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Pastor's Message Summer 2011

(from Church magazine)

Recently, while I was pondering in my office, my thoughts went to those who once were on fire for God but somewhere on the journey of life have cooled off and we no longer see them.   Others are still running the Christian race with all the energy they have and are truly inspiring and encouraging.
 
On the 5th of June this year I’ve been Pastor here for 29 years of which 23 have been full-time.  It is a time of much reflection and assessment.  We all learn lessons from our mistakes and I’m no exception (I’m not saying which mistakes).  There have been times when I should have been more zealous and committed but by God’s grace I’m still running the race and there is a fire still burning in me.   There are many dreams and hopes yet to be fulfilled but I see there’s more time behind me now than in front of me, so I need to stoke the fire in me it’s so easy for the energy to evaporate these days.   We need to press on and press in.
 
The process involved in directing our lives is often slow, confusing and even painful.  Occasionally it seems we can’t go on and the easy option is to give up as some do and run away from it all - including God.
 
Jonah found it hard to walk God’s path and keep on track.  He was bigoted, stubborn, openly rebellious and spiritually insensitive.   Most prophets ran TO the Lord.   Jonah ran FROM the Lord.   Jonah didn’t want to do God’s work, he was as motivated as a hibernating tortoise.
 
Jonah went the wrong way - from God and God’s work.   He went west and God wanted him to go east.   It was only in catastrophe, in the digestive tract of the fish, he got his head together.   There in the mess, he started again.   Far from God but God didn’t let him go.   In the mess he yelled for mercy and help.   Jonah turned the corner.
 
Jonah had to admit where he was before he moved on.

Finish the raceMaybe these people who we don’t see in Christian circles anymore are like Jonah - running away from God for whatever reason.   Maybe some feel swallowed alive by circumstances, feeling oppressed, guilty, confused, over used, burned out and forgotten.   Maybe the Church has pushed them away.   Well, it’s time to say what God says "I will make up to you for the years that the locust has eaten".   He welcomes the prodigals back and rejoices over them.
 
God is a dab hand at making something useful and beautiful out of something tired, broken and confused.   Show God your hurts and let Him heal you.
 
We are all on the journey.  Join us at Bethel and run the race with us, we’ll encourage you to keep running.
 
I want to run the race until my last breath but sometimes I need that focus on God to be a bit more definite so let us spur one another on till we cross the finishing line.

Spring 2011

(from Church magazine)

The Easter celebration is one of the most moving and triumphant events in our history.

The events leading up to Christ’s Crucifixion are so terrible, betrayal, denial, rejection, false accusation, nails, thorns, flogging, bleeding, dying, death by Crucifixion. All this happened to Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour of the World.

What amazing love and such an awesome sacrifice. When I realise it was for me, He died and He took all my sin on Himself, it overwhelms me.

To think God loved us so much means He suffered so much to bring us back to the Father.

Christ died for our sins. A lonely death, isolated from Father and Friend.

Many believe He died for us but do not work out its implications. He died to save us from our sins. God has made him to be sin for us who knew no sin. All our sins were put on Him at Calvary. In one sacrifice once and forever Jesus paid the price for our sins. When we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness we know He can and will forgive us and clean us up.

Praise God my salvation is not a job I must complete. He did it all and I believe He will blot out our sins when we repent and believe on Him.

Easter is also a triumphant time. He conquered death, hell and the forces of evil. He rose from the dead! Hallelujah He has conquered.

Now we can live through faith in Him. Resurrection Life. Because He lives we also shall live. Live in the abundant life of Jesus. What a joy to walk with Him in life.

This Easter may you all know His forgiveness and know Him as your Saviour and Lord.

Ask and it shall be given to you

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved

Follow Him and join His disciples to worship, serve and obey Him

What a Saviour - Loving Lord

 

Winter 2010

from Church magazine)

What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Cards, presents, food, decorations, shopping or maybe some carols, and maybe some recollection of childhood Nativity plays and Christmas of times past.

In our time the meaning of Christmas has become confused. A whole concoction of traditions built up over centuries has meant that today the message of Christmas is even harder to separate from the myth.

