Extracts from Life compiled by Rev. E. Anderson

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Rev. & Mrs. E. Anderson

AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE

Whilst overseeing the Assemblies of God Church in Chesterfield I was given the privilege of presiding over the church leaders and we met to see where we could engage in fellowship together. It was in the year 1982 that we decided on a joint venture and that we meet in our church to hold a great together. The united desire was that we invite David Pawson to be our special speaker, sensing he would bring over the two nights some prophetic inspiration and teaching. We were not to be disappointed. On the first night he taught a new song which gather great momentum and resulted in us doing a Jericho march much to the delight of the saints.

He stayed with us in our home and my wife and I were greatly impressed with his manner of behaviour and his words. After the supper he would beg leave of us not that he didn’t want our company but that he had developed the habit of spending time with Lord. He said he liked to review the day and to note whether he had fulfilled divine expectations.

David was invited to go to Cliff College on one of the morning to give two lectures to the students. It was my privilege to be his chauffeur and this meant I would have the opportunity of listening to his ministry to these prospective messengers of Christ.

However, the Lord had a wonderful surprise and experience for me on that day. When we arrived at Cliff we were ushered into the Principal’s study, Dr. Skevington Wood, a fine minister of Christ and preacher of the Gospel. We were invited to take a seat and to have a cup of tea before going into the lecture hall.

Then it happened so suddenly to me that it shook me. As I sat down to recline in the chair offered, the magnificent presence and power of the Lord flowed into my being and I felt rather overwhelmed. I did not dare say anything to anyone but just bathed in the immediate blessing that was bestowed. As I sat there, I wondered what it was all about, questions entering my mind.

We went to the lecture hall where David certainly inspired and blessed the students in his unique manner. All present were enriched by what he had to say. As soon as he had given his lecture we returned to the Principal’s study for refreshment. I sat again in the former chair that I had been seated in and the experience was repeated that I had before. Immediately I knew that this was no coincidence and that something of importance was to be noted by me in it.

Suddenly I became sensitive to the fact that the place where we were situated could possibly have been the study of Samuel Chadwick a former great preacher, saint in Methodism and one that had held the position of principal. I felt prompted to ask Dr. Skevington Wood whether this was and he replied in the affirmation. In a flash I sensed that I was in a room that had been saturated with prayer and this godly man. I was receiving something spiritual from his former supplications. Having read some of his books and life story I have been tremendously quickened in God.

On one memorable occasion I visited his grave in Calver, near Chesterfield, I stood there and prayed that something of the inspiration and blessing that would be my portion. I truly believed that God answered prayer and that the legacy of his life and anointing to some degree has been my lot.

As we walk with the Lord, we never know when the He has some unique and unexpected experience for us to enter into.

Messages for the Moment collated by Rev. E. Anderson

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Rev. E. Anderson

One Step Beyond

By Jon Walker

“Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11 HCSB)

“Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.” (Psalm 51:11 MSG)

Do you ever fear that God will banish you from his presence? That you’ve gone one step beyond God’s patience and grace?

The ancient king of Israel, David – a man after God’s own heart – expressed a similar concern, but he ran full-throttle into God’s grace, a grace rooted in a perfect love that casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).

David understood that it is God who brings holiness to our lives, and because of his grace – flowing from the blood of Jesus Christ – we can approach the throne of God boldly (Hebrews 4:16), no longer fearing banishment or abandonment. As believers in Christ, we are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6), now and forever (Romans 8:35, 39).

David found a grace so infinite and powerful that it did violence to his grief, guilt, and sin – transforming his life into one of holy purpose and pursuit. That grace still does violence to all our false notions and self-centered ways.

Father, do not take your presence from us or cast us away from you. Lord, we ask that instead you help us understand how rock solid, cornerstone-based your love is – and that we can never do anything that will cause you to abandon us.

