Thursday, 30 April 2020

SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2020 AMBUSHED!

This Sunday our very own Mr Technology - Dave Bunting - will be sharing a message with us along with some more wonderful worship with Chris and Emily Horn.  Here's a little taster of his message from Dave..
Ambush - a surprise attack by someone laying in wait in a concealed position
We can see God at work in so many ways but for many people God seems invisible. However, our God can set an ambush against our enemy whatever that might be and however big it may seem to us.


This Sunday join us on Facebook at 11am (also available on You Tube).
Please use the comments during the worship to participate and bring your praises to God.


 

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

BIBLE STUDY FROM CHURCH LEADERS - MARTYN ROWE


What a contrast!

“They’re as different as chalk and cheese!”

“It’s black and white!”

You can feel, up or down; in or out of it; totally together or falling apart; with it or not with it!

Phrases that highlight a marked difference between things, situations or people!



If we read the story of Samuel in 1 Samuel, chapters 1-3 we can see a few contrasting situations.

1.     Hannah’s and Peninnah’s circumstances
2.     Hannah’s and Peninnah’s characters
3.     The frequency of the word of the Lord before Samuel and with Samuel.

A few thoughts on these contrasts:

1.     Finding ourselves in better or worse circumstances than someone else does not make us better or worse than someone else! They are merely circumstances! They do not determine who we are!
The thing that determines who we are is our character. We can develop our character. Circumstances happen, how we deal with them is up to us.

2.     Peninnah’s character clearly gloated (with maybe a dose of jealousy, see ch.1 v5) in her better circumstance than Hannah’s, using it to hurt Hannah’s feelings. (See ch.1 v6). Hannah’s character was one who looked to God in her circumstances. Even in her ‘bitterness’ of soul, anguish and tears (ch.1 v10) she looked to her Lord.

We see in the previous chapters that Eli’s sons who were priests before God and the people, were corrupt, not knowing the Lord (ch.2 v12) following their own desires and not God’s!
Is it any wonder when seeking their own desires, their own satisfaction that they heard very little of what the Lord was saying?

In contrast, we are told Samuel ministered to (served) the Lord, not himself. Samuel learned, (and it took a few goes!) to recognise God speaking to him, his heart’s response; “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
It may come then as no surprise that the contrast to;
“the word of the Lord was rare in those days, there was no widespread revelation.”
Is;
“So Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.”

The word was rare – the words of Samuel.

Father God, may my heart be right before you, may I serve you and not self. Help me to listen to your voice and speak what you speak. Amen.

Martyn Rowe

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

BIBLE STUDIES FROM CHURCH LEADERS - JAYNE JONES


“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12 ESV

If ever there was a verse for the days we are in, it is this one! We could almost think it was written especially for our current situation, but we know that people have faced great trials and tribulations throughout history. We also know that God was with them, sustaining them by His word, just as He is with us now.

Rejoice in hope . . .

As followers of Christ we know that our hope is in the steadfast love of the Lord - in God Himself (Psalm 147:10-11). We have experienced his intervention in our lives so often and known his faithfulness to us which has brought us through all manner of difficulties. Even when things didn’t work out the way we might have wanted them to, we can look back now and see God at work to bring the best outcome for us in the end. We absolutely know that ultimately, when our time on this earth is over, our home will be with Him forever and that death is not to be feared (1 Peter 1:3) This is not a new, wobbly or flaky hope - we have a history with this and a solid knowledge deep down that our hope is not in vain because our hope is in the Lord. This is certainly something for us to rejoice in and be thankful for (Rom 15:13)

We also know that to be without hope is a dark and desperate place. This is where many of our friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues are at right now. Let’s ask God to show us how to pray, that they might hear God calling their name and put their trust in Him.

Be patient in tribulation . . .

Waiting patiently for the Lord is an active rather than a passive thing. It means not wasting your energy raging against a circumstance you can’t change but continuing in faith and determination to do what you can do to help yourself and those around you each day. Engage with God as we look to Him and know that He is our champion, He is all powerful and He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine!

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalms 27:14

This is no time for fear, this is a time for faith and determination” Twila Paris

Be constant in prayer . . .

