Living in the light of eternity - Part 3

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21st Nov 2016

Living in the light of eternity - Part 3

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:1-3

One of the reasons Jesus went forward as resolutely as he did and endured the scorn and shame of the cross alongside the pain of separation from his Father was this: for the joy set before him, Jesus saw the other side of the shame and pain to the joy! Sometimes we struggle to endure because we don’t understand why, yet Jesus was not given a reason in Gethsemane as to why the cross. He faced its reality, not always clear as to 'why this way?' But he knew his obedience and sacrifice would lead to glory and joy.

Can I encourage you not to get stuck behind 'why?' Rather focus on the joy to come. We are encouraged to consider Jesus as a way of keeping us from not growing weary and losing heart ie not giving up or giving in. Will you consider him and allow his example to keep you going?

Last wee - our community groups didn’t meet as we came together to pray for the baptisms we had on Sunday and also our Christmas Carol Service. Four people (Petra, Mark, Junior and Hannah), were baptised yesterday and we had lots of friends and family join us. It was a wonderful occasion for the church. I also caught up with Stu Gibbs last week; my friend who leads Emmanuel Church, Greenwich. We also borrowed their baptism pool. Stuart and Livy are just about to start fostering and are waiting for their first placement child.

Sabbatica - next Sunday I am hoping to announce how we plan to set things up during the time I am away. My going really does leave space for others to rise and I am trusting God that he will bring people through. My last planned working day will be 23rd Dec.

Hylton update - Happy birthday Yasmin! Yas is 23 today. We are so very proud and encouraged by her life and faith. We continue to pray God’s blessing and favour upon her as she seeks to make a new life for herself in Blackpool. Rhianna is learning some great leadership lessons as she captains her uni badminton team. Pauline has been ill this last week, this included a few days off sick. Daisy has been busy, going to her tutoring workshop and picking up Leah from nursery. In case you didn’t know we have had to scrap our car the Citroen Synergie. It packed up on Pauline a couple of weeks ago and the garage we have been using for the last few years suggested we scrap it! That car has done some miles, 140,000+ and brings back many memories!

Dates

4th Dec - Guest Speaker Rev Ben Goodyear

18th De - Christmas Carol Service 5pm featuring the Richard Atkins Primary School Choir

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