Into the New Year

My wife and I are taking an unusual verse for 2015 to stand on – near the end of Romans, Paul says to the Christians being persecuted there: “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” Perhaps this is a verse others need to be aware of as well! It acknowledges that you may well be experiencing trials and difficulties, but reminds us who God is, and that perhaps while there are no quick remedies, a solution will come. It helps us to hold on, and to keep a right perspective!
I’m writing here to remind you of the Prayer Concert arranged for Tues 20th January this month, at OpenGate. There is also a short video message from me (scroll below), and I would encourage you to take a few minutes out to listen to James Aladiran on Consecration and Prayer

In the Prayer Concert on Tuesday 20th January we will break out into small groups after a short time of worship, to maximise the prayer that we can fit in to the evening. I know that our time is precious when we are together. I also know that many of you will want to make it and will prioritise it, perhaps, above other commitments that week, but can I also draw your attention to the Churches Together AGM on the Thursday, where we are looking for nominations for Chair and Secretary. Surely this is a matter for urgent prayer for the town, especially when CTBRD has the potential to be an excellent witness and a vehicle for unity in prayer and worship. I would love to see new individuals stepping up to take this on, and I’m so grateful for those who have served in that capacity over the last few years.
A New Year means that we have less time than we had before, to get the gospel of Jesus out onto the streets, into homes, schools, businesses, and peoples’ lives. The gospel starts with prayer, but it does not end there. I pray that each of you know ongoing testimony of God moving in your life, but also the lives of those you meet. May you each be richly blessed this year, and stirred up to serve Him faithfully. Please get in touch if you either would like to start up a small prayer group this year, or to put any prayer needs or insights onto the website.  If you are wanting to stir yourself up to pray and to dream about prayer in the town, why not have a look at the Jericho Walls Prayer Network, where you will find many resources to encourage you personally in prayer (click on the + symbols to reveal more items as downloads), as well as if you run a prayer group yourself.

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