Well, here was me getting a bit of stick for missing last week and low and behold I open my laptop and there was the e-mail not sent.
I messed up, so you will have to go to; http://brechinbaptist.blogspot.co.uk/’ to read it.
We are now into the fifth Sunday of Easter, it doesn’t start with a happy story but rather one of those we won’t like. It reminds us that in the Christian life there WILL BE persecution.
The first to really face this Steven. In Acts 7:55-60 we read: “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him...”
I guess too often I enjoy the freedoms we have to express ourselves in our faith or lack thereof. But of late it seems that though we can still take advantage of this freedom, there is a mounting pressure to abandon faith and remain silent.
Though we have for a short period of time enjoyed the ‘Christian Nation’ status, there are many now gleeful to proclaim that Britain is now post-Christian. Well, not to sound too pessimistic, the persecution of followers of God is nothing new.
While we have a Lord that delivers, we still know it is not going to be easier as time goes by. Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 2:2-10 that Christ became the ‘chief cornerstone’ though He was rejected and was a rock of offence. “…Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
In the gospel reading, in John 14, Jesus said: “let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
What more can I offer than that? Not much I think.
Praying that I stand for what is true even when it is difficult,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship