HAPPILY EVER AFTER?

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

VICKY PHOTO

Vicky Stephenson, contributor for today’s blog

Do you ever feel like you must get to the “happy ever after” bit soon??

Last month we focused on the one another command to encourage one another. I find it encouraging hearing of others’ struggles and victories; so I thought it might be encouraging to you if I shared some of mine.

I had fairly typically miserable, tough and secular teenage years; pressure, loneliness, feeling lost and not knowing who I was. So off I went to university; but I wasn’t lost to Jesus and after many happy “coincidences,” I found my way to Him.  So I finished university ready to be a doctor – my lifelong passion – married to the man I loved and following my Saviour secure in my salvation and identity as a child of God. All ready for happy ever after!!

But no, it was still a struggle and life was tough with lots of bumps in the way. We joined a church in London where I had fantastic fellowship; I grew as a Christian and learnt about the Holy Spirit and sanctification. I felt so close to God, surely this must be the start of happy ever after?

Alas no. There were good times and bad times and many years of struggling to start a family. However now I have my wonderful twins, still married to the man I love (17 years and counting), a good job and a nice home…. This must be it! Happy ever after!!

Of course for years I have had the head knowledge that the Christian life is not easy but has that really rooted itself in my heart? Maybe if I truly accepted in my heart the words of Jesus “pick up your cross and follow me… this is a life of sacrifice.” I would get less tired, frustrated and irritable always looking for quick fixes and easy ways out to get to happy ever after.

I know happy ever after is waiting for me at the resurrection, and it is a longing of my soul for the peace and joy of the intimacy of relationship with God in eternity and it will never be found in this life. I just need to live that knowledge out.

I pray this encourages you. You are not alone in thinking “If only…” or “When I get here…” then my spiritual life will get easier, I will be full of joy and peace.

In the past, I used to see life as a trudge up a slippery muddy hill pushing a heavy rock. I would do well for a while then something would happen and I would slip and the rock would be back at the beginning and I felt I was starting over again.

woman-helping-handNow God inspires me to see life as a path through a winding valley, sometimes I wander off down a track to see a waterfall, then I am blessed when someone comes along side me and encourages me “Yes, it is a lovely waterfall but there is so much more to see. Keep moving forward”. Other times when I find someone sat on a rock by the road I can sit with them and say “I know you are tired but see how far you have come, lean on me and we can travel this next bit together”.

That is what encouragement feels like to me, how does it feel for you?

What practical ways can we help one another back to the track and keep moving forward?

Vicky

BIBLE STUDY 3 NOW AVAILABLE

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Happy Monday girlfriends,

Just to let you know that this month’s Bible study, 3 Forgiving One Another, is available on this blog and on hard copies at the churches.

I encourage you to get with your study buddy in the next few weeks to study this together and catch up over a cuppa! If you don’t have a study buddy, please let me, Kathy Larkman, or Anne Holmes know, and we will assist you!

Remember our night together is 28 November…

Keeping our eyes on Jesus, who is faithful and true,

Kathy xo

Daily readings from Jeremiah: week commencing 13th Nov

Eddie,

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.

13 November Jer 46:1-12

The closing chapters of Jeremiah address the surrounding nations, in line with his calling (see 1:10). He warns that Babylon’s expansion will bring God’s judgement on all the nations (chs.46-49), but promises that in the end Babylon too will be judged (chs.50-51). In 46:1-12 he foresees Egypt, in which Judah had place so much false hope, being exposed. The surging pride of vv.7-9 leads not to glorious victory over Babylon but to painful defeat (vv.2-6). That day belongs to the Lord, not Egypt (vv.10-12).

14 November Jer 46:13-28

Jeremiah’s next oracle warns of a Babylonian attack on Egyptian territory. Egypt’s mercenaries desert her (vv.16, 21), her own armies flee in disarray (vv.20-24), and Pharaoh will be a figure of contempt (v.17). The judgement is on Egypt’s gods and kings, and on those who place their hope in them (v.25), including the Jews who have sought refuge from Babylon by fleeing to Egypt (43:7). Yet God still speaks a word of hope even to Egypt (v.26) and to the scattered Jewish remnant (vv.27-28).

