God Is Good!

Friday 5th May 2017

"The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, and Your saints shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations" - Psalm 145:9-13

God is indescribably 'good' and His 'tender mercies' touch everything He does. The Hebrew word for 'tender mercies' is related somewhat to the word for the womb of a young mother protecting her child. This is depicting the utmost compassion and intimacy. This is the covenantal love we enjoy with God through the Lord Jesus, who has brought us to the Father through His sacrificial death. He will be faithful to us come what may. It is, therefore, inevitable that the 'saints shall bless' the Lord and declare His 'glory...and...power', making 'known to the sons of men His mighty acts'. God's goodness to us is not just a subjective belief, but is objective fact with tangible evidence corresponding - God 'acts'! This is what causes us to 'bless' the Lord - He has been so good to us and continues to be. Joseph Addison (1712) depicts this: "When all thy mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys, transported with the view I'm lost, in wonder, love and praise". More recently Matt Redman (2011) wrote: "You're rich in love and You're slow to anger, Your name is great and Your heart is kind, for all Your goodness I will keep on singing, ten thousand reasons for my heart to find". Truly we can say: 'Your dominion endures throughout all generations'!

We want to record here God's goodness toward us personally and upon His work which He calls us to do as His servants and friends. Thank you, Lord, for Your faithfulness! Thanks is also due to those of you who read this who have been used in intercession for us. Words cannot describe our deepest gratitude to you for your faithful and persistent prayers.

God Is GoodWe praise God for many encouragements, but let me highlight two. It was a great privilege to teach some CAP (Christians Against Poverty) evangelists on prayer ministry at their Headquarters in Bradford in February. This proved a personal inspiration, to witness the incredible work CAP are doing in the UK - not only to relieve poverty, but leading many people on a monthly basis to the Saviour. Also, visiting Hope Central Elim church plant in Omagh was such a blessing. To see a fledgling fellowship that is so raw and yet so pure was incredibly refreshing. What God is doing there across the community divide is tremendous and lives are being changed through the Gospel to God’s glory.

Monthly meetings at The Stables, Enniskillen and Loughbrickland Mission Hall continue and we would ask you to pray that we will continue to know the Lord's mind for these opportunities. Please also pray as I intend to take some time in June and August to do some writing related to prayer ministry themes. This may well develop into a kind of prayer ministry 'training course' in the autumn season. Please pray for help and wisdom in these potential projects. Thank you.

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Ministry Update

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

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Ministry Update

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.

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