One Day At A Time!

Happy New Year!

Last year 2020 was an interesting year for everyone.

During the first few days of a new year, I using spend time fine-tuning my long list of “New Year’s Resolutions” rearing to go, bustling with expectation for the year.

Don’t get me wrong, I am actually bustling with excitement for the year, 2021, however with a slightly different approach to resolutions. Even though I have loads of things I would like to do this year, I have decided to follow the words of Jesus and to take one day at a time (Matthew 6:34) whilst having a view of the big picture (my long list of resolutions😊), Luke 14:28.

Let’s not worry about the future. Let’s enjoy each day, one day at a time.

Have a great year ahead.

Pastor Benson

An Interesting Year

I have been reflecting on this year, 2020. It has been a very interesting year for me, and I am sure for most people.

There are many things that I had planned to do (these were neatly outlined on my New Years resolution list!). However, I have not been able to do most of those things due to circumstances beyond my control – e.g. COVID, not being able to visit people, etc.

One thing though, that has not diminished despite all the ups and downs is my hope. I have learnt that there is a supernatural hope that God has made available to us that continues to paint a bright picture of the future. It was this type hope that led the wise men to eventually find Jesus (see Mathew 2:1-12, in the bible), despite all the obstacles and the lengthy journey.

Let us reflect on the supernatural hope that Jesus provides. With this in our lives, our future will always be painted in bright colours.

Have a great month ahead.

  • Pastor Benson

Perseverance

There was a time that I was quite unwell whilst I was in secondary school – boarding school. This was over thirty years ago (which gives you an idea of how old I am). I was down with a fever and it lasted for about two weeks. Those two weeks seemed like twenty years – I was very uncomfortable.


You might ask the question, “what does this have to do with perseverance?”. It was the principle of perseverance that got me through that bout in my life. In my own words, I would describe perseverance as getting through present challenges by focusing on a better future.


Let’s persevere though any uncomfortable current circumstance using this principle. Better still we can focus on God’s promises to us as the means of perseverance. Hebrews 10:36 says, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”


Have a great month ahead.


Pastor Benson

Make the Best of Life Now!

I remember when I got a job after university, I was really excited that I now had “my own money”. However, I said to myself, “If I could only get a job in the future with more money I would be happier”, I would be able to get all those gadgets I dreamed of.

Fast forward to 5 years later, I still had the same thoughts. Fast forward 20 years later and I still had those same thoughts.

It then struck me that there will always be something that I want, so I decided that I would consciously enjoy the times that I have now. I would make the best of life now – in the present. I would focus on the main thing that really brings satisfaction now and, in the future, – Knowing Christ (John 17:3)

Have a great month ahead.

Pastor Benson

Back to basics!

It is September already! It seems like it was just January yesterday. Its been a very eventful year to say the least.

Several things came to my mind over the past few days about life. Yes, that sounds like a line from someone in his eighties! I remember very clearly that at the beginning of this year, I began a teaching series at our church called “Back to basics”. I was basically saying that we should not drift away from the simplicity of our relationship with Christ. Jesus said in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”. This implies that everything we do for Christ is great, however the most important thing is our personal relationship with Christ and keeping it fresh and alive, as we spend time doing the basic things like studying the bible to know Christ and being in conversation with God at all times via prayer.

Have a great month ahead.

-Pastor Benson

Self Worth Without Success?

When I was much younger, during my teenage years, I was really driven to achieve. I wanted to be a successful guy with loads of money. After I became a Christian I was still driven. When I became a pastor, I was even the more driven to achieve and succeed.

Wanting to succeed in all we do is a good trait. It is quite commendable. However, we may fall into the trap of equating achievements with “Self Worth”. For example, the narrative goes, “I am successful when I have passed all my exams”, “I am successfully when I have accomplished all my goals for the year”…. And on and on.

