PENTECOST SUNDAY

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a celebration carried from the Jewish feast of Shavuot, and for us remembering the time when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church after Jesus returned to the Father. How precious is the person of Holy Spirit!! How He continues to pour out on, and among, us! What a faithful comforter and friend, still guiding us into all truth.

In our Sunday morning service this week Ian will be sharing on “My Friend the Holy Spirit”. Don’t miss it!

We will also be taking up a special offering for Partners in Harvest, the fantastic international family of churches to which we belong.

See you then!

EXPEND ME PRAYER

EXPAND ME by Elizabeth Edwards.

Expand Me O God to the Truth

Don’t let me be crouched in Fear of the person you made me to be.

Give me more Grace to Grow up and out of all the smallness that I have accepted for myself.

The less-than person that I have settled for.

Father take me by the hand and lead me to those hidden rooms in which I have dared not venture.

Expand me, O God.

Do not let me settle for anything less than all that you created me to be.

 
posted by IAN BULL

MY ROAD TO LIFE

A few weeks ago Ian brought us a passage that seems relevent now:

MY ROAD TO LIFE

At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like a referee waiting to blow the whistle…. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him.

But later on when I met Christ it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was on the back helping me pedal.

I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I went the ways I know. It was rather boring, and predictable… It was always the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on!

Even though it looked like madness, He said, ‘Keep Pedalling!” I worried and was anxious and asked, ‘Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and slowly I began to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life and entered in the adventure. And when I’d say, ‘I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me gifts to take on my journey.

And when we were off again. He said, ‘Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.” so I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him at first, in control of my life. I thought He’d wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ!

HEIRS OF A PROMISE

by Jean Packer

Sunday March 6th

What an incredible worship time we had this morning! It was truly very special, particularly today, as we shared in the dedication service for Nathan and Nahid’s children Noah and Sophia. It was such a privilege to be part of this beautiful time in their lives and commit ourselves as the body of believers to uphold and encourage them in their walk with Jesus. It is so special when parents dedicate their children to the Lord and we heard how ‘Hannah’ dedicated her son to God (1 Samuel 1:11). Wes shared from Matthew 18: 1- 5 when the disciples asked “Who is greater in the Kingdom?” and Jesus told them that we should humble ourselves and become as little children. Jesus also went on to tell the parable of the lost sheep Matthew 11-14. God is not willing to let the smallest of his sheep perish. He loves each one so much.

The pastoral team came forward to release blessing and to prophesy over the family that wisdom from heaven would be downloaded into their hearts and that God had plans to prosper and give them hope. Blessing would be within their home and that it would be a resting place. This was a special day for a special family and God would protect them throughout their lives. They are Heirs to a promise and rich in Him! God has presented them to us to pray, think and care for!

We were also very pleased to celebrate with coffee and cake afterwards! It was very good to mingle, chat and catch up with one another during this time and when we came back to our seats

Ian continued the meeting by bringing the word to us from Acts 21:21-37. Through showing us Paul’s interpretation on life we heard again the call to go deeper in God and to follow Him wholeheartedly. God is able to do all things and meet all our needs. God’s choice in Paul is amazing! He was a Pharisee, persecuting Jesus! Yet God chose him. Likewise He has chosen each one of us. If God is for us! Who can be against us? (Romans 8:28-31).

GET RID OF FEAR

That’s the title of tonight’s ‘Winter Bible Study’ – Get Rid of Fear.

This is the second out of three studies on ‘Fear’. Fear is a natural, and sometimes healthy emotion, but at other times can paralyse us and rob us of experiences and growth that are ours. So often Jesus tells us, “Fear Not!”

May His love that drives out fear impact us as we study the Bible together and pray for one another.

Tonight’s study will be led by Ian Bull.

