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THE LORDS PRAYER WITH A DIFFERENCE

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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:5-13.  

In his speech at his inauguration John F Kennedy said " Do not ask what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country".

I will paraphrase what he said, do not ask God what He can do for you, bit what can you do for God.

The first thing we need to do is to look at our relationship with our God. How open are we to the influence from the Holy Spirit in our lives. Who influences when we read God,s word, and how big is our god?

God uses multiple ways to inform us of His intentions  through the bible, through other people,s writings, through the direct intervention of the Holy Spirit.

But how do you and I look at God? What I mean is, do we see Him as only as big as a man? We read Jesus doing all the miracles as the son of man, we read about the apostles having the Holy Spirit working through them doing miracles. We thing of the miracles from God, but do we really thing of the power behind them. 

Let's look at a few, let's start at Pentecost, why is it that we have little success reaching people, in Acts 2 :4. Speaking in tongues-3,000 baptised. 

Matt 1: 18. The birth of Jesus, no mean feat! Then we read that at Jesus baptism He was led by the Holy Spirit into the wildeness for forty days. When Jesus started His ministry He was led by the Spirit, there was no man made formulas that guaranteed success. That is becouse there is not much success in man formulas.

Let us carry on to 1 Kings 18. Elijah and the incident at Mount Carmel. Elijah laughing at all the other prophets of Baal,then God showing His power.

Joshua 6: 5 The walls of Jericho. Again God show His power to the people who was not of His children.

Let,s look at Exodus and Moses with the children of Israel in Egypt.

There were 10 plagus on the Egyptians. Then all God did for them in the wilderness. Food, drink,protection.

Gen 19 : 24. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah completely obliterated. God again showing His power.

Gen 7: 17. We have one of the most devastating events of all time. The FOOD.

In Gen1. We read of the most powerful person we will ever Know.

IN THE BEGINING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE FARTH.

Jesus said "if you who are evil Know how to give good gifts, how much more your heavenly Farther will give the Holy Spirit".

if we are in the right spiritual walk with our God then we, through the Holy Spirit can achieve wonders, literally wonders. 

Jesus said in John15:5 " I am the vine you are the branches. He who abids in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

E.G. White in the book called The Ministry of Healing put it this way "There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, putting self aside, makes room for the woring of the Holy Spirit upon thr heart and lives a life wholly consecrated to God",- Page 159.

PARABLE OF THE SOWER

READING LUKE 8V4-15.

Jesus went down to the lake and got into a boat sat down, whiles the people stood on the shore edge. then Jesus started to the story of the sower.

The farmer being Jesus' sowed some seeds which are the word of God.know there are Four Types of soil, each represents Four Type of people.

1)Some seeds fell on Hard ground, this is someone with a heart that is hard, who is full of sin that hears the words but does not accept it, because Satan is able to keep them from growing.

2) Some seeds fell on Stoney ground, this type of person shows interest and awareness in the words, yet their heart is not fully converted so that when trouble comes there way there faith is not strong enough to stand form.

3)Some seeds fell on Thorny ground, this type of person who receives the word but they have many other idols, which distractions in their life which takes over there minds and heart, stay that can not grow in the truth of God's words.

4) Some seeds fell on good ground, they heard and received the word of God, and are allowed it to grow within there life, so they are able to go on and sow more seeds, that can multiply for the good of God.

Jesus spoke this parable of the sower, to teach us how important to our state of hearts is to receiving the words, and our salvation is provided by our choices and actions after hearing the words of Jesus.

One Body, Many Parts.

