This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

carry-one-anothers-burden“So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 1:8 NIV

Hi Sister Bloggers!

We are considering “carrying each other’s burdens,” this month. Okay, so are you gazing through glazed eyes at all the vast lists of all that needs to be done while trying to read this?  Ironing, reports to file, carpet to hoover, accidents to clean up, overdue phone calls and appointments, carpooling here, there and everywhere….. I can hear you! “Really Kathy, it is great on paper. But please!!!!!!! Enough on my plate! Really can’t share my life at the moment!”

I can commiserate with the best of you in all “our stuff” that is always there in our line of vision. Many of you have little ones and husbands you would like to stay acquainted with….Understand. However, as you are taking a deep breath,  hear me out.  We must challenge our inner tendency to live our lives in isolation, self reliance, checklists, and self justification.   As God’s girls, to carry one another’s burdens is not something which is drudgery. It is a lifestyle given from our Lord as the law of His love.  And it goes both directions.

You know, burden bearing is very similar to disciple making. I read this morning that “it is costly because it demands continuously giving — giving time, giving energy, giving attention, taking initiative, making sacrifices, facing opposition, losing privacy, embracing obscurity, even shedding tears. Carrying each other’s burdens means sharing our own selves (1 Thessalonians 2:8), gladly spending and being spent for the souls of others (2 Corinthians 12:15). It means giving, giving, giving.”

The above quote is to encourage you sister; not to lay a heavy yoke on you that you are not able to carry.  Our Lord gives us everything we need to live for Him!!!!(Matt. 11:28-30) So, I am praying for you “That from God’s unlimited, glorious resources, He would empower you with INNER STRENGTH through His Spirit.” (Eph 3:16) I am praying for YOUR INNER STRENGTH-to fulfil today’s tasks, to cope with today’s challenges,  to bring Christ’s love into someone’s life, to make right choices -choices and priorities that will honour God and build your character; to see life through the lens of Christ, to carry each other’s burdens. And watch what God does in and through you as He answers this prayer!

We are called to be Jesus’ hands and feet; as we grow in HIS love and grace, we want to look more and more like the MESSENGER.  And girls, when we give from the source of STRENGTH which the HOLY SPIRIT empowers us with through GOD’S POWER, there is reward! There is enabling. There is desire. There is growth.  Love and unity and peace will be flying all around! It will invade us and overflow, spilling over into each other’s lives while a hurting, “desperate to find purpose” world watches on.

So hold on sister, living for Christ is an adventure as you share your life with others!

Ever, only all for Him!

Kathy x





Matthew : Daily Bible readings starting 5 February

As you read each passage, pray for God’s help. Ask yourself

  • What does God reveal about Himself?
  • How is your own heart revealed?
  • How does this passage underline the wonder of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ, and your own need of Christ as Saviour and Lord?
  • Turn these truths into prayer and praise.

5 February Mt 13:53-58

The parables that Jesus has taught have emphasised that His ministry divides people according to their reaction. Here, His neighbours give a negative verdict. Their pride is offended that one of their own should so outshine them in wisdom and power. Thus they did not benefit from His miracles as they might have done (v.58), for just as Jesus delighted to reward faith (e.g., 8:10, 13), so He judges unbelief. The verdict we pass on Jesus leads to the verdict He passes on us.

6 February Mt 14:1-12

The rejection of Jesus in Nazareth (yesterday) prefigured His greater rejection in Jerusalem. Likewise, the brutal murder of John the Baptist foreshadowed Jesus’ own violent death. A weak ruler (Herod) was manipulated against his will into killing God’s servant (vv.6-10); Pilate would follow a similar path (27:11-26). There is perennial warfare between the seed of the woman and the serpent’s seed (Ge 3:15). We should not be surprised or dismayed, but give thanks for Christ’s victory.

7 February Mt 14:13-21

Even when Jesus sought quiet, the crowds followed (v.13). Compassion, not frustration, was His response (v.14), for His love is measureless. Hungry people following their Lord into the wilderness and discovering His miraculous provision … every Jew knew the manna story, and now it was repeated before their eyes. Who is Jesus, they wondered? He’s the Exodus God who leads His people out of slavery, and provides all they need. “They all ate and were satisfied”– and still plenty to spare (v.20).

8 February Mt 14:22-36

See Jesus walking – not slogging – on the storm-tossed lake. No matter how high the waves, how strong the wind, how dark the night, Jesus rules. How? The words translated, “It is I” (v.27) are literally, “I am” – the name of God’s self-disclosure in Ex 3:14. Jesus is the God who made and rules all things. His grace is sufficient to save us, whether we are an experienced disciple beginning to sink (vv.30-31), or someone stretching out a hopeful hand to Him for the first time (vv.35-36)

9 February Mt 15:1-20

This passage highlights the danger of substituting outward ritual for inward devotion to God. Religious traditions may end up undermining God’s word rather than supporting it (vv.3-6). Hypocrisy is the unhappy result (vv.7-9). Not external dirt, but inward pollution, is the root of the human problem (vv.1-2, 10-11, 16-20), and no amount of water can touch it. Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse our hearts (Mt 26:28). Thank God, our Lord is mighty to save, whatever our past, as we’ll see tomorrow.

