Greetings, and welcome to the web site of the Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. I bring you greetings from the congregation here at Elim, we pray God’s blessing upon you and your families at this time. Many of you will be looking forward to a well deserved holiday in the coming weeks, may you enjoy a time of rest and relaxation.
I write this in the wake of two tragic events that have happened in recent days; the slaughter of 49 people in Orlando, Florida, and the brutal murder of the M.P. Jo Cox on the streets of her constituency in West Yorkshire. We have been greatly shocked at the awful scale of this barbarity, and we pray for the families and loved ones of those caught up in these tragic events. I also write the week prior to the E.U. Referendum in which the nation is being called upon to make a decision concerning Britain’s future relationship with Europe.
One of the core messages of the Christian gospel is the great theme of ‘The Second Coming’ of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are very many references in the Bible to this impending event, and Jesus Himself, during His earthly ministry spoke of His future return. The Bible also describes certain ‘Signs’, events that would be happening during the days leading up to this momentous event. The Apostle Paul; in one of his letters, describes these times as being times of great ‘Danger’ and ‘Peril’. The threat of global terror, financial uncertainty, climate change, continued tensions in the Middle East etc., are some of a range of issues facing world political leaders today.
For the Christian, there has to be a twofold response. Firstly, we must be in prayer for God’s Sovereign will and purpose to be outworked in these difficult situations. Secondly, in the light of Christ’s impending return, there has to be a fresh commitment to the preaching of the truth of the gospel message. This is a message of hope, peace, and reconciliation; qualities that are sorely needed in our broken world of today. I close by quoting words spoken by Jesus to His disciples just hours before He went to the cross of Calvary:-
‘PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU, MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU; NOT AS THE
WORLD GIVES DO I GIVE TO YOU. LET NOT YOUR HEART BE
TROUBLED, NEITHER LET IT BE AFRAID’.
(St John Ch. 14 V. 27).
In the midst of an uncertain world, you also can know this peace and hope that only Jesus can give.