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Thought for the Day by Phil Washington (BH Member)
‘The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding’ Job 28:28
I’ve grown to really love the book of Job over many years of Bible reading. At first it made little sense, and to me, the advice of Job’s (so called) helpers, seemed pretty good. Of course, some of it is, and Job acknowledges it to be so. But, they couldn’t fit Job’s predicament into their theological or philosophical schemes. Their attempts, annoyed and frustrated poor Job. Without doubt they made his suffering worse. With much shame, I hear and see myself in those ‘friends’ – don’t we all, if we’re honest?
The best thing they did, was right at the beginning in chapter 2, when they had heard of Job’s problems. ‘They met together by agreement to go and sympathise and comfort him’ (2:11). After which they sat with him in silence for a whole week. They then began to speak, and for the next 26 chapters we read of their’ advice’ and Job’s replies.
Yet, here in chapter 28 – right in the heart of the book, we hear an absolute nugget of truth from the mouth and heart of suffering Job. Wisdom is THE most valuable thing on the planet – but WHERE is it to be found? That’s been his quest for the past 27 verses. Now, the light dawns and he says ‘The fear of the Lord (fear as in Awe, respect, obedience, absolute trust) THAT is wisdom. And (and it’s a massive AND) ‘ to shun evil, is understanding’ (v28).
Well said Job! Out of your intense suffering, you have blessed the people of God many times over with this pearl of truth. Let’s honour the memory of our ancient brother Job today by ‘Fearing God and by shunning evil’. For that is the wise and sensible way to live.
JHMT Lent Appeal 2021
As we look towards Easter the James Hannington Memorial Trust (JHMT) highlights projects we would like to invite the church family to support.
The first is Graham and Debbie Frith in Bolivia and their new venture which will be highlighted on Sunday 7th March:
‘AYLA’ means ‘Light of the Moon’ in Hebrew, and the name of this new venture was chosen because it represents that we do not shine with our own light, but we seek to reflect God’s light through our lives.
AYLA is a brand new project, the first missions training school of its kind in Bolivia, and is being established in partnership with the El Alfarero ministry in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. (www.alfarero.org) El Alfarero is a partner ministry of Latin Link UK. AYLA will be a 6-month, intensive, residential, integrated missions training school, with a view to preparing Latino missionaries for the mission field. Currently, 40% of unreached people groups are located in Asia, many in countries that are difficult to access for traditional western missionaries. But there is a huge growth in the missions movement from Africa and especially Latin America, with a view to sending missionaries to places that are still accessible to missionaries from those continents. However, whilst the missions movement in Latin America is growing, many missionaries are sent out unprepared, and return home broken and burnt out.
AYLA seeks to be a part of the growing missions movement, but with a view to preparing Latino missionaries in deeper and more integrated ways.
The Lent Appeal at BH will go towards equipping the AYLA accommodation area, particularly with a view to buying enough beds for the potential students. The accommodation construction has been recently finished, and is an extension to the existing El Alfarero building in Santa Cruz.
If you would like to support the BH Lent Appeal please make payments direct to the JHMT Bank Account (Account Name: the James Hannington Memorial Trust, Account Number: 00016678 Sort Code: 40 52 40) When making a payment please clearly show your surname and the words “Lent Appeal” on the bank reference section or send a cheque payable to JHMT to Roger Bellamy, (JHMT Treasurer), 1, Beechwood, Millglade, Small Dole, BN5 9YS.
It would also be helpful if you can send an Email to Roger Bellamy
email@example.com) or phone him on 01273 494136 confirming:
a) the amount of your gift
b) how you want your donation divided between AYLA and NGM. Unless specified, gifts to the appeal will be divided equally between both projects.
c) whether your donation can be gift aided.
The second part of the appeal will be on Sunday, 21st March when we will be hearing from New Growth Ministries in Zimbabwe.
Mental health Awareness - Lamentations 3
,You will be aware that during January and February we have been running a series of sermons on Lamentations Chapter 3 focusing on Mental Health Awareness. These five sermons are now featured and available, on our YouTube channel for you to listen to/watch in case you missed them the first time around.
Please use this link for access to the first one:
Mental Health Awareness 2021
Please follow the link below to our Resources page for more information.
We have now restarted in church services with 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm services. Numbers for the 10am & 6.30am services will still be limited and must be booked in advance via MyChurchSuite or the website. These services will still be livestreamed on YouTube which can be accessed direct via the website or via MyChurchSuite.