"We'll Never Walk Alone..."

In these darkened days of restricted travel, unable to visit our favourite coast or country park, unable even to meet family, friends and attend gatherings, we may be tempted to look back at times less constricted, to look back, perhaps, at favourite holidays.

I think back to one such holiday, many years ago, spent on the Spanish Costa del Sol. But, before you begin to wonder if this is to become a ‘travelogue’, perhaps we can take a moment to consider Scripture, to recall the events recorded in Matthew 18 and verses 2, 3 and 4. There we read of the disciples, evidently having a conversation about who would be the greatest in The Kingdom of Heaven, approaching Jesus to ask the question.

Jesus’ response was to “call a little child” and to tell the disciples that, to enter the Kingdom, they needed to humble themselves as that little child.

That has puzzled me a little over the years - yes, I knew the message, I understood the rationale, but somehow, I never really related to it. Something further for me to consider perhaps, but for the moment, let’s go back to that holiday in Spain.

We were taking our twin grandsons - close to 18 months old - and our party consisted of Nan and Gramps, the twins of course - and their Mum and Dad. We had been able to reserve two, virtually adjacent apartments in a private complex some 100 metres from the sea-front. There was a sun-filled garden, partially shaded by trees and flowering shrubs, and a small swimming pool, but neither ever appeared crowded - and, whilst there were no ‘mad dogs’ in sight, there was a smattering of English, French and German tourists in the garden or on balconies, turning an indelicate shade of pink in the midday sun. We remained indoors whilst unpacking and settling in for the week ahead.

It was a pleasant holiday, memorable in many ways. On some days, I’d potter around the apartment, noting yet again that every tourist will bring a novel to read and then leave it on the shelf when departing. I collected some which had become really thumb-marked, to take to the local ‘swap-shop’ - but there is one book which never showed any sign of wear or tear - its pages remaining as white as they had for the 25 years the book had been in the apartment.

The highlight for Nan and Gramps came the last evening, when we generously suggested - without a thought of our own pleasure as you can imagine - that our son and daughter-in-law have an evening meal in one of the marina restaurants whilst we looked after the twins. Mum and Dad were delighted, Nan and Gramps even more so.

We decided to take the boys for an evening stroll along the promenade. It was a beautiful evening, the prom wide and relatively new, a low wall on one side overlooking the beach and sparkling sea - and a small kerb on the other side bordering a lush, grassy lawn running the entire length.

We had chosen a time when most of the tourists would be in their hotels or restaurants, having their evening meal, so the prom was not too busy. At first, the twins disagreed on direction of travel, Nan, Gramps and one lad, heading to the marina, the other heading in the opposite direction. Eventually, with much waltzing with him in my arms, we managed to disconnect his sense of direction and we all headed towards the marina.

The boys, independent as ever, wanted to walk on their own, they were steady on their feet but needed to balance themselves with ‘elbows out’ - and it was a case of ‘look out anyone in their way’. We scuttled along behind to make sure they were always (almost) within arm’s reach. That low wall appealed to one - a low wall is overly appealing when you can’t see over it - whilst the grass, much greener on the other side of the kerb, appealed to the other. Both were ‘no-go’ areas to us - the wall having a drop to the sand below whilst the lush grass was equally appealing to the cats which frequented the area late at night.

The prom began to get busier, walkers moving to one side to let the boys pass without incident - and then I spotted two Spanish ‘Grandees’ - 2 elderly ladies dressed from head to toe in black, heads protected from the evening sun by wide-brimmed hats, veils draped across their faces to protect their eyes. Of course, having the Spanish love for children - the Grandees stopped, bent slightly and spoke to the boys. They were stopped in their tracks - two strangers dressed in black, speaking some unknown language and looking at them through a veil was just too much. The boys turned simultaneously and, with a look of abject fear, ran to cling to our legs - one to Nan, the other to Gramps. We laughed, took them up in our arms and approached the Grandees. With our weak/limited Spanish, we told them “Yes, the boys are brothers” “Yes, they are twins” “No, we don’t dress them alike as each has his own identity” … well, words to that effect. That was followed by some polite chat and with a final “Buenas noches” - we went our separate ways.

The boys were lowered to the prom, and they gripped our hands firmly - for about a minute, maybe two - then broke free and resumed their ‘elbows out’ posture and charged ahead oblivious.

Returning to the apartment, Nan called the boys to get ready for a bath whilst I began putting bits and pieces to one side, ready for our early departure the next morning. Remember that pristine book I mentioned earlier? It was lying on the table. I picked it up to put back on the shelf - but paused for a moment to look at that verse in Matthew. And my thoughts were confirmed - our twin grandsons had shown me that, when faced by a fearful adversary, they knew they could turn instantly to Nan and Gramps, they knew they would then be safe.

