.  Without plankton there would be no oxygen, and all life would end.  God is a creative genius, isn't He?  He made the moon the right size, and placed it the right distance from the earth to create the exact atmosphere we need.  We live  within a great ocean of air -  78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen.  These elements are continually mixed by the tidal effect of the moon upon the atmosphere.  This has the same effect it  has upon the seas, and always provides the same proportion of oxygen.  Though we keep dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, its absorbed into the ocean and we are able to continue to live.  If the atmosphere wasn't as thick as it is, we'd be crushed by billions of pieces of  cosmic debris and meteorites that fall continually upon our planet.  Who takes good care of you? God! And He's on the job 24/7. Aren't you glad?



  1)     I MADE THE EARTH AND CREATED MANKIND UPON IT.
NIV Isaiah 45:12


Ever wondered why we've failed to find life on any other planet, yet ours is designed to sustain us and meet our most basic everyday needs?  It makes you wonder, doesn't it?
Do you think its just a coincidence? Not according to the Bible.  In it God says; "I made the earth and created mankind upon it." (Isaiah 45:12 NIV).  Did you know that if the earth was 10 % larger or 10% smaller, life as we know it wouldn't be possible?

Or that we're just the right distance from the sun so we receive the right amount of heat and light? If we were any farther away we'd freeze, and if we were closer we wouldn't be able to survive.  Consider for a moment the amazing tilt of the axis of the earth, none of the other planets are titled like ours at 23 degrees.This angle allows the sun's rays to touch every part of the earth's surface over the course of a year, as the earth circles the sun.  If there was no tilt to the axis, the poles would accumulate enormous masses of ice, and the centre of the earth would become so hot we couldn't stand it.

Like an excited parent designing a room for the arrival of their new born child, God made this earth specifically for us.  "For this is what the Lord says - He who crated the heavens, He is God. He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it  to be inhabited." (Is.45:18NIV) That's how much God cares for us.
Bob Gass










GOD IS....  Psalm 46:1 NKJV

The Bible says; 'GOD IS A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.'  But first you must believe that God is, otherwise the best you can hope for is good luck or human help.  And how far do you think that'll get you?

When the doctor says he can't do any more to save you or a loved one, who will you turn to? When you've run out of answers and need guidance, where will you go to find them? When you're guilt-ridden and long for peace and forgiveness, who will provide them for you? When you do away with God, you become your own god, because you recognise no greater power in the universe than yourself.

You can see why the Bible says; "The fool has said in his heart, There is no God."  Psalm 14:1, How foolish to cut yourself off  from the greatest source of help in all the universe.  The bible says, "Let the heavens proclaim the glory of God, the skies display His craftsmanship, night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word, Yet their message has gone through out the earth." Psalm 19:1-4.
Did you know that 90% of the world's astronomers believe in God? That's a higher percentage than can be found among, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers! The great minds who  have thoroughly examined His handiwork believe that "God is". How about you?
Bob Gass




DAVID AND GOLIATH
1 Samuel 16

There was great excitement in the House of Jessie.  The prophet Samuel was coming for dinner and every male person had been asked to cleanse themselves and prepare for a big feast. Jesse hurried and killed a lamb for the occasion, no doubt his wife was called upon to cook the relevant vegetables while wine was held at the ready.

In the excitement of hosting the prophet Samuel, Jessie had an underlying apprehension; why would the prophet visit his household?  What was the purpose of this visit?  Why invite himself for a meal of banquet proportions? Samuel indeed had an agenda for visiting Jesse’s house. For God had told him  that King Saul was not listening to the God of Israel any more and  to save His people, there needed   to be another King who would listen to the leading of God.  Inside Samuel’s cloak was a bottle of oil, the anointing oil, and this oil was going to be poured on the head of the future King of Israel. God had chosen one of Jessie’s sons for this task.

Jessie bowed in respect  as Samuel entered his house. After introducing himself he started to introduce his sons.  As each one came before Samuel he was impressed with their looks and bearing and thought that surely the eldest one would be the future King.  But God told Samuel not to look on people from the outside, but to look at their heart! After the 7 sons had been introduced and God had not favoured one of them Samuel was perplexed.  “Are these all the sons you have?” He asked Jessie. “I have one more, but he is just a lad and is out minding the sheep.” “Bring him here, we will not commence the meal without him.” Samuel replied. So a servant hurriedly was dispatched to find the whereabouts of David and bring him back to the house, give him a bath to get rid of the smell of the sheep and present himself to his father and to the prophet Samuel.

David entered the room of his father and brothers and they all turned to look at him. What did his brothers see? A pesky young brother who always got under their feet? They were all well formed men, yet it was their youngest brother the prophet wanted? What did his father see?  A strapping youth on the threshold of becoming a man, well formed physically and with rosy cheeks for being outside in the weather all the time. Clear of eye and a steady composure?  What did Samuel see?   He saw the youth who would one day be the King of Israel. He knew this was the one that God wanted him to anoint. Rising up from the chair he had been sitting on, Samuel walked to David, and pulling the oil from within his cloak, he poured it over the head of this young man. His father and brothers gawked!  Their son and brother to be a future King of Israel?

I guess the meal was not as boisterous as it could have been knowing that such an awesome thing had happened in the House of Jessie! But men being men, and boys being boys,  the food was eaten and enjoyed and the prophet Samuel went on his way.  Jessie and his sons knew that what the prophet said would come to pass. How did they know? Because since Samuel had been a young man himself, all that he had foretold had taken place and everyone in Israel knew he was a faithful prophet to the God of Israel.


Time passed and King Saul, the current King of Israel, was getting frustrated.  He no longer felt the peace of the Lord in his life and was a troubled man. Depression and anger were a part of his nature these days. Someone suggested music might help calm him down and smooth away his fears, so they sought for a person who could play such music suitable to help the King. Someone suggested about a young man that he had heard of, a shepherd boy, who could play the harp very well. Saul asked to see him. So would you believe it was young David?  He again was summoned from minding the sheep, and brought before the King of Israel.  This young shepherd boy, anointed by the prophet Samuel, was now walking into the palace of the King of Israel, the palace where one day, he would be king! I wonder what he thought as he played the harp for Saul? His music calmed the King’s angry mood and so David spent his time between minding the sheep and playing the harp for King Saul.

Days passed and King Saul began to favour young David. One day, the Philistines declared war on Israel.  They were a cruel country and demanded that Israel be their servants. King Saul gathered his troops together and went to the Valley of Elah. The army of Israel was on one side of this valley and the  Philistine army was on the opposite hill with the valley between them.   For 40 days, night and morning, the armies came out to face each other.  The Philistines had one weapon that Israel did not have, and it scared them greatly.  You see, they had a nine foot man, he was a giant of a man and his name was Goliath. He would come out every night and morning with the army and shout out loud,  “Send someone to fight me.  You dogs of Israel.  If you kill me then we will be your servants and if I kill you, you will be our servants.  “

Every night and morning he would challenge and mock the Israelite soldiers.  Now King Saul was under a lot of pressure.  He was the tallest man in the Israel army, and he was too scared to go and fight Goliath.  What kind of example was that to his troops? David had 3 brothers in the army and one morning his father Jessie asked David to go to the battle ground and take some food for his brothers and a big cheese for their captain and to see how the war was going. So David carrying the food on his shoulder in a hessian bag, made his way to the battle field.

He arrived in time to see the Children of Israel face the Philistine army and to hear Goliath issue his mocking challenge. David went up to his brothers and gave them the food and asked what was going on?  One of the men standing near young David said  that the King had offered a big reward to the man who went out to fight Goliath!  He promised his daughter in marriage, and his family would be free from paying the annual tax. David stood there, listening to this, and listening to Goliath mock Israel.  And something began to stir on the inside of him. He said to those around him that the man who went out to fight, should not go to fight for the rewards, but to stand up for the God of Israel!  David’s eldest brother told him to nick off. “Go back to our father’s sheep and mind your own business, leave this war to those who know how to fight and stop interfering.”

But David’s words were brought before the King, and it was not long until once again David was summoned to King Saul’s presence.  King Saul recognized David and explained that Goliath had been a soldier since he was David’s age, and David thought he could kill the giant? David’s reply  surprised the King.  He said that on separate occasions when he was out minding his father’s  sheep, a lion and then a bear came to snatch a kid from the flock.  David chased them and caught them and clubbed them to death and so retrieved the young kid.

Saul knowing no one else was going to stand up to this giant, agreed to let David go and clothed him with his own armour.  But David was still a lad, a teenager probably, and said that he could not fight in them as they were too big and heavy for him. Removing them, he went to a little brook and found five smooth stones and placed them in his pouch on his belt.  Then gripping his trusty sling shot, he made his way to the top of the hill where Goliath stood opposite him. Goliath looked up and saw David standing there staring at him. He roared.  “What am I a dog that you send a young pup out to fight me?  My sword weighs 25kilos, I have on a suit of armour that weighs 600 shekels, I have on a helmet and I also have a shield bearer,  and you want to fight me boy? Come here and I will kill you and feed your body to the birds and wild animals.”

  But David stood his ground and looked at Goliath and shouted back,  “You come to me with your sword and spear, but you have mocked the Lord God of Israel. And this day, he will have your head from off your shoulders because of your mockery of Him and who He is.” So saying this, David began to run down the hill and across the valley towards Goliath.  As he ran he was yelling out, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the Lord God of Israel, and you will die this day, your head will be cut off because of  your mockery and challenging the God I serve.”

Muttering curses and revenge on such a young  pup,  Goliath began his lumbering footsteps towards this one who thought he could kill him. David’s hand went to his pouch and his fingers curled around one of those smooth stones,  and swiftly placed it in the sling shot.  Then raising his arm he began to whiz the sling shot around and around his head, every turn gave the sling shot and the stone it held more velocity.  When Goliath was drawing near to him, he let the stone loose from the sling shot and it  flew through the air silent and deadly.  Its aim was perfect and found its target. Somehow God directed that little stone to find its mark on Goliath’s forehead.  In spite of his helmet, that smooth stone from the brook brought down the giant of the Philistine army and knocked him out. Goliath fell to the ground with a thud and the clanking of his bronze breastplate. 

Young David, without wasting a moment, ran over to him and pulled the sword from Goliath’s belt and with one foot on the giant’s chest, He drew back the sword and raised it high, then  with all his might, he brought it down onto Goliaths neck severing his head from his body.  The Word of the Lord had been fulfilled. Reaching down, David lifted the bloody head high for all to see then pandemonium was brought forth. The Philistines could not believe their giant was dead and began to run in fear.  The Israelites could hardly believe what young David had done, and hurriedly picking up weapons gave chase to their beaten enemy.

Well, this upset King Saul.  He was glad that the Philistines had been beaten in war, he was glad that the giant Goliath was dead, he was glad that Israel had chased the Philistines  and killed many and he was certainly glad to plunder the Philistine camp and take  all their horses, and food and possessions. He was glad all the way back to his palace.  He was glad when he entered the city of his palace and heard the women and girls singing praises to God for Saul killing his thousands, but he was not glad when he heard them singing that David had killed his tens of thousands. Saul was very angry and wanted to kill David.  But that’s another story! In the lives that we live today, we too face  giants.  What kind of giants do we face?   Chaplain Carla Evans




Personalised Road Map

 The Bible says before you were born: "Every day of your life was recorded...Every moment laid out before a single day had passed.' Psalm 139:16NLT)
God personalised a roadmap for your life 'in conformity with His will." (Eph 1:11NIV.) And its your job to discover it and walk within its confines.

Terry Nance says; "You may know your ultimate destination, but need guidance on how to get there. First and foremost, "God's Word is a lamp for your feet and a light for your  path." (Psalm 119:105) He sees the big picture, the shortcuts and pitfalls.

Don't look for external guidance...the Holy Spirit lives inside you, and its from within that you will get the inside track." Meditate on these Scriptures and make them personal prayers: "God has made us what we are...to do good works, which He planned in advance for us to live our lives doing." (Eph 2:10NCV) "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives (Psalm 37;23NLT.) You clear the way for me and now I won't stumble. (Psalm 18:36  NLT.) "Behind you a voice will say, "This is the way, you should go, whether to the right or left (Isa30:21NLT.)

At the end of his life Paul could say, "I have fought the good fight and I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." (2 Tim. 4:7) Notice sometimes Paul had to 'fight' to stay on course, but by God's grace he made it - and so will you!
BOB GASS.
The Word for Today


 INSTEAD OF JUDGING PEOPLE, LET'S LOVETHEM.
Romans 14:13

You can work alongside and pray for someone who's having an extramarital affair, without having one yourself.  Remember, you were a sinner before you were saved by the grace of God, so act with humility and don't fall into the trap of self-righteousness.

As Merv Rosell says, "When God forgives, He consigns the offence to everlasting forgetfulness." So show grace when you encounter somebody whose lifestyle makes you uncomfortable. Learn as much as possible about them, and allow your interactions to dispel any preconceptions and prejudices.  See them as hurting individuals loved by God - people who need the same grace you receive. When you love the unlovely, you're just doing what God did for you.

Just because somebody's 'different' doesn't mean you should dismiss them or consider them inferior.  You don't want to be judged or demeaned because of your colour, culture or countenance, so don't do it to theirs! Because the Bible is clear about not emulating others in their sinful practices, we can be tempted to think we're better than they are. That's the sin of pride! Sometimes we think if we love and accept certain people, we're  condoning their sin. No, the truth lies in remaining respectful, and accepting others the way Jesus did.

Whether it was racial differences (Samaritans), lifestyle differences, (the five times divorced woman at the well,) or class differences (Nicodemus). Jesus loved and accepted people as they were, while inspiring them to a higher standard.     Bob Gaff



The Peace  Process

One of the last things Jesus told His disciples before leaving this world was, "In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33NIV) And He was right, wasn't He? We all experience stress, occupational demands, deadlines, expectations, personal pressures ganging up on us and constantly trying to rob us of the peace we desperately desire. No one is immune to stress, frustration and the feeling that we're on the 'autobahn of life.'

What is all this but the absence of peace? And the answer can't be found in a pill, a possession or a pleasure. All those things wear off or wear out. The Bible talks  about  three different kinds of peace. Lets look at them:
1.Peace with others. "As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18NIV. This is external peace, and its necessary for human relationships to flourish.

2. Peace with yourself. "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." (Col.3:15NIV) This is internal peace, a rest of mind and soul that escapes most of us.

3. Peace with God. "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1 NIV) This is eternal peace, and it comes from knowing you've a right relationship with God. So here's how it works; when you're at peace with God  you'll be at peace with yourself, and when you're at peace with yourself you'll be at peace with others.  That in a nutshell, is the peace process! 
Bob Gaff.

 Hebrews 13:5


God says that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We live in a world of chaos, violence, aggression, hurt, anger and hatred. Where one nation rises up against another, when violence is a way of life for some people and where hatred and bitterness is harboured and seeks  a way of revenge.

A world of children disobeying  their parents, when fathers leave their wives, wives leave their husbands, married people have affairs, where governments are in chaos with no true leader amongst them. If there is a leader, they are hell bent on their own path without fear of God or favour of man except if that man can further their cause.

We live in a world of mistrust where an honourable man, integrity and faithfulness are hard to find. A handshake is no longer a commitment of a promise and where a word agreed upon can easily be broken. In some, hopelessness  abounds.  There is no vision of being able to escape their situation and it seems that no one cares for them anyway.

All these things are mentioned in the Word of God. (Mark 13) They are prophesied to happen before the return of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World, the Son of God our Creator.

BUT the Word of God says that Jesus is returning for a perfect church (our bodies are the Temple of the Hoy Spirit, not buildings, not cathedrals, not synagogues or mosques, you and I are the church of Jesus.) So before Jesus returns, it would be pretty safe to assume that somehow, the Holy Spirit of God, who initially brooded over the earth (Gen 1) will once again, by the power of God and the agreed Word of Jesus, move on the hearts of mankind and change our stinking thinking. 

For He is not coming for a weak church, but one without spot, wrinkle or blemish the Word says. Ephesians 5:27

Don’t ask me how He will do this, I don’t know, but it will be something wonderful, far passing our understanding of things.  We cannot put God in a box.  I trust His Word, and if He says He will do it, He will do it. So, please don’t give up hope in these days. Instead, look to Jesus, draw close to Him. He has never yet broken a promise or gone back on His Word. He is a God of honour and integrity. He has made a covenant promise with us, to be with us always, even unto the end of  the world.

Chaplain Carla Evans

 
IWISH
A teacher gave her students an essay to write, the topic was “I WISH....”
She was stunned by the results. Instead of wishing for a dog or an ipad, the children’s essays were filled with, “I wish my mum and dad did not fight.” “I wish I only had one mum and one dad.”  “I wish my dad would live with us.”
How very sad that our children of today, apart from living with the stresses of this world, cannot find peace or security or comfort at home.  What has happened? I am not going to apologise in what I am about to say.  What has happened is that we, the people of this world, have  forgotten, have turned away from, have rebelled against our God who created us. The God of peace and harmony, of comfort and joy; all those things that are missing from our lives. 

The bible says there is a very active thief, murderer, deceiving, violent aggressor let loose in this world and he is known as Satan. If a person who is not walking with the understanding and knowledge and acceptance and power of Christ in their lives through the Word of God, they are an open target for this evil.  For the bible itself says that Satan goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom He may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Lets encourage each other to bring peace and comfort into our children’ s and indeed our own lives, by introducing them/us to Jesus, the Saviour of the World.  John 3:16
For God is a God of peace, and it is note His will than anyone should perish. 1 Peter 3:9
Carla Evans
 


  • Subject: Ain't

     AIN'T He was just a little boy, On a week's first day. Wandering home from Bible school, And dawdling on the way.  He scuffed his shoes into the grass;He even found a caterpillar. He found a fluffy milkweed pod,And blew out all the 'filler.'  A bird's nest in a tree overhead,So wisely placed up so high. Was just another wonder, That caught his eager eye.  A neighbor watched his zig zag course,And hailed him from the lawn; Asked him where he'd been that dayAnd what was going on.  "I've been to Bible School," He said and turned a piece of sod.He picked up a wiggly worm replying,"I've learned a lot 'bout God."  "M'mm, very fine way," the neighbor said,"for a boy to spend his time. If you'll tell me where God is,I'll give you a brand new dime." Quick as a flash the answer came!Nor were his accents faint. "I'll give you a dollar, Mister,If you can tell me where God ain't."   Author Unknown 
      



    • Pslam 95:7,8

       C.S. Lewis said: "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our sadness and shouts to us in our pain.”

      When life is bopping along and we are quite comfortable, the voice of God penetrates our minds in a whisper. We are not really listening for Him, our lives are on easy street, pleasures abound, we are comfortable.  Why do we need God?

      God speaks to us in our sadness. Yes He is there to comfort our hearts in sadness, if we have been walking our life with Him, we can hear Him speak to us quite clearly for we recognise His voice.

      But in our pain, God shouts to us.  Why does He shout? Because pain is alive, real, present, active and deafens all other sounds.  That’s why He shouts to us in our pain. His voice overcomes the power of pain in our lives.

      However, the Psalmist goes onto say that if we hear His voice, that we be careful not to harden our hearts towards Him, the One who is speaking to us, as this leads to rebellion. To block out the voice of the One who loves us unconditionally is going to lead us into further trouble.

      Today, if God is speaking to you, if God is whispering to you, if God is shouting to you, what are you going to do? Stop, listen and be comforted, or harden your heart and say to yourself, you don’t need God?

      Look at the world around you, can we honestly say we don’t need God?

      Carla Evans
      Chaplain


      PREPARE YE THE WAY  
      Matthew 2:3 NKJV


      There was a man named John, and he was known as John the Baptiser because as he stood by the waters of the Jordon River, he would yell out to people, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” He was rough and ready, dressed in camel skin clothing, with a leather belt tied around his waist, he ate locusts and wild honey and believe it or not, he was a cousin to Jesus the Christ, of Nazareth.

