22/09/2019

This week we look at the next church along our journey around Asia Minor and the Seven letters in the Book of Revelation that Jesus wrote to them through His servant John.

And this letter to the church in Pergamum is reminding the people there to be on the lookout for false teachers.

The church had been doing well in remaining faithful to Christ against the persecution of those outside the church, but they were at risk of being undone from within through false teachers who were encouraging them to take part in pagan feasts and practice immorality.

Jesus tells them to watch out for this false teaching, and calls them to repent.

And to those who do, who are victorious, Jesus promises them manna (the good food from heaven), a white stone (used to indicate innocence and acquittal at judgement day), and a new name (being chosen by God).

May God bless you as we hear his message, and as we are victorious.

Pastor Ben

15/09/2019

We are into the second week of this great series looking at Jesus (through the Apostle John) writing seven letters to seven churches scattered through Asia Minor that we find in the Book of Revelation.

This week we look at the letter to the church in Smyrna, and the Smyrnean church was poor, persecuted and harassed in the city they were located.

Jesus is fully aware of this, for He himself had experienced the same on His way to the cross for them, which is why he does not give them an opportunity to feel sorry for themselves, and instead says to them they because of their faith in Him, in Christ, that they are rich.

And this is our encouragement, that no matter what testing of the faith we receive, if we are loyal to Jesus, even to the point of giving our lives (I pray it does not come to that), he will give us the crown of life.

May God bless you as we hear his message, as we are victorious, and as you are not hurt at all by the second death.

Pastor Ben

08/09/2019

This week we are starting a brand new seven week series called (for lack of any great creativity) se7en.

We are looking at the 7 letters to the 7 churches in the book of Revelation (chapters 2 & 3).

We start with the first of these letters from the Apostle John who is writing to the church in Ephesus.

And we will see that Jesus commends the church at Ephesus for things that seem to revolve around doctrinal carefulness.

But while they were faithful to the teaching of Jesus, and very wary of false prophets, their love for Jesus was lacking. They didn’t have Him as their number one priority, and Jesus (through this letter) calls them out on it.

Sometimes, we too are tempted to believe that ‘proper’ belief is all that matters; that we say the right words in the right way at the right time. But when that is at the neglect of proper affection and proper behavior in our relationship with Jesus – he might say to us: “You have forsaken the love you had at first”.

May God bless you as we hear his message, and receive the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Pastor Ben

01/09/2019

A prayer for fathers this fathers day:
God our Father, we pray for all fathers:
for new fathers, coming to terms with both the joys and
demands of fatherhood;
for those who are uncertain or confused about their role as
fathers;
for those whose work keeps them from spending time with
their children;
for those who are afraid of the responsibilities of parenting;
for those who are unable to provide for their children
through unemployment or sickness;
for those whose children have physical, mental or
emotional disabilities;
for those who are violent or unloving towards their children;
for those whose own fathers abused them or failed to love them;
for those who are separated from their children by marriage breakdown, divorce or
death;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose desire to be a father has not been fulfilled;
and for those whose children have rejected their love.
Bless all fathers, so that their love may be tender and strong,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves, but for God and for others.

Amen
Pastor Roelof