Some may fear this current adversary, this Covid-19, they may fear its damage, its possible ultimate victory over those susceptible, but with our hand in God’s hand, we can face the adversary, we can get through it - we have a future beyond. And remember - Nan and Gramps hadn't withdrawn their hands from the twins and let go, just as God won’t let go of our hands - it’s we who may take our hand from God’s hand as we live our lives, with perhaps, a little less caution than we realise.

So, humbled by the power of this virus, humbled by the thought that our strength, our ability and success in life is ultimately totally inadequate, we can turn to take God’s hand, confident that He is there for us as we continue to walk steadfastly along the path towards the Kingdom.

Reasons to Believe in the Bible

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There are so many reasons to believe in the Bible!

  • It has a message of hope for us all 
  • Ancient prophecies made have become reality 
  • The wonders of creation 
  • Environment on earth designed for life 

If you would like to find out more about these reasons to believe, please feel free to visit our YouTube channel: Gorseinon Christadelphians.

Here is a direct link to the video presentation about Reasons to Believe in the Bible.

If you would like further information please email: info@bibleinfo.org.uk

God wants you in His Kingdom

We are living in very unusual circumstances at the moment, most of us have never seen or heard of a time like this.  It can be worrying and distressing, particularly if loved ones are sick or pass away.  I have a strong faith in God and that is helpful and comforting during times of uncertainty and sadness.  Having faith doesn’t mean that we won’t get sick or suffer or even die prematurely but it does mean that I always have someone to talk to, someone who cares for me and loves me and always has time to listen - my heavenly Father. Jesus tells his disciples in Luke chapter 21 verse 18 that not a hair of their head will perish. If we read from verse 12 onwards, Jesus is telling them about all the difficulties that will come on them such as persecution, imprisonment, betrayal and even death.  He has their eternal well being at heart, just like his Father does.  

Even though we will go through trials and hardship God and his son Jesus are always there with us, to bring us to God’s eternal kingdom.  This is my very real and certain hope for the future beyond this life.  God tells us in the Bible in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 11 that he has set eternity in the human heart.  This explains why humans find it natural to believe in something beyond this life.  If we read God’s word we can learn what this eternity is; it’s very real and coming to the earth soon.  This kingdom will be like no other, it will be ruled over by Christ in peace and with perfect judgment.  There will be no more suffering, sadness, tears or death as we can read in passages like Revelation chapter 21 verse 4, a personal favourite of mine. 

God has invited everyone to be a part of this kingdom; he wants you and me to be there as Jesus says in Luke chapter 12 verse 32.  In order to take up God’s invitation there is a responsibility on our part - we must read, understand and have faith and then express this understanding in repentance and baptism.  In Mark chapter 16 verse 16 Jesus tells us that whoever believes and is baptised will be saved.  Now would be a good time to read your Bible and get to know your heavenly Father and Jesus, His son, who died for you.  If you would like further help or resources to read and understand the Bible yourself you may like to look at the following:


Email: info@bibleinfo.org.uk or find us on Facebook: @gorseinonchristadelphians

There is HOPE for this hopeless world

Due to current circumstances, with the measures in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Gorseinon Christadelphians are not currently meeting at our hall for Bible study classes and Sunday services.  All meetings are now being held online or by other means.

These are unprecedented times, creating a lot of anxiety and uncertainty.  As a Christadelphian community, we believe that all things are ultimately in God’s hands.  Though for now there is a period of great distress on this earth, there will come a time when all things will be made new.

Please don't hesitate to get in contact with us if you ever want to talk about the message of HOPE contained within God's Word.
  • Email: info@bibleinfo.org.uk
  • Phone: 01792 233666
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Bible Reading Planner


‘Seek the Lord while He may be found’ - Isaiah 55v6
‘Delight in God’s Word and meditate upon it’ - Psalm 1v2

You may have set yourself many different goals in the past and wondered why some of them were so hard to keep… the trick is to set out some realistic and achievable steps to follow.  If you do this, you will find it much easier to keep to your goal.

Here are 5 steps to help you achieve your new goal:
  1. Set aside some time to read the Bible every day, even for just 10 minutes or so…
  2. Find a Bible or download a Bible app onto your phone.
  3. If you like to have something to follow, you could use the Daily Reading Planner (see below) or you could choose a book of the Bible to read through at your own pace. 
  4. Read carefully and meditate on what you have read.  Think about the meaning… what is God trying to say to you? 
  5. Put what you learn into practice – live your life as a follower of Christ.
‘Receive the word with all readiness of mind… search the scriptures daily’ - Acts 17v11

The FREE Bible Reading Planner suggests a chapter for each day and includes helpful notes.

