Living in the light of eternity - Part 2

14th Nov 2016

Living in the light of eternity - Part 2

"But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:16-18

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  • Whilst God is a God of light and truth, he is also the God of the secret and the hidden places. In fact more often than we realise, God’s public affirmation and response to a child of his or a people, is partly dependent upon how it is in the secret and hidden place. God is not a hypocrite, he is not one thing in public and another in private. He is the same in every place, though you may see a different side of him. The point is this: God rewards secret obedience, hidden prayer and fasting openly. This is an encouragement to keep pressing on, even when on the outside you see no change; remind yourself that God rewards your secret faithfulness.

    Last week - I met up with Andy Tilsley one of the leaders of Christchurch London, we had a warm and fruitful conversation, catching up with what has been going on in and around our churches. We talked about exploring ways in which Beacon might work with the Christchurch South site which is based in Stockwell. The week before last we hosted a small group from the Candle Factory as they look for a new place to call home after their church closed last month. We pray God leads them to the right place.

    Sabbatica - I announced at church a week or so ago that I would be going on sabbatical for four months from January 2017. As elders we have been talking about this idea for a number of years now, it only now seems to be the right time to act on it. There are four main reasons for taking the sabbatical:

    1 to create space for me to hear God and be rested and refreshed
    2 to leave space for people in the church to rise and use their gifts and talents
    3 to also give Pauline a break and do some marriage stuff.
    4 to explore the possibility of writing again.

    Phil will lead the team in my absence. Tope will continue to oversee us, Dave Nunn will take a more hands on role with church. We have arranged for him to come and preach a couple of times during my absence. The plan is for me to return after the Easter holidays.

    Hylton update - Daisy has decided to do a gap year next year and we are looking at various options for her. Yasmin is continuing to enjoy her time in Blackpool, please pray she finds a full time job. Rhianna remains busy with her various activities in Cambridge. My Dad was 83 last week. Pauline was ill last Friday and was off work, a very unusual occurrence for her. Last weekend had been particularly busy, but this weekend was a lot quieter.

    Dates

    20th No - Baptism

    2016-11-14

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