message of note

Christopher Roberts (Barrister)
USE IT!

There’s a saying, “If you don’t use it, you will loose it’. Well that may not always be the case. For example, once you learn to ride a bike, even if you don’t ride it for ten years, you never forget how to ride that bike. The same applies to swimming, once you find your centre of balance; you never lose that sense, and ability to swim. The rule applies to many areas of our lives, which is why some of the things we have will always remain with us.

There are other aspects of our lives, which don’t move from us so readily, such as our moral compass, our sense of right and wrong, and our need to see social justice in action, the pain we feel for those who are poor, through no fault of their own – none of these things leave us so easily.

The same applies to God, who can’t remember sins forgiven. He does not forget his love for us, or the promises he has made in his word concerning us. He does not forget to call on us, when he needs a job doing, a sermon written, a song composing, a building designed by an architect, etc, etc. God does not forget the favour he has shown towards us, and that we are his very special people, called for a purpose, to fulfil his will in the face of the earth. He’s not forgotten that you are specially called for a specific purpose, and he won’t forget to supply all your needs, in order for that purpose to be completed in him.

So don’t forget the hope of your calling. Don’t forget that you are exactly where God wants you to be this day, and in this year in your life. Don’t forget that God’s plan is still unfolding in your life. Don’t forget that you are the head, and not the tail. Don’t forget that God is still turning you from a grasshopper to a giant, and that at the Name of Jesus, Satan and his hapless crew never forget to run at just the sound of that name. Don’t forget that this day is what you make of it, and even if it starts badly, it can end well. Don’t forget that no matter how chaotic your life might sometimes appear, God knows how to get you back on track, long before you can say, through God, I’m a winner.

So don’t forget the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living. Don’t forget that you are far more than a conqueror, through Jesus, who loves you. Don’t forget that promotion comes from no other direction than from the throne of God. Don’t forget that no matter how many trials come against you, Jesus will deliver you from them all. Don’t forget that the weapons of your warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty. Don’t forget that there are more that are with you, than those who are against you. And don’t forget that whatever is happening to you now, God says that you will come forth as pure gold; and finally, don’t forget that no matter what you hear taking place in the face of the earth, God’s word is true concerning you.

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message from rick warren

Rev. Rick Warren

HOW DO YOU MEMORISE SCRIPTURE? 

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11 NIV)

Memorizing Scripture is an important and powerful tool for growing spiritually. The Bible says that doing so can help us avoid falling to temptation. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

If you’ve never memorized Scripture before, it may be intimidating. But you can do this! Anyone can do this. It doesn’t matter how smart you think you are or how well you do at memorizing other things. Here’s how you do it:

1) Pick a verse that speaks to you. Don’t choose a verse because you think you should memorize it. Memorize it because it will make a difference in your life.

2) Say the address before and after the text. The address, where the verse is found in the Bible, is the hardest part of the verse to remember. Make it easier to remember by saying it aloud before and after the verse.

3) Read the verse aloud and read it many times. We remember what we say and not what we read. That’s how you record what you’re trying to learn.

4) Memorize it exactly. Don’t try to manipulate the Scripture before you learn it. Learn it as it is in the Bible.

5) Start by memorizing one verse a week. In time you may be able to learn two verses a week, but start slowly. If you memorize one verse a week, you will memorize 52 in a year — that’s all the major verses that a Christian should learn! If you memorized two a week, that would be more than 100 in a year. You’d be a virtual Bible compared to most people.

I know people who’ve memorized entire books of the Bible. They’re not geniuses. They just decided they’re going to do it — one chapter at a time.

TALK ABOUT IT

  • In what way do you memorize Scripture? Does it work? Should you change something about the way you memorize God’s Word to make it more effective?
  • Do you have someone in your life who can memorize Scripture with you and help hold you accountable?  

minute message

Christopher Roberts MSc, BVC, (Lawyer)

GOD WILL SEND HELP

In Isaiah 45:1 (NIV) it says, “Cyrus is my anointed king.

I take hold of his right hand. I give him the power to bring nations under his control. I help him strip kings of their power to go to war against him. I break city gates open so he can go through them”.

The Bible is so accurate that God stated, in Isaiah, that King Cyrus would helpIsrael100 years before ever he was born. Likewise, God can hear and answer our prayers in many different ways – by using a direct miracle, or giving us wisdom, or by sending someone to help us.

Today, just be open to the many ways in which God can help and provide for you. He will bring the right people across your path to help you. Your answer to prayer may not come in the way you think it will, but God will answer your prayer – even if it’s in a round about way, trust him!

motivational

Rev. John Willoughby

MOTIVATIONAL GIFTS.

(All Scriptures in NKJV, unless otherwise noted.)

