Holland Methodist Church

Connexional Bishop

Walk in Forgiveness

“Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the churchsins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seventimes” Matt. 18:  21-22.

Forgiveness is a conscious, intentional decision to release feelings of bitterness or retaliation towards a person or group who has harmed you, irrespective of whether they really deserve to be forgiven or not. We often hurt or offend others, be it consciously or inadvertently. Consequently, one of the most urgent needs in communities, churches, families, offices, and workplaces, is forgiveness. This is a common need, irrespective of race, creed, age, or stage in life. 

Jewish rabbis taught that people should forgive those who offended them three times. It was a common subject in Jesus’ teachings and interactions. Considering this, Peter, wishing to be exceptionally generous, asked Jesus if he should forgive an offender seven times. Jesus said not seven but seventy times seven. 

In the parable of the forgiving master and the unforgiving servant, Jesus tells us that God, the master, forgives because God is gracious and compassionate. God will not treat us as we deserve. The Psalmist said: “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered” Psalm 130:3-4. What is required is honesty and repentance. John says: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:8-9. This demonstration of grace is limitless. We forgive seventy times seven and keep going. 

Unlike the recently-forgiven, unforgiving servant in the parable, who refused to walk in forgiveness, we should forgive those who hurt us not because they deserve it, but because we have been forgiven and must therefore show compassion towards others; it is also good for our spiritual, psychological, and physical health for us to forgive. I agree with Nelson Mandela that: “When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.” Forgiveness brings the forgiver peace of mind and frees him or her from corrosive anger and a festering wound. It empowers the forgiver to acknowledge the wound and pain suffered without allowing that hurt to define him or her, enabling reconciliation and the strength to move on. The forgiven must walk in forgiveness. 

Forgiving others who have hurt us is not easy, because it is much more than saying “I am sorry” or glossing over or denying the seriousness of the offence. For forgiveness to become a permanent attitude rather than an occasional act, we need the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to empower us. That’s why Alexander Pope said: ‘To err is human; to forgive, divine’. You and I need the grace and power of the Holy Spirit to be forgiving persons. 

As we go through this Lenten season, let us ask God to enable us to walk in forgiveness. 

Thought: An unforgiving heart displeases God.

Prayer Focus:
Gracious God, cleanse the depths of our hearts and eradicate all resentment, so that we can be reconciled with you and our fellow human beings, and that our lives can spread your peace.
For Christ’s sake. Amen

Pause and Reflect

GRASPING OPPORTUNITIES

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money” Matthew 25:14-18.

Years ago, I started piano lessons with Teacher, free of cost. I didn’t mind the “Sit up straight”, but I could not appreciate the sound and after-effects of the ruler on my knuckles. I abandoned the opportunity and have lived to regret it.

Have you ever heard the saying: “God will supply us with the opportunity, but it’s up to us to do something with it”? Taking advantage of our God-given opportunities is precisely the message of our text. The focus is on the servant who failed to use his opportunity and ended up losing the little he had.

The context of this Advent parable is the departure and anticipated return of Jesus. In this perspective, Jesus directs the listeners’ attention to the issues of faithfulness, preparedness, and risk, rather than to the obsession with speculating about when Jesus will come again. Waiting and watching for Jesus’ return requires being good stewards of our resources and opportunities. In the parable, two of the servants took advantage of their opportunities; the third did not. When viewed from this perspective, this is a disturbing story about what we Christians do or do not do with our opportunities while we await the manifestation of the Kingdom of God and the second coming of Jesus.

The three servants fall into two categories: faithful and unfaithful. The faithful servants took their opportunities and put them to work for their master. The unfaithful servant refused to use his opportunity. He buried it. Ironically, whereas his master expressed confidence in him, he judged his master to be a harsh man.