15 November Jer 47:1-7

The general upheaval of nations in Jeremiah’s time had dreadful consequences for many. Pharaoh (v.1) was no match for the Babylonians but he could still wreak havoc on the much smaller Philistine nation (vv.2-3), possibly on Egypt’s return from the battle of Carchemish (46:2). This is seen as God’s judgement on the Philistines (v.4-7). Note vv.6-7: as long as human mutiny persists, how can the sword of the Lord rest?

16 November Jer 48:1-10

Moab had ties of kinship with Israel but frequently behaved as an enemy. The frequent place-names in this chapter are locations in Moab. Jeremiah describes Moab suffering invasion just as Israel and Judah had done. Verse 7 highlights the bitter fruits of false trust, namely exile and the removal of the image of their false god, Chemosh, and his servants. Moab’s destruction by Babylon is the Lord’s judgement (v.10).

17 November Jer 48:11-47

The picture of Moab that builds up in this chapter is chiefly one of arrogance. Her prosperity had bred complacency (v.11) rather than godly character. Her pride will be brought low (vv.14-25), especially her pride against Israel (vv.26-30). Jeremiah wails for her, as he once did for his own people (vv.31-39). The eagle of v.40 is Nebuchadnezzar, God’s instrument of judgement. Yet the final note is one of grace and renewal to those who have been God’s enemies (v.47).

18 November Jer 49:1-6

Ammon, like Moab, was an ancient enemy of Israel. Ammon’s sin (v.1) was to seek to dispossess Israel of her territory, and all in the name of their god, Molek (or Molech). God will act in judgement (v.2), resulting once again in the exile of the people and the humiliation of their god (v.3). Boastful – and false – trust in wealth is condemned (vv.4-5). Yet once again there is the prospect of ultimate mercy (v.6)

19 November Jer 49:7-22

The proud Edomites were more used to inspiring fear than experiencing it (v.16). Yet God speaks of total disaster that will befall them (vv.9-11). We find the reason for this judgement in Obadiah vv.11-14: Edom had assisted Babylon against Judah and gloated over Judah’s downfall. This was particularly reprehensible given their kinship (Edom being descended from Jacob’s brother Esau). Now Jeremiah warns that all Edom’s famed wisdom cannot avert this judgement (v.7), nor can they hide even in this land of hiding places (vv.10,16).

Notice sheet for 13th November 2016

Louise,

Remembrance Sunday

This morning we will have an act of remembrance at 11am between the 9:15am and 11:15am services. If you wish to observe this, please be seated at 10:55 and at 11am we will mark the occasion with a 2 minute silence, followed by prayer.

Baptism Services

We are happy to announce that four people will be baptized next Sunday 20th November – one at the 9:15am service and three at the 11:15am service.

Toddler Group

The Toddler Group is praying for someone to lead the team. They are also in need of more helpers. It is held on Thursday mornings following the school calendar.  Please see Kathy Larkman for details.

Midweek Service

16th November… The text is Philippians 4.10-23. Eric Seager will be leading and David Morrell will preach. Tea/coffee and home made cakes follow!

Short Refugee Video Clips

Last Sunday there was a feedback session from Neal and Lesley regarding their time in Austria. These are the links to the videos that were shown. They are also on our church website:

http://oasis.iteams.org/multimediapowerpointsrefugees.html

These two clips are on youtube:

How can one mend a broken heart?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCz912ObieE

Children have a right to claim international protection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3a2a9EESeg

Ladies’ Bible Study

The next ladies’ bible study notes are available on the table at the back. Please take one in preparation of the study on the 28th November. Contact Kathy Larkman or Anne Holmes for more details on these meetings. Please also chat to one of them if you are looking for a “study buddy”.

*** Town Carol Service ***

Each year a different church in Corsham organizes the town carol service and this year it is our turn!

The event, which takes place through the High Street and ends at St. Bart’s, is on Tuesday 20th December, starting at 6:45pm. Louise would like help with the following activities:

  • 3 x stewards to crowd manage
  • 2 x volunteers to purchase 250 mince pies
  • 3 x helpers to heat up mince pies
  • 4 x helpers to hand out mince pies
  • 4 x helpers to hand out song sheets
  • 2 x helpers to erect and remove banner from town

This is a lovely community event but quite big to organize so please sign up on the sheet at the back if you can help, or contact Louise in the office. Many thanks.

