Sunday 1st January 2017
"This was the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes" - Psalm 118:23
At the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 we have a lot to give God thanks and praise for! We acknowledge completely as Paul: 'I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase' - 1 Corinthians 3:6-7. To be co-labourers with God in His harvest field and watch His supernatural work come to fruition is an inestimable privilege. God is so good and faithful!
We praise God for people saved, restored, filled, renewed, healed and delivered. To witness the moving of God in these ways has been tremendous, and yet we want more. Isn't it wonderfully encouraging to know that we come in prayer to a Heavenly Father 'who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us' - Ephesians 3:20. So, as we give praise and thanks for the fruit of the past year, please unite with us in prayer in Jesus' name for 'immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine' in this next season. Our God is able to do it!
Especially, please bring before the Lord the monthly Stables meeting in Enniskillen. This season we have taken up the topic of 'Hunger for Reality', considering subjects such as Reckless Love, Power in the Spirit, Exuberant Joy, Obeying God's Voice, Releasing Your Potential, Answering the Call and Fearless Boldness. The Lord continues to meet with us at The Stables and He is doing amazing things in people's lives. Do also pray over the monthly Oasis meeting at Loughbrickland Mission Hall. There we are addressing various healing themes such as Finding True Identity, Remedy for Rejection, Freedom from Fear, Escaping Control, The Answer to Anger, Wholeness for the Abused, Judgement vs Forgiveness and Blessing or Cursing. There has been a very encouraging personal response from people and the Lord is doing a deep work in people's lives.
We are so grateful for all the Lord has done and is doing, but we want and need much more! Just as well, then, that our God is the God of the much more! 'Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?' - Matthew 6:30. 'If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!' - Luke 11:13. 'How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?' - Hebrews 9:14.
Jim Graham, in 'The God Life', paraphrases Paul in Ephesians 3:20-21 as follows: 'I want to ascribe honour and majesty to this God of ours, who goes far beyond the most and highest we can ever think and beyond the widest borders of our imagination, because the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in us. Bow before Him; lift your hands to Him; surrender your lives to Him so that His fullness and His radiance might be staggeringly seen among and through His people and in His Son, now at this time and in the generations that are yet to be - and so through eternity, when time and space will be no more'.
Please unite with us in praise for the past and prayer for the future - thank you
"To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen" - Ephesians 3:21
Sunday 4th September 2016
"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified" - 2 Thessalonians 3:1
This is our deep request that you would pray for us as a family and that you would pray for the ministry we are called to – that the message of God will 'spread rapidly, 'speed ahead' and 'be honoured wherever it goes'.
Paul solicited the prayers of the saints for him personally that 'utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak' (Ephesians 6:19, 20). Please join with us in asking Father that we may truly minister from His heart and that being in His will we might have favour with people and the good news might 'run swiftly'.
We are so grateful to God for all the blessings since our last update. Thank you for your faithful prayers. There has been much to thank God for – people saved, restored, delivered, healed in spirit, soul and body.
Please pray in particular for the new season of our ministry at The Stables, Enniskillen (one Saturday a month), that we will continue to know the Lord's guidance and supernatural interventions. Please also pray for the monthly Oasis Bible Study meeting at Loughbrickland Mission Hall every second Friday of the month.
Please also pray as we continue to minister personally to many people in our home. As we mentioned last time, we are seeing breakthroughs to the glory of God but this work is also very intense and demanding and we covet your prayers for protection, strength and wisdom in it all.
Thank you for your faithful intercessions.
Saturday 7th May 2016
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" - Acts 1:8
Isn't it remarkable that today through the medium of the Internet reaching the 'end of the earth' has become so easy? Not only have we the privilege of serving our Lord here in Ireland (our Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria) but we are able to see the word of God grow mightily, multiply and prevail (Acts 12:24; 19:20) across the globe. What an incredible blessing it was to give our permission for a missionary society to the persecuted church to produce a commentary on Mark's Gospel in Vietnamese from our Mark's Gospel series. To see photos of these dear Vietnamese believers receiving copies of this book was tremendously humbling. To think that we can bless these giants of the faith in such a way is amazing to us. Please pray for these precious brothers and sisters and for 'the word of the Lord to run swiftly and be glorified' (2 Thessalonians 3:1). [The Vietnamese translated Mark Series is also available in PDF format here].
We are so grateful to God for the season of blessing since our last letter. Thank you for your faithful prayers. There has been much to thank God for - people saved, restored, delivered, healed in spirit, soul and body.
Please pray in particular for the ongoing meetings at The Stables, Enniskillen as the Lord continues to move deeply in lives. Please also pray for the monthly Oasis Bible Study meeting at Loughbrickland Mission Hall which I have agreed to take every second Friday for the next while. Alan Bartley and I had a week of meetings there recently at which there were quite significant spiritual breakthroughs which deeply affected the gathering. Please pray that we will be able to build on this at the Oasis Fridays.
Please also pray as we continue to pray with people here in the home. It is proving busy and often very intense. God is doing wonders for which we rejoice and yet we covet your prayers for protection, strength and wisdom in it all. We are very much looking forward to a break from everything during the summer holidays. Thank you all for your faithful prayers.