To the Light & Life Full Gospel Fellowship church in Landor Road, grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
To God be all the glory for his Grace and mercy bringing us through until now. The year is swiftly drawing to a close and thoughts of the past and our hopes and plans for the future are on our minds. Our experience of God’s grace through the year is to encourage us to leave the future in His hands. Remember He has promised never to leave or forsake us even in the midst of our storms. Our heavenly Father knows our needs and He promise to supply. Let us cast our burden on Him and worry about nothing but pray about everything. In the words of that well known song “I don’t know about tomorrow, it may bring me poverty. But the one that feeds the sparrow is the one that stands by me. And the path that be my portion, may be thru the flame or flood. But His presence goes before me, And I’m covered with His blood.”
Allow me to encourage you in the words of my daily devotional. John 3:16 gives us the message of Christmas. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” While this verse is often overlooked as being a “Christmas verse” we can easily see the loving, giving heart of the Father in that he gave His only begotten Son.
God the Father set the example of giving, and it was carried on through the life of Christ while He lived here on this earth. Jesus said in John 14:9…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? This spirit of giving originated with the Father and radiated through the Son, and in turn Jesus commands us to do the same in John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
This love is not based on feelings or emotions, otherwise Jesus would not have been able to “command” us to love. He is talking about the kind of love He had when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “not my will, but thine be done”. He is talking about each one of us doing our part in love regardless of what we “feel” like at any given moment. This is the kind of love that will visit a nursing home and hold the hand of one who is discouraged. This is the kind of love that will cry with another who cries, and rejoice with another who rejoices. This is the kind of love that will look “beyond faults” and see the need.
I encourage you at this wonderful time of year to appreciate our giving God once again, and to minister to the “one another’s” all around us.
Congratulation to Sister Rosalind Clarke and her team “Matthew” for winning 2019 Rally. God bless you and well done to everyone who took part in raising funds towards our New Building
Thank you for your continued support and commitment. I pray that the month of December will be a time of peace and victory.
Senior Pastor Herma Buttler