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Morning Service - 10.00 am

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Communion service in the lounge.  Morning tea will be served. 

I've been Thinking - 27 August 2017

posted date: Friday 25th August 2017

Life is always … well interesting really.

Karen and I had a wonderful holiday recently. We were privileged to celebrate a friends wedding and attend their commissioning to serve in Macau. We had a holiday and then caught up with friends in Macau before starting our way home.

Yet in the midst of our time away, there were emails from Christchurch telling of those who were suffering illness. Upon arrival in Christchurch we had the wonderful news of 2 engagements of young ladies associated with Avonhead Baptist Church.  It was then that we received the sad news that Darryl Arnott had passed away. (Our thoughts and prayers continue with the family).

This is life. The ups and downs the good and the bad.  Proverbs expresses it this way: Proverbs 14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is grief.

In the midst of these seasons of life, how do we cope the changes and what is the constant in our lives, because there are many times when they are not easy!

The Scripture Karen is preaching on today is 1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

It is the last part of the verse that I think is the key, that we deal with all the circumstances of life, “in Christ Jesus”, remembering Him in all the circumstances of our lives.

And while this is not always easy, especially when we face the loss of someone that we love, or a difficult circumstance in our life, I am grateful that Hebrews encourages us:

Hebrews 4:14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Shalom

Bruce