Welcome to Bronte on this last Sabbath of January. Where has the time gone? Are we all meeting our new year’s resolutions? Are we on target with our goals? For many of us, the year has started at a rapid pace, some on a positive note and others not quite what they expected. Yet, through it all, we trust that perhaps the greater of all resolutions would be to have a closer walk and deeper experience with God. In a book that I read some time ago entitled, “Experiencing God”, the author suggests that we all, at times don’t understand God, His purposes, plans, and projection for our lives. Anything significant that happens in our life will be as a result of God’s activity in our life. Romans 8:28, says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” He wants to bring us into a closely knit relationship with Him; the great God of the Universe is small enough to reside in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). So may God guide us, lead us, direct our paths, order our steps and bless us all today and from this day forward in His Way, by His Word, and according to His will for our life! Seek Him first, make Him best, and just leave the rest to Him!
Welcome to Bronte on Our Lord’s day! When we think about service and witnessing our faith, we often imagine going away, leaving our comfort zone, or being uprooted. However, service and witnessing starts here – in our neighbourhood, at the workplace, in the community, at church, and where our circle of life leads us. The operative key to witnessing as a Christian is influence. The eloquence of our life speaks louder than the eloquence of our words. We don’t have to “preach”, but instead let His light shine through us by doing a kind gesture, sharing a word of hope/cheer, or lending a helping hand. Jesus says in Matthew 5:13-16…
“You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world… Let your light shine before [people] that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Let’s ask for God’s grace, seasoned with love, to help us be the salt that adds flavour and be the light that dispels the darkness within our circle of life, all for our Father’s glory!