God is big enough – Vicar’s Comment

I wonder how you view a New Year. Perhaps it depends on whether you are naturally more of a planner or a ‘live in the moment’ sort of person?

If you’re the former, perhaps it’s tempting to think of new seasons of life such as a new year as opportunities to clear all the rubble away and build from scratch again – this, that or the other will change this year, this year’s it’s going to be different!!

As Christians, we are called to seek God and His perfect ways day after day, month after month and year after year; this is a good and godly thing to do.

But if things don’t go to plan, if your attempts to build from scratch don’t turn out as you hoped, remember that God is big enough to handle any unexpected challenges which come your way as you seek to follow Jesus.

As Romans 8:28 says, ‘ in all things God works for the good of those who love Him’ (Romans 8:28 NIV). So pursue God in 2020 and remember – He is big enough for anything coming your way.

Yours in Jesus,
Chris

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January 2020 Newsletter

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Jesus of the Nativity (and the Resurrection) – Vicar’s comment

One person I know read Mark’s gospel not so long ago, and was struck by the fact that Jesus knew He was going to die.  It wasn’t just something out of control that happened to Him.

Perhaps that’s a telling observation.

At Christmas we recite that first nativity story, of our Lord being born.

However, for so many people they never really get beyond the first part of the story…..almost as if for them Jesus never really gets out of the manger!

But the Jesus of the nativity, is the Jesus of the cross, is the Jesus of the resurrection and is the Jesus who will one day return.

All of it happened, and all of it holds true for us……all of the time.

Why not pray for someone this Christmas that they come to understand more of the whole Jesus of the whole gospel?

Yours in Jesus,
Chris

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December 2019 Newsletter

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Be still and know – Vicar’s comment

I wonder how often you ask someone to give you their perspective on something about you or your life?

I’ve been struck recently by the fact that even when by God’s grace I think I sense where we’re heading, it’s possible to feel a bit ‘foggy’, like when you feel you see the day-to-day detail but not so much the bigger picture.

And so it’s worth remembering that God can use other Christians to help us gain godly perspective on things.

In Proverbs we read that ‘plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed‘ (Proverbs 15:22, NIV).

Modern life can be very ‘me, me, me’, but let’s make sure we are humbly open to godly, biblical counsel from others where it is to be found…even when it means admitting we might have blind spots!!

And of course, let’s be humble and honest before the Lord Jesus and seek his will in everything we are and everything we do.

Creator of everything is the most sensible approach we can have.

That’s why it’s been so good to focus on prayer at this time of year through the Thy Kingdom Come initiative.

So, whatever your circumstances at the minute, whether in busyness or rest, ‘Be still and know that I am God’, as well.

Yours in Jesus
Chris

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November 2019 Newsletter

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Coping with Failure – Vicar’s comment

I wonder how you cope with failure??

My feeling is that in this country we don’t deal with it very well (although I don’t know enough about other cultures to compare).

It feels to me like times of failure are so often dealt with by acting as if they haven’t really happened and just moving on to the next thing, or by blaming other people or other things.

The honest admission by someone that they totally fell short of what was needed feels so few and far between.

Jesus’ first disciples didn’t always get it right; sometimes they failed, and spectacularly.

Think of Simon Peter. Even before he denied his Master, Jesus knew what was coming – and yet Jesus prayed for him in advance: ‘Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back , strengthen your brothers.’ Luke 22:31-32 (NIV).

With Jesus, our failures are nothing to fear.

He knew our weaknesses when we first came to Him.

Of course, our failures are certainly not to be celebrated either, but when we know God’s grace and love we don’t need to pretend or blame others when we mess things up.

Yours in Jesus,
Chris Collins

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October 2019 Newsletter

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“Know this love that surpasses knowledge” – Vicar’s Comment

I wonder if you’ve ever had the experience of tidying a room and it taking far longer than you planned.

Why? Well because as you went through all of your stuff, you kept finding things that you’d forgotten existed and so you spent time looking at them.

Perhaps you stumbled across an old diary or book of photos that you’d forgotten you had.

Whilst it might feel frustrating that it makes the task longer, I imagine there’s a chance you were glad to have been reminded of such half-forgotten memories.

In my own walk with Jesus, I’ve realised the value of spending time looking at the foundational truths of my Christian status which in the busyness and pressure of everyday life might become obscured.

In Christ, God gives us eternal life. He forgives us our sins. He makes us part of his family. He gives us his everlasting love. He gives us his Holy Spirit to live within us and give us new life.

Spend time with the big gospel truths; dwell on them, because God wants Christians to know their status.

As Ephesians 3: 19 shows us, God’s desire is that in Christ we ‘know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’

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September 2019 Newsletter

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