30th September 2019

Come Quickly Lord Jesus

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
Revelation 22:20-21 (NKJV)

No doubt about His coming. But no more as a Servant King but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords as we read in Revelation 19:16. But how quickly? Answer is: No one knows the day or the hour of His coming. However, we are not left in darkness. Jesus has given signs of the time of the end and His coming in Matthew 24:3-14. Among them are false teachers, wars and rumours of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes in various places, and the persecution of saints. We are warned to watch and be sober, to let no one deceive you but believe that Day will come.

There is the possibility now for total annihilation of all creatures and mankind through the arsenal of nuclear weapons of war so powerful that continents could be obliterated from the face of the earth. And the horror of Biological agents together with nerve gases are also piled up by several nations so that if used, no flesh would be saved alive. Read it in Matthew 24:22, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” Jesus says it will be like the days of Noah and Lot, full of evil and degenerating morality.

Christians need not be afraid but hold on to the hope of Christ’s return. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon. Let the glorious church, His Bride make herself ready for His coming, washed by the pure water of the Word, holy and without blemish.

Prayer
Abba Father, hallowed be thy name. We look forward to the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ, our High Priest. Come quickly Lord Jesus. This is my prayer in Your name.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti
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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

29th September 2019

Hall of Fame

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”
Hebrews 11:39-40 (NIV UK)

Whether it’s for Baseball, Rock-n-Roll, Hockey or the Nascar Hall of Fame right here in Charlotte, North Carolina, there is a “hall of fame” for just about everything. It’s usually a building with images, memorabilia and interesting facts about famous people. We can learn about their successes, perhaps some sports statistics, and find out things we normally wouldn’t have known.

The Bible has its own ‘Faith Hall of Fame’ in Hebrews 11. The author shares a more detailed list of Faith-Hall famous people, and then he says: “And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed enemies” (Hebrews 11:32-34). That’s pretty impressive faith.

The author continues by sharing how many of the faithful were imprisoned, tortured or martyred for their faith. Their stories inspire us and give us strength. Many of us would like to have faith like these men and women. And here’s the thing—we can, but it’s not as you think. Faith is not about us, it is confidence in God. It is assurance that God is for us. Ordinary men and women can do amazing things—not because of who they are—but because of who they know and believe. Their lives become a testimony of a good and faithful God. This great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 11 reminds us to keep our eyes on the One who is faithful—Jesus. “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Every year there are new inductees to the various Halls of Fame. I like to believe the Faith Hall of Fame is also growing. Who knows what names we will see listed among the faithful? We do know it will be those who fix their eyes on Jesus and follow him. He is the pioneer and the one who perfects our faith. We don’t need to be in some special Hall of Fame. We are to live in the house of the Lord. Let’s keep fixing our eyes on Jesus, the one whose faith is the most important, and whose joy is our salvation.

Prayer
Holy Father, thank you for the inspiring passages recorded in your Word for us. They do help us to follow and live up to those of the past. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Greg Williams
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

Local Congregation:
You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.gracecom.church under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

Contact:
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28th September 2019

Are You Ready?

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”
1 Peter 1:13 (NIV)

Peter made a bold statement. He said that he was ready to go with Jesus both into prison and to death (Luke 22:33), but Peter was not ready. He just thought he was. He later denied the Lord (Luke 22:55-62). How is it that Peter so quickly forgot what he said to Jesus a little earlier, that he was ready to follow Jesus to prison and to death?

Peter is described as a man with an impulsive nature which he demonstrates time and time again in the Biblical accounts. Here are a few: Mark 9:5-6 he blurts out an inappropriate suggestion during the moments of Christ transfiguration; John 13:8 Peter objects to having his feet washed by Christ at the last supper; John 18:10 he strikes out wildly with his sword at the time of Jesus’ arrest and in John 21:7 he leaps out of the fishing boat to swim to the risen Christ (John 21:7).

After Pentecost we see a different Peter. In Acts 2 after the Holy Spirit came, Peter boldly preaches to the crowd and later goes on to write epistles recorded for us in holy scripture. Christ in us through the Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to stand up and witness of Jesus and his love. The Apostle Paul after his conversion, proclaims that he is “ready to preach the gospel” (Romans 1:14-16 NKJV). Why? Because he believed it to be the power of God unto salvation—he was not ashamed of the gospel, and recognized that he was a debtor who needed the price of his sins paid by the sacrifice of Jesus. The same reasons should also motivate us to preach the gospel. One of the most effective ways to preach the gospel is by the way we live as Christians. 1 Peter 3:15 says we need to be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us through Jesus Christ. Christians are to be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1) as well as ready for His return (Matthew 24:42-44).

