Sermon Starters


                                      Rev. David Shearman


Rev. David Shearman


What did the idol worshipping pagan Pharaoh know about God for him to say “can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the Spirit of God?”?


What was it about Joseph that was so different that Pharaoh recognised it?


Standing back from the immediacy of the palace encounter I see a few pointers:-



When the palace flunky came to the prison with a summons, he had a shave and changed his clothes and came before Pharaoh.



“I cannot do it… but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”


JOSEPH HAD A PLAN (41:33-37)

“Look for a discerning and wise man… take a fifth of the harvest… The plan seemed good to Pharaoh.”



Pharaoh gave him a wife (v45) and before the famine came (v50) she gave him two sons:-


Manasseh – God has made me forget (v51)

Ephraim – God has made me fruitful (v52)



When the famine had spread… Joseph opened the storehouses…




Spirit filled leaders will be known by:-


·         Being ready

·         Having revelation

·         Working with a plan

·         Knowing what to forget

·         Learning how to be fruitful


and they will always have something in their ‘storehouse’ to give.



“Lord, help me to be a Spirit filled leader.”  Amen


News and Views


                                          Rev. David Bizley




An AoG pastor is launching a campaign to counter the widespread public perception of Darwin’s theory of evolution as fact.


Pastor David Bizley, of Downham Market Christian Fellowship in Norfolk, is spearheading the ‘Fact or Theory’ campaign, with support from three other

ministers from other denominations in the town.


The campaign started last month when headteachers and councillors in the Downham Market area were sent a pack setting out the evidence against evolution. A copy of the magazine ‘The  Delusion of Evolution’ was enclosed with the pack.


David said, ‘feel that the Lord has ‘the Lord has placed this campaign on my heart. As 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’, now is the time for Christians to take a stand and regain the ground that evolutionists hold in the public consciousness.


‘We intend to make this a national. Campaign, initially by sending a copy of ‘The Delusion of Evolution’ to all of the country’s MPs. However, we will need help with funding – I estimate that the cost of purchasing, packaging and posting the booklets to each MP will be in the region of £2,000′.


If you would like to make a donation or to get involved, please contact David on 01366/384474 (church office) 01366/386787 (home) or at


Illustrations that Light Up Life


                                     Rev. E. Anderson



An Indian was walking in downtown New York City alongside a friend who was a resident of the city. Right in the center of Manhattan, the Indian seized his friend’s arm and whispered, “Wait! I hear a cricket”.


Hs friend said, “Come on! Cricket? Man, this is downtown New York”.


He persisted, “No, seriously. I really do”.


“Its impossible!” was the response. “You can’t hear a cricket! Taxis going by. Horns honking. People screaming at each other. Brakes screeching. Both sides of the street filled with people. Cash registers clanging away. Subways roaring beneath us. You can’t possibly hear a cricket!”


The Indian insisted. Wait a minute! He led his friend along, slowly. They stopped and the Indian walked down to the end of the block, went across the street, looked around, cocked his head to one side but couldn’t find and it. He went across another street and there, in a large cement planter where a tree was growing, he dug down into the mulch and found the cricket. “See!” he yelled, as he held the insect high above his head.


His friend walked across the street, marvelling, “How in the world could it be that you heard a cricket in the middle of downtown, busy Manhattan?”


 The Indian said, “Well, my ears are different from yours. It simply depends on what you’re listening to. Here let me show you”. And he reached in his pocket and pulled out a handful of change-a couple of quarters, three or four nickels and dimes and pennies. Then he said, “Now watch”. He held the coins waist high and dropped them to the sidewalk. Every head within a block turned around and looked in the direction of the Indian.


Sourcebook of Illustrations by Robert G. Lee