message of note

Rev. John Glass

THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

General Superintendent Elim Pentecostal Church

Last month I wrote about the positive influences that leave indelible impressions on us. However, who we are today has also been shaped by the destructive tendencies of those who have crossed our paths. What we do with those moments is pivotal in our growth and spiritual development. That is why it is important to keep short accounts with God and with others.

During the Communion service the pastor will often read the passage that says that we should ‘examine ourselves before we eat of the bread or drink of the cup’. It is an invitation to a spiritual audit to ensure that we draw a line around anything that, left unchecked, could poison relationships in either a vertical or horizontal direction.

Time Magazine revealed recently that, although the war inVietnamended 40 years ago, 104,296 people have been killed or injured by land mines after the apparent cessation of hostilities. The conflict had ‘concluded’ but collateral damage was still going on. The spiritual parallel is obvious.

Personal conflicts often leave incendiary devices in their wake. That is why we find ourselves tiptoeing around people with unresolved issues. We call it ‘walking on eggshells’. But it is because we are aware of life’s ballistics that we become nervous of the explosive nature of shells of a dif­ferent calibre.

Forgiveness sometimes takes time and always takes courage.

It was CS Lewis who said, “We all believe that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it ourselves.” Lewis also wrote, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable in others because God has forgiven the inexcusable in us.”

Nevertheless, many carry baggage for a life-time because we forget that forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a conscious choice that we make with our will.

Ernest Hemmingway tells the story of a father who had been alienated from his son for so long he no longer knew his address – only that he lived inMadrid. He decided to put an advertisement in the local paper that read, “Paco, meet me at the hotel Montana at noon next Wednesday, your father.” When the day arrived the civil guard had to disperse a mob of 800 young men, each named Paco, who had come to be reconciled with their father!

The aftermath of war is devastation; the consequence of peace is restoration.

John Wesley and George Whitefield disagreed vehemently during their lifetime on theological issues. One day a woman asked Whitefield if he expected to see Wesley in heaven, to which he replied, “No.” Thinking she had a morsel of gossip, she asked why. “Because,” said Whitefield, “he will be so near the throne of God I will not get even a glimpse of him.” When Whitefield died it was Wesley he had arranged to speak at his funeral.

In 1993, the farsighted decision was taken to convert 500 tons of Russian weapons grade uranium into fuel for American nuclear power plants. When the process is finished in 2013, the equivalent of 20,000 Soviet missiles will have been repurposed to warm and light the very same homes that they were created to destroy. Disarmament of any kind always reaps a harvest of righteousness.

 

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meet the christian ministers

Rev. Mark and Julie Macklin

and Family

Mark Macklin has been the Senior Pastor of Christian Community Church West London since 1999. Mark has been married to Julie since 1988, and they have 3 children, Ami, Ryan, and Cameron.

Mark has been involved in preaching and teaching in a variety of countries, including,America, Europe, Africa, and theFar East. In 2004 Mark led the Church to receive a Church Health Award from Purpose Driven international, and is a strong supporter of healthy Church.

Mark’s vision is to see a house for many nation’s that will be one family in Jesus Christ. Outside of Church he spends time using his camera and is a frustrated Manchester United supporter.

About Us

A Bible believing purpose driven, people centered contemporary family church made up of people from across the globe. We work hard at making CCCWL a church people can all call home. We have guests joining us nearly every week so if you are passing through or planning to stay a little longer come and check us out, we would love to see you.

Our Purpose Statement

Christian Community Church… Exists to present Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit to men, women and children in the westlondonares and beyond in a way they can understand and respond.

Passion

Our passion is to see a church drawn from many nations around the world and becoming one family under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Many Nations, One Family in Jesus Christ.

living devotions

Rev. E. Anderson 

BEING A CHRISTIAN WITNESS 

“You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.” – Acts 22: 15

Many years ago, a new preacher moved to a large city. One day, he rode the bus from his home to the downtown area. After taking his seat, he noticed the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much in change

He thought about it and finally told himself, You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.

Then he thought, Oh, it’s only a quarter. Who would even notice? Besides, the bus company will never miss it. Just accept it as a “gift from God” and keep quiet.

When the bus came to his stop, the preacher paused at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, “You gave me too much change.”

The driver smiled and replied, “Aren’t you the new preacher in town? I’ve been thinking lately about going to your church. I wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.”

When the preacher stepped off the bus, he grabbed hold of the nearest light pole. As tears filled his eyes, he prayed, “Oh God, I’m so sorry. I almost sold your Son for a quarter.”

Just as John was sent to testify to others about Christ, so are believers to be a witness “so that… all men might believe” (John 1:7). Your life is the only Bible some people will ever read. People are always watching to see how you live. Be on guard and remember that you bear the name of Jesus on your shoulders when you call yourself “Christian

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask the Lord to help you walk uprightly with Him every day, so that others will come to know Jesus as a result of your life and testimony.