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APRIL 2007

SUFFERING
This subject has captured my mind this month, beginning with man’s inhumanity to man. For instance, it has recently been reported that a Sudanese minister and a Janjaweed leader are responsible for the deaths of 200,000 people in Darfur. More than two million people have been forced to leave their homes.

Christians are suffering for their faith. In Nigeria religious violence erupted in the state of Plateau a few weeks ago and has resulted in the deaths of eight pastors and 1,500 Christian believers. Open Doors reports that 173 churches have been destroyed. Militant Islam has resulted in the deaths of Christians in Turkey. Three Christians were tied up and had their throats slit at a Christian publishing house in Malatya. Although arrests have been made the attack adds to concerns about Turkey’s bid to enter the European Union. (A fraction of one per cent make up the country’s population of 71 million.)

Easter reminds us that Christ suffered for us. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things,,, be killed and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31). He died to save us - and in doing so he entered human suffering. Through his suffering he showed that commitment to God should include love and forgiveness.

Pray for peacemakers,


MAY 2007

PENTECOST is noted in a very few calendars and diaries these days. This is another indication that our country, Great Britain, is losing its religious conviction and roots. Pentecost is an important date in the Christian calendar as it marks the advent of the Holy Spirit and birth of the Christian Church (see Acts 2). Celebrated 50 days after Easter, it underlines the fact that the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and poured out his Spirit on those who knew him. The Lord is still empowering his Church with the Spirit, equipping believers to carry on his mission (Acts 1:8).

If we feel unsatisfied with our Christianity, it may be that we need to know the saving and satisfying activity of the Spirit in our lives. The Lord’s promise is still applicable: “If anyone is thirsty, let them come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them” (By this he meant the Spirit - see John 7:37-39.)

We close this page by mentioning the missing Madeleine McCann. Let’s pray for her recovery. Her parents, as devout Roman Catholics, are seeking spiritual help. The psalmist says, “Our help comes from the LORD” (Psalm 121:1).


JUNE 2007

SAD NEWS has dominated the headlines at the end of this month. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to claim many lives. We have felt the grief of those families who have lost their young sons and daughters in the conflict.

Further to this, global rainfalls have caused massive floods across America, through Europe, to China and Australia. Property and homes have been destroyed. Lives have been lost. Massive damage has been caused in the North of England as the River Don overflowed. Climate changes on a massive scale!

Terrorism has raised its ugly head in Great Britain again. Car bombs in central London and Glasgow airport corresponded with the inauguration of Gordon Brown as the new prime minister.

Events like this remind me of those Jesus Christ said would precede this return to earth: “Nation will rise up against nation... there will be great earthquakes, famines, and pestilences in various places, and fearful events” (Luke 21:10).

Jesus is coming!



God Bless you

         Vernon                                                                     Bible



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