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Like Father, like son and daughter. That’s God’s desire for us – to know Him as He is, and to be like Him. Jesus lived with a secure identity as Son of the Father. His desire is for us to live in the security of Sonship too. This weekend conference will take us deeper in the Father’s love.

It will be a pleasure to welcome Peter Jackson in Golden Valley Church, from Toronto, in May as our speaker.

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Peter and Heather Jackson

Peter and Heather Jackson were the founding directors of the Catch The Fire School of Ministry (SOM) in 1995, as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was beginning to spread worldwide.. Their vision for the SOM came from many years of experience teaching and directing ministry schools with Daystar Ministries and Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

For more than thirty years now, they have been privileged to impart the revelation of the Father’s love and Sonship in churches, conferences and encounter retreats all over the world.

Go to Eventbrite to register for this event. Early booking is advised, as places may be limited.

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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

TESTS WILL COME FOR TRANSITIONING 

As you seek to transition to new seasons in God, be aware of the ‘tests’ that the Father will send your way. Those tests are designed to bring out what is truly in your heart, and to measure the credibility gap between what you pray and preach, and what you actually do. Those tests will also probe the level you will trust God and the levels where you will interfere with or seek to control what He is doing. He tested the Israelite nation as they gathered at what to them were bitter waters. He tested them as they stood opposite the crossing point into the Promised Land. Their responses and choices affected who crossed over, and how long the transition season would actually last.

Last week in the amazing prayer guide from the European Evangelical Alliance, we read and prayed again over the most intimate of Jesus’s parables depicting the Father, as He knew Him. I was stirred again as I reflected on His incredible love and embrace.

It’s true to say that as the father’s younger son appeared on the horizon, everyone back home began to be tested. Customs and traditions would handle the situation one way; the Father, a totally different way. There was a test on everyone’s heart. Hence the father ran, as the guide pointed out, and in doing so made a loud declaration to the community that he was ok with this son returning home, and he wasn’t going to reject him, as customs said he should. We assume, thankfully, that the community accepted the father’s lead, because enough of them turned up for the welcome home party to make a noise of celebration that could be heard in the fields outside.The older son’s heart was tested too. And sadly he failed the test. I so realise how often there is a part of the older son in me; how easily I make judgements on others, and how difficult I can sometimes find it to be with those who don’t line up with a lifestyle I am personally comfortable with. But the Father, I know, is calling me – and all of us – to enter in to what He is like.

I believe that only as we do, will we pass the tests. This next season in God is, I believe, going to see a move of God amongst people groups and sectors of society that for the most part have so far been rare in our churches up to now. The responses we have to the ‘test cases’ will determine whether or not we are able to transition to the next season, or not. They will test whether God is able to continue bringing the cutting edge of revival and what He is about, into existing churches and movements, or whether He will have to start new ones that are more open to His broken bride and sons.

I pray for us in GVC having completed this past “week of prayer for the lost sons” that we will be irreversibly marked by what we have read and what we have prayed, and that as Father seeks to take us forward in reaching the lost and broken we will pass the tests He sends our way embracing those He has loved, called, and honoured in their journeys, first in a trickle, and then in a rush! Wes

DEEPER HEART DAYS

DeeperHeartDaysA.jpgMany Christians live out of their heads, rather than their hearts. Life goes on like a treadmill and they bounce from one thing to another without giving attention to, or taking time for, the needs of their hearts. They accept unhealed wounds as a normal necessity, and limp rather than walking or running in the plans and purposes of a loving heavenly Father.

Why not take some time out for your heart? Let the deep love of God the Father pour in and bring fresh freedom, wholeness, and authenticity into your life. These days will include key point teaching, personal prayer, and guided soaking time in God’s Presence. Deepen the soil of your heart for fresh encounters with God. Define the doorways of the heart, and enter into more of Heaven’s Kingdom and plans.

Sessions will be taught by Wes Boxall and others.

Each Saturday will run from 9:30am to 8:00pm with breaks for coffee and meals.

DAY 1 – 13th FEB.2016  –  DEEPENING IN FORGIVENESS AND FATHER’S LOVE

DAY 2 –  9th APRIL 2016 –  LIBERATING YOUR GENERATIONAL LEGACY

DAY 3 – -4th JUNE 2016 –  MOTHER WOUNDING AND THE SIBLING HEART

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PRAYER FOR THE LOST SONS

This week it is the annual European Evangelical Alliance ‘Week of Prayer’ and this year’s theme is “The Return of the Lost Sons.”

prayThe EEA have produced a fantastic prayer guide for use in calling on God for the ‘prodigals’ and for examining our own hearts in their relationship to God the Father.

The prayer guide, based entirely on Jesus’s story about the father and his two sons, challenges our tendency towards control rather than releasing and embracing love. It exhorts the church to become more like the Father in its acceptance of the broken and hurting, and those who feel like they don’t fit in.

Truly, this is the foundation of all that God is wanting to do in the days ahead. May we depart from our readiness to judge, condemn, and control people who are different from ourselves, and may we better reflect the Father, Who loves, Who gives, and Who is far more patient with human weakness than most of His people are.

We encourage you to join in prayer with them, and with us.

The prayer guide is available here.

 

REVIVAL PEOPLE

Revival People 0526Our “Revival People’ evenings continue to be challenging, stimulating, and life-changing times. Each evening consists of worship, and two areas of focus: an aspect of preparing for revival or preparing for Jesus’s return, and a look at a past revival or revival leader, to see what we can glean, as yesterday’s ceilings become tomorrow’s floors.
Tonight we will be considering what it means to be a church that looks like the Father, and we will be examining the life of the great Healing Revivalist, John G. Lake.
There is no charge for these sessions, though donations can be made.
Sessions run on Tuesdays through until June 16th (apart from the second Tuesday of each month).

EXPERIENCING FATHER

Do you know God as Father; a loving Father?

“Most people know that God is a Father in much the same way as people outside of my family know that I am a father. They know that fact because they have been taught it or because they see it in Scripture. But they may not have experienced it. Too many people in the church only have a theology of God as a Father but few have come to experience him as a Father to them.

“God’s heart is that we come to experience him as Father. God, our Father, wants us to have a heart of sonship and to experience his love as Jesus did. After all, when we became Christians we became children of God (John 1:12).”

The above is a quote from Mark Gyde’s book, “A Father to You”.  Mark will be speaking in Golden Valley Church, January 11th and 12th 2013.

THE LOVE OF FATHER GOD

MG_Sept08It is with great anticipation and excitement we are preparing for this weekend’s conference in Golden Valley Church, “A Father to You”.

The reality of God’s Fatherhood has been a primary value in GVC since its beginning and has been reflected in much of our history and teaching. But in a world where both ‘God’ and ‘Father’ carry so many mixed emotions and beliefs for people it is important for us as Christians to continue to fully align with the amazing, overwhelming truth that God is our absolutely loving and faithful Father, who provides security for living in a world that has generally turned its back on Him.

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This weekend we have our friend Mark Gyde with us. Mark leads a ministry and has authored a book with the same title, “A Father to You”. He is a close colleague of James & Denise Jordan (Fatherheart Ministries) and together with Barry Adams, hosts a weekly webcast on a Wednesday.

We believe that this is a great opportunity to dig deeper into the love and truth of God the Father, and to soak up that blessing as we begin another year. The year ahead is full of uncertainty – we know that – but the love of God the Father is both certain and constant, whatever our life has been like.

We look forward to welcoming Mark in GVC at the Firehouse chapel, Coney Hill, on Friday and Saturday.

 

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See  http://www.afathertoyou.com/ for more info on Mark’s ministry