Rev John Bentham
John’s Christmas Letter
Dear Friends: Because Mary Believed
“Blessed is she who believed, for these will be a fulfilment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)
When the angel appeared to Mary he asked her to believe the impossible. biologically, virgins can’t conceive.
Neither had she any way of knowing how much depended on her obedience, or that heaven was already preparing for the Messiah she would deliver. what she did know, however, was that when God speaks, it’s your job to believe Him and say, “I’m Ready… Let it be with me just as You say.” (Lk 1:38).
You say you believe God can do the impossible (Lk 1:37). Yes, but doesn’t it blow your mind to think He can do it through you?
Mary not only believed God, she staked her reputation and her future on it. Faith always preceded fulfilment! “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfilment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Lk 1:45). The moment Mary believed, things began to fall into place. The moment God speaks to you, everything you need to fulfil His plan for your life will fall into place too. He just needs to get you to where you need to be.
Just as Mary couldn’t imagine the results of her obedience, neither can we. God’s already got a plan to save our loved ones; to meet our financial needs; to salvage our marriage; to heal us, and to put thigs together. the question is: Will you believe Him and do what He says?
‘At the Manger’
At the lowly manger
A place of truth you’ll find
This is the place to pause awhile
With Christmas in your mind.
Turn from what the world has done
Contemplate that God’s own Son
Came from His place at God’s right hand
That mankind may understand
His sacrifice, the Cross, the pain
So all men can be born again.
Your Friend and Minister
John’s Letter For June
How time flies! Here we are at the beginning of June and out thoughts are on the Summer Months and hopefully spending time out to unwind. Maybe on holiday for a week or Two! … Maybe in the garden enjoying the sun!!! Maybe going out for the day enjoying our beautiful roads that wind throughout the countryside!
Nobody’s thinking about Christmas just yet – are we!
Eddy Askew writes: – Talking over a problem with someone the other day he remarked that God’s watch usually seemed to be ten minutes slow! The point was that we sometimes see a problem, or even a solution – although far more people can point out the need than an effective answer, quicker than God appears to. One is tempted to think that our impatience is a product of our ‘instant’ society whether it is instant coffee or instant anything else, but it has been a human characteristic since things began. “How Long Lord?” is not a new cry although anxiety and pain come afresh to anyone in a place or problem where something needs doing and needs doing now.
What do we do when nothing is happening and the problems do not seem to go away? Well we do all we can ourselves to put things right, and then we wait! … It may be hard but we are in an excellent tradition. Joseph in Prison on false charges, for two years. Moses spent years in the wilderness before God’s call became clear – even Jesus had thirty years of preparation.
It isn’t that God’s watch is slow or that our watches are fast but that God’s time is different in nature. Even if it seems that nothing is happening – God is preparing the ground, it may take Him a week (in our time) or a year – cold comfort if we are in need of answers and action ‘NOW’ – but he is God, who acts and acts when the time is right. The waiting time is often an important part of God’s plan for each of us, time for us to reflect – to mediate – to be still, time to listen – time just to be.
Enjoy the summer, be at peace and let God into your lives. God has much for us to do – God’s watch is never slow – just different.
Your Friend and Minister