It is worth observing that the servant who buried his talent was not a dishonest servant who was out to get whatever he could from his master. There is no hint of fraud, deceit, or scandal. He seemed to have had no plans to embezzle the funds or to swindle his master. Furthermore, there is no indication that he was a philanderer or a prodigal out having a good time. Far from it! Discretion, caution, and deliberateness were his virtues. Unfortunately, his virtues became vices.

Friends, prudence can become impeding self-protectiveness and restraint. If we are not guided by a higher power and principles, that which is our strong point can weaken us. In this case, his inhibition turned to fear, and the servant ended up refusing to grasp his one opportunity.

By doing nothing, he committed a sin and robbed his Lord of service and increase. The Master reprimanded the servant for wasting his opportunity, and took this opportunity away from him, giving it to the one who had made the best use of his opportunity.

Opportunities are all around us: opportunities to witness for Jesus; to lend a helping hand to a child or to someone in need; to assist an individual financially; to say an encouraging word to a disheartened person; to tell of the goodness of God; to see and appreciate the beauty of creation, and many more. Only God knows why some people are given more opportunities than others. So having opportunities is not really the issue, because we all have been awarded something. Therefore, let us ask God to make us alert enough to grasp and use the opportunities given to us.

Thought: What we do not use for the Lord, we are in danger of losing.

Prayer: Providing God, help us to be aware of the opportunities you give to us, and to use them according to your good pleasure and your glory. Amen.

Bishop, The Rev’d Everald L. Galbraith
President of Conference

Connexional Pres. Message

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The grace and peace of the Lord be with you!

Our pilgrimage continues into a new Connexional Year. We are constrained to join with Charles Wesley and joyfully declare:

His providence hath brought us through
Another various year; (VIP 503).

We celebrate God’s grace and mercy during the past year and renew and reaffirm our hope and confidence that “the best is yet to come” because God is with us.  Friends, through all the changing and unpredictable scenes of life, our loving and compassionate God is with us. Therefore, we cannot allow ourselves to be daunted by all the negative forces around us.  

As believers and citizens of this region we are forced to grapple with the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, hurricanes, earthquake, crime and violence, volcanic eruption, and other natural and manmade disasters.  The sacrifices and dedication of our governments, health care workers, first responders, educators, scientists, and all who are giving yeomen service in the interest of the welfare and well-being of our citizens are indicators that there is love, goodness, tenacity, and hope in our people. The creativity, resilience, determination, and faith of our clergy and laity during these times are evidence that greater is he who is in us than he that is in the world.

The Connexional Theme for the Triennium: “Facing the Task Unfinished: Pressing Forward with Christ”, the development and approval of the MCCA Unified Strategic Direction 2021-2026 are further evidence of the unyielding conviction that God is not finished with the MCCA. Every member of the MCCA ought to remember that it’s our mission to spread scriptural holiness and transform societies. This is an unfinished task of our Church. As disciples, it is our task to make more disciples as we go. We are assured of Jesus’ presence in all circumstances.  By God’s grace a brighter future awaits us as we press forward with Christ.

We celebrate with the four ministers who have now joined the noble rank of the superannuated. It is encouraging that four additional soldiers have joined the front

line as they begin Circuit ministry, and one has joined those who are in training at UTCWI. They need our prayers. Many more soldiers of Christ are required. Join me in encouraging others to respond positively to God’s call to ordained and lay ministry.

We praise God for our Esteemed Patriarch of Caribbean Methodism, Rev’d Dr. Claude Langton Cadogan, who was promoted to glory on August 20, 2021. He was blessed with over 106 years on this earth, and we were fortunate to have journeyed with him. Our faithful God will give him eternal rest. 

Praise God for the commitment and faithfulness of the officers, leaders, preachers, and members. The work of God, especially in these times, is not easy. However, I assure you that God will strengthen us as we continue to give the best of our time, talent, and treasure for the work of the Church. 

In closing, the three new Connexional Officers, the Immediate Past Vice President  and I will need your continued prayers and encouragement as we seek to lead God’s Church, according to God’s will, during these turbulent times.  

