messages of note

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Rev. Carl Beech
LAZY HABITS

Carl Beech was becoming a bigger man, but then he realised that he’d taken his eye off the ball in the process…

Lazy habits can affect all areas of life

l was convinced that my shirt had shrunk in the wash when l tried it on. l had last worn it a few months ago and it seemed to fit just fine then… Now, however, it slightly pulled around the middle. Hmm. ..
An investigation was therefore in order and other clothes that fitted me perfectly just a few months ago were dug out of the wardrobe. But the same thing happened. So, l had to draw a conclusion that either (a) all of my clothes were being shrunk in the wash or (b) l had put on a bit of weight!

Being a graduate in engineering — albeit 20 years ago — l knew that l needed to apply a proper method of investigation. This involved me finding out if other members of the Beech family had experienced clothes shrinkage. l also investigated whether a new and suspect washing powder capsule was being used.

All reports were negative. No one else reported shrinkage of clothing and there was no change in the brand of washing powder. l therefore had no option but to man up and face the truth — l was becoming a bit of a lard boy. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and so l entered a new phase of weight gain reversal. No more crisps, cheeky bits of chocolate, too much bread, bacon sarnies in the office, junk food and convincing myself l was taking exercise because l had walked the dog around the block.

About two years ago l ran the London Marathon so I thought that a leisurely run to and from work of 3.7 miles each way with a rucksack with all my stuff in it would be fairly straight forward. l mean, OK, living on the edge of the Peak District means there are a few hills but it’s not 26.2 miles is it? Wrong. It hurt. In fact, it hurt quite a lot. l couldn’t quite get my head around how l used to routinely jog four times that distance for a moderate training run but now l was running four miles in total and ending up in a sweaty mess!

And that’s what happens in life. You take your eye off the ball and slowly but surely you start to lose a bit of ground. L think this happens in so many areas of life.
It’s not just weight gain issues or maintenance of fitness — it’s your marriage, your friendships, your relationship with your kids and work discipline. You allow the lazy habits to creep in and before you know it you are way off track from where you used to be.

I’m sure that’s why so many marriages suffer. We take our eye off the ball, fall into routines and lazy relationship habits, put no effort in and then wonder in amazement that our partner is unhappy.

It’s the same with friendships. We don’t bother to text, call, write or just meet up for a drink and then wonder why we haven’t got many friends. You know the score. We get fat and lazy relationally and spiritually, not just physically.

Jesus talks a lot about this in the Gospels. Check out Matthew 5 and Matthew 7 for more.

Anyway, the update is that I’m back in the shirt, and the run to work isn’t quite as painful. I’ve even been persuaded to do another marathon next year. I’ve got back into the discipline, and it’s paying off. All l need to do now is make sure I’m not becoming a couch potato in other areas of my life. ..

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meet the ministers

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Rev. John Froggatt
Rugby Christian Life Centre (CLC) is a lively local church family and welcomes newcomers, whatever faith you have. We believe in a loving God who has made it possible for us to come into a relationship with Him through believing in His Son, Jesus. Our vision is to share with others the hope and joy we have found through faith in Him.

Our service on Sunday morning begins at 10:45am. We start with coffee at 10.30am and then have an informal style service with contemporary praise and worship and relevant Bible-based teaching.

During our services we provide a creche for pre-schoolers and a kids’ activity group for primary school aged children.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rugby CLC.

WELCOME

Rugby Christian Life Centre (CLC) is a lively local church family and welcomes newcomers, whatever faith you have.

Our service on Sunday morning begins at 10:45am. We start with coffee at 10.30am and then have an informal style service with contemporary praise and worship and relevant Bible-based teaching.

During our services we provide a crèche for pre-schoolers and a kids’ activity group for primary school aged children.

The Church is affiliated to the Assemblies of God, Great Britain, and is a member of Rugby Revive network of Churches.

WORSHIP

Worship and music are a big part of our Sunday services at CLC. We love singing about Jesus and all that He’s done for us. We seek the Holy Spirit, who imparts strength, newness and freedom.

