Not the most catchy title, yet an unusual Sabbath, being the one between Trumpets and Yom Kippur. If we view these 'Days of Repentance' as like a yearly MoT (Warrant of Fitness, Motor vehicle check up) for our spiritual walk, then a check on our location is also moot in allowing us to walk forward in confidence. Christ is our rock and foundation, yet the place and time that this is moving through can help us in interpretation and preparation of the things to come. All glory to God!
Happy New Year! No Trumpet Blast today as the 1st Tishrei falls on a Sabbath, yet still a time for celebration and the beginning of a time for awakening and reflection. Wherever you are, whatever your circumstance, are YOU prepared to take the next step towards our God? All glory to Him forever and ever!
Apologies for the wind noise and the battery cut off. Praise be to God for the simple gospel. may you be encouraged and refreshed in Jesus's mighty name.
Well, we couldn't pick a better place to preach from than one provided from on high. May you be blessed, challenged and encouraged in the wonderful and matchless name of Jesus.
A return after the break for the summer, with the theme of homecoming. All glory to God!
An encouragement to the wider church community to be the light that shines in the darkness.
It gives me no pleasure to bring the shame of my wife's witness in our marriage before the congregation of the church, however it is necessary to expose two things. First, the errancy of her ways. Second the message of love and reconciliation that is available to her, and is a prayer of the church, that she turn and repent of her sins and return to her home. God's Spirit was present at our wedding, and I believe He will bless our union should the vows of matrimony ever be taken up again.
Have you ever felt yourself on the losing side? Have you watched as the best of your hopes and dreams become dashed in pieces. Have you become so dissolute, so overwhelmed that the very light of hope that had preceded you all your life seems all but gone out. Faced with no hope, no future, a righteous reality where even the God of Heaven may turn His back from you, where do you go? "We believe You are the One who comes from God..." said Simon Peter.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about coming to work in a Christian community is just how disparate, separate and disagreeable that same Christian community can be. Having been left off a roster that was supposed to introduce new staff members to the community, then lied to about that same thing, an opportunity arose to step in when the normal weekly rotation declared itself finished a week before the end of the year. Having sought permission to make an address, I was roasted for the same, by the same person who lied about the rotation of speakers in the first place. Yet we are called to be overcomers, and I stepped in all the same, to be later criticised for making the call that I had already sought and received permission to make. Yes. The same person. Please join me in prayer for my brother, that his eyes be opened to the simple truth that defence of division in the church is no defence at all, in Jesus's name. Servant Michael Robert Jackson, June 2023
When exploring the nuance's of God's scripture, there are times when we may question the Creator's intent and action. As we grow in Spirit and faith, we begin to see an unchanging, even and completely and truly fair hand at work with the most unruly of people.
Michael Robert Jackson was baptised in the name of Jesus in 2012, after a forty year walk in the wilderness, ten years after he first came to Christ. He is the least of God's children.