      John the Baptiser would call out to the people and say things like, “I am a voice in the wilderness, crying out to you. Prepare ye the way of the Lord: Make his paths straight.”  He was quoting what the prophet Isaiah from the Old Testament, was saying in the days of the Kings of Israel. It was the heart of God, warning His people to get themselves ready for the coming of the promised Messiah.

      Prepare yourselves, get ready, repent of your sins, make your crooked paths straight, be honourable, for the Lord your God will soon be here. Today as we see the world going crazy around us, when we see greed, aggression, murder, theft, violence and absolutely needless taking of other people’s lives and property, do  we need to hear those words again?

      Yes we do. For the people of today have forsaken the God of our youth, we have forsaken the teachings of those who were Godly minded, we are ignoring the voice of those who speak common sense and sound mindedness. We are choosing, yes choosing , to ignore the way of better morals and principles, respect for each other and ourselves, we do not value life as we used to.

      Why is that?  Because we have taken God out of  our equation.  We think foolishly, we can make this world better all by ourselves with our man-made rules and regulations and knowledge. Not gonna happen folks!  Why not? Because we are ‘stiff necked and rebellious that’s why.  

      PREPARE YOU THE WAY OF TH ELORD.  HE IS RETURNING SOON, GET YOUR LIVES TOGETHER, TURN BACK TO THE GOD OF OUR CREATOR, BOW BEFEORE HIM, HUMBLE OURSELVES, FOR HE IS COMING SOON. HE IS GOING TO RIDE ON THE CHARIOTS OF FIRE AS QUOTED IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION, AND HE IS COMING WITH HIS HOSTS OF ANGELS TO RESTORE THIS MIXED UP DYING WORLD TO ITS ORIGINAL STATE. Are we ready?  How do we prepare ourselves? On our knees before our Maker. Repenting of our sins of life. Holding up our hands in praise and worship to our soon coming King. These are not my words, but the words of this John the Baptiser. Repent everyone of you for the Kingdom of  Heaven is at hand.”
      Carla Evans



      PARALYSIS


      Mark 2:3 NKJV


      Some people have to be ‘carried’ to Jesus because they can’t get to Him by themselves.  Like the man in the story they are paralysed.

      Paralysed by what?  Paralysed by an out-of-control  behaviour. Paralysed by a belief system that tells you you’re too sinful for God to ever love and redeem you. Paralysed by the memory of something that happened in your childhood and now you’re afraid to talk about it.  Paralysed by an addiction to illegal substances, prescription drugs, gambling, pornography, alcohol, work or money.  Whatever your addiction – one thing is for sure – its paralysing. 

      You can be paralysed by fear, anxiety, depression, a bottomed-out sense of self-worth, or a nightmarish childhood of neglect and abuse.  On the other hand, you can be a self-made man or woman paralysed by success, materialism, greed, self-absorption – not acknowledging any need in your life for God. 

      Is any of this hitting close to home?  Jesus began His ministry with these words; ’The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’ (Luke 4:18-19 NKJV) The New Living Translation of the Bible paraphrases the latter part of verse 19 by saying, ‘the time of the Lord’s favour has come.’ Here’s the good news! Life may not always have been good to you, but God’s grace and smile of favour can change all of that – starting today!

      Bob Gass





      KNOWING IT ALL!  


      his is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a  naval ship with  authorities off the coast in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operation 10-10-95 
             
            1st vessel 
      Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. 
             
            response
      Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision. 
             
            1st vessel
      This is the Captain of a US Navy Ship. I say again, divert YOUR course. 
             
            response:
       No...I say again, you divert YOUR course. 
             
            1st vessel
      THIS IS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER , THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN OUR WHOLE FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP. 
             
            Response
      This is a lighthouse.... Divert YOUR course.


      Sometimes we think we know everything in this world and that allows us to become arrogant and self sufficient.  But God wants us to rely on Him. He is our strength, He is the one who put breath into our body and breathed life into us.  Let us walk humbly with Him, being grateful for the blessings He gives us.
      Carla Evans




      “Is it nothing to you, all who pass by?”

       
      It’s said that there was once a railway controller called John Griffin.  His responsibility was for a drawbridge over the Mississippi River.  One day he took his young son to work with him.  After  putting the massive drawbridge up, Griffin was eating lunch when suddenly he heard the whistle of the Memphis Express roaring towards the crossing.  Leaping from the observation deck, he ran to throw the control switch.

      Glancing down, his heart stopped! His son had fallen into the gears, trapping his leg in the cogs.  Desperately he tried to devise  a rescue plan, but there was not time.  His son was down there – but there were four hundred passengers on the train! Griffin knew what he had to do.  Burying his face in his arm, he pushed the master switch just in time to lower the bridge into place as the train thundered across. 

      Then raising his head he looked into the passing windows with tear-filled eyes.  There were businessmen casually reading the newspaper, ladies sipping coffee, and children eating ice cream. Nobody even looked at the control house or glanced down at the great gearbox.  In agony Griffin cried out, “I sacrificed my son for you people.  Don’t you care?” But as the train rushed by, nobody heard the anguished father’s words.


      On this Good Friday, s we consider the cross where God sacrificed His Son for each of us, He’s asking:  “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?”  The question becomes; “What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matt. 27:22NKJV) There is only one right answer to that question: “Today, I accept You as my Saviour and my Lord.”

      Bob Gass


      EASTER OR RESURRECTION SUNDAY? 

      The name Easter comes from a pagan figure called Eastre (or Eostre) who was celebrated as the goddess of spring by the Saxons of Northern Europe. A festival called Eastre was held during the spring equinox by these people to honor her. The goddess Eastre’s earthly symbol was the rabbit, which was also known as a symbol of fertility. Originally, there were some very pagan (and sometimes utterly evil) practices that went along with the celebration. Today, Easter is almost a completely commercialized holiday, with all the focus on Easter eggs and the Easter bunny being remnants of the goddess worship.

      HOWEVER      Resurrection Sunday has an entirely different origin.

      The Resurrection is the recounting of the day Jesus rose from the dead three days after being crucified by the Jewish Sanhedrin.  His birth and death were prophesied or foretold 680 years before He was born. (Isaiah 49,53,54.)

      Resurrection Sunday is based on truth.  Easter Sunday is based on idolatry. The prophet Isaiah foretold that the Son of God, Jesus, would be born of a virgin, Mary, and would break the chains of darkness on those who believe in Him. Jesus would by His death, open up the doors of health, wholeness, life and blessings. No longer would any person have to go through a priest to have communication with God, rather Jesus’ death enables us to have a one on One relationship with Him all the time.

      Jesus was the Lamb of God who offered Himself as the true Passover sacrifice for the sins of the world, (John 1:29), and as I said, His death fulfilled the prophet Isaiah’s words.

      When the Romans were in power, Christians and Pagans celebrated the Resurrection and Easter at the same time and gradually they became combined. So the true meaning of Resurrection Sunday has become confused when death is swallowed up by the hunt for Easter eggs, the symbol of fertility.

      I wonder how Jesus feels about this?

      Thank  you Jesus for being a living sacrifice for us.

      Chaplain Carla Evans



      CLE

      You figure this one out.

      What would have happened had Moses tried to figure out all that was needed to accomplish God’s command? One of the biggest mathematical  miracles in the world would be required in the desert.  Now that Moses had led the people of Israel to the desert, what was he going to do with them? 

      They had to be fed and feeding three or three and a half million people would require a lot of food. According to Quartermaster General in the United States Army, Moses would  have needed 1,500 tons of food each day.  That much food would fill two freight trains, each a mile (1.6km) long. Besides you must remember, they were out in the desert, and they would have needed firewood to  use in cooking the food.  This would take 4,000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains each a mile (1.6km) long, just for one day. And they were 40 years in transit.

      Oh yes, they would have needed water.  If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would have taken 11,000,000 gallons (41,638 litres) each day, enough water to fill a freight train 1,800 miles (2897km) long. And then another thing! They had to get across the Red Sea in one night.  Now if they went on a narrow path, double file, the land would be 800 miles (1287km) long and would require 35 days and nights to get through.  So there had to be a space in the Red Sea 3 miles (4.8km) wide, so they could walk 5,000 abreast to get over in one night.

      Think about this: Every time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the State of Rhode Island was required, a total of 750 square miles (1944 square km). Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left? I think not. You see, Moses believed in God. He had faith that God was going to take care of these things for him Let us take courage: we have the same God. We think our problems are so big. Remember what God can do! Just team up with God, and your problems will be in His care.  Let Him run your life, and as the old song says, “He will take care of you.” Author unknown.

      IS SUICIDE THE UNFORGIVEABLE SIN?

      Mark 3:28,29 Ryrie Study bible

      Many of us are taught that suicide is the unpardondable sin, the sin of all sins.  In days gone by if a person did such a thing,  in some religious circles, the priest would not conduct their burial service and the deceased was not buried in the local cemetery.

      Families would suffer shame as well as carrying the grief of their departed family member. The deceased name was not mentioned and if they could have been wiped from family records, they would have been.

      Today, because of war service or other PTSD pressures, suicide for some, is the only way to escape  living with such pain and torment. Of course, for those who are left to carry the burden of living alone without their husband/partner/friend/relative, the grief cannot be measured.  Words like, “If I’d only....” Or “If they had only....” or “If I’d been there.” Followed by the big question, “WHY?”  

      Suicide is a personal decision.  Sometimes it’s well thought out and at other times it is a spontaneous event that is driven by a spurt of anger, bitterness, revenge or hurt.

      Can we judge a person who sadly does commit suicide?  We have not walked in their shoes, we don’t know what they are thinking or experiencing a lot of times.  We can guess, we can surmise or presume, we can try and talk to them, we can do lots of things, but the thing we cannot do is stop them when they are determined to commit suicide.

      So is suicide a sin that God cannot forgive?  No its not.  The only unpardonable sin in the Word of God is spoken of in Mark’s gospel, chapter 3 v 28,29.  “ASSURDELY I TELL YOU, ALL SINS WILL BE FORGIVEN THE SONS OF MEN, AND WHATEVER BLASPHEMIES THEY MAY UTTER.  BUT HE WHO BLASPHEMES AGAINST  THE  HOLY SPIRIT NEVER HAS FORGIVENESS, BUT IS SUBJECT TO ETERNAL CONDEMNATION.”

      What is blaspheming the Holy Spirit? Simply put it means that those who accused Jesus Christ of being demon-possessed instead of Spirit-filled when He healed those who clamoured for such healing of their physical bodies, such as the Pharasees did when Jesus walked this earth, were guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. 

      The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity: God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, we need to be very careful in how we judge a life changing event in a person’s life when they choose to leave the dark path of this world and choose rather the path of Light: God’s path and call themselves Christians.  It would be attributing the miracle of a redeemed person’s changed life to Satan’s power rather than to the effects of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

      So please be very careful in what you say to your friend’s if they should have an encounter with the Holy Spirit whose job it is to lead people to Jesus Christ.  Selah; which means, pause and think on that.

      So is suicide the unpardonable sin? Not by what is written in the Word of God. And the Word of God cannot lie.

      Chaplain Carla Evans




      TRIVIA  INFORMATION


      This is pretty strange or odd how it works out this way! Even if you ar enot religious, you should read this.

      THE CENTRE OF THE BIBLE
      What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?   Psalm 117
      What is the longest chapter in the Bible?    Psalm 119
      Which chapter is the centre of the Bible?    Psalm 118

      FACT:  There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118
                    There are 594 chapters after   Psalm 118

      ADD these numbers up and you get 1188
      What is the  centre verse in the Bible?   Psalm 118:8

      Does this verse say something significant about God's perfect will for our lives?
      The next time someone says they would like to find God's perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the centre of His will, just send them to the centre of His Word!
      Psalm 118:8 (NKJV) "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."

      Chaplain Carla  Evans


      SHADOWS
       
      I was recently painting some rooms in our house.  The blinds and curtains had been removed and strong sunshine filled the rooms making it very difficult to paint because of the shadows that played on the walls. 

      After an hour or two of wrestling with this problem, I realised it would be wiser to paint when the sun had changed direction!  For all you people that paint frequently, to wait patiently for the sun to move would be common sense I am sure!   Before I stopped painting though, I had a little chat with the Lord;  “Shadows, Father, what part do they play in our life?”

      I was awed by His response.  I sensed His answer was this; The Master Painter, (God Himself), comes to paint over our past to make things fresh and clean, bright and beautiful.  But as He paints, the shadows of our past come and try to upset the flow of the brush, to ensure some parts are not painted over, or if they are, they are mottled and cloudy.  But the perseverance and patience of our Lord and Saviour keeps on with His painting. He perseveres until the walls of our life, the doors of our hearts, the windows of our souls are all covered with fresh paint and what is underneath the old coat, is covered and done away with.  The scratches of wrong relationships, the marks of anger and grief, the stains of wrong living, they are all covered under the new coat of His paint.

       1 Peter 1:2 says:  GOD THE FATHER KNEW YOU AND CHOSE YOU LONG AGO AND HIS SPIRIT HAS MADE YOU HOLY. AS A RESULT YOU HAVE OBEYED HIM AND HAVE BEEN CLEANSED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.

      1 John 1:7  BUT IF WE ARE LIVING IN THE LIGHT, AS GOD IS IN THE LIGHT, THEN WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP W ITH EACH OTHER, AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS, HIS SON, CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN.

      Don’t let the shadows of your life plague you any longer. Be washed in the blood of the Lamb, be painted over with the strokes of His paint, and find cleansing and wholeness in Jesus.

      Chaplain Carla Evans



      HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

      A brand new year!  One which has not been marred yet!  May this year be one of new beginnings for you.  May it be a year of fulfillment and creativity, joy and quiet confidence in whatever you put your hand to.  (That is for blessing people!)
       
      More importantly, may this be the year where you find and discover for yourselves that there is a God in heaven who loves you unconditionally. Who is waiting to bless you, nurture you, comfort and guide you when you call on His Name.  What is His Name?  It is Jesus Christ of Nazareth,  King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Redeemer and Saviour and most important, our soon coming Messiah.
       
      When He returns to this earth again, it will not be as a small baby and we wait for Him to mature to 30 years of age before His powers of Light can be seen breaking the chains of darkness.  Rather, He will come heralded by magnificent angels sounding trumpets at His approach. He will be surrounded by the great Cloud of Witnesses, the saints of the past and all mankind will see Him in His glory. The mouths of the mockers and the scoffers will cease and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. AMEN!
      Have a good year everyone.
      Blessings
      Chaplain Carla Evans


      THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
      Luke chapter 1.

      The nativity scene is portrayed around the western world for this season of the year. Music blares, carols are sung, and people go on a shopping frenzy.  But let’s step aside for a minute and take a closer look at the  people involved in the biblical narrative of the birth of Jesus.

      First we have Mary, a young virgin.  Innocent in her young womanly way.  She must have been a very special and loved person by those who knew her.  She must have been of trusting nature because when the angel of God came and spoke to her, she did not, after reminding him she had no husband, accepted his words that were prophetic for her life and responded so simply; “Let it be to me as according to your word.” She must also have been familiar with the scriptures of the day to understand what the angel was saying to her about the forthcoming Messiah.
      Plus this fact: God Himself must have trusted her to have the seed of His most precious Son placed within her and to be a custodian of Jesus in his informative years.

      Next we have Joseph, who married Mary He was a carpenter, a descendant of King David. His family line was once rich and prosperous, now the man Joseph, son of David, was a humble carpenter.  Yet within his veins rang the blood of his forefather, King David.  He too did not hesitate when he was told by the angel of God to marry Mary for the child she was carrying would be the Saviour of the world.  He believed the angel that appeared to him, and did not hesitate to obey his words.

      Next we have the shepherds who were watching their flocks on the hills of Bethlehem on that night. Shepherds were considered to be the lowest of the working force in Israel.  They smelt of the sheep they cared for, they wandered alone on the hills of Bethlehem searching for the food needed for their sheep.  They were the lowest of the work force, yet their labours were needed to ensure that lambs and sheep were available for the sacrifices of people’s sin when they made their annual pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem, they were outcasts, yet important to the spiritual life of the Israeli people.

      Then we have the Wise men who traveled across plains and deserts following the star that had appeared in the night sky.  They were learned, intelligent and excited men.  They knew this star was special. They had learned because of their teachings, that the Messiah, the Saviour of the World  had been promised in the book of Isaiah. They came seeking for the Messiah, bringing with them precious ointments and valuable gifts to the One whom Isaiah the prophet had said was coming.

      Then of course we have Jesus. The Son of God, the heart of God, coming to be born in a manger in a cattle barn.  What a change for Him! He left a place of love and peace, harmony and joy and was born into man’s world of hate, anger and despair, violence and aggression. He left purity and love and came to dwell among evil and pain.

      He came to save mankind from all of this darkness and to bring us into His glorious light and love and peace.  Jesus is the Saviour of the World, this world cannot be saved form itself by its own power or workings.  Mankind’s heart is full of darkness, but when we turn to this man Jesus, we can be changed.

      This baby born in a manger, growing up under the care of a carpenter and Mary his mother, hidden from the eyes of those who would kill him as a baby, growing to confound the Scribes and the Pharisees of his day, and as a mature man, brutally killed and sacrificed for those whom He came to save. He rose from death after preaching to those who had died without the knowledge of Himself,  then taking the keys of death and hell from  the arch enemy of mankind, Satan, and gave us the liberty to walk in grace and mercy. He gave to  us the right, if we possess it, to come straight to the Throne Room of His father and our heavenly Father, God.  For the curtain in the Temple of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus crucifixion was torn from TOP to BOTTOM, by the hand of God Himself, opening up to mankind God's availability to us, one on one. No longer do we need a High Priest to stand and intercede for us, Jesus is our High Priest and our sacrifice,  once and for all, for the sins of mankind.

      Let’s get the reason for the season. Let’s not worship the baby Jesus, lets worship and thank the Man Jesus, the Son of God Jesus, and reach out to Him, as He prepares once more to come back to this earth to bring restoration and fulfillment of His Father’s plan for this earth.

      Carla Evans Chaplain

      Are you away from home this Christmas and  New Year period?
      Are you feeling fragile because of previous deployments?
      Has your family moved away, or have you moved away from your family?
      Perhaps you don't have a family and you are alone?

      Email me, have  a chat.  You might be lonely, but you are not alone.

      God bless and keep you. Keep safe, remember there are people praying for you.
      And please remember this, if God so loved you, the individual, that He sent His only Son Jesus, to die for you in a horrific death, don't you think His eye is upon you at this moment?

      His Son's life, given for yours.  Jesus was born on what the world knows as Christmas day, He lived to bring hope for humanity, and He died to fulfill payment for our sins. We no longer are legally bound by the chains of death and hell.  Rejoice! Life is yours for the asking! What a gift to receive, a gift far greater than socks, jocks or perfume!

      Love you all in Jesus
      Carla Evans




      FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN AND UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN. THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDERS AND HIS NAME WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER AND PRINCE OF PEACE.

      ISAIAH. 9.6 NKJ



      LETTER TO ALL VETERANS

      Hi Everyone,

      This is the time when families write long letters to each other and reminisce of all that has happened during the year and share thoughts and feelings with each other.

      Well here I am to do just that!  It has been a year of much turmoil world wise. Bombings, cruelty, aggression and violence. This is sadly far from what God had originally intended for His creation isn't it?  So I ask myself who stuffed up?   God didn't because He is full of love and peace, so it  must be mankind - right?  So I ask myself who or what is it that makes mankind behave in such a manner?  The lust for power? Greed for money? The giving over of one's mental thinking to a force so evil and violent that no matter how many lives are taken, no matter how much blood is spilled, it is still not enough?

