The Inside Column 9/10

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to you. We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. – James 5:5-12

This week’s fruit of the spirit is Patience. During the week Greta asked me “Which one of the fruit are you strongest in?” I think that what she was really wanting to know is what fruit did I think I was the weakest in. She knew this week we were going to be looking at patience, and she might have been subtly suggesting this one might be tough for me.

I spent some time researching patience and found these quotes on patience…

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”

“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”

“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in the one ahead.”

In 1989, Margaret Thatcher, ex-Prime Minister of England, said: “I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.”

We probably all know we need more Patience in our lives. The real question is “How do we become more patient?”

Last week we were up at the lake at the Clergy Conference. We heard three very good speakers, and all of them gave us a different perspective on Discipleship. The talks were all filmed and you will be able to see them on the Nelson Diocese website. Talking about websites, the St Barnabas website now has the Sunday sermons for you to listen to, just go to and click on the sermons tab.

Hope the holidays have treated you all well

Yours in Christ


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