What’s wrong with us?

March 15, 2019

What’s wrong with us?

This was my thought as the news came in about the terrorist attack in New Zealand. What could possibly justify the murder of these people? The slaughter of unarmed men, women and children? Our prayer is that God would comfort all those caught up in this terrible tragedy.

When the world stops making sense where do we go for answers? For me, I turn to my faith. Christianity does not explain fully why people choose to hurt one another, but it does tell us that there will be a time when this world will no longer be shaped by hate. Instead it will be shaped by God’s love for us.

 

While this time is still to come, we don’t have to wait. We can turn to Jesus and choose a life of love now.

Kind regards,

gavin.henderson@gracecom.church

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An unconditional offer

February 15, 2019

Should universities give students unconditional offers of acceptance?

Recently this practice has come under increased scrutiny after it was revealed that the number of unconditional offers issued by universities was increasing and that the students who received the offers often miss their predicted grades. Would students be better off, more resilient, if they had to earn their place?

As a Christian I believe that we have all been given an unconditional offer in Jesus Christ. We haven’t earned this place, yet if we accept it, it will change our life forever and open up opportunities beyond our wildest imaginations.

The offer reflects God’s confidence in who we will become with his help, rather than what we have achieved.

Maybe it is time to consider his unconditional offer of grace?

Warm regards,

gavin.henderson@gracecom.church

Because Magazine February 2019

January 22, 2019

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Mission to Earth

January 11, 2019

Satellite picture of Earth and MoonDid you see the pictures from the Yutu 2 “Jade Rabbit” lunar rover this week?

If you are a fan of space exploration (and who isn’t?), these pictures are not to be missed as the Chinese rover is the first chance we have had to see what the far side of the moon looks like at ground level*. While previously we have had pictures taken by satellite of the far side of the moon, this is the first time we are able to see it up close, and experience what it is like to travel along its stark landscape.

Space has often been associated with the divine and mankind has often tried to see God, but can we ever truly know what God is like? Is God too far away? Is our image too blurry?

The good news of Jesus Christ is that God came to us so that we no longer have to guess what God is like. Through Jesus we can see God up close and encounter him personally.

Don’t miss out on God’s mission to Earth.

Gavin.henderson@gracecom.church

* The moon is tidally locked to the Earth, which means that only one side is ever visible from the Earth’s surface.

If they matter to you, let them know

November 29, 2018

As I’m sitting at my computer a news report has come in telling of the murder of John Allen Chau by an endangered tribe in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands. Fishermen who took him to North Sentinel Island say tribespeople shot him with arrows and left his body on the beach. Chau, a self-proclaimed adventurer, was engaged on missionary work and in a statement his family said, “He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us. To others he was a Christian missionary…He loved God, life and helping those in need, and he had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people.” Then incredibly they added, “We forgive those reportedly responsible for his death.”

This experience made me think about the fragility of life and that I shouldn’t wait until after someone has died to say how much I loved in a eulogy. There is family around me that I need to tell how much I love them, and friends I need to tell how much I value their friendship before it’s too late.

As a Christian it has impressed me that God told his Son how much he loved him and how pleased he was with him (Matthew 3:17). I need to take a leaf out of God’s book, how about you?

Have a good week,

Barry Robinson

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August 21, 2018

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Future Plans

July 20, 2018

London RainThis week has been a frustrating time for many of us who live in the British Isles as it has become clear that there is no consensus in the British Parliament about what the UK’s relationship will look like after the 29th of March 2019.

It sometimes seems like the UK government has no plan, and that our future is being carelessly left to the whims of politicians and whatever time will bring.

This same claim is sometimes brought against God. That there is no great plan of which humanity is a part and that what happens to us is solely time and chance.

The Bible tells a different story though. It tells us that God so loved the world, so loved you and me, that even before the universe was created God had chosen to give us his son, Jesus Christ. That God planned from the beginning to make his dwelling among us and that in Jesus Christ we have life and hope, no matter how dreary and dark the world seems.

That God’s love for us is so resolute and unchangeable that nothing can separate us from it, not even the mess we might make of Brexit, or of this planet or even of our lives.

Turn to Jesus, for in him is the hope of the world.

Gavin Henderson

Because Magazine July 2018

June 29, 2018

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The whistle blower

June 22, 2018

Should someone speak up when things are going wrong? This has been in the UK news this week, following a report that doctors in a supposedly reputable hospital were administering dangerously high levels of drugs to elderly patients.

What was needed, a government spokesman suggested, was more “whistle-blowers”.

The idea is that we blow a whistle to signal that enough is enough, time-out, let’s raise an alarm, it’s time to deal with this.

Spiritually speaking, in a sense this is something that the sacrifice of Jesus does for us. It’s like blowing the whistle on our sins. It proclaims that our sins have found us out, and, thanks be to God, they have been forgiven.

No more sinning.

We have been forgiven.

Now that’s something to whistle about!

james.henderson@gracecom.church

 

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