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17/01/21

Hi to one and all and trusting you are all proving the faithful mercy of the Lord. Do you find it important to be living today in the reality of the Lord's power and grace and not in a future imagined place of victory that is ours only when we depart this life. Is it true that all the fulness of God dwells in Him? This Paul asserts to be so. And if we are in Him by the miracle of new birth then let us be sure that His fulness is ours to enjoy. Because of the wonder of what Christ has procured for us, our lives have a completely new direction and we live not only to please the Lord but to be a means of blessing to others.


The prisoner of Rome, Paul the servant of the the Lord Jesus, writes of the purpose for his continued living in this world. He speaks of the mental dilemma he finds himself in, wanting to depart and be with the Lord Jesus, but aware of the need in the lives of the Philippians.[1:23]. That need can be met through his remaining in the world and ministering the Spirit of Life to these whom he loves. He calls them his joy and crown in 4:1. What a marvellous view to have of others. They are not there to serve me but I to serve them: and to serve in such a way that their lives are strengthened and filled with joy.  He puts it like this: "being confident of remaining in the flesh I shall be with you for your progress and joy of faith.


I love that little phrase,"your progress and joy of faith"[ 1:24-25] What does it mean to you?  The first thing to note is that he is not concerned about himself. He lives for the benefit of others and sees that there is no other reason for living. And remember he is in prison with no certainty as to his future. Yet he is convinced he will remain, not to improve his ministry nor to be acclaimed as some great apostle, but to serve others and thereby see their lives come to maturity and find this joy of faith.


Why does Paul speak of faith producing joy?  He has owned Christ to be his Master and Lord. He had no other reason to live but to serve the One who had saved him and filled him with His fulness. He was so dependent on Christ for everything that he was free from looking to himself or others. He could say that he had all things and abound [4:18].  Such an attitude of mind sets free from dependence on another and on Him only.

Did not Jesus so live in dependence on His Father?  And Paul had discovered the liberty and joy there is in serving the Lord in dependence on Him. He had progressed along this pathway of confident trusting and wanted to see his dear Philippian brothers and sisters coming into this great joy which he enjoyed.


I wonder how we who live in this day of ease and comfort compare to this ideal of which Paul speaks. Perhaps that is all it is for us... an ideal with no possible hope of becoming reality. Perhaps we are at ease and have missed the glory and wonder of what Christ has made possible by His death and resurrection. Perhaps we have no expectation that our lives can be used by God's Spirit to bring progress and the joy of faith to others.

Shall we today submit ourselves afresh to Him and allow Him to fulfil His great calling on our lives to be the means of helping one another to progress and walk the path of joyful faith.


Your brother   Dai.


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04/01/21

Peter

Dear One and All, and a very happy new year to each of you. May it be a year filled with the delight of doing His will in both the inner quiet place and in the body of the Lord Jesus Christ where we are each called to function by the power of His Spirit.  What a wonderful life He has called into, and and what grace He has given whereby we no longer please ourselves but  Him.


I recently read about Peter's denial of the Lord Jesus, which was no surprise to Him, but a devastating exposure to Peter of the inadequacy of his love and devotion to Jesus. When he announced that he would be prepared to die for His Master I think he really meant it. There was no hypocrisy in his reply. He was honest but ignorant.    Ignorant of his heart condition and of what he was capable. I believe he honestly thought he was incapable of denying Jesus.  How little he knew of the depths of his own heart and the corruption which sin had wrought in his soul.


So Jesus had to show him his deepest need. There was no need for telling him off or pointing out his inadequacy. He simply told him what he would do, and when he did deny the Lord he was brought to see both His wonderful knowing of the human heart and eventually His ability to change it.   It was Peter who later was to write in his epistles that we are to love one another fervently, with a pure heart fervently . When Peter's heart was purified by the coming of the Spirit he realised that his natural love and devotion to Jesus was genuine but insufficient.


Natural affection and devotion can never make us disciples of the Lord Jesus. The standard is too high for human strength to attain. But knowing us as He does, He does not condemn nor despair, but offers that Life which has overcome to all and any who will receive. I never cease to be amazed by the love of this blessed Man, who knowing the human heart as He does, is aware of His power and strength to make new men and women of us.


The Lord move in this life transforming way in this new year and make us those through whom He can bring others to know the wonder of this grace which has saved and sanctified us. Love to you all, your brother Dai.