Sadly today there are those who want to take CHRIST out of CHRISTMAS. Apparently the celebration of Christ’s Birth is deemed offensive to some so we have name changing like "Winter Wonderland" and "Winter lights". Could we be offended by a return to Pagan celebrations of winter etc?

At the time of Christ’s birth the Romans worshipped the god of the planet Saturn. The feast was called Saturnalia, the god of growth. The Romans put candles in their homes and exchanged presents. December 25th became a public holiday in the Roman Empire by the third century AD.

In Northern Europe people celebrated the Yuletide to cheer up people in winter and to worship Anglo Saxon gods hence Yule logs.

Pope Julius I decided the celebration of Christ’s birth and the worship of the SUN GOD would be December 25th and so a Christian Festival was placed on top of a pagan festival to emphasise Christ. Things got so bad in 1644 the puritans abolished Christmas. People were not happy.

Today the emphasis of so many is on presents, food, parties. Many ignore Christ in their celebrations and become self indulgent with little to celebrate. Others visit Churches across the land and hear the Reason for the Christmas celebrations. Will you be one of them?

In these difficult times we all want security for the present and hope for the future and to know that there is a meaning to life. God himself entered our world in the form of a baby 2000 years ago. He came to die on a cross for our sins and satisfy His Justice and Righteousness. He rose from the dead and invites us to follow Him.

The greatest need we all have is forgiveness without it we are cut off from God. When we receive by faith, gift of forgiveness, we are restored to Him.

This Christmas look a little closer, read the Biblical account - see who this Babe is and why He came. Unwrap God’s gift to you and enjoy Him for the rest of your life.

Come and unwrap Christmas with us this year.

God Bless You this Christmas

Autumn 2010

 

It’s amazing, we had a beautiful May and June and then the schools broke up and so did the weather. What a mixed July and August. We are thankful though, for the sunny and dry days between the showers and storms.

Life’s a little bit like the weather. Unpredictable, we experience real joys and at other times the storms of life and dark clouds sweep over us.

We began the year with uncertainty but as the year unfolded we had a new government with many challenges and changes to face in the near future. It seems the "good times" are over and now its payback time.

The poor people of Pakistan have experienced dramatic rainfall creating catastrophic floods affecting over 20 million plus. Death, destruction, despair and sickness suddenly descending on a region totally unprepared for the sudden and dramatic down pours. It puts our disappointing summer weather into perspective.

I’ve often heard it said by people who are struggling whether with health or other matters "There’s always someone else worse off than me". We all have something to be thankful for. Those sunny days that break through during our lives.

When you are being blessed and life is a joy and the sun shines for you, remember those going through the storms. Let’s be mindful of each other. The Bible says, "Be kind and compassionate to one another. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience....put on love."

God calls us to share from our abundance with those in need - even when we feel needy ourselves. When have you been blessed by someone’s generosity? When have you pleased someone else with your generosity? Do we find it easier to give or to receive?

Maybe God wants you to be His ray of sunshine into someone’s life. Someone who is experiencing a gathering of dark storm clouds or even a storm itself. Reach out and be a helping hand. Be there for them.

It won’t be long before Harvest Festival (2nd and 3rd October). After all the sunshine and the rain we ultimately get the harvest. God is good and we with His help can get through life stronger and better with His help. This year with thankful hearts let us bring our Harvest gift to the Church and celebrate the ‘One’ who brings the sunshine and the rain. This year, all the produce will be donated to "Victory Outreach" so bring your gifts and bless the people of Victory Outreach.

As I said we can be thankful that we can share from our abundance with those in need even when we feel needy ourselves.

A Prayer:

"I praise you and thank you Lord that you meet all my needs and lavish on me all kinds of blessing.

Thank you for enabling me to be generous to others."

Amen

The Lord loves a cheerful giver.

 

Spring 2010

By now the frenzy of the general election is over.  As I’m writing this I have no idea who will be Prime Minister when this magazine goes to print.  We can’t predict the future, the future is in God’s hands.

Sometimes people fear and fret about the future but the bottom line is we can’t dictate the future.  Our times are in God’s hands.  We can pray and as the old hymn says, "Trust and obey".  No doubt in parliament there will be important decisions to be made that will affect us all in the future.  Maybe our public services will be curtailed; maybe we will pay more tax, maybe this or maybe that.

