31st October 2017

Set Your Mind On Things Above

“We break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself up against the wisdom of God. We take hold of every thought and make it obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NLV)

This scripture means that when we become aware of a wrong thought in our minds, we need to choose immediately not to think it. How often will we need to make the right choice? The answer is every day for the rest of our lives!

God has given us the ability to think for ourselves, not merely be stuck with whatever comes into our minds from some random or outside source. We all need to be very selective as to what we watch or listen to. If it is not wholesome or Godly, we should turn it off, put it out of our minds and walk away from it without delay. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NKJV) tells us, “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called…”

We all need to spend time studying the Bible every day so that we can learn to think according to God’s Word. When we do this, we will begin to experience the kind of lives that God desires. After all, Jesus died so that we could have access to His Spirit – the power to overcome wrong thoughts. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NKJV). The way to live the abundant life is to cast down wrong thoughts, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and to think on things that are holy, just and good. Philippians 4:8 encourages us, “Christian brothers, keep your minds thinking about whatever is true, whatever is respected, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever can be loved, and whatever is well thought of. If there is anything good and worth giving thanks for, think about these things.”

Let us all aim through the power of the Holy Spirit, to think thoughts that are loving, kind and good, and to reject the thoughts that are not!

Prayer
Dear God, help us to realise the importance of setting our minds on the things that are above. Help to learn to cast down wrong thoughts and to think thoughts that are loving kind and good.
Amen

Study by Allan Frankcom

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About the Author:
Allan Frankcom is on the Pastoral Council of the Bristol Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK. He and his wife, Julie have attended the Bristol Church for over 30 years.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
EMMERSONS GREEN
South Gloucestershire BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email: jf007d9991@blueyonder.co.uk

30th October 2017

Microscopic View Of Life

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Genesis 2:7 (NKJV)

What is human life? There was a time when human life did not exist. Only God existed from eternity to eternity. He is Spirit and is not confined by space or limited by time. Life comes from life and is a great miracle. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. There is a physical life which is temporary and there is a spiritual life which is everlasting. God has revealed the purpose of life and our destiny in His Word, the manual for life (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I know I did not exist and will cease to exist, but I believe I am a child of God through His grace and salvation is a free gift of God.

Our human father, Adam, incurred the death penalty for all mankind, however, God our Father has reconciled us to Himself through the sacrifice of His Son and given us new life in Christ (Romans 5: 6-11). It is life eternal in Christ Jesus and John 5:24 confirms it, saying “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” Our Saviour came and died for all mankind to save those who would believe in Him.

I do not know, nor can I describe, the eternal life in glory; but I know that I will see Jesus my Redeemer in His glory. It will be glorious as we read in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “As it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” Yes! The ultimate purpose of life is to glorify God and enjoy life everlasting in His presence. He created us for His honour and glory and shows us the path of life (Revelation 4:11 and Psalm 16:11).

I cannot help but sing lines from a hymn that says life is worth the living just because my Saviour lives. There is so much one can write about the life we have as human beings, but life everlasting is beyond our comprehension.

Prayer
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient God, our Father in heaven, the Life-Giver and Sustainer of all things, worthy of worship, praise and honour. I thank You for giving us life and assurance of eternal life through Your Son Jesus Christ. I love You and pray in Jesus name.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

29th October 2017

I Am The Truth 

“‘You are a king, then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’”
John 18:37 (NIV UK) 

Have you ever had to describe someone you know, and struggled to find the right words? I certainly have, and I know I’m not alone. We all have those friends or acquaintances who defy easy description. But Jesus wasn’t like that. He was always clear and bold in his answers to the question, “Who are you?” One of my favourites is this answer he gives in John: “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

This is what separates Jesus from every other leader of every other faith. Other leaders have said, “I’m looking for the truth” or “I’m teaching the truth” or “I point to the truth” or “I’m a prophet of truth.” Jesus comes and says, “I am the truth. Truth is not a principle, or a vague idea. Truth is a person, and that person is me.”

Here’s the interesting part. A claim like that forces us to choose: if we believe Jesus, then we must believe everything he says. But if we don’t, then it’s all worthless, because if someone who claims to actually be the truth is wrong, then so is everything they’ve ever said. There’s no watering it down. Either Jesus is the Truth, or he isn’t.

Which is why it’s so wonderful to know that he is. Because knowing the truth, means trusting and living by what he says next: “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Paul reminds us again in Galatians, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…” (Galatians 5:1).

To know Christ, is to know the truth—that in him we are free. Free from the judgment of our sin, and free to love others with the same radical love that he himself showed every day of his life here on earth. Free to hope in his sovereign rule and reign over all of history and all of creation.

Prayer
Gracious Father, in a world where truth is a rare commodity, thank you for your gift to us, to know the truth and to know that Jesus embodies truth. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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28th October 2017

The God Of All

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
Jeremiah 32:27 (NKJV)

God created all human beings. Yes, He is the God of Israel, and had a special purpose and relationship with them, but He is also the God of the Greeks, Romans, the Turks, Africans, Germans, Indians and all other people, because He made them too, for His purpose (Ephesians 1:7-12).

Psalm 145:9 is a comforting scripture that says, “The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.” God has a plan for everyone. All are made in His image. Acts 17:24-27 says He intends us, in every nation, to learn to live in peace and harmony here on the earth.

Because God loves someone else, does not mean that I am not loved by Him. We can all rest in the assurance that God loves every one of us and always wants what is best for us.

Prayer
Father of all, thank you that you love every human being. We are all created in your image and ask that you help us to reflect that image to others. In Jesus name.
Amen

Study by Daisy Dublin

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About the Author:
Daisy Dublin attends the North London congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA Student Hostel
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
London W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2.30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Email: martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

27th October 2017

When You Can’t Help In Person…

Therefore, when [the suspense of separation and our yearning for some personal communication from you] became intolerable, we consented to being left behind alone at Athens. And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in [spreading] the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, to strengthen and establish and to exhort and comfort and encourage you in your faith.
1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (AMPC)

Try as we might, we can’t do everything. Sometimes, often in fact, we need to trust others to do something we are unable to do.

Paul was in Athens, and had tried time and again to travel north to visit the brethren in Thessalonica, but “Satan hindered” him (1 Thessalonians 2:18). Obviously, it’s not rational for us to blame Satan for every delay to our personal plans, so it must have been something very serious for Paul to use this terminology. Was it opposition from the Jews that prevented his proposed return visits? Or persecution of some sort? Was it his “thorn in the flesh” that Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians 12:7? We don’t know but clearly it was frustrating for him.

Other translations use the word “forbear” or “endure” in verse one. The CEB version is, “So when we couldn’t stand it any longer”. The idea of suspense is involved: what was happening in Thessalonica? Paul’s emotions are high as he misses the people in the church there. His deep affection for them was a matter of record.

So, what was Paul to do? His decision was that he and Silas would remain in Athens while Timothy would go to strengthen and encourage the Thessalonians.

Perhaps there’s a lesson here for us. If circumstances prevent us from helping others in person, is there something else we can do? We don’t all have people we can send in our stead, as Paul had in Timothy, but there are other things we can do. We can send a card or an encouraging letter. Think of something to do.

Help others, even when you can’t do it in person. 

Prayer
Father, sometimes my life is so busy or out of control that I can’t be with those I love or help others in the way I would like to. Help me, please, through the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit, to find a way to encourage even though I can’t help in person. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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