Persecuted Church Sunday 20th November

On Sunday 20th November we will have a special event focusing on the persecuted church. Tea and cakes will be served at 4:30pm, and we will be welcoming David and Sue, an experienced couple who have worked for some years in both Ghana and the Middle East, as our speakers. They are now involved in outreach to migrants in the UK and beyond. They will give a short presentation at around 5.20pm and will share further during the evening service, with David preaching. See Wendy Rowe or Gill Bryant for further details.

Wendy Rowe would like 8 volunteers to help with the teas/coffees and to help clear up. First four people to serve at the beginning of the event and the last four to serve at 5:45pm. She would also like two people to help set up the tables ready for the cakes.

We would be grateful for any donations of cakes and biscuits for this mission event. Please can you bring them to church on Sunday morning or at the beginning of the event. Thank you so much!

Mission & Persecuted Christians’ Prayer Meeting

The next prayer meeting will be held tomorrow, 14th November at Priory Street at 7:45pm. During this meeting we pray for our missionaries and Vanessa leads us in prayer for persecuted Christians.

The Craft Group

The Craft Group will meet on the first Saturday in December and we will have the opportunity of making Christmas Cards or carrying on with quilt blocks for the next quilt! The first quilt for Tanzania is well on the way now and when completed we hope to show it to the church folk before it is taken out to Tanzania. If anyone has any scraps of cotton print material they wish to clear out, the craft group could make use of them for the next quilt which will be for Steve and Ruth. A couple of people have suggested we visit charity shops and buy good quality cotton skirts, or similar, to use! Any donations of materials can be given to Pam Mitchell or Kathy Ewins.

Christmas tree decorating!!

Invitation to all (young and old!) to come and help decorate our church Christmas tree on Saturday December 10th, 3-5pm.  Crafts, food and some carol singing!

Bible Society Christmas Aids

The Bible Society has wonderful Christmas aids again this year for spreading the Good News.  Steve and Heather Chilcott’s daughter, Emma, designed the Bible Verse Calendar and costs 50p and a new ‘free’ set of stickers for your Christmas cards.  The ‘free’ stickers from last year are still available too.  biblesociety.org.uk/Christmas will show you what’s available.

The Ark

You are invited to the Ark Christmas Party on Saturday 26th November 10-11am at Corsham Baptist Church. Puppets, songs, games, food, party bags and the Christmas story. Please bring an adult to stay with you for the party. Aimed at 0-7 but all welcome. We are excited and look forward to seeing you there!

Nativity Service

This year the Nativity will be held on Saturday December 17th at 5pm at Priory Street.  This will be a Nativity for all CBC congregations to come together and celebrate the Good News of Jesus’ birth. Please invite your friends!!

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Tuesday: Rudloe Tots, 10am, Rudloe Centre

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7:15am; midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10:00am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm.

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

…Looking ahead…

20th Nov: Baptism services, 9:15am and 11:15am

20th Nov: Persecuted church Sunday

26th Nov: The Ark, 10:00am

28th Nov: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

29th Nov: Men’s “Christmas Chili” night, 7:15pm

30th Nov: Midweek service, 2pm

3rd Dec: Craft Club, 10:00am

4th Dec: Prayer evening, 6pm

10th Dec: Tree decorating 3-5pm

12th Dec: Ladies’ social, 7:30pm

13th Dec: Seniors’ Christmas meal, 12pm

14th Dec: Midweek Christmas service, 2pm

17th Dec: Nativity service, 5pm @ Priory St.

18th Dec: Carols by Candlelight, 6pm

19th Dec: Missions’ prayer, 7:45pm

20th Dec: Corsham Town Carol Service, 6:45pm

24th Dec: Christmas eve service, 6pm

25th Dec: Christmas day service, 10am; no evening service on Christmas day

31st Dec: Joint service @ Priory Street @ 10am; no evening service on new year’s eve

GOOD SENSE

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Kathy Larkman

Kathy Larkman

“Good sense makes a man slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” RSV

This month in our ONE ANOTHER series, we are considering FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER.

