August 2020 Magazine   

We celebrate and give thanks that four of our members have recently become grandparents/ great grandparents again in the past few months. 

John and Christine Butt's daughter gave birth to Elliott (see below)

Robert and Helen's daughter in law gave birth to Isobel

David and Gill's daughter in law gave birth to Joel William

Chris and Sandra became great grandparents for the second time with the arrival of Harvey - a brother for Charlie

We give thanks to God that, in spite of issues during the pregnancies, all the mothers and babies (and dads of course) are doing well. A lot of prayer was answered. Please pray for these new lives and their parents as they take the first steps in their journey through life

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A safe delivery

Our second grandson, Elliott, was born at 1.50am on Friday 26th June weighing 8lb10oz. He was two weeks late. Those two weeks had been a constant round of visits to the midwife because the head was not engaged. Finally on Wednesday 24th the midwife confirmed it was. Our daughter was booked to go into the hospital at 3.30 on the Thursday but received a call during the morning to go in. During the afternoon things began to progress and continued slowly during the evening.

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At 10.30 with no news we settled to go to bed. We and Christian friends had been praying for a safe delivery so we entrusted our daughter and the baby to God’s care and settled to sleep.

At 3.10am the message came in that baby was safely delivered, mum was well but very tired.

Over the next few days we learnt that as labour was taking longer than expected and as mum was getting tired and baby was showing signs of distress the doctor had to assist. His words to our daughter were “You would have pushed him out in 5 minutes”. 

What none of us knew and the midwife only told our daughter later was that the figures on the monitors showed Elliott did not have 5 minutes! We praise God for answering our prayers and the prayers of our friends to look after and safely deliver Elliott. We trust God to continue to look after our little chap knowing that He is a faithful and loving God who cares for us and our  family.         

We are pleased to say that Elliott is happily settled at home and steadily gaining weight. Hallelujah!

John and Chris Butt!

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Favourite things 

To commemorate her birthday, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan 's   Radio City Music Hall for charity. One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favourite Things'  from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'.   

Here are the lyrics she used:

1.  Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and  handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.

4. Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes, and heating, and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.

2. Cadillacs,cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things.  

5. Back pain, confused brains - no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',  
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
 When we remember our favourite things.

3. When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

6. When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd  that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.

  

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Ambassadors

In the letters and epistles the authors give a lot of guidance on how we are to interact with people. As believers we are citizens of heaven, and that this means we are to be seen to be different.  

We do not claim citizenship of this world, and though we are currently living here, it is only a temporary home.

Paul writes to the Corinthians

“we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (II Cor. 5:20).  

Ambassadors are the highest-ranking representatives of their governments abroad, and their responsibility is to represent and work towards the best interests of their government or head of state. 

They are not elected—instead they are chosen by the government or head of state, and it is a huge honour to be chosen as one. 

We, too, were bestowed with an enormous honour when God called and chose us to follow Him (I Cor. 1:26).  

When an ambassador is chosen and sent to live and work in a foreign country, they still remain a citizen of their home country Jesus told His disciples to “render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Luke 20:25). 

We have to pay taxes, obey traffic laws, and keep from committing felonies, but when man’s law and God’s law conflict, our highest allegiance is always to God.

As Christ often warned His disciples, this ultimate allegiance to God means that we will often be unpopular for refusing to conform to the world’s standards- that goes with the job

An ambassador should

§        Accurately represent and promote their home country's goals

§        Become thoroughly acquainted with their country’s and ruler’s policies, thoughts, and which outcomes are favourable or unacceptable.

§        Keep in touch with their home country leaders

§        Protect and defend their fellow countrymen abroad

§        Study and understand the instruction manual which our leader has provided (in our case the Bible

§        Be a light in dark situations

Be entirely grounded in ethical and moral judgment because they are constantly facing situations that do not have black-and-white answers. The only way for Christ’s ambassadors to be able to do this is to have God’s spirit dwelling in them and be connected to Him.

   

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Trusting God when normal life is far from normal.

Paul gives us a key instruction for living the Christian life, saying “One thing I do” (Philippians 3:13). What is this ‘one thing’? “Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal” verses 13-14.

Paul isn’t denying the importance of things that have gone before, or suggesting that our trials and losses are not important; they certainly are. But he urges us to keep our eyes on what lies ahead. 

We do this because we know that no matter how good our days behind us might have been, or how challenging the trials are right now, as Christians our best days are always-always-ahead of us. 

In Jesus’ presence, all the good things and relationships we’ve known on earth will be fulfilled, never to break, spoil or fade away.

Changes, losses and anxieties are a big part of our varied experience on earth. Yet in this world where all things are lost, we strain ahead for the world where nothing is lost.

Extract from Our Daily Bread Ministries.

   

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The Godfather

One of the brightest objects in the sky apart from the sun and the moon is also the largest and oldest planet in our solar system - Jupiter. This massive planet weighs more than all the planets and asteroids in our solar system all together. 

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The consequence of this is that it has a very strong magnetic field. Jupiter is a gas giant because much of the planet is made up of hydrogen and helium.

Solar systems are formed by asteroids coming together through collisions . Most of these systems have huge numbers of these asteroids which are colliding. This results in a hostile environment which is unable to sustain life.

Our solar system is the only one that has been found which could sustain life as we know it because of Jupiter with it's huge magnetic field. 

In it's early life Jupiter was not in the stable orbit that it is now. Instead it tumbled around towards the sun and both "hoovered up" a large number of asteroids and threw others out of the solar system.  It cleaned up this area of space for the benefit of our rocky planet

When I heard these facts in a TV programme made by Brian Cox it struck me that the way a guardian had been created was not by chance. I could see the hand of God in the way our lifeboat in the Universe was created and has been protected.

Scientists refer to Jupiter as the Godfather Planet. The main job of a human Godfather is to care for and mentor the child. So God has provided Jupiter to care for the Earth

Chris

  

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Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were lost in.bureaucratic red tape.long ago .

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). 

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition

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Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.  Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his four  stepbrothers; "I Know My Rights", "I Want It Now", "Someone Else Is To Blame", and "I'm A Victim".

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

 

Shalom

  

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Pastor: Robert Templey Tel: 01430 860997 Email:robert.templey3@btinternet.com

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