For most people August was not what was expected. Holidays were either changed or cancelled - "government rules" have become so confusing between the four countries of UK - examination results were confusing - "experts " keep declaring that things are going to get worse. Now is the time to pray. We have seen many prayers answered and we would ask you to join in Chris
: Worship song of the month
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This is something we have all needed over the past months, the ability to keep going, no matter what. Chris and I have certainly needed this during self-isolation, lock-down and/or shielding.
A great boon for us and many was the advent of zoom which enabled us to keep in face to face contact with our family and to see our new great grandson for the first time. Zoom has also enabled us to attend church on Sundays as well as a prayer group and coffee morning during the week. We are so grateful to God for His provision especially as we are aware that many in other regions and countries have had it so much worse than us, facing and dying of starvation.
We have also seen a remarkable improvement in Chris’ health. At the beginning of March, he had serious water infections which caused some falls. He was receiving visits from the district nurses almost every other day to dress both his ulcerated legs. Now, his water infection has gone and it is months since he had a fall. One leg is completely healed and the other well on the way. The nurses come just once a week, mainly to check his leg. God is, indeed, our healer. Throughout this time, God has shown that He sustains us, keeps us going. He promises to do so in the Bible. In Isaiah 46 verse 4, He says, “Even to your old age and grey hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
God does this for all His children and will continue to do. Praise God He is our protector, provider, healer and sustainer.
And before the fridge so often, My mind is full of doubt,
Now did I put some food away, Or come to get some out
From our friend Marian
I have no idea
if this is true, but it is a good story and I agree 100% with the
conclusi on. Chris
A church was honouring one of its senior pastors who had been
retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the
Church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age.
After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause
quieted down he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with
great effort and a sliding gait, to the podium. Without a note or
written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady
himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak...
JESUS LOVES ME
Though my steps are oh, so slow,
my hand in His I'll go
When the nights are dark and long, In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear, 'Have no fear, for I am near.'
When my work on earth is done, And life's victories have been won.
I love Jesus, does He know?
I ever told Him so?
On a journey that
will last for eternity (Heaven is just a change of address – Billy
Abraham our example
– looking for the city without foundation whose architect and builder
is God (Hebrews 11:10)
The seed planted in
Haran – to go on a journey not knowing where. (Genesis 12:1-4) Simply
Lot saw a
destination (with serious consequences later on) – Abraham saw the
journey and continued.
Two and a half
tribes of Israel, looked at a destination but missed the fullness of
destiny (Numbers 32), missed the land of promise.
Chris and myself
left behind friends who looked at a destiny and settled; true also for
churches and whole movements. But as my friend Dave Hadden said “Mike
we have tasted and there’s no going back.”
Both Chris and
myself began a new journey on 1st September 2011 at a
conference in London – we came away with one word “shift.”
Dreams, visions and
God encounters led us to leave behind 26 years of ministry life in Hull.
Last dream –
crossing a river to look at where the Lord had promised lay ahead on our
next part of the journey.
Our river in full
flow – now banked up at Adam – very beginning of things. (Joshua
Certainty – stay
behind the presence (Holy Spirit)
His promise – He
is with us (John 14:16) – are we going together?
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