      Anyway, lets not dwell on that stuff for now.  May I wish you all a very safe, happy and memorial Christmas?  May this season be filled with love for one another, and the desire to do good to one another.  May you walk in the understanding that Jesus was born, (not on December 25th, but this is the day the World rejoices in His birth), and that His desire is that you get to know Him in a personal way.

      May he fill you with peace, patience, grace and mercy. May you be able to reach out to those who need your forgiveness and apply that forgiveness, may you ';mend the fences' that may have been broken during this year.  May you be blessed in your finances, in your  health and in your family.

      In this new year approaching,  as we see perhaps more calamities, may your strength come from Him who is strength to those who call on Him. May fear be far from your door. May you be blessed with provisions, a place to sleep, food to eat and water to drink. May you always be willing to lend a hand to those less fortunate than yourself and finally, may your hand be in the Hand of the One continually who cares and loves you like no one else can.

      Thank you for walking with me this year. My prayers and thoughts are towards you.
      Blessings
      Chaplain Carla Evans






      Our thoughts and prayers and heartfelt compassion go towards those men and women and children living in France at this time. So too to those innocent people living in Syria and other places of radical violence and aggression.  God, your eye can see all things, ,and you are a Just God. We rest in that knowing that You, the God of all the earth, will do what is right in Your time.
      Please be with those men and women who are fighting in a war situation right now. Keep your eye upon them, and Your hand of protection upon them. In Jesus Name. Amen


      Watchmen on the Wall.

      Who are Watchmen on the Wall? They are men or women who keep an eye out for the approach of the enemy.  These days technology is far different from the times when men walked up and down or around the high walls or parapets of a castle.Their astuteness and sharp observations could warn the men of the castle that an attack was imminent and preparations could be made.

      What would have happened if the Lord of the castle refused to listen to the watchmen on the wall? What happened if he had scoffed, mocked and didn’t believe what they were saying?How foolish, stupid and careless he would have been!

      Today we live in perilous times.  But we still have Watchmen on the Wall. In fact you could be one of them!  Ever asked yourself, “What is the world coming to?” “Where is all the violence, anger and aggression coming from?”You have observed the world is not as it should be. You are a type of Watchman.

      There is another Watchman though. It is the written Word of God.  It states that in the last days of this world perilous times would come. Nation would rage against other nations, fires, plagues, earthquakes, signs in the heavens above and the earth beneath are all recorded by this Watchman.
      He continues to say, “Look up because your redemption is coming close.”

      In other words, Jesus is going to come for a second time onto this planet earth, and reap the rewards of His crucifixion:   You and me who are believers in Him. Check out Mark 13.
      Its not all gloom and doom however. For the bible says that Jesus is coming for a victorious church, without spot, wrinkle or blemish.  Before He comes again, us, His Church, the believers, will be changed in the ‘twinkling of an eye’ the bible states.

      The watchmen on the wall can read the signs of the times.  Jesus is coming again to put all evil and pain and suffering away. In its place will be peace and the “lion shall lay down with the lamb.” And “they shall make their weapons of war into ploughshares.”  Peace will reign, for that is one of the names of Jesus, He is the Prince of Peace.
      Blessings, and peace and Joy be your portion in God, the Creator of all the Universe.
      Carla Evans


      MARRIAGE AND THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS

      You looked across a crowded room and your eyes locked on the one you knew would be your future partner/spouse, it seemed a flash of lightning hit you and you just knew she was the one.  Or you saw that DDG(drop dead gorgeous) bloke and went weak at the knees?

      What was it that attracted you to the ‘other half’ of you?

      After asking some friends on what attracted them to their spouse/partner, the answer was surprising.  Instinct hit the number one spot, followed by friendship and lust. (All needed to make a good lasting relationship.)But are those three areas strong enough to ride the waterfalls, the valleys and earthquakes of life? Yep, easy to cruise when the mountain top experiences are bountiful.  But when things get tough, is your relationship strong enough to stay the course?

      Putting the scripture in another way of speaking, Jesus said to us, “Will you marry me?”  “Will you allow me to care for you, to love you unconditionally, to provide for you, to protect you?”

      Down through time, so many who answered positively and became known as Christians, when the times got tough, have reneged on their marriage contract.  When the valleys came, when the dark storms of life hit, they did not hold onto their Bridegroom, they somehow could not hold onto His promise of care through the valleys and storms.  Yet, because of His great love for us as His Bride, He  has not given up on us. He is crying out for us to return to Him, our first love, and once more, He will come and live within us and have a relationship with us.

      There have been others, who believed with their whole hearts and surrendered their fears and doubts to the One who called them and asked them to be His. They believed so strongly that when the sword or bullet of death hovered over them, waiting for that denial of loving their Heavenly Bridegroom, they trusted to their very last breath in the One who loved them. Rev. 12:11
      Where are they now, those who chose death rather than denial?   They are in the presence of the One who loved them so dearly. Their blood that was spilt on this earth, is crying up from the ground. (Gen 4:10) And the God whom they loved and served, is a God of justice.  A Bridegroom who loves His bride (us) so passionately and who laid down His life for us at the crucifixion. He is the One who will not allow the abuse of His bride to last forever.  The day of reckoning is coming.
      A trumpet will blow, and with a shout and a mighty host of angelic beings, our Bridegroom will return to earth once more, and then every knee shall bow at His majestic awesomeness. There will be no more weeping, no more pain, no more wars.  Peace will reign; for Jesus is the Prince of Peace.(Rev. 21:4)
      Jesus is saying to you, “Come, will you be my Bride?”

      Chaplain Carla Evans.




      THE POWER TO CHANGE
      Isaiah 41:10

      We go to seminars and conferences looking for a painless cure by which our lives can be zapped and changed.  We go on diets. We join health clubs and our enthusiasm runs strong for about two weeks.  Then we fall back into the same old rut.  We don’t change. We read self-help books, but the problem with self-help books is that they tell us what to do but can’t give us the power to do it.
       
      We are told things like: “Get rid of all your bad habits. Be positive; don’t be negative”. But how? 

      Where do we get the power to change? The Greek word for ‘power’ dunamis, is used in the New Testament to describe the most powerful event that ever happened – the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And that resurrection power is available to change your life today.

       The most important thing in life is knowing Christ and experiencing the power of His resurrection. Paul writes “I want to know Christ... to know the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10NIV) Again he writes, “I pray you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to  help those who believe in Him.  It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead....’ (Ephesians 1:19,20)

      This Greek word for ‘power’ dunamis, can be understood in two ways;

      1.       dynamite; which is an explosive force, or
      2.        dunamo, which is a constant flow of power. 

      And in Christ, you have both. Through Him you can break the chains that bind you and the limits that constrain you, and walk victoriously in His power today.
      Bob Gass

      Spring time

      It is the commencement of spring time where I live.

      After the rains, cold winds, low winter temperatures and the darkness of the long days, it is so good to walk outside and feel the warmth of the sun on one’s skin. The bees are buzzing, the birds are nesting and the growth in the garden is phenomenal.

      HOWEVER with the spring comes new growth, especially  the weeds! It seems that it takes only a blink of the eye and the weeds are thriving healthier than the planted shrubs and flowers. Last week, I was digging over the earth to loosen the roots of these unwelcome weeds  when a mother magpie flew in and standing a short distance  away, she watched and waited. Her beady eye soon found tasty morsels in the up turned soil. With a filled beak and a flap of her wings, she flew off to her nest to feed her young. 

      The magpies are known to swoop people during nesting time, but this mother magpie was quite content to let me work while she reaped the benefits for her family!

      I wondered how many of us experience the long, cold dark winter in our lives? How many of us would just like to lay in bed, with our heads under the pillow and not surface to face whatever is going on around us.  Without the bad times in life, how would we learn to appreciate the good times?  Without the coldness through lack of friends or some other reason,  how would we experience the warmth of love?  Problems may seem to overwhelm us at times, but do you know what? The sun will still rise on the morrow, life will still go on.

      There is a season to everything. A time to be born, a time to die, a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to weep and a time to mourn.  (Ecclesiastes 3)

      Hold on, please be assured that the winter season in your life will soon give way to spring. Encouragement will come if you look for it. (Seek and you will find Matt.7:7) Hope will spring new (1 Tim 1:1)

      May your lives be filled with hope, be encouraged, be blessed, turn your face towards the sun (Son of God), open the windows of your house (physical body) and let the spring winds come and bring a cleansing, carrying with them the smells of the blossoms of the trees and flowers. (The perfumes of peace and love and well being).
      The weeds of life will be there, waiting to be pulled out when you are ready to face and deal with them.
      Chaplain Carla Evans

      DNA

      Genesis 1:26,27.NIV
      “And God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them govern the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and over the cattle, all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.   So God created man in His Own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them.”

      So whose DNA do we carry?  That DNA is used to help prove paternity rights, ancestry and has also been used in crime scenes.  DNA connects us to those who lived years before we were born and our DNA will connect us to future generations.  Absolutely amazing when you think that by a swab taken from our mouths, our history, us, the person, the you and I, are revealed and connected in the dots of life to other people.

      Spiritually speaking, we carry the DNA of God within us. How amazing is that? God when He breathed His life into us, made us alive!  Gen.2:7 says:  “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.”
      God, by giving us the breath of life and forming us in His own likeness became our Heavenly Father.  He ‘birthed’ us. He breathed into us. He loves us. He cares for us, He protects us. Yet some can say, “Well He doesn’t do that for me!”  Which of us, as parents, have not wanted to hear our children ask for something before we give it to them?

      Is God any different?  We are His created children, He wants us to ask for His help. As a Father, His wisdom is far greater than ours. He has laid down the ground rules of life, morals and principals, if we use them as guide lines, life is far easier than if we rebel against His way of life for us.

      “Give up drinking?” You say. Where does the bible say that? It says “To not drink to excess.”
      “Give up sex?”  “Who soever finds a wife, finds a good thing.” God says.

      God gives us pleasures, in the right order!  The discipline of our Heavenly Father is for our benefit, a wise earthly father disciplines his children because he loves and cares for them, so our Heavenly Father love us and wants the best for us.

      Gone off the track of life a little? Read about the prodigal son, Luke 15:13. A young man who rebelled against his father’s house rules, took his inheritance and squandered it in riotous living. When he realised that his father was not so bad after all, he returned to his family home, and there waiting for him, with arms outstretched was his father.  So does God, our Heavenly Father, wait for us to return to Him. His arms are wide open, waiting to receive us back into his loving care and protection.

      There is no safer place to be. Wars can be going on around us, but the peace of our Heavenly Father is something better felt than telt!  God bless. Chaplain Carla Evans



      Acts 9.

      Once upon  a time...all stories for the young seemed to start like that............Well once upon a time it is recorded of a young man who was courageous, determined and successful in his life’s mission. He was well educated, found acceptance from his peers, and had risen up through the ranks to hold a position of great power and authority.

      He had letters of recommendation and he had letters of introduction so that where ever he went, his mission could be accomplished. Doors opened up for him so to speak, and he went through them with great zeal to accomplish his mission in life.

      One day he was travelling to another town with some mates. In his pocket were the familiar letters of introduction and letters of power giving him authority to achieve his goal. Suddenly the direction of his life changed when a very bright light, appearing from nowhere, blinded him and sent him to his knees. His companions could hear a voice coming from within the light and they were very fearful.

      Paraphrased, this is what the voice in the light said, “Hey Saul, what do you think you are doing?  Why are you hurting me like this?”
      Saul responded, “Who are you?”
      The voice continued; “I am Jesus, and the people you are murdering belong to me. You know deep down Saul that I exist. Murdering people who believe in me will not stop people from following my teachings or loving me so much they are prepared to die at your hand.”

      Saul had such a life changing experience, he became known as Paul from that day on. He was a different man.  He stopped kicking against what he knew deep down was true; that Jesus was not dead but had indeed, as the disciples reported, been lifted up by a cloud and taken to be with His Father in Heaven once more until the appointed time of His return.
      All the education that Paul had received, all the acceptance by the authorities in the land in which he lived, all the power he held was not able to compete with the calling of God on his life. For deep down, Paul knew that Jesus did exist. In the very heart of him he knew the truth and even though he had been a mass murderer of those who believed, God still called him, and used him greatly to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

      Paul did a complete turnaround. From murdering Christians he became a Christian. From hating those who stood against the synagogue and its teachings, he loved them and for rest of his life, he spent nurturing them in the truth, loving them the way Jesus loved him, forgiving those who stoned him and wanted his death just as Jesus had forgiven him for the murders he had committed.
      God is like that, full of mercy and grace and loving kindness. It hard to understand why He should love us, but He does – unconditionally. His mercy and grace overrides our sins, we can be forgiven, if we ask for it, of all that we have done. The good, the bad and the ugly, it can all be washed away and we can become new creations, have a new life in Jesus Christ........what are you waiting for?

      Chaplain Carla Evans


      PEOPLE OF VALOUR.

      JUDGES 6 and 7 (NIV)

      There was a man who was the youngest son of a large family and therefore thought himself to be one of the ‘also ran’ kind of people.

      His country was at war. In fact they had been invaded so many times that food was scarce, houses were reduced to rubble and people were living in caves.  No one owned a weapon as their former weapons had been taken away by their oppressors.  Food was scarce as every harvest time their enemies would come and take for themselves what had been grown and harvested.

      Gideon, the  man we  are talking about, was threshing some wheat down in a wine press so the enemy could not see what he was doing.  Suddenly an angel was standing beside him.  Now I’m not sure what you would do in that kind of circumstance, but I’m pretty sure I’d feel very weak at the knees! The angel addressed Gideon with these words, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valour!”  Then the angel went on to say that Gideon would lead his people into a great victory over their enemies.

      Here was Gideon, hiding from the enemy in a wine press, the lowest of the member of his family, and he was addressed as a mighty man of valour? What does valour mean? Courage, bravery, heroism, fearlessness, boldness and great spirit. Gideon did not believe that.  For all his life he was a “Sad-Sack” kind of person. (Remember that figure from the old cartoon era?)  Low self esteem, cowardice, of no importance or self worth.  Gideon asked the Lord to confirm what he had been told by the angel and tested the Lord twice by putting out a fleece. That is he asked God to prove His words by doing something that Gideon asked  Him to do and God did so.  

      Gideon eventually went to battle with 300 men. Not the original 30,000 that turned up to assist him, just 300 men against an army of well armed and well trained soldiers!

      As he went into battle with a lamp and a trumpet, for that’s all the weapons  they had, he shouted out loud and long, ”FOR THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND FOR GIDEON!”  Gideon had seen himself at last as a man of valour.  He had come to see himself of a man of worth, he could see himself as a leader of men. God had changed him!

      Read it for yourself in Judges 6 and 7.

      Do you feel you are less than what you should be?  Do you feel worthless, afraid, confused, overwhelmed?  Well God does not see you as that.  He saw the heart of Gideon and when Gideon surrendered his fears to him, God changed him into a mighty man of valour. God does not see us as we see ourselves.  Do you know why? Because He has placed His very breathe of life into us, we are His creation. Therefore we are of great value to Him. Didn't He send Jesus to die for us to rescue us from ourselves and from our enemy the Devil?
       
      I would say to you, “RISE UP YOU PEOPLE OF VALOUR. RISE UP IN GOD, LET HIS POWER AND ANOINTING BE UPON YOU. RISE UP TO BE THE PERSON GOD CREATED YOU TO BE. RISE ABOVE THE CIRCUMSTANCES YOU FIND YOURSELF IN, SUBMIT TO THE LORD GOD OF HEAVEN AND HIS SPIRIT WILL GUIDE AND GUARD YOU AND FILL YOU WITH PEACE.”
      Chaplain Carla Evans



      YOU ARE SPECIAL

      Have you ever noticed along life’s byways and highways that there always seems to be someone better than you?
      No matter how much you may study, how hard you push your body physically, how good you are in your career there is always that someone who seems to be just that bit better? Have you ever noticed, if you have been so blessed to reach the top in your field, that there is someone around you that you rub shoulders with quite often, who always has a happy disposition, a smile on their face, a positive outlook in life, and on your bad days of pressure, they really get to you?

      Do you ever get plagued with guilt because the man next door seems to be a pretty good Dad, and your heart is not always involved with your offspring?  Or the lady across the road cooks better cakes than you? Or that when you call in unexpectedly on someone, their house is always in a pristine condition while you have left yours like a bomb has wrecked it?

      Have you ever noticed at times like this that your heart gives a bit of a flip and your ego does down a notch or two, or three?  Condemnation may rise its head and guilt may join it!
      Well thank God if you have! You are part of the human race!

      You are You! (That doesn’t mean there might not be room for improvement!) However, in this world there is no one else that smiles just like you, no one else has your exact nose, eyes,  coloured hair, hands or voice.
      No one has walked the exact path in life like you have, sure you may have walked beside someone else and experienced the same situation, but your reactions may differ to it.
      No one can walk in your shoes but you. You are unique. You are the way God made you!
      Do you know if you believe in Jesus, You are victorious? With Christ in the vessel you can smile at the storm.
      Do you know that you are seated far above all Principalities and Powers of darkness? Romans 8:37-39.
      Do you know, warts and all, you are loved with an everlasting love? Jeremiah 31:3
      Do you know that you are seated with Christ in Heavenly places?  Col. 2:12
      Do you know that God has no favourites?  Galations 2:6
      Do you know that God sent His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for you because He loves you? Eph 5:2
      Yes, we are loved, we are unique, we are someone special in the eyes of our Heavenly Father, who will soon send His Son Jesus, to return to this earth and let His powerful light shine in all the darkness.
      God bless
      Chaplain Carla Evans



       SELF CONTROL V LACK OF IT  plus  OTHER THINGS!

      Paul writes in his book of Romans &:19  (NKJ) “The good that I want to do, I don’t do, and the things I don’t want to do, I so easily do.”

      Yaaaaaaaah, we all have good intentions but sadly, sometimes, they don’t happen. We all say at times, “I will not lose my temper, I will not answer back, I will not be jealous, I will not covet...........” and the list goes on and on.  Then before you know it, you are doing exactly what you didn’t want to do.  Or are you a non-member of the human race and are perfect?

      Then along comes guilt.  It marches into our minds with banners flying and loudly declares to us, “See, you can’t do it, why try?  Give up and go and do what you want to do. Look out for yourself, if you don’t who will?”

      Or else   “They don’t deserve to be well spoken to, remember the words they said about you?  Nah, forget them, don’t even waste the time in apologising, not worth it, they will only do the same things to you again.”

      Has this happened to you?

      Well, the good news is that Paul goes on to explain something. In Romans chapter 8 he says, “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”  That simply means that if you believe in Jesus and have given your life to Him, when bad things happen, there is no need to feel condemnation because of it.  Wow! What a way to go! 

      Not only do I not have to feel guilty, but because I believe in Him, He has forgiven all my past wrong doings in life as well!   The bible says that when we come to Him, we are new creations, old things have passed away and all things have become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)  And I love the following verse, God has reconciled us to Himself, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation!  He wants us to be reconciled with Him and with each other and He has given us, in Him, the ability to do it!

      Why do we worry about the speed humps of life when God wants to bless us so much? Why do we allow ourselves to hold onto grudges when if we let them go, God is waiting to give us a whole parcel of love, plus forgiveness and reconciliation? Man oh man, are we winners or not?  Can’t believe this? Ehmmmm. are you calling God a liar?