Sisters and Brothers, let us “Press Forward with Christ” and be determined that:

Our lips and lives shall gladly show
The wonders of Thy (God’s) love,
While on in Jesu’s steps we go
To see Thy (Christ) face above.

                                                                       Charles Wesley VIP 503

We will not be defeated because God is with us, and God is on our side. Let’s stay on God’s side.

Everald Galbraith
Connexional President
September 1, 2021

Facing the Task Unfinished: Pressing Forward with Christ

Serving And Following Jesus

“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour” John 12:26.

Drawing closer to the climactic experiences of his mortal life, Jesus received the welcome news that some Greeks wanted to speak with him. It is conceivable that these Greeks were in Jerusalem for the Passover Festival, and may have been among the merchants whose tables had been overturned when Jesus sought to cleanse the Court of the Gentiles in the Temple. To Jesus, this was a very significant moment, as it signalled the approaching time for his glorification, that is, his arrest, trial, suffering, and death. Jesus used the opportunity to speak about the cost and blessings of following and serving him.

Against the background of the desire of the Gentiles “to see” him, and the shadow of the cross growing progressively larger and brighter, Jesus emphasized that his followers must serve him, must be prepared to go wherever he goes, and must share in his lot, whatever that may entail. Following and serving Jesus will not necessarily be a pleasant, uneventful experience, and may result in discomfort, suffering, or even death; but whoever endures to the end will receive God’s approval.

Most significantly, Jesus referred to himself five times in verse 26 by saying “me” three times, and “I” and “my” once. In this scripture passage, you and I are both being summoned to recognize that Jesus is the object of true devotion. This invitation is nothing new. The commencement of Jesus’ public ministry was accompanied by the call of Peter and Andrew to “Come, follow me” (Mk. 1:17), and throughout his three years of ministry, he called people consistently to follow him. However, he insisted that it would not be a joyride by saying: “ ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). 

The Bible tells us that human beings were created in God’s imagine to serve God: to love God with our whole being, and to obey and enjoy God eternally. However, we do not exist independently of God. We continually depend on God for our  existence and sustenance. Therefore, service that honours and pleases God can be rendered in God’s strength alone. Accordingly, “whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11b).

Following and serving Jesus requires a willingness to give our best to the work of God; having a readiness not only to live, but also, to die for Jesus, to follow him to the cross, if Jesus calls us to do so. This service abhors shoddy work, despises being lackadaisical and tardy; it seeks to go to those who need us most, and does not pick and choose where, who, and when we serve. No! This does not mean being reckless, irrational, and throwing caution to the wind. It means trusting God to order our steps, and to be like Mary Brown who said to God:

I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord,
O’er mountain, or plain, or sea;
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord,
I’ll be what You want me to be.” 

Thought:      Our duty is to follow Jesus, and our eminent and profound hope is to be with the Lord eternally. 

Prayer Focus: Jesus, thank you for calling all of us to follow and serve you, and for assuring us that you will not abandon us neither in this life nor the next. Help us to trust you always. Amen.

Look To Jesus And Live

“So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live” (Num. 21:9).

God’s chosen people were liberated from Egyptian enslavement and were journeying to a prosperous land to call their own. However, the journey was not void of problems, and the people grew tired, impatient, and rebellious. They complained bitterly about the lack of bread and water, and the despicable food (v. 5).  They rebelled against Moses, their human leader, and God, their ever-present, all-powerful, and all-knowing Liberator and Leader.

In the desert venomous snakes bit some, and many died. This was regarded as divine punishment. They acknowledged the error of their ways, repented, and pleaded with Moses to intercede for them (v. 7). Moses prayed, and God told him to construct a bronze snake, hoist it on a pole, and that whoever was bitten should look at the bronze snake and would live. It should be noted that it was not the bronze snake that healed them but their faith in God. Healing came when they obeyed God’s instruction to look on the bronze snake. 

