An Evangelical Church in the Heart of Thatcham

10 million people said ‘Yes’ in 72 hours

What would create a festival atmosphere in Tokyo, causing thousands to take to the streets in fancy dress? What would cause an overnight queue with people flocking to be the first? What would generate a pre-ordering frenzy clocking up 10 million early adopters in only 72 hours? The answer, of course, was the recent release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Without a doubt there will soon be lots of enthusiastic people sporting their space-grey, 5.5 inch big screen ultra-sleek devices.

Having said all that, you somehow know that there is going to be a “but”, and it appears that one of the phones greatest strengths may actually become its greatest weakness. Only hours after release, reports were surfacing that people, having kept their phones in their trouser pockets, were finding them bent!

What an incredibly deflating experience for that to happen to something so youthful, so pristine and so utterly fresh off the shelf. So instead, let me give you a wholly different recipe for tireless strength found in the same place that Handel gained such inspiration for his oratorio Messiah:

“Even youths (cf. the latest thing off the shelf) grow tired and weary, and young men (cf. the thinnest of new phones) stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. “ Isaiah 40:30-31

A promise, though not a phone, tried and tested by millions over countless years and never yet bent, broken, busted or boring. Why not put that in your back pocket and rest the full weight of your life upon it.

I am the Pastor at Thatcham Evangelical Church in West Berkshire. This is an FIEC (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches) affiliated church.