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31st Mar 2021
This coming weekend we remember the worst thing and the best thing.
A perfect, innocent man was put to death cruelly by the Romans. Three days later he was alive again! Imagine if this had happened in our days of instant news and social media. That's just what "Gospel Online" are doing. They will plot out in social media posts over Easter weekend the timetable of events which played out that weekend 2000 years ago. To get an instant "as-it-happens" (imagined) account into your newsfeed visit and like their Facebook page or follow their Instagram account. Get a new perspective on the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus by following their posts in the Real-time Resurrection project. This was the best thing because it was part of the offer from God of life in a world of peace, plenty and joyful existence in a world filled with people just like Jesus!
30th Mar 2021
On my daily walks, I have had the delight to see some of the new season lambs in a couple of the fields I pass. Their crazy antics as they gambol around, leaping and bleating, brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. I love sheep and lambs, and this time of the year is delightful to see both together. At the same time, my breath is taken away by the vibrancy of the green shoots bursting forth on hedgerows and bushes along the way. The green colour is almost shocking in its vividness when set against the dreary back drop of winter-weary branches and surroundings. As we approach Easter, as a Bible reader, I marvel at God’s amazing design in the natural world to act as a reminder of the most important weekend in history so far. A weekend that changed the world. Jesus was ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29 NIV).
26th Mar 2021
Recently, out of necessity, I unearthed my bicycle and cycled to the fairly local shop. Many may not see anything remarkable in that, but for me it was, for it is not one of my most frequent habits. I managed quite well going downhill and even on the level, but found it very difficult going up. It made me realise that we need constant, not spasmodic, exercise to remain fit. However, while I was in the saddle, it did give me an opportunity to think about the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 4: “Exercise thyself unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little, but godliness is profitable unto all things ....” (verses 7,8, KJV) I wonder how many of us spend as much time worrying about our spiritual health and fitness as we do about our physical state. We need constant, continuing spiritual exercise and only then will we really notice the difference: “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
23rd Mar 2021
In late Winter to early Spring, something magical happens all around us.
In ponds and ditches all across the country, frog spawn can be found just beneath the surface. After about three weeks, the young tadpoles emerge. They use their new gills to breathe underwater. Around April time these tadpoles slowly change into frogs. Legs begin to form. Lungs develop, and the young frog is now able to breathe above the water. Soon they leave the pond and divide their time between land and water. Frogs start life as a jelly-like group of eggs, hatch as aquatic tadpoles and then transform into amphibians! By contrast we don’t undergo such radical changes but we can change from mortal creatures into something much greater. To achieve this God asks us to begin a process of change in our thinking.
20th Mar 2021
Does the census matter?
Are you one of the millions completing their census form this weekend? Perhaps, like me, you feel a little anonymous as you fill in your form: am I simply a statistic, a dot on a graph, a line on a chart, a single digit among millions? Do I count? Of course, on a practical level, every government must plan for the needs of its population: for instance, what should transport, education and healthcare look like in future years? But one thing the census won’t reveal is who you are as a person. Though it compiles details of your age, your gender, your ethnicity, your religion and so on, it will not discover what your character is like, what you aspire to, your hopes and dreams…nothing of that will show up in the ‘final analysis’. That’s why I’m always glad to turn to the word of God where I learn from Jesus that God focuses on us as individuals. He is concerned about our wellbeing. ‘Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
19th Mar 2021
The recent tragedy of the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard has triggered a national debate about the safety of our streets – particularly for women. There’s a sense in which this is somewhat surprising: there is – depressingly – nothing new about this particular murder. Similar crimes have been committed countless times before. However, it is understandable and right that councils and governments have been made to think a little harder about what they can do to make the world a safer place for all. The focus seems mainly to be on good town planning: making sure that street lighting is adequate and that routes are well-maintained; perhaps more police officers on the beat and plain clothes officers in potential hotspots. Fundamentally, though, as many people are recognising, none of this will avail much as long as there are wicked people around. The problem is really too enormous. Few streets in human history have ever been safe for all.
15th Mar 2021
Have you ever marvelled at how a baby develops and grows in its mother’s womb? Have you ever been amazed at the process of labour and birth? Or wondered at the bonding that occurs between a baby and its parents? These days it is common practice for midwives to place a new-born baby straight on to its mother’s chest immediately after birth. If a baby is placed in direct skin-to-skin contact with mum (or another care-giver) it helps in the bonding process, stimulating mum’s brain to produce hormones involved in the production of milk, feeding and feelings connected to guarding, protecting and love. For the baby it is beneficial for physical, emotional and nutritional reasons. The baby can hear mum’s heartbeat and breathing, see her face, feel her warm skin and soon smell and taste her milk. Skin-to-skin contact helps to de-stress and calm a baby after birth and stabilise their heart rate, breathing, body temperature and other physiological functions such as blood sugar levels.
12th Mar 2021
Mothers' Day Most people nowadays probably don’t know that the origins of this festival are found in the established church: the date is set by the church as the fourth Sunday of Lent, three weeks before Easter Sunday. It was around the beginning of the 20th Century that the “Mothering Sunday Movement” gave it a slant that had less to do with the church and more to do with mums. The fact is that Mother’s Day has nothing to do with the Bible as such. Christadelphians try hard to stick with what the Bible says and not to make too much of anything that does not find its origins there. We try to allow it to guide our thinking and our behaviour. So what does the Bible have to say in relation to this? The Ten Commandments include “Honour your father and your mother” and respect for parents and grandparents is paramount throughout Scripture. So too is the importance of being grateful. Gratitude for all the blessings of our lives is a significant antidote to bitterness and greed.
