Notices for 21st June 2020

Louise,

Church on the Green @ 10am

Rob will be leading interactive Bible Study and prayer as last week. You’ll be able to join online or via a standard phone call as follows:

Priory Street – joint service @ 10am

The ‘new normal’ continues with prayer and fellowship – contact your LIFE group leaders for when and how that is happening. Or use the contact form if you’re not part of one but would like to join in.

Evening prayer @ 8pm

Maybe it is easier to concentrate in the evening, after the children are in bed? If you’d like to join a small group, via Zoom, for a couple of Bible readings and to share and receive prayer reach out to Joey, Natalie or use the contact form.

Junior Church

Activities for various age groups will be live on the CBC Junior Church channel on Sunday morning.

A Souper Story

“The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.” starts Joan, quoting Psalm 126. In the short time this ministry has been running things have changed in ways the team never imagined. You can read all the LORD has been doing here.

Toddler group

Toddlers is another of the regular groups that cannot meet at the moment but singing time continues on the Facebook page.

Mission updates

Last week we brought you news from Compassion, this week Wendy provides a round up from several more of our mission partners. You can read it here.

Coming up…

Many activities happen even while we cannot meet together in person. If you or someone you know is feeling left out, please get in touch via the contact form or call the office.

  • Tuesday and Thursday afternoons: “Letter from ‘lockdown'” is Eddie’s devotional video. And as a bonus, on Fridays Nigel Coles publishes “Hope in uncertain times”. Everything is available on the CBC site here, with additional notifications via Facebook and Twitter.
  • Tuesday evenings at 7pm: Zoom Meetings for junior church children (school years 6,7,8). Please contact either Wendy R or John P (in the directory).
  • Each Wednesday and Sunday at 7pm, Lunn Green will be hosting a live prayer event. This is a great way to feel connected to the wider family at a time when many of us are isolated and under pressure.  Please use this link to connect to the event.
  • Wednesday 7.15 – 8.45pm. Rooted – An opportunity for young people (year 8+) to catch up virtually and dig into the Bible together.
  • Friday 6.30-7.45pm. Connect – An opportunity for year 7’s to connect virtually, play games and dig into the Bible together. 
  • Sunday 7.15 – 8.45pm. Impact – A virtual youth club (year 8+), where the young people can hang out, have fun, & deepen friendships through a range of interactive activities

Local Community News

Whilst we appreciate these are not Corsham Baptist Church matters or activities, given the nature of current circumstances and the different situations in which people in the congregations find themselves, we thought these might be of help to some folk…

  • Allington Farm shop are doing deliveries if anyone is needing that.  They seem to have plenty of slots available.
  • AgeUk are doing regular phone calls to the elderly for a chat and to check up on people (‘assurance’ phone calls is what they call them!) on 0808 196 2424
    Email: enquiries@ageukwiltshire.org.uk  & you can phone up to refer people to them. 
  • There is also a new ‘Daily Hope’ free phone number created by our ‘Faith In Later Life’ project/Archbishop of Canterbury and others, for people to choose from hymns, prayers, talks etc whatever denomination or of no faith on 0800 804 8044
  • Corsham town council & other volunteers in Corsham to the extent of Wadswick Green location are willing to help with food shopping & deliveries, medication deliveries etc:
  • Town Council – 01249 702130 towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk
  • Corsham Connections – drcbaker@hotmail.com
  • Corsham Link (transport for medical appointments but will also delivery prescriptions etc) – 07884 887105
  • And there are others willing to volunteer to help people according to your location etc on the Wiltshire Council support directory – http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/downloads/22069  (This is updated regularly)
  • Wiltshire Council has provision for helping those who need deliveries or any other issues with isolation at the moment  – wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk 0300 003 4576
  • They’ve also set up a list of resources for people during lockdown (keeping active as well as for those who are disabled, mental health, creative ideas & activities, etc) – scroll down each section to get past the stuff for children!  http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-active-communities
  • The Richmond Fellowship (there’s a branch that meets at a church in Chippenham) has set up phone calls etc for people who want someone to talk to on Telephone: 01380 724833  Email: wiltshirereferrals@richmondfellowship.org.uk   

Covid Conundrums!

Steve and Ruth Lancaster,

This post by Steve and Ruth Lancaster was originally published at Life in the Lancs Lane

Our last sunset view from Hotel Quarantine!