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

by Jean Packer

Sunday 22nd August

God released a new sound of worship at Golden Valley Church this Sunday! As I listened to the sound of Colin’s prophetic call of the drums I was caught up with something that I can barely define …

We seemed to enter into realms of the Holy Spirit where a new dimension lay before us. Our Father’s love rained down on us in waves of His glorious presence! We entered into new heights! We broke through into new realms! As I write I hear God say ‘this is the drumbeat of my heart. The throb of rhythmic contraction and expansion. Hear the throb of my voice. My breath. My very thoughts’. We were all caught up into the powerful rhythm and melded together as one as we responded to the call to ‘come up here’. Ian prophesied that there were huge waves of Gods love pouring into our land, overwhelming us with His Glory. Only those of us who are committed to Him will stand! Wes prayed for the clouds of rain to come and asked ‘are we really ready for the downpour of what God is about to do’? ‘Are we ready to receive God’s outpouring of love’? ‘His intimate presence’? ‘The closeness of His glory’?

Ian carried a powerful message that God had put on his heart. “Humanly speaking it is impossible but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). He stated that we all have assignments from Heaven to fulfil, yet sometimes we struggle, lose heart and give up. We were reminded of the church of Laodicea where lukewarm Christians did not fulfil God’s call. Yet, we are in a battle! God can intervene at any time! Don’t give up! In a lighthearted manner, Ian told us that this is what we have signed up for! And if we stress, panic and give up, we then look stupid when God comes through and fulfils His purpose!

Assignments are not of our design yet we are included in His plan. God is working something through that we don’t see the full picture of, but we can be assured that He is watching over us every minute of the day. He can do ‘all things’. Ian showed us through the illustration of the slave girl in Acts 16, that a demon was using her as a distraction from Paul’s assignment, but she was speaking God’s truth. He pointed out that God has power over the devil and demons and that he can get the demons to dance to His tune if it means completing His assignment. Everything is under His feet! We were exhorted to get involved in God’s assignments for us even if  we don’t fully understand them, and we were reminded that we should be encouraged that God thinks we are worthy to be a part of the process!

King Saul dropped out of his assignment. Scripture tells us that God delights in obedience. ‘to obey is better than sacrifice’ (1 Samuel 15:22). Rebellion is like the sin of divination. Arrogance says the right words but there is no substance behind them. Saul did things his way. We need to abide by the core principle and make no deviation. No shortcut. No back route. Lets keep our eyes on eternity. Praise changes the atmosphere! Lets pray with joy for our partnership in God’s plan. Be confident that He who began a good work in us will complete it! Remember – All things are possible…

William Wilberforce was about to give up his assignment to end the slave trade when he was at John Wesley’s death-bed. John Wesley told him ‘unless God has raised you up, you will be worn out, but if your call is of God you will complete it’. After 42 years of work, and 3 days before his death William Wilberforce saw the act of parliament abolish the slave trade! All things are possible..!

A LETTER FROM GOD

LetterA Letter from God:

“I  knew you before time began. I know how many hairs are on your head. Like parent, like child, you’re created in My image. I have plans for you.

I’ve also given you the ‘gifts’ needed to fulfil them; and what I give, nobody can take away. But don’t neglect them; exercise them, and stir them up daily.

Rest assured, I’ve started a good work in you and I’m going to finish it.
I always complete what I begin. My Word concerning you is forever settled, and My commitment to you is unending.

In this life you will have challenges, but cheer up; I’ve robbed satan of his power to control you and the world of its power to destroy you.

When you’re in trouble remember, I’m present to help. Give Me your burdens and I will sustain you. When you’re stressed out and worn down by the pressures of life, lean on Me. I will be your rock, your fortress, your deliverer and your strength.

Even though you fail from time to time, you won’t be discarded because I am upholding you. But a word of caution: don’t take advice from those who are spiritually blind and don’t hang out with sceptics.

Delight yourself in My Word and, like a big oak tree growing by a river, you’ll prosper in all you do.

PS I’d love to hear back from you.”

(shared in Golden Valley Church 2oth June 2010 by Ian Bull)