      You want to believe but don’t know how?  Simple, say something like this please: “God, you know my heart, my thoughts and You have seen my whole life and all that has happened in it up til now. I want to change, I’ve tried, but can’t do it by myself. You have said in Your Word that you want to be reconciled with me. OK, please I ask you to come into my life and my mind, reconciling me to you and to Your Son, Jesus. Forgive me for the things I have done that have been wrong, and help me to forgive myself. Take my hand and lead my on, thank you for hearing me and knowing my heart’s cry. In Jesus name. Amen.”

      God bless each one of you,  Keep safe, keep well, if any of you are sick, I lift you up before the Throne of Grace and ask for your health and happiness.

      Chaplain Carla Evans

      If you, at any time, need prayer support for yourself, family or friends, please contact me via email.


      YOU ARE A LETTER, READ BY EVERYBODY.
      (2 Corinthians 3:2)

      Joe DiMaggio the famous baseball player was once asked by a reporter, ”You always seem to play with the same intensity. You run out every grounder and race after every fly ball, even when the Yankees have a big lead in the pennant race and there’s  nothing on the line.  How come?”

      DiMaggio responded, “I always remind myself that there might be someone in the stand who never saw me play before.”

      People at times, judge us by our everyday behaviour.  Sad, but that’s the truth.  There is an old saying that we should never judge a book by its cover or that we should never judge a man until we have walked one mile in his moccasins.It’s  hard not to though at times isn’t it?  If our lives are like letters that people read, what do they see?
       
      The bible says that we are to let our lives shine for the world to see.  We ought to be able to stand out like a beacon in our daily living.  How can we shine out?  By being gentle and kind, quick to forgive and not holding grudges. Perhaps doing chores for someone who is going through a difficult time, and also displaying a smile instead of a snarl.  There are so many little ways we can let our light shine.   For we are Ambassadors for the King of Kings and we are His workmanship. It is His life within us enabling us to walk in peace and the joy of knowing Himself.

      I am a letter that people read and that’s scary!   What if I should let the team down by behaving in a non-Godly manner?   That’s what is so amazing – I ask for His forgiveness, receive it, pick myself up, shake off the dirt, and get on with my life.  Forgiven, unconditionally, Wow! Hard to believe isn’t it? But you better believe it, for that’s the bottom line, that’s the truth, God said it and He does not lie.
      I am a sinner, saved by His grace and mercy, how can I not allow the joy of this understanding to shine out from my life? 
      Carla Evans
      Chaplain


      ANZAC DAY
      25th APRIL, 2015

      GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAN TO LAY DOWN ONE'S LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.
      John 15:13
        
       
      It was early morning, 100 years ago when members of the Australian and New Zealand Army corps, commonly known as Anzacs, landed on the rugged shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula.
       
      Young men, fit, big of heart and great of courage, hastily exited from landing crafts and, kitted with full combat gear, landed on the narrow strips of beach. Facing them arose steep cliffs which were well guarded and fortified by the Turks. It was this peninsula, if it could be taken, that would open up a major gateway to victory over the enemy.
       
      As the seasonal weather of rain and mud, heat and dust, fell on these exposed men, they ate, slept, stood, sat or squatted, in  shoulder high  trenches, waiting for orders to go over the edge. As wave after wave of Anzacs were ordered to rise from the trenches and, under the staccato sounds of incoming machine guns and rifle fire aimed in their direction, these Anzacs tried to gain a few yards of ground from the enemy.
       
      Many a brave man lost his life in doing so. Or he, having been wounded, if not rescued,would have to lie where he fell and die a slow death. Even if he was rescued wounds could fester quickly as medical knowledge was not at the height of its awareness as it is now.
       
      From this epic scene of devastation, arose men like Corporal Simpson and his donkey. A medic who, in spite of the snipers and the incoming fire, went out into no man’s land, the land between the two opposing forces, and retrieved  wounded soldiers to bring them back for medical attention.  In spite of wearing the readily seen Red Cross over his uniform, signalling he was a non combatant, Corporal Simpson was shot while trying to retrieve his wounded comrades.
       
      Then there was the chaplain who buried the deceased allies at the darkest hours of the night because of Turkish snipers.  One night, he heard a moan, after completing the funeral service, and leaving his mates, he climbed up a short distance of those jagged cliffs and found a wounded soldier. He managed to drag him back closer to the allied held territory before a sniper shot and killed him.
       
      They went away boys, and returned home battle hardened and bloodied men.
       
      The scenes they saw, the smells they smelt, the deaths of mates and courage they showed in facing the hail of enemy fire and hand to hand combat caused these boys to mature quickly.
       
      And so it has been that where ever the Anzacs have fought, from World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Indonesia Vietnam, Somalia, Timor, Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq and all the places where our Australian Peace Keepers and Peace Makers have also been stationed and still are standing by their posts, the Anzacs are known as solid, courageous, fighting men, trustworthy, honourable and with a larrikin sense of humour.
       
      Australian nurses also need to be mentioned.  They too sacrificed their lives while caring for our troops.  Among them were the 30 who were herded and shot in the back on a beach in the Pacific by the enemies of the Allied forces.
       
      But there is another group of brave people that need to be mentioned.  They were the wives and families of those who were left to defend our shores and to keep the family farms and business’ running.  The women who became bread winners while their husbands were away, the children who had to grow up quickly without the guiding hand of a father, parents who lost their sons, and had no one to care for them in their old age.
       
      Let us remember those too who because of their service to our Nation, are suffering from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the lingering effects suffered because of their experiences of war. 
       
       Men and women have fought and died under the flag of Australia.  Our flag flies high and its colours stand out strongly against blueness of our skies. It flies free as we are free because of those who have defended our freedom.
       
      At the Gallipoli war cemetery, the words on some head stones read; “THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT   or  NOT IN VAIN DID HE DIE and HE GAVE HIS LIFE THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.
       
      So as we go about our business of this day, and indeed during the next 12 months, till Anzac Day comes around again, let us meditate on those words.  THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT
       
       or NOT IN VAIN DID HE DIE and
       
      HE GAVE HIS LIFE THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.
       
      Rest in Peace all those who have served our Nation, you will never be forgotten, and if we could talk to you today, we would say ‘THANKS MATES, YOU DID US PROUD.”
      Chaplain Carla Evans


      HE IS ALIVE! 
      Luke 18
      As I type this, over 2,000 years ago, the Man, Jesus, was walking up the hill towards Golgotha, the place of His crucifixion.
       
      He had suffered much under the hands of the Roman soldiers and the Jewish leaders of the synagogue.  A crown of thorns, platted and pushed down on His head very hard so that the thorns penetrated deep into his skin.
       
      He had been whipped, and the Bible records, that he had been whipped so much that He was marred more than any man.
       
      He had been unjustly accused by jealous Pharisees. Punched, spat on and cursed by the lips of unbelievers.
       
      Why did He endure so much?  And let me ask another question, how could He have endured so much?
       
      Then staggering towards that hill of Golgotha, his physical body could go no further and the soldiers delegated Simone, a coloured man, to carry the cross up onto that hill for Him.
       
      There, he was pushed down on a wooden cross, and with large pikes, his wrists were nailed outstretched to the wooden beams of that cross.  Each pound of the hammer jarring his wrists, shattering his bones then his ankles received the same intrusion of those pikes. 
      His woven tunic, was bartered for by the soldiers.
       
      Then hanging from that cross, the bible says that into His body and on His body came all of mankind’s sicknesses and diseases.  Our cancers, our diabetes, our luekemia’s, goitres, you name it, he carried it for us and not only that, because He sacrificed His life  and bled His life’s blood for us,  he became a living sacrifice for our sins and iniquities. 
       
      So overtaken with all our evil and sicknesses, that God, His Spiritual Father, could not look upon Him.  For three hours, Jesus hung upon that cross, alone in pain and suffering for us.
       
      Why did He do it?  Because He loves us.  His love is unconditional. Why do we suffer sicknesses and carry guilt when Jesus bore so much for us on that Cross?  Do we make His death in vain by not believing Him?
       
      Then at the end of that third hour, He cried out, “It is finished.” And died.
       
      Yet, He didn’t die!  His body did, but the Spirit of the living Christ went down into the depths of hell and there preached to those who had never heard the living, powerful, healing, liberating Word of God.
       
      Then on the third day, he rose up from that place and rose triumphantly. PRAISE GOD!
       
      He was seen by those whom He had worked and walked with while on this earth, He ate meals with his disciples and it was they who witnessed the cloud come and escort Him up to that heavenly realm where He waits for us to join Him in the fullness of our days or the end of the Ages.
       
      Our God lives!   Our God reigns!  You who are buried beneath guilt, shame and sicknesses, look up and call on Him who is able to deliver you!
       
      Don’t despise what He has done for you/us!  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!
       
      Chaplain Carla Evans

       LISTEN TO MY PRAYER OH GOD
       DO  NOT IGNORE MY CRY FOR HELP!
      PLEASE LISTEN AND ANSWER ME, FOR I AM OVERWHELMED BY MY TROUBLES. 
      MY ENEMIES SHOUT AT ME, MAKING LOUD AND WICKED THREATS.
      THEY BRING TROUBLE ON ME AND ANGRILY HUNT ME DOWN.
      MY HEART POUNDS IN MY CHEST, THE TERROR OF DEATH ASSAULTS ME.
      FEAR AND TREMBLING OVERWHELM ME, AND I CAN'T STOP SHAKING.
      OH THAT I HAD WINGS LIKE A DOVE THEN I WOULD FLY AWAY AND REST.
      I WOULD FLY FAR AWAY TO THE QUIET OF THE WILDERNESS.
      HOW QUICKLY I WOULD ESCAPE FAR FOR THIS WILD STORM OF HATRED.
      Psalm 55. 1-8
       
       
      PTSD, 1,2,3,4,5,6, 7

      7
       
      TOOLS OF THE ENEMY  and WALKING IN VICTORY

      John 10:10.  THE THIEF (Satan) DOES NOT COME EXCEPT TO STEAL, AND TO KILL AND TO DESTROY.  I (Jesus) HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY MAY HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY.
       
      Well we see from this verse that the enemy of mankind is a thief, who steals and kills and destroys.  What is PTSD? Doesn’t it steal our lives, robs us of our joy and destroys us.
       
      What Tools does the enemy use in His PTSD warfare?
       
      The mind is the biggest playground for the enemy. He uses negative experiences to torment us.  He uses them like a whip.  They come out of nowhere and broadside us. He stirs up our subconscious even while sleeping and makes past events to become nightmares that are relived over and over again.
       
      What are they?  Fear. Shame. Guilt. Anger. Frustration. Bitterness. Grief. Frightened of crowded rooms, sudden noises, isolation for security,  back to the wall in crowded places. These attacks on our minds effect us emotionally and physically.
       
      High blood pressure, stomach ulcers, headaches, crying, palpitations, shaking, night sweats, fatigue, compulsory activity,  eating disorders, drinking disorders; just to name a few.
       
      Of course, over a period of time, these begin to effect the physical body in a more serious manner.  That is where medication steps in and can either be mind controlling and thus rob a person of the desire to want to enjoy life or bury the cause which is still bubbling beneath the surface of our minds.
       
      The Word of God says in 1 Peter 5:8  BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT, BECAUSE YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, WALKS ABOUT LIKE A ROARING LION, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR.
       
      If we do not know who our enemy is, how can we fight him?  If we are unaware of the enemy’s tactics, how can we counter attack him? If we have no weapons, how can we defend ourselves?  If we do not know how to use our weapons, they are useless in aiding us.
      Indeed, if we do not know we have weapons, we are going to be over-run by the enemy.
       
      So what our weapons?
      The major one is the Word of God.  Learn some scriptural verses and quote them out loud whenever you can.  Let them sink into your mind and heart for they are powerful tools to use against the enemy.
       
      Hebrews 4:12  FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL, AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO EDGED SWORD, PIERCING EVEN TO THE DIVISION OF SOUL AND SPIRIT AND OF JOINTS AND MARROW. AND IS A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART.  AND THERE IS NO CREATURE HIDDEN FORM HIS SIGHT BUT ALL THINGS ARE NAKED AND OPEN TO THE EYES OF HIM TO WHOM WE MUST GIVE ACCOUNT.  SEEING THEN THAT WE HAVE A GREAT HIGH PRIEST WHO HAS PASSED THROUGH THE HEAVENS, JESUS THE SON OF GOD, LET US HOLD FAST OUR CONFESSION. FOR WE DO NOT HAVE A HIGH PRIEST WHO CANNOT SYMPATHISE WITH OUR WEAKNESSES, BUT WAS IN ALL POINTS TEMPTED AS WE ARE,  YET WITHOUT SIN.
       
      Joshua 1:9  HAVE I NOT COMMANDED YOU? BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE. DO NOT BE AFRAID,NOR BE DISMAYED FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.
       
      Psalm 91:4  HE SHALL COVER YOU WITH HIS FEATHERS AND UNDER HIS WINGS YOU SHALL TAKE REFUGE. HIS TRUTH SHALL BE YOUR SHIELD AND BUCKLER.
       
      Psalm 119:105, Colossians 1:9, John 16:13.   Just to name a few for you.
       
      Talk to someone you trust.  Share your innermost fears and apprehensions with them.  The more you talk about your experiences, the less vicious they become. Remember, what caused your PTSD has already happened. It needs to be dealt with but it cannot hurt you physically because it is history.
       
      Thank God that He has heard the cries of your heart and is helping you.
       
      Determine that with God’s help you will be a victor and not a victim.
       
      We can fight knowing we have the victory because Jesus took all our pain and suffering on Himself as He died on the cross at Calvary.  Isaiah 53.

      Ephesians 6:10-18  is about putting on the weapons of our warfare daily. 

      PTSD is not cut and dried.  It has tentacles that are far reaching. This has been a very loose study.  So much more could be said.  The God whom I serve created us, He knows how to put us back together so that our lives once again have hope and a purpose.  And in His hands, I place the above studies and ask for Him to assist any who are seeking assistance in this area.


       6   AMMUNITION
       
      FOR WITH GOD, NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE
      (Luke 1:37)
       
      Psalm 55:1,2 3.4
       
      GIVE EAR TO MY PRAYER O GOD, AND DO NOT HIDE YOURSELF FROM MY SUPPLICATONS. ATTEND TO ME AND HEAR ME. I AM RESTLESS IN MY COMPLAINT AND MOAN NOISILY. BECAUSE OF THE VOICE OF THE ENEMY, BECAUSE OF THE OPPRESSION OF THE WICKED FOR THEY BRING DOWN TROUBLE UPON ME AND IN ANGER THEY HATE ME.
       
      This was a prayer of King David. A mighty warrior of his time.  He too suffered from the effects of war, killing and treachery.
       
      No person of war goes out to battle without appropriate clothing. Flak jacket, helmet, radio etc., and of course ammunition.
       
      When one is combating PTSD, we also need to wear combative clothing.
       
      What kind of gear does one wear to fight PTSD?
       
      Well first of all, the battle with PTSD is in the mind.  So that is where we concentrate our warfare.
       
      First of all, know that you need not be alone in this battle.  If you are a believer in God and the power of His Word (the Bible) then you may remember these verses:
       
      Luke 1:37  FOR WITH GOD, NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE
       
      COLOSSIANS 1:13,14:  ‘HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE POWERS OF DARKNESS AND CONVEYED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE. IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.”
       
      JOHN 14:1  LET NOTYOUR HEART BE TROUBLED, YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME.” (Jesus).
       
      PHILIPPIANS 4:6  BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER, SUPPLICATION AND THANKSGIVING, LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE  KNOWN TO GOD.
       
      HEBREWS 13:5  I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU.
       
      These are just some verses that can be used.  Here is another one. Psalm 138:8,9
       
      So we need to clothe our minds with these verses from the powerful Word of God. Write them down, stick them in your car, on your fridge, kitchen sink, computer, bathroom mirror. Let them sink into your mind.
       
      Now when you start to fire a few bullets at the enemy, he is bound to fire back, right?
      The enemy, in this case the Accuser of the Brethren, does not want to let you out of his prison.  So of course he is going to fight back.
       
      Be prepared!  He may lie to your mind and say this is a waste of time and effort. Or He may really come on strong with PTSD symptoms, but shoot back at him with the Word of God, the verses of scripture that are mighty weapons.
       
      How determined are you to win this battle?   Remember 2 Timothy 1:7  HE HAS NOT GIVEN ME A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT OF POWER, LOVE AND A SOUND MIND.
       
      Fight through for your life, your sanity and for your family.  You are a person that God loves very much. You may not have been aware of it, but He has walked every step with you, especially those steps that caused PTSD.  He knows what you have endured.
      You ask me, “Then why didn’t He stop it?”  Because quite simply, the PTSD you are suffering was caused by man who did not listen to God in the first place.
       
      If man had listened to God, there would be no evil in this world. No death, no PTSD, no violence, no hatred or anger.
       
      Thank God that He waits for us to turn to Him to solve our problems and heal us.
       

      To be continued.
      parts 1,2,3,4,5,6 

      HE HAS NOT GIVEN ME A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT OF POWER, LOVE AND A SOUND MIND. 2 Timothy 1;7
       
      I am not a medical doctor, neither am I a psychologist. Rather I am a chaplain who has listened to many stories of men and women who have served their country in war, or as a police officer, fire man or Special Emergency Services. People who all, at various times of duty, have experienced what that office leaves behind, both physically and mentally.  Below, put in a short story introduction, and followed up by other segments, are some of the things I have learned by listening. I hope they help you.

       
      The whine of incoming rockets reached the ears of those who were hunched up in their hastily made dugouts.  As the rockets landed, sand and debris rose into the afternoon heat.
       
      The sound of weapons firing, rockets landing and the shouts of men and the metallic voice from the two-way radio were to be endured until at last, the hot contact was finished. The sudden silence and stillness, in itself, was deafening.
       
      It only took short moments before muffled voices were heard checking on post battle conditions. Enemy situation? Casualties? Ammunition?
       
      A voice filled with pain was heard. His mates were at his side immediately. The groans of the injured man were met with the soothing whispers of the medic as his mates huddled close by. They saw the gaping wounds and seeping blood that began to cover the flak jacket and spread down to the camouflaged army issued trousers.
       
      The process of evacuation began immediately and in this modern day warfare, it was not long before the injured man was deposited at the waiting TRIAGE unit at the home base.  
       
      The injured man was eventually evacuated back to his homeland where his wounds were healed under expert medical attention.  His mates were relieved to see him once their tour of duty was finished and they managed to catch up and fill the injured man on the current heads up.
       
      Time moved on.  The injured man’s body was healed, but his former injuries, and the circumstances that caused the injuries began to plague him. His mind could not let go of the memories of the enemy contact and the evacuation period that followed.
       
      They call this PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
       
      The mind is an awesome part of our bodies.  It has a subconscious area that records things which have happened in our lives.  We may consciously forget incidents, but our subconscious remembers them.  When trauma is experienced, the shock of it, causes a time warp to occur.  This time of trauma settles heavily in the mind and unless helped and healed, becomes a weapon that is used against the mind’s owner repeatedly.  It may not happen immediately, but it may happen many years later.
       
      The trauma of battles experienced, or even by being hit by a bus, raped, the loss of a career or spouse, can cause memories of these events to rise up, unbidden and torment our sleep or react to the way we live.
       
      These experiences sit like logs on our shoulders and begin to govern our lives. Loud noises, screaming children, busy shopping centres or crowded restaurants become  things to avoid. Accompanying these things can be sudden shakes, night sweats, explosive anger, depression, and character changes.  It is normally about this time that the person involved tries to seek relief from such things in medication, drugs or alcohol or even becoming a workaholic.
       
      These may work for a time, but all too often the pressures that they can create, merely add to the PTSD problems: medication plays with the mind, drugs cause havoc in the physical body as well as the mind, alcohol is a poor master while being a workaholic causes further stresses on tired bodies and minds.
       
      What is a person to do?
       
