From Sunday


Songs:

Song of Hope – Robbie Seay Band

Let Your Kingdom Come – Aaron Ivey

He is Greater – Hillsong London

I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) – Chris Tomlin

Psalm 63 – Mike Haskew

You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman

Happy Day – Tim Hughes

also, John was constrained by time and courtesy so he passed on reading a passage from Mere Christianity by CS Lewis that he had prepared, so I would like to share that here:

“One more point and I am done. In the passage where the New Testament says that
every one must work, it gives as a reason’ in order that he may have something to
give to those in need’. Charity – giving to the poor – is an essential part of Christian
morality: in the frightening parable of the sheep and the goats it seems to be the
point on which everything turns. Some people nowadays say that charity ought to
be unnecessary and that instead of giving to the poor we ought to be producing a
society in which there were no poor to give to. They may be quite right in saying
that we ought to produce this kind of society. But if anyone thinks that, as a
consequence, you can stop giving in the meantime, then he has parted company
with all Christian morality. I do not believe one can settle how much we ought
to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other
words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the
standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably
giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say
they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do
because our charities expenditure excludes them. I am speaking now of ‘charities’
in the common way. Particular cases of distress among your own relatives, friends,
neighbours or employees, which God, as it were, forces upon your notice, may
demand much more: even to the crippling and endangering of your own position.
For many of us the great obstacle to charity lies not in our luxurious living or desire
for more money, but in our fear – fear of insecurity. This must often be recognized
as a temptation. Sometimes our pride also hinders our charity; we are tempted to
spend more than we ought on the showy forms of generosity (tipping, hospitality)
and less than we ought on those who really need our help.”
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