For the last few weeks some members of ECB and Highway Church have been attending a church planting course in London. We are the largest group on the course and I am truly thankful for the commitment of our Churches in Bicester family to joint endeavours to spread the Message of Christ locally. I have found it an amazing experience to go on the course.
Thought for the Week
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Oscar Wilde famously said “I can resist anything but temptation”. A saying I think we can all relate with!
This year has already been quite challenging for me in every area of my life; physical, emotional and spiritual. Without going into details, I have been in fairly intense physical pain, work pressures, and emotional pain. In this process, I feel a challenge to choose to trust and walk with God in it - and grow in Him through it.
There is a timeworn word ‘Journey’ used to describe Christian living. Our lives are not static – we go through various landscapes as we mature, and come across stumbling blocks. Learning to negotiate around these is what gives us character and strength to keep going. We learn who we really are, at core.
As farmers, we like to think of ourselves as good 'stewards of the countryside'. We look after our little patch, keeping them tidy (-ish!) and in good heart. But I feel challenged if I ask myself why?
My ‘thought for the week’ has actually been my ‘thought of the year’ with my last 12 months prayers and thoughts mainly dedicated to the question, What is Church? I would also (as the youth worker) like to write about the youth work in our church however I feel that demographic has featured heavily in my thoughts of ‘Church’.