We not only confess our sin, we also confess that you love us with a height and depth we can never fully understand until we see you face-to-face. (Romans 8:39) Breathe your holiness into us (Psalms 51:11), and help us breathe it in deeply so that it sinks into every fiber of our being. And when we feel like you’ve banished us from your presence, remind us that “the only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.” (Romans 12:3b MSG)

So what?

· Equal to the fall – There’s a wonderful song by the group Satellite Soul that says, “And if your story doesn’t wind up ending happy after all, there’s a grace that’s there, it’s everywhere, and it’s equal to the fall.” Do you believe God’s grace is greater than your sins? If not, pray, “Lord, I (want to) believe; help my unbelief.”

· Interpreting yourself – Is your view of yourself consistent with God’s view of you? “Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.” (Romans 12:3b MSG)

Jon Walker is a pastor-advocate living in Southern California and the former pastor of communications at Saddleback Church

Top Ten by Rev. David Gilpin

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Rev. D. Gilpin

INTRODUCTION

Behind everything you see is something you don’t see. This book ‘Top Ten’ is designed to outline nuggets of wisdom that often remain invisible behind thriving churches and ministries. Mixed with a touch of humour, Top 10 of Everything looks into the Private World, the Practical World, the Handy Hints World and the Wide World of Knowledge. It gives advice on many subjects that may prove to be invaluable to established and up-and-coming leaders. Read it all at once or read it one Top Ten at a time. This book can also provide new preachers with an opportunity to ‘borrow’ some of the Top Ten outlines to create live and dynamic sermons.

Enjoy and be inspired – by Dave Gilpin

This book is available from Hope City Church, The Mega Centre, Bernard Road, Sheffield S2 5

 TOP TEN 

By Rev, D. Gilpin minister of Hope Church Sheffield  Ten ways to avoid being yesterday’s leaders

 Top 10 ways to avoid being Yesterday’s leader 

1. increase the capacity of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. He will expand uou, stretch you, tear you and make you. The greater the character and the greater the skill, the greater the opportunity for God to use you.

 2. increase the cleanliness of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. Contamination is as bad as containment. Be a forgiver, keep pure motives and don’t be distracted.

 3. increase the clarity of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. Stay focused on the cause which God has sent you forth.

 4. increase the confidence of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. Don’t just hide in the corner. Come out and be filled with the Spirit to the masses. You were born for such a time as this.

 5. increase the content of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. Wisdom is collected by meditating on God’s \Word and listening to His voice. Be filled with His wisdom and His ways.

 6. increase the credentials of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. What are you known to be? Timothy entrusted what he had learned to ‘faithful men’! What reputation are you developing now?

 7. increase the consistency of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. Be strong in every area of your life. Be strong when the headwinds blow. Be strong when you feel like giving up. Be strong!

8.  increase the contact of the vessel

You are God’s vessel. Salt isn’t effective unless it’s out of the salt shaker. Stir up the gift of God within you and exercise your gift upon the people you are called to.

 9. increase the cry of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. According to your desire, be it unto you. Knock and the door shall be opened. Seek and you shall find.

 10. increase the consideration of the vessel 

You are God’s vessel. Three things remain but the greatest is love. Let love be your motivating force.

  yesterday’s hero 

You are God’s chosen vessel. God’s work on earth is either limited by the vessel or accelerated by the vessel. He has no plan B and rarely will God work outside of His partnership with His people. Being committed to the ‘increasing measure’ is the key to being today’s leader.  They say that a rut is just a coffin with the ends knocked out. To be today’s leader is to come out of the rut and be enlarged and expanded by the hand of the Lord.

Contemporary Considerations edited by Rev. E. Anderson

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Rev. E. Anderson

Pass It On
by Jan Walker

“… The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore—you’re the message!” 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (MSG)

God expects you to intentionally work at reproducing the life of Christ in others. You have this Jesus-deposit in you, and so God wants you helping others to become more like Christ.

