Thought for the Month -
It feels a little strange that I'm not greeting you at the church doors but bringing a service of worship to your doors! This is indeed an unprecedented time we are living in.
As government guidance changes daily and restrictions are added daily, how we live our lives will continue to be very different for the forceable future.
Is there any good news?
Its good news indeed to know, although the world around us changes, God does not! For He is the same yesterday, today and for evermore, this provides us with a great confidence, God doesn't change, He is a mighty rock on which we can take our stand.
As we enter this season of unprecedented change, we can use this season as an opportunity to deepen our faith in Jesus and take up the challenge of loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbours as ourselves.
There are many promises in Scripture which we can claim, one of these is strength and another is joy which God provides us through the Holy Spirit, especially in the midst of times of unease and times of testing, (Psalm 28:7).
This is certainly a time of testing and shaking of the nations which provides us with an opportunity to reflect on which path we are walking in life. Tests and exams are actually helpful to us, they provide us with an opportunity to see how much we have learned in our walk as Christians and when times of testing come we can see how much faith we actually have.
Thinking about exams do you remember the conditions? It was always quiet, sitting alone at your desk. This was always an uneasy feeling. Then the exam would begin.
The exam clock slowly ticks away, counting down. As we sat alone we had to draw deep from within ourselves of all that we have learned in order to answer the questions.
So in the quiet time we find ourselves in, open up the Scriptures and begin reading, its great preparation for the tests that come our way. You may want to begin with the book of Luke and follow on with the book of Acts to see how the early church started and how the first Christians trusted God for all they needed and how their faith was strengthened while facing many challenging situations and circumstances.
If you have any questions from you're reading of Scripture I would love to hear from you, please give me a call or e mail me with your questions and I will do my best to answer them.
So brothers and sisters, until we are able to break bread together once again, keep the fires of faith burning bright, remember God is with us and will never leave us.
Please keep in touch.
Rev. Ken Gowland 01439 770300 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org