When you worry about what you don’t have, you won’t be able to enjoy what you do have.  So many people refuse to "Count their blessings" and instead concentrate on the negatives and become disheartened.  They lose "The Joy of the Lord" because their focus switches from Jesus to themselves.  God wants us to enjoy what we have, Jesus said, "Don’t be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat or drink".

Worry is assuming responsibilities that you cannot handle.  The truth is there are responsibilities that God never intended you to handle, because they are His.

When you feel the world is against you.
When you feel isolated and uncertain.
When you feel downhearted and overwhelmed.
When you think it’s all too much.
When you fear the future and get all worked up, read these words.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Chorus:

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done,
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all,
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Yes it’s an old Hymn but is contains so much truth.

May we rejoice in the Lord at all times and lift our hearts in thankfulness to God for the many blessings we have.  Don’t worry about the future, God is already there.

Winter 2009

Christmas is upon us again.   The usual events take place, Christmas shopping, decorating the home, entertaining or being entertained, School concerts and nativity plays, rushing around trying to get it right for the family on Christmas day.   Christmas dinner, tea etc and endless food, trying to calm the children and suppress our stress levels.  Wait a second....Where does Jesus fit into all this activity?   How often do we ignore the real heart of Christmas and who it’s all about?   We may become so busy and frantic that throughout Christmastime we ignore the fact that 2000 years ago God came to our world.   He came because He loves us and is committed to us.   Emmanuel - God with us.   Yes He came to us - for us to save us.

In those days the Innkeeper was too busy, too preoccupied with his business and the guests that He missed the First Christmas.   The Jewish leaders missed it because they were too busy with themselves and couldn’t be bothered to walk 5 miles to check out what happened in Bethlehem.   Herod missed out because He was too concerned with self preservation and threatened by a "New King".

Today many have no room for God in their lives.  They forever try to fill the gap by activity and pleasure but can’t find the real peace everyone longs for in their lives so they miss out on the real Christmas message.

May be this Christmas we can all give ourselves a little present - Time - a few moments to be still and know that He is God.   Time to reflect on our values and priorities and time to consider and stand in awe of God’s Greatness and Love.

 "God so loved the world He gave us His Only begotten Son"   John 3:16

He humbled Himself and set aside the privileges of deity and became like us, a small babe born in a small town to do His father’s will.   What an indescribable incredible gift. Surely such love, such wonder, such humility can cause us this Christmas to give time to Him.  Don’t take Christ out of CHRISTMAS.  Come to the Services and thank God for Christmas.

As we take a quiet moment out may we draw near and open our eyes to all that happened that First Christmas, and may it cause us like the Shepherds, Angels and Kings to bow down and worship Him.

May the Lord Jesus bless you this Christmas.

Autumn 2009

I think Church is wonderful because in it we find a diverse people who represent God and who declare the Kingdom of God is at hand.

God’s kingdom isn’t of this world. It is His Rule in and over our lives and recognising His authority and accepting His Word and submitting to Him as Lord and Saviour.

The Kingdom of God is a present reality and a future hope.

The Church is called to live according to God’s values and principles and they don’t conform to this world’s standards. Jesus taught His disciples to pray for His Kingdom to come ON EARTH as in heaven.

Now Church is wonderful. It’s made up of people who know Christ as Lord and Saviour. We journey together, praying, worshipping, serving, fellowshipping, studying in order to grow into His likeness. Some have been followers of Jesus for years others a relatively short time but we encourage and motivate each other to grow in Christ.

We know the Lordship of Christ sets us free to be our true selves. We believe in the authority of the Bible and we affirm each other in our worship and service and it’s exciting to be part of the Church.

We know we are not perfect but little by little with forgiveness and humility we move forward. We make mistakes, we fail, and we’re not as holy as we should be, we sin, BUT we’re not as bad as we were.

Jesus makes a difference and is changing us for the good and in the Church He works in wonderful ways.

We may not be perfect but without Jesus we would be worse.

We may have been good but Jesus makes us better. He is transforming us and through the Church and His people He will transform our world. The Church is always found where there is a need and I am thankful that by God’s grace I am part of His church.