Consider this: The mission is so vast, and your role is so critical, that he really wants you to be in thousands of places at once. Now, you may be thinking that’s humanly impossible and that God isn’t likely to defy his laws of nature to somehow place you in several different places at once. But God’s strategy is so simple, we might call it common sense.

He wants to work through you with his supernatural strength, guiding you to just the right places at just the right time to meet just the right people, so you can train them so thoroughly in God’s great truths that they will become living, breathing examples of Christ.

The Jesus-deposit in you transfers to them, and then they transfer it to others. In a sense, you are now able to teach simultaneously all over the globe because “Christ in you” is now “Christ in others.”

Some scholars call this the ministry of multiplication; it is the New Testament model for spreading God’s Good News rapidly through the intentional discipleship of believers. As the people you disciple, or lead to the Lord, share their faith, the Good News ripples across the global pond.

This is how the early church grew. The first followers of Christ welcomed with joy the message given by the Holy Spirit, and so they became a model to all the believers—their faith in God became known everywhere (1 Thessalonians 1:6-8). These were ordinary people, passing on the message they’d heard and received to the people around them, and then to the people beyond their own provinces.

Jesus compared this to the way yeast works, multiplying exponentially. In this week’s Bible verse (2 Timothy 2:2), Paul says he passed the message on to Timothy, who was to pass it on to other faithful believers, who would, in turn, pass it on others—that’s four generations of multiplication (2 Timothy 2:2)!

From now on –
· You are part of the equation. God expects you to multiply the Jesus-deposit he’s placed in you. You do this by intentionally passing it on to others, helping them to become faithful believers who will pass it on to others.
· Teach others, who can teach others, who can … “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NAS)
· Question: How would your life be different if others had not worked to reproduce the life of Christ in you?

Jon Walker is a pastor-advocate living in Southern California and the former pastor of communications at Saddleback Church.

Quotes of Note by Rev. L. Goodwin

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Rev. L. Goodwin

   QUOTES TO NOTE AFFLICTION 

 The greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted   Anonymous 

Not they who have studied much but they who have suffered much are the deliverers of mankind    Anonymous 

It is the crushed grape that gives out the blood-red wine: it is the suffering soul that breathes the sweetest melodies   Hamilton 

Sometimes God makes his people’s troubles contribute to the increase of their greatness, and their sun shines the brighter for having been under a cloud   Henry 

There are no crown-wearers in heaven that were not cross-bearers here below   Spurgeon 

As sure as God puts his children in the furnace, he will be in the furnace with them   Spurgeon

 Patience cannot remove, but it can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune   Sterne 

Great trials seem to be necessary preparation for great duties    Thompson 

Among my list of blessings infinite stands this, the foremost-that my heart has bled    Young

News and Views supplied by Rev. A. Hocking

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Rev. A. Hocking

ARE NEW BIBLE VERSIONS ON THE SAME PAGE?

If Rip Van Winkle, the fictional heavy sleeper of Washington Irving’s short
story, had awakened from his long nap in the 21st Century and entered a
Christian bookstore – or his local Barnes & Noble for that matter – what
he’d see in the Bible section might disorient him for a minute or two.

The range of choices available in Bibles today is astonishing. At
bookstores, there are Scriptures for just about every taste and style, in
translations ranging from the King James to the New Century Version and
beyond. ChristianBook.com, a popular retail Web site, offers more than 3,900
products listed under the “Bible” category. If you bought 10 of those
products a day, it would take more than a year to shop through that range.

And the choices don’t end there. Bibles in lunch-box-sized containers,
Bibles packed like water bottles, and Bibles designed and edited in the
style of a teenage girl’s fashion magazine are all on store shelves. Due
this year are more volumes in The Voice, a project of Thomas Nelson that
will add – in sections clearly offset from the scriptural text – commentary
and explanations that help set the scene. Noted contemporary Christian
writers such as Lauren Winner, Leonard Sweet and Chris Seay are lending
their hands to the project, which will also include an audio version.

