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Bible Focus - Sunday 10th May

posted 10 May 2015, 02:42 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks   [ updated 15 May 2015, 23:47 ]
A one pence coin is relatively small and insignificant in our hand. Yet held close to our eye it can blot out the size of the huge sun. It is the same with our problems. Though God is so much greater than any problem we will ever face, we can look so closely at our problems that that they begin to block God out.

            A teacher taught a young lad in 3rd year. He was a loner, slow, disinterested. When his mother had died earlier he lost all motivation.

            Teacher disliked him, blaming him as a failure.. At Christmas the lad brought her a small cheap present. On opening it, she found a cheap gaudy bracelet with stones missing, and a bottle of cheap perfume. The other children scoffed at his gift.. Teacher grasped the importance of events. She splashed on some perfume, and put on the bracelet saying it was special.

            Before leaving for home that night Teddy picked up courage to say to teacher;- “ Miss Thomson, you smell just like my mother… and her bracelet looks so nice on you.”

            Teacher asked God’s forgiveness for her previous judgements of the boy, and asked God to help her love all her class. She became a transformed teacher.

            By the end of the year Teddy had improved immensely.

After he left school, Miss Thomson did not hear from Teddy for a long time. Then out of the blue she heard from him of his progress to University graduation. Soon there came a note of an impending marriage.

“Miss, I would like you to come to our wedding and I want you to sit where my Mum would have sat if she were alive. You are the only family I have, dad died last year.”

            Miss Thomson went to the wedding and sat where Teddy’s mother would have been.

All because she took her eyes off her problems and let God use her as an instrument of encouragement.

            In the eyes of Nehemiah’s people the problems were immense. They could never rebuild from such devastation .

Because Nehemiah was as open to God as Miss Thomson was, God used that servant in a mighty way.

            The key words from Nehemiah today are ENRICH….ENCOURAGE…..EXHORT.

            As a people of God here in Tullibody, our task at the moment is to invite similar blessings on our Nominating team.

            Janice, Christine, members of the team…. We are still praying for your deliberations, and that all your efforts on our behalf will be mightily blessed. Together, we will keep building the walls of faith at St. Serf’s.

(Rev. William Izett)