Pastors Note (Page 2)

Pastors Note (Page 2)

Pastors Note May

A woman who died found herself standing outside the pearly gates, being greeted by St Peter. She asked him, ‘Oh, is this place I think it is? It’s so beautiful. Did I really make it to heaven?’ To which St Peter replied, ‘Yes my dear, these are the gates to heaven. But you must do one more thing before you can enter.’ The woman was very excited, and asked St Peter what she must do to pass through the gates.…

Pastors Note February

Do you have heroes in your life? I hope so! I’m not talking about Superman or Batman I’m talking about the real flesh and blood type heroes of this world. I have quite a few … Jim Elliot, a young American missionary who died trying to share his faith with the Auca Indians. You can read about his life in the book ‘Shadow of the Almighty’ written by his wife Elizabeth. Then there’s Betsy and Corrie Ten Boom who helped…

Pastors Note April

Last month I shared with you some of my favourite words. One of them was ‘grace’ a beautiful word that encapsulates for me what it is to be a Christian. Just the other day I came across the following article that sums up much of what I’m trying to convey about grace. Let me share it with you. Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took the small boy to a Paderewski concert. After they…

Pastors Note March

Do you have any favourite words? I do … dessert is up there in my top 10! I saw a lovely sign at the Wednesday Coffee morning earlier that made me smile. It said something like, ‘The more you weigh, the harder you are to kidnap, so eat cake.’ Such pearls of wisdom from our friends at the Old School! Also appearing in my top 10 is ‘joy’ (joy is knowing God’s pleasure and nearness regardless of circumstances). Another is…

Pastors Note January

Making the Most of our Opportunities  This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.  There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn‘t do it.   It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what…

Pastors Note December

Well very shortly it will be Christmas. I love Christmas, it has been the highlight of the year for me for over 50 years. As a kid I remember my mum and dad bringing our silver 5ft tree down from the attic and what excitement ensued! Mum would find more silver tinsel for our balding Christmas tree and I would get to work on untangling the fairy lights that had been carefully put away in January. Does anyone know how…

Pastors Note November

Pete Greig recounts the tale of a beggar who sees a golden carriage approaching from afar ‘like a gorgeous dream.’  Realizing that it is the carriage of the king, the beggar prays for riches. This, he believes, is the greatest opportunity of his life. Sure enough, the carriage stops where the beggar stands and the king climbs out with a smile.  But then, the strangest thing happens: The king stretches out his empty hand and asks the beggar, ‘What have…

Pastors Note October 

 Every year we say it – “Isn’t it getting dark early?”, as if somehow we are once again surprised. Although the nights are beginning to draw in, I must admit that autumn is a wonderful time of year. Summer clothes are pushed to one side and out come the thick jumpers, along with colourful hats and scarves. Then we are spoiled by the breath-taking way that nature shows off its array of colours. Last year, driving past Roath Lake one…

Pastors Note September 

Well I hope you have had a good summer. It’s pouring down while I write this so I’m hoping things will pick up for the rest of the month. Can you believe Sue and I are about to start our fourteenth year in Lisvane? The time has gone so quickly and there have been so many good things we have appreciated. It has been a joy meeting so many of you and it has been great seeing some of you…

Pastors Note July 2016

Attitude I’m not sure where I came across this but it has stayed with me over the years, ‘whether you think you can or think you can’t you are right.’ For me it talks about attitude. Some people I meet amaze me. In spite of terrible trials they seem to flourish and grow, I find such people truly inspirational. That led me to ask what’s my attitude like when things go pear-shaped; how do I respond? One of my favourite…