You may remember that our last blog update came at the end of March from the third floor of a hotel in Dar during our 15 day quarantine period.  Well, we survived our enforced captivity and were proudly presented with ‘corona-free’ certificates on our release, along with our confiscated passports!  That same morning the Tanzanian government decided to remove the hotel option for incoming passengers for quarantine due to the fact that a number of disgruntled lock-downers had escaped their hotels!  Instead, all incomers were being whisked off to some dingy university halls…. complete with shared bathrooms!  Not so ideal when you’re meant to be isolating!  It made us realise that our enforced hotel stay could have been so much worse!  To be honest, even though we were confined to one room, we actually enjoyed our stay there, although what did help was being able to escape into the corridor every night for some speed-walking exercise!  I (Steve) managed to clock up 30 miles over 14 nights – much to the amusement of the policeman posted at the end of the corridor!

So, what has the situation been like in Tanzania during these past few months?  In short, there has been no lockdown, much to the annoyance of the surrounding countries!  From the outset the President decided that serious lockdown would be too costly on the fragile economy of the country.  Schools, colleges and public gatherings were banned – but he did insist that the ban should not include gathering in church on a Sunday morning!  In fact he encouraged people to attend to pray against the virus – and just last week announced to worshippers in Dodoma that “the corona disease has been eliminated (from the country) thanks to God.”  We’re a tad sceptical about the elimination part of that sentence, although we’re very thankful to God that the virus does not seem to have caused the devastation that was feared.  It’s hard to know the real facts because data on the number of virus cases stopped being published on 29th April, at which point there were only 21 official deaths recorded.  Last month there were all sorts of rumours swirling around – of night-time burials in Dar, hospitals being overwhelmed, unreliable testing, and plane-loads of herbal remedies being flown in from Madagascar etc!
Social Distancing – what’s that?!  

Today, the main streets of Morogoro are as busy as ever, and it’s very much business as usual.  It’s all hustle & bustle and there’s certainly little sign of social distancing!  Was there ever going to be in Africa?!  The traders continue to lay out their wares on the dusty pavements; the knife sharpener continues to sharpen machetes on his upturned bike; beggars continue to ask for a few shillings; the coffin-makers (situated near the hospital!) continue to bang up their coffins at the normal rate of production; the guy selling fresh coconuts from the back of his rickety old pushbike continues to peddle (and pedal!) for his living!   The only sign of a pandemic is that a few people are still wearing face masks, and outside every shop there is a variety of handwashing contraptions, some of which work better than others!

It seems a world away from what has happened elsewhere across the globe and the expected disaster appears not to have happened, and God willing it won’t.  In fact the WHO is now saying that there has been a slower rate of infection in Africa with lower mortality rates than elsewhere in the world.  One possible explanation is that Africa has a young population which has benefited from the control of diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis which has in turn reduced the vulnerabilities.  The experts are now saying that, whilst coronavirus likely won’t spread as fast in Africa, it may well linger on in transmission hotspots for some time.  The following link is a recent BBC article on the how the country (and president!) has handled Covid-19: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52983563

Pastor Batano receives a sack of
flour for his family

Sanga & Seminars: Due to the ‘gatherings ban’ (April-May) life at IBM’s HQ has been rather quiet.  Kids camps and churches cancelled their bookings at Sanga, and this meant that income was virtually non-existent.  As a result we had to reduce the hours of our workers but thankfully haven’t had to lay anyone off. There’s no such thing as ‘furlough support’ here in Tanzania, and we’re very grateful to a number of IBM supporters who donated to the cause and enabled us to continue paying salaries.  With these donations we were also able to buy sacks of maize flour to support the families of our workers during these leaner times.  It is hoped, now that the ‘gathering ban’ has been lifted, that bookings will be re-booked and life at Sanga will return to some sort of normality!  Two incidents reported in the last few days remind us that life at Sanga is often not normal: reports of a neighbouring bush fire meant that our workers were on high alert to prevent it spreading onto our property; and just yesterday a few of our workers tried to harvest honey from our bee hives…. without a great deal of success!  People ended up running in all directions as the bees swarmed and vented their fury on whoever got in their path.  Our building maintenance guy, who was down a well at the time, didn’t even escape the stinging!