      Next installment to follow shortly!
      Chaplain Carla Evans

      PART 2

      Ecc 3:2,3,4
       
      There is a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
       
      Here are words taken from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament.
       
      We gather from these verses that no matter where we are, who we are or what we have done, there will be times of mourning, laughing, dancing and tears in our lives: for that is life.
       
      How do you know you feel ill unless you have experienced health?
      How do you know the difference between tears of joy and tears of pain?
      Love and hate? Anxiety and peace?
       
      Both negative and positive experiences are needed for us to differentiate between our reaction or responses to incidents in life.
       
      PTSD in layman’s  terms, is an incident/s, occasion/s or time/s when something so traumatic  happened that the shock of that occasion/s was embedded initially in our minds.  Then, if not dealt with, recedes to the subconscious.  If other traumas are experienced, the pit of those memories goes deeper and deeper.
       
      These incidents can be likened to a camera taking a snap shot or a video recording of the situation/s.  They freeze that frame of terror, fear or shame in our subconscious memory bank so that they can be recalled, unwillingly and unbidden, time and time again to our conscious memory. The video scenes are replayed  not only in black and white but it in full colour and can also replay sounds, smells and noises.
       
      These incidents, because they are harsh and repulsive, can and do churn up within us fear, guilt and also shame, and we try to dilute them with medicine etc., or push them down.  We try to submerge them under the events of day to day living, or deny even their existence.  But they won’t be denied. Hence the willingness to use those things that can deaden their effects on our minds.
       
      So instead of burying the pain, pushing it away from us and denying their existence, can we be brave enough to face those dreadful times and deal with them?
       
      As the mind is an awesome part of us, the subconscious will not, for long anyway, accept the denial or submerging of these events.  The subconscious recall is sharp and has the ability to make us cringe and wince and cry out when activated.
       
      What the subconscious is really trying to do is to expel those times of fear and torment that occurred!
       
      Our minds, if you like, are like pressure cookers.  Fill the pressure cooker up and when the contents are cooked, the steam begins to shriek for a path of escape. Loosen the handle a little, let some steam out, and things calm down. That is until the steam builds up once more.
       
      If the steam that is building up is not released, there comes a mighty explosion and the contents of the pressure cooker are sprayed all over the kitchen.
       
      So it happens with PTSD, medication can sooth it for a time, as can alcohol and drugs or  working our butts off.  But all the time, that which caused the PTSD, is bubbling away beneath the surface.
       
      Give it time and under enough pressure, it will explode – and things may calm down for a season of time.
       
      So how are you going? Agree with me so far?
       
      To be continued.
       
      PART 3   


      Matthew 12:20 
       
      A BRUISED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK AND SMOKING FLAX HE WILL NOT QUENCH TILL HE SENDS FORTH JUSTICE FOR VICTORY AND IN HIS NAME, GENTILES WILL TRUST.
       
      How fragile is a bruised reed yet God, who loves us unconditionally, has said that in His tender care and  in the healing of us, He will  not break us; we will not be broken.  He will persevere with us until justice and victory has been achieved.
       
      The human body is made of three parts, body, soul and spirit.  We live in  a body, we have a soul, that is mind, emotions and will, and a spirit,  which is that part of us that 
      God has put into us when He breathed the breathe of life into us.
       
      Our bodies can be wounded and healed, our soul can also be wounded, that is our mind and  emotions, and our spirits can also be wounded!  The Word of God said that a wounded spirit He will not break.  Also there is a verse in Proverbs  18:14  The spirit of a man will sustain  him in sickness. But who can bear a broken spirit?
       
      The problems with PTSD therefore is that if there  have been physical injuries, they can be  healed, but the invisible scars left on the mind and which have wounded the very essence of  us, our spirits, also need healing.   Still with me?
       
      Now here is when things get heavy!  Our minds replay the incidents that torment us, our emotions become involved in the reaction to the replay and our will seems to have disappeared as it cannot stop the mind and emotions from tormenting us with memories of the past.
       
      So what can one do?  It seems we are helpless to fight this thing called PTSD.
       
      Yet God has said in His  Word,  “I am the Lord your God who heals you.”
       
      Many scoff at the possibility of a God who can heal. But I can point you or introduce you to veterans who are off medication and living normal lives.
       
      If you have something wrong with the plumbing of your house, who do you call? The wisest choice would be a plumber.
       
      So if there is something wrong with our minds and we are living in such torment, wouldn’t it be wise to call on the one who created the mind?
       
      “Ha,” you say, “I don’t believe that rubbish.”    
       
      Well you may have tried all other avenues of help and not been successful, what have you got to lose in trying this out?
       
      There are a number of things that can be put into action.
       
      First of all let me say this; If you have been a member or are currently a member of a Defence Force, you have courage.  You have faced and seen and participated in events that a civilian does not.
       
      If you have survived a rape or life threatening situation, and survived, you have courage.
      If you have lost a partner, been hit by a bus or some other trauma, you have courage, because you have survived.  Though sometimes you may wish you hadn’t!
       
      Survived as in you are still living!
       
      So I am asking you to call on that courage, however deep you have to dig, and continue reading this segment.


       Part 4


      ACCUSATIONS, GUILT AND SHAME
       
      Psalm 32:4
       
      YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE YOU SHALL PRESERVE ME FROM TROUBLE; YOU SHALL SURROUND ME WITH SONGS OF DELIVERANCE.
       

      No one on this earth is perfect.  The One who was perfect was crucified!
       
      We read in Revelation chapter 12 verse 10 about the Accuser of the Brethren.
       
      This is another name for the enemy of God, whose name is Satan.  It is his job to accuse!
      One of his greatest weapons is to accuse ourselves to ourselves.  If we have done something we are ashamed of, you can bet your bottom dollar this event will be replayed over and over again to our conscience.  It is a movie of that event that is replayed over and over again.  It makes us wince, squirm and cry out in pain of its memory. We can shake, sweat and have nightmares over it.
       
      We feel fresh guilt, shame,grief, embarrassment and horror all over again.  We ask ourselves, “Why did I do that?” or “How could I have done that?”  "How come he died and I didn't?"

      We would love to repeat that part of our lives over again and change things. Well you know and I know that is not going to happen.
       
      Or else we have had a disagreement with someone, and their words are replayed in our
      minds  and we have resident anger because of it.  Unbidden those words come back and can become exaggerated in our thinking.  This is the Accuser at work.
       
      Then because the Accuser twists things and makes us look like the victim of the incident, we seek revenge.  The Accuser loves it!  He stirs up further trouble by His accusations.
       
      If you are experiencing this, you know what I am talking about!
       
      That is why we need to forgive ourselves and those who have offended us so that the
      Accuser does not have any ammunition to fire at us!
       
      I told you that you would need courage!
       
       
      5.
       
       
      Psalm 30:11,12
       
      YOU HAVE TURNED FOR ME MY MOURNING INTO DANCING. YOU HAVE PUT OFF MY SACKCLOTH AND CLOTHED ME WITH GLADNESS.  TO THE END THAT MY GLORY MAY SING PRAISES TO YOU AND NOT BE SILENT.  OH LORD MY GOD, I WILL GIVE THANKS TO YOU FOREVER.”
       
      Doesn’t that sound great, to be able to have all this pain and mourning taken away and for it to be replaced with singing and gladness and joy?  Is it possible you ask?  The God I serve is not a liar.  If He says He will do something, He will do it.
       
      BUT we have to meet Him in His endeavours to heal us.
       
      I have heard frequently the words, “I will never forgive that man for doing that to me.”  Or “I will never forgive ........for what happened.”
       
      What has forgiveness got to with combating  PTSD?
       
      1. Forgiveness. (Told you it would take courage.)  You say and perhaps have said, “I will never forgive them for what they did to me.”  OK that’s your prerogative.  But when we refuse to forgive someone, we are negatively tied to them all the time.  Our unforgiveness harbours hatred and anger and bitterness.  So who are we really hurting here?  Ourselves or the person who offended us?  The one who caused offence or the situation that causes us to cry out in our sleep doesn’t feel our pain.  We do. We are the ones who have to carry it and live with it, sleep with it and eat with it.
       
      That is why it is written in the Word of God to forgive those who offend us so that God can forgive us of the wrong things we have done.  When we can start to say those words, “I forgive you” a little chink in the PTSD armour begins to occur and the answers to our heart’s cries begin.
       
      For when we forgive those who have offended us, they no longer can hurt us. The anger that rises up, and that unforgiveness which can cause stomach ulcers or heart problems or high blood pressure then have no root, nothing to feed on.  That in itself is a major healing breakthrough.
       
      Then the second step in forgiving someone is to bless them.  For the Word of God says to “Bless those who persecute you.”  Haven’t we been persecuted by our hatred and anger and bitterness?   If we can bless those who have offended us, we have made major progress indeed.
       
      Can’t get past the idea of forgiving someone or an event that happened in your life?  Courage my friend, courage.  Get alone and ask God to help you, then just whisper the words, “I forgive......”.  If you can do this, something will start to break in your life.
       
      If that word forgive, gets stuck in your throat, you know you are on the right track.
       
      You may need to forgive yourself over a situation.  How do you do that?  “God, Your Word says that if I come to you and ask for forgiveness, you will forgive me” Mark 2:7b)  And if you forgive me, who am I not to forgive myself!
       
      Take the initial step and God will meet you more than half way!
       
      NOW IF YOU NEED TO HEAR SOMEONE SAY TO YOU “I FORGIVE YOU”,  then let me say it here and now,  I Carla Evans, forgive you.  I forgive you. I forgive you!
       
      During this time if you have taken a tiny step towards your healing, you may be overcome  with weeping or emotional gut wrenching sobs.  That’s OK, go ahead and weep, sob or whatever.  They are healing tears! Or ‘Holy Water’ as I call them sometimes. Washing clean the shame, guilt and pressure that has been carried.
      If you feel anger or grief or bitterness welling up, that’s good! God is answering your hearts cries!  BUT hand those feelings over to God! Don’t hang onto them, let them go!   Imagine yourself putting all those negative emotions in  a box, put the lid on, and hand it up to God and say to Him, “You take them, I’ve carried them far too long, they are now yours.  Thank  you that you want to take them, and thank  you Jesus for dying on the Cross of Calvary to allow my healing to take place.”
       
      To be continued.................



      Jeremiah 29:11

      FOR I KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT I THINK TOWARDS  YOU, SAYS THE LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE AND NOT OF EVIL, TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND A HOPE.

      2015. A brand new page of our lives which has not, as yet, been written on. The old year is history and New Year's resolutions will be made and broken.
      What do you want to bring with you into this new year?  Can you leave all the old baggage behind and press onto new things?
      Can you bless those who are around you? 
      Can  you do good to those who perhaps are not quite so good to you?
      Can you reach out a hand to those in need?
      Can you ring a friend who has not heard from you for a while?
      Can you thank God for your parents?

      If you can, that's a very good start to 2015. No resolutions made so none are broken.

      Stay safe, stay well and may God be your Fortress and your Rock, your Shelter in all storms and  may His peace and joy flood  your whole being so that you cannot but help to praise Him!

      Chaplain Carla Evans



      Finding the Way

      An exhausted soldier lay down on his cot.  He had not been out on patrol; his exhaustion resulted from carrying the emotional back-pack of former patrols.

      No longer did his back-pack carry water, first aid equipment, extra ammo or food supplies. It held pain, truama, fear, shame, anger and loneliness and this one was far heavier than the first.

      This current back-pack was one he could never shake off. He could never place down on the ground while his body had its rest.  No he carried this one with him 24/7.

      Then one day, he met the “Chief” the CO. Standing to attention in front of such an officer, the soldier saluted smartly. 

      “Soldier, why haven’t you removed your back pack?” The CO asked.

      “Sir, it’s moulded to me, it’s a part of me, I can’t remove it.” Replied the soldier.

      “Would you like to remove it soldier?”

      “Yes Sir! But I can’t!”

      The CO looked at the soldier with respect and understanding, “Soldier, my 2IC is pretty good at this kind of thing, the removing of burdens that are too hard to carry.  Want me to ask Him to help you?”

      “Yes Sir.”

      Turning to the Officer standing beside Him, the CO said, “This soldier’s back pack is too heavy for him to carry any more. Do your thing with him.”

      The 2IC stepped forward and gazed at the weary soldier, almost bent double now because of the weight on his back.

      “Soldier,” He said, “I’m willing to take that burden from your back if you are willing to give it to me.”

      “How can I do that Sir?” The soldier asked.

      “I want you Soldier, to look at that hill out the window, see it?”

      “You mean the one with the cross on it?”

      “Yes soldier, that’s the one.  I want you to walk up that hill and kneel at the base of that cross. Then I want you to understand that the One who died on that cross, who sacrificed His life, shed His blood in the biggest spiritual battle in this world’s history, who was whipped and tortured by the enemy but came through victorious, ask Him to removed your back pack.”

      The soldier looked confused. “But I can’t see anyone there to help me.”

      “That’s right soldier,” continued the 2IC, “you can’t see what is in your back pack either can you, but you can feel the weight and the pain of it in your body can’t you? You can’t see the One who is more than willing to take your back pack, but He is there, and he will. Just be willing to let it go and He will take it.”

      “How?” asked the soldier.

      “Trust Him, He has never let anyone down so far who has come to Him with an honest heart and asked for help. Soldier, you have witnessed many things, endured much and suffered much, this trusting is another battle.  But even as the One on the Cross, won His battle so that He could help you, you have to trust Him to do His job.”

      “That’s hard Sir, to trust someone you can’t see.”

      “As hard as watching a mate die? As hard as hearing the screams of the wounded? As hard as hearing your heart pound during a hot contact?  Yep, it’s hard, but others have done it and have been rewarded for their efforts. Just trust and believe.”

      “Sir, I just kneel at the Cross, is that all?”

      “Soldier, kneel at that Cross and ask Him who won His battle and paved the way for everyone else to win their battles, to take your burden and to give you His peace in its place. He will do it.”

      “Sir, thank you Sir.”

      “Up to you soldier, this is not a command, you have to decide if you want to receive His help.   As you were soldier.” The CO moved on down the line.

      Chaplain Carla Evans


         


      Is December 25 a holiday or a Holy Day?
       
      Two thousand and fourteen years ago, the birth of a baby stopped the clock of the world and reprogrammed it.  Before the birth of this baby, we knew time to be measured as BC, but after His birth, it is recorded as AD.
       
      Who was this baby that was the cause of such a major event in the world?
       
      A boy child, not born in a house or hospital, but in a stable.  A place where shepherds, who had been out minding their sheep were visited by angels proclaiming the good news to all mankind that a Saviour had been born, were able to visit. A Saviour who would save the people from all their wrong doings, faults and misdemeanours.
       
      There had been a very bright star in the heavens too leading up to the birth of this child. A star that Wise men had not seen before and as it moved across the skies, they decided to follow it.  They were reminded of a prophetic word given hundreds of years before, of how a child would be born to save mankind.  Packing up precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, they followed the star and so they too came to meet this boy child and offer him their gifts.
       
      The child grew. The rulers of Rome and the religious rulers of Israel became worried.  For this child, now a man of average stature and looks was performing miracles. Witnesses saw him raise the dead, heal lepers, restore hearing and speech and deliver those troubled by evil forces. All the time he spoke about a Kingdom.  Not an earthly one, but a Heavenly Kingdom, and He was the Son of the King of that Kingdom.  His name was Jesus.
       
      The Jewish Pharisees and religious leaders wanted his blood. For in their understanding of things, he blasphemed God.  He also embarrassed them by calling them unprincipled leaders of the people, selfish, robbers of the poor and of being proud. Jesus expounded on the love of God and His desire for all to enter His Kingdom.  A Kingdom not made with hands or flesh, but a spiritual one.  Thousands believed and began to follow Him. They turned from the teachings of law given by the Pharasees and embraced the teachings of grace, undeserved favour, love and forgiveness. 
       
      The gospels of the bible had not been written before this time, but Jesus was, by the way he lived and taught, the gospel that would be written.
       
      And so it was that at 33 years of age, this man Jesus was crucified. By His death, He became the Saviour of the World.  The good news is that he is not dead!  He rose from the dead and sits on the right hand of His Father, waiting for us to join Him in glory; far above all pain, sickness, despair, poverty, brutality and fear. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you too will be saved!
       
      So is December the 25 a holiday or a HOLY DAY?

      Chaplain Carla Evans
      Isaiah 53, Matt.1:18ff,Luke 1



       


      REMEMBERING VICTORY THROUGH THE BATTLES
      Revelation 2:7


      100 years ago, over 100 Australian Light Horseman thundered across the desert to free Beersheba from the 400 year Turkish Rule. Many prior battles had failed to gain victory, but it was these 100 Aussies, with their walers (horses) that poundered across the barren, sandy strip of land towards the Turkish soldiers who were firing their guns as rapidly as possible against the oncoming Aussies.
       
      Faithful  horses and brave men claimed victory that day and Australia had made a place for herself in



       military history.  Courage under conflict. Bravery under bullets. Commitment under controversy.
       
      The traits of a person dedicated to a mission.  What kind of things in life are you committed to?  One that aids those around you? One that is safe and secure?  One that is selfish?  Or perhaps life has been so hard, you aren’t sure any more just to what you are committed.
       
      In these days in which we live, many people are being killed or tortured for what they believe in: and it does not necessarily have to be over religion!
       
      So what do you believe in? Or perhaps the question should be, “Does what you believe in bring you peace, contentment and a certain knowledge that if you died, (and we pray that does not happen,)  but if it did, would you have confidence that after death, a new life awaited you.  A life where the God of Heaven, the Creator of all the Universe, the God that breathed His life into mankind, was waiting to say to you, “Well done, you good and faithful servant.”
       
      A place where angels choirs are heard, where Jesus, the Son of God, has prepared a special place for you, where there is no more pain, no more hunger, no more death.
       
      It’s yours for the asking!  John 14:6 says “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”   Believe on the words of Jesus and eternal life is yours.
       
      However, like all things in this world, there is always a negative to a positive. John 10:10 refers to our enemy.  ‘THE THIEF DOES NOT COME EXCEPT TO STEAL, AND TO KILL AND TO DESTROY.  I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY MAY HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY.”  Don’t let the enemy whisper to your mind that the offer of eternal life is a lie for He would rob you of the joy and peace and the promise of life hereafter if He could.
       
      May God release His blessing on you all.

      Carla Evans Chaplain
      ENCOURAGEMENT
      Encouragement! We all need it!
      Can’t get up that rope ladder in training? Hate scaling backwards down those cliffs? Does the long distance run seem never ending? Family pressures  overwhelming?  Can’t get on with the boss?  The old car seems to be using more oil than petrol? Kids are running riot? The bank balance is in the red?
      Life is tough at times and sometimes we don’t seem to be able to see that light at the end of the tunnel that signals stresses are coming to an end.

      Doesn’t it do your heart good though and doesn’t it lighten the moment when a friend comes up to you, puts a hand around your shoulder and gives you a word of encouragement?   Doesn’t it make life brighter when on coming home from work a child or partner smiles at you and gives you a hug?  Makes all the hard work worthwhile doesn’t it?

      Ever been walking down the street and a stranger gives you a smile? Lifts the darkness a little doesn’t it? Even if you do wonder who that person is and scratch your brain to see if you know them from somewhere.

      Ever heard of the horse racing for a big win and was starting to lag behind the others when his jockey whispers in his ear, “Roses are red, violets are blue, losing horses are turned into glue.” The horse, so the story teller informs us, won the race.  Encouragement!

      Sometimes in life, problems are very hard to carry. We feel defeated before even getting out of bed in the morning. Nothing goes right during the day, and once more, back in bed, the night seems so long, lonely and dark.

