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By Denise Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral
Firstly, a very Happy New year to you all.
It’s a tradition at this time of year to make resolutions. I know that in the past I have made plenty: to eat healthier, drink more water, watch less television, exercise regularly and so on. You may recognise some of these and can probably add more of your own!
Unfortunately the reality for me has been that these resolutions have always been broken at some point. Some have lasted longer than others, even years, but there has always been an end. Being truly open and honest, I love chocolate, think water is bland, relish escaping into a good series, documentary or film, oh and I detest exercise!!
I have also come to the realisation that these promises, which we make to ourselves and sometimes to others, aren’t usually something we really want to do, otherwise we already would be, right?
For me, they had often been made from a place of insecurity or unhappiness, because they were generated by the lie that “Life would be better if only…”
So over time as I have understood that I am enough as I am. I am content.
However, what I do love is the meaning of resolution’s root word ‘resolute’ which is admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
This is where I can get on board with being resolute, in my growth as a Christian. We are never the finished article, as Paul reminds us in Philippians 3 v 13-14.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
However, we can be admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering in our pursuit of pushing forward into a more Christ-like life.
I know I have much more to learn and I want to be driven; in my Bible study, prayer life and relationship with my Lord, so that I can press on until I am called heavenward.
So I pray that you will be resolute with me, and that you will know God’s blessing in 2023.
Denise Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral
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Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?
Nicki and Dave on how walking the streets and praying for our neighbours can lead to some unexpected opportunities to spread God’s word.