Our first scheduled IBM regional seminar of the year had to be postponed back in early June.  We’re hoping that the next one on the list will happen in July in Mtwara, way down in the south of the country. With an extended preparation time this year, all of the teaching material has now been prepared and is ready to print – all 64 pages of it, with a Swahili word count of 35,000 words!  The pastors and evangelists who attend will be given a full set of notes for two reasons: firstly, they can then use the material in their churches, and secondly, having my notes means they’re able to make sense of my Swahili pronunciation!  In terms of the English word count, the notes are 6,000 words longer due to fact that one word in written Swahili often comprises 3-5 English words!  Everything is thrown together: tense, pronoun, verb etc!  Let me give you a couple of examples so that you can marvel at the language that is Swahili!  These five words – “he did not concern himself” become one word in Swahili – “Hakujishugulisha”.  If I were to say to you “Let us humble ourselves”, I’d say this word: “Tujinyenyekeze”.  And finally the words “When it is preached” become “Itakapohubiriwa”.  You can understand why my teaching notes contain a lot of pen marks in an attempt to break up such words to make them easier to say!
IBM seminar dates:
 1.  6-11 July Mtwara seminar
 2.  5-7 Aug Coastal Diocese seminar at Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre
 3:  2-4 Sept Ifakara seminar
 4:  23-25  Sept Magambua seminar
 5:  28-30 Oct Songea seminar
 6:  ?? Monduli Arusha seminar
 7:  24-27 Nov Pastors’ seminar at Sanga Sanga Retreat Centre

A labour of love!  Steve poses with his
finished teaching materials

This year I’ll be preaching through the gospel of Mark, although with only eleven teaching sessions, we’ll only be scratching the surface.  There is no particular theme or agenda, no strategies or ‘how to do….’ methods, just good old-fashioned preaching from God’s Word!  In studying Mark’s gospel I’m inspired by the fact that the writer was, in his early days, quite possibly a failed missionary whose best friend was our favourite disciple, Peter – who was also known for his slip-ups and failures!  I’m encouraged by the fact that these two ‘failures’ were used mightily by God in the early church and beyond.  It’s thought that Mark used much of Peter’s preaching material and shaped it into the gospel that we have today.  Little did they know what an impact this material would have down through the ages.  Praise God that he chooses to use ordinary bods like Mark and Peter, with their foibles and faults, in the growth of His kingdom!  Whilst I’m certainly not expecting my teaching to have as much impact, I am hoping and praying that God would use my material on Mark’s gospel to inspire, strengthen and deepen the faith of all the AICT men and women we work with.

These last two months have continued to be busy ones for Ruth.  Whilst her monthly ladies prayer breakfast and fortnightly Book Club have been temporarily suspended, there has been plenty to do at Sanga Sanga.  The audit of the books in March has led to implementing some new and improved processes, the finance manual has been updated, a new bank account opened (a long-winded process here!) and various reports written for the Diocese.  There are always personnel issues to deal with and the usual administration and maintenance that goes with running a conference and retreat centre, even without guests!
One of Ruth’s goals for this term was to find a good person to employ as an Accountant.  Praise God that we have been able to appoint a young man who is a believer and seems suitably qualified.  God willing, he will start on 1st July and Ruth will spend several weeks training him in our systems and processes.
The choir of a local Baptist church came to Sanga Sanga
recently to shoot a video for their new DVD 

An update from Souper Fridays

Tim Stephenson,

The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.

Psalm 126

This ministry has now been up and running for five months and in this time has greatly expanded throughout Corsham, and surrounding area. What started with four of us opening up on Friday lunch times at CBC Priory Street to provide free soup, bread roll and hot drink is now very different with three cars delivering food parcels on Friday mornings, with follow up pastoral care as necessary.

  • 17th January Souper Fridays started in church hall – 12 – 18 attending.
  • 27th March Food deliveries started after lockdown
  • 2nd April 17 deliveries to 22 people
  • 30th April 22 deliveries to 34 people (and one extra bag for residents where Pat B lives)
  • 28th May 25 bags to 45 people (and another extra bag for residents of Jargeau Court)
  • 11th June 27 deliveries to 47 people (plus the two extra bags for residential homes)

Such has been the expansion of both people and food supplies that we now have two of us (Joan and Jo) telephoning through the list of recipients on Thursday to find out what folk may be wanting. Colin collects food from the Coop in Corsham, Esther from the mini Sainsburys in Chippenham, and Cathy D from Allington Farm Shop. During the day on Thursday lovely photos of the goods are sent for us to update our distribution lists!

I hope you know that we now have a freezer donated by Jude in the church hall for this season, and Colin has this week been given a grant of £150 towards the purchase of a new freezer.

