After deciding to disobey the LORD's command to preach in Ninevah Jonah tries to run away from God. He jumps on a ship headed for Tarshish and falls asleep. He is contented in thinking that he has left the LORD behind. But then a great storm breaks over the Mediterranean and .....
Morning Service: Philemon 17-18.
Paul ,the Apostle, asks Philmeon to take back his bond-servant (Onesimus), as a Christian. Paul is willing to pay for anything that Onesimus owes Philemon. Paul's actions mirror the fact that Jesus Christ dies taking our debt onto himself and when people are restored to God there is great rejoicing in heaven.
Honouring the LORD is at the heart of Christian living. This includes using our possessions and wealth with God's wisdom and for his glory. The Bible has a great deal to tell about money. We cannot serve God and money. Christians aim to honour the LORD with all that they have.
Nineveh was a great city in the Assyrian Empire but the people lived ignoring and rebelling against God. God calls on Jonah to go and preach in the great city. Jonah says, "No, I'm not going"
Morning Service: Philemon 7 & 20.
One of the great blessings of becoming a Christian is the fellowship with other believers who have also put their faith in Jesus Christ. So each Christian enjoys this refreshing fellowship but alos has the responsibility to be a joy and refresh other Christians.
Evening Service: "Proverbs" and money.
God in his wisdom gives us great principles to live by in his world. Attitude towards money is part of this wisdom. "Proverbs" declares that "riches" are not forever, futile in the day of wrath and give false security.
Paul, the Apostle, goes to Philippi. Here he meets a devout woman, named Lydia. She is taking part in an open air prayer meeting by the river. When Paul explains to her the Good News about Jesus the Lord opens her heart and she comes to believe.
Morning Service: Philemon v.3.
Two of the great words of the Bible are grace and peace. Grace describes God's undeserved love and favour. This is most clearly seen as Jesus dies on the cross. Peace is one of the results of God's grace in our lives. This is peace that comes from knowing God and the assurance that we are forgiven.
Evening Service: Proverbs - the heart
As people living in God's creation we often insist that we are right and choose to disregard the LORD's commands. Our pride will put us in direct opposition to God. Pride comes before a fall is true in all walks of life: it is certainly true spiritually.
Morning Service: Philemon 1-2.
In the introduction to his letter to Philemon, Paul uses 5 terms to help us understand the fullness and completeness of being a Christian
1. Prisoner for Jesus Christ, Christians can expect persecution
2. Beloved: they are loved by God and other Christians with self-giving, self-sacrificing, constant and costly love.
3. Fellow workers, Christians work together in Jesus kingdom
4. Fellow soldiers, Christians fight spiritual battles together
5. Belong to a local congregation
Matthew was a tax-collector in the days of Jesus when the Romans rules Israel. Tax-collectors working for the Romans were hated. In spite of being a wealthy man he accepts Jesus' call to follow him and leave it all behind. He faithfully followed Jesus and wrote "Matthew" one of the Bible accounts of Jesus' life.
Evening Service: "Proverbs 4:16 - the heart".
The heart is the part of us from whic come thoughts emotions and actions. Polluted by sin human hearts are deceitfully wicked and deceive us into going against God. In the Good News about Jesus is forgiveness and strength is given to live with God's wisdom in his creation.
One of the Bible's great declarations regarding God is: "God is love". The Bible is God showing us his person and character & to read it is a great privilege. God's love is self-giving, sacrificial & constant. It is seen fully as the Lord Jesus dies on the cross
Morning Service, Daniel 12:1-4:
Daniel is taken by the angel to a future period of great persecution for God's people. Then the end will come. God's suffering people can take comfort that they will be raised to everlasting life, the hardship suffered in this world will end.
The Lord Jesus claimed that he would one day return to our world. To be ready for this momentous event he calls us to be living in commitment and obedience to him. he warns against hypocrisy and despising his words to the extent that we live ignoring that he will, one day, return to our world.
Jesus meets a woman by a well. He uses the everyday experience of being thirsty to explain to the lady that her unhappiness and loneliness was due to the thirst in her soul. The Lord Jesus then explains that he gives himself to quench our thirsty souls.
Morning Service, Daniel 10-11.
The LORD reveals to Daniel that in the future God's people will be terribly persecuted. However because they know God then they will stand firm. God knows our future and gives strength to stand firm when we commit ourselves to him.
Evening Service; Ephesians 4:3.
Maintain the unity of the Spirit. Peace and unity are two things that should dominate any Christian congregation. Peace and harmony coming from the shared experience Christians have had i.e. experiencing God's forgiving love in their hearts.
Saul, the king becomes depressed & appreciates the music of David the shepherd boy. David becomes a great soldier and a national hero. Saul is jealous and tries to kill David. But even when he has the opportunity to retaliate and take revenge David refuses to do wrong.
Morning Service: Daniel 9:21-27
Daniel prays for his nation and that their exile in Babylon will end. God then reveals to him the great spiritual blessings (sins forgiven, eternal righteousness and fellowship with God) that will come to people through an anointed one being cut off (the Messiah being killed).
Evening Service: Psalm 133
When believers, people into whose hearts God has commanded life evermore, are in unity then it is good, pleasant, precious and refreshing. Meeting together in the unity stemming from the Good News about Jesus is a wonderful contrast to a world that is full of aggression and conflict.
In the days following Pentecost Peter & John (2 of Jesus' disciples) are enabled to perform a miracle: a lame man is healed & walks. This draws a crowd, so Peter and John preach the Good News about Jesus. This puts them on a collision course with Jerusalem's authorities and they are thrown into prison.
Morning Service, Daniel 9:17-21.
In this part of his prayer Daniel asks the LORD to show mercy to the Israelites in exile so they the LORD will be glorified. Daniel's prayer is God-centred. He knows that he and his people can only throw themselves onto the LORD's mercy and promise
Evening Service: Ephesians 6:19-20
Praying that the Good News about Jesus will be communicated boldly is vitally important. Through this Good News God changes hearts and lives. God works through the prayers of Christians to bring his purposes to pass.
Jesus told the story of a man who had a successful life but lived his life ignoring God. When he died he tragically had to leave his wealth behind and leave this world with nothing. The Lord Jesus tell us to make sure that we think about eternal things.
Daniel 9, Daniel's prayer (1).
Daniel's prayer is not a Christmas Shopping list. After reading the Bible (Jeremiah 29) he is made aware of God's great promises and prays giving God glory (worshipping God is important when praying).
He then prays that God will be merciful to the nation just as he has promised.
This morning's service on Pentecost Sunday was focussed on Acts 2.
We told the children the events of the promise of the Holy Spirit being made real. The sound of mighty rushing wind, the "fire" and the foreign languages.
In the Morning Service we thought about Pentecost being the start of the great spiritual harvest of people from all over the world being brought into Jesus' kingdom.
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Next Sunday 22nd Sept @ 10.30 am
Proverbs: The Name of the LORD is a strong tower
10 - 11.30am
Tea, Coffee, Chat (Thought For The Day)
Explore the Bible,
Explore the Bible, Luke 14
@ 1.45 pm
Short Informal Service
(normally twice / month,
first and third Monday).
9th October @ 2.30pm
Details to follow