      Want to break the circuit of defeat and loneliness and despair?  It will cost you!  It will be an effort to accomplish it!  Here is the secret: All you have to do is reach out your hand and help someone else.

      How can you help? A smile, a word of encouragement such as, “G’day, how are you going?”  Do something for someone else that you would like to happen to you.   If you can do this, your day will be brighter!  Of course, when everything inside you screams to stay miserable, defeated and unhappy, the last thing you want to do is to make someone else happy! Right?

      The bible says that we ought to do to others as we would have them do to us. An old proverb says for a man to have friends, he must show himself friendly.   The bible also says that Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than any brother.

      I try and live by my own motto, “Smile, it confuses the enemy!”

      God bless you, may He keep you safe, warm your hearts, bring joy to your lives and please consider yourselves hugged!

      1 Cor. 10:18  NO TEST OR TEMPTATION THAT COMES YOUR WAY IS BEYOND THE COURSE OF WHAT OTHERS HAVE HAD TO FACE. ALL YOU NEED TO REMEMBER IS THAT GOD WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN; HE’LL NEVER LET YOU BE PUSHED PAST YOUR LIMIT;  HE’LL ALWAYS BE THERE TO HELP YOU COME THROUGH IT.





      AND YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ALONE IN THIS WORLD!!!!

      Feeling a bit depressed?          Emotions weighing you down?   Forgotten how to smile?

      You reckon no body loves  you?   Ashamed because of your past life and what you may be dealing with now?    In trouble with authorities?

      Not enough education to do what you want to do in life?   Feel intimidated?

      Tired of giving out and getting nothing in return?   Anger management problems?

      WELL HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU!
      Some very important men in the bible were as human as you and I.  They were no big deal holy men that made the ground shake when they walked by.  They were not up to proclaiming publicly what they were really  like on the inside of themselves.

      They were ordinary men doing  extraordinary things.  Why?  Because their hearts were humble enough for God to use and they did not think they were anyone special!

      Lets look at Noah:  Under God’s direction he built an ark that saved his family and two of every kind of the animals that God created.  But he loved the drink!

      Moses: a man who led the Children of Israel out of 400 years of slavery in Egypt.  Did he come dressed in a marine uniform, acting like Rambo and getting all bloodied in battle?
      NO: Rather he stuttered and was a murderer.

      Abraham: The Father of Christian nations.  Did he boast of how many children he would have? Did he boast of his great possessions and relationship with Kings of Nations?  NO. He tried to lie his way out of trouble by using his wife to  cover for him.

      King David:  This mighty King who subdued all nations around him and governed Israel for 40 years. He had a problem: He committed adultery, never chastised or corrected his children and his son slept with his concubines in full public view.

      King Solomon: The wisest  king that ever lived.  He gave advice and wisdom to others, but failed to use it in his own life.

      Elijah:  He proved to be inconsistent in his faith in the God he served and folded under pressure.
      Hosea: His family life a mess. He divorced and remarried his prostitute wife.

      Jeremiah: The weeping man. Very emotional .
      Amos: Came from a farming background.

      John the Baptist: Lacked tact, dressed like a hippie and would not be a good dinner guest.
      Peter:  Had a violent temper, and publicly denied Jesus Christ after saying he would never leave him.

      AND YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE A TOO DIFFICULT CASE FOR GOD TO DO ANYTHING WITH? 

      There is no perfect person in this world. We all have our hang ups! The only certain thing in this world in which we live is that Jesus died for us so that we can be forgiven of all the things that make up our humanity.  Jesus saves us from ourselves! 
      And the most marvelous thing is that He loves us unconditionally and still desires to use us as we are and along life’s way, when we open our hearts to Him, He starts to change us from the inside out.
      Yeahhhhhhhh. I'm a sinner saved by His grace! Nothing I can do to add to that. But I can short change myself by not believing it!
      God bless

      Carla Evans

      THE APPLE OF HIS EYE

      Deut. 32:10
      Recently we were in the north eastern part of our state and visited an apple orchard.  I picked up one to eat. The skin was red and rosy, it was cold and when my teeth sunk into its flesh.....yum. .it was sweet but tarty and the  juice ran freely.  Bliss!

      Its a little hard to believe that our God who is Majestic and Mighty, Powerful yet full of love, has called us the Apple of His eye!
      That saying, Apple of My eye is a term of endearment, a term of affection, a term that means we mean a great deal to the person expressing such terminology.
      God has emotions. God is Love,(I John 4) He loves us unconditionally, God winks (Acts 17:30) God is jealous,(Exodus 34:14) God is faithful,(Psalm 86:16) God is kind, full of mercy(Eph 2:4) and long suffering with us His people
      God is Omniscient (Psalm 147:5),God is Omnipotent Genesis 18:14,God is Omnipresent  Proverbs 15:3, Psalm 139:7-12.
      God is all of these things, and much more, and He is the God who loves us and wants to have communication with us!
      We are the Apple of His eye and He holds us in the palm of His hand.
      What more could we want, need or desire?
      Yet sadly we are fearful of such a God and it easier to turn away from Him.  How His heart must break at our attitude towards Him.  Yet the bible states that there will come a day when every knee shall  bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Amen. 
      Chaplain Carla Evans



      BROKEN, WOUNDED AND IN PAIN
      Proverbs 18:14.

      The story is told of a man who lived some time ago. At aged 30, unmarried, he worked hard in the family business to provide for his widowed mother and siblings. He was of good temperament and the only time he got angry was when he saw the bullies of his era pushing innocent people around, people who had no ability to retaliate.
      One day, he had a career change. Leaving his mother and siblings, he walked away from the family business and began another one.  He became a Teacher.  Walking along the shores of the lake near where he lived, he met some other men who also wanted a career change.  For three years, they became itinerate teachers and went where the need was greatest for those who wanted to learn.
       People came for miles around to hear lessons on life and good and honourable ways to live.  They stood with opened mouths as the words of ‘teachers of old’ were expounded and were explained in such a way that it made sense to them.  They asked Him how He knew such things and who taught him?  He explained that He had the best teacher, His Father. He shared that His Father, was the greatest teacher of all and Had shown Him how to do things and revealed to  the people the teachings and power of the Words of His Father by healing the sick, setting people free from demonic power, even raising the dead in some cases, and always taught that people should be  responsible, to love their neighbours as themselves, be respectful to parents,  and most importantly of all, to honour and worship our Creator, the Lord God of Heaven, His Father.

      This man’s name was Jesus. He was the Son of God.

      Our Father, our God, who watches and grieves over the badness in this world, whose heart grieves for the helpless and unhappy people he has created. His eyes can see that the enemy of mankind, Satan, the destroyer, is robbing mankind of peace and security, and replacing them with hatred, bitterness and violence.  Yet, right from the beginning, He had a plan. AND WHAT A PLAN!

      So Jesus, the Son of God, in 2BC, left His glorious, heavenly spiritual body, and came to earth as a baby born of Mary, wife of Joseph, both descendents of King David, a great and mighty warrior King who had saved Israel from her surrounding enemies.

      Jesus, at the age of 33, was crucified and died. He became the perfect sacrifice that God needed to enable mankind to be restored to Himself. He died a very cruel death that we might live. (Isaiah 53:5).
      Jesus bruised and broken body dying on that Cross of Calvary was for our redemption and spiritual healing. Jesus brokenness became a perfume to God. A sweet aroma of sacrifice, obedience and love for humankind, which is very hard to understand, but for those who believe, so thankful that He did!  (Isaiah 43:25,26)

      Deaths are usually mourned and grieved. But not this one.  This death causes us to rejoice and shout in victory. Jesus died that we may be accepted once again by God.  No longer does God see our sins, rather He sees us covered over by the blood of His Son Jesus, and the aroma of His death enables us to be accepted into God’s very presence.  The enemy Satan has been beaten and overcome because of Jesus' death on the Cross of Calvary.

      When experiences of life bring  us their pain and grief, and we feel bruised and broken, remember what Jesus did for us.  He made it possible for us to overcome through our experiences of life and we too, can become sweet perfume to our Heavenly Father who loves us so much. (Isaiah 45:46:5,6)
      Carla Evans

      Joshua’s battle

      Joshua Chapters 1,2,3

      The Israelite, Joshua son of Nun, and Moses assistant stood overlooking the city of Jericho and pondered over his life.
      Born into slavery in the land of Egypt, serving in the army of the Kingdom of Pharaoh, witnessing the 10 plagues that the God of Israel had caused to come cross the people and the land of Egypt because Pharaoh refused to allow the release of the 400 year captivity of the Israelites.
      He had seen the Red sea split in two to allow the Children of Israel to cross over to the other side into the  land of Canaan on dry ground, then watched in awe as the waters came cascading back together, trapping and drowning Pharaoh and his soldiers and chariots.
      Joshua had seen the fire that protected the escaping children of Israel as it gave them warmth by night and the cloudy pillow as it guided and protected the children of Israel by day. He had seen miraculous things. Water gushing out of a rock when Moses tapped it with his rod, manna and quail coming into their camp to feed the vast multitude of people, and then he had also seen the anger of God as the Children of Israel had made a golden calf to worship instead of the Most High God.
      For 40 years Joshua had been Moses assistant but Moses was dead for the Lord God of Heaven had taken him.
      And now Joshua had been called by the most High God to step into Moses shoes and lead the Children of Israel in their next divine plan.  That was to capture the land of Canaan and claim it for the Lord God of Israel, a land of milk and honey for the desert treading Israelites.
      A place they could call home and flourish and multiply and worship the Lord their God.
      Joshua looked at the city of Jericho.  It was the first battle they faced, the first city to conquer, the first testing of his leadership.
      Then the words that the Lord God Almighty had spoken to Joshua filled his mind.  Where ever you put your feet, no man shall be able to stand against you. Be strong and courageous, do not tremble or be afraid Joshua for as I was with Moses, so shall I be with you.”
      Then Joshua arose early the next morning, and setting out from Acacia Grove where they were camped, he came to the River Jordan.
      Then he and his army of Israelites, crossed over and began their siege of the city of Jericho. Following the Lord God’s plans, they walked around the city in silence for 7 days. God had warned them not to say a word, but to march in silence around this city. The priests of Israel carried the Ark of the Covenant before them as they silently walked around Jericho.
      Then on the 7 day, they walked around the city 7 times, they began to shout and praise the Lord. They played their musical instruments and continued to shout their praises to God.
      Another miracle opened up before their eyes.  According to the bible, we read that the walls of Jericho fell down. No arrow was fired, no battle enjoined, they watched and shouted out more praises to the God of Heaven as those walls of this great city fell down before them.
      Then Joshua and his army entered Jericho, victors of their first battle.
      What can we learn from this story of Joshua?
      Joshua was a faithful man. He took the position of Moses assistant seriously. While his brothers were making the golden calf to worship, Joshua had been waiting for Moses to come down from the Mountain after talking to the Lord.
      Joshua had been one of 12 spies sent into the land of Canaan to bring back reports of the land that God was taking them into.  Joshua and his friend Caleb, were the only two out of the 12 that said they could conquer this land.
      When Moses died, it was Joshua that God put the mantle of leadership on.
      Yet Joshua was afraid. Three times in the first 9 verses of the book of Joshua God said to him, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
      Is the Lord calling you to do something these days in which we live? 
      Are you afraid of being too old or too young, or not qualified? Are you perhaps intimidated by those around you, afraid of your past life and the things you have done so you don’t think you are good enough to do anything for the Kingdom of God?
      Are you still viewing yourself as a slave and being in a type of prison to your lifestyle?
      I have absolutely wonderful news for you!  If you come to the Lord Jesus Christ, admit all the things that plague you, ask His forgiveness, and blessing, then you are set free!  Perhaps not from the consequences of what you have done, but you are free to accept and live in God’s blessings and grace for the rest of your natural life.
      Any consequences of your past life will not be faced by you alone. For you now have the God of all Heaven and Earth to walk beside you. The God that parted the Red Sea, the God that heals physically and emotionally and raises people from the dead.
      The God that can turn the hearts of a judge to work in your favour. The God that can open up doors for employment or a healed marriage. The God that gave us the breathe of life. The God that has made a way for us to live with Him for eternity through his Son, Jesus Christ.
      Can I repeat the words that God said to Joshua?  Do not worry or be dismayed, for I am the Lord your God and I will go with you every step of your life. Do not worry or be afraid, do not tremble or be afraid, but be courageous, for the Lord your God is with you.
      And He that is for us, is more than he that is against us.
      Praise God. Come, enjoy the fellowship with the brethren of God, step into the waters of the Red Sea, the Sea of your life, and watch how God guides, protects and guards you.
      Chaplain Carla Evans

      How much are you worth?

      What is the most shameful, selfish and perhaps aggressive thing you have done in your life?
      If we are honest, these are events that we try to keep hidden deep in our minds so they are never remembered. Sometimes though, when relaxed, sound asleep, or walking down the road, these memories rise up and like a fiery dart, make us wince in their memory.

      Well guess what?  I have good news for you.

      But first let me explain.  Even as we have physical wars, there are also spiritual wars.

      There is a battle going on in our minds and spirits.  We cry out, “Let me forget those times.”  But somehow, they rise, unbidden and unwanted to torment us.

      The Bible says in Rev. 12:10 that the Accuser of the Brethren likes to keep our misbehaviour present in our minds, to keep us His prisoner of self loathing, guilt and shame. The Accuser of the Brethren, alias Satan, keeps us bowed down with deeds done or not done, words said or not said.

      Well the good news is that God, our Heavenly Father, loved us and loves us still and knows our worth.  He gave us that which He loved the most to prove His love for us.  His Son, Jesus, because of His death on the Cross of Calvary, enables us, when we believe in what He has done, to be washed clean from our past of sin and shame.
       
      When the Accuser of the Brethren points his finger at us, when people may hint at what we have formerly done, we can  hold our heads up because God knows our worth to Him, and Jesus laid down His life for us. We no longer live under the curse of our past, but under the grace, the undeserved favour, of our God, and Saviour Jesus Christ.
      BUT KNOW THIS, IF CHRIST HAS SET YOU FREE, YOU SHALL BE FREE INDEED.  That question is not debatable.  John 8:36.  John 3:16.

      Chaplain Carla Evans
      The Goodness and Severity of God
       When God wants to teach a man, and instruct a man and use a man
      When God wants to mould a man to play a noble part,
      When God yearns with all His heart to build so great and bold a man
      That all the world shall be amazed, then watch God’s methods, watch His ways!
       
      How He ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects
      How He hammers man and hurts him and with mighty blows converts him
      Into shapes and forms of clay which only God can understand
      While man’s tortured heart is hurting and he turns to God’s own hand
      Yet God bends but never breaks when man’s good He undertakes
      How He uses whom He chooses, and with mighty power infuses  man
      With every act reduces man to show His splendour out
      God knows what He is about.
      Anonymous


      Who was this man Jesus?
      He was illegitimate.  Who could accept the fact that Mary, a young virgin would fall pregnant without the aid of human sperm. He also had younger brothers and sisters by His earthly Father, Joseph.
      He had a low paying job as a carpenter. Did not attend university. Did not attend a Theological College. No board meetings to show him how to launch a ministry. He was a friend to prostitutes, fishermen and the despised tax gatherers. He died as a criminal with criminals.
      His birth was prophesied 400 years prior to His coming. (The British Encyclopaedia use the Bible as their cross reference in archaeology!)
      Time was separated from BC (Before Christ) to AD (After Christ).
      He rose from the dead three days after his death. Was seen by many people who knew Him before He once more rose into the clouds while his faithful disciples watched His ascent.   He promised that one day He would return again and when He did, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is the Christ, the Son of God.
      We remember Him, and all He did as this time of Passover (easter) occurs.
      He became the Blood sacrifice for us so that all who believe in Him, can have everlasting life.
      (Check out Exodus 10.)
      God bless
      Chaplain Carla Evans


      Memorial Service HMAS VOYAGER/HMAS MELBOURNE   10 February 1964    RIP

      Recently I was in a group of people who had the great honour to be invited aboard HMAS CHOULES. Fifty years ago Australia suffered its worst peace time naval disaster when 83lives were lost when HMAS MELBOURNE and HMAS VOYAGER, collided on the evening of 10 February, 1964.

      Two Royal Commissions resulted but I guess the truth will never be known as those who could have told what happened, were on the bridge of HMAS VOYAGER and sadly, went down with the ship.

      Fifty years later, HMAS CHOULES, came to anchor above the area where HMAS VOYAGER’s aft  rose high into the air and the stern followed hours later sinking  to its grave, burying within  her steel arms the lives of those young sailors and officers who were unable to escape the twisted metal, steel and other mangled debri.

      The survivor’s ranks of the crew on board HMAS VOYAGER have dwindled in the last 50 years. There is still, however, enough of them to raise the glass in memory on this special day of remembrance.

      I sat and watched them for the three days we were together.  Some were glad to see old ship mates and carried on with their laughter and chatter. Others wore the scars of that evening that had changed their lives forever; they walked, old, bent, grey and with shuffling steps.  Some were content to sit with old mates and not say anything; they had their families with them and they were the security needed for such an event.

      I listened to them talk about all that had happened since the last time they had met. Former healthy, strapping, young men now shared their experiences of grand-parenting, well earned retirement holidays and plans for future days. These men spoke together easily, cheerfully and without fear or favour.  Yet they never spoke about the event that was responsible for bringing them all together at this period of time.

      Yet when the time came for us all to board HMAS CHOULSE and on smooth seas, sail to the area where the life changing collision occurred, their attitudes, body language and conversation changed.

      Like a blanket, seriousness, sombreness, tears, quietness and a withdrawing settled upon them. The navy Chaplains, along with the Vice Admiral, conducted a very poignant Memorial Service giving words of comfort to the survivors and honouring those who laid deep beneath the gentle swell.

      On contacting some of them a few days on their return home, depression sat heavy on their shoulders. Emotions were fragile and memories of the 10 February 1964 ran deep.

      One never forgets those who have died while in serviced to our country, whether it is in war or peace times.  They were people, alive and with families, plans and dreams which had all been cut short.
      I was once again reminded of the words of a song composed by a Vietnam Veterans. Some of the words contained within it say,” Honour my life by the way you live.” So to all who have lost loved ones while on duty to their country, may I encourage us to honour their  lives by the way, the manner and the style of how we live?

      May their lives not have been given in vain; let us strive to help those around us, reaching out to those who are hurting, lost and lonely.  Not for ourselves, but in memory of those whom we knew and loved and died.  While we do this, may we remember the man Jesus, the Son of God,who died as a sacrifice for us, that we too may live a  life free of guilt and pain, because on His body, on that Cross, He bore all  our pain and despair.

      John 10:15. Proverbs 8:35.

      Chaplain Carla Evans
       
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      Ransomed, Redeemed, Restored!
      Sunday, 'He provided redemption for His people.' 


      Ever been to a pawnshop? The idea is simple; if you need money, you take a valuable item like jewellery or a musical instrument to the shop where the pawnbroker appraises it and gives you cash. But if you don't return within the specified time to redeem the item, you forfeit ownership. Although it was yours originally, you no longer have legal possession till you buy it back. And if you wait too long, it can be lost forever. Have you ever thought of yourself as somebody who needs to be redeemed, so you can be returned to your rightful owner? God created us to enjoy fellowship with Him. But sin caused us to fall into 'the snare of the devil...held captive...to do his will.'  ( 2 Timothy 2:26 NAS)


      Restoration to God, your rightful owner, could only come through redemption.
      And that's exactly what God did!

      'God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'


      Christ's death was the price of your redemption; that's how much God values you!  But redemption only becomes a reality when you realise you're a sinner, and trust Christ as your Saviour. The moment you do, He reunites you with God - ransomed, redeemed, restored to your original owner. So the question is: have you taken up His offer of salvation, the one that makes you a member of His family? If you're able to read this, it's not too late. You can do it right now wherever you are. 

