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By Chris Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral
11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.
Silence falls across the nation as people stand and sit in quiet contemplation and remembrance. We remember the sacrifice made by men and women to give us the freedom we have today, and we remember the cost of that sacrifice to civilians and soldiers. We might also use the silent opportunity to pray for areas of the world where there is conflict today and for the innocents around.
I’ve had the duty of leading this time in many different supermarkets over the years and I have always been moved by the fellowship shown and support to each other. It is also the case that two minutes can seem a lot longer than 120 seconds when we stop the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and pause and reflect. But that’s a small amount of time out of a day to make a significant and life changing difference.
As Christians we frequently remember the greatest sacrifice of all, Jesus the Son of God, coming to earth to give up His life to pay the price for our sins. Our monthly communion meeting takes bread and juice which we eat and drink as we read His instructions to us in Luke 22
V17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said “Take this and divide it among you”………
V19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
And so, we remember. We remember that God’s love for us was, and is, so great that He made the sacrifice once and for all. He laid down his life for us as John writes
1 John 3 V16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us
So how do we respond to this? Do we give up our own lives to Him in part or completely? Do we hold onto our past in a way that holds back the future God has planned for us?
I want to encourage you today to take two minutes and to use this time to remember why His sacrifice was made (to reconcile you with God) and to sacrifice to Him every part of your life, trusting in His faithfulness and love. We remember His promises from Jeremiah 29:
V11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
Chris Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral
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.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
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.