It’s the twenty-fist anniversary of God outpouring the FIRE of His love in Toronto, Canada! That’s an incredibly joyful and thankful thought, but it’s also a very sobering thought!
John & Carol Arnott
We are so thankful for this renewal which is still continuing and impacting individual lives and nations. We are so thankful that we are alive for such a time as this.We are so thankful for the way that John and Carol Arnott and the team at Catch the Fire have stewarded this move of God, with faithfulness and integrity. We are so thankful for the impact, healing, blessing, and God-encounters we have received ourselves as a result.
But it is also sobering. Where have those twenty one years gone?! This is a big chunk of life! And how much are we going to allow this revival to impact the rest of our lives?
As we reflect today on all that our God has done, may we be freshly inspired to push into more of Him. May we love and hunger after His Presence more than ever. May we find new depths of personal renewal and healing. May we carry His amazing love wherever we go. May we allow Him to take us into all the changes He wants to, laying aside our fears and resistances.There’s still so much more of Him to be found.
We offer tribute to Bob Jones who passed away yesterday, peaceful and smiling. Bob was a contemporary prophet, known around the world for his prophecies which spanned over four decades. He was also known for His deep love for God and for people.
Bob prophesied in 1984, that the ‘New Wine’ would be poured out in ten years, which we saw and know happened in Toronto in January 1994, and other parts of the world.
Bob was known and loved by many friends of this church, some of whom he personally mentored. It would seem that his death may mark a change of season.
Bill Johnson tweeted, “Our wonderful friend and prophet Bob Jones went home to be with Jesus today, his first love, on Valentines a Day.”
Christian leaders around the world are mourning his passing and praying for his family. He is survived by his wife Bonnie.
Bob Jones with Jerame and Miranda Nelson at their ordination in 2010
This morning in Golden Valley Church, Muriel brought a great preach on apostle Paul’s prayers in Ephesians. He reminded them of all the wealth they had received in Christ, and prayed for them to see it, so they could live it.
Paul penned the letter to the Ephesians who were not grasping their prosperity in Christ and were failing to live in what was already theirs. God looks for a church of power, not mere words.
When we pray for each other, what do we see? What do we talk to Him about? Shortcomings, failures? We don’t need to remind Him of any of that stuff. He already chose to forget them and put them behind His back. He sees our potential and who we are in Him. His heart for us is that we live in and access the riches of His grace.
When we live in the riches of God’s grace, we will have direction. If not, we easily become distracted. Direction or distraction – where are you?
We all know how easy it is to be distracted. The ploy of the enemy to take away our focus on the Kingdom of God. Allow Holy Spirit to shine into our hearts and show us our distractions, so we can repent and change.
Where are we laying up our treasure? THAT is where our hearts will be. And THAT is where we will reap.
There is a challenge today in a world of mess and stress, that we focus back on the One Who has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Get undistracted! Distraction isolates. Direction of Holy Spirit unites.
As we have now arrived at the holiday period, there will be changes to our Sunday services over the next couple of weeks.
Due to the number of people away at one time, next Sunday 31st July the meeting will take place in the small room at Innsworth Community Hall, and there will be no separate ‘Gladiators’ session for the children.
The following Sunday, 7th August, will be a day out at The Forest of Dean, so there will be no meeting at all at Innsworth.
We wish everyone a blessed and happy holiday season.
The venue didn’t work out like it had been hoped as it was difficult darkening the many windows and the sound tended to echo… but it didn’t stop the message of ‘Faith Like Potatoes’ getting through to people’s hearts. And the fantastic shared lunch together part-way through the film, turned out to be a real feast and important church-family ocassion, as we sought God together.
Angus Buchan’s testimony of how his life was changed and given new purpose and direction by his encounter with Jesus Christ is faithfully told throughout the film. As we watched him experience miracles, and tragedy which God brought him through, and as we saw his willingness to step in obedience to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit, we were challenged again to leave unbelief and complacency behind… and prove God in new ways.
Thank God for this great man and his wonderful story. For those who missed it, or want to watch it again, we’ll be arranging other opportunities.
About a year ago I was in a church meeting and I saw the word ‘Transition’ written over the congregation. It is a current ‘buzz word’ in church life (probably because many people are conscious of a change of season, and the process of change that is being divinely driven) but I knew that it was a key word for us as a congregation. Not long afterwards we moved premises for our regular meetings, and exciting new times of change began.
I read a fantastic article on not getting stuck in your transition, on Charisma online today. I recommend it to everyone who is going through a transition time in your life… which is like probably all of us!! Certainly in GVC we are, as a church.
The author – Lee Grady – gives some very valid points for staying with the transition processes and making it into the next stages. Check it out…. and as Ian would say, “Enjoy the journey!”.