Whilst delivering on Friday mornings, we deliver a print out of Eddie’s sermon for the forthcoming Sunday, and pray (at the correct distance) “on the doorstep”. The recipients are a mixture of church and community folk, probably about 50/50. Many pastoral needs become evident, and if we can help, we do so. We have a pool of ten folk who are willing to deliver the food (5 stepped forward this week Tim) and another team of 7 who will help out with any pastoral needs, in addition to ourselves. (lifts to doctors, hospital, large print books, etc.)

Everyone is very appreciative of this service and we are receiving letters of thanks – and phone calls.

We are so grateful for the very many church folk who have stepped up to help. I think there will be a need for this ministry for some time to come.

Joan

Daily message – 19 June 2020

Eddie,

It’s not enough to let God-stuff fill the cracks in the day. We must make time with Him first priority.

— Kevin DeYoung, “Crazy Busy”

Real Change

Peter Morden,

This post by Peter Morden was originally published at Seventy Two

I’ve recently read Graham Greene’s powerful novel, Brighton Rock. At the heart of the book is the question, can a person truly change? Can someone who is evil become good? At one point two of the central characters, Rose and Ida, talk about this. In response to Rose’s assertion, ‘people change’, Ida says, ‘Oh, no they don’t. Look at me. I’ve never changed. It’s like those sticks of rock: bite it all the way down, you’ll still read Brighton. That’s human nature.’

On one level, the Bible seems to agree with Ida. In Jeremiah 13.23 the prophet coins a phrase which has become a well-known proverb: ‘Can a leopard change its spots?’ he asks, before seeming to answer, ‘no’. Bad people can’t become good people. This perspective resonates with many other passages of Scripture. Our human nature has been marred by our sin and rebellion and, as Paul puts it in Romans 5, we’re ‘powerless’ in the face of this. Deep down, heart, mind and soul change is something we simply can’t manage ourselves. A leopard cannot change its spots. Wherever you bite into a stick of rock you’ll still read the same thing. We need to pause and feel the force of this. On our own we cannot change.

But this is not the Bible’s last word on this subject. Indeed, it is not Jeremiah’s last word. He says that even though God’s people repeatedly broke his old covenant with them, a time is coming when he will do something wonderfully new. God will ‘put his law in their minds and write it on their hearts’. They will all have a transforming relationship with him. The possibility of a new way of living, one which involves dramatic change, suddenly comes into view (Jeremiah 31.31-34).

Jeremiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in the coming of God’s Son and the subsequent pouring out of the Holy Spirit on all who call on him and desire to be disciples of Jesus. And this is truly revolutionary. The New Testament church is profoundly counter-cultural, full of people who are putting their old lives behind them and pressing forward, however imperfectly, to live in new ways. They share their possessions, they care for the poor, they reach out to offer new life to others, they love one another and love their enemies too, their attitudes and actions are reshaped, the barriers between races come down, the oppressed are set free. Real change.

This is the final blog in the series ‘Discipleship in Challenging Times’, although the podcasts of the same name continue. The different posts have been challenging (not least for me!). They have covered topics such as racial justice, holding onto God through depression, vulnerable leadership, knowing God in our weakness, reaching out to comfort and help others, staying faithful in the unprecedented times we live in. None of this is easy. We struggle to live it out. But there is hope. That hope includes the daily forgiveness which is freely poured out on us by our gracious God. But there’s more than this. We are new covenant people! There is power to live differently. Ultimately, we are not like sticks of rock. The pattern that’s written through our lives can change. How has God changed you over the last few months? And how does he want to change you over the coming days, indeed, right now?

 

Click here to catch up with the whole series.

 

 

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Daily message – 18 June 2020

Eddie,

In many cases, congregations unwittingly have begun to sing about themselves and how they are feeling rather than about God and His glory.

— Sinclair Ferguson, “In Christ Alone”

Mission News – June 2020

Wendy Rowe,

Steve and Gill (WEC)

Steve has finished some intensive Child safeguarding training last week which went well but was exhausting doing it on line.

Gill has started adapting some of our MK staff training materials to teach on Zoom. Last Monday they talked together in detail about how to teach the first week. Please pray for us as we work out what we really need to include and how much study material to send in advance.

Our street is quiet and peaceful.

