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Blackpool Mission 2014

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Please pray for the week long evangelistic mission to Blackpool that commences this weekend. Local missionaries, Keith & Jenny Raby, with the support of key church groups, have spent many months preparing a full programme of events that include a week long School of Evangelism & Discipleship, evening seminars on missions and evangelism, along with numerous outreach initiatives for the local community.

 

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Please pray for spiritual protection over the team as they set out to serve the community of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast. Pray for the non-Christians that will hear the Gospel during the course of the week, as well as for the Christians that will receive extensive training in practical evangelism. Pray that this mission week would help to build vital momentum in the task of spreading the Good News of the Gospel to the 147,677 people that populate Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.

Thank you.

 

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Blackpool Tower “Walk of Faith”

One of the biggest attractions in the resort is the Blackpool Tower, which was built in 1894 and stands at an incredible 518ft tall. The revamped tower also sports a “Walk of Faith” glass floor. Constructed to give people the illusion of walking on air, “The Walk of Faith” looks straight down to the Blackpool Promenade 380ft below the gallery, originally placed at the top in 1998.

 

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So many photographs show the anxious expressions of visitors as they brave walking across the invisible platform. One Associated Press photograph showed a woman at the edge of the walkway, fists clenched against her face, trying to summon the courage to take a step. She had been told the platform was safe, but she was still afraid.

 

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In so many ways this is true of life, because sometimes we feel that way about our circumstances. Perhaps a serious health problem, or an apparent unanswered prayer, or simply the unknown has caused us to question the power and the presence of God.

 

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That is why it is encouraging to note that the Apostle Paul’s familiar words “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) occur in his discussion about being “absent from the body and . . . present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). He used a powerful metaphor, calling our body an earthly house that’s being destroyed, yet he said we have a heavenly building made by God. He spoke of groaning in our earthly frailty and longing for our heavenly home. He concluded that no matter what circumstances we face, we should make it our goal to please the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:9).

Our walk of faith can indeed be challenging and sometimes very scary, however because God is powerful and present, we are able to step out in confidence this day and every day. Surely, it is far better to walk with God by faith than to go alone by sight.

 

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Perhaps you can visit the Blackpool Tower some time!

 

2 Corinthians 5:1-11

Awaiting the New Body

5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.

 

Overcoming Evil

IRAQ CRISES http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28814633   The destructive power of this epic evil event taking place in Iraq makes so many people feel paralyzed and helpless. And that’s what evil does best; it makes us feel powerless.   But we’re not. Most of us experience evil on a smaller, more personal scale. And for us, the apostleContinue Reading

MARKED: NAZARENE

  MARKED: NAZARENE   The world is watching in horror as atrocities continue in Iraq.   http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2014/07/iraq-hell-has-broken-out-here-and-nobody-cares.aspx   Christian homes in Iraq have been marked with 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet “nuhn”, which is the abbreviation for “Nasara” – the Koranic Arabic word for Christian. It is derived from Nazareth, which is the townContinue Reading

Naples Mission 2014

Yesterday, was the start of a short 5 day mission to Naples, hosted by Pastor Michele Romeo’s of Chiesa Cristiana Evangelica Pentecostale, which is a significant ministry with several church plants in the region. Naples is the capital city of the Campania region in Southern Italy, about 2-hours south of Rome. Its metropolitan area isContinue Reading

…ONE MOVE LEFT!

  Chess is by far my favourite board game of all.   It isa two-player strategy board game played on a checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of theContinue Reading

Pet Duck

Years ago I heard about a boy, Johnny, who went with his sister, Mary to visit their grandparents at their farm.   The grandmother had a pet duck of which she was extremely fond. It was a handsome duck, and one day, as Johnny was playing, he aimed with his slingshot at the duck andContinue Reading

PRAISE HIM IN THE STORM

Have you experienced pain and suffering? Then you have shared Job’s anguish and perhaps his wonderment. Like Job, you also may find God much closer than you thought. The book of Job in the Bible is the story of a devout man who lived thousands of years ago. But tragedy hovers over this righteous man.Continue Reading

Special Event at the Royal Holloway University

I was preaching earlier in the week at a special event held for students, friends and family at the Royal Holloway University. The question / debate time that was planned for the beginning of the lecture actually started off with my 30 minute testimony and the Gospel instead. There were no questions at the end, becauseContinue Reading

Avoiding Faulty Judgments

What better way to tell people to mind their own business than to quote Jesus? People who seldom read the Bible are quick to quote Matthew 7:1 when they want to silence someone whose opinion they don’t like. “Judge not, that you be not judged” seems like the perfect response. In context, however, the passageContinue Reading

Musically Challenged

(The following story is said to be written by a former elementary school music teacher called Mildred Hondorf from DeMoines, Iowa, USA.)   I’ve always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons – something I’ve done for over 30 years. Over the years I found that children have many levels of musical ability. I’ve neverContinue Reading