8th Mar 2021
Do you ever worry that you are missing out?
A short session on Facebook or other social media may convince you that everybody is having a better time than you. But are they really? Let’s face it, no one is going to post a photo of a kitchen accident resulting in a broken plate or a ruined meal. No one’s going to write a blog about a missed bargain on a website or clothes ruined by a muddy puddle. Likewise, photos of amazing parties, holidays, adrenalin filled activities (not so much at the moment obviously!) can make our take away in front of the telly look a bit flat by comparison. So if all we see and hear are other people’s little wins we can think we are missing out. What can we do about this? Well, science research suggests that passive over use of social media can make us feel less positive about life. So for FOMO today, maybe cut down on viewing these kinds of posts. Ignorance could be bliss!
5th Mar 2021
Does archaeology support the Bible?
Archaeologist Leen Ritmeyer has been excavating Jerusalem for years and believes the Bible gives an accurate historical record. Jesus performed miracles at the Pool of Siloam, and you can see the water there today, coming from the Gihon spring through Hezekiah’s tunnel. Or you can stand on the Mount of Olives, where he taught. Around the city walls, you can find evidence of the AD70 destruction of Jerusalem that Jesus had prophesied. And Ritmeyer unearthed arrow heads from hundreds of years before—arrows that the Babylonian armies and Israelite soldiers fired during the battle that saw Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians, and the people taken into captivity. You can touch a stretch of wall that the Bible describes Nehemiah rebuilding when Babylonian exiles returned seventy years later. In this short video, Leen Ritmeyer describes why he believes the Bible.
1st Mar 2021
What a glorious spring morning!
Blue skies, bright sunshine, even some warmth in the sun’s rays, and plenty of excited birdsong filling the air. After the gloomy, dark, dreary days of winter, what a tonic to lift the spirits and bring a smile to our faces! In every garden, bulbs are popping through, if not already in full bloom, blossom is starting to open on the trees and buds are fattening on plants. Spring is such an exciting time of year giving us great expectancy and hope in the potential of the year ahead, perhaps even more so this year! We seem inexplicably drawn to the brightness and light of the sun and its effects on the earth. Could it have something to do with the way God made us? We are told in 1 John 1:5 ‘God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.’ (NIV) And God wants to build a relationship with those who revere Him, those who are drawn to His light.
27th Feb 2021
Why do we need the Bible message?
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26th Feb 2021
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22nd Feb 2021
Planning a holiday this year? Hoping for some time away in the sun?
Perhaps you have already booked somewhere to ‘get away from it all’. UK holiday firms are expecting a boom in bookings after lockdown ends! Holidays are a great opportunity to get away from normal life and the pressures that brings. We often indulge ourselves with good food and wine, a new book, some movies, or some experiences outside the norm. Sadly, we can over-indulge too, with sunburn and weight gain telling the tale! Did you know the word ‘holiday’ comes from the old English word ‘hāligdæg’ which literally means ‘holy day’ and was associated with special religious days? ‘Holy’ means ‘set apart’ so these days were special. Interestingly, God put holidays in place right back at creation. Gen 2:2-3 tells us “…so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
19th Feb 2021
What’s a church?
There’s huge variety in the Christian world: lots of churches and chapels but each diverse in its beliefs. What’s more puzzling is that most of them accept the Bible as key to their views and way of life. Does it matter? Do you head for the nearest church or join the one that suits you best? Christadelphians believe the Bible is God’s word to humankind, just as it says itself: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2Ti 3:16,17 NKJV) Amazingly preserved over thousands of years, the Bible tells a consistent story over 66 books. Christadelphians believe you can learn its truth by carefully reading it, not depending on external spirit guidance. The Bible interprets itself through a network of cross-references: the meaning of one passage leads to an understanding of others.
15th Feb 2021
What is your eyesight like? 20/20? Short-sighted? Need glasses for reading?
I was chatting to my elderly dad the other evening, and he said how he would be devastated if he ever lost his sight—everything he enjoys relies on it. It made me think how awful it must be to become blind. Sight is probably something most of us take for granted. There is a future for us on this planet when things like blindness will be eradicated. Not by man’s cleverness but by the return of Jesus to earth. The Bible tells us in Isaiah, “The eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.” Bible prophecy shows that the day of Christ’s return is nearly here. What a glorious future it will bring to those who are waiting for him. pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.
13th Feb 2021
What is love?
“All you need is love…” “'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” It’s arguably the principal theme of songs, drama and poetry and right now, all over the opening aisles of supermarkets in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day tends to focus on love as a physical attraction, an infatuation, a desire. It’s something we simply feel – or don’t! – towards someone else. The emphasis put on it by the world fools many into thinking that this is the ultimate kind of love to aspire to; the stuff that makes marriages work. The Bible presents a different view. It has a far richer lexicon than English for the different types of love we may experience. It speaks openly and encouragingly of the physical love to be enjoyed between husband and wife. It also emphasises the importance of love as affection and friendship. But it speaks most eloquently of the love of God Himself.
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