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23/12/20

Good morning Everyone. I want to wish you all a very blessed Christmas even with the limitations imposed on us. Thank God He is not restricted and His purpose is to pour His Grace on our lived no matter what our restrictions may be.


There is a familiar verse in Luke 1:17 which reads "For with God nothing shall be impossible"   There is an alternative translation used in some Bibles which reads " No word of God is without power"  The context  is the conception of 2 babies, the first to an older lady who had not been able to conceive all her married life. The second to a much younger lady who was still virgin.


Both women had received a direct communication from God. The first via her mute husband and the second via the angel Gabriel.  I wonder how Zacharias communicated the wonderful news to his wife that she was to have a son. How he did that I don't know but it was not long before she knew she was expecting this miracle child so late in life.  Here was God's power at work irrespective of Zachariah's unbelief.  This conception was by the means that God had initiated at the beginning of creation.   But what of Mary?  Here was God's power operating on an altogether different level.  She enquired of Gabriel how this promise could be effected because she knew it could not be by the normal process of generation.  Gabriel told her how it would happen and that nothing was impossible to the God who had sent him to Mary.


 Her response is one of the most remarkable records of faith we will ever encounter. Two things should be noted which are so inter-twined, and they are her faith and the yielded-ness which faith produces.  Faith without yielded ness is dead. There is in verse 37 Mary's response to the promise made. She said."behold the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word." Putting her response in more modern language she said,"Here is my body for the Lord to use in order to fulfil His promised will"


The apostle Paul speaks of this yielded-ness in Romans 12:1-2, where he says we are "to present our bodies as living sacrifices"

This is what Mary did, trusting the One who made the promise to bring it to pass using her womb as the means whereby He would bring His Saviour into the world. Paul also said that "we who live are always being delivered up unto death, so that the LIFE of Christ may also be manifested in our MORTAL BODIES."


May all of us catch the wonder of His coming as the Babe of Bethlehem and the wonder of the faith of Mary who yielded her body whereby He could come. And let us yield ourselves to Him so that His will be done in us as it was in her.


Love to all, your brother   Dai



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09/12/20

Some weeks ago I wrote in my article how 2 of Isaiah's sons were signs of God's word to the people of Judah. One was called  Shear-jashub,                whose name meant a remnant, indicating that after the captivity a remnant would return to the land.  That has been fulfilled. The other whose name was Maher-shalal-hash-baz which meant speed to the spoil, hasten to the booty. That has also been fulfilled when Babylon attacked and destroyed Jerusalem


Today I want to draw your attention to a man called Methuselah, famous for being the longest living man in recorded history. His name means, "when he dies it will be fulfilled"   So what happened at his death? Let's take a look.  We will need to do a little maths as we proceed.


We know that Methuselah was the son of Enoch. What a godly dad to have, and being a prophet he gave his son this prophetic name. He was 187 years old when his son Lamech was born. You can find that in Genesis 5:25-26. He lived a further 782 years and died aged 969.  I wonder if these huge ages which they lived was because their DNA was not as corrupted as ours today.


When Lamech was 182 years old he had a son called Noah. You can find that in Genesis 5:28-29. His name means rest /comfort, another prophetic name fulfilled after the flood. Lamech lived another 595 years and died aged 777.


Lets add together the 187 and the 182 which gives us 369 years.  We are told that after Noah was 500 years old he had 3 sons Shem, Ham and Japheth.  This is stated in Genesis 5:32.     Add the 369 and the 500 years together and you have 869 years.


In Genesis 7:11 we read that Noah lived another 100 years which means that 869 +100 =969.   The very age at which Methuselah dies is the year that the flood came on the earth. Chapter 7:11 gives the detail.


How precise and reliable is the word of the Lord and that word was outworked in the names of Methuselah and his son Noah. How wonderful that the Lord Jesus is and was the Word made flesh and what a miracle of grace that we are to bear in our bodies the treasure of His presence by the Holy Spirit.


The Lord move in all our lives to make manifest the Knowledge of His person and presence through us to the folks in the communities where we live.     Your brother    Dai

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26/11/20

Hi everyone and loving greetings to you all.


We are fast approaching the Christmas season, and forgetting all the festivities which really have nothing to do with this most amazing event, let me draw your attention to something that happened in the life of Isaiah the prophet, who had more to say about the coming and the suffering of God than any of the other Old Testament prophets.


