This week we continue our theme from Sunday of ‘RECENTERING’. Each day we develop the theme a little more in less than 10 minutes in this video.
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Listen to Rhonda reading Psalm 122
If you missed it you can listen again to Sunday’s sermon.
Let’s Pray For Global Mission Partners
Pray for our global mission partners in countries like South Sudan, Myanmar and Indonesia, many of whom are struggling because of the impact of Covid-19 on food security, health systems and infrastructure.
Leaders in Training
Pray for Wamaka Nyondo from the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Malawi. Wamaka has just returned home after completing a Masters degree in Edinburgh, supported by PCI. He plans to work in the Synod’s health department.
Continuing his weekly service of worship for the whole Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Presbyterian Moderator, Rt Rev Dr David Bruce, continues his journey through the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Today he explores the theme, ‘A church living in the light’.
We continue with a series of video updates from the PCI Global Mission workers.
Trapped In A Room With A Lion
How would YOU fair if you were trapped in a room with a lion? ?
In Bible Biogs, we look Daniel's story. What did his visions of the future reveal about the present? And how DID he fair so well being trapped in a lions’ den? Listen now on UCB Player!
Refreshed By God!
Are you DESPERATE to be refreshed by God's presence? Watch this inspiring message from UCB's CEO, David L'Herroux, as he talks about the manifested presence of God and how we can be connected to God NO MATTER where we are!
God Told Me (40 minute audio)
When someone says 'Oh, God told me,' do you ever wonder – what does it MEAN to listen for God's voice? This episode of 'Mark & Mark at Full Volume' looks at tuning in to God's voice and the different ways that God speaks to us! Listen now on UCB Player.
Due to a clerical error during WW2, Corrie Ten Boom was released from Ravensbruck one week before all the women her age were killed. She began traveling and telling the story of her family and what she and Betsie had learned in the concentration camp. Eventually, after the war was over, she was able to obtain a home for former inmates to come and heal from their experiences. And she continued to travel tirelessly over the world and tell to anyone who would listen the story of what she had learned.
"It was in a church in Munich that I saw him, a balding heavy-set man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. People were filing out of the basement room where I had just spoken. It was 1947 and I had come from Holland to defeated Germany with the message that God forgives. ...
And that's when I saw him, working his way forward against the others. One moment I saw the overcoat and the brown hat; the next, a blue uniform and a visored cap with its skull and crossbones. It came back with a rush: the huge room with its harsh overhead lights, the pathetic pile of dresses and shoes in the center of the floor, the shame of walking naked past this man. I could see my sister's frail form ahead of me, ribs sharp beneath the parchment skin. Betsie, how thin you were!
Betsie and I had been arrested for concealing Jews in our home during the Nazi occupation of Holland; this man had been a guard at Ravensbruck concentration camp where we were sent.
"You mentioned Ravensbruck in your talk," he was saying. "I was a guard in there." No, he did not remember me.
"I had to do it — I knew that. The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us." "But since that time," he went on, "I have become a Christian. I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did there, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein, ..." his hand came out, ... "will you forgive me?"
And I stood there — I whose sins had every day to be forgiven — and could not. Betsie had died in that place — could he erase her slow terrible death simply for the asking?
It could not have been many seconds that he stood there, hand held out, but to me it seemed hours as I wrestled with the most difficult thing I had ever had to do.
For I had to do it — I knew that. The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us. "If you do not forgive men their trespasses," Jesus says, "neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." ...
And still I stood there with the coldness clutching my heart. But forgiveness is not an emotion — I knew that too. Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. "Jesus, help me!" I prayed silently. "I can lift my hand, I can do that much. You supply the feeling."
And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And then this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes.
"I forgive you, brother!" I cried. "With all my heart!"
For a long moment we grasped each other's hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I had never known God's love so intensely as I did then."
You may remember last week I mentioned the Irish Open Golf Tournament taking place at Galgorm Castle just outside Ballymena. Although spectators were not allowed inside the Golf Course, a neighbouring farmer found a vantage point to watch the action at the 14th. Someone needs to explain the rule of 6 to his companions!