Archive for October, 2014

Sunday 26th October, 2014

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Leaders: Rev. Bill and Mrs Betty Bentham
Betty told us a story – a man thought his wife was going deaf, so he stood at the back of the room and asked “can you hear me” – no answer – so he moved closer and asked again – still no answer, he moved closer a third time and asked, then was close behind her and he asked again – she then said “That’s the fourth time you’ve asked me that”
Do we hear – do we listen – do we only hear what we want to hear if we think it is of interest to us?? Do we hear what God has to say to us???
Readings: Mark 4 1-2 35-41
Jesus calms the storm
Jesus had problems, he had busy tiring days the same as all of us -after one such day he wanted to get into the boat and sleep because he was tired -when the storm blew up the fishermen were frightened – they knew the perils of storms on the lake, but Jesus was asleep – they woke him, expecting that he would help them to bale out the boat – but – Jesus calmed the wind and waves – he did not do what the men expected – but he solved the problem.
When they finally reached the shore – a lunatic ran out of the caves and Jesus cured him – he did not say he was tired he did what he felt he had to do – but the people who came out from the town were not happy they didn’t want their lives to be disturbed – they would rather do things their own way – is this us? are we happy to do this – do we want Jesus to change our lives??
Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us different parts of Jesus’ life but all let us know what a busy three years Jesus had before his last visit to Jerusalem to be crucified.
He went around helping – he is still there for us to help today.
Listen – you never know what you might hear.

Bible Study 22nd October 2014

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Leader : Edwin Ashforth
Bathsheba
…. continuation …. she gave birth to a son but he only lived seven days. 2 Sam. 12 v24 “David comforted his wife … she gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon, the Lord loved him” It is interesting that no where do we read that the Lord implicated Bathsheba with any of David’s evil deeds. David was human and he made mistakes – no human can be perfect.
The next time we read about Bathsheba is 1 Kings 1 “David was very old” v5 Adonijah one of David’s many sons put himself forward and said “I will be king”
he had a huge feast and invited all his brothers but not Solomon or Nathan the prophet. Nathan told Bathsheba that David knew nothing about this so he advised her to tell the King and say that he had promised her that Solomon would be King. She did this and Nathan followed her with the same story. David then said that he would honour his word and Solomon would be king and he had him anointed. v43 Adonijah is told the news.
Ch 2 v 10 David died and Solomon sits on the throne.
Kings 2 v13 Adonijah went to see Bathsheba to ask for Abishag as his wife – when she goes to ask Solomon he has a throne brought to his side for his mother as a sign of the respect he had for her. Solomon did not grant the request and Adonijah was put to death.
Kings always had ways of getting rid of any problems.
There is no mention of Bathsheba after this incident and we are left wondering what happened to her.
it is interesting to note how she had changed from a silent girl to becoming the mother of the king and sitting next to him. She was less powerful than men but still had a great influence.
It is also interesting that even though Michal, Abigail and Bathsheba were David’s wives there is no indication they knew each other – were they kept apart??
Was Bathsheba a seducer or a trapped victim??
We have to look at the women we know today – they are very complex – have women changed over the years??? we think not.
Read the story of Bathsheba with an open mind and form your own opinion, the last four sessions have given much food for thought and discussion – long may this continue.
Thanks to Edwin.

Sunday 19th October 2014

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Leader: Our Minister Suzanne Nockels
We started by “Looking through the keyhole” at photographs of 4 rooms – who lives in a house like this?? Living rooms – where we spend a lot of our time – but our hearts are our true living room – they are our inner being, love, pride, jealousy, and everyday living all controlled by feelings in our hearts. Do you search your heart? would you recognize it if described by someone else??
Deut.6 v 4-9 tells Israel and us, to “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” there was a purpose why they have been wandering for so long – they needed to search their hearts. and
Luke 4 1-13 Jesus went into the desert for 40 days, was tempted by the devil and he said “man shall not live by bread alone” and v8 “Worship the Lord your God and Him only”
Our heart is our motivation it is how we act and respond to things.
Psalm 86 v11 asks God to “Teach me your way ….. give me an undivided heart”
Psalm 51 v 10 “Create in me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me”
At some time in our lives we are all in a wilderness – maybe feeling alone, grieving, lonely, having worries. This is a testing time for us – do not run away from it – it is our opportunity to search our hearts – God is there for us – invite him into your heart.
Man cannot live by bread alone – we all need bread but this is not our only need – we need to sustain ourselves body and spirit.
Look carefully what is in your heart – spend some time in the wilderness and refresh body and mind – don’t have emotional heart trouble.

Sunday 12th October 2014

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Leader Ray Briddon
Ray accompanied himself on the guitar and sang a lovely solo “Come and stand before me, hold your head up high”
Readings: Exodus 32 1-14
Acts 7 37
The Gold Bull Calf Idol
What’s your idol? Are idols a thing of the past? John tells us to “keep yourselves from idols” and Paul says “flee from idolatory”
The story today starts with the exodus from bondage in Egypt.
God had led them out, parted the Red Sea for them to cross and also provided manna, quail and water for food in the desert. Moses had gone up the mountain to talk with God and to receive commandments and he was there 40 days and nights – in the meantime the people were restless and asked Aaron to build them an idol to worship – he did so and made a bull calf from gold – all idols are made with human hands.
God was angry and wanted to destroy the people but Moses pleaded with him and God relented.
This gives us encouragement – God does sometimes change his mind – he does listen.
Today there are still idols in people’s lives – pets, children, pop groups, books. hobbies and many more things which are “worshipped” and take thoughts away from worship of God.
William Cowper wrote a hymn – O for a closer walk with God – verse 5 says
“The dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be,
help me to tear it from Thy throne,
and worship only Thee”
Jesus said “worship the Lord your God and serve only him”
Try to see the dangers and don’t let idols take over in your life.

Bible Study Wednesday 8th October 2014

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Another interesting evening led by Edwin Ashforth – this time the subject was Bathsheba (another beautiful woman) and King David.
2 Samuel Ch.11 v 1 – 27
We must remember that Soloman’s scribes are writing this about his Father and Mother.
Verse 1 tells us that in the spring Kings went off to war – David the warrior King sent Joab with the army but he stayed in Jerusalem – we are not told why. He walked on his roof and saw Bathsheba bathing, and sent messengers to “get her”. This was not love at first sight – she was not invited she was fetched – this was a King seeing a lovely woman and wanting her. They lay together and then she went home. Later she told David she is pregnant. He sent for her husband who is with the army and told him to go home and sleep with his wife, but Uriah slept on the steps, David then got him drunk and again told him to go home to his wife but Uriah did not do so. Then David asked Joab to put Uriah in front of the army so he will be killed, which he did.    When Bathsheba heard that her husband is dead she went into mourning but when this time was over,    again David had her brought to his palace and she became his wife, and bore him a son

BUT ………..           to be continued on 22nd October.
v 27 “The thing that David had done displeased the Lord”

Sunday 5th October 2014

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Harvest Festival
A joint service with Hillsborough Tabernacle led by our new Minister Suzanne Nockels. Representatives from other churches were invited to meet Suzanne.