Christian greetings, and welcome to the web page of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. I write this the day following the closure of the Rio Olympic Games, a two week period of great excitement, and much by way of late night viewing! Here in the U.K., we are celebrating the remarkable efforts of Team G.B., second in the medal table to America, and having won more gold medals than China! Watching the events on T.V., I could not help but notice the number of times that the above phrase or similar words were expressed either by commentators or competitors following some outstanding performances. It was impossible not to get swept along with the exploits of so many in Team G.B. We watched with pride as they stood victorious on the medal rostrum and as the national anthem was being played. Their efforts have indeed brought great joy to our nation following a Summer of political and economic uncertainty.

The term ‘Who would have believed it’ was a phrase often used in the New Testament gospels as the writers sought to convey the wonder and amazement expressed by people as they listened to and observed Jesus Christ fulfil His ministry whilst He was here on earth. Many non-religious people place great value on the teaching of Jesus as He gave what has become known as ‘The Sermon on the Mount’. Jesus expressed radical and life changing values as He taught the principles that lie at the heart of the Christian gospel. At the end of His teaching, there were those in the crowd who were heard to express something along these lines:-

‘NEVER MAN SPAKE LIKE THIS MAN’.

There were times when people stood in total amazement as they witnessed Jesus perform His mighty miracles in opening blind eyes, unstopping deaf ears, and even calming the raging waves on the Sea of Galilee. ‘Who would have believed it’ was  so very often the response of people as they observed Jesus demonstrating such power.

For the Christian believer, Jesus continues to demonstrate such power in and through the mission of His Church as it seeks to reach out to people through the power of The Holy Spirit. People today continue to marvel at the transformation Jesus brings into the lives of so many people. ‘Who would have believed it’ is a phrase that can still be heard as people observe the life of Christ being outworked in and through His Church globally.

Greetings, and welcome to the web site of the Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. I pray and trust this finds you well, and I bring greetings from the congregation here at Elim Christian Centre.

The events of the past few weeks, both here in the U.K. and overseas will be etched in the minds of many for a long time to come. Here in the U.K. we are coming to terms with the aftermath of ‘BREXIT’, the decision made by the British electorate to take Britain out of the E.U. This train of events has brought to a swift end the political careers of some, and have seen others suddenly take centre stage in U.K. politics. It remains to be seen the future implications of this momentous decision.

I write just a few days following the tragic events in Nice, France, in which dozens of innocent people; (including ten children), were cruelly cut down by  a crazed terrorist driving a heavy lorry. This was followed by the attempted coup in Turkey, and then by yet another incident in which Police Officers were gunned down on the streets of a major American City. As I commented on our web site in July, we are indeed living in the midst of dangerous and perilous times!

This train of events has set me thinking and has reminded me of the writings of Solomon, the King of Israel, a man renowned for his wisdom. He wrote the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Let me quote below some of the words that he wrote as he reflected upon the times and seasons of life:-

‘TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON, A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN’.  (Ch. 3 V. 1).

Solomon goes on to list many of the everyday aspects of life as we know  them stating that there is a time for each and every one of them:-

‘A TIME TO’:  To be born- To die- To plant- To pluck up what is planted- To heal-
To break down- To build- To weep- To laugh etc.!

In the midst of all of these important aspects of daily life, there are times in which we are called upon to make important decisions. The most important decision being the nature of our relationship with God our creator and His Son; The Lord Jesus Christ. In fearful and uncertain times, real peace and hope can only be found in knowing Jesus Christ personally as Saviour and Lord. The Bible reminds us that ‘Everything has its time’, but there is also the warning that ‘Today is the day of salvation’! Why not put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ today, and you will experience the peace and security that He can bring into your life.