No two Sundays are the same; we have a great team of worship leaders and musicians who bring variety and diversity.

We sing songs, new and old, with lyrics that are always rooted in God’s word. The worship team encourage the congregation to bring prayers and testimonies of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

We’re honoured and humbled by the way God’s presence fills our church as we worship him.

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living devotions

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Rev. E. Anderson
PROOF OF REALITY
Senior Living Ministries
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” — James 2:26
A story is told of the renowned artist Paul Gustave Doré, who lost his passport while travelling through Europe. So when he came to a border crossing, he explained his predicament to one of the guards. Doré hoped he would be recognized and allowed to pass because he was so famous. The guard, however, said that many people had recently attempted to cross the border by falsifying their identities.

Doré firmly insisted that he was the man he claimed to be. “Alright,” said the official, “I’ll give you a test, and if you pass it, we’ll allow you to go through.” So he handed him a pencil and a sheet of paper and told the artist to sketch several peasants standing nearby. Doré did it so quickly and skilfully that the guard was convinced he was indeed who he claimed to be.

In the Christian life, the relationship between faith and works can be a funny thing. On the one hand, when it comes to your standing before God, there’s no amount of good deeds you can do to find acceptance. It’s by faith alone. However, that same faith must be given substance by one’s works. Just like Doré, what you do must validate who you claim to be.

So instead of seeing your works as making you holy, think of them as confirmation of the reality that you’ve already been made holy. And remember that while faith alone saves, the faith that saves is not alone!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray that God would show you areas in your life where you can be diligent in validating your faith to the world through good works.

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leadership factors

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Rev. Grayson Jones
DEALING WITH CONFLICT

As leaders one of the things we have to do on a continual basis is deal with conflict. I don’t think I have ever met a leader who actually likes conflict, yet the reality is if we are going to lead correctly then we have to team to deal with issues correctly and confront people about their attitudes and behaviour.

Over the years I have tried to remove the language of confronting issues and dealing with conflict to a more positive language of helping people. If someone says or does something wrong I can confront them, which has a negative connotation to it, or I can help them, which has a positive connotation. I am still determining to speak to them, but subconsciously I have changed my position for doing it from the negative to a positive. I have found this then helps me act differently in what I have to say and because I come from a more positive angle people feel and so respond more positively in return.

Here are seven keys to being able to deal with conflict correctly:

1/. Confidence

As leaders we need to have a confidence in our calling, gifting and anointing in God. We have been placed to lead and we have been given a mandate by God to do it.

We need to build into our lives confidence In our calling and the authority of God. Paul was a man who knew who he was, and so was able to confront effectively and stop the conflict created through Peter’s duplicitous actions.

a. Paul’s authority received from God-Gal 1:1
b. Paul’s confident response to Peter-Gal 2:11-13

2/. Courage

One of the things we will need if we are going to be able to handle conflict is courage.
After taking over from Moses in Joshua 1, Joshua is told three times, “be strong and courageous.” This was not to deal with the enemy, but to effectively lead the people of Israel. We as leaders have to have courage and be courageous to confront the issues that need confronting.

3/. Control

If we are going to confront people then we have to make sure that we first have control of ourselves. We need to control our:

a. Minds – the way we think about the person and problem.
b. Mouths – The way we speak to them in dealing with the problem
c. Motives – the reasons we are saying what we are saying about the problem.
We must control ourselves, but never try to take control of the
person. God has given us the ability as Christians to have ‘self control1 only. (Gal 5:23; 2 Tim 1:7)

4/. Compassion.

Whenever we are seeking to confront a situation or person/s we have to remember that we must be compassionate towards all concerned, offender and offended.

5/ Commitment to truth and love.

Our first calling is to God, therefore we have to be committed to truth and love. Often in times of conflict we can be committed to the truth and be hard, or committed to love and be soft. We must keep truth and love in balance in confronting issues.

6/. Communication skills.

