July 2020 Magazine   

If you look at the bottom row of the keyboard you find the letters C V B N M. When you look at these letters think about the virus which is killing thousands of people across the world. I recommend that you use the five letters as a prompt for a simple prayer Covid Virus Be No More

  

Planting seeds

Have you heard about the Judean date palm seeds that were found in Masada? They were discovered in a pottery jar during an excavation and were dated to between 155 BC and 64 AD. This type of palm was valued for shelter and food, and its likeness was even engraved on coins. Unfortunately it became extinct around 800 years ago. The seeds sat in a professor’s drawer doing nothing for years, until Elaine Soloway, the Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel decided to see if she could grow them.  

So she took them and soaked them in water, gave them fertilizer and planted three of the seeds.

One germinated and is now over 9ft tall—a male date palm which flowers and produces pollen; it is affectionately called Methuselah. The pollen has been used to pollinate a modern female date tree and has produced fruit. Elaine is now trying to work out how to make an ancient date grove from other seeds she has also grown from other archaeological sites in Israel.  

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At Pentecost, the seeds of the church were planted in the original disciples by the work of the Holy Spirit in them. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven after the Resurrection, he told the Disciples, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The apostles spread the seeds of the gospel far and wide, in various places along the way as they went out to all the world. Those seeds that they planted took root and the church was built up over time with the gospel spreading in many and various ways.

Those same seeds used to declare the gospel nearly 2 millennia ago, are the same seeds we use today. They still take root and they still grow. Some grow straight away and some take time. Salvation in Jesus is the gospel message the apostles preached—He is the message of salvation we preach today, and He is the message we will be preaching tomorrow. That enduring gospel message is the same as it ever was: the seeds of 2000 years ago still grow and bring forth fruit.

Father, thank you that the gospel message, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, is enduring and always productive. Help us as we go on our way, to plant those seeds wherever we have opportunity Amen

From an article By Rosemary Gent

   

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We serve a Mighty God

Here is a testimony from Noreen, a lady who I met at a conference. She shared ...

I went for a walk very early this morning. I felt quite low in spirit because of my circumstances.

My husband has had a stroke, he has lupus and an incurable lung disease, he also had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s just before lock down.  

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My daughter has been struggling with mental health issues over the past couple of years and has attempted suicide. She is married with 3 children.  

God’s word tell us that we are to rejoice always in spite of circumstances. I know that “in the valley” He is growing us and I didn’t want to feel  this way I wanted to be able to worship God  but I just couldn’t.  

So I prayed and told God exactly how I was feeling. I said, “ I don’t want to feel like this Lord, I want to be able to praise you but I just can’t”. Then I looked up at the beautiful blue sky, at the trees. I heard the birds  and all at once I felt this  great joy welling up within me; I began to thank God for His goodness and to praise and worship Him from my heart. It was absolutely amazing!  The Holy Spirit enabled me. I had cried to our Father  from my heart He heard and answered

I got Noreen's permission to share this testimony with everyone accessing the web site,  We are now in touch and she is already an encouragement to me and she says that I am to her.

What a great God we serve!

Every blessing 

Jackie 

   

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The Pregnant Shop Assistant

I Love to shop for shoes. One day I was clutching what were soon-to-be the newest additions to my collection of red, high heels, and I was walking toward the checkout line to pay for them. As I did so, God said to me, “I like those shoes in your hand. Now, go prophesy over the young girl at the cash register.”

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At that very moment, a divinely orchestrated series of events began to occur: the line suddenly disappeared, and all the checkout operators – except one – instantly shut their registers and left the payment area. God had completely set things up to the point that the only people around were me and the young girl He told me to prophesy to.

I Set my shoes down on the counter in front of her and said “Hi I’m Emma. I’m a prophet who hears from God.”  

The young woman looked stunned. This is a normal response when I’m introducing myself, but if you don’t tell people what you carry from God, how will anyone make a withdrawal from you? She responded with the question that almost everyone asks at this point:

“Well what does He say about me?”

“God says you are going to be a really good mum,” I replied

She began to weep. Through her tears she blurted out to me that she had just found out she was pregnant and had told no-one, not even her boyfriend, and that she had an abortion booked for Thursday.

