Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday to the Father (16/06/17)

Jesus said: "This then is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven...' " (Matthew 6v9)

Thank you for your prayers for us.  We continue to be encouraged.  The Lord has answered prayer regarding employment for myself.  Please continue to pray for others in the church as they seek stability in their work roles.  Pray that daily needs would be met, and wise choices would be made.

We're encouraged as we see people meeting together on Sunday mornings.  Pray for those who attend regularly but have not yet trusted in Jesus Christ.  We long to see people put their faith in Christ - ask God to pour out His mercy and bring the lost into the kingdom.

We're encouraged by those who come to the Mothers and Toddlers group on Wednesdays, and the fortnightly after-school club we help with on Thursdays (we again had about 30 children and family members attend our most recent half-term meal).  Pray for the children who attend, and for their families, as we share the message and the love of Christ.  Pray also that the Lord would open doors as we explore options for the next academic year.

We'll be meeting as a church in July to discuss future plans and consider how the Lord is developing the church's ministry.  Pray that God would guide us and lead us in His will.

Thank you for your continued prayers.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Some Words for Wednesday - The terror of losing what we treasure (Matthew 6)

I was feeling really ill when I shared this message, so it's shorter and more subdued than usual!  In the light of recent events, we may be asking ourselves: "Is there anything that can't be taken from us?"  In this sermon, I consider the answer that Jesus gives to that question.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017

Just Another Melodic Monday - It Is Well With My Soul

An acoustic version of an uplifting hymn, with a different chorus to the usual one.  The hymn reminds us of the eternal faithfulness of God; that, whatever my lot, "it is well with my soul".

The song is taken from the album "Draw me nearer" by Amy, Alisa and Mark Rasmussen.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

Just Another Melodic Monday - The Cause of Christ

"The Cause of Christ" is a song from Kari Jobe's latest album, "The Garden", which we started to learn at our last song evening.  

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Some Words for Wednesday - Matthew 6 - The Radiant, Hidden Life

In Matthew 5, Jesus has prompted his followers to cultivate the radiant life - to "let your light shine" (Matthew 5v16).  Now, in Matthew 6, Jesus prompts his followers to cultivate the hidden life, and gives examples of giving, praying and fasting.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Just Another Melodic Monday - Creation Sings The Father's Song

We sang this together recently.  Although the timing can be a little tricky to learn, the words are a great reminder that Christ came to redeem and renew the whole Creation.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday to the Father (12/5/17)

Jesus said: "This then is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven...' " (Matthew 6v9)

Thank you for all of your prayers for the work of the gospel in Welshpool.  We continue to be encouraged when meeting together on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  Please pray that the Lord would build us up as the body of Christ, and that we would see unbelievers putting faith in Jesus Christ.

We're thankful for the opportunities to share the love of Christ during the after-school club and the mothers & toddlers group we're involved in.  Please pray for spiritual fruit to develop through these ministries, and that we'll be able to build relationships with the families.  Praise God that, at our after-school club meal last term, lots of children and family members came along - there were 35 of us altogether!

Please pray for the Lord's provision for our daily needs as several people within the church go through employment changes.

We're planning to meet in the near future to discuss future possibilities for the church and its ministry.  Please pray for unity and wisdom, particularly as we gradually move towards independence from our planting church.  

Thank you for your continued prayers.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Some Words for Wednesday - Jesus and the Law of Moses (Matthew 5)

We're now returning to our series in the gospel of Matthew.  In chapter 5, Jesus speaks about "the Law and the Prophets" before going on to describe the challenge of living now as citizens of God's kingdom.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Just Another Melodic Monday - Cornerstone (Acoustic Version)

Well, it's taken me a while to get back into the routine of updating the blog, but I am back.  The series "Around The Bible..." took a lot more work than I had anticipated, and with limited time, something had to give!  However, I'm now preaching through Matthew again, and slowing down the pace a bit so I can share more with those who are praying for Welshpool Community Church.  Your prayerful support is greatly appreciated.

Here's a song to start the week, drawing our attention to the solid foundation we find when we build our lives upon Jesus Christ and his gospel.

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Some Words for Friday: Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 78: Return to the Tree of Life

Wow!  We've reached the end!  This is not only the last in our series "around the Bible in 80 days", but also the first time I've preached from the Book of Revelation!  We consider why Revelation is unique in the New Testament, while at the same time being not-so-unique, and focus our attention on the blessing that is promised to those who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Some Words For Thursday: Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 71: The Holy Spirit and The Apostles

We reach day 71 of our journey "around the Bible in 80 days"!  Jesus ascends to heaven, and pours out the promised Holy Spirit.  The Apostles share the gospel with the enabling of the Spirit, and church communities begin to form as dwelling places for God.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Some Words for Tuesday: Around The Bible in 80 Days: Day 64 - The Resurrection

Jesus rises from the dead, confirming he is the king who can rule over an eternal, stable kingdom!  We continue our journey "around the Bible in 80 days" with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Some Words for Sunday: Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 57 - Jesus Christ

We enter the New Testament on our journey "around the Bible in 80 days".  We consider the life and death of Jesus Christ, and how they confirm that Jesus is the long-expected, unexpected King.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Some Words for Saturday: Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 50: Return from Exile

We come to the end of the Old Testament as we reach day 50 of our journey "around the Bible in 80 days".  The people of God return home from exile.  It is a time of restoration and rebuilding, and yet there is a sense of disappointment.  God provides the hope of a more glorious future, and we learn more about the gospel.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Some Words for Friday: Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 44: The Exile

As we continue our journey "around the Bible in 80 days", we reach the time of the exile, and God's promises appear to be breaking.  Is there hope for God's people?  And what does this period of Biblical history teach us about the gospel?

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Some Words for Thursday: Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 36: David

I'm finally catching up with uploading sermons to the blog!  We reach Day 36 of our journey around the Bible, and the time of David the king.  What does this period of history teach us about the gospel?

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Some Words for Wednesday - Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 29: Moses

Continuing our series "around the Bible in 80 days", reaching day 29 and the time of Moses and the Exodus.  How is the gospel of Jesus Christ revealed in these historical events?

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Words for Wednesday - Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 22 - Abraham and Isaac

We continue our journey "around the Bible in 80 days", reaching day 22 and God's promises to Abraham.  What do these promises teach us about Jesus Christ?

Friday, 20 January 2017

Some Words for Friday - Around The Bible in 80 Days - Day 8: Noah

We're taking a Christ-centred journey around the Bible in 80 days (or 11 Sunday mornings), starting at the tree of life in Genesis and finishing at the tree of life in Revelation.  

Our guide is Luke 24:27: "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."  

We've reached Day 8: Noah and the Ark.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Some Words for Thursday - With Great Blessing Comes Great Responsibility (Matthew 5v13-16)


We're coming to a break in our series in Matthew, looking this week at the verses following "the beatitudes".  We see that the promises of future blessing do not lead to spiritual laziness in the present, but spiritual vigour.

(You'll notice we're trying a different format for the recordings, using Soundcloud instead of Youtube.  This should (hopefully) allow you to download the recording, rather than having to listen to it streaming.)