Shedding Light Moments

12th July 2024.
(Proverbs 23:1-18).
Someone has well said “The best things in life are not things.” The value of family, friends, and faith points us to the realisation that what matters most in life is all wrapped up in people and the Lord and not things.
Solomon was well qualified to speak about material things because he “was greater in riches and wisdom” (1 Kings 10:23). His advice? “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle”. Proverbs 23:4-5. His recommended course of action was “Apply your heart to action and your ears to words of knowledge…For surely there is a future hope for you and your hope will not be cut off (vv.12,18).
The best things in life are the eternal riches that come from God’s goodness and grace in Jesus Christ. We do not hold them in our hands but in our hearts. Reflect then on this SLM:-
“Our greatest riches are the riches we have in Christ.”
…Pastor Ross.

10th July 2024.
(Matt 5:43-48).
Someone once said, “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
In many ways that comment reflects Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount: “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven”. See verses 44-45.
We will encounter difficult people in our lives–some on whom we will need to set limits. But to give in to the temptation to undermine or hurt them in any way is not God’s way. Instead, we should pray for them, show consideration, look out for their best interests, and emphasise the positive. This may result in changing an enemy into a friend.
Not everyone will respond positively to us, but we can pray and plan for a more harmonious relationship. What difficult person can you start befriending today? Reflect then on this SLM:-
“It’s hard to hate others when you’re doing something good for them.”
….Pastor Ross.

8th July 2024.
(Acts 20:16-24).
As a young man, the goal of Saul of Tarsus was to destroy the followers of Jesus (Gal 1:13). But after his conversion, he became the apostle Paul, whose mission was to multiply them. As he journeyed to Jerusalem, facing prison and hardship, Paul said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace”(v.24).
When our goal is to honour the Lord, He guides and guards us each step of the way. Whatever our hopes and dreams may be, when we place them in God’s hands we know that everything, including setback or success, is under His control. Reflect then on this SLM:-
“Live the Christian life the same way you began it–by trusting Christ.”
…Pastor Ross.

5th July 2024.
(Heb 13:1-8).
The English FA Cup Final always begins with the hymn “Abide with Me”. But what does that hymn have to do with soccer? As I thought about it, I realised that for the follower of Christ it has everything to do with sports, shopping, working, going to school, or anything else we do. Since there is no corner of our lives that should not be effected by the presence of God, the longing that He would abide with us is actually the most reasonable thing we could desire.
Of course, the presence of our heavenly Father is not something we need to plead for as it is promised to us. In Hebrews 13:5 we read, “God has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Not only is God’s presence the key to our contentment, but it is also the promise that can give us wisdom, peace, comfort, and strength—no matter where we are or what we are doing. Reflect then on this SLM:-
“Our greatest privilege is to enjoy Christ’s presence.”
…Pastor Ross.

3rd July 2024.
(John 21:15-19);(Lam.5:21).
None of us can avoid making blunders, and all of us have favourite ways of dealing with them.
The apostle Peter tended to do and say whatever seemed best at the moment. Some have referred to him as being “impetuous” and one who made some “blunders”. In his fear after Jesus was arrested, Peter claimed three times that he didn’t know Jesus! Yet later, on the basis of Peter’s three declarations of love, Jesus turned Peter’s humiliating denial into a wonderful occasion of restoration (Jn 21). Despite Peter’s flawed past, Jesus restored him to ministry with these words: “Feed My Sheep”(v.17).

If you have made a “blunder” so big that it seems irreversible, the most important matter is whether you love Jesus. When we love Him, Jesus can turn our most serious blunders into awesome wonders. Reflect on this SLM:-

“God can change our blunders into wonders”

…Pastor Ross.

1st July 2024.
(Psa 118:19-29).
Each day is a new opportunity, and will be filled with things we cannot anticipate or even prepare for. Therefore, it’s important that we recognise our limitations and lean heavily on God–intentionally choosing to live in His grace and strength rather than relying on our own resources.
Also the newness of each day is a gift worth celebrating. Perhaps this concept prompted the psalmist to declare, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”(v.24).
Of course, we may face many unknowns today and some could be difficult. But the treasure of each brand new day is so special that Moses was led to write, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psa. 90:12).
Every new day is a precious gift. May we thankfully embrace each one with confident trust and humble celebration. Reflect then on this SLM:-
“Each new day gives us new reasons to praise the Lord.”
…Pastor Ross.