Welcome 16 December 2018

“And Jesus is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast” Colossians 1:19-22

Reconciliation is costly and involves pain.

What a glory that the cost and the pain of our evil is no longer on us.

For this, Jesus was born. Be humbled, in awe, and amazed!

 

Claude Cunningham

 

9 December 2018

Once again we are preparing to celebrate the Advent season.

2 000 years ago, God announced the coming of Immanuel through Isaiah. What wonderful anticipation there was that God would come and be with His people! Joseph was given even more wonderful news that Immanuel would be the One who would save His people from their sins as His name Jesus revealed.

Then one glorious night, the angels sang the wonderful news to the shepherds. Christ was born in Bethlehem! Now in 2018 it is our turn to announce to a predominantly secular world that Immanuel, our Saviour has come. Our need is to be sure that He is Immanuel, Saviour to us. Let us start, even today, preparing room for Him!

Joy to the world the lord has come!

Ron

Welcome – 2 December 2018

"To us, a Son", Isaiah 9:6
It is a Son, but He is more than a son, the is The Son, the One we are waiting for. Time can move as quickly as it wishes, the year can bring as many twists as is fitting, but in the end only one anticipation really matters – the anticipation of The Son of Heaven.
Christmas is upon us, and it's time to recalibrate our anticipations – not of holidays and presents, but the return of Jesus Christ.
May you be visited again from "on high" and your soul refreshed by His near presence.

Welcome 25 November 2018

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink .. out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John  7:37,38)

“If you see your child suddenly forgiving, jolly, happy, listening to you, not arguing, talking about not hating, these are signs that they might be going to an underground church. This is a threat to your family.” – recent warning from the Algerian government, concerned about illegal growth of Christianity in the population, and the rapid growth of House churches. – blog.godreports.com

God’s most powerful miracle is changed lives – when streams of living water flow as you not only acknowledge the Doctrines of God, but, in desperation, act on them.

Welcome to this place of teaching, worship, confession and healing.

 

Claude Cunningham

 

Welcome 18 November 2018

The Lord’s my Shepherd Psalm 23:1

Only a born again believer will ever be able to have a relationship with Jesus and call Him “my Shepherd.” And the wonder is that the Shepherd knows His sheep and cares for them and protects them. He seeks them when they go astray and then carries them in His arms next to His heart.

May all the sheep in this KBC flock listen to the voice of the Great Shepherd today and be able to say with the Psalmist, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Ron

Welcome – 8 November 2018

Wisdom is invaluable! Do you have it?
Every day we pick a path, weigh a decision, invest an hour, move a soul, but without Wisdom it will be for naught! Wisdom is one of God's "communicable perfections" Рwhich means humans have it because He had it first! So when we pick, weigh, invest and move, we can to do it all in God's wisdom. Or not. 
The opposite is foolishness. Do you have it?
Proverbs 8:35-36 
For whoever finds Wisdom finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,
but he who fails to find Wisdom injures himself; all who hate Wisdom love death.

Welcome 28 October 2018

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory…” (Hebrews 1:3)

Is it your desire to see the glory of God? Then look upon Jesus. When we see Him, we see God for He is God. How wonderful it is that in our Bible such a revelation of God is manifest in the person of Jesus. Moses prayed to God to show him His glory, and God had His goodness pass before him while he was sheltered in the rock. We have the privilege to have Bibles in our hands to enable us to read and meditate on the revealed glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ. In this we can truly rejoice!

May today’s service be a further opportunity to see the glory of God in the prayers offered, the hymns and songs sung and in the reading and the preaching of the Word.

Ron

 

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 Рbecause 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