January - June 2018
This newsletter will be regularly updated as time permits.

 

The start of another year!  No one can fail to understand how rapidly and how dramatically the culture is changing. The 'sexual revolution' is driving all before it, and the Judeo-Christian roots that were the bedrock of our stable nations are being aggressively cut away. The fruits of this new culture are all around us. Check the statistics for family breakdown, fatherless children, mental health, rape, violence, and fear on the streets. The fields are surely 'white on to harvest'

 

 

Those who know me well know how much I love the outdoors and over the winter months - and with an experienced mountaineering friend - I camped overnight in the Mourne Mountains some 5 times, mostly in storm conditions (notably 'Storm Brian') and always going into the mountains at night to increase the sense of adventure! As you can see, even at the recently attained age of seventy, my God-given health is still robust. At my annual hospital check up in February, the consulting doctor stated that I was a 'bizarre' patient since a person of any age with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Persistent Atrial Fibrillation, Congestive Heart Failure and a 20% heart function (having had no surgery or been fitted with implanted defibrillator) can do what I am able to do. He said he mentions me to other patients!

 

Anyone who knows what happened 13 years ago knows that my robust, unexplainable health and strength are entirely to the Glory of God.

 


International teaching in 2018

As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, I believe the Lord has asked me keep my teaching schedule

within the UK and Ireland until further notice.


Ellel Pierrepont - Farnham, Surrey.  February 5th -12th

This 1999 photo was taken during my first teaching at the renowned Ellel NETS discipleship school near Farnham in Surrey.

 

I have had the enormous privilege to teach on the 38 NETS courses since then spanning an unbroken period of 19 years.

 

Students come from all around the globe and this NETS number 41 was no exception. Germany, Netherlands, USA, Croatia, England, Ireland, Israel are the nations I can remember!

 

I travelled to Pierrepont on Monday February 5th and prepared to teach from Tuesday morning through to Friday morning.

Tuesday February 6th (9.45am - 5.30) was teaching the NETS 37 students who were on the fourth and final term in their one year course. The subjects were 'Hearing the voice of God and discerning the voice of the enemy'  'The dark night of the soul' and 'God's testings'

Wednesday February 7th (9.45am - 5.30) was teaching the NETS 38 term two students day one of  'The Father-Heart of God'. In the evening (7.30pm - 10.00) I had the privilege of speaking to members of the Young Person's team - again from a range of nations. During this first day I take the students on a one and a quarter hour walking tour through the wooded grounds alongside the river Wey, teaching them to 'see the invisible attributes of the Godhead through the things that are made' Romans 1:20

 

Thursday February 7th (9.45am - 5.30) was teaching the NETS 38 term two students day two of  'The Father-Heart of God'. In the evening (7.30pm - 10.00) prayer ministry

Friday morning is always the staff and students teaching and communion time, with a half hour 'sermon' which then gets posted on YouTube a few weeks later.

 

Many years ago I heard a man of God say that God's truth is always truth, but it might not be His message, whereas His message is His message and His truth, and so I pray much in the weeks leading up to this sermon, doing my best to discern what will be His message.

 

Sometimes I sense no particular guidance, but on some occasions I believe I do. This was one such sermon.

 

Titled "Why we do what we do", it will be available in due course and the link will be here as well on the NETS sermon site.

 

My previous sermons since videoing started can be viewed here.


 

Training new members: Three of our longest serving members (18 years) have now left us and we have four new members coming in. They have attended our annual Prayer Ministry School and minister in their own churches, and will now receive teaching along with practical workshops to increase their knowledge and understanding from myself and from experienced team members whose average time with this ministry is over ten years.