Someone asked me how my weekend was, and I realised I have to share it with you!
I joined an Amana Trust Weekend Retreat at Bower House and Woodland Camp, in London, and it was awesome. I’m so glad I went! The whole weekend was very pleasant, lots of yummy food (cooked breakfasts and a barbecue – yes, all free), and lots of believers from all over East London and the East of England. Some had been to events like this before and for some this was their first time. But we were all well taken care of :)
The three messages on Saturday were on God’s Eternal Purpose as seen in the Book of Ephesians. We covered Ephesians 1-3 (the second half will be covered the next 4 weekends).
Two key words we were presented with from the very beginning were enjoy and turn. The Lord is so enjoyable in His Word, and we need to keep turning our hearts to Him, not thinking that we know everything, so that we can see, and not just to see but also to experience!
I have been stirred back into blog-action by having just watched a wonderful video made by Bibles for America. It is called The God-shaped Vacuum, and poses the following question:
Have you ever felt unsatisfied, let down, or even empty after you got what you thought would make you happy?
You are not alone.
I know I’ve had this feeling before, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I highly recommend watching the video, it is only 2:50 minutes, and explains why we feel this way, and how we can be finally and lastingly satisfied. Watch it here:
And on this same subject, I’d also like to point you to this great post from The Joy of Germany: Does God have an address? It is so wonderful that we can know God’s address. Once we know where to find Him, we don’t have to wander around and hope to accidentally “bump into Him”… we can go directly to where He is located. He’s in our spirit!
Well, it’s nice to break the silence by sharing some online gems like this. If you have any great stuff to share with me, feel free to post in the comments or drop me a line somehow.
And hopefully it won’t be long before I’m back to tell you about my past four months :)
I had such an awesome day yesterday. In the morning I really enjoyed the prophesying meeting and the Lord’s table. And thank You Lord, I shared something during the prophesying meeting! It is good to practice to speak and to flow out. This is normal for Christians. Our God is a speaking God, and we are His speaking people!
And after that, I went into central London to meet up with a couple of sisters to help with the painting of the soon-to-be-opened Amana Trust Bookshop & Cafe. We went to the bookshop for the first time just over a week ago, and have been going whenever we have some time. It has been so much fun and it is great to participate by serving in this way. And I am so happy to be with the saints. Even when the journey time was extra long yesterday (because of engineering works)… it was worth it! (I’ve also been getting to catch up on my Life-study reading whilst on the Tube!)
I do intend to make a post about painting and the bookshop another time. But in this post, I wanted to share my enjoyment from last week’s Holy Word for Morning Revival. Did you know we are becoming truth?
This past week, the Holy Word for Morning Revival was on the subject of “The God-man Who Satisfies God’s Desire and Fulfills His Good Pleasure”. We were looking at Psalms 15 and 16, which begin with the following question:
O Jehovah, who may sojourn in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy mountain?
David, the writer of this Psalm, goes on to give an answer to his question.
He who walks in integrity
And does righteousness
And speaks truth from his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue;
He does not do evil to his friend,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his neighbor.
In his eyes a reprobate is despised,
But he honors those who fear Jehovah.
Should he swear to his harm,
He does not change.
He does not lend his money on interest,
Nor accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things will not be shaken forever.
What do you think? Is this a good answer?
I returned recently from the International Blending Conference in Dublin. Thank You Lord for another wonderful opportunity to be with the saints in Ireland!
It really felt like a sweet family time – there were about 100 saints there, and every meal time we were all invited to eat together at the nearby (8 minutes walk) church in Dublin meeting hall. I had hospitality with a family where there are three young people and many more at home in their home, and was very cherished by my time with them. The young people were full of life and energy, keeping me young both physically and in my spirit!
A number of saints back in London were able to watch the entire conference at the FTTL training centre via Skype, and on two occasions were able to share their enjoyment after the meetings with us in Dublin. On the Lord’s day it was a blending meeting in district 9, with a number of nearby churches, so there were probably another 100 saints who were with us virtually.
The conference was on The Revelation of Christ in God’s Economy as Presented in Psalm 2, and if you read on, I’ll share three points I enjoyed from the five messages of the conference…