Two apparently unrelated events have featured largely in the news over the last week: the General Election and the VE Day celebrations. Seventy years apart, they may at first sight seem unconnected, yet there is a link between them. A co-incidence of timing meant that two of the three main political leaders gathered at the cenotaph were performing their last duty as leaders, faced with the immeasurably greater loss as the country remembered those who had fallen in the Second World War.
Many will no doubt have received cards on which the sentiment "Peace on Earth" such as these are expressed. It is almost universally the case that these words have been taken and used in this context - a desire for peace and harmony in the earth.
This we are told is what the season of Christmas promotes.
But what do those words 'Peace on Earth' really mean? Where is the "Peace on Earth" that was promised by the Angels so long ago? Are these just nice words we express to one another this time of year, or is there something more?
It's one of the unescapable hard facts of life - we all, unfortunately, will die one day. This talks looks at the reason why, showing how that mankind and science do not have an adequate answer. Turning to the Bible we find the answer, and not only that - God has provided a solution, a wonderful plan for the future of mankind and this earth which gives us hope and a positive outlook on life now.
For our country, November has two times of remembering. This article is adapted from a Youth Club earlier this month talk which looked at the sort of things those around us remember, why remembrance is important, and what God want's us to remember.
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
We have lot's of bonfires this time of year! This article is adapted from a recent Youth Club talk which looked at some of the times God has used fire to make his point, and when fire can hurt people.
God uses the word FIRE about 500 times in the Bible, and there are loads of other places where he uses words like smoke or flames too, but do you know which is the first time?
Last night Don Pearce, from Rugby, spoke to us on Bible prophecy. The recent events in Ukraine and the middle east demonstrate the ongoing fulfilment of God's plan and purpose for this earth laid out hundreds of years ago in the Bible. This is a recording of the talk that Don gave on another occasion.
Our salvation depends on bringing our minds into harmony with God – how He thinks, how He feels, what is important to Him. Believing the Gospel is only the beginning. It takes a lifetime of tireless effort to achieve.
Naturally, the mind is estranged from God and all His ideas (Romans 8:7; 1 Corinthians 2:14).Transforming it to reflect God does not happen all at once. The only way is to busily apply ourselves to what God has provided for this very purpose – the Scriptures of Truth. Our minds need to be brought into line with the mind of the Spirit as we see it in those writings.
I'm often struck by the fact there are always limitations, boundaries, constraints with life as we know it. If we are blessed to have enough to eat, clothes to wear and somewhere warm and dry to live, then indeed we should be thankful to our Creator.
Autumn spreads her panoply of glorious colours across the land. A pageant of tones assails the eye, from gilded yellows though fiery amber to the richness of gorgeous reds. Spring’s fair blossom flowers find fulfilment in abundant fruitfulness, ripe windfalls a harvest abundance awaiting collection.
Deep in our hearts all of us know that prayer is vital for our spiritual development; without it there can be no true fellowship with God, power for effective witness or holiness of character. The more we pray, the opposition of the flesh becomes weaker, communion with God becomes sweeter and the presence of the Lord sheds its radiance throughout our lives.