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Rev. Leigh Goodwin

POWERFUL QUOTES

NEW YEAR

The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. He was symbolised as a man with two faces, one looking back and the other looking ahead. At the beginning of a New Year, some people have trouble looking ahead with hope because they keep looking back with dismay and regret over the past. – Phil. 3:13,14.

“Another year is dawning: Dear Father let it be,

in working or in waiting, another year with thee;

Another year of progress, another year of praise,

Another year of proving thy presence all the days;

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,

Another year of gladness in the shining of thy face;

Another year of leaning upon thy loving breast,

Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest;

Another year of service, of witness for thy love;

Another year of training for holier work above.

Another year is dawning : Dear Father let it be,

On earth or else in heaven, another year for thee.”  (Frances Ridley Havergal – 1836-1879)

“I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year `Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied `Go out into the darkness & put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light & safer than a known way.'”  (M.L.Hoskins – `God knows’)

“The new year is like a book with 365 pages, a great diary which we can, to a large extent, write for ourselves; but in which everything must be exactly written, whether we like it or not.”  (Gilbert White)

“The man who succeeds is the one who has grit enough to get up every morning and put ditto marks under his New Year’s resolutions.”  (Warren C. Dubois)

“Ring out the old, ring in the new. Ring out the false, ring in the true.” (Tennyson)

“What the New Year brings us depends a great deal on what we bring to the New Year.”

“The path into the New Year glows with opportunities to work for Christ.”

“Dear master, for this coming year, just one request I bring; I do not pray for happiness or any earthly thing. I do not ask to understand the way thou leadest me, but this I ask: Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth Thee. I want to know thy guiding voice, to talk with thee each day. Dear master make me swift to hear and ready to obey. And then the year I now begin, a happy year will be if I am seeking just to do the thing that pleaseth thee.”

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prayer dynamics

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Archbishop John Sentamu,

PRAYER’S NOT SOME SORT OF HEAVENLY SLOT MACHINE

Most of us will have said a prayer at some time in our lives. And many in deep . shock simply say, “Father!” or spontaneously call on the name of Jesus Christ without a second thought. You know what I mean. Maybe you said prayers at bedtime as a child. Or maybe as an adult there has been a simple prayer of desperation – “God, if you are there, please help!”

At times of crisis, many of us say a little prayer. Before exams, or an important interview. Or when a relative has been ill. Or even when watching our favourite football team play – especially when they’re not in form!

Last year, the whole nation united in prayer behind Fabrice Muamba after he collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane – and lots of us prayed the simple prayer: “Please God, help Muamba!”

Prayer is not some sort of heavenly slot machine where you put in your words and pull the lever to get what you want. It is far more earth-shattering than that!

In telling us to pray, Jesus invites us to come to God with all our hopes and our fears, our dreams and our disappointments, and to offer them to God so that he can make a difference. We are never told in advance what God might do, but we are promised that God has the power to change any situation. The first step is to fear no evil. Not to be afraid. When I was a vicar in London, I prayed for a woman called Stella who had cancer. She had been given three weeks to live and came to our church for the first time to be prayed for. I said a short prayer with her at the end of our service and she went away again.

Four weeks later, she came back to say that she had seen the doctors and her lymphomas had gone. I was dumbstruck. I had been worried for four weeks that my prayer to the Wounded Healer may have simply been shouting into a concrete bucket.

But then I have also prayed for people who have not got better. When my own mother was ill, I prayed that God would heal her of her cancer of the throat.

The surgeon did a marvellous operation. She was with us for two more years. But then, after a week in Trinity Hospice, with me at her bedside, she gently passed from this life, through death, to be with Christ.

I don’t understand why God healed Stella but didn’t fully heal my mother. But I do trust God. When we pray for someone, we are bringing that person before God who knows them and loves them more than we can imagine.

We pray knowing that God is able to do amazing things that we may not even have thought of. We pray because sometimes it is only God who can make a difference.

