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10th November 2019

Pilgrim Pete writes… “Pierced, Buried & Raised Again!”

A friend told me a story of the time when his father worked in Lebanon. It may have been his sister’s birthday, for there arrived through the post a box. Inside carefully wrapped a most beautiful necklace made of varnished beads of all shapes, each one pierced through and threaded onto a fine cord. Bought from an Arab market.

On closer inspection however they were found not to be beads, but seeds from a variety of unknown plants – maybe trees or shrubs never seen in our own climate. What a treasure! as the years passed however the necklace became hidden away and forgotten.

All Barry could tell me was that at one turning out session the “beads” were rediscovered, free of their broken cord, rolling around in an upstairs drawer. Having no further use for a handful of dusty, dry seeds but reluctant to throw them away, his mother scattered them at the bottom of the garden and thought no more about them.

Imagine the family’s surprise some time later to find that corner of the garden a mass of tender green shoots, later developing into exotic flowers and blossoms!

I have never forgotten that wonderful tale, told me so many years ago at work. It always reminds me so clearly of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Himself sold, pierced, buried and forgotten. Only to be raised in glorious triumph to lead His believing Church, by way of repentance and faith, through a life of trail and hope to our heavenly home above.

10th November 2019

Activities for December

Sunday 1st December – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting – Dennis Butler will be the speaker

Wednesday 4th December – 8pm Teaching meeting

Friday 6th December – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun & Free

Sunday 8th December – 4.30pm Gospel Meeting – Jonathan Black will be the speaker – this will be followed by a festive bite to eat at 5.15pm

Wednesday 11th December – 8pm Teaching meeting

Friday 13th December – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun & Free

Sunday 15th December – 4.30pm Christmas themed service followed by refreshments

Wednesday 18th December – 8pm Bible Reading continuing studies in Titus

Friday 20th December – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Christmas Special

Sunday 22nd December – 4.30pm Christmas Carol Service – followed by refreshments

Sunday 29th December – 4.30pm Gospel Meeting – followed by refreshments

9th November 2019

Remembrance Sunday – What are you remembering?

Every year we rightly remember those who gave their lives in the first and second World War. Any reminders of Remembrance Sunday are linked with the strapline “Lest we forget” Many have family members who gave the ultimate price of their lives to secure the freedom of this country.

Is the price of a life immeasurable? If we got asked to put a value on a life; we would be very hesitant to do just that and name a price? We display our poppies with pride “Lest we forget” those who gave their lives in conflict. The poppy petals signifies the blood shed with the green stem the new life as a result of those who gave their life.

The Bible speaks of a remembrance Sunday as well, not every year but every week. Christians gather “lest they forget” to give thanks and praise as they remember the death burial and resurrection of God’s Son the Lord Jesus. His death and subsequent resurrection in the war against Satan, evil and sin secures freedom from the consequence of ours sin, (the wrong things we do in our life) if we believe and trust in him.

If a family member explained to us that a descendant had given his life in the war to secure our freedom, how would that make us feel? It would be disrespectful of us to shrug our shoulders and say what does that matter.

But what about the fact that Jesus gave his life for you? The Bible says “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” It seems that we live in a world and society that disregards the fact that Jesus gave his life for us.

What are you remembering this remembrance Sunday? “Lest we forget”

9th November 2019

Activities for November

Sunday 3rd November – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting – Graham Butler will be the speaker

Wednesday 6th November – 8pm – Teaching meeting we are expecting Matthew Hall to share truths from the Bible

Friday 8th November – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun and Free

Sunday 10th November – 4.30pm Gospel Meeting – Mark Watts will be the speaker – this meeting is followed by a bite to eat at 5.15pm

Wednesday 13th November – 8pm Bible Reading – We are currently studying Titus

Friday 15th November – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun and Free

Sunday 17th November – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting

Wednesday 20th November – 8pm – Bible Reading – We are currently studying Titus

Friday 22nd November – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun and Free

Sunday 24th November – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting – Ken Buckeridge will be the speaker

Wednesday 27th November – Bible Reading – We are currently studying Titus

Friday 29th November – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun and Free

29th September 2019

The World in Union – RWC 2019

For Rugby fans around the world they would be familiar with the anthem of the Rugby World Cup “the world in union.” The anthem symbolises the expectation that despite living in a world of unrest and war, sport can bring the world together in harmony and union with one another.

The sentiment is understood by all, but does beg the question, why does this world struggle to find peace? Why are the leaders of countries unable to find unity, or union with one another “world peace”

The Bible gives us the answer, the root of the issue of unrest in this World is Sin. From the beginning of time when Man thought that he could go his own way, disobeyed God and departed from God’s plan, we have suffered the consequences. World rulers now seek to exert power and authority over one another in a bid to become supreme dominating world powers.

When the players in the Rugby World Cup; depart from the rules and err – intentionally or accidentally, they are penalised. One man’s indiscretion brings a consequence for the whole team. The penalty is given and can result in defeat.

The consequence of sin (disobedience to God) must be penalised, however you and I are unable to pay the penalty ourselves. Romans ch 3 v 23 states “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life”

Did you know that you can receive the gift of God. If you received a ticket to watch the Rugby World Cup final not many would refuse the opportunity. The price however for that ticket would still have to have been paid by someone in order for you to receive the gift. Similarly to enable you to receive the Gift of God the price for eternal life had to be paid.

The cost of Eternal Life is unmeasurable; the Lord Jesus Christ God’s Son willing came to the earth from Heaven, and died on a cross at Calvary, paying the penalty of our sins to enable our relationship with God to be restored. Through Jesus’ death and subsequent resurrection, he offers us Salvation. To be saved, is to be rescued and delivered from the coming judgement of our sins. The Bible states “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

There can only be one winner of the Rugby World Cup, we can be on the winning side through faith and trust in God’s Son the Lord Jesus. The Bible states “by grace are you saved through faith and that it is not of yourselves it is a gift from God.”