In helping Nicodemus understand that every life can be transformed by believing in him, Jesus said: “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3: 14-15).Looking to Jesus will result in salvation from the sickness of sin and eternal separation from God, or spiritual death. 

It has been a universal practice to look in various directions to fulfil the need to have life and to live life “more abundantly” (John 10:10). Some of these directions relate to children, spiritual leaders, wealth, fame, philanthropy, politicians, and popularity.  

Jesus is the life and the life giver.  Without Jesus we are living dead but when we look to him, when we  will become alive and be guaranteed “eternal life” (John 3: 15) and participation in God’s Kingdom. Friends, God did not give up on the rebellious Hebrews but made a way for them to be healed and live. Like God, Jesus does not condemn anyone, regardless of how sinful and rebellious he or she is. Jesus gives life when we love to him.

In the very powerful invitation to salvation, William A. Ogden wrote:

I’ve a message from the Lord, hallelujah!
This message unto you I’ll give,
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live”
.

Refrain:
“Look and live,” my brother, live,
Look to Jesus now, and live;
’Tis recorded in His word, hallelujah!
It is only that you “look and live”
.

Yes! Jesus brings clarity and authenticity to our existence, and when we look to him, we will experience a more abundant life. When we look to Jesus, we will have a new zest for living and for making this world a better place. Our world can be different; our experiences and responses can be more creative, imaginative, and life-affirming if we look constantly on Jesus.

Therefore, as we tread the treacherous paths of life (Matt. 14:30) and daily run our race for Jesus, let us keep our eyes fixed on him (Heb. 12:2). Let us never forget that when we look fully in the wonderful face of Jesus, all the things of this world will decrease in brightness because of his love, power, compassion, and grace. 

Thought: Focus on Jesus and see the world through his eyes. 

Prayer: God, the road is long and often lonely. Help me to always
look at Jesus and see everything and everyone through his eyes, for Christ’s sake. Amen!

Unrighteousness In The Church

He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace” (John 2:16).

A WhatsApp message quoting Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, Presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of the Action Chapel International (ACI) ministry, headquartered in Accra, Ghana, had me thinking. Archbishop Williams said that after a period of prayer, God had revealed to him that: “The gathering you call a church is no longer a church before my eyes but a place of tussle for power, position, fame, division, superiority, supremacy, and authority…The hearts of the people are divided against each other and brothers are seeking the downfall of brothers for the sake of position and authorityI am very bitter with the Church.

This revelation had me thinking about what the Bible calls The Cleaning of the Temple. According to St. John, at the beginning of his ministry, Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. The Passover recalls and celebrates God’s liberation of the Hebrews from the shackles of domination, exploitation, and oppression in Egypt. The annual pilgrimage saw Jews from all over the world going to Jerusalem to worship and meet their religious obligations such as paying Temple tax and sacrificing animals and birds. 

The necessary and convenient business of selling suitable animals and birds and operating a cambio to exchange foreign coinage for Temple coinage had been developed and promoted by the religious and temple authorities. Unfortunately, this service had descended into shady commercial activities which were oppressive, exploitative, and a source of unjust enrichment for the traders, money changers, and the temple authorities who controlled the business.

On arrival, Jesus was disturbed and disgusted at the unrighteous use of the Temple. Enraged, he attacked the dishonesty of the traders and objected to the trade. John said: “Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables” (John 2:15) and said, “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace(John 2:16).  

The Lord’s words, through Archbishop Williams, might not apply to us, but there are unrighteous practices with which he is not pleased. Do our churches need divine cleansing?

Jesus is deeply disturbed and displeased about sanctuaries which are shabby, or where extravagance and opulence is obvious; with a Church that has millions in the bank when the churched or unchurched are destitute; when shepherds exploit and squeeze the last cent out of the sheep to acquire unnecessary personal assets; when the Church is a business venture to be inherited by descendants; when offices and positions are bought and negotiated for; when the sheep refuse to treat shepherds with love and respect, and when leaders sanction oppressive and exploitative practices for personal or institutional enrichment. 

