Top Ten subscribed by Rev. David Gilpin

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Rev. David GilpinSenior Minister of Hope Church, Sheffield Behind everything you see is something you don’t see.

This book 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 Word and the Practical World, the Handy Hints World and the Wide World of Knowledge. It gives advice on many subjects that may prove 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 Tom 10 outlines to create lively and dynamic sermons. 

Top ten WAYS FOR CHRISTIANS TO ESCAPE RESPONSIBILITY 

EXCUSE ME

 Some Christians have mastered the art of trying to escape responsibility. It’s all dressed up in spiritual clothing and all done decently an in order. It’s hilarious. 

  1. TELL THEM

You’ll pray about it 

   2.  TELL THEM

You’ve been led by the Spirit to another ministry 

  3.   TELL THEM

That you felt the Lord say that you needed ‘time out’. 

  4.  TELL THEM

            that you just don’t feel your gifts lie in that particular field 

  5.  TELL THEM

    that your ministry is more prophetic than practical. 

  6.  TELL THEM

   that you’ll do it when you feel God move you. 

  7.  TELL THEM

   that your time is taken up in intercession. 

  8.  TELL THEM

    that you think you’re coming to the end of a season and you’re not sure what the new season is yet. 

  9.  TELL THEM

    nothing  just don’t turn up and avoid the subject if asked about 

  10.  TELL THEM

     that you’re leaving the church. They’re all a bunch of hypocrites  Bible Extra  Matthew 25:1-  30, Acts 2:42-7, Philippians 2:1-16, James 1:22-25

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Christian Testimony presented by Rev. E. Anderson

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Mike and Celia Deakin 

Prayers were answered for Divorced Pair 

A couple who spent 16 years apart believe prayer brought them back together. 

Mike and Celia Deakin separated in 1983 after nine years of marriage, leaving Celia to care for their two young children. Despite Mike’s departure, Celia believed God would bring her husband back to her and began to pray for his return. 

In an amazing testimony of persistent prayer, Celia, from Lincolnshire, says her cries to heaven were answered in 2001, when her ex-husband returned radically converted to Christianity.

 Celia said, ‘I prayed every day for a long time, and after so long, each time Mike came to my memory I would pray and ask God to fulfill his word and his promise over our lives.’ 

But Mike, a workaholic who churned out 70 hours’ work a week, wasn’t interested in Celia and married someone else. 

Some years later, during the course of his work, he became interested in religion after visiting some Christian homes and, in 1997, gave his life back to God. This didn’t change the cou­ple’s marital situation, despite Mike divorcing for a second time and remarriage was on the agenda.

 ‘We were talking on the phone, sometimes three, four or five times a day, but I thought it was all over and done with and there was no way of going back there,’ said Mike. 

But Celia, who was happy to be friends with her ex, said, ‘1 knew it was close to happening. Mike said I should move to his area and get a job there, and I said that would only happen if we got mar­ried again. We both kind of suddenly agreed – that was August 2001 and we were married in April 2002. We had a fully Christian engagement, and didn’t have sex until we wed. It was so special: 

About 300 attended the couple’s second wedding, at Talbot Street Christian Cen­tre, in Nottingham, and their marriage is blossoming.

 Mike said, ‘I’m still gob-smacked that we’re married again, but I have come to that place where I know God has forgiven me. Our first marriage was for us, but the second one is for God.’ 

Celia now 59, added, ‘I love Mike and have no bitterness towards him. He’s an amazing man and I respect and look up to him for who he is. I knew, when he came back, that God had really changed him’. 

Now the couple have put then story into print, and their book ‘To Have and to Hold’ has just been published.