Mareeba Baptist

Pastor’s Pen

June 2024

Winter is here. At least what passes for winter up here in the Far North.

This is the time of year that we remember why we love living in Mareeba – bright blue skies, beautiful mild temperatures and a complete absence of rain.

Well I certainly hope it is. At the time of writing, it is a bit cooler but the sky is completely clouded over and it is drizzling. So I’m having to trust that our reliable winter weather has arrived at last.

For us, winter is a season to look forward to, but in other parts of the world it is not always so easy. Many societies put their lives on hold to hunker down for the winter. But winter is when we begin to come alive.

Song of Solomon 2:11-12 describes the feeling of joy when the cold of winter is over and new life is returning:

See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
 Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.

The fact that we see things the other way round doesn’t alter our joy in the coming season.

We should praise our wonderful creator for the world that He has made and for each season that brings a different flavour to life. Variety always gives us something to look forward to.

And we should always be giving thanks that in a world that is constantly changing, God never changes. He is perfectly consistent – the same, yesterday, today and forever. He loves us and is perfectly reliable.

Here’s to staying cool and dry for a few months.

Pastor Murray

May 2024

With a third of 2024 behind us, the month of May brings with it an emphasis on mission.

For more than 100 years, Baptist churches in Australia have celebrated May Mission Month as a time to focus our thoughts on our role in taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

We hear from those on the mission field in far away countries, we pray for them and we send them money. That is great and I encourage that to continue. To leave your comforts and familiar surroundings to follow God’s call on your life is a great show of obedience to Him.

But, as we all know, the role of sharing the gospel has been given to every follower of Jesus. We all have different circumstances, gifting and passions. God can use those for his glory if we choose to be obedient to Him.

Our sermons over the course of the month (and maybe even a week or two into June) will be considering different aspects of what it means and what it takes to be a part of God’s mission to the people next door to us as well as those in remote parts of the world.

I pray that you will use this time to let God’s Spirit speak to you and guide you into the plan that God has made for you in relation to His great commission.

The mission of telling people the Good News about Jesus is for all of us to be a part of. What does it look like for you?

Pastor Murray

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