Lent Reflections – Part Three – “Through The Cross To The New Creation, The Church In Action”

The following article is based on a talk given by May Tripp at the Retreat For Animal Welfare, Maryvale, 19th June, 1993

When I first began to think about this talk I fully intended to speak about the work of Animal Christian Concern, about our various campaigns, about the Services we had held, the pract­ical difficulties we had faced and the help we had received. But almost as soon as I had begun to write I found that the Cross was dominating my thoughts and that the talk had changed direction away from the practicalities of our work and towards the concerns of all those enquirers who seek our help, many of whom never even become our members. Most of these people are suffering in some way either from personal problems or vicariously for creation. Almost invariably their impression of Christians seems to be that we are comfortable people who have got life, “taped”, and that within our tidy churches we, and all other things within, are in perfect order. Continue reading

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The Cross – The Greatest Love Story – Part Two

In Part One we were discussing that Christ defeats evil and takes away our sin (separation from him) on the cross – it has been removed as far as the east is from the west!  The world is still broken because of sin.  It does not reflect the eternal state of peace that it will one day when Jesus returns and Yahweh’s final judgement takes place.  In the meantime we are to reflect Jesus’ self-sacrificial love to others, put on display the peace of our Eternal God in as much as is possible through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to remember that we battle not against flesh and blood, but against evil spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12) at work in the world and hearts of people who do evil acts.

Part Two

Another thing religion has misunderstood about the wrath involved in the cross is who was pouring it out. There was wrath, but it was primarily humanity’s wrath – our wrath – being poured out toward God. There was suffering and death, but that is always from God’s adversary Satan. God was in Jesus pouring out his own life for all of us – even the very people who were crucifying, rejecting, and treating him like an enemy. This is true for those who are far from God today! Christ became our sin, our curse, overcoming our separation on the cross. He longs for each person to be reconciled to him and fully experience the perfect love he already has for us (2 Corinthians 5:15-20). Continue reading

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The Cross – The Greatest Love Story – Part One

One of the most important questions you can ask in this life is, “Why did Jesus die?” It is a historical fact that he did, and that his death – and resurrection, the reason his death was significant – caused a world changing revolution. Much of the beauty of the Gospel (literally “good news”) has been misunderstood and misconstrued by religion, but rediscovering it would change the world in ways religion never will.  It will work miracles in our individual hearts, and help us answer other questions, such as, “How can I be saved?” (Acts 16:30-31) And, “Is this good news for all creation?” Continue reading

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Suffering Of The Innocents – Part Two

In preparation for Lent, we began with Part One of Roslyne Smith‘s article, “The suffering Of The Innocents,” from her book, Animal Welfare: Through The Cross, A Collection of Animal Christian Concern Articles (you can order her book here).  Roslyne was saying that we are “all born into a world where the innocent, including animals, are just as likely to suffer as the guilty.”  The question was asked:  “Could it be then that suffering exists because humans chose this option in Eden? Perhaps the alternative is worse – a world without free will?”  And now the conclusion… Continue reading

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Suffering Of The Innocents – Part One

In preparation for Lent we share the following article from Roslyne Smith‘s book, Animal Welfare: Through The Cross, A Collection of Animal Christian Concern Articles.  You can order her book here.  The article is one of my (Kathy’s) favorites and is written by Roslyne!  As I re-read her fine penmanship, I was reminded how much our Lord suffered for us – the innocent taking the place of those who are far from innocent, not only to save us but to restore the created order for all life and the entire cosmos.

Shepherding All God’s Creatures Emblem

During a recent nostalgic visit to my birthplace, I stood for a while gazing at the house where virtually all of my childhood memories of my mother have been.  She died when I was just four years old, following a long battle with cancer, leaving my father to look after three children, as well as continuing to run his two pet food shops.  Fortunately, my mother had seven siblings, who had all taken turns to help, both throughout her illness and after her death. Continue reading

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Peace in the New Year

Animal Quotes, Animal Rights and Compassion

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” ~Isaiah 61:1-4 Continue reading

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An Advent Christmas Message from Shepherding All God’s Creatures

Christ/Advent Slides
by Amy Beth
Compliments of CreationSwap

I stumbled across this article recently and found the message of a “Missional Christmas” a worthwhile one as well as a much needed one.  Quote from the article:

“Valuing people is the simplest form of missional living.”
Adding “valuing all life” instead of “people” ushers in the fullness of
the Gospel message!

