‘WHAT WILL 2017 BRING?’

New Year Greetings to you all from members and friends of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. We pray that this year of 2017, may be for you and your families, a year of blessing and prosperity, and that your hopes and aspirations may be realised. It would be right to say that we begin this new year in the face of national and global challenges, all of which directly impact us and our families. Here in the UK we are seeking to navigate the rocky waters of ‘Brexit’ and all that potentially means for the future of our business and trading relationships with the world community. Donald Trump this month comes to office as the 45th President of the United States of America. Whatever our political ideals may be, we are instructed in Scripture to pray for those in authority and for those who rule over us, that God may grant them wisdom in the outworking of their responsibilities.

As we stand upon the threshold of this new year, it would be true to say that many are openly expressing fear and uncertainty in respect of what could happen on the world stage; (Terrorist threat etc.). Many are apprehensive in relation to their job prospects and for the future of their children and grandchildren. Such concern is understandable given the nature of the times in which we live. We may very well ask the question; ‘Where and to whom do we turn in the face of such uncertainty?’ This is where the message of the Christian Gospel can give hope in the face of these fears. Jesus promised His disciples that there would be times of testing and trial, but that they were to place their trust and confidence in Him. Elvis Presley sang the song; ‘HE GIVES PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM’. This song was inspired by the incident in the life of Jesus in which He calmed the raging storm that was threatening to engulf His disciples on the boat. He spoke peace and the raging wind and waves were calmed.

Yes, there may be testing times ahead, but let us place our confidence and hope in the One; (Jesus), who can bring lasting peace and hope where there is fear and doubt.

‘FEAR NOT, FOR I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY’.

Seasonal greetings to you from the congregation here at Elim Christian

Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. The above statement was spoken by the

Angel to the frightened shepherds as they witnessed the dramatic scenes

surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. These humble shepherds witnessed

the unfolding of this great act of love as Father God sent His Son the

Lord Jesus Christ, to be the Saviour of the world. The birth of Jesus in

that lowly Bethlehem manger was indeed an event that brought good news to

a broken and confused world. This baby, Jesus Christ God’s Son, would be

the One who provide a way by which sinful man could be reconciled to God

his creator.

We celebrate Christmas this year against a backdrop of great fear and

uncertainty. Here in the U.K., we are still coming to terms with all of

the implications of ‘BREXIT’. It remains to be seen how this affects our

future relationship with our European partners and the wider global

community of nations. The election of Donald Trump as President Elect of

America has sent shock waves around the world with political leaders

seeking to establish links with the new administration.

The Christ of the Bethlehem manger, the Christ of Christmas, came to be

the One who would redeem mankind from the fear of sin and death. He came

to be ‘The Prince of Peace’ for all who call upon Him in repentance and

faith. The Apostle Paul, in describing the birth of Jesus Christ, penned

the following words:-

‘THANKS BE UNTO GOD FOR HIS INDESCRIBABLE GIFT’.

We will exchange gifts this festive season, but the greatest gift any one

of us can receive is the peace and security that only Jesus can give as we

embrace Him as Saviour and Lord.