The Inside Column 17/01

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jan 17, 2019 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

You are invited to attend our mission fundraiser Banquet in the Vineyard to support Bright Hope World’s Recada Ministry in Kenya. The vision for the project is for farmers in this area to become economically self-sustaining and in the process to introduce them to God. This area is severely under-developed and this will become a catalyst for the future. The strategy is to form groups of farmers to grow vegetables together and market them. In five years there will be a number of groups in that area and a collective marketing of their produce. This will result in many of the local people being

self-sustaining instead of struggling to survive as many are currently. This will further result in more development in the area and more young people staying because farming is profitable. The whole project is based on every person in the groups becoming self-sustaining. The loan programme will grow and repayments are made with interest. These funds will then be lent out again, a revolving fund to assist the farmers grow their businesses and their livelihoods.

Get a bunch of friends together, get some tickets, get dressed up and come out for a great evening for a good cause.

The Christian life is a multi-faceted life and we have been thinking about what it means to be a disciple. Here are a couple of thoughts from my readings this week…

At any given moment I find there are a number of different things going on at the same time. Psalm 127 is about Trust – The Christian life is not meant to be one of ‘self-dependent toil’, but of dependent trust. ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.  In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves’

(v1-2). It is easy for us to get caught up with our own plans for our lives, families and ministries.  This psalm is a wonderful reminder that ultimately we are totally dependent on the Lord.

James 1:1-27 is about Trials – in one of the strangest verses of the New Testament says: ‘consider it pure joy  whenever you face trials’

(v1:2)  We are to rejoice in difficult situations. This turns the world’s view upside-down. ‘Trials’ are the challenges of life that test our faith and develop perseverance because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (v3-4)

There are two ways to handle a problem. One is to go it alone – that is the natural way. The other is to ask God for divine wisdom to help us to know what to do.

 

Yours in faith

Philip

 

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