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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Thought For The Day
It's a great privilege for a sportsman to be included on an honours board. It's a greater privilege to have our names written in heaven. Faith in Jesus Christ gives us this great honour. His death on the cross being the sacrifice for our sins.
Children's Talk: Prayer is "free at the point of delivery" because Jesus Christ has paid the price to give us access to God. In our prayers we can pour out our hearts to God and thank him for his blessings.
Psalm 88 (Greg Francis)
The writer of this dark Psalm honestly ours out his heart to the LORD. He is in the depths of despair; it seems as if the LORD is not even answering his prayers. The key truth to always bear in mind is noted in v.1; the LORD is the God of his salvation. This is an unchangeable truth regardless of our circumstances.
Evening Service (Judges 15, The LORD is Samson's deliverer)
Samson gives himself over to be captured by the Philistines. He doesn't know what will happen but the LORD does - Samson trusts himself to the LORD. The LORD enables him to rout the Philistines using the jaw-bone of an ass (a most unlikely weapon). The LORD often takes the most unlikely and despised things/people to do his will.
Paul, Silas & Timothy take the Good News about Jesus to Philippi. After healing a young girl they end up in prison. Here they are enabled to sing hymns. Using an earthquake the prisoners are set free but don;t escape. The terrified jailer wants to know how to become a Christian. Paul explains & the man is converted.
Morning Service, Philippians 4:6-7
Andrew Thomas was our preacher this morning. Not being anxious about things is a great blessing that Christians can enjoy because they are in Christ & rejoice in him. They can pray in all situations, giving thanks to God, thinking about good wholesome things and the peace of God that is beyond understanding garrisons hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Elite sporting events usually end up with gold, silver & bronze medals being presented to athletes. However in "fun runs" all finishers get a medal. Jesus Christ promises to reserve a place in heaven for all of his people (not just the "elites").
Morning Service 1 John 5;21
As an old man and an experienced Christian John closes his 1st letter with the "advice" - Keep yourselves from idols. Idols are anything/anyone that replaces the worship of God in our hearts & lives. Christians are under constant temptation to replace their commitment to Jesus Christ with other things. Keep yourselves from idols is sound advice and teaching.
Judges 14; The LORD's ways are strange
Samson is far from being a role model for Christians. Yet the LORD previews what he will accomplish through this unorthodox & wayward believer. Samson's God (the LORD revealed in the Bible) works when Samson behaves badly. We see in Samson's life the extent of God's grace. We can never limit God.
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Nehemiah, in spite of great opposition faithfully led work to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Several times it seemed as if their enemies were too powerful but Nehemiah prayed. The work was completed
Morning Service: 1 John 5;20
Jesus Christ came to give us understanding of the Gospel so that we can believe and come to know God; who is true, real and without deceit. To know God and be in him is the most secure and fulfilling place to be. Christians are in God through being in Christ, who is true God and eternal life.
Evening Service: Judges 13
Israel have wandered so far from the LORD that they don't cry out to him for a deliverer. Yet the LORD is full of grace. He sends them a deliverer - Samson is born into an impossible situation (he will begin to deliver Israel). Marvel at God's grace.
Jesus noticed how people gave their gifts in the Temple. Some gave a great deal. Then poor widow who had only two small coins gave the two coins. Jesus commended her as she had given her all.
Morning Service: 1 John 5:3
Because they have relationship based on love with God, Christians obedience to God is on the basis of love. They love God because he first loved them and clearly declared that love in the Good New about Jesus. Their obedience to him is an obedience based on love and gratitude, so that God's commands are not burdensome
Evening Service: Judges 12
Not being grateful to the LORD for the way that he works in our lives is something to avoid. Pride sometimes makes us jealous of others and ungrateful to God. The LORD's ways of dealing with us differ but in the light of his sovereign care we can trust him, rejoice and thank him.
A good times was had by all. Plenty of tea, coffee and chat with a nice number meeting up.
Our "Thought For The Day" focussed on Jesus Christ dying in our place so that the debt of our sins before God can be paid off in full
Children's Talk; Jacob tricked his twin brother Esau. Esau then wanted to kill Jacob, so Jacob has to run for his life. Many years later God tells Jacob to go home. Jacob is afraid and calls out to the LORD. The following day Jacob comes face to face with Esau - Esau embraces him.
Morning Service; 1 John 5:18-19.
Christians live not aiming to sin because they are born again. They live being opposed by the devil and the world. However they are assured God's protection until eternity. The struggles they encounter each day are experienced under the never-failing protection of God.
Judges 11; Jephthah's hasty vow.
The Bible never gives us the opportunity to conclude that any human being is perfect. In the heat of the moment Jephthah jettisoned all that God has already declared and did what he though was right and best. This had catastrophic results for his family. When we ignore the LORD's word we always choose the wrong option.
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