July - December 2018
This newsletter will be regularly updated as time permits.
We all know (or should know) that dark clouds have been gathering over 'western' nations. Gross immorality is not only overlooked or excused, but celebrated. Children are no longer just being educated at schools but are now being indoctrinated into an anti-christian ideology. An ideology that pulls down all long established boundaries. Behind the visible however, is the invisible. As The apostle Paul wrote, 'For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.' (Ephesians 6:12) However, the Bible repeatedly shows that when God's people allow themselves to be substantially influenced by the ungodly culture of the day He withdraws and their enemies then have the landscape virtually unchallenged. (e.g. Judges chapters 2,3,4,6,10,13) and (2 Corinthians 6:14-18 & James 4:4) God would have stayed His hand if Sodom and Gomorrah had enough righteous people there. (Genesis 18) But they hadn't. Only.. only.. only God can redeem a nation, and so while it is tempting to 'fight' the culture it is more important for us as God's people to bring ourselves wholly and deliberately back under His Lordship. Let's see how bad the sin in the church is. Pornography. It would be lovely to say that God's people have nothing to do with that, but Charisma Magazine's 2014 survey among born-again Christians revealed that 95 percent admit that they have viewed pornography. 54 percent look at pornography at least once a month. 44 percent viewed pornography at work in the last 90 days. 31 percent had a sexual affair while married. 25 percent erase Internet browsing history to conceal pornography use. 18 percent admit being addicted to pornography (another 9 percent think they may be) Then there is unbelief. A Barna survey (2005–2011 USA sample) showed that 25 percent of born–again Christians said all people are eventually saved or accepted by God. 26 percent said a person’s religion doesn’t matter because all faiths teach the same lessons. 40 percent of born–again Christians said they believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The implications of these unscriptural beliefs are simply enormous! The - as yet unproven - hypothesis of evolution has influenced so many of God's people that many Christians have started ministries or support ministries designed to convince other Christians that the Bible account of creation is not true. And so on. And so on. Righteousness exalts a nation and that righteousness comes from God's people. We need a revival. A reformation even. It has to start with you and I.  And surely it needs to start now!
Ellel Pierrepont - Tuesday 24th July - Friday 27th

This is my 19th year teaching at Ellel Pierrepont - the largest centre in Ellel's worldwide ministry. The available discipleship programme called NETS consists of 4 ten week stages, and a student can do some or all of them. Students of all ages come from all corners of the world and it is a great privilege to meet and teach them. My programme was one day teaching term 4 students, 2 days teaching term 2 students and giving the weekly sermon at the Friday morning communion service. This is videoed and placed on the internet.

Term 4 students are the ones completing the full 40 week long NETS discipleship course, and the subjects on the Tuesday were

 

  • Two sessions on 'Hearing the Voice of God',

  • One session on 'God's testings'

  • One session on 'The dark night of the soul'

 

 

 

NOTE: I had been deeply fatigued in the weeks before this visit. So much so that I had my heart condition checked out at the hospital. (No changes detected) Determined not to let the ministry down I arrived on the Monday in a very weakened state and went straight to bed and slept all afternoon, all evening and right through the night. The next day I taught while trying to ignore a headache, but as the rest of the week developed I found I had tremendous energy. Thank you all, friends, family, CRI team and Ellel staff who prayed for me! It was amazing.

Wednesday and Thursday was teaching the 'Father Heart of God' to term 2 students. Each NETS teaching session is 75 minutes long and this 8 session course includes one session on a teaching-walk through the centre's magnificent woodland grounds which has the River Wey as its natural boundary. This is unpacking Romans 1:20

 

'For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,'

 

The weekly communion sermon on the Friday morning was titled, 'How Do You Balance Righteous Anger with Grace and Mercy ' and is available here along with my previous Ellel Friday morning communion sermons. Or on YouTube.
 
 
 
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