We have to recognise that what we feel will often be revealed through our posture, facial expressions and our attitude. We must seek to communicate love, warmth, acceptance and commitment to the person we are confronting, or else we may end up loosing before we have started.

7/. Confront the problem rather than the person.

We must make sure we deal with the issue at hand and not the person before us. Do not allow personalities, preferences or prejudices to influence you, but only the problems at hand.

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just a thought

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Rev. Aaron Linford
BEDROCK

The superstructure of life-building can only be safe as its infrastructure is sound. So intimated our Lord when He advised us to “dig deep” and “lay the foundation on the rock” (Luke 6:48). Safety can only be secured as we discover rock-bottom reality in the precepts and the Person of Jesus Christ. “That rock was Christ”, said Paul (1Cor 10:4) as he describes the issuing waters from a stricken desert rock.

Not only does Christ as the Rock supply us with a firm foundation. He also provides a reliable refuge. As “feeble” conies shelter in rocky-bound holes, so we by faith may secure safety in the “Rock of Ages” (Prov 30:26). It was from “a cleft of the rock” that Moses saw the glory of God (Ex 33:22), and we, hidden in Christ, may also find refuge as our life is “hid with Christ in

The rock is not only deep in its setting, it is often also high in its soaring. In the torrid eastern sun its shadow would come as a restful relief to heat-fraught travellers. So when the blazing rays of temptation oppress us, we may find relief under the shadow of His protective presence.

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illustrations that light up life

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Rev. E. Anderson
THE RICH VARIETY OF PEOPLE

• people are like wheels — they don’t work unless they’re pushed
• people are like trailers — they have to be pulled!
• people are like kites- — -always up in the air, and if you don’t keep a string on them, they fly away!
• people are like canoes — they have to be paddled.
• people are like footballs — you never know which way they are going to bounce next!
• people are like balloons — always puffed up, and you never know when they are going to blow up
• people are like flat tyres — they have to be jacked up!
• people are like good watches — pure gold, open faced, always on time, dependable, quietly busy and just full of good works!

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healing testimonies

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Rev. E. Anderson

HEALING MIRACLES DURING MEETINGS

MIRACULOUS healings that have taken place during a series of meetings in a church in Wales are being reported.

Thousands have visited Victory Church in Cwmbran since regular meetings started in April.

The event has been dubbed the ‘Welsh Outpouring’ as people have told how they have been healed of various health problems.

One of those is Lisa Hall, who had struggled with hip pain for nearly ten years and was unable to work.

She used a walking stick and had to take morphine every two hours.

VANISHED

Lisa attended the Outpouring in May and claims the pain vanished that night.

She recalled the night she believes she was heated when one of the church’s pastors, Clyde Thomas, asked her why she was there.

“I came so that Jesus would heal my hip,” Lisa told New Life. “I didn’t know what was coming out of my mouth, I wasn’t expecting to say that!”

Pastor Clyde prayed for her and she says the pain instant vanished. “It took me until Wednesday – two days later – to call my best friend. I told her, ‘God healed my hip!’ My little boy, Josh, has got his mum back.

We were going up and down the stairs, which I hadn’t been able to do. It’s awesome. I’m in awe of what God has done.”

Vicky Jenkins also believes God healed her at Victory Church. She suffered from pain in her left wrist.

She said: “Last year, I had tendon problems with my nerves and my hand in my left wrist. I couldn’t use the hand, so it got weaker and weaker. I was off the worship team for ten months, and the hospital said it would be permanent.

“Pastor Clyde prayed for me and the next day I picked up a knife and cut a cheese sand¬wich! I’m grateful. It has an impact on everything I do. From not being able to do anything, it makes a huge difference to me. I can do everything I’m meant to do.”

The Outpouring is being led by criminal turned pastor Richard Taylor.
More information is available at http://www.victorxchurrff.CG.uk

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great stories

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Rev. E.Anderson
WRESTLING WITH ALLIGATORS

Robert Green

Whump! A reptilian head reared up two feet from my face!