One interesting thing that I noted from the bible is that God views success for the believer, as a “state” not a destination or list of achievements. I found it odd that God referred to Joseph (see Genesis 37 to 50 for his story) as being “prosperous” whilst he was a slave after being sold into slavery by his brothers. He viewed him as successful when he was in prison.

Success as it relates to “Self-worth” for the believer is a “state” we attain automatically when we become born-again not a destination. Let’s take it to heart.

Have a great month ahead.

  • Pastor Benson

How Are You Really Doing?

I met up with a friend a while ago and he used an interesting phrase during our conversation. That phrase was “a grin and a cup of tea”. Obviously, there was no way I was not going to not add that phrase to my toolbox of phrases.

This phrase basically describes a scenario where we come across people we know and they ask us the question, “How are you doing”, but are not really interested in how we are doing. The question was just a superficial question. The interesting thing is that we know when people are really concerned about us and when things are superficial.

God asked a prophet, Elijah who had gone through the emotions of depression and discouragement a similar question (The Bible, 1 Kings 19:13). God did not ask the “grin and cup of tea” question, He asked because He really cared about him.

God is asking you this question today, “How are you really doing?”. He really means it and says in the bible, Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses…”. Another passage in the bible, 1 Peter 5:7, says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.

How are you really doing?

Have a great month ahead.

– Pastor Benson

Climbing Uphill, I Need Help!

I spoke to my brother-in-law just as the lockdown started here in England. He was on self-quarantine for two weeks. I asked why he was self-containing himself and he mentioned that he had to cut short a trip to the far East. Apparently, he was meeting up with a few friends from around the world to climb mount Everest (the highest or should I say, the tallest mountain in the world).

I mentioned to him that climbing up and down our stairs at home was a trying feat for me not to talk about climbing the highest mountain in the world. I just pictured myself standing at the bottom of mount Everest and attempting to climb it. There is no way I would be able to make it unless someone was kind enough to airlift me up to the summit in a helicopter!

Our lives are often like that – standing at the bottom of the mountain of life wondering if you will have the strength or stamina to carryon. The good news is that God has given every believer the Holy Spirit who can, using a figure of speech, airlift us supernaturally up the mountain of life. Let us rely on the Holy Spirit who Jesus said will guide us and help us. Jesus states in bible, John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever”.

Have a great month ahead.

  • Pastor Benson

Heaven on Earth!

I was looking around me and thinking about what a world with no stress, pressures (making ends meet, paying bills, no harassment or conflict) or fear would look like. My initial conclusion was that I would have to wait till I get to heaven where Jesus is to experience that kind of life.

However, as believers, we do not have to wait till we get to heaven to experience a life with no stress, pressure or fear. We can enjoy that kind of life here on earth. The question is how?

Well, we can by entering the rest and grace of God, handing over our cares and fears to Him. The bible verse, 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Another bible passage, Philippians 4:6-7, says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

We can experience a life where the external stresses and pressures of life do not affect us internally. We can begin to experience, “Heaven on Earth!”, internally.

Have a great month ahead.

– Pastor Benson

Light of The World

I woke up one morning and reached out for my phone (as we all do first thing in the morning). The lights were switched off so I couldn’t see and had to use my hand to feel through the top of  the side-table by my bed in the dark in search of my phone.

After searching through with my fingers for a while I couldn’t find my phone. I finally gave up and got up towards the light switch (which was on the other side of the room). As I progressed towards the switch, I tripped on one of my shoes, then stepped on a slightly sharp object, then tripped over something else. Finally, I got to the switch and turned on the light. I then realised when I looked around the room that my phone wasn’t even in the room. It was in another room.

Life is somethings like that in general. We stumble through life hoping for the best, sometimes we are tripped up with a relationship or disappointed by one thing or the other.

Life is tough!

However, Jesus says in Mathew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He also says in John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”  Let us find true rest in Jesus and guidance for our lives from Him as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus this month.

Have a great month ahead.

– Pastor Benson