This hugely important relational command is crucial to enjoy fruitful relationships with each other and with Christ. However, there can be so many knock on effects and unfruitful outcomes if not dealt with biblically and in love.  My tendency, as I said in the last blog, is to stick my head in the sand; or pretend that big elephant is not in the room and I will just go on my merry way. But hey, that is NOT an option for me as a follower of Jesus Christ, and not honouring to God or the other persons involved in the conflict.

But on the other hand, a question came to me that I want to explore with you today.  Should I confront every offense that comes my way? Or should I overlook it? I can think back on a time in my younger life when I blew something way out of proportion when I should have let it go. Because of my pride and lack of maturity in handling it wisely, the situation was made worse and my witness for Christ was weakened.

Of course there are times of confrontation in the forgiveness process, but there are clearly times when offenses need to be dropped.

 Proverbs 19:11A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”

Proverbs 12:16 “Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.”

Proverbs 20:3 “It is to one’s honour to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.”

1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

So how do we know when to confront something or to let it go? It is only through soul searching with wisdom and discernment. Pray. Seek wise mature counsel. Allow God to help us see blind spots that we may have in the situation. Avoid gossip. Use good sense.  Let’s ask ourselves, “Am I turning a minor disagreement into a major dispute? Am I insisting on justice when I should overlook the matter? How important is it in God’s economy?

As followers of Christ, we can trust the Lord with our relationships.  Let’s pray for one another to be wise and discerning in this one anothering process. Let’s cling to the scripture for our guidance!colossians_3-12-14-137630

 

 

Notice sheet for 6th November 2016

Louise,

Oasis Feedback : today at 4:30pm

Neal and Lesley, plus all those from church who have recently been out to Austria to visit the Oasis centre, will be giving feedback this afternoon starting at 4:30pm. There will be tea, coffee and a variety of cakes! The evening service will then be a time of prayer for the Oasis team, their work, the refugees, the Grindrods and other areas where we need God’s help.

Remembrance Sunday

Next week is Remembrance Sunday and we will have an act of remembrance at 11am between the 9:15 + 11:15am services. If you would like to be present please arrive at 10:55 and at 11am we will mark the occasion with a 2 minute silence followed by prayer.

Baptism Services

We are happy to announce that four people will be baptized on Sunday 20th November – one at the 9:15am service and three at the 11:15am service.

Light Party

Rhiannon would like to say a great big thank you to everyone who helped with the light party.  We had a wonderful evening and were blessed with 51 children and some of their parents.  Thank you so much for all your prayers for this event.

Toddler Group

The Toddler Group team is praying for someone to lead them and this amazing evangelistic outreach. They are also in need of more helpers. It is held on Thursday mornings following the school calendar.  We are patiently waiting as the Lord speaks to your heart. Please see Kathy Larkman for details.

Bible Society Request

Stewards are needed on Sat 3rd December at the Calne Lantern Parade and Guinness World Records™ title attempt for the World’s Largest Nativity. If you could help out, please contact Bible Society (01792 418222) or susan.wingrave@biblesociety.org.uk for more details.

Mission & Persecuted Christians’ Prayer Meeting

The next prayer meeting will be held on Monday 14th November at Priory Street at 7:45pm. During this meeting we pray for our missionaries – (it’s a great time to catch up on current news), and using the Open Doors’ material, Vanessa leads us in a time of prayer for Christians who are persecuted.

Persecuted Church Sunday 20th November

** A window on the Middle East **

On Sunday 20th November we will have a special event focusing on the persecuted church. Tea and cakes will be served at 5pm, and we will be welcoming David and Sue, an experienced couple who have worked for some years in both Ghana and the Middle East, as our speakers. David and Sue are now involved in outreach to migrants in the UK and beyond. They will give a short presentation at around 5.20pm and will share further during the evening service, with David preaching. Please join us for this opportunity to learn more about the Middle East and the situation of Christians there. See Wendy Rowe or Gill Bryant for further details.

