Corona Virus Notice

In accordance with the UK Government guidance to implement “social distancing” we have cancelled all face to face meetings until further notice. God willing, we will be meeting instead by Zoom for our memorial meeting (11am, Sunday) and Bible Class (7:30pm, Thursday).

Please use the opportunity to look round our website and revisit our pages regularly where we will post updates about when we can reconvene.

We are aware that many people will be worried by the current situation and we pray for the ill and those that care for them. Most of all we pray for the return of our Lord Jesus.

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Bible Based Decision Making

“When we think, we generally use concepts that we have not invented ourselves but that reflect the shared understandings of our community” (White, 2015).

The question we need to ask ourselves is how much the Bible guides us and how much we are guided by our local culture (beliefs, behaviours, objects etc) and our own desires. We are told to,

(1) Begin with Prayer to God

Ask for guidance
“Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

Develop Godly wisdom
“But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without doubting” (James 1:5-6).

(2) Explore the True Bible Message

Basic guidance
We are reminded that – “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counsellors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).

The Bible provides clear directions about all aspects of our life through laws, principles and the lived experience of people over 4,000+ years. Our best counsellor is the Holy Scriptures, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105).

“Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16)
We need to review the whole of God’s message for advice and guidance. Let’s look at just one small but powerful example. In Genesis 9:3 God tells Noah that “every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood”. A basic Bible principle. Many thousands of years later the Bible records the Apostle Paul under inspiration advising Christian believers that:

  1.  ”if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble” (1 Corinthians 8:13) and
  2. “It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles” (Romans 14:21).

Here we have a related Bible principle. We are clearly advised that if something we desire to do will weaken the faith of your brother or sister, we are to abstain.

(3) Trust, Acknowledge and Fear God

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding.
Acknowledge him in all your ways,
and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own estimation;
fear the Lord and turn away from evil”
(Proverbs 3:5-7 NET).

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Let us explore, reflect and see how we can apply biblical principles to our life.

References

White, B., (2015) World development report 2015: mind, society, and behavior, by the World Bank Group.

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God Revealed in the Old Testament

The popular image of the Lord God in the Old Testament is that of a remote and austere deity, finding fault and sending dreadful retribution on those who transgress His laws. This is a travesty of the truth. The Almighty is shown in the Old Testament as a God of awesome majesty who must be approached with respect, but also desiring to be close to His creation, wanting them to love and worship Him. [Read More]

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February Glad Tidings Bible Crossword

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Across
1 Jesus referred to Judas Iscariot as this (John 6:70)
6 Peter’s reply when Jesus asked whether he loved him (John 21:15)
8 The Ethiopian eunuch was reading from this book (Acts 8:28)
9 Bar-Jesus was this kind of prophet (Acts 13:6)
10 In the past (Acts 15:7) 11 Mordecai’s cousin (Esther 2:8)
14 Mary’s son would do this for his people (Matthew 1:21)
15 An angel was described as this (the original word is ‘satan’) (Numbers 22:22)
18 Esau’s alternative name (Genesis 36:1)
20 Baptised the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:38)
23 Unwell (2 Samuel 13:5)
25 ______ heirs inherit together (Romans 8:17)
26 A proconsul at Achaia (Acts 18:12)
27 The first woman (Genesis 3:20)
28 Jesus was tempted to turn 7 down into this (Matthew 4:3)

Down
1 Evil things from within do this to you (Mark 7:23)
2 “More ___ than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31)
3 An untruth (Matthew 4:2) 4 Given to Israel through Moses (John 1:17)
5 Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 ____ (Mark 2:19)
7 Jesus was tempted to turn these into food in the wilderness (Matthew 4:3)
10 He was diseased in his feet (1 Kings 15:23)
12 A wicked city (Genesis 13:13)
13 All this will be filled with God’s glory (Numbers 14:21)
14 Sarah’s original name (Genesis 17:15)
16 Temptation by this leads to sin (James 1:15)
17 Jesus did this in the wilderness (Matthew 4:2)
19 Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with this (John 12:3)
21 “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the _____ of life” (1 John 2:16)
22 The first man (Genesis 2:19)
24 A priest in the time of Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1)
25 A blameless and upright man (Job 1:8)

Let’s Talk About the Real Devil

ALTHOUGH there is a lot of good in the world, nobody would deny that there is also a lot of evil. Have you ever asked yourself where all the evil comes from?

Jesus of Nazareth gave us the answer: “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” (Matthew 15:19). Evil deeds come from evil thoughts and evil thoughts arise in the hearts of people like us.

The same message is found throughout the Bible. For instance, not far into the history of the world a thoroughly rotten and corrupt society had developed [Read More].

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