10 February Mt 15:21-28

A Canaanite woman crying out to Jesus (v.22)? The Canaanites were the ancient inhabitants of the land who suffered God’s judgement through Israel’s sword in the days of Joshua. She’s got no chance! Yet Jesus’ three rebuffs of her (vv.23-24, 26) are matched by her threefold appeal to Him as “Lord” (vv.22,25,27). She must have Jesus. Jesus wanted His disciples to see that the tenacious faith lacked by the Pharisees and the people of Nazareth was found in a Canaanite. Whoever wishes to may come!

11 February Mt 15:29-31

The Canaanite woman was not the only “outsider” entering God’s kingdom. Galilee (v.29) has already been identified as an area of mixed population (Mt 4:15). Now he tells us that this Galilean crowd “praised the God of Israel” (v.31), implying they were not themselves Israelites. They were used to looking on from the outside, but Jesus draws them in. Isaiah foretold this (Isa 42:6-7); and what Jesus her11 February Mt 15:29-31e does on a small scale, He will multiply after His resurrection (Mt 28:19) – for our sake.

Notices for 5th February, 2017

Facebook: Blessing or Curse?

What are our children getting up to online? Is what they are doing safe? How can we stay informed and involved in a healthy way? Join Dan Ovens (Youth Pastor) for a Social Networking (that’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all that jazz) Seminar to explore together the blessings and dangers of the online world. This Thursday 9th February at 7:30pm in the Church Hut. See Dan for more details.

Time for Two: Growing your marriage in Christian love

Marriage, like all good gardens, needs love and time to grow. Take time to enrich your marriage. The second teaching session on growing your marriage in Christian love will take place on Saturday 11th February, 7:30pm-9:00pm at Priory Street. All couples are welcome, whether flourishing or struggling, married two years, 22 or 202 years! We’ll have tea/coffee, puddings and biblical teaching.

Open Discussion for 9:15am service

On 19th February at 4pm, there will be an open discussion regarding the 9:15am service so if you are part of this congregation you are welcome to come along and be part of the discussion. Speak to Eddie for more details.

Missions and Persecuted Church Prayer

There will be a prayer meeting for the above on Monday 20th February at Priory Street at 7:45pm. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Wendy Rowe or Vanessa Naish for further details of these meetings.

Grace Place

Ladies, please remember to visit our Grace Place blog which has articles and insights which will encourage and bless you…

Lent Prayer and Fasting Week – Monday 27th March to Sunday 2nd April

It will be for those individuals who feel called to pray and fast in this way. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

Lost Property

There is a lost property table and box in the coffee hall next door. There are a large number of items that have been left in the building, ranging from clothing to kitchen items to books and bibles. Please go through the items and see if anything belongs to you. Unclaimed belongings will be disposed of after a few weeks! Many thanks.


Evening service teas

We are looking for someone in the 6pm service to do teas/coffees after the service on a monthly basis. One of the team has dropped out so we need some help. The commitment would be just one Sunday evening a month. Please contact Louise in the office or Terry Pollard. Thank you.

Toddler Group

We are still looking for someone to take on the leadership of the Toddler Group on Thursday mornings. Please speak to Kathy Larkman if you feel this is a role which you could take on.

….This week….

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Tuesday: Rudloe Tots, 10am

Wednesday: Early morning prayer, 7:15am

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7:30pm; Social networking seminar, 7:30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9:30am; Encounter, 3.45pm; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion 8.30am; Café on the Green, Rudloe, 2:30pm; Time for Two, 7:30pm

….Looking ahead….

15th Feb: Midweek service, 2pm

19th Feb: “open discussion” regarding 9:15am service, 4pm

20th Feb: Prayer for Missions and Persecuted Church, 7:45pm

25th Feb: The Ark, 10am

26th Feb: Infant Dedication, 11:15am Emmeline Street

27th Feb: Ladies’ bible study, 7:30pm

1st March: Midweek service, 2pm

11th March: Craft Club (note… second Saturday!)

14th March: Men’s curry night, 7:15pm

15th March: Midweek service, 2pm

20th March: Missions and Persecuted Church prayer meeting, 7:45pm

25th March: The Ark, 10:00am

27th March: Ladies’ bible study, 7:30pm

27th March – 2nd April: Lent prayer/fasting week

29th March: Midweek service, 2pm

1st April: Craft Club, 10:00am

10th April: Church Meeting, 8pm; Annual Church Meeting, 9pm;

12th April: Midweek service, 2pm

14th-17th April: Easter Weekend



This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

carry-one-anothers-burdenCarry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.” Galations 6:2 NIV

We learned in our bible study last week that praying for one another is commanded in Scripture for the simple reason that God has made us one family in Christ. We bear one another’s burdens and share one another’s joys in prayer. Praying for one another is one aspect of bearing one another’s burdens; how we support one another as family (James 5:16)

In our next one anothering study, we will consider what additional treasures scripture holds about what it is to bear one another’s burdens- the definition, scope, and real life application.

I have been on the receiving end of others bearing my burden of illness this week. Many have brought food, prayed, encouraged, and taken on some of my responsibilities in ministry. I am blessed and love my church family. Amazing.  Thank you for being my burden bearers!

Bearing One Another Questions will be out soon. Until then, keep looking to Christ who is our example of what it is to carry each other’s burdens!

Kathy xo