I figured my assignment would be routine that night in 1991. Some older folks in a trailer park had called Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, worried about a big alligator in a nearby pond. My job as a trapper is to capture and relocate such animals to an area where they won’t be a nuisance.

Night is the best time to find these wary critters. They usually lurk underwater with only their eyes protruding. It’s possible to spot them because in the dark those eyes reflect light like balls of fire. After kissing my wife and three daughters goodnight, I loaded my gear into the pickup: a coil of heavy rope and a roll of electrician’s tape, a miner’s headlamp with waist-mounted battery, and a ‘bang stick’ – a pole rigged to fire a .44-calibre bullet. The stick was in case I had to kill a dangerous animal, but that was the last thing I wanted to do. I firmly believe that God put these creatures, as with all his creation, on earth for a reason.

Believing that we’ve been given responsibility for the earth’s ani¬mals, means respecting and taking care of them. I have loved ani¬mals all my life, and feel a particular sympathy for alligators. Once killed indiscriminately until they were nearly extinct, alligators are now protected by law. Granted, their looks don’t exactly warm your heart, but they are basically solitary creatures who are afraid of humans unless – and here’s the trouble – people feed them. It’s against the law, but ignorant people will toss them marshmallows, bread, and other snacks. As a result, alligators lose their fear of humans and associate them with food. Sadly, that’s when an animal may turn into a menace and have to be destroyed.

This happened to one unfortunate gator who was befriended by secretaries at an electric company in Palm Bay. The women ate lunch each day at an outdoor picnic table and began sharing their sandwiches with him. They thought it cute to find him waiting every noon. They didn’t think it so cute, however, when he tried to force his way into their building. Now their lunch partner has been turned into expensive pocketbooks. I prefer a live animal any time.

That’s why, when I headed my pickup to Merritt Island that night, I was grateful my quarry wasn’t considered dangerous. I’d be able to transport him alive to an uninhabited area. Such places are becoming scarce in Florida. Alligators are being squeezed out by tourism, shopping centres, golf courses and water pollution.

As I drove on I remembered my father teaching me how animals benefit from one another. Years ago, as we walked around our central Florida farm, he had pointed to a big tree loaded with white egrets.

‘Know why that place is a good place for a rookery son? Because a big gator lives in that water hole beneath it. He helps protect the birds from the racoons, possums and snakes that prey on them. If that gator leaves, the rookery could be in trouble.’

Dad showed me a water-filled wallow. ‘Gator made that for his home,’ he said. ‘Comes a bit drought, other animals depend on it for drinking, and the gator gets some easy meals he wouldn’t get other¬wise.’ Dad called a lot of these mutually beneficial arrangements nature’s balance. ‘God’s plan for everything interacting.’ Scientists call this symbiosis.

Around midnight I pulled up to the pond. The gator wasn’t any¬where to be seen, but the water backed up into a wild swampy area. I figured he’d be in there. Stashing my rope, tape and bang stick by a palm tree, I crawled into the thicket looking for signs of him. The air was fetid and humid. My headlamp cast crazy shadows as I crept through the cat-tails, my knees banging on twisted tree roots and my hair snagged by thorny bushes. All of a sudden I spot¬ted his trail.
As I crouched, deciding where to set a trap, I heard a rustle. Then, whump! A reptilian head reared up two feet from my face!

We both froze. He wasn’t any happier to see me up close and personal than I was to see him. Lifting his seven-foot-long body on clawed feet, he turned and lunged down the trail towards the water. Not wanting to lose him, I dove on to his armour-plated back, groping for a hold around his neck, but my fingers couldn’t meet. His strong, musky smell filled my nostrils. Scaly skin jabbed my stomach as I bear-hugged the writhing creature. He swung his huge head at me, massive jaws snapping with the speed of a rattler. I knew those teeth could tear off my arm in a second.

Now we were into a real wrestling match. I grasped at his jaws. A gator’s powerful jaw-closing muscles can crunch iron-hard tortoise shells like a biscuit. But he uses a weaker set of muscles to open his mouth and if you can get a grip around them and keep his mouth closed, you have a chance.

