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Forth coming Activities August – September

15th August 2021

We are delighted to be able to welcome you back to our Church meetings

Please feel free to join us for the clear presentation of the Gospel message of hope:

Sunday 22nd August 6.30pm – Graham Butler

Sunday 29th August 6.30pm – Matthew Hall

Sunday 5th September 6.30pm – James College

Sunday 12th September 6.30pm – Andrew Hall

Sunday 19th September 6.30pm – Jon Doxsey

Bible Readings in the Epistle of James are taking place 25th August & 1st September at 8pm

Bible Teaching will be 8th September & 15th September at 8pm

Feeling isolated?

5th June 2021

How would it feel to have to tell people not to come close? To tell people you were unclean? To have to leave your family and not be allowed to be close to them or see them?

In the Bible we read of people who are called lepers, they are pronounced unclean and have to leave their family and typically would have to remain isolated and alone until their leprosy kills them. How sad to have a disease that has no cure.

If you were diagnosed with leprosy you would feel really helpless and hopeless and alone.

In the Bible in Luke ch 17 we read of ten lepers, all condemned to death with their incurable disease, but then they hear that the Lord Jesus, (God’s Son) was passing through where they stayed on the outskirts of the village. They cried to Jesus; “Master have mercy on us.” Jesus responded by telling them that he had cleansed them and to show themselves to the priest. In faith they went to the priest realising on the way that they had been miraculously healed.

We then read, that only one of the ten returned to say Thank You. Could you imagine being isolated with a death sentence upon you, being healed and not saying Thank You.

The Bible tells us that our sins, (the wrong things we do, say or think) have isolated us from God, and more than this we have a death sentence upon us.

“The wages (result) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans ch 6 v 23)

Did you realise that Jesus came into this world for you? Jesus came into this world to deal with our death sentence. Just like he healed the lepers he is ready, willing and able to cleanse you from your sin. Dying on the cross at Calvary, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so God can forgive you “cleanse you from all unrighteousness” (1 John ch 1 v 7)

We read “for by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God” (Ephesians ch 2 v 8)

The healing from leprosy was a gift from God through the Lord Jesus, similarly we can know the gift from God of Salvation, or being rescued from the consequence of our sins, if we believe that Jesus died for us. Have we ever Thanked the Lord Jesus for dying for us?

It would be such a shame to know that we can have a relationship restored with our creator God through faith and trust in Jesus, but to ignore it and face God’s judgement (death sentence) in a coming day. We might be feeling alone in this world, but there is no need to be alone for eternity.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John ch 3 v 16)

Back OPEN to the public – Please join us 6.30pm on a Sunday

5th June 2021

June 2021 – We are now open for the public to return to our weekly Gospel Meeting at 6.30pm on a Sunday.

We would politely ask people to maintain social distancing whilst within the hall with a preference to wear a face covering if comfortable to do so. We will not be singing hymns during this service which will last approximately 30 minutes.

What was Good about Good Friday?

4th April 2021

It is an interesting concept to think that we can celebrate and suggest a day was GOOD when someone was:

Falsely accused, beaten, tortured, mocked, spat upon and then condemned to death; and yet for the Christian as a result of Jesus dying at Calvary more than Good is experienced.

It was necessary for Jesus to come into this world. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Tim ch 1 v 15)

Whether we like the message or not, the message is still true, we are sinners in God’s sight and as a result we will face God’s judgement in a coming day.

But what happened at Easter time, is that Jesus allowed himself to be taken by the Jewish religious leaders who should have known better, who then condemned him to death. Ultimately the religious rulers didn’t like the message of God, they wanted to do their own thing? We don’t like to be told what to do, we definitely don’t like to be told that we are wrong, but the Bible is telling us that our ways end in death and destruction and we need to turn to God.

Jesus dying at Calvary was to pay the price for our sins, the wrong things that we do. Due to God being Holy, He can’t turn a blind eye to sin and therefore required a sacrifice and sin to be punished. Jesus the eternal Son of God was perfect and therefore could be the sacrifice for sin.

This is what is GOOD about Easter, you and I can know the forgiveness of our sins due to Jesus dying on the cross at Calvary.

The Bible tells us to “repent of our sin” to “believe in our heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Don’t search for Easter Eggs this Eastertime, don’t search at an empty cross or even at an empty tomb, search for the Saviour the Lord Jesus.

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while He is near:” (Isaiah ch 55 v 6)

May you find the Lord of Life this Easter time.

