In the U K house prices and rental prices are way to expensive. In some places in the U K people have been priced out of the over priced property market, a whole generation will miss out on buying their own home.
So on the increase is financial abuse of the elderly and vulnerable, especially if someone has dementia. It usually involves family members but I read that it seems to be a direct result of how much property and rents have increased.
Often Social Services are loathed to get involved in safeguarding as they see it as a family problem so the financial abuser can keep getting away with financial abuse.
It is usually by other family members that the abuser is stopped but by that time a lot of money has been taken.
Well it does get complicated. When there are family members who can be such a chameleon, it is hard for Social Services to know what the truth really is at times. It would take years for them to catch on that the person is just telling them what they want to hear instead of what the truth really is. Also the fact that you may not be able to have the same Social worker each time, who can follow the small clues, it ends up being some insignificant notation on a piece of paper for the next worker to decipher. They truly need God's discernment in such cases.
I think it may be shocking to some how underhanded some family members may be in families, that people don't realize how bad it really is. I know of a woman who lived her life however she wanted. She had children, but neglected them through the years and ended up leaving them with her parents. When she was in a bad auto accident and ended up in the hospital, the doctors were not sure she would make it. She did live but she was somewhat disabled. She got back home and found that her children had broken into her house and stole many of the things she owned, because they thought she would die and they didn't want the other siblings to get there first. They had no love for her and chose to get what they could out of her, due to the lack they received as children. So you can see how different people can handle the hurts of life. They really needed Jesus.
So there is a huge difference in how people will respond to love, hate, forgiveness, and unforgiveness. That is why we have to ask God to help us.
Two thousand years ago this happened. That is just a blip in the time of Earths history.
These were intelligent people like us today, how could they not have seen.
I mean if you saw some guy curing blindness you would know that person is different from the rest. If some guy had a shopping bag and could feed thousands from it you would know this person is special.
Obviously they did not want to, I don't think it was blindness I think it was much deeper. Jesus must have been a threat to them.
Sad really because he could have shown them much more but it was going to happen, Jesus died for us all.
I agree Tansybelle. There is no way on earth I would have made it this far without the hope God has given me, the hope that tells me this life is so very temporary, and there is an eternity coming where there is no more suffering and no more evil, including my own. For those that don't believe, I'm sure that sounds like a crutch. And to be honest, I've had some really dark times in my life when the biblical description of the new heavens and earth seemed too good to be true or too far away and I started to lose that hope, but then God would always brings me back to it. And so that's what I hold onto as I keep trudging along. And I pray for those without this hope because I honestly don't know how they make it without it, especially those going through circumstances such as severe illness or taking care of someone severely ill etc. They must be way stronger than me but where do they get that strength? It is still from God even if they don't realize that and acknowledge Him for it. There is not a single breath any of us take that is not given by God.
10In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
5Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6“I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
7to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8I am the LORD; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
9Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.
I need to keep a folder and file under different headings so everything will eventually come together for me. This will be another page that I will print. I suppose a bit like that journal you told me to keep.
I have been inundated with legal work this weekend and was glad to go out and look at the hut to have a break, so I did not get as much reading done of my lovely new book as I wanted but I should finish this work tomorrow and then I can embrace my book. I keep looking at it and picking it up, I have read a small amount but this will increase next week as I am itching to dive in and lose myself in it. I never thought I would get excited about reading a bible but this NIV just makes all the difference. What I have read seems written beautifully even though at times it seems in riddles to me but the stories are written lovely. Although I don't know if stories is the right word to use. I have been working on this legal stuff and my bible is here with me all the time, it is a comfort and lovely to have near.
If you want to keep record of certain things that you may want to refer back to, you can just press the "Add To Favorites" link down below and it will save it in your favorites selection. That's what I do.
The journal idea was just a way you can keep up with your prayers if you like. Some people find it interesting to see how and when God answers. Many times we pray for things and just forget we ever asked.
Getting away from legal stuff is always good. I'm glad you had a change of pace. :)
Ok, I will start praying more. My gut instinct is not to go rushing in but to telephone the council first and see if I would be allowed to put a beach hut on the site suitable for a severe disabled person, my thoughts are telling me that. Then see if I can get anymore information out of them as to how much interest there is in the pitch we are interested in, this is my Sherlock brain kicking in.
Yes he does know best for us so he will help me determine what I should do, it is always difficult to guess these kinds of things, my brain says put a certain offer in and if some rich person comes along and grabs it at a higher price then let it go but my heart is saying, hang on a minute it would be good for us, I need guidance from God.
Jesus Goes to the Festival of Tabernacles
7 After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want[a] to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. 4 No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 You go to the festival. I am not[b] going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9 After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.
10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?”
12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.”
Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.
Jesus Teaches at the Festival
14 Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”
16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”
20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”
21 Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22 Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 23 Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
Division Over Who Jesus Is
25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 27 But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”
28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”
30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”
32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”
37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”[c] 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”
41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”
Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
Unbelief of the Jewish Leaders
45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”
46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.
47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, 51 “Does our law condemn a man without first hearing him to find out what he has been doing?”
52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee.”
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 8:38-39 NIV
My husband has asked me why have I purchased a new bible, I am trying to explain my reasons but am not doing a good job. He has a big grin on his face and made a joke about whether I would be bible bashing! I know he is only playing around but no one I know really understands what it means to me. I would be just wasting my time, I don't want to be the centre of people's jokes. I don't discuss it with my mum as the phone would be hot. I wonder how people deal with other people's ignorance of non understanding of religiousness.
I told my husband by the time I have finished with him he will be well converted. I turned the tide on him. I grinned!
You really can't convert anyone, you can only present the gospel. It's the Holy Spirit that does the converting. However, I understand your joking with your husband. It sounds like something I would say jokingly as well. lol
But yes, Bible thumping or bashing is an old joke. Once you understand the seriousness of what is being presented and apply it to a real life situation, then it's not quite so funny I'm afraid.
All you can do is set the example and when the opportunity comes, share what you know about the gospel. However, it can be very devastating when any of our love ones mock our faith or pooh pooh the seriousness of what you are sharing.