30th April 2020

Let The Redeemed Say So!

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”
Psalm 107:2 (NKJV)

Redemption is the act of being bought back with a price paid in full. When we buy something, we pay the price. Sometimes, we pay a price; sometimes it’s full price. If we are lucky, it’s on sale. Jesus paid a price for us through His death on the cross. This price was the ultimate price to pay. There was no mark-down on redemption day. When we buy something, we take the item from its previous owner. Jesus took us from the power of sin and death. His crucifixion frees us from the control of our sinful nature. He free us from selfishness, pride, anger, retaliation, greed, lust, the list goes on.

Once we are redeemed, we are to say so, as David tells us in the header scripture. We should say so in thanks and praise to God for sending His son. We should say so to those around us through our changed attitude and actions. We should say so when God blesses us, instead of taking the credit for ourselves.

Christ paid the definitive price so that we could have a personal relational relationship with Him. In turn, we are to share our redemption experience with others, when God gives us the opportunity.

Heavenly Father, thank you for paying the price to redeem us from sin by sending your Son to die for us.

Study by Dennis Payne

*Note that due to the coronavirus lockdown, Services are suspended for the time being. Contact is still as below. For live-streaming Sermons and Bible Studies go to our UK website www.gracecom.church

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

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

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

29th April 2020

Shine a Light in the Darkness

“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Matthew 5:16 (NLT)

As you know, people over the age of 70 years have been advised to ‘ stay safe and stay home.’ One of the current buzzwords is ‘ social-distance’. A lot of these people are Grandparents and this means for the next 12 weeks ( or more ), they will not be able to hug or kiss their ‘ bundles of joy,‘ no matter how old they may be. HOW AWFUL!

The terrible reality of this pandemic is that some of our elderly people might not be with us in 12 weeks time for reasons other than Covid-19. This brings me to my own special story. Mum and I are fortunate enough to live a very short distance from 4 of her 6 grandchildren. Her house was always buzzing with grandchildren calling in to see her. They would tell her all about school, and keep her up to date with the latest news. In turn, she delighted in feeding them all, just to ensure they were not ‘starving to death!’

However, we as a family, are committed to keeping our social distance. I know this is grievous for Mum as her grandchildren are used to calling to see her and this was a BIG part of her life. We decided to use ‘facetime’ so that at least we could chat face-to-face, even though, depending on the position of the mobile/tablet, she sometimes ends up inspecting their nostrils!

Anyway, last night Mum agreed with her youngest grandchild that she would go to her front door at 9.00pm. He would go to his bedroom window (from where he can see his Granny’s house). When the clock struck 9.00pm, out she went with a little torch in hand, and waved it through the darkness. What a surprise she got when, in turn, 1, 2, 3, 4 little lights started shining as All the children switched their mobile phone torches on and waved back! HOW WONDERFUL!!

We have heard so much about how some wonderful people in the community have been reaching out to help others in this desperate situation. So, as our header scripture urges us, let YOUR lights shine in this time of great darkness, by helping and uplifting others even though we may not be with them personally for quite some time.

Heavenly Father, help us take every opportunity to maintain contact with others and help and encourage them in any way we can, for as long as this terrible disease persists.

Study by Janette McBride

*Note that due to the coronavirus lockdown, Services are suspended for the time being. Contact is still as below. For live-streaming Sermons and Bible Studies go to our UK website www.gracecom.church

About the Author:
Janette McBride attends Grace Communion Lisburn, in Northern Ireland.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Lisburn
Ballymacbrennan School House
129A Saintfield Road
BT27 5PG

Meeting time:
Sunday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
Bob Beggs
Phone: Mobile 07836 613 686
Email: bobbeggs@hotmail.com

28th April 2020

A Deadly Virus

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
John 1:29 (NKJV)

This time last year no one had heard about Covid-19 – the coronavirus. But for the last three months or so, the news has been filled with little else. And we are all deeply aware of the huge impact it has brought to the world. Just about every corner of the earth has been affected to one degree or another. Travel bans are in place. A new phrase has entered our vocabulary: ‘social-distancing.’ The economic impact has hit and will be around for a good while. And beyond all that, of course, there have been multiple thousands of deaths.