Links to Christmas Activities 2020

21st December 2020

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

If you would like to understand the Story and Message of Six carols please visit www.hebrongospelhall.org

1) Joy to the World – 2) While Shepherds watched their flocks by night – 3) O Little Town of Bethlehem – 4) Mary Did you know? – 5) Hark the Herald Angels Sing – 6) The Hallelujah Chorus

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

On Youtube.com – Present At Christmas

LISTEN TO YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS CAROLS – click the link below for a recording of Matthew Hall playing people favourite Christmas Carols.

https://www.facebook.com/100048401467385/videos/211619463794768/

Nativity Extravaganza (live 13.30pm 20/12/20) watch the replay (via links below)

https://youtu.be/1vqircHKdnk

https://www.facebook.com/MJGospelHall/

Christmas Observations around New Haw

19th December 2020

As I walk around New Haw, I have been amazed at the variety and creativity of the Christmas displays on offer.

I have loved seeing the Father Christmas’ the Angels, Snowmen, Reindeer’s, along with the many different Christmas wreaths, the Candy Cane’s, Stars, Bells and of course the different twinkly lights and the Christmas trees.

As I observe the different symbols of Christmas it got me thinking about messages in the Bible, (God’s word) that can help us truly celebrate Christmas this year.

LIGHTS

Not many of us enjoy the dark and yet the Bible says people enjoy the dark because it enables the wrong things they do to be hidden. Jesus came into the world to be a Light for the world. He brings light and hope this Christmas time, but we need to see ourselves for what we really are. Lets’ no longer live in the dark but ask Jesus to forgive us of the wrong we have done (our sins) enabling us to have Eternal Life

CHRISTMAS WREATH

The Christmas wreaths are made of evergreens to represent everlasting life brought through Jesus, with the circular shape of the wreath representing our Creator God who has no beginning or end.

“God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John ch 3 v 16)

I wonder if you had to weave your wreath together. It reminds me that the Jewish religious leaders platted a crown of thorns together and thrust it upon the head of the Lord Jesus mocking Him being the King of the Jews. The Star at His birth indicated that a King had been born. Jesus is going to reign in a coming day. But first he had to die as a sacrifice to God so our sins could be forgiven.

CHRISTMAS TREE

We all enjoy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, but when you take everything off of it, you are left with just a tree.

The Bible tells us about a tree at Calvary where Jesus suffered bled and died to enable us to be saved from the consequence of our sins. This is the message of Christmas, that Jesus willing came into the world to be the “Saviour of the World.”

As we try and enjoy Christmas as best we can this year with the challenges of the restrictions around us. Remember that God is speaking to us through the symbols of Christmas. He has given the ultimate gift. His Son for you and me.

“For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is a Gift of God.” (Ephesians ch 2 v 8)

How wonderful that you can enjoy God’s Gift this Christmas time of peace with Him and knowing you have Eternal Life.

A songwriter once wrote “I wish it could be Christmas everyday!” knowing Jesus as your Saviour is like having Christmas everyday.

Christmas 2020 Like None Other

18th December 2020

Many of can’t wait to say goodbye to 2020 and hope that 2021 will be a better year.

Many have suffered throughout the year in one way or another as the impact of COVID-19 has not only brought death, but financial loss, redundancy, health challenges along with the feeling of isolation to name a few.

Yet at this Christmas time we would like to emphasis the message of hope and Good News that the Bible (God’s word) brings to you.

The angels declared the good news that a Saviour had been born, as we recount the story of Christmas from the Bible we start building a picture of this promised one who came to change the world.

Many of us would love to change the events of the past. Not just 2020 but other events and circumstances that have impacted us.

If you could, would you change the event of the Lord Jesus being born and therefore bringing about the celebration of Christmas?

But what are we celebrating?

As our Christmas 2020 will go down in history as the year when we had to decide who we could and couldn’t see. I wonder if you will continue to be isolated from have the Lord Jesus in your plans.

Jesus came into this world for you, are you celebrating this? The wrong that we have done before God (the Bible calls this sin) isolates us from God. Yet God in his love and grace sent the Lord Jesus to pay the price that our sin demanded. Jesus dying on the cross at Calvary enables you to receive Eternal Life if you repent of your sin and trust in the Lord Jesus as your Saviour.

As you give and receive gifts this Christmas time will you be accepting God’s gift of peace? The opportunity to know you are right with God by asking for your sins to be forgiven.

As we turn our back on 2020, please don’t turn your back on the Lord Jesus who makes it possible for you to have a Christmas like None Other.

I’m celebrating the Lord Jesus as my Saviour, what about you?

Can we help? Let not your heart be troubled!

9th October 2020

The Lord Jesus had to remind his disciples that they would face disappointments and trials in this world. He encouraged them by stating “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John ch 14 v 1

In the current circumstances of the times, we might not know what to believe, or who to believe in. Jesus encourages us to believe in him.

Whilst we are currently unable to open our doors to invite the public in, we would like to assure you that we continue to pray for our community and urge you to reach out to us if your heart is troubled.

The Lord Jesus, as he sort to encourage his disciples many years ago, is still available to us today and is wanting to be part of your life.

