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A word from Brenda

Beloved. let us love one another for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God and Knoweth God.

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to us- We have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption, where by we cry, Abba, Father The Spirit itself bearth withness with our spirit that we are the children of God hath the witness in himself.

In this was manifested the Love of God toward us because that God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him in whom we have redemption through his blood the forgivness of sins according to the riches of his grace.

Beloved, If God so loved us we ought also to love one another, For God IS love.

1 John 4:7, Rom 5:5, Rom 8:15-16, 1 John 4:11

Taken from Daily Light Devotions for everyday

Brenda x

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A word from Sheree

Just a few days ago I was discussing ‘the giant pit of dispair’ with someone close to me. We descovered that we both being taken on a journey in our own seperate lives, that was testing us and our faith . In the last year or so we had both been through some pretty tough things and it was still happening, from having our dreams and hearts desires put aside or at the time it felt like our hearts had been torn, experiencing deceit, grief, sickness among much more.

We joked about the ‘Giant pit of dispair’ which was seemingly ‘hanging’ over our shoudlers… just waiting…. tapping at us… waiting for us to fall in and give up.

We will never give up! Although yes we can fall, cry and scream out for the Lord, we will not give up.

We were able to laugh and share our stories together, I guess comforted by the fact that our father in heaven was listening in and had his hand on us. I know I will never give up because he is my strength when I am weak..

The ‘Giant Pit Of Dispair’ will tap all belivers on the shoulder at some point in their lives, Its our response that matters.

Run and give up, Or stay and fight?

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Sheree


The winning side!

As people of faith, when we first come to Jesus, often it was a crisis in our lives that led us to seek help, and in turn find that help in God.  Sometimes we just don’t know what to do or where to turn in lifes crisis times, or just life’s problems for that matter.  Do we know even the type of help we seek?  Is it a temporary fix to get us out of trouble?  Or is it something deeper, more lasting?

Psalm 32: 7-8 says basically: (7) God you are a hiding place for me, there you’ll protect me in troubled times.  I’ll be surrounded by victorious songs. (8) And you God, will guide and teach me the best way in life, also with that, I’ll have your advise and protection.
Wow, good remedy for hard times I say.  So when crisis, troubles, perplexing problems – life – comes our way, He’s there, He’s helping, He’s listening and active.  And with our willingness to allow Him to say and do the perfect things to ‘fix’ our needs, and not try in our wisdom or strength, we’ll soon be through the battles and storms.  We are on the winning side, we must never forget that.
Rev. Stephen Hills

Pure Love

The Christmas season is the most extreme time of year for most people, Christian or not.

The build up to the 25th December celebrations often involves a myriad of mini celebrations; school parties, small group finales, work breakups, Christmas celebration lunches and dinners everywhere we look!  Holiday planning, present budgeting (or not) and way too much of that “special occasion” food can become “all too much” weeks before Christmas day. For Christians all around the world, the birth of Jesus Christ is such a precious day, purely because we have grasped the enormity of how much we are loved!   The huge sacrifice God made in choosing to visit earth in the flesh in the form of a helpless baby! What a risk He took for humankind; the risk of allowing human parents to raise Him and to protect Him as he grew.  The risk of trusting his followers to proclaim the truth of who He is to all the world!  Jesus modeled to us the risk of trust in relationship the very moment He was conceived. We have got it wrong often, we can struggle to risk trusting God let alone others. Yet He still trusts us to bring His hope, love ,forgiveness and grace to the whole world.  I urge you this busy Christmas season to find time to reflect on how precious you are to your creator. God came to earth for you, He loves you so much, He knows your thoughts, your pain and your past.  Whether you know Him or not… He knows you.  Whether you’re flat out with people, or feeling very alone this Christmas; God has a future for you, He is pure love, He doesn’t focus on your shortcomings, He sees you through perfect eyes. 

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”            1Chronicles 16:34

Rev Julie Shannon


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