Isaiah had a son called Shear-Jashub. His name has the meaning "A remnant shall return" which is amazingly significant. Father and son were told by the Lord to go out and meet Ahaz the king of Judah who was being pressurised to join with the united forces of the king of Syria and the king of Israel[the 10 northern tribes]  The Assyrian army planned to attack Israel and to capture Syria and the 10 Northern tribes of Israel, and eventually to invade Judah and take Jerusalem captive. But the Lord told Isaiah to tell Ahaz that nothing would come of his plan to capture Jerusalem. This is recorded in Chapter 7:1-9.  At the end of verse 9 Ahaz is told that all he has to do is believe the word that the Lord has spoken to him. Sadly he did not believe it and his unbelief led to the invasion of Judah by the Assyrians. [Verse 17].


In the midst of this prophecy of doom and destruction stands Shear-Jashub declaring that that would not be the end of the nation of Judah. A remnant would return to the land. The Northern tribes did not return for their land because in the year 671 Esarhaddon imported foreign settlers into Samaria and they were bereft of their land and ceased to be a sovereign people. This son of Isaiah became a word made flesh in the midst of the people of Judah.


In chapter 8: 1-4 we read that Isaiah had a second son, who he is to call Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. Before he was born Isaiah was told to write his name on a placard, which he did. That written word became flesh and blood when the boy was born. It seems that Isaiah had no doubt it would be a boy even though there was no process whereby the child could be seen in the womb, as we can today. His name means, "Speed to the spoil and hasten to the booty". That is exactly what the Assyrians did.


Let us note that these 2 examples of the Lord's Word being made flesh in the 2 sons of Isaiah should be linked to the prophetic word in 7:10-17 concerning the Virgin bringing forth the SON of promise. This would be a real flesh and blood child but He would be Immanuel-God with us.  Praise God for His wonderful promises which are fulfilled in our day.


One final thought. Paul says that "let the word of God dwell in YOU Richly. Colossians 3:16.  Is it possible that God wants His living word to be incarnated in you and me today? I believe that is what He wants for each of us so that we may not only speak His word but be living demonstrations of it.  Can you and I believe God for this in our day?  I am convinced He longs for this in His blessed children and will respond to our trust in His promise being fulfilled in our lives.


Your brother Dai


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11/11/20

I want to continue our exploration of the absolute necessity of Baptism, and I mean Spiritual Baptism, which is the reality, not water baptism which is the illustration. Let's keep in mind what we noted last time, that John the baptiser said of our Lord Jesus that, "He would baptise in Spirit."

This must be the baptism which Paul speaks of in Ephesians 4:5, which he called ONE baptism.  So this is the one and absolutely necessary baptism and is the means whereby men and women come into life.


What a glorious work the Lord Jesus accomplished by His death and resurrection. He completed the work of redemption and was the only One who could receive the promise of the Father to pour out the Holy Spirit. This He did on the day of Pentecost and is still doing this today for all who will come to Him and receive. Upon their receiving, they enter into newness of life and begin a walk in the Spirit which glorifies the blessed Saviour.


Let me illustrate by looking into Acts 19:1-7 where Paul visits Ephesus and meets 12 men who have been baptised in water under John's baptism. We do not know whether it was John himself who baptised them, but it seems more likely that it was Apollos who had been in Ephesus but had left to go to Corinth. These events are recorded in Acts 18:24-28.

When Paul met these 12 men he asked them a question which is most revealing. "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed". Firstly please note that in Paul's mind true believing is to be recognised by receiving the Spirit. Did Paul sense that He, The Holy Spirit, was not present in their lives.  Their answer to his question plainly reveals that He was not in them and therefore they were devoid of true spiritual life.

To be in John's baptism implies that there had been a recognition of personal sin, repentance from their sin and forgiveness for that sin.[verse 4] But that is not new birth. That requires Jesus' baptism. Please note that Paul emphasises that John points away from himself and his baptism to Christ. the One who was to follow.


What a response these 12 made. They immediately saw the inadequacy of John's baptism and were baptised in water  in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Now comes the fulfilment of the promise which we read of in Acts 2:38. Paul lays hands on them and the Holy Spirit comes on them. No doubt they were all filled at that moment and began to speak in tongues and prophesy. It is worth keeping in mind that when The Lord moved on the household of Cornelius in Acts 10, they were baptised in water after they had been baptised in the Holy Spirit.  There is no one method with the Lord.