This sermon is based on a sermon by John. A. Huffman, Jr. Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31. I would like to start with a parable. A group of animals, deciding to started a school which includes swimming, running, climbing and flying. First: If I am a duck, swimming would come naturally, although I may like to learn how to climb or run. I would be a fool if I neglected my swimming ability. Second: If I am a rabbit for whom running comes naturally, I may like to take flying, climbing, or swimming lessons. I must not forget my running. Third: As a squirrel who knows how to climb best, swimming, flying are not my natural thing as I am not gifted in them. Fourth: If I am an eagle, how pathetic would it be to have my wings clipped by my desire to, climb, run, or swim, when I am able to soar high into the sky? This parable circulated for many years in the educational circle as a reminder that people are all different. Some of us go through life, trying to break through into success, in areas in which we simply not gifted. Others exploit our gifts to the neglect of those who really need it most. Even as the animal kingdom demonstrates the unique God given gift to each animal, we see that the church is made up of people with unique gifts. Each one of us have been given a Spiritual gift which makes us one in the body, so we are not alone, we can help one another to grow individually and together. That is why we are one part in a whole body. To be able to do this we need to discover what our gift is, then we can come together as one church body. Another way of saying this is, we are not the same, but each of us is important to the health of the whole (Church). So it is with Christ, for in the one spirit we are all baptized, we are all made to drink of one spirit. So we can say that you and I who have Christ in us as our savour have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We are baptised into one body. Do all with unity, which function together with one another and which ministers to the whole. God makes no carbon copies, He only specialises in originals, and you are an original person. We cannot all be a foot, or an eye, or any one part of the body. God arranged the members of the body, each one of them as He as chosen. He knew if we were all one part, where would the body be!! The scriptures talk about the members who are weaker, which are less honourable, and the unpresentable parts with greater modesty. The Lord as done this, so that we can have the same care for one another. If one suffers all suffers, and if one member is honoured, all members rejoice with it. 1 Corinthians 12: 27-31. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. In the church God has appointed first apostles, prophets, teachers, then workers of miracles, gifts of healing, and gifts of administration. Do we all have these gifts? Yes as a church! Let me ask you some very frank questions! Are you a follower of Jesus? Do you call yourself a Christian? If so, are you a person trying to earn salvation. Or are you a person who as accepted salvation as a free gift? .

THE LORD CALLED UPON LOT

In the Bible there is a man in right standing with the Lord God called Lot. He suffered, was disturbed, traumatised even by what he saw going on around him. This righteous man witnessed things which upset him, tormented him. How about you? Do you see things on TV, and especially on the news, which drag your mood down? This is 2020 after all, and many people can empathise with the suffering of others. We are exposed to a heavy weight of bad news from across the world, and suffer ourselves at times because of it. You want to be informed, yes, but if you focus on the news too much, which is easy to do with so much going on, you’ll end up the most uninformed person of all! How can that be? It can because you’ll get an unbalanced view of life, you are not designed to cope with all the evil of the world bombarding your senses day and night delivered directly into your living room, your safe space! Some bad news you can’t, and shouldn’t avoid, but we have a great equaliser in the fight to not drown in misery. It’s called the off switch on your TV or computer. You have a choice, fasting from watching the news can do you a lot of good, and is recommended treatment – from me anyway – if it’s all getting too much! The Apostle Peter teaches the Lord knew how to deliver Lot out of his situation: He can do the same for us, because while the really bad news is the wages of sin is indeed as bad as death, the good news – the gospel – is the free gift of eternal life is to be found by trust in Christ Jesus our Lord! So turn from the bad news to the good and renew your mind. Here’s good news for you, from Romans 10:9, if you say out loud Jesus is Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Saved from what? Eternal death. You see someone may not be afraid of flying, but they can be afraid of dying due to flying and crashing. Death is at the root of our fears. However, in Jesus we see life overcoming death, victory because God wins! Life wins, not death! And that’s good news. Grace & Peace, Richard

DUNKIRK

Dunkirk Spirit November and Remembrance Day once more. Eighty years ago, when this country was close to defeat during the Second World War and the British Army was trapped at Dunkirk, in desperation George 6th called for a National Day of Prayer to be held. Millions of people across the British Isles flooded into churches to pray for deliverance. Several events followed, the enemy changed their plan, a violent storm arose over the Dunkirk region, grounding the Luftwaffe and a great calm descended on the channel which allowed hundreds of tiny boats to sail across and rescue 335,000 soldiers trapped on the beaches, my own uncle was one of them. “Coincidences” some would say. I don’t think so. People saw the hand of God at work and referred to it as ‘The miracle of Dunkirk’. During a difficult, challenging and frightening time people drew near to God in prayer. Our nation has changed starkly since World War 2 and many today are saying “What is happening to our nation?” and “What has gone wrong?”. Once more we are fighting a war, not against a people but against a disease and many people are turning again to God in a time of crisis. A recent headline in a national newspaper read “Pandemic prompts a surge in interest in prayer”. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a surge in online searches for prayer as people seek to cope with feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. 1 in 20 adults claim to have started to pray during lockdown having not prayed before, with unexpectedly high numbers tuning into online worship, especially in the 18-24 age group. It’s encouraging to hear of the number of people in the UK turning to God in prayer and we have His promise in 2 Chronicles ch 7 v 14 in the Bible- “If people humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear and forgive their sins and heal their land”. May we, like the wartime generation before us, turn to God in a true spirit of repentance, seeking His blessing and protection. Dunkirk stands as an extraordinary encouragement to pray in faith. However great our problems, God is greater than all of them. So, let’s pray…….. Carolyn