May we be faithful to Him and each other. Faithful in being Salt and Light.

Come and join His Church and discover His amazing love and joy.


Summer 2009

In these difficult times, we thank God for His faithfulness. Christians are "good news" people. We proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. We know that being a Christian is not always easy, it’s a commitment which will change your life for the better and is rewarding. We prove God’s faithfulness to us on our Christian journey time and time again.

Last May we baptised three people. It was an incredible time. The Church was full and Ron, Jon and Karen openly confessed their faith in Christ and we all rejoiced. Now they and three others will become members of the Church and I am sure their talents and giftings will enhance and encourage the Church here at Bethel. God is good. (I don’t believe things just happen. Prayer changes things.)

Ours is not a random universe. There is a God arranged plan for this world and for us. He has a plan for our lives. Every moment of every day there is God who constantly seeks us. The God who loves us and redeems us. He is always near those who commit to Him. He is there and is not silent. It’s not difficult to hear Him. He sometimes shouts through our pain, whispers while we relax and unwind, now and then He speaks to us through a song and reveals Himself to us through His written word - Image of the Holy Biblethe Bible. That book will not harm us or mislead us. It leads us to Jesus Christ.

Our part - Trust Him wholeheartedly and receive Him into our lives by Faith - Ask it shall be given to you.

What will He do? Make our paths straight. He will take care of our challenges - He is Faithful.

Those who were baptised are now trusting Him and He promises to be near them always. Strengthening, upholding, loving, guiding and using them for His glory.

Have you received Christ as Saviour and Lord?

He will not disappoint you.

We extend a warm welcome to you to join us.


Spring 2009

What a cold and surprisingly snowy winter. I just hope that Spring and Summer will be warm and surprisingly sunny, but who knows!

One thing about our weather is that it's so unpredictable. Spring is not far away now but we can't really guarantee the weather will be better. We can't even trust the long range forecasts.

One thing we can be sure of is "God keeps his word". He doesn't tell us one thing and then does another. He doesn't, as we say, string us along, failing to keep His promises. God doesn't lead us to believe something and then leave us in the lurch and let us down. God operates in the realm of truth. We can trust Him.

Many people trust God in the midst of trouble, turmoil and uncertainty and have proved His Faithfulness. He is not like the weather changing and unpredictable. He is faithful. A Rock. Dependable and reliable.

When we read the Bible we find individual men and women who made a difference or set the pace and changed their times. They were people who trusted God and believed He kept His word.

Throughout the Bible we see God's hand on the lives of individuals who thought and said and did what God told them. They trusted His word and as a result History was made.

I've experienced winter and I don't know what Spring will be like but I know whatever lies ahead I can trust the Lord because He always keeps His word.

Keep trusting Him. He is our refuge and strength no matter what season in life we are in.

Pastor

Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp    Psalm 149:3

Winter 2008

As the year winds to a close we enter the wonderful time of the Advent of Christ. We are all familiar with the story I'm sure but we still stand in awe of the redemptive plan of God and how it began at Bethlehem.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his Dwelling among us.

Incredible love and humility. He made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness... He humbled Himself and became obedient to death. Hence the symbolic gift of Myrrh from the Wisemen. Christ died for us.

He came because He loved us. God so loved the world He gave his only begotten Son. He came to redeem us so He entered our world - God with Us - Emmanuel.

Today many ignore the true meaning of Christmas. It's become very materialistic and stressful but the real meaning of Christmas is Christ the door of Hope. "God with Us". The wonder and majesty of Bethlehem's Babe is that He came to save us from our sins and it was a sacrificial love that brought Him to earth. As predicted, every prophecy was fulfilled concerning his birth. The wise and humble knelt before Him. The Angels of heaven rejoiced. Hallelujah, what a Saviour.

When I went to Bethlehem some years ago we went to the Church of Nativity. It had a small door. We were told it was made small to prevent soldiers riding in on horses but I see it as the £Door of humility". Everyone, whoever they are, have to bow down to get in to see where they say Jesus was born. This Christmas we can bow down before Him and worship Him in humility and awe. We honour Him who humbled Himself. He said "I am the Door".