I hope that these events in Acts 19 impress our hearts and bring us to see that the whole point of water baptism is to point us to the baptism of the Lord Jesus whereby LIFE comes flooding in to dead spirits and makes them alive unto God. It is this activity of the Spirit which I pray for, as I am sure many of you also pray for. For in that moment of His coming we enter into the Kingdom of God and into a life of fellowship with the Father and the Son by the Spirit.


God bless you all and I hope to see you on Sunday morning.    Dai.


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31/10/20

Good morning everybody. I hope you are all well and proving the ability of the Lord to keep you in this shutdown. I am sure many of the Lord's people have been asking Him to put an end to the pandemic but as yet there seems to be no response from Him. Perhaps He has something He needs to accomplish before He allows it to die out. How good to know that He is over all and His will will be done to His honour.


Have you noticed that when John Baptist introduced forgiveness of sins to Israel he made no mention of forgiveness by means of the sacrifices under the law. He instructed no one to take an animal sacrifice to the priest, but to come to him. When they came with repentance in their hearts he was prepared to baptise them in water and the result was forgiveness of their sins. This was a new beginning in Israel and a movement away from the Old Testament means of forgiveness. It must have been mind blowing preaching for them. The Old Covenant was passing away.


When the Lord Jesus began His public ministry He followed the same method as John and as people came to Him they were baptised in water as evidence of their repentance and enjoyed the forgiveness of their sins.  There was great similarity between them as regard the content of their preaching.

 In John's gospel 4:1-2 we read that Jesus was making and baptising more disciples than John, although Jesus Himself was not baptising but his disciples were. It is interesting to consider why He did not baptise Himself.  He was the head of this movement as John was head of the initial movement when he came preaching in Israel.  

I wonder why He did not baptise?  Perhaps the answer lies in something John had said about Him on an earlier occasion. It is recorded in John 1:33 where John was told that " He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining  is He who baptises in with the Holy Spirit"


He has a baptism to give which is not a watery one. The water baptism of John and that which Jesus' disciples practised was a picture of the one He was going to introduce as a result of His death and resurrection.  He even called this a baptism. So perhaps He withheld from practising water baptism so as not to confuse the 2 and give the impression that water baptism was as important as His Spirit baptism. We all understand that water baptism pictures death and resurrection: the end of the old man and the rising in newness of life. But water cannot achieve this and Jesus made sure that He did not give the impression that it could. It is His Baptism into death and His resurrection out of death which is now made available by the outpouring of the Spirit. This happened on the day of Pentecost to 3120 people. They passed from death into Eternal Life.

The 3000 who responded on that day are instructed to be baptised in water and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. What a remarkable event[ Acts 2:38.] Perhaps they received the Spirit even as they came out of the water or immediately after. There was to be no long time delay between the water baptism and the Spirit baptism.


Let's be careful not to insist on this being the only pattern for receiving the Spirit. When the Lord moved upon the Gentile nations they received the Spirit first followed by water baptism. The order is not the vital issue. The receiving of the Baptism which Jesus gives is the all important issue. How much longing there must be in the heart of the Lord to be doing this in the hearts of folk today.  He is the BAPTISER and His longing is to move in our day and to bring men and women into this for which He died and rose again.


Love to you all    Dai

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20/10/20

Good morning all, and if we will allow Him, the Lord will fill our hearts with His Spirit of love, joy ,peace and power for this day. How gracious He is in His dealings with us His sons and daughters.


When I was a young Christian I heard sermons about the New Jerusalem which we read of in Revelation 21 and 22.  The speakers spoke of it as being a literal city which would be the place to which we would all gather when the Lord comes again. The gold was literal gold. The pearls were literal pearls. The wall [216 feet high] are literal walls.  Everything was viewed from this literal perspective.


But my way of viewing these statements changed when I read the following.  Let me quote from chapter 21: 9 and 10.


'Come hither, I will show you the BRIDE the Lamb's WIFE."       "And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me THAT GREAT CITY THE HOLY JERUSALEM"


It occurred to me that John was seeing the CHURCH, not a literal city nor a future city. He was describing the Bride/Wife of the One who is called the Lamb. I think it is important to keep it in mind that the description of the New Jerusalem is a picture of the Church.  That was a complete bomb shell to my way of thinking and I had to read these things from a new mind set.


It impressed on my mind the importance of the church and I began to see the huge place the Church played in the writings of the New Testament. I would like to point you to  a few of these New Testament statements which are full of the wonderful way in which Christ views His glorious Church/ Bride.