Lowdham Independent Primitive Methodist Church Nottinghamshire

This chapel eventually came into being following an open air revival meeting held way back in 1818 in Bingham, which is nearby but over the other side of the River Trent. One of the main speakers was an American preacher, Lorenzo Dow, who was well known in his day but has now been largely forgotten. With long hair and eccentric ways, his preaching was different enough to attract attention, and the Holy Spirit used him and others in a great work. He was arrested in Bingham for incitement to riot (our preachers were called Ranters back then!). You may not have heard of Lorenzo Dow before, but some of our expressions are linked with the man. For example, ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ is attributed to Dow in a critique of Calvinist theology, while ‘a right jerk’ emanates from the jerking movements some listeners experienced while under conviction at his meetings. A circuit of ‘Free Gospel’ chapels was set up, of which Lowdham now alone remains. In Bingham there is still a plaque outside the Horse & Plough pub which reads ‘Primitive Methodist Chapel 1818. The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad. Psalm 126 v.3.’ In Lowdham the first meetings were held in a house, that of James and Mary Straw, 22 Main Street. Eventually land was secured to build a place of worship, and on 15th February 1844 fifteen men gave £1 each to purchase part of a field known as Town End Close. The chapel itself opened for worship on 23rd November of the same year. Expansion came in 1901 with the purchase of more land, the chapel being enlarged and a schoolroom added. It was at this time the chapel became entirely independent of any circuit or other network. A further extension was added in 1989, and a kitchen built. A major refurbishment occurred during the 1990s. Today Lowdham Chapel remains evangelical in outlook, and we have in the fellowship Christians with diverse backgrounds, including Methodists, Baptists, Anglicans, Pentecostals, and Adventists. Our youngest member is 11, our oldest in her 90s! We all have these things in common; believing the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, and most importantly of all that JESUS IS LORD! We look forward to establishing chapels in other villages in the fullness of time!

In the Bible there is a man in right standing with the Lord God called Lot. He suffered, was disturbed, traumatised even by what he saw going on around him. This righteous man witnessed things which upset him, tormented him. How about you? Do you see things on TV, and especially on the news, which drag your mood down? This is 2020 after all, and many people can empathise with the suffering of others. We are exposed to a heavy weight of bad news from across the world, and suffer ourselves at times because of it. You want to be informed, yes, but if you focus on the news too much, which is easy to do with so much going on, you’ll end up the most uninformed person of all! How can that be? It can because you’ll get an unbalanced view of life, you are not designed to cope with all the evil of the world bombarding your senses day and night delivered directly into your living room, your safe space! Some bad news you can’t, and shouldn’t avoid, but we have a great equaliser in the fight to not drown in misery. It’s called the off switch on your TV or computer. You have a choice, fasting from watching the news can do you a lot of good, and is recommended treatment – from me anyway – if it’s all getting too much! The Apostle Peter teaches the Lord knew how to deliver Lot out of his situation: He can do the same for us, because while the really bad news is the wages of sin is indeed as bad as death, the good news – the gospel – is the free gift of eternal life is to be found by trust in Christ Jesus our Lord! So turn from the bad news to the good and renew your mind. Here’s good news for you, from Romans 10:9, if you say out loud Jesus is Lord and believe God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Saved from what? Eternal death. You see someone may not be afraid of flying, but they can be afraid of dying due to flying and crashing. Death is at the root of our fears. However, in Jesus we see life overcoming death, victory because God wins! Life wins, not death! And that’s good news. Grace & Peace, Richard