Pastor’s Blog (Page 5)

God’s grace is sufficient

We don’t often emphasise our affiliation to Assemblies of God, but it’s important to know that we are a part of something that provides leadership, accountability, identity and support. The movement has always been a bit reluctant to view itself as a denomination, but sits better with the concept that it is a fellowship of…

Pew research

It was nice to read something positive about faith in a newspaper this week, as a report was highlighted, analysing data from more than two dozen countries by a company called ‘Pew Research’. The findings concluded that those who follow a religion are generally far happier in life than those who have no faith. Once…

Pursuing God

Welcome to Clitheroe Community Church on this first Sunday in February 2019. Maybe you’ve found January to be never-ending. It’s easily done but I think it’s important not to wish our days away; they are a gift and full of opportunities to make a difference. Let’s face it, if we live in a state of…

Are you on the verge of breakthrough?

Maybe you’re reading this feeling full of enthusiasm, after a wonderful week consisting of awesome blessing-filled days and you have plenty to rejoice about. If that’s you, we’re thrilled and we encourage you to give God the glory! Alternatively, perhaps you’ve had the most challenging of weeks and it seems like everything that could have…

January blues?

The month of January has got something of a bad reputation. Over the years, I’ve heard many people bemoan this particular winter month with its short daylight hours, long nights and shivery days. It’s no surprise that a calculation, first publicised in 2005, designated the third Monday in the month as ‘blue Monday’. An equation…

Making the most of every opportunity

It has been quite a week here at Clitheroe Community Church; I hope that you’ve found our week of prayer and fasting to be useful and helpful. If you’ve managed to use the time to go deeper in your walk with the Lord, well done! I encourage us all to use the time as a…

New Year Blog

Welcome to the first blog of 2019! It can be a strange time for many of us; we can really want to come into the new year with fresh optimism and faith, but worry can still have its nagging whisper in our ear! The Bible is really clear about worry: in Psalm 55:22 King David…

Good news at Christmas

We certainly live in a world of contrasts! I was struck recently by a TV news bulletin that highlighted a sizeable increase in homelessness in the UK, yet was book-ended by advertisements promoting all manner of ‘must-have’ things to ensure the ‘perfect’ Christmas. Some will insist that December 25th is no longer about Christ, yet…

Today, if you hear his voice…

I’ve found over the years that God communicates in a wide variety of ways; I think that’s an overflow of his awesome creativity! I have also come to realise that when I’m struggling to sense God or receive from him, the issue is never his! God is constantly reaching out to us, speaking into our…

Remembrance Sunday

Today we remember those who have given their lives during the world’s darkest times. While our thoughts and prayers are very much directed towards a world that still knows conflict, we also remember our history and those who gave their lives during the two world wars and the poignancy of the passing of exactly 100…