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)

We have never had so much opportunity to spend time in prayer and it has never been more necessary than it is now. We are so grateful to those who have devoted themselves to training as doctors, nurses and scientists as they lead the care and response to this current situation. These are specialist workers that we need because only they can do what they do. As the church, we also have our own vital specialist role to play and it is our responsibility to do it - to engage with God and seek His intervention, to pray for miracles and intercede for our world. This is something we can all do, our very practical contribution


Lord we thank you that your word gives us clear guidance on how we should respond to extremely difficult circumstances, but that we aren’t asked to do this in our own strength. Thank you Lord that your Holy Spirit empowers us, lifts us and guides us, that we might really shine for you in these days. Amen

Jayne Jones

Monday, 27 April 2020

BIBLE STUDIES FROM CHURCH LEADERS - JANET CARNELL


Trust {lean on, rely on and be confident} in the Lord and do good, so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on his faithfulness and truly you shall be fed.
Delight yourself also in the lord and he will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord {roll and repose each care of your load on Him {trust, lean on, rely on, and be confident} also in Him and he will bring it to pass.
Psalm 37; 3-5 Amplified Bible.

David's call is to trust, lean on and have confidence in the Eternal God, have a strong belief in him, in the one who will take upon himself all our burdens, not just a quick trust but as stated in Isaiah 24 v 6 it is an everlasting trust. Our trust is not like putting our trust in our fellow man but in a powerful God.    1 Corinthians 2 v 5.

He says that we dwell, abide, inhabit and remain in the land. It also infers to describe that man can be in God’s presence and have an inheritance forever with God. This word is used about 130 times in the Old Testament. If we are in the presence of God, we will be fed straight from God himself-for if we abide with him, we share all he possesses. God will dwell in the hearts of man by faith. Christ the son is in us. Colossians 1 v 27. we are his house, Hebrews 3 v 6, John 14 v 23, 1 Corinthians 3 v 16.

Being given the desires of our hearts does not mean we will get that Ferrari / Lamborghini we aspire to drive one day. To delight ourselves in God means to take pleasure in being a part of God and to drink deeply of him. Our desires will be satisfied, Proverbs 10 v 24. and this is for our good. Even the desires we have in secret will be fulfilled. No one other than you and God will know of these and will come to fulfilment if God sees that potential in you and if you are totally honest and open with him. We need to be totally committed to what we want (in the Lord). Not just have it as a whim or passing fancy.
Committing to something means to give your whole life to pursuing it through the grace given to us by the Father. We entrust our whole self to having, no halfheartedness about what we are willing to give. No sitting on the fence! 
If we commit wholeheartedly to putting everything we have to God, we will never have to worry because he guards and fully commits to us. Christ gave his all as the only begotten Son so that we have full entrance to the Father, and we can stay there forever.

Psalm 23 v 6
Surely only goodness mercy and unfailing love shall follow all the days of my life, through the length of all my days the house of the Lord and his presence shall be my dwelling place. Amp bible

So, we should do as David says -entrust everything, our lives, families, jobs, possessions to his control and guidance. So, let’s get to know God deeper, for he cares for us, ultimately better than we can ourselves. We need to realise that we need sometimes to wait, so he can work out what’s best for us. AMEN

Janet Carnell

Friday, 24 April 2020

BIBLE STUDIES FROM CHURCH LEADERS - JOHN WILCOXSON

The healing power of gardens


Those who know me may have gathered that I like gardening, however there’s a massive amount about gardening that I don’t know. But I have been reading and listening to a number of articles recently about the benefits of gardening which in principle many of us have thought were true for a long time. The articles tell of the research which is backing up these ideas, this got me thinking about the benefits of being a Christian.

The RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) are promoting the benefits of gardening in order to get people involved more. Recently there have been several comments within our church family about doing things differently so, what do you think about presenting our faith as not just a set of beliefs but as a
lifestyle?

Here is my take on the claims for gardening and how they mirror the Christian lifestyle.


Gardening helps keep us fit; 1Timothy 4;8 NIV
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.


Connect with others; Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one
another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Enjoy and be part of nature, revel in colour, wildlife and beauty, Psalms 19:1(NIV)
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands
Isaiah 55:12 (KJV)
[12] For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.


Grow food
Luke 12:22 (KJV)
[22] ¶ And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on

1 John 4:8 (NIV)
[8] Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

John 13:34-35 (NIV)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. [35] By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

People who are loved are happier and feel valued. God restores lives, relationships, brings love, joy peace, gentleness, patients, kindness etc. Isn’t that remarkable? Even in the toil that sin brought into the world benefits are hidden!!!