Ephesians 5:25-27.   His Church washed and cleansed: a glorious Bride.    That's you and me dear redeemed one

2Cor 11:2    We are espoused to Christ, a chaste virgin. What language to use of you and me.  What love is this that He has for us.


The Church is spoken of using different symbols, such as a TEMPLE in Ephesians 2: 21.  As a HOUSE in Hebrews 3:6.  We are spoken of as being SHEEP in Hebrews 13:20 and as being SALT in Matthew 5:13.  This is symbolic/picture language  conveying characteristics which belong to those who make up His Church/Bride. No one would understand these things literally. So let's view Revelation 21 and 22 as a picture of the Church.


Some might wonder about the Light and Glory in the city, or about the Wall of the city: perhaps you have wondered about the Foundations of the city, or what about the Water of the city.  Are these to be understood literally or do they present to our minds aspects of truth which are meant to fill us with wonder and worship. Let me suggest some verses for you to investigate for yourself


Light and Glory. Revelation 21: 11 and 23.  Does the Church have the light? YES.  See 2Cor 4:4 and Ephesians 5:8 and  1Peter 2:9.

                         Does the Church have the Glory of the Lord?   YES.   John 17:22  Ephesians 5:27


Wall. Suggestive of protection and peace in a troubled world.  See Isaiah 60:18/19.  Thy wall are salvation and thy gates peace and thy God thy glory


Foundation Revelation 21:14. The wall had 12 Foundations and in them the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.   See Ephesians 2:20 where we read that the Church is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief corner stone. This is not speaking of bricks and concrete but of the Truth brought to light in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.   Praise God


Water.  Revelation 22:1. he showed me a put river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. We have 2 passages in John 4: 10-14 and John 7: 37-39 which speak of this water available to the woman of Sychar and to any who will come and drink.  This water is still flowing and it is the Lord's intention that it being flowing from His Church into the world bringing healing for the nations, along with the leaves of the Tree of Life growing on either side of the river.


What a glorious Church we are meant to be. I pray that everyone who reads this will recognise the amazing grace that God has poured out both ON and IN His church, and our hearts cry will be that He will fulfil all His hearts longing for the world  through this amazing company of men and women He has brought into newness of life.  Amen and Amen   Your brother   Dai


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09/10/20

Good morning brothers and sisters. Have you noticed how much literature there is about on the subject of the second coming of the Lord Jesus. There is so much on the various God channels on TV as well as UTube. Magazines are published by various organisations which have differing opinions on the subject and the events surrounding the Lord's return. What a minefield it can become and the worst thing about it all is that differing opinions can lead to falling out and some leaving  fellowship because their view is not the predominant one within the church.


Some folk are so blinkered that they have never considered the possibility of another point of view and are unwilling to consider that they could be wrong. They claim to have had a revelation about the second coming which has led to all sorts of bizarre behaviour and extremism, and much of it based on the idea that I could not possibly be wrong because of the truth which God has showed me. I remember reading of one such group who were persuaded by the leader that the Lord was coming at a certain time so they did not bother ploughing their fields for planting because the Lord was returning before the crops would be ready for harvesting.


How do we handle all the confusion which can arise?  How do we sort out who is right and who is wrong in their thinking, and more importantly how do I stay sweet in spirit, especially if I am persuaded that I am right, and I have a greater revelation than my less well taught brother or sister.


Perhaps we should remember the Biblical statement that no one knows anything as he ought, and we see through a glass darkly now but then face to face.


I am sure there are some things on which all would agree. HE IS COMING AGAIN.  Of that we have no doubt.  We do not know when, but we all should be living lives of such a kind that we would not be ashamed if it were today. We are clear in our hearts before Him and before each other. We would have our lights trimmed and oil in our vessel ready for His appearing. If this were to be THE LAST DAY, we will have lived it in the fulness of the Spirit, with grateful hearts full of faith in His faithfulness, knowing that we have lived it to His glory and in obedience to His will.


Another thing that is certain is that when He comes we shall see Him AS HE IS.  What a glorious sight that will be and what a transformation will happen to us all. We shall have new bodies in which there will be no more sickness or tiredness. Sin will have been burned up along with the devil the beast and the false prophet and we shall be forever with the lover of our souls throughout the ages of the ages.


