Welcome to God’s house at Bronte as we gather to study, worship, and fellowship. The saying is that April showers bring May flowers, and given that we have had a steady season of rain, hopefully this rainfall will produce the budding and blossoming of flowers for the coming month. How about our lives? Would you like to see it flower? Would you like to see your life bud and blossom into something more than it is? Well, it can as we continue to explore how we can be kept by God through grace. God’s grace is like a fragrant flower, a power, an experience, a force and favour, merit, and mercy which we need in our lives. If it were not for grace, we would not be here or have what we do. If I am speeding and I get a ticket because I broke the law and it gets dropped by the judge, that’s grace. I don’t deserve it; I should get the ticket, but I received pardon. It does not give me the liberty or license to speed or break the law, but rather allows me to have a new slate again, learn from my mistakes, and I am indebted to grace. God’s grace works to forgive, heal, and restore. We often use the term as well to describe something beautiful, ergo, graceful – “a graceful flower or a graceful person”. We must receive God’s gift of grace (Jesus and Salvation) by faith and allow it to accomplish its purpose (Ephesians 2:8-10). We are created by God, for God, and grace helps to restore God’s image in us. All things we have and become are because of the power of God’s grace. May our prayer be, “God give me more grace today and everyday and work to make your beautiful creation out of my life”. I need more grace in my life, how about you?
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Welcome to Bronte! We hope and pray that you will experience a renewed sense of joy, meaning, and receive a blessing! We are moving into a season where we may feel anxious, sad, alone, and perhaps our New Year resolutions seem to slide as we relapse to old practices. It’s okay to feel this way. We all do at times; in our humanity we feel weak, weary, and stretched. The good news is we don’t have to stay there! God wants us to experience His presence and joy. David, who knew about almost every human condition, resonates with us and gives us pointers to appeal to God, “Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of your salvation…” (Psalm 51:11-12). May we come to our God, who has arms open wide, ready to restore us to a place of health, healing, and hope.
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Welcome to Bronte! We are launching our new monthly theme on exploring the character of God. The more we focus on something or someone we are drawn to, we somehow begin to take on characteristics that may resemble that object or person. The question is, “what is our focus for 2017?” What consumes the best of our time, energy, efforts, and attention? I am hoping that we will “with open face beholding” become more changed by Him into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18). If we were to summarize the character of God in one word it would simply, but profoundly, be “love.” The Bible makes it clear that “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). As we continue in this year, may our eyes be fixed, our minds be focused, our steps be ordered, and our lives stay on God, as we are changed by Him.
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Welcome back to church and the Bronte family! As we gather to study, worship, and fellowship, may we truly experience a fresh anointing of God through the Holy Spirit in our lives. The new year is still in its infancy and we have time to make adjustments and set things right. I think of the analogy that new year is like a baby just beginning to walk. First, the baby must creep, crawl, strive, struggle, get up and fall at times in order to ensure he/she can walk on both feet. It is not easy for the baby, but there is seen a persistent determination not to deter him/her from that course of action. Also, a baby often feeds frequently on food (“milk and meat”) to have the energy. The baby is deliberate and decisive to walk and walk well. How about us this new year? How will we walk with God? Will we creep, crawl or walk crooked with God? Or will we desire to walk with God like Enoch of old did. The Bible says that “Enoch walked with God and he was not (found among men), because God took him (Genesis 5:24). Don’t give up. Feed on His word, seek the Lord, pray on, keep walking, striving, living, and moving forward with God, guided by the Holy Spirit. God desires to walk with us and is waiting for you, will you take the step?
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Welcome to the Bronte Church Family today. We have gathered this last Sabbath to study, worship, fellowship and give thanks together. It is an exciting and yet solemn time as we are on the eve of a New Year. Where has time elapsed? What have we accomplished this past year? Have we invested more in the kingdom of God? Are we further on in our journey with Jesus? Have we laid aside those impediments that affect our communion with God? Are we too distracted by the world that we are not preparing enough for the world to come? This past year we have seen so many changes in our lives and in our world that indicate we are one year closer to coming of our Lord. This last day of the year 2016 falls on a Sabbath, and what a grand opportunity we have to review, reflect, remember and renew our commitment and covenant to our God. I desire to have a closer walk, a deeper experience, a fresh appreciation of salvation, a revival in my soul, and more love to God and others through service. How about you? May we “seek the Lord while He may be found and call upon Him while He is near…” (Isaiah 55:6). Lord, make me over again and “restore unto me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12) today and from this day forward, Amen.
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Good morning! We trust your experience today will be uplifting as we study, worship, and fellowship. We have lived to see the last month of the year of 2016! Where has the time gone? As we reflect this month, we will explore the theme, “the Man for all seasons” and hope that we will desire a closer walk, a deeper experience, and fresher appreciation of Jesus. May we also inquire more about Him. May all of our wants, needs, desires, dreams, and hope be wrapped up in Him. So many people will allow another month and year to go by, but will not pause to think about the One who without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). May our prayer be, “give me Jesus in the morning, at noon, in the evening, and all day long.” Let us never leave home or our lives without Him!
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Welcome to Bronte Church! Have you ever seen fire fall from heaven? We have perhaps seen fireworks or some dazzling display of fire or pyrotechnics that captivated us. Fire is a fascinating element, source of energy and light. When it’s cold or dark at camp we light a fire, or when we want to burn something, we light a fire to consume it. Likewise, we need to keep the “fire” burning in our lives. If it goes out, we may grow cold in many ways and lose the light along the way. In our spiritual lives, fire purifies, refines, unites, warms and illuminates our way and we become like “gold tried in the fire” (Revelation 3:18) developing a character for eternity. As we conclude our series for this month, we pray that God will light or reignite a fire in your hearts to burn for him in sharing your faith, serving him, and making Him and His kingdom business a priority. Let the fire of the Holy Spirit fall on us and renew our minds, revive our spirits, and restore our souls to God.
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