VIII. MERCY.

1. MOTIVATION

a) It meets emotional needs. “He who shows mercy, with cheerfulness” (Rom 12:8).

b) The ‘feeler’. The motivation to identify with, relieve and show sympathy with those who are in distress. An ability to feel ‘where people are’ and to mentally and emotionally relate to their needs, in order to bring comfort and healing.

2. CHARACTERISTICS.

a) The ‘feelers’. Mercy people have an insight by ‘feeling’, rather than through ‘seeing’ or ‘knowing’ (as in prophetic). They have a great sensitivity to words and actions that cause hurt to others and can themselves be quickly and deeply hurt in personal situations. This quiet sensitivity gives them the ability to ‘feel’ an atmosphere of joy or distress in an individual or group. They usually enjoy a unity with those who have a similar sensitivity and have a capacity for non-verbal communication. It is often difficult for them to communicate personal feelings.

b) The needy. They have a great compassion and empathy for ‘hurt’ people, are often drawn to the underdog and the distressed and can be good one-to-one counsellors in such situations. They, however, have the ability to discern insincerity in others and instinctively close their spirits to such people.

c) Non-threatening. They are basically quiet, non-threatening people (unlike ‘teaching’ and ‘prophetic’) and it is this attitude, which is most obvious. They do not generally like to be up front or on the platform, but rather in the background. They sometimes find it difficult to reprove others, but they have a quiet strength, almost stubbornness on major moral or ethical issues.

de) Weak but strong. When emotionally involved with someone very close to them, they find it difficult to stand up for themselves, because what they would like to say might hurt the other person, so they tend to remain silent and thus become hurt themselves. However, on other occasions they can have very strong views, especially when they believe that a firm stand could be of benefit to the other person.

f) Sad but glad. As a balance to this non-threatening attitude, they have an ability to be extremely cheerful and jovial, although many will need to be in a ‘comfortable environment’ (i.e. their own home or with close friends).

3. EXAMPLES

a) The Good Samaritan. Luke 10:29-37.

* v33. He felt for the wounded man.

* v34. He was physically drawn to the person in distress and acted to alleviate his suffering.

* v35. He took care of him and paid his bill, to avoid possible embarrassment. He also had an ability to discern the Innkeeper’s sincerity.

b) The Apostle John

* He wrote a Gospel and three Epistles of love and mercy.

* Lk 9:51-54. He was spiritual and sensitive, yet able to reprove what he thought was insincerity.

* II Jn 12 and III Jn 14. He wrote short epistles, because he preferred to speak “face to face”

4. DANGER AREAS

* They can be too introspective, sometimes grieving inwardly and then exploding in anger or bitterness.

* They can take other people’s emotional needs upon themselves and thus suffer themselves.

* A great sensitivity to the feelings of others, may cause some people to feel that the mercy person is guided by sentiment and emotion, rather than by facts and logic.

* They sometimes tend to be indecisive and may fail to be firm, when necessary.

* Because of their deep feelings, they can suffer from depression.

* Their non-threatening attitude may sometimes appear to others as weakness and may hinder mercy people from freely expressing their deepest feelings

* Men who are mercy motivated may find great difficulty in feeling comfortable in some cultures (especially Western), which tends to project men as having a very tough, ‘Macho’ image.

* Some ‘women mercies’ can become too ‘frothy’ and therefore never really accomplish much.

5. SOME GOOD ADVICE

a) To others and pastors. This is one of the most needed gifts, but is often misunderstood and suppressed (particularly in men). Encourage and develop avenues of ministry for them in the church.

b) To Mercies. Learn to release your emotions and do not feel condemned, because of the depth of your feelings. Learn not to take other’s problems upon yourself, but rather give them to Jesus. Men need to re-think the qualifications for manliness – gentleness is not excluded (Look at Jesus)!

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” and “My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (Heb 4:16. I Jn 3:18).

Meet he Ministers

Rev. Patrick and Josie Stevenson

 

In the year 2003, Patrick and Josie Stevenson came to live in Malta. They had a love for the people and the country. They started by teaching the Word of God and helping people find their ministry.

During 2004, the Lord spoke to them concerning opening another church in Malta. On 16 January 2005, they held t he first meeting of Live Seed Christian Centre. The premises were in Birkirkara and held just 30 people. Four people were in the first service. However, very soon the premises became too small and in October 2006, the church moved to larger premises in Qormi.

The mission statement is: “Live Seed Christian Centre exists to make known the Biblical truth of the Father-heart of God through preaching, teaching, and demonstrating the power of God in order that lives are transformed.”

THE VISION

  1. That men and women will become established in the word of God.
    2. That men and women will move in the power of the anointing to minister to those with whom they come into contact.
    3. That the premises of Live Seed Christian Centre will be used as a drop-in centre where people may study or pray in a quiet environment.