Twenty years ago, Bible choices were somewhat limited. Much as Henry Ford
once said of the famous Model T, you could have a Bible in just about any
color, so long as it was black. There were a few more choices than that, but
not like anything you’d see today.

Today, in a U.S. market where around 25 million Bibles are sold annually,
the presentation of the text and format seems almost as important as the
words on the pages. What are the effects on Christians of this repurposing
and repackaging? In churches where everyone was once, literally, on the same
page when it came to translations, are we in danger of a Bible “Babel” as
versions compete for readers’ attention and dollars?

“That’s just part of the American consumer society,” says Donald Johns,
professor in Bible and hermeneutics at Central Bible College in Springfield,
Missouri. “We demand variety, and in one way the Bible market has responded
to that by providing that variety. Several translations can be a good
thing.”

Formerly on the staff of the American Bible Society, where he participated
in work on the Contemporary English Version, Johns suggests that
English-speaking Christians are in a blessed position when it comes to
having so many translations from which to select.

There’s been a recent acceleration in new Bible translation releases. The
New International Version, issued in 1978, became a best-seller within a
decade, overtaking the venerable King James Version (first published in
1611) as the top-selling Bible in America. But more recent entries such as
the New Living Translation (a successor to the late Kenneth Taylor’s The
Living Bible paraphrase) and the English Standard Version (a revision and
improvement on the 1946 Revised Standard Version) have both made inroads in
the market – as has Eugene Peterson’s The Message, which may read like a
paraphrase but is actually a translation from the Hebrew and Greek. The
difference, Johns says, is that The Message is a one-man effort, albeit one
closely edited and checked by Peterson’s publisher, NavPress.

While Peterson’s rendering is technically a translation, Johns says a
“formal” translation is one in which a committee of scholars comes together,
reviews translations and manages the process. The English Standard Version,
the New Living Translation and the Holman Christian Standard Bible, first
published in 2004, are among those that have a committee of scholars
overseeing translation.

While some critics contend a plethora of today’s translations are too
simple, Johns says the goal of a new Bible version should be to make the
gospel understandable to contemporary readers.

“It’s not a matter of ‘dumbing down,’ but of expressing it in language that
people actually use,” he says. “We can no longer assume readers grew up in
church, that they are participants in a biblical heritage. Sometimes they
are coming to the text cold.”

A newer translation and more familiar language can help warm up the meaning
of a cold text, he asserts.

As to the new-wave packaging, Kevin O’Brien, director of Bibles and
reference books at Tyndale House in Carol Stream, Illinois, says it’s a way
to reach a modern consumer.

“People live in an Internet-savvy, high-definition world, and they want the
books they carry to reflect that,” O’Brien says. “What they’re looking for
is something beyond simply tradition.” Yet he adds traditional leather
Bibles – in black or burgundy – remain the top draws.

On the variety of translations, Wayne Hastings, senior vice president and
publisher at Thomas Nelson in Nashville, Tennessee, says while multiple
versions can cause confusion at the bookstore, Christians can still find
common ground in the meaning of a particular Bible verse or passage.

Christians should realize that unless it’s in Hebrew or Greek, the Bible
we’re reading, whatever version, is a translation, Johns says.

“No one translation is the best for every purpose,” Johns says. “You might
have a translation the pastor feels is the best for his or her preaching,
but it may not be the best for devotional reading, or for personal detailed
Bible study.”

–Mark A. Kellner, Today’s Pentecostal Evangel

    

Sermon Starters presented by Rev. E. Anderson

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Rev. E. Anderson

This is but a sermon starter to get you thinking and studying in relation to the text and theme. Trust it will be provocative and promotive. 

