August 19, 2009 at 3:15 pm (Meet the Ministers)
Rev. David and Julie Pollard
David and Julie Pollard moved to Barnsley to lead the Church at Staincross in October 2005. They have four children and four grandchildren. David is from the Chesterfield area whilst Julie was born in South Wales both being raised in very similar circumstances to the Barnsley community.
Since arriving at Staincross we have purposed to impact the community into which we now reside. We live within our Area of Accountability and have made it part of our mandate to know and be known by the community. We have developed strong ties with both primary schools and take weekly assemblies as well as lessons. Julie is Vice Chair of the Governors at one of the schools. David is establishing a ministry to the business’ within our area. We have numerous business estates into which David ventures and provides prayer and practical support where possible.
We also attend the Residential Homes as part of our mandate to the Community as well as volunteer groups in their ventures (why reinvent the wheel!).
We have recently taken church into the Village Hall declaring open doors, being a more friendly and welcoming environment which people can receive the good news and meet new friends.
Another area we purposed is to build bridges with other denominations both in our community and Barnsley Town; we are progressively fulfilling this and are beginning to see much fruit. We are presently Prayer leaders for Christian Together in Barnsley and meet at the Town Hall to pray every month.
We have also had the privilege of serving our AOG Region as Prayer Co-ordinators. We have chosen to encourage all prayer partners to meet once per year for corporate prayer and encouragement. We meet at Thorne Pentecostal Church and our Prayer leader is Ian Christianson, with the Next Level community of believers coming together for prayer earlier in the year.
August 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm (Wisdom's Ways)
Rev. A. Linford, before his decease, was recognized as a good, great and interesting Bible teacher in the Assemblies of God Fellowship for many years. He was a well-loved Bible College lecturer and writer that bequeathed a tremendous amount of Biblical material in his generation. What a legacy he has left to be researched and brought forth to refresh our day! We shall be using such on this site: His writings from the book of Proverbs and also his Editorials that he wrote for the Redemption Tidings when he was its editor. I trust you will enjoy and appreciate
DON’T TALK MUCH
”In the multitude of words there wanted not sin” – Proverbs 10:19
One of the greatest gifts of God is language. It is coeval with reason. When God made man He imparted to Him rationality. Adam not only ”became a living soul” he was also constituted a thinking being, and related to his compos mentis was his potent lindua, the power of the tongue, speech. Thus Adam was not only able to put his mental concepts into words, as is seen in the naming of the animals – Genesis 2:19 he was also able to communicate with others as seen in his relationship will Eve – Genesis 2:23. But what is man’s richest blessing may also become his greatest bane. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” – Proverbs18:21. Both Old and New Testament alike speak of the danger of talking too much – cf James 3:1-8. Words intended to reveal our thoughts and produce communion, can also be used to conceal our thoughts with intent to deceive. This verse shows two ways with words.
Self-expression: By words our inner self, hidden from the eyes of others, may be given open expression; our ideas, concepts and opinions articulated in verbal form. But it is not only what we say that matters, it is how we say it – and so a world of emotion can be released by speech. The untold depths of feeling, like a river in spate, may overflow in oral expression, and herein lies a danger: we may say too much.
Self-control: ”Be slow to speak, says James 1:19, and follows on will the significant addition, ”slow to wrath”. In the multitude of words emotion can run riot. A wise man keeps a tight rein on his tongue. Where emotion would lead us to excess, reason directs to restraint. The witless man will babble his way into trouble; the wise man knows when to keep silent. “There is a time to speak”, say the Preacher – Ecclesiastes 3:7, but there is also “a time to keep silence”, and the text puts silence first as though this is of prime importance. It certainly is of prime discipline. The wise man knows when and how to speaks but he also knows when to curb his tongue and be quiet.
May I use my tongue aright in Thy service today, O Lord.