The still small voice

In the great uncertainty of world politics life can seem daunting. If all we hear is true , Russia elected Trump and Obama caused the Syrian crisis. With the ever increasing influence of so called "false news" ( we used to call it propaganda) its hard to get a sense of where to turn.

Scripture tells us that in the last days men's hearts will fail them for fear but that we , the believers, should look upwards because our redemption draws nigh. And it is in that looking up we find the great comfort of knowing that God is still on His throne and in control of the events of man.

Shortly before Christmas my father suffered a stroke and for a brief number of days lost his voice. Extremely frightening for him and distressing and we praise God for his quick and very advanced recovery. On the night I drove home form hospital having seen him to the stroke ward , where we could not communicate, it struck me that I may never hear his voice again. In panic I was trying to remember his tones his words. One of the things he says when he meets his sons is "hello my boy", and what if I never heard it again? I know many of my close friends must also experience this when they lose a parent, and its only then we realize the importance  of the sound of a voice. What a great joy its was last week to be greeted with "hello my boy".

But in these strange an unprecedented days there is another voice we must tune ours ears to, the voice of our Father in heaven. Elijah the prophet described it as "a still small voice". You will hear it only when you tune out from the other clamouring and tune in to it. Jesus said "my sheep hear my voice".  Set time aside and learn to listen, God has a word for you in 2017, and it will be true.

Posted on January 17, 2017 .

Faith

Well January has left us and we are into the second month of 2016. Our emphasis for February will be FAITH. The scriptures tell us that without it , it is impossible to please God, and so it is crucial we understand what it is.  I am believing that as we turn to the scriptures the Holy Spirit will lead us back to the true and biblical understanding of faith. Do join us in this journey.

Posted on February 1, 2016 .

What to pray for

Continuing on prayer, here are some things we should pray for.

Pray that God's name be honoured and hallowed everywhere

Pray that God's Kingdom come

Pray that Jesus comes . Revelation 22 "even so Lord come"

Pray that God's will be done on earth.

Pray that God revives the church Psalm 85:6

Pray that God puts labourers into the harvest field.

Pray that your sins be forgiven.    Ezekiel 37:36" I will yet be enquired of".

Pray for spiritual cleansing.  Psalm 15Psalm 51

Pray for God to sanctify you by His word.

Pray that God keeps you from evil.  Psalm 141:3

Pray for wisdom Psalm 119 :18

Pray for the Gift of the Holy SpiritLuke 11:13   " will I not give the Holy Spirit"

Pray for all your needs.    Phil 4:6" in nothing be anxious but in prayer make your request known"

Posted on January 29, 2016 .

Who to pray for

We have had lots of great feed back on what has been shared on prayer in January, so here are some keys to help you pray.

Pray for each other   Romans 1:9, James 6:16

Pray for those who minister    Ephesians 6: 19&20

Pray for anyone you have witnessed to.  ~(Paul prayed always for those he led to Christ)

Pray for the sick

Pray for struggling saints and backsliders

Pray for other believers    Eph 6" For all the saints"

Pray for our children

Pray for those who rule and have authority1 Tim 2:2-3

Pray for your city and nation   Jeremiah 29:7

Pray for Israel        Rom 10:1Psalm 122: 6-7

Pray for those who despitefully use you   Luke 6:28

Pray for your self

Posted on January 29, 2016 .

The Power of Prayer

As we ended 2015 and welcomed 2016 in awesome worship, we felt a deep call to focus on prayer in 2016. Having moved in that direction , from all over Ireland and other nations it became clear that everyone was sensing in a very real way the need to return to biblical prayer and fasting.  Surely God is seeking for us to return to the quiet simplicity of devotional life, where He can speak into our hearts those things which "are to come". Daniel in his day " sought to understand" and if ever there was a time when we need to understand and discern what is happening in the world both politically and spiritually it is now. The understanding we seek , comes when we focus on God and on the His covenant , who is Christ. Once our eyes return to Jesus our hearts cease being troubled by what we see and hear , and we will sing " it is well with my soul" and cry out " even so Lord Jesus come". 

I encourage you to pray, both alone and with others. We meet for prayer at 7 pm on Monday and if you have no home church to pray at or would just like to join us you are welcome. 

Posted on January 27, 2016 .

" With the Holy Ghost and Fire"

Well the first quarter of the year has passed and we have just celebrated the moment in history at which Jesus having fulfilled the total requirement of all of the Law, reconciled us to the father in his death, and declared that the New Covenant was complete and signified as such by His resurrection from the dead.

Jesus  promised to the disciples following His death and resurrection that He would go and as an equal to The Father would ask that the Holy Spirit be sent. 50 days after the Passover , Jesus having ascended to the Father and having sat down at His right hand fulfilled that promise.

Over the next six Wednesdays leading up to Pentecost Sunday we are going to study and explore what the bible says about the Holy Spirit and His importance to every believer today.  Over the next six weeks I am praying that we can all come to a deeper understanding of the working of the Holy Spirit.  Writing on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit the late Harold Horton a gifted and spiritual leader referred to this subject as " A challenge to whole-hearted seekers of God".

Why not schedule in the next six weeks of Wednesdays and join us from 6;30 to 8 at our Café Style Church as we together study for this wonderful gift from Jesus.

Pastor Paul

Posted on April 9, 2015 .

A Man Such As This

Before we get into the substance of Paul's teaching in Romans 8 , let us look to the origin of the message title. This comes not from Romans but from Genesis 41 .   Here we read the account of the life of the first son born to Jacob and Rachel. A son born in the lineage of Abraham , and in many aspects clearly typological depiction of Jesus. A child born to be the deliverer of his people yet rejected by his own, wrongly accused despised and yet displays grace to them in time of need.  Joseph the dreamer , Joseph the despised lived to see the day when both his parents and his brothers bowed to him just as the vision had said, and there comes a day when " every knee shall bow" to Christ, both Jew and gentile.

At the turning point of the story as Joseph is brought out of prison, Pharaoh has had two disturbiing dreams. In the first he saw 7 fat cows come out of the Nile only to quickly be consummed by 7 thin cows. In the second dream 7 good ears of corn are similarly consumed by seven that are" blasted by the wind".  In his disturbance Pharaoh looked for someone to interpret his dreams and to show him what to do, but found that none of his advisors could help.

Joseph forgotten by many was taken from prison and presented to Pharaoah and not only interpreted the dreams but gave direction as to how to use the information to bring deleiverance to Egypt. In essence he brings that revelation that opens up the situation but brings with it salvation, just as Jesus is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit bringing conviction of sin yet at the same time a grace that is sufficient.

In Joseph story this instructs Pharaoh to " put a wise man over the affairs of the land", to which Pharaoh asks " Can we find such a man as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God".  Of course his answer stood before him in Joseph. We praise God that when our hearts need a saviour Jesus stood waiting for us. When we fell under conviction of sin and in our own different ways cried " where can we find such a man", Jesus stepped in and became to us all we need.

John 3: 34 tells us the Holy Spirit was not measured out to Chirst but given fully and without measure. In the Jordan the Holy Spirit descended like a dove and filled Jesus to every fibre of his being. Filled every word spoken every action taken.

Acts 10:38   says   " God annointed Jesus of Nazarteh with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him."

Jesus was such a man , a man filled with the spirit and He promised you and I that if we " believed"   out of our bellies would flow rivers of living waters . Not trickles or not dribbles but rivers.  He recieved without measure and He gives without measure.

Posted on February 24, 2015 .