This week we begin a new series “How do we cope with James?” This week we ask “How do we cope with ... Being Righteous?” We all face difficulties in life and James has some great advice.
The Gospel Coalition have produced a playlist of 100 songs inspired by the book of James, and I intend to share some of those songs each day on the Blog, but you can listen to the full playlist during the next few weeks as we continue our studies in this book. I have benefited greatly from listening to these songs over and over again as I have asked God to speak from His word.
You can stream the playlist on Spotify or on Apple Music right now.
Here are the songs for today with a little thought about their subject matter.
Psalm 1,” Poor Bishop Hooper
Youtube Playlist https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq2dO6q3VUIbGS7l8qyXDSrTrU3iXS_-y
I’ll add the songs to this playlist each day.
Let’s Pray For Worshipping God with Gladness
‘Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.’ Psalm 100:2.
Today as we worship in person, online or on our own, ask God to gladden your heart and bring you joy in him.
Peter & Valerie Lockwood (global mission workers in Nepal)
Pray for Peter and Valerie as they work remotely from Northern Ireland which is challenging due to the time difference. Pray for a resolution to the visa issue.
Pray for the people of Timor, Sumba and others islands which were hit by Tropical Cyclone Seroja at Easter. Pray for all affected, especially those who lost homes and livelihoods. Pray for the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts, and for our partner churches as they help with this and give pastoral support and care to many.
Pray for the Very Rev Dr Ivan Patterson, current President of the Irish Council of Churches, and Dr Nicola Brady, General Secretary of the Irish Council of Churches, as they engage with other Church Leaders in discussions with both the NI Executive and the Government of Ireland. Give thanks for what has been achieved so far in terms of co-operation.
Council for Training in Ministry
Ministers in the first five years of ministry are due to have a post-ordination conference next Tuesday and Wednesday, online, with Zach Eswine and Frank Sellar speaking on the importance of ministers walking closely with God. Pray for Zach and Frank, and pray for the post-ords, that they will be blessed and refreshed by God as they minister in very testing times.
Facing the Canon this week with Rachael Newham
“Reading Between The Lines” a series working through the bible looking at the well known phrases.
Flat On His Face
The Bible Society have a series of very short videos on Old Testament Jerusalem today ........
When we think of the word 'obedient', it's easy to feel like it's taking AWAY our freedom. But actually, obedience in Christ BRINGS freedom. What does that mean? Find out in this episode of @DiscipleshipXP
Frances very kindly shared the following article with me and I thought I would share it with all you Jigsaw fans as it is very interesting
October 29, 2020 Healthcare, Mental Health, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery
Are you looking for a healthy distraction and escape from the world around you? Look no further than your dining room table and a jigsaw puzzle. While we are physically distancing and staying home more due to COVID-19, jigsaw puzzling is a great way to pass time. Putting a jigsaw puzzle together has many health benefits and can help reduce stress and improve memory.
Working as a healthcare practitioner can be stressful during normal times, and even more so during a pandemic. This is where self-care and finding ways to be mindful when away from work can be beneficial to your health. Mindfulness is the act of bringing conscious attention to a task in the present moment, and puzzles are a good way to practice it.
When I sit down to do my puzzle, my dog gets to relax in his “puzzle spot,” and I can leave all the stress of the world at the door while I dive into a beautiful mountain scene or a picture of cute puppies or kittens.
Puzzles are also good for the brain. Studies have shown that doing jigsaw puzzles can improve cognition and visual-spatial reasoning. The act of putting the pieces of a puzzle together requires concentration and improves short-term memory and problem solving. Using the puzzle as an exercise of the mind can spark imagination and increase both your creativity and productivity.
It can be a solitary activity or a collaborative activity with someone else.
Spending time alone with a puzzle is also a great way to unwind and reset from a busy day. Working on a puzzle with someone can help you get away from screens and create a personal connection. Every time I visit my family in Michigan, my mom and I have a jigsaw puzzle to work on. I look forward to spending this time with her collaborating and catching up.
There is nothing more satisfying for me than putting the last piece of the puzzle in its place. It provides a sense of accomplishment. I encourage you to take this time to find a puzzle of your liking — it will be like a mini-vacation from the outside world.
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
The Bank Holiday Weekend began with some beautiful weather, the Jigsaws this week are from photographs that Deirdre took in Portrush on Friday.
Play the "Portrush Wheel Monday" puzzle!