St. Pauls Presbyterian Church

Armidale.

Moonbi Christian Fellowship.

( A Presbyterian Church )

Meets at 9 am every Sunday at the Coach House,

Churchill Drive, Moonbi.

Rev David Seaman 0422 089 746

Gordon 6761 2979 Alex 6766 6334

You are most welcome to attend.

PASTORAL LETTER No. 31

12th October, 2020.

 

Dear Friends,

 

We are rejoicing that some of us are enabled once more to meet together for worship in The Coach House. I do hope that the folk from Tamworth will be able to meet for worship with us soon, particularly if the government relaxes “the four square metre” rule to two square metres, because, at present we are only able to have 18 meet together.

 

I was reminded this week of how easy it is to find fault in so many situations. This or that person does something we don’t agree with, and we quickly find fault. The trouble is, we then continually find fault. And when we know that we are right!!! we are quickly drawn to others who can agree with our mind-set, and best of all, find facts and figures to back this up. For example, climate change, or “lockdown”. Now, I’m not saying that it is wrong to speak up for what we believe to be true, by any means. But the danger comes in when we forget that we are to love one another and are drawn into the downward spiral of condemning others to the point where we are looking for fault.. I remember well a great friend of mine who said once that it is very easy to get a following on social issues, but our focus is to proclaim Christ, not to sink to where we argue tit for tat, without regard for the biggest issue of all. It is by love for Christ and our fellowman that we are to live by.

 

Paul the Apostle puts it this way in Philippians 4:1-9, “stand fast in the Lord...Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things....and the God of peace shall be with you.” Surely then, if this be our mind-set, if Christ be foremost in our minds and thoughts, then our attitudes are softened, and our love is enhanced, both for Him, and our fellowman.

 

We have so much as Christians to rejoice in, and, notice above the translation has a capital letter for Rejoice. It’s important to remember the great things which the Lord has done.We are to be moderate ( i.e. avoiding excessiveness) so that this is evident to others, even those we disagree with. Our prayers are to be with thanksgiving. How can we be thankful if we continually concentrate on what is negative? If we are looking at that which is true, honest, righteous, pure, lovely, and of a good nature, then we will have that peace in our hearts which only God can give us, and thus have a positive effect on those around us.

 

Isaiah knew this when he glorified the Lord in Chapter 24 and part of chapter 25. “O Lord, you are my God: I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things; your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.... You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm agains a wall....He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord has spoken it....This is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.... You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust you in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength...yes, in the way of your judgements, O Lord, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name, and to the remembrance of you. With my soul have I desired you in the night: yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early: for when your judgements are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”

 

How easy it is to get involved in the things of earth, to be drawn in, such that they become our focus. I must watch this or that political commentator, for they make so much sense. But beware! Do they have an insight given by God, or are they just the wise of this world? We must look to Christ continually, that HE might be our main focus. And when Jesus is our focus, the world is seen with totally different eyes. The meanness, aggressiveness, and self righteousness start to fall away, and love and peace come into our hearts. Does not God rule the world? Are not all things under His control? Is not His purpose being worked out? Are we not His people whom he will guide and protect? Then we are to concentrate on all things that are right and proper and true in the eyes of God. Read Isaiah Chapter 40. “ Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith the Lord....Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand...He shall feed his flock like a shepherd...To whom..will ye liken God? ...hath it not been told you from the beginning?...It is he...that brings the princes to nothing;...to whom then will you liken me, or shall I be equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things...for that he is strong in power, not one fails...Have you not known? have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength...they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

Who are you looking to?

 

God bless and keep you

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon Dandie.

 

 

 

 

PRAY for godly wisdom, for yourself, for your family, for your friends, for our commentators, for our political leaders, for our nation, and above all for our Church.