Experience shows us that praising and worshipping God lifts our spirits builds us up and let’s us know that we are loved. It strengthens and prepares us against the storms of life.

Children and adults who have regular contact with God know their worth to God.

Is it coincidental that Adam and Eve where placed in the
garden of Eden? as told in Genesis, and the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations
in Revelation. And don’t forget Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane.

I am sold on the idea that gardening is good for you, but I know that following the teachings of the bible are far more beneficial. We have a great God who created the first garden so why
wouldn’t they do us good? So, let’s broadcast

The healing power of God’s love!

Psalms 103:1-8 (NIV)
[1]
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

[2] Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits

[3] who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

[4] who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

[5] who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

[6] The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

[7] He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:

[8] The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
...
John Wilcoxson

Thursday, 23 April 2020

BIBLE STUDIES FROM CHURCH LEADERS - ADAM RUSKIN

Psalm 46

With the onset of Coronavirus a climate of fear has spread around the nations. We are susceptible to fear as much as the next person, yet this Psalm reminds us of the safety and peace we can enjoy as children of the living God.


The Psalmist begins:

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble”.Psalm 46

With the onset of Coronavirus a climate of fear has spread around the nations. We are susceptible to fear as much as the next person, yet this Psalm reminds us of the safety and peace we can enjoy as children of the living God.

The Psalmist begins:

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble”.

Is it not marvelous that in the face of fear we have a refuge in God Almighty?
Psalm 36 verse 7 states
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings”

What a picture of perfect safety and peace, sheltering in the shadow of God’s wings.

God is our strength. In times of fear and struggle we do not have to rely solely on our own strength or intellect to get us through it. No God is our strength. As we acknowledge our weakness and inability before him, he in turn answers from a position of strength and might. In Judges chapter 7 Gideon’s army is reduced to 300 men, to demonstrate their strength and victory was in the Lord and not themselves. As Joel 3:10 states “Let the weak say I am strong!” as children of our heavenly father.

God is a very present help in time of need. Deists believe that God created the world and then left us to it. As Christians we know instead that God is our ever present help and active in our lives in both small and great ways. Jesus when he saw suffering was moved by compassion to act. In the same way when God the Father sees his children suffering he moves to deliver us from our predicament. Just read Exodus chapter 6 for an example of God’s heart for delivering his people.

There are many reasons why we may fear, some are irrational, some are quite rational and sensible. The picture the Psalmist paints of earthquakes, landslides and floods are fear inducing catastrophes. Yet the Psalmist states:

“Therefore we will not fear”.

Even though the situation set before us may be very real and very dangerous, we consciously and deliberately choose not to fear. Why? As God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble. Do you think David wasn’t scared when he stood against Goliath? He may well have been yet he chose to focus on the strength of Almighty God rather than the strength of his human foe. He knew in comparison to God, Goliath was nothing.

In contrast to the earthquakes, landslides and floods, the Psalmist talks of

“a river whose streams make glad the city of God;
the holy habitation of the Most High”.

It is a picture of calm and peace, a gentle stream which brings joy or gladness to the city of God. What is the city of God? Zion, the city of Jerusalem, yet also the new Jerusalem described in Revelation 21 where as believers we will one day dwell with God. We are temples of the Holy Spirit in whom God dwells.

Revelation chapter 22 talks of “the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, though the middle of the street of the city”. From the throne of God comes abundant blessing and life. God is in the midst of His people and is our source of life and blessing.

We may be faced with chaos or trial yet the God we serve is mighty.
“he utters his voice the earth melts”.

Paul declares in Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

The Psalmist states
“The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress”.

As Chris Tomlin sings, “The God of angel armies is always by my side”. Just stop and reflect on that for a moment. The God of angel armies is always by your side. There is no situation in life that we ever have to face alone. Jesus has promised to never leave us or forsake us. If ever there was a situation where fear evaporates, I’d say it’s this. Almighty God is with us.

God is in control and the plans and purposes of God are taking place. History is following God’s plan and as Christ reigns the world will know peace.

Isaiah 2:4 says

“He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks”

There will be no more war.

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
be breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire”.

God is in control. Let’s reflect on the final passage of the Psalm.

“Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress”.