Prayer
Almighty God, we know not when your Son will return, but we pray that when he does we will be found ready and waiting for His return. It is in Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne
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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

27th September 2019

Exodus – The Movement of God’s People

“They made their lives bitter with harsh labour in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labour the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.”
Exodus 1:14 (NIV)

One of the prominent themes of scripture is of God responding to the cry of the marginalised, the poor and vulnerable. Jesus, who was well versed in Israel’s history and the scriptures, said that he came “to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18). He is a God who sees, hears and acts. As we observe in the Exodus story, their deliverance came after much suffering at the hands of the Egyptians but it also included active resistance as demonstrated by the midwives and the constant cry of the people to their God.

Today, many feel oppressed, ignored, left behind, and that the Lord delays his coming (see 2 Peter 3) as we see the increase in sin, violence and uncertainty all around us. Yet the story of the Exodus gives us hope that even in the midst of uncertainty, brutality, slavery and opposition, God is still able to bless his people. He has a plan and provides a means of escape. Unlikely heroes, Shiphrah and Puah, arose and defied the evil order of Pharaoh for infanticide of killing the male children of the Israelites. Moses was miraculously drawn out of the Nile, raised in the palace and would subsequently lead the Hebrews out with a high hand. Through this, God shows that he hates the abuse of power and is with those of a humble and not arrogant spirit.

Even though the suffering may be unbearable and feels endless, God says, I am with you, I hear you and am actively working things out for good. While we are not perfect, he doesn’t give up on us. He constantly reminds us of his love and concern in the present while pointing us to a bright and very different future. It is a land flowing with milk and honey and a time when there will be no more tears or suffering.

In the wonders that God performs he works with us, fully understanding our humanity, as Moses’ life shows. Therefore, we are not to lose heart, keep doing what is good, trusting our Father and wait to see the salvation and deliverance that he will bring. Come, Lord Jesus!

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for seeing, hearing and acting on our behalf. Help us each day to see, live and share the reality of salvation in Christ, in whose name we pray.
Amen

Study by David Gibbs
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About the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and Pastoral Worker for Grace Communion International in Northern England, the Midlands and Wales.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

26th September 2019

Be Anxious For Nothing

“Be Anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

TV must have been particularly boring that evening because I found myself idly thumbing through the Oxford English Dictionary. Sad isn’t it? Anyway I happened on the word ‘precarious,’ meaning ‘uncertain,’ and was surprised to discover that it derived from the Latin word ‘precarii,’ meaning prayer. Prayer – precarious? Really? Well I suppose if you were a Latin-speaking Roman 2000 years ago praying to Apollo or Bacchus the chance of receiving a helpful answer would be uncertain to say the least!

As a Christian I’ve received some remarkable answers to prayer over the years, but more often prayers have been met with an apparent silence. Why? I’ve prayed with feeling and sometimes tears to a Father who loves me and promises to listen. Yet these heartfelt prayers appear to have gone unanswered. Is prayer even for a Christian, precarious? Some prayers seem to receive answers and others don’t. Is it a lottery? Just today I met a lady who has had a remarkable healing. I could do with that and it hasn’t happened! Is God playing favourites?

One thing we can be sure of—if we are in Christ, God says we are righteous, and Proverbs 15:29 says “He hears the prayer of the righteous.” Even when we’re perplexed and don’t know what to ask, the Spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26). We know for sure that the Father hears the Spirit. So we know we’re heard by a loving Father, and if our prayer is followed by silence we can be sure it’s not because prayer is precarious! Our Father has heard and if the answer is ‘not yet’ or ‘no,’ it’s ‘no’ with a fond smile. It’s God’s best and most loving answer even though we may be disappointed and perplexed. It’s hard to take when we are suffering or anxious and our prayers are followed by silence, but our Father is surely thrilled when we continue to trust Him in that and every circumstance. God has heard and, in His time and His way, the answer will come. Prayer is not precarious!

Prayer
Father, we trust you, knowing you care deeply for each of us and watch over us. We know every decision you make, whether it’s a ‘yes’ or a ‘no,’ is your best for us. Thank You.
Amen

Study by Doug Bass
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About the Author:
Doug Bass is a member of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Coulsdon
Coulsdon Community Church
Coulsdon Community Centre
Barrie Close
Chipstead Valley Road
COULSDON
CR5 3BE

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
Brian Smith
Phone: 01243-699812
Email: coulsdon@gracecom.church

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