      SoulFood
       
       
       
       

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      The Word of the Day - Bob  Gass


      GRACE AND PEACE BE YOURS...

      If you think God’s love for you would be stronger if your faith was stronger, you are wrong. 

      If you think His love would be deeper if your thoughts and actions were better, you are wrong again. 

      Don’t confuse God’s love with people’s love.  Their love increases with performance and decreases with mistakes.  Not so with God’s love.  He loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. 

      Max Lucado writes: “When my daughter, Jenna, was a toddler, I used to take her to a park. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us.  I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand.  Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not.  Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in  her mouth? No way. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth.  Why? Because I love her. God does the same for us.  He holds us over the fountain.  “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges.  “I’ve got something better for you.” And so He cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed.  We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice-cream.  “I can eat dirt if I want to!”... Which is true, we can.  But if we do, the loss is ours.  God has a better offer.  He wants us to be just like Jesus.

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      The Word for Today - Bob  Gass 

      BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS

      Joshua 1: 5,7,9

      Before any battle is enjoined, whether on land, sea or air, the adrenalin runs. Nervous tension fills the air, talk is reduced to whispers and fingers automatically caress the weapon that is intended for use. Orders have been given, received and prepared to be undertaken.

      Don't think, just act and respond accordingly: trust all the disciplined training received that will cause you to react the way you are meant to.  For some perhaps thoughts of family run through the mind, for others, hatred, anger and frustration towards the enemy for a mate that was killed or injured previously.

      Underlying all these emotions, is the knowledge that some may not be returning to home base. The threat of death hangs over every conflict where weapons are used. 

      Is this how a person of the 21st Century feels as they face death, see destruction and smell fear?

      It was the same long ago, when Joshua led the Children of Israel into battle in the Promised Land. Six million people had survived in the desert for over 40 years and now they were going to conquer the land which had been promised to them by the God whom they served.

      Joshua, as any sensible man would be, was afraid. He and his people had not been in battle before.  They were the sons of those who had been slaves in Egypt for over 400 years. The weapons they had were useless against those of this city of Jericho. The city itself was built as a high fortress. Yet Joshua could not forget the words which the Lord his God had said to him earlier. 

      BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, DON'T BE AFRAID, FOR I WILL BE WITH YOU.  DON'T BE DISMAYED, FOR I, THE LORD YOUR GOD, AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU. ONLY BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS.

      Joshua believed. The city was taken and victory was theirs. 

      These days, wars of life and death are not necessarily fought on a battle field.  Today, we face conflicts in the land in which we are born, among family and friends.  They may not be physical battles, but battles of words that bring destruction, that belittle a person and leave wounds deep and lasting.

      Cultures are changing. Morals and principles are getting slacker.  Violence and aggression is rising while respect for the elderly and infirm is almost non-existent. In some places,  freedom is being bound by new laws, rules and regulations.

      May I say to you this day, IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, HE IS WITH YOU AS YOU FACE YOUR INDIVIDUAL BATTLE.   ”

      As believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, or Christians as we are known by, we face battles. Battles of mocking, scoffing, doubts, fears, even death in some countries, yet be strong, be valiant in the battle, let the Word of God be your shield, let your faith arise in the One in whom you believe and follow His instructions in the battle, and you will overcome all obstacles in the way God has planned for you.

      If you are on a physical battle field and face uncertainties and fears of life, put your trust in the God who sees, hears and knows all things and may He fill your heart with peace.

      Rise up people of God, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. You are overcomers.  Not in a bullying sense, but in the power of the One in whom we serve.

      Chaplain Carla Evans

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      Doubts and Fears

      Recently I attended a funeral.  Later, during the time when everyone catches up with each other, a young man, standing with a tinnie in his hand approached me and questioned something the preacher who was conducting the funeral  had said.

      I asked him why he doubted the truth of what had been referred to as it was written in the bible. He could not answer my question and so I asked him a question of my own.  "Can’t you believe in God because of your past behaviour? You can’t risk rejection? Your pride? You are not good enough to be accepted by Him who created and loves you?"

      He thought for a moment and answered that it was probably a bit of all the above. I appreciated his honesty.

      I asked if I could give him something. He was a little uncertain but agreed to it. Taking his tinnie from his hand, I held both of his hands and looked him in the eye. Then said this; “Jesus, will you show this young man just how  much You love him, how Your love is unconditional and that You ache for him in all his bearing of his own pain and problems when  you so want to help ease his load.”

      Then loosing his hands I stepped away.  His tinnie was replaced and I walked away.

      God is big enough to show Himself to any person who has some honest questions for Him. Some times people, well meaning people, just get in the way of what He wants to do.  God likes to talk to a man’s heart, profound and personal, intimate and sweet.  His voice is like no other, deep, clear, revealing and majestic.

      Bless you all, where ever you are, who ever you are, may you reach out to Him and know for yourself the sound of His voice.

      Chaplain Carla Evans

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      You Are a  New Creation!

      2 Corinthians 5:17

      2014  is here.  The old year of 2013 has passed away, never to return.  It has taken with it 12 months of life’s experiences, laughter and pain. We can never recapture that time. Gone.  Zapped.  But what kind of legacy has it left us?

      Please understand me when I say that no matter what you experienced in 2013, this is a brand new year which has never been lived, however, will the old experiences keep us chained to 2013? For some you may have experienced the theatre of war and all its pain, trauma, crippling sights, scenes and smells. Others perhaps have experienced rejection, grief, loss of a loved one, a career, and dare I mention it: morals or principles?

      Well I bring you good news.  2 Cor. 5:17 says, THEREFORE IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION. OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY AND BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. Just like 2013 has passed away and 2014 is waiting to be lived!

      What a promise from God!  When we believe and accept Him into our lives, all the old things have gone away! We are as new creations! I have spoken to many who have become believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and they have all said that when they told the God of all the Universe that they believed in His Son Jesus, and wanted to follow the teachings of the Word of God, it was like a weight fell from their backs and minds.  The sky looked bluer, the grass greener and they were filled with peace and a quiet joy.  What a trade off!    All the pain and worry exchanged for peace and joy!  Believe me it is better felt than telt!  Sometimes the consequences of our previous actions need to be dealt with, but with Christ within us, we can smile at the storms of life!

      Yeah........I’m a new creation!  My character is being moulded for the better every day by the Hand of the One who loves me so much. He loves me because He cannot help it because HE IS LOVE!

      Come share with me in this new year the grace of God.  Not that we can earn any blessings in our life, they are a gift by His grace. It is undeserved favour He bestows upon us because He loves us – unconditionally!  No matter what we have done, where we have been, what we have said, HE IS THERE FOR US.

      As I trust in Him, He leads me in the path that is convenient for me. As I trust and reach out to Him in love, He surrounds me with His love and the more I experience His love, that love draws me closer to Him!  When I get a bit hard-hearted, or think I know a better way, He is faithful and will patiently wait until I see I'm heading in the wrong direction with bad consequences. Yet He never bull-dozes me into doing anything: like a loving earthly father, He lets me have just enough rope to test my decision against His, then when I realise I have stuffed up, He lovingly welcomes me back! I’m a work in progress, I’m a new creation, I’m a receiver of all God’s blessings He has for me,  my sins are wiped clean in God’s sight and He is healing me of the shame of those things!

      Yesssssssss.  I’m  a new creation and old things are passing away.  Come fly with me this new year in the Power of His love and grace! Happiness and wholeness for 2014 everyone! God bless, protect, provide for you  and may we all be more aware of the Love and Healing that He offers us individually as we believe in Him. What a mighty God we serve!

      Blessings

      Chaplain Carla Evans

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      Hi Everyone!  MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all !

      I’m not wishing you a ‘happy holiday,”  I am wishing you a Merry Christmas! The time when believers celebrate the birth of the King of Kings and  the Lord of Lords, the One known as Lord Jesus Christ.  Even though He was born during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, we celebrate His birth on December 25.

      The greatest gift this world ever received was the birth of this Man, Jesus. The God of all the Universe, who created all things by His Word, gave us His Son  to redeem us to Himself.  By the birth of Jesus, and His ultimate death, we are now able to come into the presence of our Heavenly Father, and talk to Him one on one.

      When Jesus was born, the forces of darkness quaked! No longer would they be able to hold mankind under clouds of darkness and death. Jesus was born to break the chains that Satan held over mankind since the first sin of Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and sin separated us from God, our Heavenly Father.

      Jesus has given us the gift of life. Jesus gives us wholeness and healing. Jesus gives us peace, love, patience, long suffering, kindness and mercy. Jesus came to love us unconditionally. Jesus came and gave us the ability to live far above all principalities and powers of darkness.

      What great gifts to receive! What a wonder that we can over-come all negative things in our lives because of the birth of Jesus. He was and is the greatest gift that anyone can receive.

      How can people just wish each other a happy holiday at this time?

      May you be blessed with all the fruits that God gives us when we open our hearts and minds to Him.  May you know that you are not alone this Christmas time because you are surrounded by the prayers of those praying for you. May you know that the grief you have experienced this year is shared by the One who loves you unconditionally. May you be aware of the release from  negative emotions as you embrace  the gift of life.

      December 25 is not a ‘Happy Holiday’ time, it is a "Holy Time.” So may you sit quietly and think of Him who gave to mankind the greatest gift possible, His Son Jesus.

      Be blessed!

      Be loved!

      Be at peace!

      Be whole,Body, Soul and Spirit!

      Chaplain Carla Evans

      RECYCLED AND RE-SALVAGED 
      During the 2 World War in England, there was a time when the making of the very needed and urgent supply of fighter planes almost came to a halt.  The reason?  There was no aluminium to build the planes.

      There was a time, so history records, that as fast as the planes rose into the skies for battle and to defend England, many were shot down by enemy forces. The cry went out to the women of England: “Give us your saucepans, your pans, your washtubs, anything with aluminium in it.” Huge trucks were driven around the streets of London and further afield to pick up those utensils.  The housewives stood on their steps and as the trucks passed by, gave willingly their pots and pans to the war effort.Then the men got to work. These gathered utensils were placed in hot furnaces, they were melted down and eventually reformed into body parts for the urgently needed aircraft.
       
      Have you ever received an object that someone else was going to throw out?  To them it was useless, obsolete, out of date, yet you could see its value and after asking nicely, managed to salvage it?

      To its original owner it was worthless, but to you, it had value.
       
      Have you ever seen antique dealers attend auctions and bid furiously for something that to the untrained eye looked like junk?  A piece of furniture, a glass, cup, jug or painting was salvaged from destruction by the eye of a person trained to seek out what was of great value, but to us common people, we thought it was useless.
       
      There is an old story that has been going around for many years.  It involves an old violin that was placed up for auction. It was battered and scarred and no one bothered to bid for it. The auctioneer tried his best to get something for it but no one was interested. Then from the back of the room a man came forward and picking up this old violin, cradled it in his arms, and, after tuning it, began to play the most beautiful, haunting music.  From the battered and scarred violin, under the touch of a Master’s hand, music flowed sweet and true. Of course the outcome is that many people then raised their hands to bid for the old violin.

      It had been salvaged.  Its battered and scarred body was hiding the beauty it was still capable of producing. Yet it took the touch of a Master violinist to bring those sounds forth.
       
      What is the moral of this story?  In our lives we experience many situations that leave us battered and scarred: emotionally, physically and spiritually. 

      When a person is hit by a bus, chaos reigns; shock, trauma and physical disabilities abound. Recovery is possible from such a tragedy, a body can heal, but emotionally, the shock of such an incident has left scars. Does that mean that person who endured such an accident,  is no longer of value to society?

      A person on the battle field can experience fear and emotions that common people could not imagine. It leaves them traumatised and battered emotionally. It is called PTSD. Post Traumatic Shock Disorder.  Does that mean that this person needs to be put on the scrap heap of life?
       
      The bible says in Proverbs 18:14  “THE SPIRIT OF A MAN WILL SUSTAIN HIM IN SICKNESS, BUT WHO CAN BEAR A BROKEN SPIRIT?”  Matthew 20:21 reads: “A BRUISED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK AND SMOKING FLAX HE WILL NOT QUENCH.”
       
      Sometimes when we are down and out, no one, including ourselves, can see the beauty of our lives that is hidden beneath the battered and scarred facade we put up.Yet the Master comes along and sees us in our despair and brokenness. He picks us up, cradles us in His arms, and with His touch, he salvages us, and He recycles us back into life.

      What does it take?  Our surrender to Him.  When we can say: “I’ve had enough. I can’t take any more. You take all my scars and battering Father, and heal me.  Touch me with Your hand and make me  whole.”

      How does He do it?  He simply loves us.  He loves us unconditionally and with the kind of love we  cannot comprehend.  He wraps His arms around us, holds us close to His chest, and takes our tears  and pain away.

      Why does He do it?  Because He loves us. When He looks on our broken-ness, His compassion sees beyond our present condition and He sees what we can be. He sees the true person He created us to be and had an original divine purpose for our lives.

      When does He do it?  When we say this prayer,
      ‘FATHER GOD, I HAVE SINNED AND BEEN SINNED AGAINST. I CAN TAKE NO MORE. YOUR WORD SAYS THAT EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.  COME BE LORD OF MY LIFE. SALVAGE ME, RECYCLE ME TO BE THE PERSON YOU CREATED ME TO BE.  FORGIVE ME FOR MY WAY OF LIFE, HELP ME TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE OFFENDED ME, TOUCH ME WITH YOUR HEALING HAND AND MAKE ME WHOLE SO THAT I CAN LIVE FILLED WITH YOUR LOVE AND DISPLAYING YOUR BEAUTY, MERCY AND GRACE.

      THANK YOU FOR MY PAST LIFE, FOR IT HAS BROUGHT ME TO THIS PLACE OF SURRENDER. NOW LEAD ME IN YOUR PATHS SO THAT YOUR LIGHT WILL ALWAYS GUIDE MY WAY. TEACH ME BY THE POWER OF YOUR HOLY SPIRIT YOUR WAYS.
      WHEN I GET OVERWHELMED, HELP ME TO LAY MY HEAD UPON YOUR BREAST UNTIL YOUR STRENGTH ENABLES ME TO CONTINUE.

      LET IT ALL BE FOR YOUR GLORY FATHER. IN JESUS NAME AMEN.

      So if you feel your life needs to be recycled or salvaged, no matter what you have done, said or been, remember at the touch of the Master’s Hand, your life can be changed.

      God bless you.

      With love in Jesus

      Chaplain Carla Evans
       
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      An itch that cannot be scratched!

      In the New Testament, we read of a man named Nicodemus.  He was a member of the Sanhedrin, which was the supreme council or court in ancient Israel.  The High Priest, being the President, had a court of 70 members who were chief priests, scribes and elders.

      During the times of the Roman rule, Pontius Pilate had governing authority while the Sanhedrin only had a governing power over the province of Judea. They also had their own police force which enabled them to imprison men but did not have the authority to execute anyone.

      Nicodemus, whom we are talking about, was also a Pharisee.  These were men who strictly observed all religious practices, and adhered to oral laws and traditions and believed in a liberal interpretation of the Bible.  These men were not often liked by the general population of their day and were often referred to as the “Bruised and Bleeding Prophets” owing to the fact they had such a high opinion of themselves that they would rather close their eyes and risk walking into a wall than look at a women who may be walking towards them.  They stood in Temple courts praying out loud for everyone to hear their pious prayers and made public donations into the Temple’s offering box. Bound by legalism and great self worth, these men were a law unto themselves. As a dictionary explains, they were a “sanctimonious, self-righteous, or hypocritical person.”
       
      Nicodemus was both a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin and he was not a happy man. He had gained positions of authority and power, yet he had an itch that could not be scratched and he had a driving urge to discover the truth of things.
       
      So the man Nicodemus sought out Jesus in the darkness of the night where his peers would not be able to see what he was up to.  He asked Jesus many questions and began with “Rabbi, Teacher, we know and are certain that you are come from God as a teacher. For no one can do these signs, these wonderful works, these miracles and produce the proofs that you do unless God is with Him.” (John 3: 1-21)
       
      The Pharisees were men with a growing major problem.  Their foundational beliefs in how they interpreted scriptures, of witnessing miracles, of seeing the freedom the teachings of Jesus was bringing to the people in releasing them from legalistic laws and pharisaic traditions was rattling their cages so to speak.
       
      The majority of Pharisees became angry men.  They considered themselves to be the supreme religious leaders of the time and no carpenter’s son was going to take away their authority or reputation. 
       
      No matter how many times they put tricky questions before Jesus trying to trap Him, Jesus was always wise in His answers. They tried to trick Him into blaspheming and also usurping their ruling authority which would enable them to arrest Him. (Matthew 22:15-20). In the fullness of time, that is what happened, but not before the timing of God allowed it and not before these Pharisees had lied and co-erced others to lie in giving false witness about the teachings of Jesus.
       
      Perhaps the hardest thing to swallow was to see the common people running out to hear Jesus speak by the Sea of Galilee or, horror of horrors, speaking in the Synagogues! When Jesus was around, no longer were they the respected teachers and leaders!
       
      So under cover of the dark night, Jesus answered and explained to Nicodemus that one cannot inherit eternal life by obeying the laws of man, but only by receiving salvation through believing in the One who loves us all unconditionally by believing on His name. Nicodemus was a wise man and with great courage he accepted the teachings of Jesus. He had sought Him out personally and had found that the itch he had was now satisfied!
       
      Nicodemus stood against his peers at the illegal court held to crucify Jesus and, at great risk to his safety and reputation, together with Joseph of Arimathea, obtained permission from Pilate to remove Jesus' body from the Cross and lay it in a tomb in preparation for a respectful burial. In doing this he was openly defying the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin.
       
      No man, on hearing the truth about life and death, love and forgiveness, and touching the power of  the Anointed One, can ever remain t he same.
       
      Nicodemus left the laws, traditions, legalism of his teachings, his way of life, and began to live without condemnation, without fear of eternal death, and embraced love, acceptance and forgiveness.
       
      He had heard Jesus say to the spiritually hungry crowds: “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME. BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME, THE ANOINTED ONE, THE MESSIAH, TO PREACH THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO ANNOUNCE RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND; TO SEND FORTH DELIVERED THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN, BRUISED, CRUSHED AND BROKEN DOWN BY CALAMITY; TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTED AND ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD, THE DAY WHEN SALVATION AND THE FREE FAVOURS OF GOD PROFUSELY ABOUND.”
       
      This is what he wanted.  This is what he ached for.  He knew he was spiritually blind and bound. His teachings had bruised and crushed him and also those whom he taught, he wanted to be accepted by His Creator, the one whom Jesus represented.  This was the path he chose to walk for the rest of his life.
       
      Do you have an itch that cannot be scratched deep within yourself?  Do you have an emptiness that is never filled no matter how much alcohol, drugs, pornography, money, power or sport you try to fill it with.

      Jesus is the answer.  He is the way, He is the truth and He is the life.  No one else will ever be able to satisfy you completely like He can and does.
       
      Remember there is a major difference in being religious and being a Christian!
      Bless you.

      Chaplain Carla Evans

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      The Churches One Foundation
       
      I want to explain in my own way about the tri-unity of God.

      I love the first few verses of John’s gospel ESPECIALLY IN THE Amplified bible:
      IN THE BEGINNING BEFORE ALL TIME WAS THE WORD, CHRIST, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD HIMSELF.
      HE WAS PRESENT ORIGINALLY WITH GOD.

      ALL THINGS WERE MADE AND CAME INTO EXISTENCE THROUGH HIM AND WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT EVEN ONE THING MADE THAT HAS COME INTO BEING
      IN HIM WAS LIFE AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN AND THE LIGHT SHINES ON IN THE DARKNESS, FOR THE DARKNESS HAS NEVER OVERPOWERED IT, PUT IT OUT, OR HAS NOT ABSORBED IT,  HAS NOT APPROPRIATED  IT AND IS UNRECEPTIVE TO IT.

