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A thought from the Chaplain
Well folks, I hope you're all well refreshed after the summer break and excited for another year of ministry in Boys' Brigade.
Before you even begin let me as a Company Chaplain say a huge thank you (on behalf of all Company Chaplains) for everything you will do this year and not least for the enthusiasm and giftedness you bring to what you do. I've only just finished reading a very helpful book about the challenges of sharing the Gospel in today's world. How encouraging to read, as the writer introduced himself, that he was converted to Christ through the work of BB. You see, you just never know what God is doing or will do with the seed you sow! Keep sowing!
Also while on holiday I read a book entitled, 'The Chain.' Not a book about Christianity, a novel, and not as far as I know written by a Christian. (The author is actually a Carrickfergus man) Anyway, great story - I won't spoil it just in case - which in a way I'm sure not intended reminded me of the sinfulness - apart from Christ - of the human heart, my human heart. Truly, the ability to commit any known sin, lies within me, and therefore, you and also each and everyone of the boys in our care. As God's word says, Jeremiah 17:9, 'the heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure.'
In all our labours for God in BB we must never lose sight of this, the boys we serve are not 'good,' they weren't born 'good,' quite the opposite, each of them and each of us like King David, 'born in sin.' Our hearts, their hearts, humanly speaking are beyond cure. Enter JESUS.
This is why we do what we do. There is a CURE. The cure is Jesus. There is no other cure. What a privilege to share with boys and their families this wonderful extra good news, all is not lost, it is true, we stand in great need, but God in Christ has met that need.
It is our privilege and responsibility like the apostle of old to simply proclaim, repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you mightily as you serve Him this year.