This Christmas may we not shut our door to Jesus like the innkeepers - NO ROOM. Make room for Jesus in your life. Put Him at the centre of your heart he will come in and bless you.

May you remember God's gift this Christmas.

Come and join us as we humbly bow and worship before Him in the Christmas Services.

Jesus said, "I am the Door and whoever enters through Me will be saved" John 10 v 9

Have a wonderful Christmas.

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Autumn 2008

About this time I usually write about the last days of Summer, the approaching Harvests and the Autumn leaves on the horizon, the weather (which is a constant source of conversation) and school holidays. Time waits for no man, etc, etc, so I thought I'd mention something different, then I stopped in my tracks and thought yes, but WHAT! (Sounds like a little bit of Vicki from Little Britain), what do I say? What theme?

Well, at the end of July I went to see the film, "Mamma Mia" - (Great fun - good songs and laughed all the way through it). What happened was, I went to Treforest to see it and lo and behold every performance was booked up and it was full. Typical of me doing things on the spur of the moment but true to form we dashed down to the Bay and got into a long queue and eventually bought tickets for a later showing. It was packed out.

So there we were clutching out tickets near the front of the queue looking forward to getting a good seat and seeing the film, three hours later than planned, when nature called - diversion - panic - what if I don't get back in time! And everyone in the long queue is in the cinema and me left outside knowing I'd be ending up in the front row, head tilted like it's touching the backbone. I did get back in time.

You know a thought came to me. Loads of people want to get to heaven but they live on the edge, many thinking, "there's plenty of time" to think about it, it'll be ok then time runs out, it's too late, too busy in life for God. Jesus said "What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul". Paul said "Now is the time for salvation". Some make some effort to think about God but then they get diverted. I've known many people starting out right but somehow the world beckons them and they leave and end up outside missing out on heaven forever. Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you. Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter God's Kingdom but those who do the will of God".

I'm so glad that I got back in the queue in time. I had "The time of my life". "Money" "Money" "Money" can't buy eternal life, it's a free gift. Don't leave these important things too late, you could miss God's final and eternal party. Don't leave the queue; be ready to take your place.

At the end of "Mamma Mia" there's some wonderful songs and routines, great finale, but you know it's nothing to what God has prepared for us, so believe, follow Him and obey.

Jesus wants to give you your ticket of entry. Take time, take the ticket, be part of God's Kingdom.

Hope you had a nice summer. Keep in line for God's next adventure.

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Summer 2008

It's been a fascinating and wonderful time since the last magazine. There has been some amazing initiatives and creativity in the Church. We've had Jameson from Christ for India visit us. Some wonderful and well attended Fellowship nights with Joan and Bella's "chariots" going through the Red Sea. The men's and ladies breakfast have been wonderful. On the 14th May we remembered Israel's 60th Anniversary with Doreen Woog and then Pat's Baptism on the 18th May and Tiny Giant - Jeff Steinberg's visit on the 24th May.

Down The Rock we've had an evening meal to introduce people to the Church and the gospel, Prayer Soaking and Bible Studies. All this on top of the regular meetings. Busy yes, but so rewarding. We rejoice in God's goodness and thank God for the many new people who joined us at these events.

The next three months will be just as busy. The Soma choir; our visit to Birmingham to see Charly from Mercy Mission Welfare Society, India, and then Charley's visit to us; men's breakfast, the Over 50's Cream Tea at The Rock and then HOLIDAY'S, rest and sunshine (we hope) HOORAY...... Sorry - got a bit excited at the prospect.

God is doing some remarkable things in these times. Many are tuned into the "Revival" in Florida through The God Channel. It is amazing what the Lord is doing. I know may of us are praying for revival here. I believe we will see the Lord work in wonderful ways in Wales again. So much is happening across the world it brings sadness to our hearts, like the cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in China. How the Bible prophecies are unfolding in our time. We need to be ready to serve the Lord, pray with ceasing and worship Him and proclaim the gospel and continue to be faithful.

May we always be a Church that stands on His word and seeks his face and proclaims the whole gospel to bring Jesus to all around us. May we always exhibit his love and grace and be prepared to go the extra mile.

The Lord bless you over these next few months. Continue to put your faith in Jesus Christ, continue to worship him, and have a wonderful summer.

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