Messages of Note

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                                  Evangelist Roy Todd

LAST WORD

TOO OFTEN IN CHARISMATIC churches, there is a mistaken assumption that fast-paced, high-energy events are what we need in order to see God’s power. Frankly, this is misguided nonsense.

What’s really required is a willingness to create space for God to do what only he can do. And no matter how action-packed a programme may be, there really are no short cuts to signs and wonders.

Far from putting on a variety of extra programmes, bless is what we need to learn. That’s about making room for God to manifest himself to us. This requires a tidying-up process on our part, which challenges us to re-assess whether what we’re doing is helpful or simply in the way. Yet there’s something about our insecurities that feels threatened by minimalist, thinking that only when lots of things are going on are we going to see something happen.

Many churches are far too afraid to clear their clutter of activities: will people still worship without our style of music? Will members keep coming to church if the programme changes? Will they continue to give financially if we stop the things that we feel need to be brought to an end?

Of course there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with music styles, programmes, extra activities and the rest. But if those things become more important than himself, they turn into clutter. The process of de-cluttering is not about losing, but providing opportunity tfor God to pour in. After all, only when there is emptiness can God really do something of significance.

The first record miracle of Jesus was at a wedding in the town of Cana of Galilee. Disaster was looming for the party organizers because they had run out of wine.

The six huge jars were completely drained. But unbeknown to the servants that day, it was the perfect condition for a God miracle. Emptiness is always a good place to commence when you want to see the miraculous. What should have been a terrible anti-climax was soon to turn into an even more joyful occasion. ln the end, the servants had no option but to trust Jesus. This is the kind of faith that God likes.

Before I left Ireland to study in England, I bought myself a very good digital piano so l could bring it with me. I loved it and would practice on it for hours each day.

One day, I felt the Holy Spirit challenge me to give it away to a certain couple. I arranged for it to be delivered to their home and, upon my arrival, I was met with huge expressions of gratitude and  appreciation which included tears of joy and laughter.

To be honest, the only tears that were coming to my eyes were the ones that appear when you feel you’ve done something really stupid. But it wasn’t too long afore all that changed.

When I returned home that night, I found a letter under my front door. I opened it and inside was a cheque from a man who had no idea what I’d just done. God had told him to bless me and the amount On the cheque was more than double what I paid for the digital piano that I’d just given away.

As I stood there, I heard the Holy Spirit speak into my spirit saying I dare you to trust me. I dare you to trust me! God was teaching me the importance of creating space for him to display his miraculous provision in my life.

And so it is the case for those who want to see more miracles. There must be willingness to leave behind what’s really not needed. This takes real faith.

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Leadership Factors

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                                      Rev. E. Anderson

GOD: AN ABSOLUTE LEADER IN

A RELATIVE WORLD

Taken from John Maxwell’s Leadership Bible 

Psalm 18: 1-34

God is an absolute in a relative world. So how can leaders learn to rely on Him? Psalm 18 gives some answers.

David not only models what it means to be a leader, but also how to lean completely on God. When leaders adopt it, they can perform beyond their abilities. Why? Because God enables them to do so. The psalmist declares that God ‘teaches’ or ‘trains’ their hands for battle – v34. Leaders are to emulate both roles, in addition to several others pictures throughout the psalms:

      1. The leader as king – Psalm 20: 8

 

      2. The leader as a shepherd – Psalm 23: 1 

 

      3. The leader as a guide/counsellor – Psalm 48: 14

 

      4. The leader as a disciplinarian – Psalm 50: 16-21

      5. The leader as a provider – Psalm 72: 6 

      6. The leader as a creator/innovator – Psalm 95: 5

      7. The leader as worker/producer – Psalm 107: 37

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Christian Testimony

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                                     Darren Day

OH, HAPPY DAY!

He’s been dubbed a love rat and was left bankrupt after feeding a cocaine habit.

But now celebrity actor Darren Day vows he is a changed man.

The 40-year-old has changed his appearance, but Darren credits his personality overhaul to God.

“I pray every night before I go to bed,” he said.

“I thank God for my wife and my kids and for the fact I’m still here.

“My daughter Madison was very poorly after she was born. She arrived five weeks premature by emergency Caesarean sectioning.”

While his daughter and wife Stephanie were recovering, Darren went down to the hospital chapel.

“I fell to my knees at the altar sobbing. I was praying to God, begging him to please, please let my daughter be OK. Thankfully, she pulled through.

“I’d never really thought about God that much before but I can’t help but think there was a link between me asking for help, and my prayers being answered. It triggered something in me”.

Darrell, who shot to fame in 1993 aged just 24 when he was cast to take over from Jason Donovan in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor dreamboat, has hit the headlines for the all the wrong reasons over the years.

After a string of scandals, including various love affairs and a £300-a-daycocaine habit, Darren admits he was a ‘naughty boy’.

He says his marriage to fellow actress Stephanie has massively helped.

“I know I’ve been caught out before saying this girl is ‘The One’ but Steph really is. I have never felt so loved or in love.

“I used to go out every night. Now I’m in bed by 10pm.”

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