Preparations are well underway for Christmas. So much to do and buy etc. Trees, decorations, food and presents. God prepared well for Christmas. Over the centuries he sent his prophets to tell people of the Messiah. One of these great prophecies is: the Messiah will be called Emmanuel (God with us).
Morning Service: (Daniel 1),
Daniel as a young lad in a hostile situation is enabled to resolve to be faithful to the LORD. The LORD is sovereign and Daniel trusts him, not knowing where his faithfulness to the LORD will put him.
1 John 3:5&8,
The Son of God appears & the devil's works are destroyed. At Bethlehem, the first Christmas, the eternal Son of God appeared. He did not begin to exist but appeared as a real human baby. The purpose of this was to ultimately take away sin and destroy the devil's works. So Jesus' birth leads to his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead
Thanks to all for coming today. The homemade sausage rolls and cake went down a treat.
Thought For The Day
(Greg Francis) :
So often the mistake is made that a church or chapel building is the most important part in religion. However it's the people (the believers) who make up the church. Jesus Christ has promised that he will keep on building his church until the end of time.
Evening Service (judges 19). Because the Israelites forsook the LORD's law the nation descended into religious and moral chaos. The horrific events of this chapter show israel hitting rock bottom as the morals of Sodom are found in the nation. God destroyed Sodom & Gomorrah. Tragically Israel is forsaking the LORD and adopting other lifestyles.
Children's Talk: Harvest is a time to stop & think about all that God gives. All that we have comes from him and it's right that we share; share what we have with those who do not have.
Morning Service: (Psalm 43;3-4) God uses his light (the assurance that God had not forsaken us) and his truth to bring us from dejection to Jesus Christ, who is the place of assurance. In him we have assurance that we are God's people, he is with us and our sins are forgive. Realising this makes our hearts break out in praise.
Evening Service: (Judges 18). When we corrupt religion and make it something that we do for self-gain or take the easy option when God has declared his ways to us, then we do not bring glory and honour to God. Religion becomes self-gratification and not for the glory of God. Personal faith is essentrial we cannot be give the faith of our parents & grand-parents.
Tea, Coffee, Chat & Thought For The Day
When we face rejection from human beings then always remember that Jesus Christ was despised and rejected. He faced this as he lived in our world on the way to dying on the cross for us.
Jesus, who was thirsty, sat by a well. He asks a lady who had a pitcher for some water to drink. Jesus uses the ensuing discussion to point out that he was the one who can deal with the thirst that the woman (and we) have deep in our souls.
Morning Service (Psalm 43)
The believer, who is dejected and in turmoil has remembered past blessings and that God is in total control, now cries out to God for deliverance. He asks God to send out his light (assurance) and truth, and to be led to the sanctuary: the place where there is assurance of God's presence & the forgiveness of sins.
Judges 17:6-13 Lucky Charm Religion
Human beings will sometimes refer to, use & believe in lucky charms hoping that they bring prosperity and stop bad things happening. In Judges 17 the worship of the true God is changed into a lucky charm religion, which is has a little bit of God in it but is there in the hope that Micah prospers. His confidence is misplaced. Out only hope is God himself & not religion that we modify to suit ourselves
Children's Talk: We use many cleaning products to keep our houses and ourselves clean. However we need something far more powerful to give us clean hearts. Out of our hearts come all our bad and sinful emotions & actions. God's way to give us clean hearts is grace given to us in Jesus Christ.
Morning Service; Psalm 62;6-11. The writer of the Psalm is experiencing turmoil in his soul and is downcast. Yet he realises; it seems as if God is far away but he has not lost control. He is still Sovereign. Remembering this and that God commands steadfast love in our live he is encouraged to praise, pray and hope confidently in the Sovereign LORD.
Evening Service:Judges 17;1-6 (Religion going badly wrong)
Soon after entering the Promised Land the Israelites began forsaking the LORD. As they did that which was right in their own eyes, their religion deteriorated into religious anarchy, as they put their own spin on the LORD's decrees.
Greg Francis gave Thought For The Day this morning. He helpfully reminded us of that God never abandons us. We may feel abandoned by God, but we never are. Jesus' death on the cross is proof of this.
Solomon, one of Israel's kings set about finding out what would make him contented. So he left God out of things. He set about having a good time, studying hard, building, making & spending money. All these things did not give him the happiness he desires. His conclusion was we cannot live ignornig our Creator. Relationship with him alone gives us that deep down happiness that we all crave.
Morning service (Psalm 23:1-5)
When our souls are downcast and in turmoil, remembering God's past goodness and blessings is a helpful step to get us realising that God himself is our hope. We can confidently trust ourselves to him being certain that fulfills his promises.
Evening Service, Judges 16;21-31
Samson head has been shaved, he has been blinded and is helplessly languishing as a slave in a Philistines prison but his hair begins to grow. His growing hair is a sign of the vow that God has made with him. Samson is enabled to cry out to the LORD one more time. His prayer is far from perfect but the LORD uses him, as he dies, to greatly weaken Israel's enemies. Samson the deliverer dies but delivers pointing us to Jesus Christ, who dies, to deliver us from our sin & guilt.
Morning Service (Psalm 42&43 - overview)
Believers sometimes go through dark experiences; they can become downcast in their souls, leading to turmoil in their souls. Ps 42&43 helpfully describe this condition and declare that God himself is our hope & answer in such circumstances.
Judges 16, The LORD "leaves" Samson
Samson is wonderfully & uniquely blessed by the LORD yet persists in being foolishly disobedient to the LORD. He learns a harsh lesson - we cannot keep on despising the the LORD's blessings. He loses his phenomenal strength as the LORD leaves him. he is captured and blinded by the Philistines. The LORD's deliverer is rendered helpless but ....
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