Our meetings this Sunday will be led by Major Ian F Payne
10am ‘Jesus Knowing, Not Judging but Loving’
6pm Gospel Free & Easy Music, Songs & Testimony
“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
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Excerpts from our newsletter
27th January 2019
Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.
Firstly can I commence by wishing you all a belated ‘Happy New Year’. Judith and I have had a marvellous holiday in Australia visiting our daughter Beth. The weather was amazing in the high 30’s most of the time, so quite a shock to the system arriving back to 1’ Brrrrr.
Can I thank those who took responsibility for the meetings during this period, Paul, Tony, Nigel & Tim, it is not taken for granted.
Also somewhat belated, but thanks to those from the Corps who joined me for the London New Years Day Parade, what a great occasion and a fantastic reception from the thousands of people gathered on the route.
Today we will be looking at ‘Jesus knowing, not judging, but loving’. We start a new year with a lot to consider, where are we going, what are our challenges and who are we here for?
I want us this year be to constantly going forward & back, back to where it all began for us, Spiritually and desiring people we meet to have that encounter with Jesus, because of what Jesus has done for us.
The world is in a challenging place, our country is in a challenging place, we are in a challenging place – With God we can change those challenges to blessings and victories. ‘If God is for us who can be again us’
Thanks to you all for what you do in your service for God and the practical ways that you serve in this wonderful Corps – sometimes the road is tough but the victory’s are assured and certainly outweigh the negative parts that would try to discourage.
Tonight 6pm, we will have a gospel, free and easy evening, Music, songs & Testimony, come prepared to share, maybe your very first time.
Next week, later than most Corps, due to our furlough, I will be leading our commitment Sunday ‘Living fruitfully as Christians’ – In preparation this week why not take time to have a look at and read through John 15:1-17.
God Bless Chatham Citadel Corps
Ian F Payne
‘I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Please pray this prayer:
Father God, I pray for my church today, that you will fill each of us with your joy and peace, and that, in our worship, our fellowship and mission, we will overflow with hope, by the power of your Holy Spirit, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
I have added to the newsletter seven texts and thoughts to help you in your daily walk with God – I hope you find them useful. You already have the prayer subjects in this newsletter that you can use as you pause each day to make a difference in your life, and those you are praying for
MONDAY Psalm 86:5
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call on you.
Forgiveness is such a sweet blessing. But God does more than forgive! He cleanses and forgets. His love is not metered out or carefully rationed. He pours love upon us if we genuinely seek him as our God and Father. So let’s cry out and ask for God’s forgiveness and praise the mighty and holy name of The Almighty, confidently knowing that our Father longs to bless us with goodness, mercy, and love.
TUESDAY Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
“You mean I have to put up with that!?” There are those folks in life about whom the saying is true: “They are the grit out of which we are to fashion our pearl.” But our great example in this challenge is Jesus. Think of what he had to put up with in his 12 disciples. Remember how transformational his patience and gentleness with them was. Can we dare to do less?
WENESDAY Mark 9:35
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Last? Nobody likes to be last. We have a hard enough time settling for second place, much less last place. Jesus reverses the rank. The person who is most important to him is not the person seeking the status and notoriety. The most important person is like Jesus himself: willing to give up rank and status and importance to serve. For Jesus, last means first in service and first in the eyes of God.
THURSDAY John 4:24
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Genuine worship is a gift. Since God is spirit, since he is holy, we cannot fully approach him without the gift and blessing of his Holy Spirit. As Christians who received his Spirit when we were baptized into Christ and born of God, we can now speak to him and worship him Spirit to Spirit.
FRIDAY Ephesians 6:12-13
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
How often do you forget that we are in a spiritual war? Our enemy is deceptively cunning — take away the immediacy of a threat and the danger appears gone. But he’s there, always. But rather than try to guess his plans and counter all of his moves, Paul reminds us to simply take up the tools God has given us and stand up to the evil one.
SATURDAY James 4:10
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Humble yourselves. That sounds obscene. At least to the “get ahead at all cost” and “don’t look back the competition is gaining on you” culture of self-promotion it sounds obscene. Humility is a forgotten virtue. Often confused with weakness or timidity, humility is about knowing our proper place in the world without flaunting it. Only God can exalt in a permanent way, so the key is to know our place before him and let him put us in the place he chooses to honour him.
SUNDAY Philippians 4:8
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things
Our actions follow our thoughts like a heat seeking missile follows the exhaust of a jet fighter’s engine. So in a day when so much around us trains us to find the negative in life, we must aggressively think and pursue the character, the qualities, and the things of God’s goodness.