While we wait for His coming let us serve Him with a full heart, overwhelmed by His love for us, and loving one another with a pure heart fervently.  Make it so Lord Jesus. Amen


Your brother   Dai


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23/09/20

I expect you have all discovered how easy it is to think wrongly about the way we read and understand Scripture. There is an important rule which, if broken, can lead to a misunderstanding of what Scripture is saying. The rule is that we must keep the context in mind. Some clever fellow once said that if we avoid the context we end up with a pretext. So as we examine Philippians 4:13 we will have context, context,context in mind.


The verse in question is this. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  The statement has been used to declare that I can heal anyone who is sick or that I can raise the dead because Christ strengthens me to do it. There has been a claim over the past 20/30 years that I can claim all manner of things because of my relationship to Jesus Christ, including wealth and perfect health. Our verse has been used to support such claims. But let's look at the context and we see a different truth emerging.


Verse 12 speaks of some of the extremities which Paul the Apostle endured, as well as some of the delightful things which came his way. These difficult experiences came into Paul's life and were the means whereby the Lord taught him how to be content no matter what the outward conditions were. How little contentment there is these days, and I wonder how many of the Lords people have learned Paul's secret.


He uses the word INSTRUCTED in verse 12, and of course he had the very best of Teachers, One who was able to lead him into all truth.The other meaning of the word TRUTH is REALITY.  This was no theory for Paul. He actually went through these hardships.  No matter what the outward condition he had learned to be content, meaning of course that he was not disturbed or uneasy though he was in extreme poverty.


Each of us has the same Teacher as Paul, and His intention is that we should learn the secret of inner peace and contentment which comes from Christ and is ministered into our spirit by the Holy One. We need have no fear of the way the Lord leads us, as long as we recognise that He is faithful to strengthen and empower us for the doing of His will. This is the way of faith and it casts everything on the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus.


So keep the context in mind as you read the Word of the Lord and we will not claim something that these Apostles of God never did.  Love to you all   Dai


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13/09/20

Greetings to you all, and love from us both. How wonderful to have been taught by the Lord Himself how to rejoice in all our circumstances, even in our covid lock down. If we are slow learners then let's ask the Lord to come and be our own personal tutor so that we may live as He wants and so bring glory to His Name.

I wonder if you have come across a little book written by Hudson Taylor called Union and Communion? It is well worth a read and presents the truth of Oneness with Jesus, the result being that we can then have communion with Him and with all those who are of the same Spirit as He.  I have read recently of an emphasis which troubles me. The author speaks of being identified with Christ, and the language is suggestive of being in a sort of Christian club. If I belong to the Labour party I would identify with the politics being promoted by the Labour party.  But Jesus has come to do something far more profound than that. His coming has made it possible for us to be joined to Him, perhaps united to Him is a better picture. Paul uses the picture of marriage in his Ephesian epistle, and speaks of us being Christs bride. We would find it strange language if a newly wed couple spoke of being identified with each other. They have become one flesh says scripture. And we are united to Him, a far more wonderful truth than being identified with Him.

Most families have difficulties and when we were away recently we came across it with Pai's cousins. There are 3 brothers and the 2 younger boys have fallen out with the older one. Such is the division that the middle one will have nothing to do with the older one.  They do not commune because they are not united.  Thank the Lord that He has broken down every obstacle which has prevented UNION with Himself.  He comes to every willing heart in washing, renewing power and brings us into Himself so that we may fellowship with Him. We do not belong to an organisation dear brothers and sisters, nor to a particular brand of Christianity, but to CHRIST.....joined to Him in the bands of an eternal love, which He has gifted to us. The first attack of the enemy is on this union which we have with Him and the second is on that communion we have with each other. Finally a reminder from Paul in Ephesians 4:3 that we are to KEEP the unity which we have. We are not trying to create this unity because we have it in Christ, but we must strive to maintain it because the enemy seeks to destroy it.

Let us all abide in this wonderful Christ of ours, enjoying union with Him, and ever learning of Him and being a means of encouraging one another as we commune in the Spirit of life and love and power.  

Love to you all   your brother Dai.


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6/9/2020

Good morning everyone and was it wonderful to wake this morning knowing that the Son of righteousness was risen in our hearts. How real He wants to make Himself.


I have called this little article "Do I care"    I suppose that anyone reading this would say, 'well I know God cares'  And so he does. But have you noticed the response of the disciples on the boat in the middle of a life threatening storm, and of Martha when she was upset with her sister Mary.