Stuart, Lynne and Matthew (Mercy Ships)

Hi and thank you for your continued support, we are blessed to serve with you all.  Main prayer points are:

  1. For clarity when the Africa Mercy will return to active service.  It is the intention to return to Senegal to complete our planned surgery – but when?
  2. For the health of the crew especially those who have returned home temporarily as they need to plan their lives amid all the Covid chaos.
  3. For us and our planned holiday in the UK mid August.
  4. For Matthew and for a good start at university in September.

Steve and Ruth (AIM)

We had 2 long days of interviews last week for the new accountant.  We now have a shortlist of 3, with one clear winner in my opinion.  He is overqualified but is the only one who talked about wanting to serve the people of God and who had done any research into what our vision is at Sanga Sanga.  He seemed to be a humble but competent person and a true believer.  Now we have to take our recommendation to our Institute Board (on Saturday) and I really hope they agree!  Thank you so much for your prayers.

Last week we had a long (5 hour!) management meeting at Sanga Sanga. The leader at Sanga, Rev Batano, doesn’t have strong management skills and no financial ‘nous’, so he leans on the missionaries very much for guidance.  He is a Bible teacher at heart.  Please pray for him in all his responsibilities.

Covid-19: the President recently announced that schools could open and that Tanzanian airspace would be opening up in June.  Amazingly, the country hasn’t been engulfed in the virus – praise God.  But now we see fewer and fewer people wearing masks, as if there is no danger.  We are still trying to be cautious, wearing masks, maintaining distances and avoiding groups.  

Steve is doing well, although his stomach issues came back last week – we pinned it down to eating tomatoes.  Please continue to pray for our health and safety.

Finally, please pray for our colleagues in AIM’s Eastern Region office in Nairobi.  One of their staff, Sammy, who had been with them for 18 years, died very suddenly last Friday after leaving work.  He had had a heart condition all his life.  He was one of their finance people who I liaised with regularly.  He leaves a wife and 4 children.  The staff team there is devastated – pray for God’s comfort on them.  

Blessings on you all.

Benjamin (BMS)

  1. Please pray for the safety of our street school children and their families.
  2. Please pray for the safety of the BMS Kolkata team
  3. Please pray for new communities which are opening so that we can begin schools and fellowships
  4. Please pray for all the new people who are finding the Lord during this time of crisis
  5. Please pray for some of the believers who are being baptized even in this lockdown period but also pray for the lockdown to be over so that we can see much more baptisms take place of the new believers who are waiting to do that eagerly
  6. Please pray for the trainings of our leaders happening online.

For this is the time to Praise the Lord, Delight in his commandments and we will not be afraid but our hearts to be steadfast and trust in the Lord. This is the time to be secure in Him.

I would like to go back to my title that God is not on lockdown (Ben’s latest newsletter). He is alive and working among the nations more now than ever in the midst of the greatest altar call that he has given to the entire world. As I am seeing what’s happening around, my mind goes back to Psalm 112 Blessed are those who know the LORD.

Oasis – Refugees

Three  weeks ago the Oasis was allowed to open their doors to refugees again for the first time since Covid-19 hit Austria. Due to continuing restrictions they have had to do things much differently. To ensure they could abide by the social distancing and hygiene rules they’ve postponed all their usual daily programmes. Instead, they are opening in shifts, welcoming any refugees that come by, but restricting to a maximum of six people in the room at any one time. This has proved successful as several refugees have come for prayer, to get Bibles and Christian literature and discuss the Christian faith. Others have called in for practical things like clothing, baby items and other household items, or just for a cup of tea and a chat. The team has also placed a book table outside the Oasis where anyone passing can pick up free Christian literature in their own language.

The camp had relaxed their quarantine rules and allowed refugees to leave, but last week another 13 CV-19 cases were identified so the camp is back on lockdown.

  • Please pray for refugees and workers in the camp, particularly those who know the Lord.
  • Pray that God gives the Oasis team wisdom as to how best to minister to refugees in these constantly changing circumstances.
  • Pray for the continued health of all the Oasis team and volunteers. Praise God none of them have succumbed to the illness.

With thanks from the Oasis Team.