“Be still”.
Let’s use this time of lockdown to stop and reflect on the majesty, power and love of Almighty God. Our heavenly father who loves and protects us, who is worthy of our praise and worship and our lives.


“and know that I am God”.
After returning from a mission trip to South Africa in 2005 I was broken at the poverty I had witnessed and the vast disparity between the rich west and the rest of the world. Then I played “You alone are God” by Hillsong and as I sang the chorus...

You alone are God, You alone are God
We declare the glory of Your name
For You alone are God, You alone are God
We declare the glory of Your name
Reign in all the earth, reign in all the earth Jesus
Reign in all the earth, reign in all the earth Jesus

...I realised that yes, the situation was stark and massive, yet He alone is God and He is able. What is impossible with man is possible with God. God is reigning and He is in control. He will be exalted in the earth. Therefore, we do not fear “for the LORD of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress’. Amen.

Be blessed and know the peace of God which transcends all understanding.

Adam Ruskin

Is it not marvelous that in the face of fear we have a refuge in God Almighty?

Psalm 36 verse 7 states
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings”


What a picture of perfect safety and peace, sheltering in the shadow of God’s wings.

God is our strength. In times of fear and struggle we do not have to rely solely on our own strength or intellect to get us through it. No God is our strength. As we acknowledge our weakness and inability before him, he in turn answers from a position of strength and might. In Judges chapter 7 Gideon’s army is reduced to 300 men, to demonstrate their strength and victory was in the Lord and not themselves. As Joel 3:10 states “Let the weak say I am strong!” as children of our heavenly father.


God is a very present help in time of need. Deists believe that God created the world and then left us to it. As Christians we know instead that God is our ever present help and active in our lives in both small and great ways. Jesus when he saw suffering was moved by compassion to act. In the same way when God the Father sees his children suffering he moves to deliver us from our predicament. Just read Exodus chapter 6 for an example of God’s heart for delivering his people.


There are many reasons why we may fear, some are irrational, some are quite rational and sensible. The picture the Psalmist paints of earthquakes, landslides and floods are fear inducing catastrophes. Yet the Psalmist states:

“Therefore we will not fear”.


Even though the situation set before us may be very real and very dangerous, we consciously and deliberately choose not to fear. Why? As God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble. Do you think David wasn’t scared when he stood against Goliath? He may well have been yet he chose to focus on the strength of Almighty God rather than the strength of his human foe. He knew in comparison to God, Goliath was nothing.


In contrast to the earthquakes, landslides and floods, the Psalmist talks of

“a river whose streams make glad the city of God;
the holy habitation of the Most High”.


It is a picture of calm and peace, a gentle stream which brings joy or gladness to the city of God. What is the city of God? Zion, the city of Jerusalem, yet also the new Jerusalem described in Revelation 21 where as believers we will one day dwell with God. We are temples of the Holy Spirit in whom God dwells.


Revelation chapter 22 talks of “the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, though the middle of the street of the city”. From the throne of God comes abundant blessing and life. God is in the midst of His people and is our source of life and blessing.

We may be faced with chaos or trial yet the God we serve is mighty.
“he utters his voice the earth melts”.


Paul declares in Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?”


The Psalmist states
“The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress”.


As Chris Tomlin sings, “The God of angel armies is always by my side”. Just stop and reflect on that for a moment. The God of angel armies is always by your side. There is no situation in life that we ever have to face alone. Jesus has promised to never leave us or forsake us. If ever there was a situation where fear evaporates, I’d say it’s this. Almighty God is with us.

God is in control and the plans and purposes of God are taking place. History is following God’s plan and as Christ reigns the world will know peace.


Isaiah 2:4 says

“He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks”

There will be no more war.

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
be breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire”.

God is in control. Let’s reflect on the final passage of the Psalm.

“Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress”.

“Be still”.

Let’s use this time of lockdown to stop and reflect on the majesty, power and love of Almighty God. Our heavenly father who loves and protects us, who is worthy of our praise and worship and our lives.



“and know that I am God”.

After returning from a mission trip to South Africa in 2005 I was broken at the poverty I had witnessed and the vast disparity between the rich west and the rest of the world. Then I played “You alone are God” by Hillsong and as I sang the chorus...


