ISRAEL AND REVIVAL

Catch the Fire 20 years

Catch the Fire Toronto – 20 years of revival

I don’t think it is without significance that on the morning of the twentieth anniversary of the “Toronto Blessing” I sat in my hotel watching Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressing the Israeli Knesset and pledging the ongoing support of his nation to Israel. Two poignant moments occurred together for Canada – honouring revival and honouring Israel. I believe the two are inextricably linked in the heart and mind of God. Continue reading “ISRAEL AND REVIVAL”

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TRIBUTE TO ADRIAN

It is with great sadness we report on the passing away of our dear friend and brother, Adrian Gwynne-James. Adrian was a member of Golden Valley Church before marrying Chinese Church Pastor, Esther Ho, in 2011.

AdrianAdrian passed away on January 2nd, after a lengthy but courageous battle with cancer. He will be deeply missed by family and friends. He is remembered as someone who was always genuine, kindhearted, and deeply grounded in his faith. His contagious sense of humour will also not be forgotten.

The funeral was held today in Leicester Chinese Christian Church, where many friends and relatives gathered together to honour and celebrate Adrian’s life, to draw near to God and receive comfort, and to say “goodbye” to a dear friend. It was conducted by Pastor Wes Boxall and Hui-Pak Wong, and translated into Cantonese. Tributes were given by Adrian’s late wife  and sister.

As Christians we know that death is not the end, but all who pass away in Christ, are immediately in His eternal presence, where we will be reunited together. This brings great hope and comfort.

Our continued prayers are with his family.

MOTHER MARY

Yesterday, Sharron brought us a great preach on Mary, mother of Jesus. What an amazing woman!!

ImageNon-catholic churches so often ignore, or even despise, Mary, yet we should all be giving her deep honour and respect. Here was one woman out of all the women who ever lived who was chosen to carry God’s own Son. She uniquely opened the way for the earth to receive salvation, and as such she stands alone in history, to be honoured and loved.

Mary’s place of continuous inner prayer as she pondered in heart God’s plans for her and her son enabled her to pass through deep uncertainties and intense pain. She made herself available to be placed in a position of rumour, misunderstanding and shame for the rest of her life as she agreed to the divine pregnancy. She experienced the supernatural overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, and at the cross remained close, even when the men ran away.

There is so much to learn and emulate from her lifestyle. Take time to meditate on it this week.

FOR THIS CAUSE

I came downstairs this morning, sometime after my wife, to the sound of an ‘old’ Hillsong cd playing; “For This Cause”. I’d forgotten what an amazing set of truly anointed worship this is!! From the stirring song ‘Faith’ to the intimate love song ‘It is You’. As I listen I am simply drawn back into God’s Presence. So precious!

“This treasure that I hold, more than finest gold, Jesus it is You..” How relevant are those words right now to me, to us, to Golden Valley Church! In an age where we become bored with everything and move on so swiftly to the next thing, there’s some amazing life and hidden nuggets of gold from the Father in here. Don’t move on too fast, savour the nourishment inside the sweet!

I want to take a moment here and truly honour Hillsong Church, its pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, its worship pastors, Darlene Zschech, Reuben Morgan, Miriam Webster, etc. Who can tell the impact that they have truly had in this generation? Thanks guys, you are true treasures, a priceless gift to the Body of Christ worldwide.

HONOURING JEAN

The memorial service for our dear sister and member, Jean Besley, was held at a fully packed Christchurch in Ross-on-Wye on Saturday afternoon. Tributes were given by family members and by Wes Boxall, and the service was led by Pastors John & Sue Gasston of New Life Church, Ross. Friends gathered from all over the area to honour Jean, and to stand with the family who are mourning the sudden loss of wife and mother.

During the service the congregation sang many of Jean’s favourite songs and hymns as a tribute to her. Above all else she was a passionate worshipper.

Pastor Sue Gasston gave a short message on the ‘parable of the talents’ and being faithful in all that God has given to us as individuals, as Jean herself had done.

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Refreshments were served after the service in the church hall.

We continue to pray for the family at their time of loss.

A memorial page has been set up on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/164552550318033/

HERO OF THE FAITH

It is with a sense of sadness but also deep gratitude for a life well lived, that we honour the passing on of David Wilkerson, who was killed in a motor accident in Texas, yesterday.

David was the founder of ‘Teen Challenge’ and founding pastor of Times Square Church, New York. His life and ministry, particularly in the early days as recounted in his best-selling “The Cross and the Switchblade”, have been a major inspiration to many. Additionally some of our leaders and members have had direct connections with ‘Teen Challenge, UK’ in the past.

Truly he was a hero of the faith who has now been promoted to glory, and no doubt received with great cheers! Please continue to pray for his family, especially his wife Gwendoline, who was injured in the same car accident, but is in stable condition.

PRAYER FOR ISRAEL EVENING

A great turnout of local Christians gathered in Golden Valley Church last

Saturday evening to watch the film “The Forsaken Promise”, and to pray for the nation of Israel.

As Christians we are encouraged in the Bible to remember that Israel was the root of Christianity, and God has a heart of love for His ancient people.

It was an amazingly powerful evening of prayer led by Muriel Bull that touched the throne of God. An offering was taken up for friends in Germany who are working amongst relatives of Holocaust survivors.