At this time of year, I find it easy to get discouraged. As I go about the daily trek to and fro from work or around the neighborhood, it is difficult to see anything in the lights people decorate with or the trees displayed in windows; in the stores crowded with holiday decorations and shoppers buying gifts for people who often just don’t need more stuff; or in the faces of these same people and many others that put on display the stress of the hustle and bustle to “get the shopping done,  cards sent, purchase food for the big family feast” along with the rest that goes with this time of year – I don’t find in all of this the meaning of the season. It’s sad to me.  The season is about Jesus Christ and his birth as a baby human child, but no ordinary child – nestled in a manger surrounded by animals, born to poor parents in the world’s eyes – the Son of God. Continue reading

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“Judgement” isn’t what you think it is, and neither is God (part 2)

As we lift up scriptures about Jesus the Messiah as prayers to be fulfilled, let’s pray that the church will see God clearly: not as the angry, judgmental God the way religion has portrayed, but as a perfectly loving God who is angry at suffering and injustice, and whose judgement is good news for the hurting and oppressed! It’s like a judge who hears a horrible abuse case in court, and rules in favor of the victim to provide safety and justice for her by ensuring that the perpetrator will not be allowed to keep hurting others… This judgement is GOOD NEWS for the victim! God’s judgement is good news for all creation, out of love for he created! This is the only kind of judgement we are to reflect. God invited us to be partners with Him in loving others (and all creation), which includes defending others from injustices. This is different from the kind of judgement the Pharisees were guilty of, as they played the role of the accuser (which is Satan, not God). This prophecy about Jesus describes God’s loving judgement for creation: Continue reading

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Prayer isn’t what you think it is, and neither is God (part 1)

I’m fasting and praying for miracles throughout Advent/Christmas, and sharing excerpts from the Shepherding All God’s Creatures prayer event. If you’d like to join, or need prayer, let me know and I’ll lift you up every day. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Pinterest Photo, compliments of abidinginthevine.net

A glimpse into my “why” and my heart… There were scientific and philosophical reasons I couldn’t simply reject the idea of spirituality/intelligent design/God when I wanted to, and there were historical reasons to believe the man Jesus Christ was the incarnation of God. (But now that I know him, what a perfectly loving and irreligious God!) Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day In America – 2017

It’s that time of year again when America celebrates the Thanksgiving Day Holiday. Wherever you are celebrating this day, make it a humane celebration especially when it comes to what we put on our plates!

We are reposting an article we published in 2015.  Enjoy!

During this Thanksgiving Holiday, what are you thankful for?  Even if you are not from America, celebrate this day with us!  Let’s all give pause to stop – and think about what is really important in life.  The answers will vary greatly, depending on many factors, including where we happen to live on the planet.   Let’s also, as we are pausing, think about life itself – the gift that it is. Continue reading

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The Forgotten Heroes And Victims Of War

Good Bye Old Man – Fortunino Matania

The pain experienced by humans and animals as a result of war should never be forgotten.  WWI, in which 10 million soldiers died, also resulted in the deaths of 8 million military horses and over 8 million other animals. Continue reading

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Encouragement, Comfort, and Prayer

Matters of the Heart
by Chris Kennedy
Compliments of CreationSwap

“In my distress I called to the Lord,
    and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
    and you listened to my cry. Continue reading

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Praying Effectively For The Animals – Part Three

Pray For One Another

We started our prayer event by looking at James 5:16b and discussing what is meant by a righteous person and effectual prayer. Now we’ll discuss our study of the other part of James 5:16: “Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

Religion has often confused the meaning of sin, fixating on certain perceived sins of others (some of which Jesus never mentioned!) while ignoring the most serious sin in oneself: the failure to love. Jesus provides the perfect definition of love – laying down our lives even for enemies, as he did – and said all the commandments could be summed up by loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:36-40). Continue reading

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Praying Effectively For The Animals – Part Two

In the first blog post of this ‘praying effectively’ series – based on our corresponding prayer event – we discussed James 5:16 and what it means to be a righteous person. Now, let’s examine our prayers themselves. Based on the translation, prayer should be effectual, fervent, urgent, insistent, continual, earnest. Our attitudes and persistence have a role in the powerfulness of our prayers! Even Jesus Himself took prayer seriously and prayed at length. Even He, in one of His healings of a blind man, had to persevere. Continue reading

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Praying Effectively For The Animals

Prayer of the Righteous

We’d love to hear from you throughout this blog series as we discuss how to pray effectively for the animals! [1] Of course, we also strive to partner with God in speaking and working toward their liberation from suffering. But when God gave humanity free will, we were also given ability to tap into God’s power through prayer. Christ wants His bride, the Church, to consent and take part in everything He wants to do for His creation. Continue reading

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