Think about the church to which you belong. Is there unrighteousness in how the resources or opportunities we use to serve God are obtained and utilized?  Do we love things more than people?

Thought: God is displeased when we choose a wrong way to do the right thing.
Prayer: Lord, in all our dealings, help us to seek to be righteous and just, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Temptations In The Wilderness

He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him” Mark 1:13.

When I tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, I entered a ‘wilderness’ of self-quarantine and isolation in a hotel room. During this time, I was tempted by doubts, fears, and unanswerable questions. One night, the enemy was so determined and persuasive that I was afraid to sleep. Throughout this ordeal, God’s angels ministered to me in text messages of encouragement, prayers, catered to my physical needs and expressed best wishes.

The Gospel writers tell us that Jesus was tempted. Like someone in a hurry and looking over his shoulders constantly, Mark tells of Jesus’ temptation in one sentence. According to Matthew the temptations took place after the forty days and forty nights (Matt. 4:2-3), but, quite significantly, Mark and Luke tell us that Jesus was tempted during the forty days (see Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2).

Jesus’ temptation highlights his humanity. He became like us and had the ability to sin. He was tempted, with a likelihood of failing. However, his divinity and the power of the Holy Spirit ensured his victory over temptation, and he can make us be like him with the power to resist temptations, however intense and determined.   

No human being, sinful or sinless, holy or unholy, perfect or imperfect, is precluded from temptation and it does not have to be a wilderness. The dinner table, during worship, in the pulpit, at the office, just to identify a few places and times when the tempter will strike. Friends, from we awake in the morning, sometimes even before we get out of bed, until we lay down to sleep, and even while we are lying on our bed, the enemy find creative, subtle, and devious ways to tempt us. That includes when we are doing something good; and therefore, it is not uncommon for our virtues to be tarnished with vices.

Until we die, we will be tempted in various ways, and at various stages of our lives. Never forget that to be tempted is not to sin. Yielding to temptation is where the problem lies. Therefore, Horatio R. Palmer was correct when he wrote: “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; Each vict’ry will help you some other to win”.

I implore us to embrace the sentiments expressed in John Page Hopps’ lovely poem, entitled: “Father, Lead me Day by Day”.  In this prayer for all God’s children (not just youth and children), we look to our Divine Parent to lead us “day by day”, and seek God’s aid so that when we are “tempted to do wrong” we can remain “steadfast, wise, and strong”.  There are times when we are constrained to stand “all alone” and in such times we need desperately to be shielded with the “mighty hand” of God.

Friends, sinlessness does not prevent temptation. Therefore, we will all be tempted, but the indwelling power of God can enable us to resist.

Thought:        Purity does not preclude temptation.
Prayer Focus: Pray for the power of God to resist temptation.

When Silence Is Golden

While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” (Matt. 17:5)  

Jesus’ ministry was approaching a decisive period. Matthew, one of the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), tells us that Jesus led Peter, James, and John up a high mountain, apart, by themselves (Matt. 17:1), and that he was transfigured and became radiant.  The “high mountain” is not identified, and Jesus did not disclose the purpose of the separation/isolation. 

This awesome occasion — Jesus praying (Luke 9:29), Jesus’ appearance with his clothes transformed (Luke 9:29), the appearance of Elijah and Moses (representatives of the O.T. Prophets and Law respectively) (Mark 9: 4), the conversation between Moses, Elijah, and Jesus (Matt. 17:4) — should have constrained the disciples to be silent, observant, attentive, and listening.

However, Peter could not be silent. He thought the moment was worth capturing and wanted to concretize it by erecting three dwellings: “one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” (Matt. 17:4). Mark’s explanation is that Peter did not know what to say because he was frightened (Mark 9: 6), and Luke says he was drowsy (Luke 9:32). What happened next was, in human terms, as if God were saying, “Peter, shut up and listen!”

