He is a good good Father. It’s who He is. And we are loved by Him , and it defines our very identities. An encounter with the Love of the Father is the only thing that ultimately changes everything. A true encounter with the reckless love of a Father to a prodigal son or daughter; the sacrificial love of a Father who would give up his one and only son to redeem his beloved; the just love of a Father who holds the whole world in his hands; will transform our hearts and minds forever. Again and again His sweet voice calls out for His children, as He eagerly awaits their return.
It’s rare nowadays, to find fathers who are consistent in their display of love for their children. We see so many times through films, television and social media, the portrayal of the father as irresponsible, selfish and carefree. It seems that mother knows best, and father, well, is at most in the background when it comes to raising his children. Our society has embraced and accepted this as the expectation of the modern dad. But God our heavenly Father gives us the perfect model for fatherhood. It is summed up in these words:
Jeremiah 31 v3 – “I have loved you with an everlasting love and I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
The parable we call “The Prodigal Son” could equally be called “A Father’s love”. The father always wanted the best for his son, and no doubt grieved for his waywardness. However to raise sons and daughters to be fully grown-up humans, they must make their own choices. But when the son returns, he is forgiven, accepted and received back, without reserve or limitation. Similarly as and when we repent and return to Father God, he gives us all the benefits of a child of God. (John 1 12)
Looking back over the last few weeks, some things are really worth noting: sunshine and more sunshine; BBQ’s, picnics and days/weekends out; British Paralympics medal successes; sporting history for the England cricket team: and last but not least, the commencement of TV hits like Bake Off and X factor and the list goes on. These events and activities contribute to our rich tapestry of living and helps us to enjoy our natural life. I wonder then, what we can say about our spiritual lives over these past few weeks. What’s been going on? What events and activities have enriched this unending tapestry that’s been woven for eternity? Take a minute to think on this. Not much happening eh? Well, why don’t you make a fresh start this week and ask the Holy Spirit to work in your life so that you will be able to announce, "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom 14:17).
I know that my redeemer lives. I know that my redeemer lives. The book of Job is considered a gloomy book. However there are gems of wonderful truths to be found in it. Job lost everything possessions, job, family, friends, house etc. However in the midst of it all he was able to say “I know my redeemer lives” God essentially gave a new start. But he had to wait for it. How do we face difficult circumstances. Its very hard but we can know God in them.
How’s your memory? A good one can be helpful or an embarrassment. There may be things which are best forgotten and, strangely, they are the ones we usually do not have a problem remembering. A bad memory is not helpful and can leave us with a red face if an appointment, birthday or wedding anniversary is forgotten. All through life we are storing memories and these stores will include positive and negative experiences. For those who have confessed their sins and known God’s forgiveness there is this amazing promise in Isaiah 43. God does not remember them!
Joanna Frizelle, Administrator
Brook Lane Community Church
The month of October makes me think of ripe fruit and veg., shorter days and misty mornings, cobwebs glistening on hedges and the smell of chestnuts roasting on a stall in the High Street. Im so glad I live in a country that has four seasons with all their variety of colour and weather. Psalm 65 is a poem of praise and thankfulness to God for his amazing power creating and sustaining our universe, answering prayer and forgiving sin. Perhaps it was autumn when King David wrote: You crown the year with your bounty May I remember too to say thank you for all these things!