I don’t know what God will do each time I pray. I only know that the Bible tells me: “Sentamu, your job is to pray.” And so as long as I have breath to do so, I will pray and bring people to God for him to make a difference.

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points to ponder

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Rev. E. Anderson

SPIRITUAL SUCCESS

“If we tread our vices under our feet, we make of them a ladder by which to rise to higher things” – St. Augustine

“Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours yu have received” – Seneca

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past illustrious men and ministries

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Rev. Archibald Alexander Hodge

EDUCATION AND CAREER

Hodge attended the College of New Jersey (later PrincetonUniversity) and Princeton Theological Seminary. He served as a missionary in India for three years (1847–1850). He held pastorates at Lower West Nottingham, Maryland (1851–1855), Fredericksburg, Virginia (1855–1861), and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1861–1864). In 1864 he accepted a call to the chair of systematic theology in Western Theological Seminary (later Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There he remained until in 1877 he was called to Princeton to be the associate of his father, Charles Hodge, in the distinguished chair of systematic theology. He took on the full responsibilities of the chair of systematic theology in 1878.This post he retained till his death in 1886, at which time he was succeeded by B. B. Warfield.

INFLUENCE

At the time of his death, he was a trustee of the College of New Jersey and a leader in the Presbyterian Church. His interests extended beyond religion. He touched the religious world at many points. During the years immediately preceding his death he did not slacken his work, but continued his work of writing, preaching, lecturing, making addresses, coming into contact with men, influencing them, and by doing so widening the influence of Christianity. Among the most influential was an article titled Inspiration that began a series in the Presbyterian Review which established the discipline of biblical theology as a historical science. This article was co-authored with B. B. Warfield in 1880.

CHARACTERISTICS

Hodge’s distinguishing characteristic as a theologian was his power as a thinker. He had a mind of singular acuteness, and though never a professed student of metaphysics, he was essentially and by nature a metaphysician. His theology was that of the Reformed confessions. He had no peculiar views and no peculiar method of organizing theological dogmas; in this he may be identified with his father, who claimed at the end of his life that he had taught and written nothing new. Though he taught the same theology that his father had taught before him, he was independent as well as reverent. His first book and that by which he is best known was his Outlines of Theology (New York, 1860; enlarged ed., 1878; reprinted 1996, ISBN 0-85151-160-0), which was translated into Welsh, modern Greek, and Hindustai. The Atonement (Philadelphia, 1867; reprinted 1989, ISBN 0-685-26838-1) is still one of the best treatises on the subject. This was followed by his commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith (1869, ISBN 0-8370-0932-40, a very useful book, full of clear thinking and compact statement. He contributed some important articles to encyclopedias – Johnson’s, McClintock and Strong’s, and the Schaff-Herzog (the Schaff-Herzog encyclopedia furnished the kernel from which this article developed). He was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Review, to the pages of which he was a frequent contributor.

SERMONS

In the Pulpit Hodge was a man of marked power. As he was not under the necessity of making fresh preparation every week, he had but few sermons, and he preached them frequently. They were never written; nor were they deliberately planned as great efforts. They grew from small beginnings and, as he went through the process of thinking them over as often as he preached them, they gradually became more elaborate and became possessed of greater literary charm.

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minute message

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Rev. E. Anderson

UNREALISED VALUE

In 1987, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution carried the story of a rock hound named Rob Cutshaw who owned a little roadside shop in North Carolina. He would hunt for rocks, then sell them to collectors or jewelry makers. He knew enough about rocks to decide which to pick up and sell, but he wasn’t an expert.

On a dig twenty years ago, Rob found a beautiful, huge rock like he’d never seen before. He tried unsuccessfully to sell it, and kept the rock under his bed or in his closet. He guessed the blue chunk could bring as much as $500 dollars, but he would have taken less if something urgent came up like paying his power bill.

