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In brief, you should know the following about us: Margate Presbyterian Church was established in 1997 (originally as Margate United Church) and has been responsible for providing spiritual growth within the area ever since. Our members particularly value the love, care and fellowship that is so obvious within Margate Presbyterian Church. We are located at 18 Alexander Avenue, Margate.

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This month's message: 

Read:   1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 11


Whatever our situation, stress is a factor. And when we are bound by stress we are robbed of peace. Yet Jesus says he has given us his supernatural brand of peace as a permanent gift, ‘My peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (John 14:27). Yet so often the slightest pressure causes us to lose our peace. We need to learn how to retain it no matter what the circumstances.

In the Thessalonian letters Paul stresses that God is a God of peace (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:16). In Hebrews 13:20, 21 the writer prays that the God of peace will ‘equip (us) with everything good for doing his will’. We can be equipped by God wherever and whoever we are and whatever our circumstances. Never let this just be a well-informed truth. Learn to appropriate God’s peace as a constant factor. Yes, it is possible and becomes easier once you know how and put it into practice.

In Philippians 4:6, 7 we are told ‘not to be anxious about anything’. And that as we hand everything to God, including our anxiety and stress, he will give us his peace. That is a fact. There are no maybes about whether this is his will. It is his will that we should have peace in all circumstances. As soon as a stressful situation arises, stand on this scripture, and claim your peace. With God’s supernatural peace, half your problem has already been solved. Now ask for wisdom (James 1:5) to help you deal with the issue.

Prayer: Dear Lord, the choices I make are important. I ask you, Father in heaven, for your peace, wisdom, and guidance to help me in the choices that I need to make. AMEN