The disciples said,: CAREST Thou not that we perish: and Martha said CAREST Thou not that my sister has left me to cope only own. How easy for caring to become selfish. Was not Martha caring for Jesus and all the disciples. She had a lot on her plate, and her expectation of Mary was wrong.  What of these disciples who had seen such care from the Master. Why could they not rest in the midst of the storm like Jesus.  Do you ever examine your heart in the light of the reactions of these Bible characters.


It is in the light of His care for us that we are to make our response. And how He has cared for us. Perhaps Care is seen best in the Shepherd heart that Jesus has for His sheep. We are in this sheep fold of His and let's notice His CARES for the sheep.


He lays His life down for them................The hireling does not, and why not?   Because the sheep are not His.  But we are His and His alone

He guards them from the wolf................The hireling flees, but He protects.  How safe we are if we will live as obedient sheep.

He feeds them, leading them into fresh pastures. We are all to be filled with the fresh pasture of His grace and to drink beside still, gentle waters. He guarantees to lead us there. How wonderful when our independence is dealt with and we stay ever close to the Shepherd.


Paul had friends whom he so trusted that he could send them to the churches he had established knowing they would CARE for them as he would.

Let me introduce you to 2 of them. Timothy and Titus. Paul said of Timothy that he would naturally CARE for the saints in Philippi and all because of his attitude of mind, which was one of such love that he would CARE for them just as Paul did.

Titus was to go to Corinth but he had never been there before. How would he handle these saints where there had been difficulties, some of which had caused division and upset. He testifies of Titus that God put an earnest CARE into his heart.  Isn't it such amazing grace to us all that if we lack such CARE He will put it into our hearts.


We belong to a body, the body of Christ, and each of us is to be careful for the other and not only for the things that concern ourselves. Let us demonstrate to this world the love of God in Christ which issues from our lives in sacrificial love and Care.


Your brother     Dai


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28/8/2020

Here are two more songs to bless you and encourage you in worship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbgxBvLFErg&list=RDRbgxBvLFErg&start_radio=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfW2mkkMTAg

There's encouragement, too, to trust absolutely as we walk through the shadow of coronavirus, and to see more evidence of "all one in Christ Jesus".

Listen when you have the opportunity, and though the songs are new to us, the words are (more or less) familiar (Psalms 23 & 34) so you might want to join in. Keep your Bibles handy!

The Lord bless you all!

David & Meg

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24/8/2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Here's an opportunity to hear how to Biblically challenge the current slide in personal relationships.

On Monday, September 7th, at 8pm, Christian Concern will feature on Facebook and Youtube Dr Peter Jones, of TruthXchange, applying Romans 1. Here's an extract from the TruthXchange website:

"If you are seeking truth in the cultural context of a “going within” kind of spirituality, you need to reread the biblical texts. This is the most important thing you could ever do because a few things never change. The Word from the “outside,” the Bible, is one of them. A historical and biblical perspective is most necessary in our age of global optimism for a transformed planet.

Our name, truthXchange comes from something the Apostle Paul wrote to a church in first-century Rome, when the Pax Romana (imperial social harmony) claimed to unify the known world in peace and prosperity. Paul wanted Christians in his time to understand their culture, so they would know how to talk about the gospel of God to their neighbors and friends. Paul affirms counter-culturally that Roman society, however enjoyable for many, was based on a false premise. He speaks of the great exchange: human beings in rebellion “exchange the truth of God for the lie and worship and serve the creation rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25).

With a major flaw at its base—the sinful human heart—our well-intentioned utopian hope can quickly become hell on earth, as did the Roman utopia for Christians.

TruthXchange seeks to unpack what Paul meant in his day and what his words mean for our day. Whether spirituality comes from the inside or the outside makes a huge difference in everything we do and think. Are we alone in this vast impersonal cosmos, making our own rules, evolving (we hope) for the good of all? Or, are we part of a vast, intelligently made universe that is the work of a personal, distinct and glorious Creator, who has reached down in the redeeming love of Jesus to rescue us from ourselves? The implications of Paul’s analysis are volcanic."

This seems to me to be an important issue on which to be well-informed - for witness and for prayer!

Every blessing!

David

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The senior citizens meetings for Saturday 28th March and Saturday 25th April have been cancelled. A decision about the May meeting will be made later.

Les Wheeldon's visit to Emmaus due in April has been cancelled and the Exploring Christianity course will be  postponed  till the Autumn.

A number of people are stopping whatever they are doing at 1:00pm each day to pray and to read their Bibles. Please join us at that time.