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New Year 2019

May I take this opportunity on behalf of the Church community here at Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire. U.K., of wishing each and every one of you a very Happy and Blessed New Year. At this time of the year, once all of the festivities of the Christmas season have died down, we often pause and reflect upon the year that has just closed, and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities of the year that lies ahead of us. The passing of a year can serve to remind us of the good times, but also the more difficult moments […]

Our Christmas Dreams

Seasonal Greetings to all of you from members and friends of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K.  We sincerely hope that you and your family may enjoy a great time this festive season. Perhaps the greatest Christmas song ever recorded was the song made famous by Bing Crosby; ‘I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS’. People in some nations of the world place bets on the chances of snow falling on Christmas Day. For them this would provide the perfect backdrop with which to celebrate their festive season. Christmas is clearly a time in which family and friends come together […]

Lest we forget

Greetings, and welcome to the web site of Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. Sunday the 11th of November will be Remembrance Sunday, a day in which millions of people here in the U.K. and in nations of the Commonwealth, will participate in acts of remembrance, honouring those who have fought and laid down their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts. Their noble and courageous sacrifice has served to provide for us the freedom we enjoy. It is right that we honour those who have served their country with such bravery and self sacrifice. This year marks […]

Honesty is always the best policy

Honesty and the simple exercise of telling the truth seem to be at a premium in the days in which we live. We read of corporate greed in the market place and of business leaders rewarding themselves with exorbitant bonus levels bringing upon themselves negative reputations of greed etc. Multi-nationals are often accused of tax avoidance and failing to pay the right levels of tax in the countries in which they trade. As I write, the news media in America is dominated by the Senate and Congressional hearings that are being conducted as they hear accusations made against a Senior […]

A new season

Greetings, and welcome to the web site of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. What a glorious Summer we have enjoyed here in the U.K. with record temperatures and many flocking the coastal resorts both at home and overseas. September marks a change in the seasons as the early stages of Autumn begin and the nights start to close in. September is always the start of the new academic year with children returning to school and students leaving home to study at University. The start of a new season for many! I have always looked upon this month of […]

Fake News

Greetings, and welcome to the web site of Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. I write this the day following the completion of the visit to the U.K. of President Donald Trump, a visit that has certainly ruffled a few feathers! I do not want to comment on the policies or the person of the President, but I do believe that there has to be respect for ‘The Office he holds’. It is in the interests both of our nation and the United States that a strong bi-lateral working relationship exists in the areas of trade, defence, and relationships with […]

KEEP PERSEVERING

Once a year, here in the U.K., an event is held in which people who have overcome major difficulties i.e. serious injury, injury in military conflict, notable acts of bravery etc., are rewarded for their courage and perseverance. They are usually welcomed to this event by members of The Royal Family and other notable people from various walks of life. Recognition is given to those who have persevered in the face of life changing circumstances, and have gone on to rebuild their lives through determination and courage. This reminded me of the following story:- When he was seven years old, […]

Hope Encounter

‘HOPE’ is a word that is in common use in everyday speech and is often used in a wide range of circumstances. The dictionary defines ‘Hope’ as follows:- ‘TO DESIRE SOMETHING, USUALLY WITH SOME POSSIBILITY OF FULFILLMENT’. We may express hope in a number of ways. We hope for advancement, for example, in our career prospects. We hope for good news relative to a medical report. As parents we hope for the best for our children as they progress through their education and find their place in the world of work. We passionately hope that our sports teams are successful […]

Thy Kingdom Come

Greetings, and welcome to the web site of Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is universally recognised as a phrase taken from the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples in response to their request that He teach them how to pray. In speaking what has been termed as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. Jesus composed a prayer that is prayed by literally millions of people every day of the year. The prayer begins with reference to Father God and the power and majesty of His Name; ‘HALLOWED BY THY NAME’. The word ‘Hallowed’ means ‘Respected or Revered’. The prayer […]

Decisions

During the course of a normal lifetime we are called to make literally thousands of decisions. Some are made without thinking; they usually involve matters to do with the mundane affairs of everyday life. Other decisions we are called upon to make will have a bearing on the future direction of our lives; our life partner, career, major purchases, the education of our children etc. In the making of these decisions we need great wisdom. In thinking about this, I am reminded of the story of a courthouse that stands on a hill in a Midwestern State of America. The […]