Hello friends, hope this update finds you well.
CC York & Bible College
CC York has resumed limited in-person Sunday services and a few prayer meetings during the week but we are still operating online as well. We’re not sure when we will be able to resume the full gamut of our other ministries such as coffee morning for the older folks and prison ministry but we will walk through those doors when the Lord opens them.
After being surprised by Covid, we were able to finish the spring semester online and had a wonderful graduation ceremony via Zoom. The students worked very hard and embraced a difficult situation. They even continued meeting online for devotions several times a week. Praise God for their diligence.
We have decided to move full speed ahead for the fall semester of the Bible College. We have a number of students planning on coming and barring any unforeseen circumstances are looking forward to seeing the Lord’s hand at work in yet another group of students who have drawn apart for a season to study His Word. I am planning on teaching the book of Joshua and the Gospel of John. Please pray for the Lord's good hand to be upon us.
It’s funny- in conversation I quite frequently tell people that I don’t have the gift of evangelism and that I’m an introvert and such and that I dislike walking up to people for the unsolicited purpose of initiating a conversation about Jesus and salvation. I’m just being honest. But the Lord has a way of regularly bringing people to me just as I'm out and about and they initiate a conversation and then I steer it toward the things of the Lord. Not long ago I was walking down by the river in York and a group of young people (3 girls and 2 guys) asked me what my favorite football team was so in jest I said the Philadelphia Eagles (the correct response would have been more along the lines of Liverpool or Manchester United) but it was all in good fun. My South Jersey accent always gives me away so that was their next question and after chatting for a few minutes I asked them if they had ever heard the gospel before and would they be willing to listen.
|River Ouse in York|
|The Harbor in Scarborough|
God knows how to diffuse light
I've recently been reading in Job and chapter 38 provides an awesome account of God answering Job out of the whirlwind. The answering is really a series of rhetorical questions that the Lord asks Job. He asks the following question:
I was thinking about this and one thing is clear, that God is able to diffuse light and also to withhold it. The physical phenomenon of light and the incredibly complex process by which the human eye perceives it are remarkable; even more so is the idea of spiritual illumination that physical light is representative of. As our Lord Jesus was being crucified, light was withheld over the earth from the sixth hour until the ninth hour (Matt. 27:45) in a divine demonstration of the gravity of what was happening as human sin was being atoned for. As the Israelites were on the verge of deliverance from bondage, the ninth plague caused a situation where the Egyptians were stymied by the darkness but the Israelites had light in their dwellings (Exod. 10:21-23). God is able to give light to His people and at the same time withhold it from those who oppose Him. "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it" (John 1:5). We are living in some pretty dark times if we look on the externals but from God's perspective there's quite a different thing going on. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life" (John 8:12). The world doesn't see it, but we see it. We have light in our dwellings. These are truly exciting days as we behold the face of Jesus and walk in His light. Praise God for the Rock of our salvation! Maranatha, come Lord Jesus!