Farquhar's Midweek Message 21st October 2020
Farquhar’s Midweek Message – Wednesday 21 October 2020
King Asa was one of only a few kings ‘who did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God’ (2 Chr. 14:2) amongst a whole heap of the kings of Judah and Israel who did evil in the eyes of the LORD. He tried hard to get rid of all the idolatry in the land at that time (even deposing his grandmother because she made an Asherah pole!) and he urged the people to seek the LORD. He fortified all his cities and yet when foreign armies came against him he didn’t put his hope in his defences but prayed to God, ‘O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.’ (2 Chr. 14:11). The writer of 2 Chronicles says that ‘Asa’s heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life’ (15:17).
However, King Asa didn’t finish too well. In the last years of his long 41 year reign he made a mess of things.
First of all he stopped relying on God when faced with a scary new threat (He ran to a pagan king for help when an army came to attack him – 2 Chr 16:1-6)
Secondly, he responded in anger when he was confronted with his foolishness and then began to lash out at his own people (2 Chr 16:7-10)
Finally, he got sick but only trusted in doctors: ‘In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though the disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from physicians (2 Chr 16:12). This is the last thing we hear about his life – in this most personal of sufferings he didn’t seek God’s help, but only that of the medical profession.
The message to you and me is clear: Don’t be an Asa!
- We’re all facing a scary new threat to our lives and society with Covid-19. Maybe it comes on top of other things we’re dealing with and we’re in danger of losing our nerve and forgetting to rely on God who has kept us thus far.
- Maybe someone has tried to speak to us about our foolishness at keeping God out of the picture; or about our reliance on things or people that don’t have our best interests at heart. Have we reacted angrily, pushing them away, trying to stay in control?
- Are we sick - acutely, chronically, terminally? Are we 100% relying on those pills, that next appointment with the doctor, a new therapy, to help us?
This last mistake of Asa’s really resonated with me because I’m in my 39th year (although of life not reign!) and have had something of a health crisis. So this was such a powerful reminder to me to seek the Lord in my illness and not to give in to the temptation to rely solely on the things of this world to help.
None of us knows if we’re on the final stretch of our lives because none of us knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return or our death. If we’re following Jesus then surely we want to finish well. None of us wants to have it said of us in the courts of Heaven that in our trouble we sought only human help not that of the Lord God.
The good news is that Jesus Christ has promised never to leave or forsake those who turn to him. Remember as Jesus neared the end of his earthly life he faced terrors untold & was tempted to turn away from His Father’s plan, but instead he sought him: ‘Not my will but yours be done.’ We have a Saviour who has laid down his life and taken up our sins on the cross. He finished well: ‘It is finished!’ And now in his risen power he will provide all that is needed for those he has redeemed to run their race & finish well too – he gives us himself. As Paul said, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ (Galatians 2:20). Seeking him is not hard as long as our hearts aren’t! As we turn to him humbly & gratefully and tell him of our pain & crises he promises to give us all the resources we need to face them.
The photo at the top of this message intentionally shows someone who has finished a gruelling, muddy obstacle course because that’s the kind of race we are in as followers of Jesus. There are just so many challenges and obstacles that scare us and confirm to us that we’re not enough on our own. But we must remember that Jesus goes round every stage of our life’s course with us, his Spirit empowers us every step, and most wonderfully, the finish line is not the end but a glorious beginning.
Pause if you can & take a moment to meditate on these truths, to tell God what’s on your heart.
If you need encouragement or feel like praising him then here’s a great song I came across recently, sung by Greg Lafollettte:
Jesus Never Fails https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBTWUzUhlwc
The lyrics are:
Doubts and fears assail
One still loves and cares for you
Jesus never fails
Jesus never fails
Heav'n and earth may pass away
But Jesus never fails
Though the sky be dark and drear
Fierce and strong the gale
Just remember He is near
And He will not fail
Love will still prevail
Trust His everlasting pow'r
Jesus will not fail
Christianity Explored Online 2020
We are intending to run a Christianity Explored course (on Zoom) on Sunday evenings from 7.30pm on Sunday November 1st. This course offers those interested the opportunity to consider the person of Jesus, who he is, why he came and what it means to follow him. Each Sunday one key element of the Christian message will be considered by means of online video presentation with the chance to listen to, think or ask about and critique what is presented. No prior knowledge is necessary, no question is off limits, no faith is assumed. If someone completes the whole course, it will take 7 Sundays but people are welcome to come to the first evening, November 1st without obligation. An evening will last for about I hour. If you would like to come or would like to invite someone, please get int touch with myself firstname.lastname@example.org or Doris email@example.com
Truth Trackers Worksheets
Booking for Inshes Church Sunday Gatherings 10.30am
Coronavirus - Events postponed
Coronavirus - Church update 27th March
In light of Government advice the following church events have been postponed until further notice -
- FAB, Wednesday
- Home Groups - Wed/Thu
- Sunday Morning and Evening Gatherings
- Inshes Teens, Sunday
- Tuesday Fellowship
Prayer Time, Wednesday
- CONNECT, Friday
- MOL Monthly Gathering, Sunday
- Women's Bible Study, Tuesday
- Men's Breakfast, Saturday
- T@5.30pm, Sunday
Annual Stated Meeting 5th March 2020 - Minute
MOL Monthly Gatherings
Our Associate Minister Farquhar Forbes (Chaplain at MOL Primary) has been tasked with helping to pursue this vision and for the past 4 years he and his team have run Holiday Clubs & other events in the school hall.
Since August 2019 we've been hosting monthly Sunday Gatherings in the school hall. These have proved very popular with families but we want everyone who lives in Milton of Leys to know that you are welcome too: whatever your age, background or belief.
The Gatherings are free and have a very simple format:
4.00pm Craft time with tea, coffee & home-baking
4.45pm Service - including songs, a Bible reading & a short message
5.30pm Dinner together