Cakes

We would be grateful for any donations of cakes and biscuits for this mission event. Please can you bring them to church on Sunday morning or at

the beginning of the event. Thank you so much!

Christmas dates for your diary

Christmas tree decorating!!

Invitation to all (young and old!) to come and help decorate our church Christmas tree on Saturday December 10th, 3-5 pm.  Crafts, food and some carol singing!

Nativity Service

This year the Nativity will be held on Saturday December 17th at 5pm at Priory Street.  This will be a Nativity for all CBC congregations to come together and celebrate the Good News of Jesus’ birth. Please invite your friends!!

…This week…

Monday: Mums’ bible study, 9:30am

Tuesday: Rudloe Tots, 10am, Rudloe Centre

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7:15am

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10:00am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm.

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

…Looking ahead…

13th Nov: Remembrance Sunday

14th Nov: Missions’ Prayer Meeting, 7:45pm

16th Nov: Midweek service, 2pm

20th Nov: Baptism services, 9:15am and 11:15am

20th Nov: Persecuted church Sunday

26th Nov: The Ark, 10:00am

28th Nov: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

29th Nov: Men’s “Christmas Chili” night, 7:15pm

30th Nov: Midweek service, 2pm

3rd Dec: Craft Club, 10:00am

4th Dec: Prayer evening, 6pm

10th Dec: Tree decorating 3-5pm

12th Dec: Ladies’ social, 7:30pm

13th Dec: Seniors’ Christmas meal, 12pm

14th Dec: Midweek Christmas service, 2pm

17th Dec: Nativity service, 5pm @ Priory St.

18th Dec: Carols by Candlelight, 6pm

19th Dec: Missions’ prayer, 7:45pm

20th Dec: Corsham Town Carol Service, 6:45pm

24th Dec: Christmas eve service, 6pm

25th Dec: Christmas day service, 10am

no evening service on Christmas day

Daily readings from Jeremiah: week commencing 6th Nov

Eddie,

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.

6 November Jer 42:1-6

What seems like a genuine plea from the army officers for divine guidance is, in fact, dubious. It is significant that they already stand on the road to Egypt (41:17). The reference to “your (Jeremiah’s) God” (v.2) hints at a deeper truth than they realized, despite v.6 (“our God”). Do they really want to know God’s will and obey it, or are they simply hoping for divine endorsement of their own plans? What follows supplies the answer.

7 November Jer 42:7-22

The word from God repeats a familiar theme. The way of safety lies in submitting to the Babylonians. God’s answer goes against human intuition and once again poses the question, “In whom will we trust? Ourselves and our wisdom, or God and His word?” To seek refuge in Egypt rather than the Lord is as offensive to God as ever (vv.13-22). Man-made havens promise much, but end in disappointment. God alone is His people’s safety.

8 November Jer 43:1-7

The truth of Jeremiah’s prophetic words has been amply demonstrated by the recent destruction of Jerusalem and its temple. Yet once again, Jeremiah is accused of speaking falsely (v.2). The claim that the Lord is “our God” (v.2) is not made in humble submission but with the arrogance that thinks God will endorse our own plans. The temptation to think that our own interpretation of God’s will is true, especially if it fits what we desperately want to believe, is as real today as it was then.

9 November Jer 43:8-13

Even in Egypt God continues to speak to His people, and will yet appeal to them for repentance (44:7). However, His present word warns of judgement. Egypt will prove no safe haven from Nebuchadnezzar (“my servant”, v.10). In trying to save themselves from Babylon, these people have put themselves in the direct path of the Babylonian armies. In the event, Nebuchadnezzar invaded and defeated Egypt in 568/7 BC (compare Ezekiel 29:17-20).

10 November Jer 44:1-14

God continues to speak to His people even in Egypt. He warns them that just as He punished their forebears for idolatry (vv.2-6), so the current generation is courting disaster by turning to false gods (vv.7-10). God’s impassioned reproach (vv.7-9: “Why … Why … Have you forgotten …?) shows that the impending judgement is as unwelcome to Him as it is inevitable (compare Mt 23:37-38). Yet even now, judgement is characteristically tempered by mercy (v.14).