To request your free copy: Email: info@bibleinfo.org.uk or Phone: 01792 536535

A Sure Word of Prophecy

A large proportion of Bible content is prophecy, much of which has been fulfilled in precise detail, often against all human odds and expectations. This striking fact places the Bible in contrast to the attempts of human beings, such as Nostradamus, to predict the future. Fulfilled prophecy is powerful evidence that a supernatural God exists, who can not only predict the future, but actually controls the future. This is His claim in Isaiah 46v9-10 (ESV):
"I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose." 
One of the most remarkable prophecies is found in Daniel Ch. 2, describing a dream experienced by Nebuchadnezzar, the powerful emperor of Babylon around 600 BC. Over 2,500 years of world history in advance is depicted in an image of a human body comprised mainly of different metals.

The interpretation, given by God through the prophet Daniel is illustrated in the diagram. The metals stood for the succession of powerful empires that would particularly affect the history and destiny of Israel. History testifies to the uncanny accuracy of this prophecy.

The image was destroyed by a stone which struck the image on its feet, pulverising it into fragments blown away by the wind. The stone then grew to fill the whole earth.

The interpretation of this detail is startling. The stone represents the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will displace all human governments and set up the worldwide Kingdom of God on earth. The fulfilled part of the prophecy is an assurance that the return of Christ is soon to become a reality.

"The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever… The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure."  (Daniel 2v44-45, ESV) 

All you need is love...


The origins of Valentines day have been lost in the mists of time but still it remains with us for better or for worse as a celebration of all things romantic, an opportunity to profess our love for our significant other or a cynical commercial ploy depending on your point of view.

What is much clearer is the emphasis on love in the Bible.  Time and time again love is described in scripture as the pinnacle of Christian endeavour, the thing to aim for above all else.  It is the first and second greatest commandments, as defined by the Lord Jesus himself when questioned by a lawyer:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself."  Matthew 22v37-39 (MKJV)
Of course, the kind of love being described here is not of the hearts and flowers variety, it is what is sometimes called “divine” love, or “agape” love (from the Greek word it is translated from in the New Testament, as opposed to “eros” which refers to what we might want to politely call “romantic” love)

Jesus tells us to show this sort of love to everyone, including most famously our enemies.  He says:
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them” Matthew 7v12 (ESV)
This “divine” love is so called because it is something that God Himself has.  In fact, it was His love for humanity which motivated Him to send his only Son to die so that we could live, as this most well-known of Bible verses says:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3v16 (MKJV)

Tension and Conflict in the Middle East: Bible Prophecy Fulfilled


May 2018 saw the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of the State of Israel on the 14th May 1948.  It was a hugely significant moment for the Jewish people who were returning to their original homeland of Israel nearly 2000 years after being removed from that land by the Romans.  Last year saw the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, and Britain's influential hand in initially facilitating the return of the Jews to what was then Palestine. Then followed the Nazi persecution and the Holocaust, prompting an exodus of Jews from Europe to Palestine, at the time opposed by Britain with its Mandate to govern Palestine.  The end of this Mandate, and subsequent Declaration of the State of Israel, was a controversial move which infuriated the Arab nations of that area and immediately sparked off the 1948 Arab-Israeli war in which five neighbouring countries launched an assault on the brand-new state of Israel, in an unsuccessful attempt to wipe it off the map.

During the seventy years, there has been many conflicts including the politically momentous Six Day War in 1967, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, wars in Lebanon and the Gaza strip. Despite the involvement of the United Nations and World powers such as the EU, the US and Russia, peace initiatives have come and gone. Tensions between Israel and its neighbours continue unabated and our news routinely includes coverage of the often violent clashes that result.  Indeed, the eyes of the world are on this country the size of Wales. 

What is less well known is the way in which so much of this was predicted in the Bible thousands of years ago by the prophets who described in advance both the scattering of the Jews around the world and their eventual regathering to the land of Israel which continues to this day.  The prophet Ezekiel who himself was taken captive from Israel to Babylon, modern day Iraq, almost 600 years before Jesus was born:

“Therefore say, So says the Lord GOD: Though I have sent them (the Jews) far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the lands, yet I will be to them as a little sanctuary in the lands where they had gone.  Therefore say, So says the Lord GOD: I will even gather you from the people and assemble you out of the lands, in those where you were scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”  (Ezekiel 11v16-17)

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Life's Big Questions

Find the answer to some of life's big questions on this excellent website:

www.lifes-big-questions.org 

This website has answers to questions such as:

  • 'Why does God allow suffering?'
  • 'What is the meaning of life?'
  • 'Has science disproved the Bible?' 

What do you think? Why not read the Bible and find the answers for yourself...