WHY WE EXIST

                    To be a community of believers where God is real, love is felt, and lives are changed in Malta

OUR PASSION

1. Putting Jesus First
2. Uniting Together as Believers
3. Living the Great Commission and Great Commandment
4. Shaping the Next Generation
5. Empowering People for Service

OUR PRINCIPLES:

1. Intimacy With God: Practicing spiritual habits that foster closeness with God.
2. Spirit-Filled Life: Discovering the power of the Holy Spirit in every day life.
3. Authentic Christian Living: Allowing Jesus to become the passion of our heart in an attempt to know him intimately.
4. Relational Evangelism: Influencing people distant from God by investing in personal relationships (Invest and Invite).
5. Excellence In Ministry: Striving to ensure that all we do is done to the best of our ability for the glory of God. This includes being personal with people and professional with our programs and facilities.
6. Intentional Mentoring: Entrusting to others the knowledge, skills, and opportunities given to us.
7. Building Bridges To The Unreached: Investing our time and resources to reach our neighbours and the nations for Christ.
8. Stewardship: Embracing the truth that God owns everything and all blessings (life, family, work, finances, possessions, etc.) come from Him, and that, as followers of Christ, we serve as his stewards, managing it all for God.

OUR PLAN:

Grow warmer through fellowship, deeper through discipleship, stronger through worship, broader through ministry, and larger through evangelism.

 

living devotions

Rev. E. Anderson

CHRIST’S GLORIOUS ADVENT

Senior Living Ministries 

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them…”Luke 2:8-9

The town of Bethlehemwas abuzz with people coming to pay their taxes. And weary travellers found shelter wherever they could. But outside ofBethlehem, in the rocky, open fields, shepherds were busy watching their flocks under a starlit sky.

They were ordinary shepherds, completely ordinary people, doing ordinary work. But this was no ordinary night!

The town of Bethlehemwas humming with people returning home for the census. And as these humble shepherds looked over the little city filled with visitors and travellers, they could have never imagined what was about to happen.

How terrified these lowly people must have been when the angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in the glory and splendour of God, declaring that the Saviour had been born!

Suddenly these ordinary shepherds had become the invited guests of honour to witness all of heaven rejoicing in her King, singing, “Glory to God in the highest! Peace on earth! Good will to men!”

Oh, how it must have pleased the heart of God to announce the glorious birth of His Son to those who were humble and lowly. And who better to appreciate the birth of the Lamb of God than shepherds who faithfully kept watch?

PRAYER CHALLENGE

The apostle Paul said, “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). We see this truth profoundly in the story of Jesus’ birth. Thank God that He uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His glory

Leadership Factors

Rev. E. Anderson

LEADERSHIP – Charles Swindoll

I blew the dust off Nehemiah’s journal last week. It had bee-while since I had taken time to get reacquainted with the man. Sc sat down and looked over his shoulder for a couple of hours, refreshing my mind on the things he recorded during a critical segment t his life.Jerusalem’s protective wall had been destroyed when Babylonians sacked the city and defeated the Jews. Because of this,Zionlay in ruins and there seemed to be no possibility of recovery. At decades slowly passed, a tiny glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon: someday—some glorious day—those homesick Jews would indeed be able to return.

Before they could enjoy living securely in their belovedJerusalemhowever, that wall would have to be rebuilt. That’s where Nehemiah enters the picture. Even though he lived inPersiaand worked in the king’s palace, he became increasingly convinced that he should lead that wall-rebuilding project.

The rest is history. Once the fellow got toJerusalem, he rallied informed, motivated, and organised the people; then he rolled up his sleeves and dived in. Fifty-two days later, they washed off their trowels, stowed their gear, and walked away from a newly finished stone! wall, including new gates hanging on iron hinges. They left all their enemies silenced and locked out… finally.

As I reread this account, it began to dawn on me that this book is! a veritable storehouse of insights on leadership. The first six chapters*] if not the entire book, qualify as Leadership 101 in God’s curriculum and should be required reading for all who are in leadership or wish] to be. I have found no less than seven qualities Nehemiah exhibited! as a leader.

First, he had a passion for the project. Whatever the project may be—rebuilding a wall or providing leadership for a school, chairing board or pastoring a church, organising a ministry or putting together a musical—passion, vision, enthusiasm, drive, and determination are absolutely essential. Nehemiah could hardly sleep as he pictured the need and imagined himself involved in the process of accomplishing the objective.

Second, he had the ability to motivate others. Without people, wf needs leaders? And what good is leadership if it cannot move people to action? Leaders like Nehemiah inspire others to do their best

Third, he had an unswerving confidence in God. Leaders who ate gen­uinely Christian in their philosophy or style are people of prayer. While they may occasionally doubt their own ability, they do not doubt God’s invincible commitment to His work. Nehemiah’s jour­nal is filled with prayers—silent ones, short ones, specific ones. He constantly reminded the people of the Lord’s presence and protec­tion.

