I’ve not done very well this month. For some reason I’ve not been able to settle down to producing the blogs. I can’t tell you how frustrating that has been for me personally. I’m going to simply add the notes I’ve taken over the last month as a way of catching up.
Dianne Tidball spent the weekend of 8 July with us.
Dianne delighted to see us working hard and showing God’s grace to people who need it from Filling Station and our wider community. She reaffirmed the message that God has called you and will give you the resources to carry out his work.
Dianne shared her thoughts on 3 John.
She highlighted that this passage was more a postcard than a letter. She believed that there was not single person who wouldn’t like to see god at work more. We make it complicated but Jesus says he’ll give us everything if we just walk in the truth. Influences that tempt us can distract us.
We all like the verse in Isaiah that talks about eagles wings. We’d all that flying feeling, soaring above everything. But some of us are just crawling , life is tough. So today walking in the truth is what it is about. It’s an example for us. Jesus showing what is needed . Jesus is the hero of the kingdom of god. But God has a part for all of us to play. It’s God’s holy gift to all of God’s people. We need to be real though, lets face it, we’re all rubbish at this life thing.
But we don’t need to be. We can make a difference, whether it’s like Dianne’s friend Sue providing taxi money for someone in need, or the three young men who stepped up when her friend Brian Gilbert had to step away from his role in the church.
We need to remember and realise that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is exactly the same power you have to live for Jesus. That’s a truly awesome thought. We need God’s grace and wisdom in us all. We need and hope that our eyes may be enlightened. But we need to recognise that we get spiritual cataracts. We see problems and issues that discourage us.
1 Corinthians not a matter of talk but of power. It’s not a power that will give you friends and status. It’s simply and truly God’s grace. We’re called to do something tough. We’re called to walk in the truth without compromise.
Dianne finished by concluding with an offer to stand with as many people who would like to have prayer with her.