THE ACCOMPLISHING LORD

Luke 9: 51-56; 10: 30-37 

HARDNESS: The human heart and mind is capable of unbelieving hardness, where it lacks all true and tender feelings of love and sympathy. Because of this condition it sinks to all kinds of acts of brutality and can be guilty of utter cynicism and indifference. One of the major things that need to happen is for the tenderizing of the being. In a world that is hard, and becoming more hardened by Satan, sin and self, it is so easy to remain unmoved and unchanged. There needs to be hardiness about our lives/work, not hardness. A suppleness that is present that inspires strength. MIRACLE: There is this definite need of a divine miracle within the spirit and heart so that we are in state of true tenderness and kindness. In the epistles there is clear directive on this point to those who profess to be genuine receivers of Christ’s nature and believers in Him – Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12,13. As far as the Lord is concerned there must come a renewal that produces a real alteration in attitude and action. The whole inward condition must become tenderized so that the life, character and person become blessed and useful. GRACE: It takes a work of grace from within to bring this about. It takes patience, love and understanding and breaking experiences to initiate and establish this essential change in disposition and action. Grace is not an easy option but it is a vital one. God’s grace is able to accomplish this in people provided they desire it and come under its influence and power. PROCESS: Whilst there may well be an initial crisis to effect the transformation, there is often a long process for the full development of this quality. It is the mind of the Lord who is tender to tenderize all of His People by various means and measures. All will be challenged in some way of other by Him to see this birthed and realized to the full. 

       1/. HE ACCOMPLISHES THROUGH SELF-REVELATION – LUKE 18:13   

One of the things that are required is an unveiling of what we are truly like from within. Christ taught this parable of the two people at prayer to expose the condition of heart that any person can get into. The publican had become humbled by his sin and was in a repentant and tender state of being. In contrast is the Pharisee who is hardened in his pride, arrogance and self-importance. There has to come the true searchlight of God to make clear the real state within. Unless we know ourselves we shall never experience the change that must take place. 

       2/. HE ACHIEVES IT THROUGH THE DIVINE DISCLOSURE OF HIMSELF – MATTHEW 11:28-30  

Face to face with Christ and an a pure understanding of Him causes us to hear and see what He is like Himself and what are the requirements He has of and for us. He sets the standard and seeks to inspire and bring about the same in us. He said: “Come . . . learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart . . .”  He wants that which is of Himself to enter into us so that we might reflect His mind and heart set. Although there was much set against Him to harden He refused it because His inward disposition was divinely tuned and toned. 

       3/. HE INSTIGATES IT THROUGH PERSONAL REBUKE – LUKE 9:51-56  

Two of His disciples, James and John, expressed a very unfavourable attitude in the presence of the Lord and were mildly rebuked by Him. Because the Samaritans had failed to receive Him they thought it was time for God to wreak vengeance upon the population v54. As far as Christ was concerned it was an unseemly thing to say and needed to be rebuked. There is the quick affirmation of His nature and mission to put things into proper perspective – v56. 

       4/. HE CAUSES IT THROUGH OTHERS – 1 SAMUEL 25:26-35  

This can be proven in many instances in the Scriptures. David needed to be restrained from becoming hard and taking the law of retribution into his own hands. The Lord used Abigail to stop him on an errand that could have fouled up his life and calling. Nabal may be hard but the Lord did not want His future king reduced to brutality etc. She stepped in and with wise counsel tenderized him at a needful point in time. One of the reasons why Elisha may have come alongside Elijah was to bring some tenderizing in his being. 

       5/. HE PRODUCES IT THROUGH THE MEANS OF TRIALS – GENESIS 45  

This person who was destined to function in a very distinguished role had to go through severe and serious trials to make him and ministry effectual. There may have been the wrong sort of edge on him in his earliest days and there was a need for some spiritual change. Through servitude, loss of seeming honour, being placed with the prisoners etc., the Lord wrought a marvellous change. He ultimately was confronted with the ones responsible for the seeming harm and had to be tender towards them. The hammerings of life are part of the process. This is to be a principal virtue and quality in those who would aspire to be of any real value to God and His kingdom enterprise. He seeks people who are can be tender and gentle with others so that all hardness is removed from His kingdom. He does not want those who represent Him to be brutal or that His subjects be brutalized in any way.

