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A Time to Welcome

by Colin Dexter

Why is Nahum so important?

by Colin Dexter

Nahum’s singular focus on the impending judgment of Nineveh offers a continuation of the story that began in Jonah. Sometime around 760 BC, God sent Jonah to Nineveh to preach repentance and hope to the Assyrian people, a message they heard and adopted—at least for a time. One hundred years later, during the time of Nahum, the Assyrians had returned to their bullish ways, conquering the northern kingdom of Israel and lording their power over Judah in the south (2 Kings 17:1–618:13–19:37). Jonah failed to realize what Nahum reminded the people of Judah: God’s justice is always right and always sure. Should He choose to grant mercy for a time, that good gift will not compromise the Lord’s ultimate sense of justice for all in the end.     (Chuck Swindoll)

www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-minor-prophets/nahum

Billy Graham’s final public message

by Colin Dexter

When Dr. Graham turned ninety-nine last November, his son Franklin released a video that turned out to be his father’s final public message to the world. Here is my transcription of Dr. Graham’s message:

“I’ve been praying that we might have a spiritual awakening. But I think that becomes possible only as individuals surrender their lives afresh and anew to Christ and live the Christian life wherever you are.

“First, we do everything we can to follow in the steps of Jesus. We’re to live a life in which we love one another, we help one another, we live according to what Jesus lived.

“The Holy Spirit is the one that helps us live that new lifestyle, which is one of love, gentleness, and patience, and all of these things that are the fruit of the Spirit.

“Secondly, you read his word every day-the Bible. I know it’s very difficult, but you need to start somewhere and I suggest you start with the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament, and in the Old Testament start with the very first verse-‘In the beginning, God.’ And study those passages.

“And the third thing: go to your knees and pray, until you and God have become intimate friends. I cannot describe to you the joy and the peace that he gives to you as a result of that daily routine that you have in prayer.”

The day I gave my life to Jesus Christ

by Colin Dexter

3 November 2009 will always be a special day. Its the day i gave my life to Jesus Christ. Once an atheist a liar a cheat and an addict i can look back and be thankful that life is no longer like it was 4 years ago and truthfully say life with Christ is an amazing adventure. It is not always easy i go through the same struggles as any man but God never lets me down when i am weak he is my strength he has blessed me with so much and i know there is so much more to come.  MH

Waleswide

by Colin Dexter

Waleswide is a collaboration of evangelical churches and organisations for the planting and strengthening of churches across Wales.

Waleswide was established after a nationwide gathering of church leaders in 2005.  This church planting consultation acknowledged the need for an intentional and collaborative approach to church planting and strengthening in Wales.  As a result Waleswide was formed and commissioned.

Waleswide works with leaders to see churches established especially where there is no evangelical church presence, and where churches need to be strengthened in their effectiveness.

Hosea 12 v 6

by Colin Dexter

So now, come back to your God.
    Act with love and justice,
    and always depend on him.

Discipleship

by Colin Dexter

We are in the middle of a preaching through some topics on discipleship.

  • I believe (What is a Christian)?
  • I forgive                Matt 5 23-24
  • I pray
  • I serve(I worship) Ephesian 2:10
  • I learn                   Matt 11:29                                  20th August
  • I go                       Matt28   (living the Life)          10th Sept

 

Thanks to Rob Jones (NWC)

 

 

Stop Criminalising Christians In Iran

by Colin Dexter

Iranian Christians are being treated like criminals for taking part in normal church activities…

…Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and three others from his church received sentences of ten years or more.

…Mr Afshar-Naderi was arrested along with two others while at a Christmas celebration, and faces 15 years in jail.

…Hadi Asgari was arrested during a picnic and has been given a ten year sentence.

…Nasser Navard Goltape was one of four men arrested after three of them, who were from Azerbaijan, visited friends in Tehran.

Send an email to your MP and the Minister of State for the Middle East to stop the Iranian government criminalising Christians.  (CSW)

” I do not want to be a Christian”

by Colin Dexter

“You are so different; I can see that you are a new person,” she told him. When he explained that his life had been transformed by his relationship with Jesus and that she could  experience the same change, she replied, ” I’m  so happy for you, but I do not want to be a Christian.

She was invited to an event on the Logos Hope ship.

She attended the “come as you are” evening and after listening to the message she decided to surrender her life to Christ.

Ship to Shore OM Ships International  2017

Testimony of The Lord’s Healing and Power –LN 27th July 2015

by Colin Dexter

I am writing this testimony to share with others God’s healing power and provision for my son. Daniel was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis grade 2 in 2010 when he was 18years old starting his first year at Warwick university. He had mild symptoms of discomfort running down the back of his right leg but it was not serious that time. However, in 2013, he developed intermittent numbness in his right foot and the MRI scan showed that his spondylolisthesis has progressed from grade 2 to 3 and there was narrowing of the spinal canal at l4-5 level which resulted in the numbness of the foot.

He was seen at the Royal London Hospital by the neurosurgeon who said that Daniel requires surgery to straighten and stabilise the spine which will be a major surgery. Daniel and I were deeply distressed by this news as it will impact on his studies in university. I told Daniel that we should not lose hope because we have a God who is ALL powerful and who can also heal. I then began to earnestly pray for the following specifics-
1. Complete healing of Daniels’ back so that he does not require the operation.

2. God will lead us to another surgeon who is dual trained in orthopaedics and neurosurgery. I wanted Daniel to have a second opinion and to be seen by the best in this field if he requires surgery.

Meanwhile, I brought Daniel to my bible study teacher E. Vetters for prayer and healing as I believe that the prayers of an effective man is very effective. Mr Vetters once told me that ‘healing begins when we start praying’ I believe my job is to pray and God will do the rest.

It was amazing how the Lord answered my prayers specifically. At that time I was working in the Outpatient department of a private hospital and heard of a new neuro-spinal surgeon who had recently joined the hospital. One day, the surgeon (AR) turned up at the door of my office asking to see me as he needed my advice to set up his clinic. I was thrilled and so overwhelmed when I discovered that his speciality was in treatment of spondylolisthesis! He agreed to see Daniel and examined him. By this time Daniel’s numbness in the right foot has improved considerably. The surgeon then told us the wonderful news that Daniel does not require surgery but just monitoring to ensure that his symptoms does not get worse. He also reassured Daniel that he can continue his gym exercises as the development of his strong core muscles has helped to support his back.

Daniel was reviewed last year in March 2014 and has been discharged from the Royal London hospital-which means he does not require any treatment at all. God is awesome –he has answered my prayers perfectly. I believe God has healed Daniel’s back problem. He is indeed Jehovah Rapha- the God who heals!

 

http://jehovah-rapha.co.uk/index.html