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Thought for the Day by John Head (BH Member)
“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light to my path” – Psalm 119 v.105
High above the town of Dover (Dubris as it was known to the Romans) stands a Pharos or lighthouse within the Castle grounds. At one time there was a second Pharos up on the hill on the other side of the town.
Most lighthouses are intended to be warnings to sailors to keep away from dangerous rocks on which their boats would founder.
The Dover lighthouses had a different purpose. The pair would have shown as seamarks by day and had burning braziers atop them to act as beacons by night. Framing the entrance to the harbour in the Dour estuary they would have helped sailors to navigate safely into it.
And so should be God’s Word to us. We need to read it and absorb it.
It is a “Tool for employment and compass for travel,
map in the desert and lamp in the dark;
teaching, rebuking, correcting and training -
these are the scriptures, and this is their work.”
Coffee and Chat Reminder
This afternoon there will again be a 'lockdown' coffee and chat session on zoom that anyone can join at 3.30pm
The link and passwords are the same as last week. If you are new to the chat and would like to join in please can you email Giles on firstname.lastname@example.org for the link and passwords.
Emerging from Lockdown by Gill Cook (BH Member)
Emerging from Lockdown is not unalloyed joy. Will we ‘get back to normal’ or will there be new hurdles to negotiate? We wouldn’t be human if the future didn’t concern us.
In such a situation of uncertainty and apprehension, I Peter 3:14-15 is a New Testament ‘commandment’ which will take us into that future.
Firstly, Fear not, occurs 366 times in the Bible, one for every day of the year including the 29th Feb in a Leap year.
Secondly, Peter instructs us ‘to set apart Christ as LORD’ in our hearts.
What things do we ‘set apart’ in everyday life?
Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania in the 50’s and 60’s. He spent a total of fourteen and a half years in Communist jails enduring unspeakable torture without ever betraying his fellow Christians in the Underground Church.
When asked how he managed to endure, he simply said:
I prepared myself for what would surely come.
Peter got there first! In 1 Peter 1:13 he tells us: ‘Prepare your minds for action’ Or as the KJV puts it so picturesquely. Gird up the loins of your mind. Richard Wurmbrand did that.
Jesus did exactly that. He knew what awaited Him and prepared Himself, aligning His will with that of His Father.
Peter tells us that we must do the same by setting apart Christ as LORD of our hearts and minds and wills if we are to live as overcomers in an uncertain future.
Feels too daunting? Praise Him, ‘He is able to keep us from falling and to present us before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy’. Jude :24.
Thought for the Day by Rich Arnold (Youth and Families Minister at Holy Cross)
Whether we are enjoying much of lockdown life or hating it, I suspect that all of us are looking forward to some things going back to normal. But not at the expense of being safe. Right now, as we face this epidemic, safety is paramount. So, in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday, many parents are anxious about their children returning to school before it is safe to do so. Many employers and employees are anxious about getting back to work again before it is safe to do so. We want to be safe. The problem is that we can’t be.
Our fear of being unsafe is really a fear of death. The reason we don’t want to be unsafe is because we don’t want to die. Death is the big barrier to our safety.
Death is horrendous! I write this as I prepare to speak (from John 11) at my grandma’s funeral. I write this two days after hearing that my best friend’s dad has only got 3 months to live because the chemo for his brain tumour is no longer working.
Death is horrendous! Jesus knows that. He cares so much about the pain and grief that death causes, that when he stands at the tomb of his friend Lazarus, he weeps (John 11:35). It has been tragic to see death’s power over us during this pandemic. We mourn for all those who have lost loved ones. We weep as Jesus wept.
Of course, the government guidelines to stay at home and stay alert have been sensible- we want to save lives! But here’s the thing: even after we ‘beat the virus,’ we will not have beaten death. Death will continue to have its hold over us even after lockdown. So, virus or no virus, any notion of feeling safe is just a mirage, because we won’t be truly safe until we beat death. And we cannot beat death.
