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Thought for the Day by Matt Jones (Music Minister)
‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.’ James 1:27
Religion! We don’t particularly like to reference that word a lot. We end up thinking about the negative connotations and tend to associate it with other world faith groups. But James likes it. In fact he says there is a religion that God accepts, something that he thinks is ‘pure and faultless’. Well I’m on board with that! And then we look at the verse and we think, just those two things? Seems a bit narrow. Is that all that God is looking for in religion?
‘Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne’ says Ethan the Ezrahite in Psalm 87:14. And I think he is on to something. See the two things that are referenced as ‘good religion’ are examples of something greater:
…to look after orphans and widows in their distress… - SOCIAL JUSTICE —> JUSTICE
…and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world…’ - PURITY —> RIGHTEOUSNESS
Both are important. It is quite easy for Christians today to camp in one of these and not the other. But God desires that we do both; live a holy and sinless life before Him, whilst being His hands and feet to a broken world.
Father, help me to live the religious life you intended; one where I am living a pure, holy life before your eyes, whilst caring and loving without measure for the lost and the broken.
World Mission Awareness Month October 2020
Jesus said "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This call to share The Gospel in Hove & around the world isn't stopped by any 'Lockdown' or 'Covid-restrictions'!
So something to look forward to -this October we will still be having a World Mission Awareness month of some sort.
Throughout the month we hope to have guest speakers & world mission-focused prayer times. We would love all the church family to be involved and for the various BH groups to make it a focus of their groups for October. More details to follow but mark it in your calendar for now. If you’d like to be involved contact Katy Lambert via the church office.
Lockdown Praise Up
Lockdown, praise up! are short videos aimed at young people but suitable for everyone to get our hearts and minds looking up higher.
Everyday there will be a brand new video up on our YouTube Channel.
Lockdown Praise Up! 10 minutes a day from the book of Philippians.
Please click on the link below.
Mental Health Awareness 2020
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