11 November Jer 44:15-30

The idolaters argue that when they worshipped the Queen of Heaven they prospered (vv.15-19). Jeremiah points out that it was just such worship that had brought those days to an end (vv.20-23). Compare the modern secularist who blames all our ills on Christianity, not the lack of it. Jeremiah’s final word to them warns that Pharaoh Hophra will prove no more of a refuge than Zedekiah did (v.30). The whole Egyptian enterprise was under God’s judgement because it was an attempt at self-salvation.

12 November Jer 45:1-5

Baruch’s bleak ending (43:6-7) was in stark contrast to the “great things” he might have hoped for as a member of a distinguished family (45:5). But this brief chapter reveals how Baruch had faced up to the cost of discipleship twenty years earlier (45:1, compare 36:1,4). His private drama (45:3) had to be accepted in view of the bigger drama in progress (v.4). Yet God was watching over His faithful servant (v.5).

THE BOTTOM LINE

kathylarkman,

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Kathy Larkman

Kathy Larkman

 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

This month’s “one another study” is FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER. My gut reaction in one word descriptions?   Yikes. Really?  Tough. How?  Is it really possible?

Okay, that last description was four words. But in reality, I think we have all shared these thoughts and feelings about forgiving one another at one time or another. There is SO MUCH out there on this subject. There are many perspectives, many layers and levels of this complicated and far reaching subject.  Where to begin?

As followers of Christ, I think it is obvious where to begin…and where to end, for that matter. THE BIBLE.  Biblical forgiveness is our guide, our reliable standard, the TRUTH. It is God-breathed and the Holy Spirit will guide us through this daunting practice.

If we do not embrace biblical forgiveness, then the Gospel becomes diluted. A diluted or watered-down Gospel no longer has the same power, effectiveness, and life changing transformation it offers to those who believe.

So why might we not embrace biblical forgiveness? I think there are lots of reasons.  In a nutshell, it is our sinful hearts. We want to do life our own way. We want quick fixes or no fixes. We want to avoid the pain. We don’t like to feel uncomfortable or awkward. We just want to wallow in our self-justifications, self-righteousness and pride. We want to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that big, fat elephant is not in the room. (This is my favourite tendency) And, we are so easily swayed by worldly wisdom that it pushes biblical wisdom to the sidelines.  Do any of these reasons ring in your conscience?

So let’s think again of forgiving one another in one word.  The one word description that is the foundation for biblical forgiveness. He has captured my heart and life in this forgiving thing…….

JESUS.

Whew.  It may seem obvious to some. It may seem a bit platitudinal to others.  However, it is the truth and reality to those of us who profess to be followers of Christ. He is the remedy to all of life; and to forgiving one another. THE BOTTOM LINE. It is indeed a profound mystery, but a wondrous reality! Girls, we CAN love each other, we CAN encourage each other….because Jesus has poured out His love into our hearts and souls. And now, we can forgive one another; REALLY forgive from our hearts- because of Jesus who forgave US!

For our part, we must pray for one another to be teachable, to be willing for the Holy Spirit to change our hearts every day to be more like Christ. This is not easy, but it leads to LIFE.

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU THIS MONTH is to begin to think and ponder this HUGE one anothering command-personally, in your family, in your circle of friends, in our church family.  Take some time to write down your thoughts in your quiet time-observations, questions, feelings.  It can be very personal or can be general; no right or wrong-just between you and our Lord.  Talk to God about it out loud.  Lay it at the foot of the cross.

I will do the same. Let’s see what God does this month. He is a God of surprises and desires the BEST for us.  I am praying for you and for me this week that we won’t water down the Gospel, but that we will embrace the Gospel in biblical forgiveness for one another.  Do I hear an amen?

Love, Kathy x

Picture1

Daily readings from Jeremiah: week commencing 30th Oct

Eddie,
Jerusalem ruined after the Babylonian's take the city (photo is actually Knossos in Crete)

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.

30 October Jer 37:11-21

Jeremiah is accused of treason by attempting to desert to the Babylonians. Although the charge was false, it was given weight by Jeremiah’s preaching of surrender as the only way of survival (21:9). Yet Jeremiah’s calling was to point others to safety while refusing it for himself (compare Mt 27:42). Flogging and imprisonment brought Jeremiah near to death (v.20), but his prophetic voice was unwavering (vv.17,19). The king still would not hear, but he did ease Jeremiah’s prison conditions (v.21).

