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June 2009 Issue 3

T o s u b s c r i b e t o t hi s f r e e e - n e w s l e t t e r e m a i l ‘ s u b s cr i b e ’ t o c a y c on n e ct e d @ g o og l e m a i l . c o m








2 You Recommend 3 Bible Study 4 Crossword Puzzle 5 Prayer Requests

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9



Opportunity or a favourable combination of circumstance presents itself to us on a daily basis in many different forms. Opportunities to: Grow in faith Take on God‟s nature Develop new friendships Tesifity about God‟s love Develop new & existing skills Look for the answers to your prayers in the different opportunities that God presents in your life. They may not be in the way you expected them, but they are opportunities none the less. Life in itself is an opportunity, so make the best of it and every other God-given opportunity!


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You Recommend By: Various

For more information on any of the recommendations below, click on the title of the product you are interested in on your left. Daily Bible Reading Guides: 1.


DAILY BREAD (WORDS FOR LIFE) Publisher: Sripture Union


1. Daily Bread (Words for life) – This daily guide is divided into different themes and focuses on certain scripture passages for each theme. It offers the reader a time to prepare for each daily bible reading, a time to explore the passage of the day and a chance to respond to what was discovered from each daily reading. Each issue contains 3 months daily bible reading guides.

2. Submerge (11-14yrs) – Aimed at 11-14 year olds, this daily bible reading guide has decorated pages for each theme within the guide. It has interesting sections, such as Draw It, where individuals draw a situation given that day to help them further understand the bible message. Loads more features! Each issue contains 3 months daily bible reading guides.

Whatever genre of general music you like, there is a Christian artist in that genre that you can try. If you like RnB, then try : 21:03 If you like Rap/Hip Hop, then try: Flame If you like Dancehall/Reggae, then try: Monty G



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Bible Study: A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break! By: Elaine

We are going take a deeper look at St John Chapter 2:13-16 and see that Jesus is always loving, gentle and a refuge (a safe place) for people who are hurting. St John Chapter 2:13-16 (KJV) Webster‟s dictionary defines a scourge as a whip used to punish or inflict pain. Now some would tend to think that Jesus made the scourge to whip them out of the temple, but did he use it in that way? I have searched the AMP/KJV/NIV/NKJV bible versions and they all say that Jesus drove the people out, while The Message/NLT versions say he chased the people out of the temple. None of these versions stated that he used the scourge of small cords on them to hit, strike, beat, whip or lash. In fact the scourge doesn't even touch them; the only things he touches with his hands are the tables and the container with the money. If he didn't use it on the people, why did he make it? What could be another reason for using the scourge? We've got to think outside the box on this one. The Bible says “we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and principalities.” (Ephesians 6:12) Now we know that Jesus lived by every word that proceeded from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4) and that the scriptures were inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16) and also that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. (2 Corinthians 10:4) Perhaps the scourge wasn't meant for physical (carnal) usage, it could have been a physical symbol of punishment, stating what Jesus was to the devil and his angels in the spiritual realm. Jesus had power to do the impossible, why would he need to whip them to get them to move? Here are some examples of the power Jesus walked in: 1. Judas Iscariot came to betray him with a kiss in the garden; Jesus said “I AM he and as soon as he had said this, they went backward and fell to the ground, (St John 18:6) 2. When Jesus saw Matthew sitting at the receipt of custom and said to him “Follow me,” he just got up and followed Jesus. (Matthew 9:9) 3. They couldn't control the mad man by binding him with physical means, chains and fetters (Oxford dictionary defines a fetter as a chain or shackle placed around a prisoner‟s ankles) but without restraints or calling, the man came bowing at Jesus‟ feet. (Mark 5:3-6) 4. Jesus said even when someone hits you on one cheek turn to them the other cheek. (Matthew 5:39) Do good to your enemies, so again why would Jesus use a whip on them? He also said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” (Luke 23:34) this same Jesus when he suffered, threatened not (1 Peter 2:23) and a bruised reed shall he not break (Isaiah 42:3) + (Matthew 12:20). In Conclusion Quote: To look at a thing is quite different from seeing a thing and one does not see anything until one sees it beauty. Oscar Wilde. Basically, don't stop until you see Jesus‟ beauty, as there is a reason why he is called Wonderful, Prince of Peace, Counselor, Mighty God and more (Isaiah 9:6). He is glad that you exist!


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Cross Word Puzzle By: Onica






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DOWN 1. Who walked on water when he kept his eyes upon Jesus? 2. Alpha and? 3. Who was first in the bible to call Gods name? 4. For we walk by faith not by? 8. How many chapters do the books of Thessalonians contain? 9. Who will come when least expected? 10. What is another word for the Good News of Christ? 12. In which testament was Christ on earth?

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ACROSS 5. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the?” 6. What does the helmet represent in God‟s armour for us? 7. How many disciples were there? 9. Who was the first person to be born the normal way? 11. Which book is this quotation found, „for God so love the world‟? 12. Which prophet was sent to Nineveh to pronounce God‟s judgement on Assyria and to confront Judah with the truth? 13. Who is the author of the book of Acts? 14. The collective title for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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Events & Holidays

Prayer Request By: Various

June 09

“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 S

1. Pray that God will provide summer jobs for those that are seeking one. 2. Pray for those of us who have completed school, college or university, that God may give us wisdom in choosing the next step in our journey. 3. Pray that we may be blessed with good weather over the summer season. 4. Pray that we may strive to go all the way for Christ. 5. Pray for the expansion of the Aston University Christian group, the GIFT, that God‟s cause and love will be extended to more students.

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Enjoy your summer holidays, have fun with your friends and remember to represent Christ in whatever you do and wherever you go!

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