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UPCOMING EVENTS (February 13-20):

February 18 --------
Caerphilly Study Evening | 5 pm | Venue: Caerphilly Guide Hall
Speaker: Bro. Matt Ward (Cardiff, Museum Place); theme: “The message of Malachi” (two talks).

Heckmondwike Fraternal Gathering | 6 pm | Venue: ecclesial hall
Speaker: Bro. Paul Tovell (Burton-on-Trent); theme: “Philippians”: (1) “He hath begun a good work in you”; (2) “Let this mind be in you”. Parking at school opposite.

Leamington Spa Thanksgiving Evening | 3 pm | Venue: ecclesial hall
Speaker: Bro. Tecwyn Morgan (Birmingham, Castle Bromwich); theme: “Thanksgiving”, followed by musical items including hymns / songs of praise.

For further details and locations for upcoming events, please see the 'What's on?' page of our website.

May we have a clear vision of our journey along “the highways” every day. If we do, we will “go from strength to strength” and so “each one (of us will) appear before God in Zion” (Psalm 84:7). Like the Psalmist we “would rather (like to) be a doorkeeper in the house of my God” (verse 10). Imagine the experiences! Imagine who we would meet! Truly “no good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly … blessed is the one who trusts in you” (verses 11,12). What “good things” are in store! Let us trust in our Saviour and the Lord with all our heart.

There are times when believers come to God in the spirit David showed after his sin, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). May we come to our “altar” in the spirit David revealed – a total spirit of “love” which “is much more than all … sacrifices”, then we will feel our Master saying to us “You are not far from the kingdom of God”.

“Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us” (Psalm 79:8). That is a prayer that all of us would give! “We your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever …” (verse 13). May we be “the sheep of your pasture”, O Lord, today – and forever – in your kingdom, because our Lord does “not remember” anything “against us”.

“Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ if …” (Hebrews 3:13,14). It seems clear that the world of ‘today” is not going to last much longer; let us be genuine believers – from our hearts – and then we will not be swept away with the world.

We are nearing our destination in the wilderness of this world, the final testing time for our faith! Let us be ready for when “God … come(s) to test” us – and do our best to make sure there is a positive answer to the question “… when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8).

Let us spiritually marvel at David’s prayer and vision about the climax of the kingdom, “May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed … Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” (Psalm 72:17,19). Surely this was God’s vision of the ultimate future at the beginning of his creation; may we seek to share his vision – can we begin to imagine the whole earth filled with his glory? May we pray every day – ever more earnestly – that, by his grace, we will be there and take an eternal part in it.

May we follow the example of David and say, “I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day …” (Psalm 71:15). Many of us have facilities for doing this that previous generations never had. However, we can only really “tell” of God’s deeds if we are reading and absorbing God’s word every day – and then it will be fully true when we say, “My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day”.

There is an imperative need for us to examine the real and true attitude of our own hearts! Our world is more than ever a spiritual wilderness. Are we going to be able to do any better than the Israelites did 4,000 years ago? We make the answer now! Let us say, “I will sing to the LORD” with real meaning in our hearts – today and every day – until our faith is turned to sight! And how soon now?

UPCOMING EVENTS (February 6-13):

February 7 (Tuesday) --------
Solihull Supper Evening | Venue: ecclesial hall | Ages 16-30

February 8 (Wednesday) --------
Happy Valley / Aberfoyle Park (S. Australia) joint Prophecy Evening | Venue: Aberfoyle Park ecclesial hall
Speaker: Bro. Grant Jolly (Enfield).

February 10-12 --------
Manchester (Sale) Young People’s Winter Weekend Walking Holiday | Venue: Castleton Rotary Centre | Ages: 14+ | Cost: £38
Further information on the website.

February 11 --------
Campaigners’ Fraternal | Venue: Moseley School
Speakers: Brethren Nicholas White (Pershore), Tim Morgan (Ashton-under-Lyne) and Kitson Reid (Birmingham, Acocks Green); theme: “The Lord gave the word”. There will be a crèche for younger children, with a video link during the afternoon and evening sessions.

For further details and locations for upcoming events, please see the 'What's on?' page of our website.
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