Take a look

January 4, 2019

winter landscape panorama with sunset and the forestIt is conventionally thought that the month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of gates, beginnings and transitions. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. In the UK as we look back to 2018 we probably recall the entanglements of the Brexit negotiations and as we look ahead to 2019 we may wonder how it’s all going to be resolved.

As a Christian when I look back in time my focus is on the cross of Jesus Christ where my salvation was secured and when I look into the future I live in the light of his anticipated return to earth. But my looking doesn’t stop there: I look up to see that God provides the power and strength for me to live in a dangerous world; I look in to see that God lives in me and has promised never to leave me; And I look around at my fellow Christians reminding me that we travel together on this journey as part of a Christian community. In 2019 I hope to deepen my vision in all of these aspects of my Christian walk.

If you are a Christian and are concerned about what the next year holds for you why not try and do the same. If you are not a Christian and you are apprehensive and anxious about the future, 2019 might just be a good time to take a look at this thing called Christianity. It is well worth a look.

Barry Robinson (Barry.robinson@gracecom.church)

Care in 2017

December 30, 2016

Do you have a second?

The answer is yes. In fact, this year all of us have an extra second before the new year begins. Maybe it’s more time to reflect on the year we’ve had.

As we end 2016 with a fragile truce in Syria and with the spectre of another Cold War in politics, one wonders what 2017 will bring. There is so much uncertainty at a time when the world need re-assurance.

Can we do anything about it?

One of the biblical writers was a man called James, and he was the half-brother of Jesus Christ. He had something to say to Christians who lived in a society where faith was rejected as being an empty irrelevance. In referring to helping the needy in practical and encouraging ways, he said that Christians, both personally and collectively, should demonstrate their faith by their works. In other words, why claim to believe in God and yet lead a life that does not show love in action?

In 2017 let’s re-assure others that Christians are among them as people who care.

Take extra time to proclaim Jesus, not just in words, but also in all that we do.

Have a caring New Year!