As we move on our journey from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur to Sukkot in Heaven’s calendar for earth, we are come to Israel being reminded to recall the faithfulness of God in bringing them safely through the wilderness, as He led them in the pillar of fire and cloud.
The faithfulness of God is all over our lives. He has led us this far.
The people dwelling in temporary shelters for this Feast, also points us to the fact that as Christians we are in a temporary dwelling place here on earth. Heaven is our true home. Heaven is our eternal and lasting home. We have no lasting house here. We have one in the heavens which is being built for us by Jesus Himself, Who has gone ahead of us.
Tune in to today’s encouragement for day 6 of our fasting period.
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.
Adrian 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.
I have felt the Holy Spirit twisting and turning within me for a couple days regarding the 20 year anniversary of overwhelming visitation of God Almighty at an unknown church nestled next to a huge airport near Toronto.
Let me use an analogy. Also about 20 years ago most people did not have computers or access to the internet. Those who did found it very slow. And it was mostly just text, not much color or graphics, very little sound or motion. But now it is common, and even among the poorest nations somewhat available. What little we had we treasured and marvelled at in the cyber world 20-some years ago. In fact, it was through the baby internet that many of us old timers first got news that God was doing supernatural things (and extravagantly!) in our own lifetimes!
Sometimes having an abundance of something for a long time dulls us to its marvels and preciousness. God has ALWAYS been doing something supernatural with humanity and always will. But sometimes is it is relatively dry in many, maybe most places. We read about the supernatural in the Bible and in biographies of evangelists and missionaries. We longed to see something supernatural at least once before we died! But 20 years ago, everything changed. Suddenly the floodgates burst open. There had been serious leaks happening already, and some of them are direct forerunners to what began in Toronto. But Toronto impacted the WHOLE GLOBE with with too many signs, wonders, and miracles to even categorize, let alone count. And that ended up not even being the BIG thing. The BIG thing was the Heart of God, and his tender fatherly-ness, all open and exposed and lavishly poured out on us. My eyes are tearing up as I write.
I write all that to say this. A few of us have open doors to return to Toronto on January 20 and celebrate God’s unbelievable love for us there, but millions who have been touched do not have that opportunity. My heart cries out for you all over the globe, to take a bit of January 20 and passionately and reverently thank God for lavishing Himself upon humanity in our own lifetimes. Imagine the outpouring of love and gratitude arising from all over the planet, for what happened that one day in the dead of winter twenty years ago. And for what is as now as common and accessible as today’s internet. I wonder what would happen in the spirit, if such an outpouring of worship happened January 20. Will you join me?