Childrens Stories colated by Rev. E. Anderson

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Rev. E. Anderson

THE DARK, DARK FOREST

Story supplied by the late Rev. G. Chamberlain.

Text ‘Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams’ – 1 Samuel 15: 22
Into the King’s Palace came a very looking young man.

Very Tall, very muscular, suntanned and happy but nervous.

He was nervous because the King had summoned him to the Palace for a very special assignment, (that’s American for ‘job’). When he saw the King he was speechless. The King was the most wonderful looking person he had ever seen in his life. And somehow he was also kind and generous and loving and…. Well …you…know….just like God……

‘Young man’ said the King, ‘I have a very important message I want you to take to a friend of mine who lives on the other side of the Dark, Dark Forest.’ ‘You know the dangers that lurk in that forest, for it has claimed thousands of victims and so I have commanded you to be obedient. If you obey my commandment you will get through the Forest unscathed. If you disobey you may die!’

The King looked very solemn and the young man waited for the commandment. Slowly the monarch rose from the Throne and placing his hand on the boy’s shoulder sai, ‘DO NOT DISMOUNT OR LISTEN TO ANYONE’S CRY. IF YOU ARE IN TROUBLE, REMEMBER YOUR SWORD.’

Before very long the young man was given a fine, black, shiy horse and a sharp gleaming sword and with a smile and a wave of the hand to many friends, he touched the reins and away went the horse and rider to the outskirts of THE DARK, DARK FOREST.

The rider didn’t slacken his pace for he knew the King’s business required haste, and without fear he plunged into the rather murky darkness of the huge forest. He hadn’t travelled very far when through the bushes he saw a Little, Bent Old Lady.

‘Please sire, can you give me a ride home, I’m so tired and weary?’

Without thinking he stopped his horse and was about to get down when he remembered the King’s commandment, DO NOT DISMOUNT OR LISTEN TO ANYONE’S CRY…’  ‘So sorry, madam, but I’m the King’s messenger and I must speed along to do his bidding.’  And so with a slight touch on the horse’s flanks, away they plunged into the Dark, Dark Forest.

About two miles further on he pulled up very, very suddenly……for here was abeautiful girl in a crinoline dress and a basket of summer fruit. ‘Quite the most lovely girl I have ever seen’ he thought and his feet were almost on the ground, when he heard the King’s commandment ringing in his ears….’DO NOT DISMOUNT OR LISTEN TO ANYONE’S CRY….’ Very, very reluctantly he pulled on to his reins and even the horse did not seem anxious to go.

But further on was his big test….In the moss at the side of the path lay a darling little baby boy, crying. He had dimpled cheeks and lovely blue eyes and blonde curls framing the sweetest face you’ve ever seen.

Like a shot the rider leaped from his horse, picked up the babe and opening his uniform, nestled the boy safely to his strong body. The baby immediately stopped crying and so they journeyed on in the even Darker, Dark, Dark Forest.

But suddenly the boy began to change!!!  The innocent eyes flashed with evil and devilish power.  The body began to grow rapidly.  The sweet pinknails of his hands became gnarled like talons. The boy had become a monster and attacked the king’s messenger ferociously. They rolled to the ground locked in a death struggle and the rider knew he was beaten and would die.

Suddenly he remembered the commandment….. ‘IF YOU ARE IN TROUBLE, REMEMBER YOUR SWORD.’

Before the monster knew what was happening, the sword flashed and the villain lay dead.

Our young hero was torn and bleeding, but fit enough  to re-mount and make his way to the King’s friend.

The King’s friend was also kindly man but he eyed the horseman’s muddy boots, scratched face and torn uniform and said, ‘YOUNG MAN, YOU HAVE DELIVERED THE KING’S MESSAGE SAFELY BUT I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER NOW SOME WORDS I HAVE OFTEN HEARD HIS MAJESTY SAY……’

‘BEHOLD TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE AND TO HEARKEN THAN THE FAT OF RAMS.’