That’s how close Rob came to selling for a few hundred dollars what turned out to be the largest, most valuable sapphire ever found. The blue rock that was abandoned to the darkness of a closet—now known as “The Star of David” sapphire—weighs nearly a pound, and could easily sell for $2.75 million.

So often, those who are in Christ don’t realize the incredible treasure they’ve received. So they put it under their bed or in their closet instead of sharing it with the world. Don’t make the mistake of keeping your faith to yourself. Give it away to the world and let them marvel at your Saviour.

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messages by rev rick warren

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Rev. Rick Warren

QUIT TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYBODY

“It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you” – Proverbs 29:25a GNT.

We waste a lot of time and energy trying to figure out what other people want us to be and then trying to become like that, rather than just being what God made us to be.

That’s dangerous, because when you’re worried about what other people think all the time, you cave in to criticism. You don’t always do the right thing. You do what everybody wants you to do. And you probably miss God’s best for your life because you can’t stop and think about what God wants you to do.

Fact #1: You cannot please everybody. Even God can’t please everybody. One person prays for it to rain; another prays for it to be sunny. Who is God going to answer? Only a fool would try to do what even God can’t do.

Fact #2: It’s not necessary to please everybody. There is a myth that says you must be loved and approved by everybody in order to be happy. That’s just not true. You don’t have to please everybody in order to be happy in life.

Fact #3: Rejection will not ruin your life. It hurts, sure. It’s not fun. It’s uncomfortable. But rejection will not ruin your life unless you let it.

Quit trying to please everybody. Remember that nobody can make you feel inferior unless you give him or her permission to. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NIV) If God likes you, who cares that everybody doesn’t approve of everything you do?

Nothing you ever do will make God love you less. Nothing you ever do will make God love you more. He loves you completely right now, just the way you are.

TALK ABOUT IT

Who in your life have you been overly concerned with pleasing?

How has that concern kept you from being what God intended you to be?

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message of note

JORDANMORRIS

Jordan Morris

EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM

Romans 1:16 : “… the Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation for those who believe…”

EVANGELISM

It has become a word that is very commonly associated with churches, ministers and with religious enthusiasts, but what exactly is the core foundational truth about Evangelism? 

I have been asked the question before: “Jordan, what is the most effective method of Evangelism?”

I’ve heard people try and answer this before, with an­swers such as preaching from a street corner, or setting up a stage in another nation and preaching there. My answer to this question is very simple.

Romans 1:16 says: “… the Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation for those who believe…” In this scripture is everything you need to know as how to ‘effectively’ evangelize, whether you are just preaching to one person or to one million people – the same principle applies.

Remove the Gospel from evangelism and you also remove the power; but include the Gospel and the power is also included.

You may say: ‘Jordan, if you remove the Gospel, you cannot evangelise at all because that is what Evangelism means’.

Remove the Gospel from evangelism and you also remove the power, but include the Gospel and the power is also included.

Unfortunately this is not true. Evangelism is practiced by every religion, belief and faith on this earth, and as Christians we are often put to shame by other religions being much more effective at evangelising about their beliefs than we are, when we are the ones who have the greatest truth ever revealed to speak about!

In the short time that I have had the honour of preaching the precious Gospel of Christ, I have I seen the power of preaching the uncompromised, pure message Christ in three different continents of the world, and the results were always the same.

When the message of the Cross, the Blood and Pentecost is preached salvation, signs and wonders SHALL follow. Miracles are not an ‘add on’ or ‘bonus’ to the message of the Gospel but they are just as integral as salvation itself.

Miracles are not an “add –on” or bonus to the message of the Gospel, but they are just as integral as salvation itself.

Whether you are a Pastor, Prophet, Evangelist or just somebody seeking the will of God, we are all called to Evangelise!

Preach the cross, preach the blood, preach Pentecost, and preach Christ as the ONLY way to the Father, and trust God to fulfill His word and do the rest.

That is effective Evangelism.

