Welcome – 12 May 2019

Certainty and Uncertainty

Uncertainty is God’s invitation to trust in Him – a happy event if you do. Anxiety if you don’t.

With the election behind us, anxiety for its outcome has been replaced by anxiety over What Next. What did we gain by our anxiety before? What will we gain by anxiety now? We are told that anxiety is increasing in every nation, with trust in man making matters worse rather than better.

Biblically we have 100% certainty on two things: the fallen character of mortal man, and the goodness of our Sovereign God. He has and will see us through to glory now and forever as we live and move and have our being in Him (Acts 17:28).

Being here today is key to that. Be refreshed together.

 

Claude

 

5 May 2019

[We are] waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.( Titus 2:13-14) (ESV)

Paul’s concern in this letter to Titus, for sound doctrine is balanced by an emphasis on proper Christian conduct, avoiding quarreling, being gentle, and showing perfect courtesy toward all people.

This passage is one of the clearest affirmations in the New Testament of the deity of Christ. Our great redeemer who frees us from our sins so that together we might become a church special to Him.

So as His church let us continue doing good as our way of life.

Alan Cameron

Welcome – 28 April 2019

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God

Psalm 84:1-2 (ESV)

 

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

Psalm 84:1 (ESV)

 

When our struggles and trials in this world are over, we shall be welcome guests in God’s own house. What an honour!  What a privilege!  The more I think about this, the more my heart sings out in joy.  Does yours? Sing for joy, all you Saints, for one day we shall worship in His courts!    

Welcome – 21 April 2019

Less than two weeks after he called a very dead Lazarus from the tomb to life, Jesus’ body was sealed into another tomb and guarded to ensure nobody stole it to claim he had himself risen. The authorities were also planning to murder Lazarus, to suppress such irrefutable evidence of Jesus’ Divine nature.

But it didn’t work – it only served to prove more clearly that God’s personal, supernatural power was – and is – at work. People still sin when, because it points where they don’t want to go, they reject the evidence. And that hurts both them and their neighbours. Keep growing in prayer for unbelievers, in following truth, in service, and in thankfulness for His unspeakable mercy.

He is risen indeed!

Claude

 

Welcome 14 April 2019

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:3)

Each blessing in this chapter relates to the character of a Christian. This first blessing points to the absolute need a disciple has in Christ. When he realises his own spiritual poverty, and his actual spiritual state, only then he is made willing to be filled with the Spirit and to be made ready for the kingdom of Heaven. This is the exact opposite of the world’s standard.

As we worship together this morning, may we all acknowledge our total need in Jesus, and draw closer to Him. It is only by God’s grace that we have been saved and not by any works that we have done. By faith, then, let us sit at Jesus feet, and learn of Him. Augustus Toplady put it this way in his hymn, “Rock of Ages”:

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to Thy cross I cling;

Naked come to Thee for dress,

helpless, look to Thee for grace.

Foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me,

Saviour, or I die.

RON CAIRS

 

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