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This is not a beauty product advert - it is somewhat less superficial!  Most of us want to be pure and know that we are meant to be pure, but what does it mean to be pure?  The simplest dictionary definition gives this: ‘not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material’, stating that it can be applied to  matter, colour, sound and morality.  For the child of God, the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.

‘God is looking for clean hands and a pure heart’ – Monica Johnson

No stranger to doubts, troubled rockstar Steve Tyler said: ‘‘Maybe life is random, but I doubt it’.  Let’s face it, doubting is part of the human condition – it does not necessarily mean the absence of faith.

All of Jesus’ disciples had doubts that were recorded:

Some people see life as a pack of cards that they are dealt by ‘The Dealer’ whilst others are less fatalistic recognising everyone faces light and shade. Whichever is closer to your position, how do you deal with pain in your life?  Whether expected or not, it comes along – we all know that pain can be emotional, physical, spiritual, light, extreme, temporary or worst of all it can be permanent.

Victoria Arlen was eleven when she lost the ability to speak, eat, walk, and move. With little hope of survival, she went on to battle through and become a winning Paralympian.  Here’s her take on pain: ‘The climb might be tough and challenging, but the view is worth it. There is a purpose for that pain; you just can't always see it right away’.

From the beginning, Christians have been persecuted for having faith in Jesus Christ.  Today, Open Doors estimated that over 215 million are facing high levels of persecution.  Jesus himself tells us, ‘If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also’ – John 15:20.  So the oppression against Christians is no surprise to Jesus but every slight, injustice and cruelty against you matters to him: ‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven’ – Matthew 5:11-12.

Sadly, persecution is everywhere and is here to stay until the Lord Jesus returns – it may be subtle or flagrant but it is very real.

‘Christians are being persecuted, not just in the Middle East but here in this country’ – Wendy Long (American Attorney).

Can you be anything or anyone you want to be?  Do you know what and who that is?  What is it that defines you – gender, ethnicity, nationality, family, abilities, wealth, achievements, history, sexuality, politics, religion?  How do you want people to think of you?

‘When you have a lot of people telling you what you are and perceiving you in a certain way, it's difficult to find your own identity’ - Sia (Kate Isobelle Furler)

Like life, tides comes and go.  Unlike our lives, the time of tides can be predicted.  Looking at this sea, does your life seem mainly ahead of you or behind you? 

Is the hope you have a shifting verb or a steadfast noun?  You can hope for many things that may never happen but the Christian hope is an anchor- like noun.

‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf’ - Hebrews 6:19-20 

To have such a hope without substance would be to pass a verdict without evidence but we are not called to groundless faith, so what is the hope we can have and what is the substance?

What do John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Steve Jobs and Eleanor Roosevelt have in common?  They were all orphans and yet they went on to achieve many things.  Living with the knowledge of being an orphan has deep effects on a person’s psyche – to have feelings of rejection, insecurity, abandonment and poor self worth would be typical.

‘I’m trying to find myself.  Sometimes that’s not easy’ – Marilyn Monroe

Ever been in a storm, seen clouds gathering and dreading the perfect storm conditions?  People the world over have probably suffered these worse than you will ever have to and yet storm surges can happen in our own lives.  Suddenly, out of the blue, something happens and a storm is upon you to threaten your very life and existence – a squall.  Perhaps this is your current situation or you know someone who is in the middle of one.

‘If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm’ - Frank Lane


‘If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm’ -  Mahatma Gandhi

Who do you think said this -  ‘When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves’?  They were some inspired words from Buddha.

What does JOY mean to you?  Is it to do with purity and the beauty of a summer’s day with no cloud in the sky?

‘Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift’’– words of another wise man … Albert Einstein.  How are you doing with ‘nature’s most beautiful gift’?!  Does joy mean something more to you?  No clouds in the sky sounds a good start - if matched by a clear mind, purity and no shadows then the day is full of promise.

Grace has a beauty that is found in the most surprising places – especially in weakness and fragility.

If you are between a rock and a hard place, it’s there that the beauty of grace can flourish: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Corinthian 12:9)

It is surprising to read that some are intolerant towards those who are ‘agnostic’ – why should it offend to be undecided? Yet here’s three commentators with that view:

‘I may have had a prejudice against agnosticism as a body of thought: sort of a fence-sitting theory, where you can't make up your mind one way or another’S. T. Joshi

Something dangerous can happen in the heart of a person and in that of a community when a general distrust arises.  It is then that cynicism is at work and leads on to a sceptical hardening of the heart which questions everything and believes nothing.  

Just as hardening of the arteries is dangerous for physical health, so creeping cynicism can be dangerous for spiritual health.  It was Pharaoh’s hard heart that led to his rejection of God and the tragedies experienced in Egypt.  A hard heart is a dying heart.

There are many with broken dreams who carry the heartache of disappointment – it could simply be a new car gets mangled or it could be cherished dreams wrecked and destined for the scrap heap. Such emotions are common to all of us but it is perhaps this younger generation that feels it most keenly.  Consequences of credit crunch and austerity have led to weighty student loans, unattainable home ownership, uncertain pension prospects and feelings that they have been let down. 

Slavery seems to belong to a past era of slave ships, shackles and castle dungeons but sadly this is a delusion.  William Wilberforce, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln are names of those passionate to abolish slavery who accomplished amazing things.  And yet:

‘Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It is a scourge for humanity’ - Jeff Fortenberry

‘You can't regulate child labour. You can't regulate slavery. Some things are just wrong’ - Michael Moore

Describing slavery as ‘a dreadful thing’ in the Nineteenth Century, Harriet Tubman escaped slavery and became an icon of courage and freedom:  ‘I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could’.

Can it be a choice?  Is Plato right to say, ‘Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety’? 

If it’s that simple, why do so many suffer with it?

•In 2018, singer Selena Gomez spoke to Harper's Bazaar about her mental health: ‘I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome,’ she said.
•‘I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life; I still suffer with it every single day’ – Lady Gaga.

‘If I can centre down and strengthen the core of who I am, and the core of who I am is my relationship with God, then that helps me maintain peace deep down. If I can maintain a healthy spiritual core, I think that's enormous for helping the stress.' - Anne Graham Lotz

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The best teacher can take a complex thing and make it simple – the worst will take the simple and make it complex.  So here’s what we know:

  • Evidence is the basis of science and our body of knowledge – a fully intelligent conclusion is therefore no potter no pot, no artist no painting, no designer no design