31 October Jer 38:1-13

The weak king Zedekiah is swayed first one way, then the other. Some of his officials persuaded him to have Jeremiah killed by allowing him to drown in a muddy cistern (vv.1-6). Then Ebed-Melek, a foreigner in the king’s service, convinced him that Jeremiah should be rescued (vv.7-10). God is still watching over His prophet and His word (compare 1:12).

1 November Jer 38:14-28

The final encounter between the king and the prophet is cloaked in secrecy (vv.24-27). Jeremiah is frustrated by the king’s past refusal to listen (v.15). Still, he repeats God’s offer of mercy even at this late hour (vv.17,20). Yet once again the king fails to respond (as ch.39 shows). Zedekiah is hoping to hear that God has changed His mind; he cannot face the necessary change on his own part. Ironically, it was he, rather than Jeremiah, whose feet were “sunk in the mud” (v.22).

2 November Jer 39:1-10

The story of the fall of Jerusalem, so consistently prophesied by Jeremiah, is now briefly told (further details are given in ch.52). Zedekiah, who hasn’t dared let God save him and his family, now deserts the people he has doomed (v.4). His attempt to save himself on his own terms fails horribly (vv.5-7), as all such efforts must (see Mk 8:35). Verses 8-9 show the severity of Babylonian judgement, tempered by a measure of reconstruction (v.10) since chaos would be in no-one’s interests.

3 November Jer 39:11-18

Although Jeremiah had never advocated collaboration with the enemy, he had urged surrender to spare further bloodshed. The Babylonians responded by treating him well (vv.11-14). But behind their action we should see God’s hand. For as the story of Ebed-Melek implies, God alone determines what happens to the one who trusts in Him (vv.15-18).

4 November Jer 40:1-12

Jeremiah rejected preferential treatment in Babylon (vv.1-4), choosing instead to stay with Gedaliah and the people left behind (vv.4-6). Gedaliah was a Jew appointed as governor by Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king (v.5). Gathering to Gedaliah (vv.7-8) implied submission to Babylon in line with God’s oft-repeated word through Jeremiah (v.9). God’s renewed blessing on the people and the land (vv.10-12) shows His unchanging purpose to do good to those who trust His word.

5 November Jer 40:13 – 41:18

Gedaliah’s generous attitude (40:13-16) was exploited by an assassin (41:1-3). Ishmael, his murderer, then displayed monstrous violence, slaughtering pilgrims who came to worship at the site of the ruined temple (41:4-9), and kidnapping many other people (41:10). Ishmael was in turn chased off the scene by Johanan and the army officers, and his captives were freed (41:11-15). But the fledgling community then repeated the mistake of turning to Egypt as a (false) refuge from Babylon (41:16-18).

Notice sheet for 30th October 2016

Louise,

Corsham Twinning Association

The Corsham Twinning Association are currently hosting visitors from Jargeau in France. We welcome them to our 11:15am service today as part of their programme.

Light Party – Tomorrow night! 5pm-7pm

Would you like to bless the families in our community by helping at this event? There are many areas in which you can serve: Worship, baking, registration/ signing in and out, group leaders/ helpers, serving refreshments and running the kitchen.  We need a few bakers to bake some cakes and biscuits (or savory snacks) to serve at the party.  We also need strong people to help move chairs after the evening service on Sunday 30th and then to put them back after the event at around 7.30pm on Monday 31st. Please let Rhiannon know if you can do this or if you need more information about the areas in which to serve.  Let’s shine God’s Light into our community on this dark night together!! The party is for primary school children.

Craft Club

The next CBC Craft Club is taking place on Saturday, starting at 10:00am. Please contact Kathy Ewins or Pam Mitchell for more information on these meetings.

Spruijt’s Mission Fundraiser

Come along at 10-12am or 1-3pm on 5th November for a cake sale/afternoon tea at Hannah and Reinier’s house (address in church directory). They are raising much needed funds for their missionary friend, Kosharah, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She runs a school in her home for missionary children and also has three adopted Thai daughters. Pop in if you can!

