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From Tony in Porthcawl ….

Jesus did not tell us to go out into the world and have theological arguements and create splits.

Paul had to have serious words with the Corinthians: “I appeal to you, my brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, agree among yourselves ……….I have been told …….that there are quarrels among you.”
Jesus told people then and is telling us now to go out and baptise people and create a Christian world of Christian brothers and sisters.
This is one of the facts that I love about Breakfast On The Beach. There is no such thing as an emphasis on denomination. The emphasis is on Christians, often from different denominations, getting together, learning and maturing as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ and together experiencing deep encounters with his Holy Spirit.

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Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ (Gal6:2)

Mary and I recently had the wonderful experience of being spoilt and pampered on holiday. Our friends kindly invited us to share the mobile home they had rented for 6 weeks in the South of France. So we joined them for a week. But their intention was not just that we should join them but that they should minister to our needs so we could have a total break and time of refreshment. So for a week, we were pampered for our every need. I barely had even to make myself a cup of tea!

When reflecting on this holiday, I realised that amongst many things, it had been a demonstration of the overflow of grace and a living out of Paul’s exhortation, “Bear one another’s burdens …”. We can sometimes think of these words as meaning to “help someone carry” their burdens. But the full impact of the exhortation comes when we appreciate that the word “bear” means “to carry away, completely”. Imagine that! We don’t just take a part of someone’s burden, but we try where we can, to carry it away, totally. This is certainly what our friends did for us, on this holiday.

Then later, the words of an old song came back to me:

“Brother, let me be your servant,
Let me be a Christ to you.
Pray that I may have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.”

It’s the last two lines that stopped me. It’s at times so difficult for us – particularly when we are involved in regular ministry to others, to let others be a servant to us. Somehow, the “role reversal” is difficult to take. It’s a place of humbling ourselves. Yet, unless we do so, it doesn’t release the other person to serve.

Yes, grace is a two-way street. We can overflow with grace to others in serving them abundantly – and let’s take every opportunity to do that. But let’s also be prepared to lay everything down – all our ego, status, ministry, pride, position – and have the grace to be the one who is served, so releasing our sisters and brothers to have the pleasure and freedom of pouring grace upon us.

As Jesus once said to Peter:  “Unless I wash your feet, you have no part of me”. Fulfilling the “law of Christ” is indeed, a two-way street.

Thank you also, to so many who have showered grace upon us in so many ways, to support this Breakfast ministry. We hope we have been gracious in allowing you to exercise grace.

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