You alone are God, You alone are God
We declare the glory of Your name
For You alone are God, You alone are God
We declare the glory of Your name
Reign in all the earth, reign in all the earth Jesus
Reign in all the earth, reign in all the earth Jesus


...I realised that yes, the situation was stark and massive, yet He alone is God and He is able. What is impossible with man is possible with God. God is reigning and He is in control. He will be exalted in the earth. Therefore, we do not fear “for the LORD of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress’. Amen.


Be blessed and know the peace of God which transcends all understanding.


Adam Ruskin

Have a listen to this song based on Psalm 46   https://youtu.be/PKs_gQecaDY

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

BIBLE STUDIES FROM NLC LEADERS - PETER TOPLISS


Basic principles!

ACTS.2:37-47

I thought it would be appropriate to look at the basic principles of the beginnings of the Church. 

ACTS.2:42.

The underlying principle: The new believers DEVOTED themselves. They continued steadfastly in just four basic principles. Devotion implies a great determination to continue. 

 
1. The Apostles' doctrine (teaching).  MT.28:18-20.  LK.24:27.  MT.5:1-7:29.


2. Fellowship. Koinonia, partnership, community participation.
This is shared life. Not philosophical but really practical. HSBC. 10:24-25.  JN.13:12-15.   JN.15:12.


3. Breaking bread. To obey the command of Jesus which involves eating together because that is the context of the breaking of bread.
MT.26:26-29; 1COR.11:23-26; 1COR.10:16-17. Participation in the body and blood!


4. Prayer. Pray with and in the Spirit. ROM.8:26-27; EPH.6:18.
In English and in tongues. 1COR. 14:15.


This is the simplicity of the life of the Church which present circumstances could be directing us towards. 
N.B. The results of this kind of Church life.

Peter Topliss

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

BIBLE STUDY FROM NLC LEADERS - RICHARD KUZNIARZ





Roar of the fire. –

I now have my wood burning stove fired up in the workshop while I am working in there.
I find that I have to keep returning to it to keep the fire burning. However, sometimes I am busy doing things and I forget to put wood on, so what is left of the fire is just embers!!
Thinking I had missed any chance of reviving the fire I tried putting a few thin sticks on top and closed the door!!
After a while the wood started to burn, and the fire restarted because the air from the vent underneath provided the flow of air to make the embers grow brighter. However, if I fully opened the small door underneath the flow of air was much stronger and the fire roared into life much quicker!!

So, the next time this happened I was more confident that the fire would roar into life again.
Is God saying something to me here?

Yes, even when we have little hope/faith we must try. God will surprise us with that roar!

Be patient and wait for the wind of the Holy Spirit to make those embers of faith come alive.

Be confident that the (putting on of a few thin sticks) praying will work.

2 Timothy 1 v 6&7. I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you.

Richard Kuzniarz

Monday, 20 April 2020

BIBLE STUDY FROM NLC LEADERS - ALISON BUNTING


My tongue will be the pen of a ready writer

Psalm 45v1-9
Read the verses slowly and prayerfully. Let God speak to you through this psalm.
Allow it to stir your heart.
I am reminded of the old song and you can find it on YouTube;




‘I hear the sound of rusting in the leaves of the trees
The spirit of the Lord has come down on earth
The church that seemed in slumber had now risen to its knees
And dry bones are responding with the fruits of new birth
Oh now is a time of declaration
The word will go to all men everywhere
The church is here for healing of the nations
Behold the day of Jesus drawing near,

My tongue will be the pen of a ready writer
And what’s the father gives to me I will sing
I only want to be His breath
I only want to glorify the king.’

1. In this day we (The church) can be Gods mouthpiece. Let our prayer be “I only want to glorify the King.”
Jesus was the window to God. If you want to know what the father looks like look to Jesus.
If people want to know what Jesus looks like they should be able to look to us.
In these difficult days we can be the signpost to Jesus. “What the Father gives to me I will say”
What is Gods now word?
“Thank you” to a shop assistant who serves you or the delivery man.
“I’m thinking of you“ card to a neighbour.
“I’m praying for you” text to a friend.
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Let God use you today.

2. Put on your garments of splendour. Your best clothes/ Your wedding clothes.
Put on your garments of praise.
When you feel low (lockdown can make you feel low at times and the news is not exactly uplifting) praise like never before as praise is a weapon.
“I’m gonna sing in the midst of the storm
Louder and louder your gonna hear my praises roar”

3. Vs 6 and 7 refer to Jesus and are also in Hebrews 1v 8 and 9
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
Jesus will get us through this challenging time.
He knows the beginning from the end.
He is unchanging!
V 17 of psalm 45 says
I will perpetuate your memory through all generations
Therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever!