Fourth, he was resilient and patient through opposition. From the first day when they started to mix the mortar, until the final day when the last gate was hung, critics stayed near . . . and vocal. Nehemiah endured it all—sarcasm, suspicion, gossip, mockery, threats, false accusations—you name it. None of these things moved him. He heard what was said but refused to let it sidetrack him. The best lead­ers have broad shoulders and have no trouble shrugging off petty offences.

Fifth, he had a practical, balanced grip on reality. Nehemiah was no airheaded cheerleader: ‘You see the bad situation we are in/ he said in his opening speech to the people (2:17). He had the workers stay at the job with diligence, but he also stationed others, in shifts, to guard the wall from attack. He acted without overreacting; he was gracious but unbendingly firm. Good leaders maintain that needed balance between being positive and being aware of the negative. Their heads may soar in the heavenlies, but their feet stay firmly fixed on earth’s dirt.

Sixth, he had a willingness to work hard and remain unselfish. All strong Christian leaders have at least one thing in common: diligence. They know the time, but they don’t watch the clock. Diligence mixed with excellence pays off, as it did with Nehemiah who was ‘appoint­ed to be their governor in theland ofJudah’ even before the wall was done (5:14). The balance of that fifth chapter also reveals that he accepted the promotion humbly and willingly sacrificed for the good of the people. Nehemiah is a pattern of servant-hearted leadership.

Seventh, he had the discipline to finish the job. Good leaders are fin­ishers. When the task loses its lustre, they don’t rush elsewhere. They stay at it ‘in season and out’. As Nehemiah recorded, ‘So the wall was completed—in fifty-two days’ (6:15).Mission accomplished!

Good leaders see things through with dispatch. And when the task is finished, they celebrate! Nehemiah and his co-workers marched and danced, they shouted and sang until their ‘songs of praise and thanksgiving to God’ could be heard afar. What a grand party? I love it!

just a thought

 

Rev. A. Linford

Maranatha

“Maranatha, the Lord Cometh” 1 Cor 16:22

Under pressure from the Japanese invasion in December 1941, General Douglas MacArthur was ordered to leave thePhilippines. “I shall return”, he said, which phrase became a symbol of hope to the Filipinos. It was hailed as a rallying cry for millions. MacArthur kept his promise, landing on the beach atLeyleIslandin thePhilippinesduring October 1944 to drive out the invaders and free the nation:

The rallying-cry of theEarlyChurchwas “MARANATHA”, Christ’s promise to come back expressed in Aramaic, His mother-tongue.

The Second Advent is necessary to complete the First Advent. Jesus became part of the human race to redeem our souls from sin and its consequences, He is coming again to complete His work in redeeming our bodies. With souls cleansed and bodies glorified we shall then be fit to enjoy the eternal glory.

This climatic event is a source of comfort to the bereaved, a challenge to the believer, and a consecrating influence to the born-again believer. We know not the time, but we know the Saviour. He will keep His word: the Second Advent is as sure in time as the First Advent, so sure that we must be ready to meet Him at the moment He elects to return.

illustrations to light up life

Rev. E. Anderson

HARDHEARTEDNESS

A husband and wife went to the doctors. The condition of the husband was so serious that the doctor asked to speak to the wife on her own He sat her down and with a solemn face began to explain. ‘Your husband is dying and there is only one cure.’ ‘What is it?’ she asked. ‘Well, he will need 24/7 attention. Whatever he needs you have to give it to him. He should have breakfast in bed, a massage every day, little stress as possible and make love to him as often as he wants. This is the only thing that is going to keep him alive. The wife left the surgery in stunned silence. On the way home, the husband curious! asked, ‘What did the doctor say?’ His wife answered, ‘You’re going to die!’

 

healing testimonies

Miss Edith Hunt

CHRONIC ULCERS OF THE STOMACH

Healed at Principal George Jeffreys’ Hove Campaign

I have been a great sufferer for a good many years with chronic ulcers of the stomach, and have had long periods of starvation, the last being for eight weeks on two ounces of soda and milk every two hours. I was taken away to hospital, after this last period of starva­tion, for X-rays, which revealed how chronic it had really be­come.

The doctors decided that an operation was the only thing that could be done for me. This I would not have, so they brought me home again. Much prayer had been offered for me, and in a few months I was on my feet again. But my stomach never healed.

A friend told me that Prin­cipal  George  Jeffreys was  holding Divine  healing services atHove, so I decided to go. I was anointed by him, and received a great deliverance. Now I can eat anything I want to, without pain or sickness.    All glory to Jesus! 

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