Rhiannon (AIM work updates)

The third of 3 face to face meetings in Spain was cancelled (due to be at the end of April),  looking ahead with these meetings; the leader is on home assignment for 1 year (supposed to be gong to the States this month,  not sure if that’s happening). Because he will not be in Africa, the Leading from the inside out training won’t run this coming academic year.  He has said that if he is still in the position of leader then he would definitely want me to be involved, likely to be sept 2021. As far as the big conference in Kenya in November,  Eddie is going to contact the organiser to find out at this stage what the plans are.  If it does go ahead one thing that could be a difficulty is that arrangements might need to be made close to the date,  not sure if we will be able to get a team together at a late date. Plus,  finances might be a bigger issue if people have not been earning during lockdown.  At the moment,  no news on that one.  Eddie may have had a reply by the time you meet so might shed more light on that one xx

Compassion

The government, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, is working extremely hard to ensure that all citizens are safe. Health prevention guidelines have been disseminated and re-emphasised … Social distancing and health hygiene are also being emphasised. Even with all this, it is a personal responsibility. We are on our knees praying for wisdom and safety for each other. God is our refuge.” Lenny Mugisha, Compassion Uganda National Director  

  • “We will keep monitoring the situation in the slums and respond to needs as they arise. We appreciate your prayers for strength and courage and for God to protect the children and their families.” Ken, Compassion Kenya Social Worker
  • “My prayer for the health practitioners [in our country] is that they don’t contract the COVID-19 as their health is important to that they can serve patients better. I pray that this pandemic ends quickly.” Jeanette Nikuze, Compassion Rwanda graduate and pharmacist (above)
  • Our partners in Ethiopia are praying that God will heal people who are ill with COVID-19. Please also pray that our Father God will provide wisdom to the people in government as they try to mitigate the spread of the virus and its social and economic impact on the country. 
  • “Please pray for our leaders, anyone sitting on the decision making table to have wisdom to provide contextual solutions. Also pray that the Church will be the Church. The Church should not operate from fear.” Richmond Wandera, Compassion graduate, Ugandan Pastor and Compassion UK Trustee

Tearfund

See this useful link for those in prayer partners praying for coronavirus.

Our local church partners are already on the frontline, providing crucial hygiene and sanitation assistance. Nations in lockdown, widespread uncertainty, hospitals struggling to cope – we’ve seen with our own eyes how devastating Coronavirus can be. But for people living in extreme poverty, the impact will be far worse. Please pray .

TearFund

Bible Society- Malawi

So far there has been a limited number of confirmed cases. Please pray that this will continue as the health system will not be able to handle any outbreak such as the Coronavirus.  Pray that Christians will help others to look to God for hope and that we as Christians will look to God for help. 

Open Doors

Lord Jesus Christ

You, who hugged the leper and healed the lame,
Be with all those who are reaching out to you at this time.
We think especially of all who already pay a high price for following you:
     those who are poor, and running out of food,
     those who are hated by their community and are always the last to receive help – if they receive it at all,
     those to whom the fear of Covid-19 is just the latest in a long list of fears which they must carry every day
Encourage and protect the pastors who lead their flocks,
     and the Open Doors partners who bring help.
Bring courage to those who are afraid,
Strength to those who are weak,
Comfort to those who mourn,
and hope to us all.

AMEN

PRAYING COLOSSIANS 1:15-20

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Pray the Word photoOur Lord, 

We praise You because Your Word helps us to see who Christ really is. Thank you for the centrality of Christ! As we pray the Word today, open our eyes more and more to the reality that the Christian life IS CHRIST. Cause our hearts to know and understand that CHRIST is supreme over EVERYTHING. Thank you that Christ is the visible image of You, our invisible God. Thank you that we can know that Christ existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Christ, You created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. It is amazing to realize that Christ made the things we can see and the things we can’t see- such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. O Lord God, everything was created through Christ and for Christ; that Christ existed before anything else, and Christ holds all creation together. Thank you Lord, that we can see through your scripture, that all the details of our lives find their goal in Christ. Only Christ is the one who can fix and reconcile the world to You. 

Praise you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one!  

christ is supremeAgain we rejoice! Christ is the head of the church, which His body. He is supreme over all who rise from the dead. Christ is first in everything. We praise you Lord for You in all Your fullness was pleased to live in Christ. Through Christ You reconciled everything to Yourself.
It is so amazing! You made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
What a perfect and wondrous plan!

Capture our hearts dear Lord through your Holy Spirit; help us to uphold Christ’s supremacy with our words and attitudes. Help us to take hold of the fact that everything in heaven and on earth is related to Christ and can only be understood through Him. Make it so dear Lord. AMEN

 

 

Daily message – 17 June 2020

Eddie,

Our peace is found in believing that things that are not good can be caused to work together for good.

— Amy Carmichael, “Gold by Moonlight”