The CONCORDANT BIBLE SOCIETY of GREAT BRITAIN

NEWSLETTER for DECEMBER 2020

"For I, Yahweh, do not alter" (Mal. 3:6).
"And lo! A messenger of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of God shines about them, and they were afraid with a great fear. And the messenger said to them, "Fear not, for lo! I am bringing you an Evangel of great joy which will be for the entire people, for today was brought forth to you a saviour, who is Christ, the Lord, in the city of David. And this is the sign to you: you will be finding a babe swaddled and lying in a manger!" And suddenly with the messenger there came to be a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God among the highest! And on earth peace, among men, delight!" (Luke 2:9-16)
"For our realm is inherent in the heavens, out of which we are awaiting a saviour also, the Lord, Jesus Christ, who will transfigure the body of our humiliation, to conform it to the body of his glory, in accord with the operation which enables him even to subject all to himself." (Phil. 3:20-21).
"If, Then, you were roused together with Christ, be seeking that which is above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Be disposed to that which is above, not to that on the earth, for you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God. Whenever Christ, our life, should be manifested, then you also shall be manifested with him in glory." (Col. 3:1-4)

Dear brethren,

"Tis the season to be jolly careful," declared the UK's Prime minister at a recent press briefing, very likely constructing, in what are frequently being described as these "Unprecedented times", the unprecedented merger of a well-known Christmas carol with Covid19.
Less adventurously, he hazarded that Christmas will be different this year.
Few if any of those of us who acknowledge Christmas will be able to do so as we would like this year. As believers, though, we know that whatever Christmas lacks for us this year is fleshly. The season is merely a temporal marker of grand spiritual truths. Events come and go, and circumstances change, but they are fashioned by a sovereign and loving God who never does. Amidst the turbulence of our times, God's Word gives us the blessed assurance that He is working out his marvellous, imperturbable purpose. He will be "All in all"!

A reminder that global pandemic notwithstanding, God has led us forward in faith to go ahead with arrangements for next year's Concordant Bible Society conference. This year's gathering became a casualty of Covid19 when the venue which had hosted us for several years, unable to survive the turbulence of the pandemic, announced its permanent closure. The loss of our conference, and indeed of all our organised gatherings this year, has been painful given that we are a small and scattered fellowship, and opportunities to gather with like-minded believers are rare and cherished.
Thus, in prayerful confidence we have booked conferences for next year, and 2022, at Hothorpe Hall, in Market Harborough, Leicestershire - www. hothorpe.co.uk if you'd like to check out their website.
As soon as the dates and other details become absolutely official, we'll send out booking forms.
If you've never been to our conference, or it's been a while since you came to one, how about prayerfully considering coming next year? They are renowned times of blessing: warm fellowship, close study of God's Word and worshipful hymn singing.

As we look back over what, humanly speaking, has been a very strange and difficult year for all of us, we fondly remember the passing of two of our brethren through whom God has profoundly blessed us and continues to do so.
Within the space of a month, Geoffrey Bowlzer and Nelson Howe passed into the Lord's keeping. For many years, Geoffrey and his wife Iris took charge of the recorded ministry at our conferences, from setting up the equipment to dispatch, ensuring that, way back in the cassette era, speakers' messages could continue to provide ministry far beyond the meeting room. This is a lasting memorial too as the recordings they made are still being used.
Nelson was a regular speaker at our conferences and Leedhams meetings. However, in the last few months of his life, God led him to commence a You Tube video ministry which was hugely productive in both quantity and profundity. Though very ill, Nelson continued this until very shortly before he passed away. If you're able to go online, you can continue to be edified by his ministry by searching for Nelson Howe on You Tube, or you can get to his channel through his website, www.bibletruths.co.uk, which also contains some written material.

Unsearchable Riches Subscriptions: in keeping with a now time-honoured tradition, a reminder that if you wish Jan to pay over your annual UR subscription to the Concordant Publishing concern and haven't been in touch with us about it yet, Jan will be sending the dosh through cyberspace just before the turn of the year. £14 for a year's subscription, what good value.
And that's it, I'm afraid, as far as our newsletters are concerned, for this year. God willing, there will be another one in early 2021.
We never know what a new year will bring, and perhaps the believer and unbeliever alike are more acutely aware of this truth than is usual. But we have this privilege of the realisation that God is sovereign, He is love, and all is of Him. We pray that, however you feel led to acknowledge this season of the year, you feel vividly aware of God's love and guidance in your life.

God bless you all, Malcolm and Jan.

 

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