Midweek Service

Our next MWS is taking place this Wednesday 2nd November at 2pm. The text is Philippians 4.2-9 and Eric will be leading and preaching.

Upcoming Mission Events

Oasis Feedback : Sunday 6th November

Neal and Lesley plus all those from church who have recently been out to Austria to visit the Oasis centre will be giving feedback on Sunday 6th November starting at  4:30pm. There will be tea, coffee and a variety of cakes! The evening service will then be a time of prayer for the Oasis team, their work , the refugees, the Grindrods and other areas where we need God’s help.

Mission & Persecuted Christians’ Prayer Meeting : 14th November

The next prayer meeting will be held on Monday 14th November at Priory Street at 7:45pm. During this meeting we pray for our missionaries – (it’s a great time to catch up on current news), and using the Open Doors’ material, Vanessa leads us in a time of prayer for Christians who are persecuted. Please see Wendy Rowe for more details.

Persecuted Church Sunday 20th November : ** A window on the Middle East **

On Sunday 20th November we will have a special event focusing on the persecuted church. Tea and cakes will be served at 5pm, and we will be welcoming David and Sue, an experienced couple who have worked for some years in both Ghana and the Middle East, as our speakers. David and Sue are now involved in outreach to migrants in the UK and beyond. They will give a short presentation at around 5.20pm and will share further during the evening service, with David preaching. Please join us for this opportunity to learn more about the Middle East and the situation of Christians there. See Wendy Rowe or Gill Bryant for further details.

Cakes

We would be grateful for any donations of cakes and biscuits for our two mission events being held on Sunday 6th November and Sunday 20th November, as outlined above. Please can you bring them to church on Sunday morning or at the beginning of the events. Thank you so much!

Request from Jude Davies

Jude Davies needs help with her mother. Would anyone be able to sit with her for a couple of hours a week (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons) to keep her company and read God’s word to her. Please contact Jude if you feel you can help. Thank you.

Bible Society Request

Stewards are needed on Sat 3rd December at the Calne Lantern Parade and Guinness World Records™ title attempt for the World’s Largest Nativity. If you could help out, please contact Bible Society (01792 418222) or susan.wingrave@biblesociety.org.uk for more details. It promises to be lots of fun, so please join the team to make it happen. Thank you.

Steve and Ruth

Please follow the Lancasters, our Tanzanian missionaries, by reading their blog…

www.lancsintanz.aimsites.org

 

Christmas dates for your diary

Christmas tree decorating!!

Invitation to all (young and old!) to come and help decorate our church Christmas tree on Saturday December 10th, 3-5 pm.  Crafts, food and some carol singing!

Nativity Service

This year the Nativity will be held on Saturday December 17th at 5pm at Priory Street.  This will be a Nativity for all CBC congregations to come together and celebrate the Good News of Jesus’ birth. Please invite your friends!!

Carol Service @ Priory Street

This will take place on Sunday 18th Dec at 6pm.

 

This week.

Monday: The Light Party, 5pm

Wednesday: Morning prayer, 7:15am; Midweek service, 2pm

Thursday: Toddler Group, 10:00am; Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 7.30pm

Friday: Corsham Money and Debt Advice Centre, 9.30am; Engage, 4:30pm; Energize, 5:30pm.

Saturday: Prayer for gospel expansion 8.30am; the Craft Club, 10:00am; Spruijts’ fund-raiser 10-12 or 1-3pm

…Looking ahead…

12th Nov: Lifegroup Leaders’ training session

13th Nov: Remembrance Sunday

14th Nov: Missions’ Prayer Meeting, 7:45pm

16th Nov: Midweek service, 2pm

20th Nov: Baptism service, 9:15am

20th Nov: Persecuted church Sunday

26th Nov: The Ark, 10:00am

28th Nov: Ladies’ Bible Study, 7:30pm

29th Nov: Men’s “Christmas Chilli” night, 7:15pm

30th Nov: Midweek service, 2pm

3rd Dec: Craft Club, 10:00am

4th Dec: Prayer evening, 6pm