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Verse for the Year: Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11

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During March 2020 all of our services and meetings were suspended due to the impact of and Governement response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of my keeping in touch with everyone I began to write weekly letters. These blog posts are simply extracts from those letters.

By bridcf, Apr 19 2020 08:31AM

My sermon this week focuses on an important lesson that we can learn at this time of lockdown and the Coronavirus pandemic - that ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’ (Psalm 46:1)


This is a wonderful truth for Christians to hold on to and is a message worth sharing, directing others to trust in Him. For your encouragement and as a way of sharing this wonderful truth, we have produced an A4 poster of Psalm 46:1 for you to display in your window.


The words of the following song by Keith and Kristyn Getty sum up what is to know God as our refuge and strength and to know His ever-present help in trouble:


When trials come no longer fear

for in the pain our God draws near

to fire a faith worth more than gold

and there His faithfulness is told

and there His faithfulness is told.


Within the night I know Your peace;

the breath of God brings strength to me

and new each morning mercy flows

as treasures of the darkness grow,

as treasures of the darkness grow.


I turn to wisdom not my own

for every battle You have known.

My confidence will rest in You;

Your love endures, Your ways are good,

Your love endures, Your ways are good.


When I am weary with the cost,

I see the triumph of the cross;

so in its shadow I shall run

til You complete the work begun,

til you complete the work begun.


One day all things will be made new;

I'll see the hope You called me to

and in Your kingdom paved with gold

I'll praise Your faithfulness of old,

I'll praise Your faithfulness of old.


When Trials Come lyrics © Thank You Music Ltd





By bridcf, Apr 11 2020 05:14PM

As we celebrate Easter and think about Christ’s death and resurrection, I’d like to share with you the following poem which sums up the real meaning of Easter.


Christ's Obituary Greta Zwaan © 2013


Beware if my obituary is stating I am dead;

I bear the scars of suffering, the thorns upon my head;

the marks where nails were driven, the lashes on my back;

the deep humiliation, the angry mob's attack.

The torment of deep hatred, the mistrust and the guile;

the words that bite like adders, such cruel words defile.

It did not thwart my purpose, it did not change my plan,

the need seemed only greater, the sinfulness of man.

Before my journey started, my mission was to save,

before my earthly entrance, man had become sin's slave.

I knew the pain I'd suffer, the burden that I'd bear,

the price that sin demanded had to be carried there.

The cross could never hold Me, my Father set me free;

I live! I walk in glory! No grave had claims on me.

And through my death I conquered the perils all men face,

sin is no more a victor, it's been replaced by grace.

Salvation's door is opened, the key is to believe,

for mercy is extended the moment you receive,

the gift of God's forgiveness, you're not a slave to sin,

you are a new creation when Jesus enters in.


By bridcf, Apr 5 2020 11:14AM

Do you know that rainbows are appearing in windows all over Bridlington? When we go for our daily exercise we are seeing these more and more, especially in houses where there are children who have drawn them to display. They symbolise that out of the storm (the present challenging times) will come a beautiful rainbow as a symbol of beauty and peace. The point is that there is hope for the future.

The rainbow is also a sign of God’s promise to Noah after He flooded the earth that He will never again send floodwaters to destroy all life. God says: I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. (Genesis 9:13, New Living Translation) For Noah and his family this was a vital promise. They could be sure that now God had brought them through the hard time of the flood there was a hope and a future for them as they trusted and followed Him.

As God’s people we too know that in hard times there is a hope and a future for us as we trust and follow the Lord Jesus. 1 Peter 1:3 says this: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is the real and certain hope that we want everyone to know.

As we see the sign of the rainbow in houses it should be an encouragement to us that people are looking for hope to come at the end of this crisis. So let us pray that even in these challenging times God would give us opportunities to bring His message of real and certain hope to those who do not yet know Him.

By bridcf, Apr 2 2020 03:30PM

This morning I had to make an essential journey to the post office to send back the music for my May orchestra concert which has now been cancelled. Whilst waiting at the level crossing at a safe distance another man began to tell me his views about the current Coronavirus situation. He was keen to tell me that he wasn’t surprised that it had happened and thought that we had been building up to something as we had been been messing around with the world for far too long.

Although I didn’t get the opportunity to share the gospel with him before he went on his way, I felt that God used this encounter to reveal to me that there are people in our community who are giving serious thought to what is going on around them and are looking for explanations. During our Week of Prayer back in January we prayed for God to work in the hearts and minds of Bridlington residents so that they may be open to receive His message of salvation. This may well be the time for Him to do so.

Let us be encouraged that even at this time God is at work and make it a real matter for prayer that God gives us opportunities to explain the truth of the gospel to people so that all Bridlington will fear the Lord and all the people of Bridlington revere Him. (Psalm 33:8)


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