He bucked and twisted, his ferocious growls and hisses vibrating through me as I clung to him. Finally, with my legs wrapped around him, and his head pressed to the ground, he quietened down. Then, as if gaining strength, the gator exploded, twisting wildly. It was all I could do to keep a grip on him as he lunged and jerked.

Suddenly, a swaying myrtle bush knocked over my headlamp, leaving me in total blackness. Holding the gator’s mouth closed with my right hand, I frantically rummaged with my left in the weeds to retrieve the lamp. Finally I managed to slip it back on and re-plug the cord into the battery pack. I tried to drag his gyrating body inch by inch across jumbled roots and through thick brush to the tree where I had stashed the tape and rope. But a bush hit the headlamp and again sent it flying into the weeds. As if sensing his opportunity, the animal slammed me with his tail, sending me sprawling.

I had a job to do. I needed to get this gator, and stay alive in the process. I grabbed him again and yanked him along. Five feet. Ten feet. My arms ached, my hands throbbed. Twenty-five feet. Half standing, half kneeling, I dug my boots into the earth and dragged the thrashing alligator another seventy-five feet.

With one last heave I pulled the animal to the palm tree. I groped for the tape with my left hand, pulled off a length with my teeth and wrapped it around the alligator’s jaws. Then I roped him to the tree and collapsed on the ground. It was 2.30 a.m., one and a half hours since our battle had begun. He was tired too and spent the night there safely until I went back to collect him in the morning.

I loaded him into the back of my pickup and drove to a secluded area in central Florida. There I eased my friend into knee-deep water where he’d feel safe. After untying him, I removed the tape that bound his jaws and watched him swim into the tea-coloured stream. Like all of us, he deserved the chance to start over again.

I stood surveying the peaceful scene. A snowy egret high-stepped elegantly through the shallows, a pelican swooped past grey-mussed trees, another alligator on a far rock sunned himself like some pre-historic relic, and I remembered God looking at everything that he had made, and saying how good it was. There are those who wrinkle their noses at alligators and ask, ‘Just what good are they?’ Well, to my way of thinking, God’s ‘everything’ includes alligators.

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gospel nuggets

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Rev. E. Anderson
THE PROBLEM OF SIN

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us”— Psalm 103
A woman was shopping one day for a new hearing aid. “How much are your hearing aids?” she asked the salesman. “Anywhere from a dollar to $25,000,” the salesman said.
“What’s the $25,000 one like?”
“Well, the battery will last you 20 years and it translates three languages!”
“And what about the one for a dollar?”
“It’s a button attached to a string,” said the salesman. “We’ve found if you put the button in your ear and the string in your pocket, you’ll be surprised how loudly people will talk!”

It’s interesting to see how many religions of the world deal with the problem of sin. Most of them would say you have to work your way to heaven. And like that button on a string, they simply cover up the problem instead of fixing it.

Christianity, however, deals directly with sin. By faith in Christ’s death on the cross, your sin is completely eradicated and you never have to face condemnation for it!

Unlike any other world religion, Christianity has the solution to the problem of sin. And by faith in Christ, your sins are completely forgiven and you can experience freedom in this life now. So thank God today He’s given you the real solution to the problem of sin!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Thank God that, through your faith in Christ, He’s solved the problem of your sin once and for all!

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a time to laugh

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Rev. E. Anderson
OLDIE-BUT-GOODIE BIBLE GROANERS

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married?
A. Ruthless

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.

Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land. Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.

Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Q. What’s the phone number of the Garden of Eden?
A. ADAM-8-1-2

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.

Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan. The banks were always overflowing.

A CHILD FUNNY

Little Dewey is in art class. The art teacher looks at his blank paper and asks, “What are you drawing?”

Dewey answers, “A cow eating grass.”

“Where’s the grass?”

“The cow ate it.”

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“Oh…well, what about the cow?”

“She ran away.

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