Sandyknowes Blog

Living beside the busiest roundabout in Northern Ireland gives plenty of opportunity for watching the world go by. Sandyknowes Blog is the personal blog of Niall Lockhart (minister of Ballyhenry). Pull in and have a read…

‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8 vs 38-39 NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord (Jeremiah 29 vs 11-14 NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4 vs 6-7)

‘… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ (1 Thessalonians 5 vs 18 NIV)

People’s circumstances are all different from each other. For example, you might be reading this comment today and you are sitting at home. Someone else reading it might be glancing at it briefly on a bus or on a factory floor. But there are other ways in which circumstances differ; the student, the widow, the bereaved, the new parent, the person enjoying a day off, the man or woman longing for work. 

‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’ (Revelation 3 vs 20)

You hear a knock at the door. Who is it? It’s Amazon making a delivery. It’s the postman leaving off a parcel. It’s someone calling to read your electric metre. Often, these days, when someone knocks at your front door they do so for functional reason. A quick ‘hello’, a quick signature, and they are away again.

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