“This morning I prayed for the first time ever,” she sobbed, “I said to God. God if you are real, would you please tell me what to do about my pregnancy?”

As she wiped away her tears, a resolve began to grow on her face. With determination she said, “If God says that I’m going to be a really good mum, then I am going to ask for time away from my till right now so that I can phone up and cancel my abortion”

And that is exactly what she did!

Taken from The Prophetic Warrior by Emma Stark

 

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The Lord's antibodies

I am a front line member of staff working in the NHS and have experienced God's divine protection over me. Quite a lot of staff in my department have fallen victim to Covid-19 and have recovered.  I remain negative as I have had my antibody test ; at the time I thought  that by some miracle I would have some kind of natural immunity. 

I knew that I had more than likely been exposed to the virus as on one shift I had worked in very close proximity to a colleague who had a persistent dry cough. She believed it to be hay fever as she suffers badly from it every year and didn't have a temperature. Although I was a bit apprehensive with her self diagnosis I continued my shift with her and several others.

My colleague went on annual leave for 2 weeks and returned to do her first shift back with me. She did mention that while on leave she was very tired, and welcomed the rest. Later in the day she received her antibody test results, They came back positive. I realised that God had protected me when my colleague clearly had the virus whilst working closely with her for several days. I didn't need biological antibodies because I have God's antibodies. I pray Psalm 91 each day. In it is the promise that

"No plague or deadly diseases will come near "

PRAISE GOD

   

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A Lightbulb moment 

For over fifty years I have been collecting postcards with maps on them. I have approximately 2000 from all over the world. A lot of the foreign ones came from Chris when he travelled abroad on business, but others have come from friends when they travelled. 

Sorting out any new cards and reorganising the folders can be quite a task. I have recently tidied up cards from UK. These are organised by county in alphabetical order.

I had a card that was due to be put into Folder 7J - Northumberland to Shropshire. But when I went to the bookcase for the folder it was not there. Chris and I looked through every cupboard in the house, under beds, down the side of chairs, and even in Chris' office.  

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We searched high and low through the house for nearly two weeks, but it was nowhere to be found.

There was no folder with that name. We were sure it was a black folder.

After all the searching we decided to set up a new folder covering these counties. We Googled merrily and found twenty or so cards from various suppliers.

Next morning the postman delivered several packs of postcards we had ordered to replace those I had lost. I had already said my prayers and thanked God that He provides all we need. This has recently been a theme in our church services.

Anyway, whilst I was looking at the new cards, I remembered that I had some swaps I kept in a folder and wondered if any of them were for the missing counties in 7J. 

I have no idea where that thought came from, but I thought that it was worth a look. No - All the swaps were foreign cards. The folder next to it contained  plastic sleeves and divider cards. I thought I might look as I might have put UK swaps in there.

I opened the folder and was greeted by a card from Northumberland- it was my missing folder- red not black as expected and labelled ‘spare plastics etc’, the original 7J label having fallen off. I was so surprised as I had already checked out that row of folders!  

I thank God that He sent me that light-bulb moment about the swaps. He really does provide for needs, large and small.

A very happy Sandra

 

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God Protects Us

Psalm 121 A song of ascents.

 

I lift up my eyes to the hills—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

   

He will not let your foot slip—

He who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

  

The LORD watches over you—

the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night. 

  

The LORD will keep you from all harm—

He will watch over your life;

the LORD will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore. 

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This is one of the fourteen songs which were traditionally sung by pilgrims on the journey to Jerusalem. Much of this journey was through an arid rocky landscape with dangers of falling or running out of water or being attacked by bandits. This is a psalm of reassurance

On a video call recently to our dear friends Jannette and Pastor Winston Pinzon in Manila, Philippines they shared that they believed that God was saying to them that this Psalm was for our church, Holme Christian Fellowship. When pilgrims went to Jerusalem they went in reasonably sized teams for mutual protection, encouragement and guidance. God wants Christians to work the same way and for the same reasons

Chris

Shalom

    

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Pastor: Robert Templey Tel: 01430 860997 Email:robert.templey3@btinternet.com

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