Yesterday, Sharron brought us a great preach on Mary, mother of Jesus. What an amazing woman!!
Non-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.
The Bible story of Job isn’t an easy one to handle. For starters at the beginning it reads like a news broadcast of one catastrophe after another, only from a ‘supernatural’ perspective rather than a humanistic viewpoint. It also deals with loss, suffering, and attempts to explain disaster by a bunch of friends. Yet through it all Job patiently pursued God as good.
Sharron will be preaching this Sunday on Job as a man of prayer. Why not come along to the ‘Firehouse’ and hear, and receive more of God’s love for yourself, into your losses and questions.
It was an enormous pleasure to welcome Tom and Abi Allsop, associate pastors of ‘Catch the Fire’ Wembley, to teach in Golden Valley Church’s “School of Prophets” on Saturday.
As always, we are grateful for the way God’s Presence was rich and evident. The day began with an amazing time of soaking prayer led by Sharron, and worship led by Paul and Helen Tropman. Wes taught a session on God’s love for cities and how we should be praying and prophesying over our cities.
Afterwards Tom and Abi taught on living out of our ‘sonship’ as sons and daughters of God, on understanding that we are living as holy people, and how we partner with God when He speaks to us.
We are grateful to God the Father for His continuing love and grace which never leaves us and gives us hope.
We are in week five of a special season of prayer in Golden Valley Church. What an awesome privilege to be able to come boldly to the God who loves us and ask for our requests for ourselves, our community and nation. We are so thankful the He invites us to come to Him and ask; to call upon His name.
Recently we have continued praying for our nation that it will turn in repentance back to God. We have prayed that God will raise up the honour of His Word, the Bible, in our lives and land.
As Sharron reminded us on Sunday, as with Abraham, God has called us His friends. And in the same way that Abraham interceded with God when He was about to destroy Sodom, so we can intercede also for our city and nation.
When we pray, we sense the pleasure of the Father. And we sense His Presence in the midst. How awesome it is to pray!!
“School of Prophets” began on Saturday in Innsworth Community Hall. The participants came from several churches in the Gloucester / Cheltenham area, and together experienced a great time of learning to hear God better, understanding prophetic giftings, and the history of Schools of Prophets in the Old Testament. There was plenty of encouragement in worship and sharing God’s blessings with one another.
The school is being run as a result of a prophetic word which Wes & Sharron received from Stacey Campbell a few years ago – awesome to see it beginning to come to pass.
As well as live teaching from the pastors of GVC, the participants received video input from Mark Virkler and Lynley Allan.
It’s almost here! Golden Valley Church School of Prophets commences on Saturday.
Taking place one Saturday per month over the next six months, the school will be an opportunity for students to develop their prophetic giftings, understand the role of prophecy in the Bible and today, catch God’s heart for the nations, and learn to hear God better.
We are so excited to be running this school this Winter season. The school will be led by Wes & Sharron Boxall, with video teaching by Mark Virkler and others.