Alison Bunting

BIBLE STUDY FROM NLC LEADERS - JANE BENTLEY


Hi everyone, God is good!
Here are a few more studies from our leaders in New Life Church.
Please know that you are loved by us. We continue to pray for you, strengthen you and help you in your faith in Jesus.

God’s blessings and lots of love.

What’s it all about?

‘Don’t be afraid, just believe’ Mark 5:36

I’m going to be really honest now!  There are times at the moment when I feel rubbish – I don’t spend all day using this ‘free’ time in reading the Bible, or listening to worship, or getting closer to God.  There are times when I do, and it’s great, but there are also times when I feel down, and that I’m just about holding on to things by the skin of my teeth!  It’s easy to put yourself down when you start to get into that frame of mind – and I know I’m not the only one who feels that. 

Yet God says we don’t need to be afraid, or worried, or dismayed.  As Max Lucado says in his book
 ‘Live Loved’: - ‘The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone.  Even Christ was afraid [deeply distressed and troubled] (Mark 14:33).  But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.’ 

God reminds us all the time throughout His Word that we have the means to overcome fear and troubles – David says in Psalm 28:7  ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.’  And again in Psalm 121:2 we read ‘My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth’. Psalm 50:15 says ‘Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.’  Finally, Jesus reminds us in Matthew 6:8 that ‘Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.’

Yet despite all these promises we can become overwhelmed by the things happening around us – sickness, anxiety, financial difficulties, relationship issues, mental health issues; but that’s all right!  We don’t have to be on top of things all the time, and if we’re not feeling right about things, then we don’t need to beat ourselves up about it.  God loves us, He will never leave us nor forsake us – He is with us when we are feeling close to Him or if we are feeling all adrift.  We need to recognise that fear and anxiety can come on us at any time, but if we refuse to allow it time to settle in and dwell in us, so it will leave as quickly as it came!  As we call on God, He will deliver us.  In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul writes:- ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’  Recognise where the fear and anxiety come from – that comes from the Devil.  God has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind!

So, whilst we may have bad times, sad times, despondent times – they don’t have to define us or control us.  If we have asked Jesus into our lives, then we have the gift of God’s Holy Spirit living within us to help us overcome and take control of our feelings. 

Something to do:-
When you are feeling good and positive, then take the time to find and write down all the promises that God has made for you in the Bible – there are over 350, so there’s plenty to find!  Then, when you are having a bad day, take those promises out and read them, putting your name in them.  God’s promises are for you today, not just for the time and people they were first written for! 

Jane Bentley

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS

Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. (Joshua 1:6)

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Then they answered Joshua, ‘Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!’ (Joshua 1:16-17)

Martyn Rowe Thanks Jarrod Cooper. Great word, by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives ordinary people can do extraordinary things in your name. Let us be filled and full of the Holy Spirit xx


David Bunting  Hi Everyone. It's been said many times but refreshing to hear again that God can make our ordinary lives extraordinary...Be strong and courageous!  Well that, praise God, is the now word for today.  We have such a powerful God and he is with us at this time. x

Thursday, 16 April 2020

SUNDAY MEETING WITH REVIVE

This Sunday, by the miracle of technology, we are going to join with Revive Church, Hull for
worship and teaching.  Pick up the link from our Facebook page: 

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/newlifechurchnd/

or watch on Revive Church's  You Tube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKN923WAnLsgpCehBj-SArQ

HELP INTERNATIONAL NEWS FROM INDIA

News from India

Ralph Glockener reports
 
Due to the lockdown in India, the provision for people who live from daily or weekly wages, has become difficult.  As a result we have started a fund raising here, in Germany, so people could donate towards helping the people pay for food and house rent.
As a result we have be able to send by faith €2000 for an immediate help to those in need.  This morning I did a conference with our apostolic team via Zoom, we discussed the mode of administration of the relief and funds sent over.. Our bigger churches in India are aiming to give little packages of rations to those in need.  They have obtained a police pass so that they are allowed to bring the food stuff to the needy. In Delhi, sometimes even the police have even joined and helped in the distribution of food, which has been amazing to hear!