Fwd: Welcome – 21 October 2018

For my 42nd birthday, my wife read Psalm 42 to us. Not one we may have particularly thought appropriate for a birthday: It's a Psalm about feeling downcast and forgotten, and longing and thirsting for God.
The sad truth is we often only remember our thirst for Christ when we are troubled! But isn't He the Only fountain of Life, whether in the good and bad? Perhaps in the "moment of downcast heart" we are more blessed – because there we are reminded of and drink anew the True Life of Christ.
Let's remember Him when the living is pleasurable too!
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation (Psa 42:5)

Welcome 14 October 2018

“Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life..”

David the psalmist, overflowing with love for his God, wrote this, but his gripping story in the two books of Samuel show a man seldom far from conflict or danger. And when things were going well for him, he murdered one of his most faithful men to hide the fact that he had committed adultery with his wife. And the rest of David’s life was a sorrowful consequence of that and other sin. So was David right to say-

“and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever”?

Yes. Because Jesus was his Shepherd.

“Christ’s righteousness, imputed to us by God, totally restores to us what is lacking in this weak and mutilated righteousness of ours” – Peter Vermigli (1499-1562)

Welcome to this place of restoration!

 

 

Welcome 7 October 2018

Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)

God’s emphatic Word to us is “not by might, nor by power”.

God has used humble men with no standing, ordinary folk with little equipment, unknown individuals with no social advantages as His instruments, and this inspires hope in all of us. The reason for God’s method is given very clearly, so that the exellency of the power may be of God and not of us, to save us from foolish and sinful pride, and to give the glory to Himself to Whom it is due. By the gentle working of His Spirit, by the influence of His Holy Word, and the testimony of His servants God saves the lost, calls out His church, and changes the face of the world. The work is God’s, the glory must be His also.

Lord use us! Even us as we share the gospel with a dying world.

Ron

Welcome – 30 September

Every local church should be a safe place. But without the Scriptures which the prophets and apostles received from Christ, a church is the unsafest place to be!
In the earliest church, the threat was already there. Jude writes:
I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.  (Jud 1:3)
One day, sin will be completely banished and there will be complete safety in every corner of Creation. But in the mean time we need to fight a battle, and even in the local church. Are you personally in the Scriptures, or are you vulnerable to the popular lies and human philosophy which permeate so many pulpits.
The 2 essential means of safety are what we have seen in the life of Christ:
Grace and Truth. Let us hold on unswervingly to both.

Welcome – 30 September

Every local church should be a safe place. But without the Scriptures which the prophets and apostles received from Christ, a church is the unsafest place to be!
In the earliest church, the threat was already there. Jude writes:
I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.  (Jud 1:3)
One day, sin will be completely banished and there will be complete safety in every corner of Creation. But in the mean time we need to fight a battle, and even in the local church. Are you personally in the Scriptures, or are you vulnerable to the popular lies and human philosophy which permeate so many pulpits.
The 2 essential means of safety are what we have seen in the life of Christ:
Grace and Truth. Let us hold on unswervingly to both.

Welcome – 23 September 2018

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,

Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people,

from this time forth and forever. Psalm 125:1,2

Trusting in the Lord is a wise decision taken, followed by an attitude practised and a lifelong habit acquired! It is greatly helped by frequent and loving engagement with the Lord and His people in worship, in Bible study, in prayer and in His work. Without these lovingly commanded essentials, our trust shrinks, and our lives show it in anxiety, fear, sin and strife.

Welcome to this portal into trusting more and fearing less!

Welcome 16 September 2018

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven … Matthew 6:10

We know that whatever God has planned and purposed will come to pass. His will does not depend on believers or unbelievers. Heaven and earth will pass away but God’s Word will be fulfilled and will never pass away. God’s Word is settled in heaven.

We all need God’s grace to know and do His will in order to be transformed to do those things which are good and acceptable and perfect in His sight. In this way we will be able to serve according to His will.

How we praise the Lord that His angels who look on His face, always listen to the voice of our Father, doing His bidding and extolling the Holy Trinity.

O that earth could be more like heaven! Until that day may we continue in worship, praise and adoration of our God.

Ron.

Welcome – 9 September 2018

In a number of ways, these are hard times. All around the globe. This is when what we say we believe is tested, when our faith becomes refined, cleaned of the chaff. And so these trials are our blessing.

This is a paradox. When the future is unclear, we develop clarity of thought. When we can't depend on Tomorrow, we start depending on the Eternal Tomorrow with Christ.
Let the hard times have their proper work in you.
1 Peter 1v6-7 if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,so that the tested genuineness of your faith may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

– Welcome 1 September 2018

Believers’ baptism means (a) determined rejection of, and enmity to, the World, the Flesh and the Devil – and (b) and acceptance of, and loyalty to, Jesus Christ, our only Hope for life, meaning and joy, both in this world and the next.

Text from a mother to her 20 year old son:

“Matters of life are Faith: faith that your pilot is competent, faith that the doctor who injects you knows what he’s doing, faith that what they say is on the packet actually is what you’re eating.

Life is about who you are going to believe.

Life is about truth. Truth exists. People just differ on what the truth is.

I believe in Jesus. You work out what you believe.

I’m speaking to Him about you.

Welcome to our celebration of Ultimate Truth: Jesus is Trustworthy!

Claude

 

Welcome 26 August 2018

Your kingdom come … Matthew 6:10

God rules on high and His majesty is exalted over all. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and in the fullness of time, His kingdom will come on earth. Then the reign of  Christ will be acknowledged when every knee will bow before Him.

What a privilege we have as believers here on earth to bow, even now, before our risen King. We long for the day when He will rule in power when His grace will be manifest more and more in the world. We pray for the sovereign rule to be set up in all the churches of Christ in the beauty of His holiness.

When God’s kingdom comes, Jesus’ dominion and power and glory will be seen throughout the earth. May we live each day in anticipation of that great and glorious day!

Ron.