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Tuesday Prayer & Bible Study at 7.30pm when we continue in our study in Revelation.

Wednesday Lunch for our church friends at 12pm.

Thursday Prayer & Bible Study at 3pm.

Friday is the Ministers Day Off.

Saturday the Minister is at College.

Sunday 9th June Mr Tim Dunn, one of the Pastoral Assistants at Twynholm, will be taking our Summer Sunday Morning Worship. Please give him your support.

Sunday 16th June the Minister will be taking the morning service and also the evening service at 6.30pm with Communion. Please put it in your diary.

Message from the Minister: I am sad to report that whilst serving lunch to a group of men on Wednesday one of them stole my laptop computer. He was a stranger to me but the man who brought him into our church was not so I had no concerns. I was multi tasking and using my laptop to work on Sundays Sermon whilst various men came in for food. At one point there were just two men in the room and one asked me for a cup of coffee. I left my laptop unattended whilst I went into the kitchen and when I returned with the coffee the man and my laptop were both gone.

I was pretty sure he would try to sell it at one of the shops in North End Road so I locked up the church and raced down there to try and intercept him without success. Eventually about an hour later I had to involve the police who were excellent. Unfortunately as I write the laptop has still not been recovered and I suspect it is long gone, sold for a fraction of its value, to fund a quick ‘fix’.

Late on Wednesday evening I gave the whole matter to God and forgave the thief in my heart. On Thursday morning I was in our church singing and praising God (as usual) with little or no care in the world. Praise God.

On Thursday afternoon Dell, Gary, Jessie and I sat down to Prayer and Bible Study and we started into a bible study which I had prepared two weeks previously but which hadn’t been used because no one came to the Bible Study the previous week.

Suddenly I found myself reading 1 Peter 2:8-18close1 Peter 2:8-18 and “A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. Submission to Authority 13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. (ESV)
close1 Peter 2:8-18close1 Peter 2:8-18 and “A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. Submission to Authority 13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. (ESV)
and “A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. Submission to Authority 13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. (ESV)
where in verse 9 it says, ‘Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.’ In verse 12 says, ‘For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil’, and then when I read verse 14, I was completely blown away, ‘But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.’

Finally verse 17 showed me that the theft of my laptop computer, unfortunate as it was, was actually all part of Gods amazing plan. Unknowingly in writing this Bible Study two weeks previously I confirmed that God already knew what was going to happen and He had prepared this scripture passage to comfort me and to confirm that I am doing His will, for he said, ‘For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.’ Praise God for His Grace and Mercy. Amen

Sermon Notes: James 4:1-10closeJames 4:1-10 Warning Against Worldliness 4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (ESV) closeJames 4:1-10closeJames 4:1-10 Warning Against Worldliness 4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (ESV) Warning Against Worldliness 4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (ESV)

 

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