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In the first commandment God says that we should have no other God's before him. Last Saturday we thought about how God should be first
F  in our Finances
  in our Interests
R  in our Relationships
S  in our Schedules 
T  in our Troubles
 Lois Blanchard Eades has written a thought provoking poem which is reproduced below.


“If Jesus Came to your House to Spend a Day or Two...."

If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two,

If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do?

Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room to such an honoured Guest,

And all the food you'd serve to Him would be the very best,

And you would keep assuring Him you're glad to have Him there,

That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.


But, when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door?

With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor?

Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in?

Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they'd been?

Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn't heard?

And wish you hadn't uttered that last loud hasty word?


Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?

Could you let Jesus right in, or would you rush about?

And I wonder if the Saviour spent a day or two with you,

Would you go right on doing the things you always do?

Would you go right on saying the things you always say?

Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?


Would your family conversation keep up it's usual pace?

And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?

Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you read?

And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you plan to go?

Or would you maybe change your plans for just a day or so?


Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends?

Or would you hope they'd stay away until His visit ends?

Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?

Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?

It might be interesting to know the things that you would do,

If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.

Lois Blanchard Eades

It is an amazing thing that when the calendar changes so many people seize the opportunity to make changes in their lives.  The most obvious evidence of this is the outburst of fluorescent green lycra pounding the pavements.  Driving to church in Ashford on the first weekend in January was a surreal spring morning with the sudden burst of colour among the grey.

I was speaking to a friend who was planning a 15 mile run in the build up to a marathon and I know her combination of a goal, great basic fitness and organisation will get her over the line. However, the fall out rate is pretty high, not helped by the January weather and the lingering effects of roast turkey and Christmas pudding.  If you have made a resolution I hope you keep it up.  If the resolution is to get fit remember that the worst training session was better for you than the sofa. 

Maybe fitness is not your thing.  There are plenty of other things we hope to be better in 2014.  The papers tell us the economy is picking up and that there was the fastest rise in employment on record.  January is also the month when more people look for a new job than any other month.  Work is part of God’s purpose for our lives and I hope that if you are searching for a new role God will bless you.

Another area that many of us look to improve is our relationships.  It is good to desire to be better husbands, wives, parents, sons, daughters, friends and neighbours.  Great relationships are mutually beneficial and an area I intend to work on in 2014.

As we look around us we ought to long for the world to be a more peaceful place.  The number of conflicts is practically impossible to keep up with.  As I write the suffering in Syria and South Sudan currently vie for the headlines with the rioting in Kiev.

So what about Grace Fellowship?  What should we be looking for in 2014?

First, we should look for a deepening trust in God - I have just read a verse that so many look to for comfort: Jeremiah 29 v11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”       

Secondly we should seek a deeper relationship with God.  The verse that follows Jeremiah 29 v11 is less well known but a great response “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.”  God stands ready to receive us and longs to hear our prayers.  Let us resolve to use this great privilege more and more.  This is not just about prayer; it is about reading, understanding and obeying the Bible.  So on Sundays at 6.30 pm we will be looking at how we should read the Bible.  I am excited at how a practical and hands on series will open up God’s Word to us.

Our third big priority has to be to serve our community (Great Chart, Ashford and Singleton) for the sake of the good news of the gospel.  Here we want to see the babies and toddlers group “Bubbles” go from strength to strength.  We plan to launch ‘Salt and Light’ lunch club in the early spring, offering friendship and a light lunch to anyone who wants to join us.  The next thing we are planning to launch is the Christianity Explored course.  This asks the question “One life.  What’s it all about?”  That is a question we should all want to resolve in 2014? Watch the website and front of the church for more information

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