In Hindsight by Rev. David Hind

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Rev. David Hind

 

 THE MIRACLE THING

By Rev David Hind

 

On a Friday afternoon Susan and I sat in a consultant’s room at Nottingham City Hospital.

 

The professor with us began to explain the diagnosis of our eldest son Samuel’s condition, which we had suspected for some time.

The implications were massive as there was no cure, and whilst we would have support, there would be no solution.

 

As we sat there we were grateful for the honesty of the hospital, but unaware of the journey that would take place over the coming years.

Samuel was statemented, and given special educational support for his condition in nursery and early schooling. At eight years old he moved to a Christian school, eventually leaving at 16 to begin his career.

Since we sat in the professor’s room there have been countless stories that one day may be written.

There have been many tears, much frustration, private battles, huge lessons learnt and a grace from God to see a miracle. We have always felt it was a privilege to have Samuel and our lives have been richer because of him.

Today Samuel has gone to work where he is being trained and is living a completely normal life. He is fun, hard working, communicative and a strong Christian. He is a miracle. As we see Samuel doing and being many things that his diagnosis predicted would be impossible, we look back on what have been keys for our miracle. Three have been some specific steps.

 PRAYER 

We prayed for Samuel before he was born, we sung to him in the womb, prayed over him the promises of God and expected him to be blessed.

When we received the diagnosis we asked two of the Elders from our church to come to our home and anoint Samuel with oil. We prayed from that moment he would begin to be healed and since then, almost day by day, Samuel has changed.

His educational statement was removed, he improved beyond recognition, and he is now a healthy young man.

 PROMISE 

The Samuel of the Bible knew the presence of god, the favour of God, and knew how to speak the words of God.

We have prayed similar promises over Samuel on probably thousands of occasions. We believe that God said to us that Samuel would grow in stature and in favour with God and man. This is true of him now and we believe will continue to be true of him in the future.

 CONSISTENCY  

Although we have made allowances, we have always expected high standards of Samuel. We have insisted, held our ground, and brought loving discipline to him. Alongside this, Susan in particular has worked for hours to help Samuel be the man he is today.

 SUPPORT  

We are blessed with hugely supportive parents and families who have helped us, prayed for us and stood with us. People at church have been there for us and we have known overwhelming love from other Christians.

 GRACE 

Samuel is a miracle. His healing is a gift from God. For that we are forever grateful.

Perhaps you need a miracle today and perhaps the wait has been longer than you anticipated. Take courage and never forget; whatever you are faced with, God is not overwhelmed. The miraculous is still promised today. God is able, and prayer changes things.

Miracles come from God. Never stop asking him and believe you will see your miracle.

Leadership Factors presented by Rev. E. Anderson

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Rev. E. Anderson

BORN TO LEAD 

Taken from the John Maxwell’s Leadership Bible

You and I were born to lead. Take a look at five observations based on Genesis 1: 26-31 that suggest our God-given leadership potential. 

        1/. Being made in God’s image means we were created to lead (v26). 

After God says, ‘Let us make man in Our image,’ He says, ‘Let them have dominion…’ One way we reflect God’s image is by leading. 

       2/. God commanded both male and female to have dominion (v27)

Both men and women have been given the ability and authority to lead. Leadership is not gender specific.  

       /. We are to rule over the earth, but necessarily over each other (v28)

We were not directed to rule each other, but over earth’s creatures. History is largely the story of how men and women have perverted their God-given roles by trying to rule each other. 

       4/. All of us are to serve one another in the areas of our gifting and  purpose  (vv29,30) 

God created everything for a purpose. Our general purpose is to lead, but each of us should ask God, ‘Lord, what’s my specific purpose?’ 

       5/. Each person’s leadership is best exercised in his or her area of giftedness (v31) 

When we discover our gifts, we will naturally lead in those areas where we are most productive, intuitive, comfortable, influential, and satisfied.  .

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