He is the author and sustainer of peace; if you are keen to know more than please do get in touch.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John ch 14 v 27

VE Celebrations – 75 years on… The enemy is defeated!

9th May 2020

The 8th May marked the 75th Anniversary of the end of European fighting against Nazi Germany, a significant day in history when the enemy was defeated. In the words of Sir Winston Churchill “My dear friends, this is your hour.”

As we remember the remaining Veterans still alive today; many have helped us appreciate the excitement of that day when the enemy was finally defeated with an “unconditional surrender.” No doubt we have reminisced and listened to “war time” stories repeated and re-told with fondness but also sorrow, thinking of so many lives impacted.

As we remember the many who lost their lives to secure our freedom, it reminds us that our deliverance was dependent on their selfless acts of courage. As we have been encouraged to say “thank you” and remember in silence as a sign of respect, it really doesn’t seem enough as we consider the dark days of War World II.

The Bible also reminds us of a defeated enemy that we should be celebrating victory over. Nearly 2,000 years ago; God sent his Son the Lord Jesus into the world to rescue this fallen human race from an enemy. Not a dictator like Hitler, but from what the Bible describes as an old foe called Satan or the Devil.

The Bible explains that through this enemy, sin, (which is disobedience to God) came into this world. Genesis ch 3 tells us how that Satan convinced Adam and Eve to disobey God, the impact was devastating. Just like World War II was devastating to many at the time, and the fallout born by many generations, the disobedience at the beginning of time was even worse and has impacted every single generation born into this world since. The Bible states “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

It needed a selfless act of love. It needed someone willing to lay down their life to enable a great victory to take place. The Bible tells us that through the dark hours on a cross, outside Jerusalem, God punished His own Son Jesus to pay the price for the consequence of sin. The Lord Jesus that day wrought a GREAT VICTORY. He could shout out in triumph “IT IS FINISHED.” He had paid the price for sin that you and I could never pay. The Bible tells us that he rose from the dead victorious, three days later.

What are we relying on to get right with God? Do we even think we need to? Eternity faces each of us and the destination is either Heaven or Hell. As we can think of those who gave their lives, this act on its own whilst admirable is not enough to get a person into Heaven. The Bible says that we can only get right with God through repenting and asking for our sins to be forgiven.

I wonder therefore if we have taken time recently to give thanks for those who laid down their lives in World WAR II? I think that we would both agree that we should. However it is concerning that many are not willing to acknowledge the GREATEST VICTORY ever, when Jesus defeated the enemy Satan by laying down his life as a sacrifice for sin.

If you knew what it was to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, then this would be a day of great celebration for you too.

Pilgrim Pete writes – bewildering & unprecedented times?

22nd April 2020

Are these days “bewildering & unprecedented times”? The Bible provides insight into other such times. The plague of darkness in Moses’ time; Egypt may have felt bewildered – but not Israel. They had LIGHT in all their dwellings. We too share the LIGHT of God’s Glory in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As for “unprecedented” – has such a world-wide effect ever fallen upon our world since Noah’s flood? We who believe find ourselves today in the same situation as those eight people, incarcerated in our own homes, but, thankfully, not isolated. We know that our Lord has “shut us in” (Gen 7 v 16) and that “our God shall supply all our need through the riches of His Grace in Christ Jesus our Lord;” that having first sought the Kingdom of God and His righteousness – all these things shall be added unto us.

Noah’s family too had all these blessings, besides the powerful leadership of Noah himself. I am sure that he was a pillar of physical strength and spiritual strength under our God. His very name means REST, which includes confidence and security. As Captain he would be a calming, inspiring influence, very much in command in times of fear, panic or disagreement.

It is good to know that the same Holy Spirit is guarding & organising His believing children today.

We also remember that those eight people had no idea how or when the floods would subside, and what would happen next. But Noah had faith, and knew the Grace of God. Noah’s rock-like strength and stability gave his crew the confidence and hope to see the crisis through. “Look unto me,” says the Lord, “and be saved.”

As with ourselves God asks us to trust in Him, that great, heavy flat-bottomed boat of (at least) 400′ feet long had no rudder! but where in the world was there to go? (John ch 6 v 68)

God had “shut them in” and guided their ship through all the massive swell and turbulence. That same confidence and trust in our Lord will keep us safe also – and our applause in that day will be for Him.

“How great is our God! How great is His Name!”

What joy must have filled Noah’s heart when he saw first stars appear, and after that – the Rainbow….

The first mention of the symbol of HOPE! As we see the many rainbow’s around us. We remind ourselves that the rainbow not only tells us of God’s promise of love but the hope that is there for us all. There can be better days ahead for us, if we would but come to the Saviour. He laid down His life so that we might live. As we remember those who are risking their lives to save others. Let’s remember, He willing died to save us from the consequence of our sin (disobedience and rejection of God which will face eternal judgement) are we willing to acknowledge this Saviour?

John ch 3 v 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

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