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meet the christian ministers

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Rev. Tony and Sue Williams

Tony and Su were appointed as the Senior Pastors of LWC in May of 2009 . They have been married for 13 years and God has blessed them with 6 amazing children, Koye, Sade, Bisi, Kemi, Shola and Morayo. Tony and Su’s desire is to see Gods people become all that He has purposed for them to be through the powerful and effective preaching and teaching of Gods word. Tony and Su are passionate about the presence of God and the people of God. They have both been called by God to partner with Jesus as He builds His church and extends His kingdom from the shores of Torbay to the uttermost parts of the earth.

ENCOUNTER

To establish a living church in Torbay and South Devon, revealing God’s love, the grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit through thousands of changed lives.

To build a community of worshipers who express their love for God through holiness of life and through vibrant spontaneous worship, led and inspired by the Holy Spirit.

EMPOWER

To encourage a loving fellowship of joined lives, where friendship, kindness and generosity

flourish.

To develop mature Christians; teaching, training and encouraging them to minister the life of the Kingdom of God to others, both within the church family and, through a network small “Lifegroups” into the local community of which we are part.

To encourage, support and resource other churches and leaders for the greater good of God’s Kingdom.

ENGAGE

To extend and expand both the church and the Kingdom of God through the personal witness of every member, through corporate evangelism, church planting and all appropriate means.

To encourage and support the spreading of the gospel throughout the world with finance, resources and personnel, in obedience to the “Great Commission”.

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living devotions

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Rev. E. Anderson

NO LONGER SLAVES

From Senior Living Ministries

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir” — Galatians 4:6-7

A little boy visiting his grandparents was given his first slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. As he came back to Grandma’s backyard, he saw her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and let it fly. The stone hit, and the duck fell dead

So he panicked and hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister watching. After lunch that day, Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn’t you, Johnny?” And she whispered to him, “Remember the duck.” So Johnny did the dishes.

Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally smiled and said, “That’s all taken care of. Johnny wants to do it.” Again she whispered, “Remember the duck.” Johnny stayed while Sally went fishing.
Finally, after several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he couldn’t stand it. He confessed to Grandma that he’d killed the duck. “I know, Johnny,” she said, giving him a hug. “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. Because I love you, I forgave you. I just wondered how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”

How many Christians today have received forgiveness in Christ, but miss out on living in the freedom they have? Don’t live under the impression that you still have to earn your salvation. Instead, live in the freedom that Christ has bought you!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray and ask God to help you understand the freedom you have in Christ. As you grow in your freedom, shake off the yoke of slavery and experience the joy you’re meant to have!

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leadership factors

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Rev. E. Anderson

THE CALL TO LEADERSHIP 

Taken from the Word for Today

 ‘The Lord said…“Go on before the people…’’’ – Exodus 17:5

To be a good leader you must do these two things: 1) Spend time with the people. For four hundred years the children of Israel had been leaderless. As a result, they had no identity or self-worth. Actually, they had a slave mentality. So Moses often walked amongst them, because sheep gain confidence by smelling the shepherd’s scent and rubbing up against him. Getting the idea? If you’re afraid to get close to people, maybe it’s because you’ve too much to hide—like pride, or insecurity, or weakness. Only when people feel truly valued will they value you and follow you. 2) Get out ahead of the people. How do you know when it’s time to move to new territory? ‘…The people murmured against Moses…’ (v.3). That’s because there was no water where they were, and thirsty sheep always complain. When the murmuring starts, you may have spent too long socialising. It’s time for transition. ‘The Lord said unto Moses, “Go on before the people…smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it’’’ (vv.5-6). When you stop trying to fit in, and get out ahead of them, God will give you supernatural resources equal to the challenge you’re facing. No vision is permanently stopped by lack of finances, but by a lack of faith and courage, and an unwillingness to step out and take risks. When you do, you’ll discover that God can ‘…supply all your need according to His riches in glory…’ (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). According to what? His riches! And they are available when you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone and act boldly.

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