But what if someone can? What if there is someone who not only cares about death but who can conquer it? What if there is someone who not only weeps when he sees death but who will win against it? What if there is someone who is the death of death itself? If someone can guarantee for us that death does not need to be final, that there is something after, then we would not just feel safe but we truly would be safe. Praise God there is such a person! The Lord Jesus Christ assures us of eternal safety- life with him forever, if we trust him. He says, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26). That’s an outrageous claim to make, given that death is so horrendous and so unstoppable. But the claim is backed up with a miracle, as his dead friend Lazarus walked out of the tomb and removed the grave clothes he no longer needed (John 11:43-44). Not only that, but not long after Jesus himself walked out of his own tomb, leaving his own grave clothes behind.
Do you believe this? If you do, then be assured: You have life. You have hope. And you are as safe as you can possibly be!
Monthly Prayer Meeting this evening at 19.30pm
This is a great chance for us to get together as a church to pray. A zoom link has been sent out to all those that receive BH news electronically. If you haven't received a link and would like to join the meeting please contact the church office.
BH Youth Live Reminder
Stephen and Lizzi Demetriou will be hosting BH Youth LIVE on the Lockdown PraiseUp Youtube page from 7:15-8:15pm tonight. They’ll be teaching from the Bible, playing crazy games, and getting the youth involved in mad fun challenges. If you’re 11-18, come join in the fun! Message Stephen to get involved!
Book review by Camilla Puzey (BH Member)
Living without Worry,
how to replace anxiety with peace by Timothy Lane
I wanted to share a short review of this book I read about 18 months ago, which helped me then and continues to do so. It provides such deep comfort through using bible passages and aligning them with our everyday ups and downs. I want to focus on the word deep, as this is where we need Gods help when we feel things are too deep for us and we are struggling. God can draw us up from a deep place and back to the surface so we can breathe again. We can then allow grace to grow in us through our deep gratitude and appreciation for his love for us and what he does to help us when we call out to him. This is where this really helpful book can practically guide us through this process, growing in grace so anxiety is replaced with peace. Even flicking through it again to do this review has renewed my sense of peace and for that I am so thankful, I hope it will help you too.
Thought for the Day by Phil Washington (BH Member)
Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions – Luke 12:15
‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions’ Says our Lord to the rich fool.
Such teaching is the very opposite of what we hear every day on the TV or on social media. There we are told that we need to amass more and more possessions, as they will lead to a better, brighter and more fulfilled life. We are sold the lie that we are what we wear, and our value and worth is measured by what we own. In chapter 8:14 of the same gospel, the Lord teaches that life’s riches can choke and stifle spiritual growth. He also says in 16:15 that ‘What people value highly is detestable to God’. No wonder His warning is so clear.
During this Covid19 pandemic, we have a great opportunity to wean ourselves from the national pastime of buying more and more ‘things’. Let’s seek other ‘treasures’, ones that are far more valuable and important. What things are they you ask? Look in Revelation 3:18 where the risen Lord advises a materially rich, yet spiritually poor church what to buy from Him. Then in your prayers, ask Him to show you what these treasures are and then seek them from Him. The shops may be shut, but the Lord’s ears are always open to our requests for these things.
Greetings to all the B.H family.
BH Quiz No. 4 - Questions by Martin White (BH Member)
1. When, where and to whom did James Hannington get married?
2. How many children did James Hannington and his wife have?
3. Can you name the five most recent venues used by KO for their weekends away?
4. To one of those venues KO needed to fly. Where did they fly to?
5. Before the current blue chairs were installed in the church, what sort of seating was there?
6. In the Nevill Avenue entrance to the church there is a wall plaque commemorating the refurbishment of the lounge. What is the date on that plaque?
7. Built into the outside wall of the church vestry there is a small basin with a drain leading outside the building. What is it called and what is its purpose?
8. Where was the original site for a vicarage located?
9.Why was the site sold off before the vicarage could be built?
Answers next week.
Day of Repentance & Prayer by Giles Cockman
Mental Health Awareness 2020
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