The text tells us that Peter’s speech and train of thought was rudely disrupted. “While he was still speaking … a voice said, “This is my Son … listen to him!” (Matt. 17:5; Luke 9:34). This was an occasion for God to speak. This was an occasion when silence was golden. The disciples must listen.

One of the important principles in life is to know when to speak and when to listen; when to be silent. Unfortunately, sometimes we are afraid of silence, or we are easily distracted in silence, or we are so overwhelmed by the moment that we feel we must find something to say, even if it is inappropriate.

Can you recall an occasion when you spoke, and on conclusion you wished you could have taken back every word? Or you felt diminished because what you said was inappropriate or ill-informed? Friends, a question can be bad, but pardonable. However, a statement embroidered and seasoned with self-confidence, pride, and arrogance can leave us devastated.

Prov. 10:19 says, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech.” Yes! sometimes it is better not to say anything, but rather, to just listen.

Someone once said: “God gave us two ears and one mouth, which suggests we must listen twice as much as we speak.” That is valuable advice. It is not every time we see or encounter something that we must be quick to speak. If we are to speak, the right time to speak will come. Furthermore, sometimes we need to think long and hard before we speak. Sometimes we must be silent.

Let us cultivate the virtue of silence. It can be invaluable.

Thought:        Keeping one’s mouth shut is a great virtue.

Prayer Focus:  Ask God to help us to be more ready to listen than to speak.

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:23 (NIV).

Hebrews was written to Christians who had undergone severe persecution and who were now threatened with even more suffering. They had remained steadfast before, but the author feared that they might now recant to avoid being further oppressed. These believers were encouraged to endure, warned not to abandon their faith in Jesus, and to hold steadfastly to their hope, because “he who promised is faithful”. 

For he who promised is faithful“. That’s the key. One of God’s attributes is God’s faithfulness. The Hebrew word that is translated as faithfulness means steadfastness, firmness, fidelity. The believers were being encouraged to hold unwaveringly to their hope in Jesus, confident that the one who promised was completely trustworthy and reliable.

Followers of Christ have suffered persecution throughout history. Stolen properties, victimization, discrimination, imprisonment, burning of churches and homes, beatings and martyrdom, have been the fate of countless followers of “The Way”. Those who have held steadfastly to their confidence in God have learned that there is nothing that God has promised that God cannot and will not deliver. God has the capacity, power, and ability, to deliver whatever God promises, even if God seems to be operating in slow motion. Seeing that a thousand years is like one day to God (see Ps. 90:4, 2 Pet. 3:8), God might appear slow, but God is faithful.

You and I may not be experiencing suffering and persecution to the same extent as the recipients of this epistle. However, we face various difficulties and challenges, and through all the changing scenes of life God remains faithful. Case in point are the debilitating effects on families, worship, individuals, Church activities, industry and economies, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yet, God has remained faithful. God has inspired believers to be creative, imaginative, and determined to hold firmly to the promise that not even the gates of hell shall prevail against the things of God. God has enabled Bible studies, Pastoral Care, Counselling, Celebration of the Sacrament, Worship, and other Church business to continue, even if in formats that we never imagined. The people of God are now re-imagining Church because our faithful, creative God has proven again that God can do “exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20). 

Hezekiah Walker wrote an inspiring song which says: “Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God”.  Inspired by Jeremiah’s affirmation, “Great is Thy faithfulness” (Lam. 3:23), Thomas Obediah Chishlom wrote:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Our God is faithful. Let nothing turn you around from believing in and trusting God to see you through. God can and will never fail.

Thought:   God will never let you down.  

Prayer Focus: Pray for those who are being persecuted, ridiculed, encountering difficulties at home or work, and are being tempted to recant.

From: Everald Galbraith