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22nd February 2020

Activities for March 2020

Sunday 1st March – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting , speaker expected is Andrew Sandilands

Wednesday 4th March 2020 8pm Teaching Meeting – we are expecting John Barton as our speaker

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

Sunday 8th March – 4.30pm Gospel Meeting -Dan Rudge will be the speaker – this meeting is followed by a bite to eat at 5.15pm Gospel Meeting

Wednesday 11th March – 8pm Teaching Meeting – we are expecting John Barton as our speaker

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

Sunday 15th March – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting

Wednesday 18th March – 8pm Bible Reading – We are finishing our studies in Titus

Friday 20th March – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun and Free

Sunday 22nd March – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting

Wednesday 25th March – 8pm – Bible Reading – We are commencing studies in James

Friday 27th March – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun and Free

Sunday 29th March – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting

31st January 2020

Activities for February

Sunday 2nd February – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting – John Barton will be the speaker

Wednesday 5th February – 8pm Bible Reading – Studies in Titus

Friday 7th February – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun & Free

Sunday 9th February – 4.30pm Gospel Meeting – James Vargeshe will be the speaker – this will be followed by a bite to eat at 5.15pm

Wednesday 12th February – 8pm Bible Reading – Studies in Titus

Friday 14th February – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun & Free

Sunday 16th February – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting – Jonathan Hall will be the speaker

Wednesday 19th February – 8pm Teaching meeting – Speaker will be Peter Marks

Friday 21st February – No children’s hour due to being half-term

Sunday 23rd February – 6.30pm Gospel Meeting – Matthew Hall will be the speaker

Wednesday 26th February – 8pm Teaching meeting – Speaker will be Peter Marks

Friday 28th February – Childrens Hour at 6.30pm – Calling all Children 4+ Its Fun & Free

30th December 2019

Does a New Year bring hope?

As we embark on a New Year, we typically start with hope and anticipation of different goals and plans we are wanting to achieve.

Equally as we come to the close of another year; I wonder as we look back on the year just passed, whether we do so with regret.

Did I get to the gym as much as I had hoped, (or needed to!) did I get on that holiday I had dreamed of, did my stocks and share make the return I had anticipated, did I get the grades I wanted, did I get that pay rise I was promised and hoped for, did I purchase the car I wanted.

No doubt there are many things we wish to achieve in this life but how many of them relate to our creator God – the God of the Universe?

We have regret when we miss out, or things don’t happen as we expect them to. I can certainly look back on 2019 with regret from a personal perspective and can look forward to a New Year with hope.

When we look into the Bible we will also find characters who would regret their decisions, choices, words spoken, actions taken etc. Whether it is Adam and Eve at the beginning of time disobeying God and taking of the fruit they were forbidden not to take of, or Jonah trying to run away from God and needing to spend time in the belly of a whale. To Peter denying the Lord Jesus or Judas betraying the Lord Jesus. These characters given a 2nd opportunity would no doubt have made a different choice.

Sometimes we wish we could take back a word an action a thought but more often than not it is too late. If only… we might ponder!

God makes it very clear in His word the Bible that “Today is a day of Salvation” (2 Corinthians ch6 v 2) To be Saved is to know the forgiveness of sins (wrong things against God) by trusting in the Lord Jesus as our Saviour. Repenting of our wrong doing before God, acknowledging that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary paying the price that our sins demanded. The Bible makes it clear that if we reject God’s offer or forgiveness we will face his judgement in a coming day.

When I trusted the Lord Jesus as my Saviour I had no regrets. He has never let me down; He has never been disloyal to me or said unkind things. He hasn’t criticised me behind my back or gone back on a promise.

He gives me a great hope for 2020 that He could be returning to take me to be with Him forever. A Christian has a great hope ahead of them. As we look forward to a New Year. Make it a completely New Year with a New Hope and a New Perspective. A year where we recognise our creator God and have faith and belief in God’s Son the Lord Jesus Christ. You will never regret it.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and though shalt be saved” Acts ch 16 v 31

7th December 2019

Is Jesus your reason for the season?

As we embark on the Christmas festivities for another year, I can’t help but wonder how much is Jesus Christ the reason for the season.

What is most important for us at this time of year? Is it time with the family? or giving and receiving gifts? or visiting friends?

How much is Christ the centre of our Christmas? What are we celebrating if we are not making Him the reason of the season?

The name Jesus means Saviour; at His birth the angels declared to the Shepherds that a Saviour had been born.

The whole reason Jesus came into this world was to make it possible for you and I to be saved. We need to be saved from the consequence of the things we have done wrong; (the Bible calls this sin) we need to understand that we have offended a Holy and a Righteous God and as a result we will face His righteous punishment in a coming day.

I wonder what is top of your Christmas list this year? What do you really need or what do you really want?

God is offering us His gift of Salvation (the Bible calls this Eternal Life) This came at the cost of the life of His Son Jesus Christ. He has paid the penalty for sin so we can know God’s forgiveness. Did you know that by asking for your sins to be forgiven, believing that Jesus died and rose again on your behalf, enables you to have Salvation.

Romans ch 10 v 9 from the Bible states “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

You can truly celebrate Christmas if you do this. Do you want an early Christmas present? Salvation is available today, you don’t have to wait to the 25th December.

I presume that you will not be leaving any Christmas presents under the Christmas tree this year? How sad that the true reason of the season, Jesus Christ, could remain as an unwanted gift for yet another Christmas.

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.

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”

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

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