In short, Covid-19 has disrupted life for everyone in one way or another. It has infected the world. Rather like sin, in fact. Sin knows no national borders. It affects male and female. As the scriptures tell us, everyone is infected (Romans 3:23).

Scientists are working hard to come up with a vaccine that will help stop the spread of Covid-19. And it may take a little while before testing is complete and a ‘cure’ is available for human use.

Thankfully, the cure for sin is already available. Jesus Christ is the ‘vaccine.’ The ‘Great Scientist’ in heaven who implemented the laws of science at the creation, foresaw the need for a remedy for sin and put a plan in place at the outset (Revelation 13:8). And that remedy, Jesus Christ, went through testing in order that the ‘vaccine’ could be available for all. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus’ blood is the cure for the virus of sin. When we accept that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins, then the cure is readily available. The infection called ‘sin’ is removed and we are free to enter a new life. Of course, we may slip up from time to time, yet the remedy is always available (1 John 1:9).

How and when the current coronavirus emergency will end is unknown. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about those details when it comes to sin. The cure is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Father, we are thankful—eternally thankful, in fact—that the remedy for the virus, that is sin, has been developed. Help us to keep that in mind every day and live as people who have been cured. In Jesus name we pray.

Study by Philip Stevens

About the Author:
Philip Stevens attends the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed Church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

27th April 2020

We Need Encouragement!

“If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Romans 12:8 (NIV)

We all need encouragement. At the present moment I am sure most of the world are aware of the Covid-19 virus, that is attacking so many countries…with deadly effects. It is a testing time for all, but thankfully we can go out and buy essentials and things we need, making sure our loved ones and family are ok and our dearest neighbours. It is a very strange feeling.

We must all encourage one another at this time of need. In the long run I am sure there will be losers and winners, but sadly there will be many in total despair and sadly many are dying at this time. On the bright side also, I did go for my daily walk and three people said ‘Hello’, which does not usually happen!

Going forward, as the above scripture mentions, let’s encourage one another, generously, cheerfully and diligently. When this is all over, which it will be, we will be better at offering support, thinking of others and carrying on boosting and encouraging others as many will need it as much then as now.

Our Great God, at this time we come before you to say thank you that we have you, and that we can encourage others through your word. We thank you for the faith we have in you that this Virus attack be over in due course and our lives can go back to normal. We thank you that you have inspired us to encourage one other with your love. In your son, Jesus’, name.

Study by James Esom

*Note that due to the coronavirus lockdown, Services are suspended for the time being. Contact is still as below. For live-streaming Sermons and Bible Studies go to our UK website www.gracecom.church 

About the Author:
James Esom attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

26th April 2020

Not so Random Acts of Kindness

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
Isaiah 58:6-7 (ESV)

The car I drove during college years was not very reliable. One time it broke down two hours from school and two hours from home. Almost immediately, two strangers helped me get my car to a garage. I was overwhelmed by their sacrifice of time and energy, someone they had never met and would probably never see again.

“Random Acts of Kindness Day” is celebrated in the US during February every year. It’s a day where people show kindness to others—whether they know them or not. While having a special day is great, I’d like to challenge us to think of random kindness as a way of life, an expression of God’s love for all humanity. After all, Jesus dying for our sins was definitely not a random but a planned before the foundation of the world act!

This isn’t a new challenge. The prophet Isaiah talks about how the ancient people of Judah tried to please God by fasting, but then would fight each other. The prophet wanted them to see what God really wanted: to practice some not-so-random acts of kindness. Being righteous should make the world a better place, and if it doesn’t, it’s not really God’s righteousness.

And if that isn’t reward enough, the prophet continues, “you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12). Our acts of kindness have the potential to repair and restore God’s people from hurts that are often a part of life. What might seem a small and insignificant act can set off a ripple effect, and the world can be changed. If we challenge ourselves to not-so-random acts of kindness, we are participating in an expression of God’s love. We are being Jesus’ hands and feet in the world. We are trusting God to take our small effort and bring forth the restoration this world so sorely needs by looking for ways to be kind to other every day.

Eternal Father, you set forth a way for us to go. And when we follow that way, everyone is blest, including ourselves. Thank you. And we pray this in Jesus’ name.

Study presented by Michelle Fleming

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. Michelle Fleming is an Elder in Grace Communion International and works in the International Home Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA as Media Director.

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