      Now God is God. He is one person, Jesus, His Son and the Holy Spirit form the
      completion of the tri-unity.  Three in one, one in three!

      They are in such loving unity that when you look at one, they all look the same. They work together as a team. For example, the bible says that in the beginning was God.  He was there, and with Him was Christ Jesus, His Son Jesus, and with God together spoke the Word of creation while the Holy Spirit hovered and breathed on the earth and all that God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit did together became a living mass.

      I understand the tri-unity better by looking at ice.  Ice is ice, ice, when melted, becomes water. Then of course, out of water, comes steam.  They are all in essence, one, but they are separate.

      Such is the tri-unity of God. Each is important to the other, because they are a team in unity and harmony. Each has a purpose and each has a major part to play with us as God’s creation.

      Where would we be if God had not created us? Where would we be if Jesus had not died for us? Where would we be if the Holy Spirit was not our teacher, guide and helper in these times in which we live?

      Sometimes, if you are like me, the enemy Satan, would come and whisper negative things to my mind like, “How do  you know the bible is true?” and “Is this really so?” and “what if this is a lot of made up stories, like turning water into wine? Raising the dead? You have never seen it, so why should you believe it?”
      He brings confusion and spreads his deceit where ever he can. That is why it is so important to our spiritual lives that we have daily communion with God, it is imperative to our strength and faith that we talk and walk as much as we can with the tri-unity of our faith.

      We need to affirm in our understanding, through faith, that our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ His Son and the Holy Spirit are the focus of our Christian walk.
      Satan is a created being and has no more power than what is allowed him.
      We too are God’s creation, even though we sin, Jesus made it possible for us to be reunited with God. From Heaven did He come, seeking us out. He came to seek and to save. He paid the highest price for us, His life, and no greater love can anyone have than to lay down their lives for friends, and we are greater than friends, we are as it says in the Word of God, are His ‘beloved.’

      From every Nation, tribe and tongue, not just for us western white skinned people did Jesus die and offer us eternal life for believers have one constitution; One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.

      Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Together, believers of every
      nation under heaven will one day come together to bless, praise and Honour our Lord God in Heaven.

      In the meantime, until His return, we are fed by the Holy Spirit with manner which strengthens us and bonds our love for our Father God and each other while at the same time, being cleansed from t he results of Adam’s sin in our lives.
      With the promises of God, the hope that is in our hearts, we walk this walk on this earth pressing into the fulfilment of God’s plans for us.

      We cannot do this in our own strength, but our the One who loves us, Jesus, covers our shortcomings with His blood and His grace, He gives us undeserved favour as He carefully guides us and brings us into unity with Him and each other.

      With this grace, He also asks of us to be gracious to those around us, testifying of God’s love operating in our lives. Forgiving, loving as He loves and teaching His truths to us. So ought we to live and show His love by loving those around us.

      In this sea of humanity, Jesus came to seek us out to be His own. He left the perfection of His Father in Heaven where He was loved and cherished and came to this earth, a wreathing snake pit of sin and evil, to testify of His Father’s love for us, to allow us to be restored to our proper place and relationship with our Father in Heaven.

      God has His people made up of different races, different coloured skin, different cultures, different shapes and sizes but in Christ we are one, united in His great love.

      Because of His great love, we can share the grace that enables us to accept others that look and are different from us because they, like us, are believers.
      Together we are pressing into and onto the glory that is ours in Christ Jesus.
      Even as Jesus set us an example while He was here in the flesh and suffered rejection, humiliation and sufferings beyond description, He fulfilled His part of
      God’s divine plan and now has passed the baton onto us.

      Did you realise that God needs us to fulfil His plans? I know He can use a rock or a stone or a donkey to do His work, but He has chosen us, who were made after His image, to finish the work and bring the works of the devil to nought and bring the whole creation, the whole of God’s plan, to a finale and victory.

      Down through the ages, men and women have suffered and died for believing in Jesus. Down through the ages, men and women have died believing that Jesus would return to this earth once more and save mankind from the clutches of the enemy. They have been martyred, accused of heresy, of being religious fanatics and oppressed without and tormented in mind by the Accuser of the Brethren. 

      Yet they stood their ground and have left us an inheritance which we need to safe guard and fulfil our role so that we can pass the baton onto others until the coming day of Jesus. That is if we have not been promoted to glory before that wonderful day of Jesus’ return!

      Down through the ages men and women have cried out, “How long Lord before you come?” They did not give up, they held onto their faith. It must have been like children today when taken on a long car trip, “How long before we get there, How much further?”

      We need to encourage each other as we see days of darkness approaching. We need to hold fast to the vision of our spiritual ancestors who did not waver in their faith but believed the Word of God and held on through the seasons of tears, uncertainties and strivings as they fasted, prayed and interceded for the purposes and plans of God to be fulfilled.

      How can people who are not believers live without the certainty of the love of God and the fellowship of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit?

      How do those people who are not believers look on earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires and plagues without the sure knowledge that God is in control?

      How can we describe to them the excitement of seeing the books of the bible being revealed as we live each day, in the prophecies coming to pass, the healing which is flowing and the signs and wonders that will happen? All these things should be exciting us, yet making us concerned for those who do not believe and have no hope.

      God’s glory reigns within us, happy we should be when trials and testings come our way, because then we know that we are sons of God.

      Happy we should be when rejection and hurts come our way because we know that we have entered into the fellowship of the sufferings of the saints of God.
      Happy we should be and rejoice when the Accuser of the brethren comes and lies to us, trying to deceive us and cause confusion.  Blessed are we when we face these kinds of trials and overcome them in the strength of the Word of God.  We should be jumping with joy, shouting out loud our praises to God, because all this is happening because we are the Sons of God, the Overcomers, the Bride of Christ.

      We will prevail because God has ordained it. He holds us in the palm of His hand, we are the apple of His eye, we have been purchased with the Blood of His Son, we have been filled with His Holy Spirit, He lives in us, and because of that, we can and will and must overcome.

      The church of God will never perish. It is up to us to walk that walk that we can walk in God to help preserve the efforts of our spiritual ancestors and to make the path clear for those coming behind us.

      Troubled times are ahead. Many countries already are enduring very trying times. Many Christians have already lost their lives because of their beliefs in the God of Heaven, His Son Jesus and the third member of the tri-unity, the Holy Spirit.
      God sees it all. He hears the cries of those who have left all for Him. As it says in the book of Revelation, our prayers have risen to the Throne room of God and He has placed all those cries and prayers in a chalice. In this chalice are fragrant oils and soon this chalice will be lifted and poured over His alter and the fragrance will rise before God like a sweet smelling incense. THEN HE WILL MOVE, and no man, no power in heaven or on earth will stop Him fulfilling the plan He had before creation. Those names who are written in the Lambs book of Life will receive their reward, those who do not call on His name will face a very sad different path.
      Please, I ask you to call on Him while there is time.

      Chaplain Carla Evans

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      Navigation

      More on sailing: Psalm 46.

      Some time ago now, my husband and I enjoyed a ship’s cruise to New Zealand.
      We had been at sea about 5 days before bad weather caused many to flee to their cabins and seek medicinal assistance!  Even though the ship had stabilisers, we still endured mild ‘rocking and rolling’.  It must be my Viking blood, because I, much to some peoples disgust, enjoyed it!

      While others were lying down and definitely not portraying their usual facial colour, I was outside, walking around the promenade deck. The cold wind blew me along the deck, caused my hair to stream out behind and brought tears to my eyes. As I rounded the stern of the ship and changed direction to walk into the tempest, I had to bend my head and push forward to make progress. The Captain could not even get the ship into port because of the bad weather.

      Loved it.

      What can we learn from this experience?  Everyone enjoys fair sailing! The on- board ship entertainment was in full swing, food was enjoyed, relaxed in the warm sunshine surrounded by blue seas is absolutely great. Everyone on board loves that kind of cruise.

      Turn the weather around and most things stop. People no longer smile, nor enjoy the abundance of food, even the casino and bar lost customers. The loan musician played to one or two hardy people and no one strolled around the deck or enjoyed the swimming pool or outside theatre.

      The experiences of life can be like sailing in a ship. All is well when we have fair seas, but put a bit of uncomfortableness (is there such a word?) on the scene and things change. We murmur, complain, get upset, angry even.

      So when we are in situations that are out of our control or comfort zone, what should we do? We should still be thankful for where we are. Why do I say that? Because situations like this can make us better people. If we mope, murmur and complain, it seems to me, we seem to stay in that situation for some length of time and it is harder to endure and we feel very negative.

      The secret of being in a hard place is to be able to thank God for it. Weird? Yes. Strange? Yes. Fruitful, YES!!!!

      King David of the Old Testament praised God when in battle, he was surrounded by his enemies. God never let him down. Paul and Peter, while in prison, as it is recorded in the New Testament, praised and sang songs and hymns.  It confused their jailers! But in one instance, it is recorded God sent an earthquake and opened up the prison doors for them to be released.

      Praise is the power of Heaven.  And I have a little motto I say to myself when in an uphill situation of life, “SMILE, IT CONFUSES THE ENEMY!”

      My prayer for you is that He will give you courage, endurance and strength to not only endure your battle,  but to be an ‘over-comer’ in it.

      God bless

      Chaplain Carla Evans

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      ACTS 27

      Not far from where I live is the inlet to Port Phillip Bay.  The ‘heads’ which overseas shipping must pass through before reaching safety of the bay, is one of the most treacherous in the southern hemisphere.  Many ships, in our earlier history, came to grief while trying to sail through the rip which gives entrance to the bay.
      Therefore, a navigator who knows the bay very well, who has done the required training and has obtained the relevant certificates that enables him to navigate large ocean going vessels through the ‘heads’ is called upon to guide the waiting ships safely into harbour.

      I have watched as men in pilot boats churn through seas of all seasons to ferry  the navigator to the waiting ship. When on board he is able to guide the ship through the swirling waters of the heads and into safety.

      In our lives, we have times when we are experiencing turbulent waters of life. Who do we call on to help us navigate through them? Do you have a navigator that you can call on to assist you through the turbulent waters?

      There is a chorus that we sang as children.  WITH CHRIST IN THE VESSEL YOU CAN SMILE AT THE STORM.  That does not mean that we will cease from experiencing the storms of life, but rather, with Christ as our navigator, we can confidently know, be assured of the fact, that no matter  how rough the waves, how strong the winds, how sleeting the rains of the storms, we are in the hands of the greatest Navigator, Jesus.

      There was a young boy who was sailing with his Captain father on a ship.  A dreadful storm was buffeting and rolling the ship so that even some of the crew became worried.  One asked the little boy if he was scared. “No sir,” he responded, “my daddy is at the helm.”  That is the kind of trust and faith we need in the storms of life.  Our daddy, “Our Father in Heaven” is at the helm.
       May His loving arms surround you in the storms of your life and bring you into a  harbour of peace and joy.

      God bless,  Carla Evans

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      Can You Walk on Water?
       
      Matthew 14:22-33
       
      Jesus was a man, even though He was the Son of God.
      He came to earth to reveal to us the way to goodness and righteousness and introduce us to the love of His Father in Heaven.  He also shows us the way to be set free from evil influences and be loosened from the chains of darkness and oppression.
       
      The bible tells us that Jesus had had a pretty busy day around the shores of Galilee in preaching, teaching and healing the sick and diseased.  At evening, he sent the people home, including His disciples. Jesus was exhausted and needed to refresh Himself by prayer in the presence of His Father God.
       
      It was just before dawn.  The stars were spasmodically seen as scudding clouds driven by the rising wind concealed their glory. The wind rose and began to moan in intensity and caused the waves to rise and become white tipped.  
       
      The disciples, many of whom were fishermen, knew the potential treachery of the Lake.  Quickly they began to furl in the sails and were very alert to their danger.  
       
      Suddenly, looking behind them, they saw a man walking towards them on the water.
       
      Now put yourself in their place. What would you do? What would you say? How would you react?
       
      One of them cried out, “It is a ghost!” They were all terrified.
       
       “Don’t be frightened, it’s only me!” yelled Jesus.
       
      The dear, extroverted disciple Peter, yelled in response, “If it is you Jesus, let me come to you walking on the water.”
       
      Jesus said, “Come.”
       
      So Peter, putting one leg over the side of the boat slowly lowered himself onto the water. He took one step, two steps, three steps, and low and behold he was walking on the water towards Jesus! Wow! Peter was actually walking on water too!
       
      He was a few steps from the boat when he did the human thing.  He became conscious of the winds and the waves, and took His eyes off Jesus. Fear took hold of him.
       
       “Jesus save me,” He cried as he began to sink beneath the waves.  Jesus took Peter’s hand and lifted him up. Together they climbed into the boat and joined the other disciples.
       
      Oh Peter, you had it!  You were doing it! What went wrong?  He took His eyes of Jesus, the One who is our rock, our strength and our Saviour. The One who can do the miracles in our lives and keep us steady in all storms.
       
      That’s what happens in life to us when we take our eyes away from things that are good and honest and of good report and fasten them onto the pleasures and things of the world.
       
      But I cannot judge Peter.  He was human, like you and me. But even in his sinking under the waves through fear, he still called on Jesus and was saved.
       
      Who do you call out to when frightened or confused?
       
      Can you walk on water above the storms of life and the powers of evil that would bring destruction to your life?
       
      Call out to Jesus.  He is still there to save and hold your hand.
       
      God bless
      Chaplain Carla Evans


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      What Is Faith?

      Hebrews 11:1

      Have you ever been talking to some people who believe in the bible and they say something like, “You have to have faith!” What is faith and how does one get it?

      Faith is believing in something that cannot be seen.  It  is a hope that something will co me to pass and believing that it will.

      Faith cannot be seen but the results of it can be. Faith is something that comes from the heart and a confidence that God, who loves us will be there for us.At times faith by-passes the brain!  The brain sees something and knows it is an impossibility to achieve, faith looks at it and says, “Yes this can be achieved in God.”

      So faith needs to be switched on.  When we t urn on the light switch, we expect a light to come on.  When we plug in the coffee jug, we expect hot coffee will soon be available.  When we turn on a tap, we expect water to flow from it.
      This is faith. Faith that a light will appear, that the water will  boil and that water willalso flow from the tap.

      When we ask God for something, because He is our Heavenly Father, He h ears us.  Hebrews 11:1 says : FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, T HE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN.

      How do we get faith? Romans 10:17 SO THEN FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.  So to obtain faith, we have to believe in God our Father in Heaven, and then the more we listen to and for Him and the more we read His manual of life, the bible, the more easily faith comes.
      It is very simple, so simple that those of us who think intellectually and who try to reason faith out, have a hard time comprehending it!

      If we trusted our parents to care for us, we had the faith to believe in them that they would supply our needs.  So it is with our Heavenly Father, we can have the faith that He will work all things together for good because we have faith and trust in Him.

      Even if things don’t work out the way we planned, if we continue to believe that God holds us in the palm of His hand, things will indeed work out well in the end.  For one of God’s names is Faithfull!

      My prayer for you this month is that God will enable you to believe that He is God
      and that He loves you unconditionally, without condemnation, and yearns for your presence and faith in Him.

      God bless

      Chaplain Carla Evans

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      We Are God's Masterpiece

      Eph. 2:10

      The fear of being nothing but a big zero can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  It works like this:  When its time to go for a job interview your fear kicks in and you think, "I'll never impress them, I'll look stupid. They'll ask me questions I can't answer.
       A mouse in a lion'es den has better odds of success." 

      So you fail miserably and descend yet another level into the basement of self-defeat.  Or consider the girl who's asked out on a date by a good looking guy.  So good looking, that she wonders what he sees in her.  She's sure that once he gets to know her, he will finish with her.  So insecurity drives her to use the only tool she trusts, her body.  She sleeps with him on the first date for fear there won't be a second, and she ends up feeling like the disposable woman she didn't want to become.  The fear of insignificance creates the very result she dreads and arrives at the very destination it tries to avoid.

      Stop!  You're disagreeing with God!

      You're questioning His judgment and second-guessing his taste.  His Word says he can't stop thinking about you. If you could count His thoughts of you, 'they would be more in number than the grains of sand." Psalm 139:18 NKV. 

      Why does God love you so much? for the same reason an artist loves his paintings. 

      'We are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.' So when you get up each morning, look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I matter, because God loves me!"

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      Word for Today - Bob Gass 

      GRIEF

      ‘Good grief’  is a common expression.  But is grief ever good?
      Recently our Jack Russell dog died at 14 years of age.  I was overwhelmed with grief. She had been my companion, confidant and ‘friend’.  She sat at my feet when typing on the computer, followed me around from room to room in our house, came outside and waited for me while I hung clothes on the line.  She was always one step behind me. And now she is gone.  If there is a doggie heaven, I know she will get her reward!

      Grief needs time to be worked out.  It can be postponed, but it will rear its head until honestly faced and accepted.

      In action there is no time to grieve as the facing enemy must be contended with.   The grief experienced, must be buried for a time, in a hole somewhere in the emotional makeup of a person.  Later though, if that grief cannot have an outlet, it turns to anger, bitterness and perhaps violence. In the fullness of time, it will probably cause an illness, for example blood pressure, ulcers or other problems. 
      The initial sharpness of grief turns into a dull ache.  It’s the kind of ache that sits inside of us. A photo, a thought, a memory, a smell, a scene or a place reactivates the grief and causes it to come flooding back. A flashback of what used to be, of what happened and is no more.

      Every individual deals with grief in their own way.  Some like to hibernate for a season, others refuse to talk about it. Others want to talk about it, others become emotional, are violent, some drink, do drugs, get bitter and angry. Some get physically sick.

      How do we deal with it?  How do we live with this ache inside of us all the time, trying to put on a happy face, be normal and do what is requested and required of us on a daily basis?

      First, be honest.  Hey, I’m grieving here, give me space!

      Second, Give yourself time to grieve.  Grief is an emotion and when we are emotionally hurt, it takes time to heal. A physical body needs time to heal and so does the emotional part of us.

      Third;  Don’t be frightened to talk about what you are grieving over.  Tears may flood your eyes and block your nose,  you are expressing your grief!
      Findsomeone who is a good listener.  For myself, I know that God is always there waiting to hear from me.  I know He does not have “skin on”, but He is there and gives me peace of mind and heart when I communicate with Him. If God helps me in my grief over a dog, how much more is He willing to assist you in your grief over a friend, spouse, neighbour, sibling, workmate, career, etc.? He is faithful. That is one of His names; Faithfulness. He does not think it weird that we grieve.  He made us, and He made that ability in us to feel emotions, and grief is one of those emotions.

      Don’t get impatient with yourself and think you should be over something when you are not.  Time has a way of dealing with things if they are faced honestly.
      In the meantime, thank God for the friends you have, the home you live in, the work you do, the family you are a member of.  Thanks and praise is the power of Heaven.

      God bless, and for recommended reading try NONE OF THESE DISEASES, by Dr. P. McMillan.  

      My prayer is that those of us who have experienced grief will be able to honestly ask God,the Creator of all mankind, to come and heal us and make us whole and fill us with His peace.


      Chaplain Carla Evans


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      The Veterans Coalition Ministries of Faith comes under the auspices of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. (VVnW) & The Veterans Coalition.  Our mission is to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of veterans and their families in a Christian capacity.
       
      Our aim is to offer short Bible studies, testimonies and other material beneficial to those currently and those who have served their nations in the theatre of war or conflict.
       
      Our ministry team is made up of qualified pastors and chaplains under the oversight of Chaplain Carla Evans.

       
       
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