The Lord Jesus has promised to rule this world in peace and harmony in a coming day. We can rule with Him if we follow the rules and plan that God has set out in His word the Bible. What a day that will be when finally this world will be in “union” with one another.

20th May 2018

A Royal Invitation

An invitation like none other?

Yes that’s right, you and I have been invited to not the Royal Wedding but to God’s eternal home in heaven.

Jesus said “come unto me and I will give you rest”

Are we willing to accept God’s invitation to come His way or will we continue to make excuses like in the parable in Luke ch 14 vs 16 – 24 (The Bible)

The invitation from God requires a response.

Do we realise that Jesus (God’s eternal Son) died on a cross making it possible for the wrong things we have committed in our lives to be forgiven?

A great display of love between the Royal Couple as they exchanged vow’s but God’s love to us knows no bounds, it is not based on a reciprocal love. God loves us despite of us.

We would respond promptly to a Royal Invitation – how about your response to God’s invitation

17th February 2018

Four years of blood sweat and tears but there can only be one winner

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in full swing we may have joined in the celebrations and the joy and ecstasy of those who have won and empathized and commiserated with those who have lost. There however can only be one gold medal.

The ice, the snow is brutal, one slight slip, one mistimed jump one foot out of place and four years of blood, sweat and toil ends in disappointment and a painful, tearful end. But for some the joy of the Gold medal makes up for all the hard work and effort.

We are all on a journey, not many of us are striving for the Gold, but what are we aiming for? What are we wanting from our lives. What are we putting our time energy and effort into?

The Bible makes it clear that we end up as either Winners or Losers? Those who trust in God’s Salvation plan, made possible through the giving of His Son the Lord Jesus will “Win” will receive Eternal Life. Those who reject God’s Way – think that doing the best they can is good enough will loose. We have all slipped… put a foot out of place, landed awkwardly – the Bible calls it Sin and as a result we can no longer Win.

By asking for our sins to be forgiven – trusting that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary as a sacrifice for our sins, enables us to obtain the Gold Medal. To be received into God’s family and have Eternal Life.

Joy or pain? The winter Olympics will soon be over for another four years…. Winners or Losers?

17th February 2018

Pilgrim Pete writes… “The Minstrel”

Reflections on a Laodicean Christmas – Revelation ch 3 v 20

Through the snow-bound village street a minstrel came, a shining harp half-hid beneath a shepherd’s cloak; a shepherd’s staff he held. His feet trod firm through snow-clad gates across the sleeping field.
Unerring step, one thought in mind one single aim pursued.
A rising moon among the trees marked a frozen path towards the church; for those within he’d given all His heart.

His footsteps steady, he approached the lighted windows, buttressed walls; the worldly music, bells and shouts concealed his coming.
He knocked, took down his harp, his lifting voice rose in a song, the sweetest ever heard.

He knocked again. No footsteps came.

His song ascending to the stars awakened angels chanting Heaven’s praise!
His song had opened Heaven’s door – what joy was glimpsed within!
The minstrel knocked once more. His upraised voice and tones so sweet – each heart must surely run to meet – and cry “Come-in!”

The best of songs must cease, the vision fades. The minstrel knocks one final time and waits in silence. Heaven holds its breath. The minstrel covers up his harp and slowly walks away.

Pilgrim Pete

4th January 2018

New Year’s Resolutions’ How Long will they last?

I wonder if you made any New Year’s Resolutions? Have you managed to keep them nearly one week into the New Year.

Some look forward to a New Year and the fact that it can bring New Opportunities.

Perhaps we are glad to see the back of 2017, or equally we can look back on fond times enjoyed with friends and family.

Many like to make New Year Resolutions, perhaps to get fit, to give up smoking, to get more sleep? Perhaps to “find God”

The reality is, that we struggle to keep resolutions on our own, we need the support of others around us. Perhaps to motivate us, to encourage us or to hold us accountable.

God want’s each of us to start afresh with Him. The relationship that man once enjoyed with God was severed in the Garden of Eden, (Genesis ch 3) when man disobeyed God. However that relationship can be restored because God sent his Son the Lord Jesus into this world to die as a sacrifice for the wrong things we have done. (sin) As a result of Jesus dying on the cross at Calvary, we can start afresh. Is that our desire in 2018 to want to live for our creator God. There can be no greater desire for us as we enter into a New Year.

2nd December 2017

The Perfect Gift – this Christmas

As we enter December perhaps you are already wondering what will be the Perfect Gift for a Family member or even a Friend.

We are presented with so many options of things we are told we need or should have and yet the reality is we don’t need that much to live on from day to day.

We also live in a world where we like to receive things instantly, we seem to have forgotten how to wait for things, so even if we find the “perfect gift” the person may already have it.

The Bible however does tell us of the “Perfect Gift” that we can all have and we don’t need to wait till Christmas to have it. The Gift is Eternal Life, made available through the birth and death of the Lord Jesus.

As we think about the Perfect Gift think of the following:

GGiven (the Gift of eternal life has been given, all gift are given)
IIndividual (the gift is for you as an individual – we individually need God’s salvation)
FFree (a gift is free, you wont be given a gift this Christmas with the receipt and told to pay for your gift before you can have it. That is the same with God’s Gift)
TTake it (the perfect gift becomes yours when you take it. Will you be leaving your gifts this Christmas around the Christmas tree?)

For the wages (result) of our sin is death (eternal separation from God) but the Gift (perfect free gift) of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord)

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