Are you worried about Brexit? Anxious about the consequences of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union?
Walsall Christadelphians are hosting a free public talk on the subject on Tuesday, 29th November at 7:30pm.
West Bromwich Community Centre
Light refreshments will be provided. Booking is not required but please contact for any further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that on Sunday 11th September we will not be meeting at our usual venue but at the home of John and Sally. Please email (email@example.com) or call (0121 530 0621) if you would like to attend and want some more information.
As many of our members are away, there will be no meeting on Sunday, 19th June.
The Christadelphians in Stafford and Cannock are jointly hosting a series of events this Easter under the theme “Peace 4 All”.
For full details, visit their website: www.peace4all.org.uk
Events include: A Bible exhibition, a dramatic presentation of the evidence for the question “Did Jesus really die on the Cross?”, Children’s Summer School, Evening presentations and more…
As many of our members are away over Easter there will be no meeting on Sunday, March 27th.
We are launching a new series of informal presentations that explore the key messages of the Bible and their personal relevance to 21st Century people.
Come along to our first presentation under the title: A Vision for Peace in the Middle East.
Thursday 26th March at 7:30pm
Metro Inn, Birmingham Road,
Walsall, WS5 3AB
For further details contact the information line:
T: 0121 530 0621
We are proud to present our series of FREE Gardening Workshops. Qualified horticultural lecturer and member of Walsall Christadelphians, Jon Ensell, will be leading three activity sessions on the theme:
“An Historic Look at Gardening in the Bible”
|Wednesday 18th June 7:30pm
||Plant Cultivation – finding its roots in the Bible
|Wednesday 16th July 7:30pm
||Social History of Plants – how plants were used in the Bible
|Wednesday 3rd September 7:30pm
||The Naming of Plants – taxonomy influenced by the Bible
The sessions will last around an hour with tea, coffee and cake provided free of charge. Please contact Jon or Claire Ensell for more information or to book on 0121 353 3481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The sessions will be hosted at:
Roots to Fruit Midlands Ltd.
51, Chester Road,
Sibling relationships aren’t always easy, but few involve throwing your brother into a pit and then selling him into slavery. Things were pretty desperate in Jacob’s household and the events that unfold in Genesis 37 resonate with the way Jacob chose his wives and the favouritism he showed to them after their marriages, loving Rachel more than Leah (Genesis 29v30). The sisters struggle together as they bear children to Jacob (Genesis 30v8) and similarly the brothers struggle with jealousy when their father shows greater love for his son Joseph than his other sons.
Throughout the account only Joseph shows unerring faithfulness in his dealings with his brothers, despite the evil that they did to him. He saw God working in his life and trusted in Him, knowing that God had a greater purpose for his people, and that all things were working for Joseph’s good (Romans 8v28).
What an example Joseph is of patience towards his brothers. Even they can’t quite believe it. When their father has just died they send to Joseph to try to appease the punishment that surely he is going to exact on them following Jacob’s death. That wasn’t how Joseph thought about things. He weeps when they send to him, and reassures them that he is not in the place of God but will nourish them and their little ones. He speaks to them of God’s purpose and encourages them in faithfulness (Genesis 50).
This doesn’t look much like the sibling rivalry we sometimes see but Joseph was building a household of faith based on the promises God had given to his fathers. He understood that through God’s great plan of salvation, he and his brothers could share together in God’s kingdom and should help one another to that end, rather than fighting.
His comfortable life had suddenly been thrown into turmoil. His older brother, mad with rage that he had been deceived and supplanted for a second time had promised to kill him. His brother was not a man to make threats lightly.
He fled from the parents and the home life that he loved and travelled to put as much distance between himself and his brother as possible. As darkness fell, too afraid to go into the nearby town, he lay down in the open with nothing but a rock for a pillow.
The man’s name? Jacob.
That very night he had a dream and a message of comfort and of hope from God. “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28v15
Sometimes it can feel like our lives have been turned upside down. Sometimes it can feel like God has deserted us. Sometimes God is is with us without us realising it.
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it. Genesis 28v16
Want to learn how the story continues? You know where to find us.
I follow Nathan Kitchen’s excellent blog, Bible Snippets. A little while ago he posted about the value of memorising parts of the Bible and shared a YouTube video of Ryan Ferguson reciting a section from Hebrews. I had learnt whole chapters before – Isaiah 35, Isaiah 53 and a couple of Psalms – but couldn’t remember them very well now. Nathan’s post rekindled my interest in attempting to learn some more.
The following Sunday we were reading from 1 Corinthians 15. It is a very powerful chapter about the importance of resurrection from the dead. Without it, what hope do we have? (v12-19) If, however, Christ was raised from the dead, we can be too (v20-24).
It is a reasonably long chapter, 58 verses in all, but I decided I would try to learn it. I cannot recommend it highly enough:
- I noticed things about the chapter that I had never seen before. This deepens my appreciation both of the chapter and the Bible in general.
- I have always loved the logical flow of the chapter, but I came to feel the emotion of it as well. Without any resurrection our faith is vain…embrace the resurrection and “thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Parts of the chapter spring to mind when reading other parts of the Bible, helping me to see the Bible explaining itself.
- I can read through the chapter without having a Bible to hand e.g. driving to and from work.
A few practical points. I’m no memory expert, but this has worked for me so far:
- I found it much easier than I was expecting to. It looked like a mighty lot of text to learn to begin with, but I think it is easy to underestimate our own memories.
- Split the chapter into manageable chunks. Read each section and try to understand what those verses are telling you and put them into their context in the chapter. This is a valuable exercise in itself, but learning the overall structure of the chapter helped me to remember each individual section.
- Say it like you mean it. I pace around the living room waving my arms. Putting expression and emotion into what you are saying helps you to remember it.
- Learn a little at a time. Repeat often.
Now I would remind you, brother and sisters, of the gospel which I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved…