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The Image of God



'Modern' biology will tell you that mankind are animals. Chemistry will tell you that we are combinations of chemicals and molecules. We are neither, and it is the belief that humans are simply animals that allows people to belittle each other and think themselves better and worth more than those around them. God has made you in his own image, and more than that, he has made each person on Earth in his own image. Something of God is reflected in you, and in every person around you. Every person is worthy of consideration because they have been created by God in his own image. On top of this, when God says "Let us make mankind in our own image" he is not just referring to himself, but to the Trinity, who work together in perfect community. When we live in community with one another, we reflect something greater of who God is. Consider these three points this week. A) You are made in God's Image B) Others are made in God's Image C) We are made in Gods image As you go about your week, look at the people that you pass in the shops, your workmates, the people who serve you food at McDonald's. Each of these people is made in the Image of God, and was died for by Christ. As you do this, ask God to help you to see others as he sees them, and love them as he loves them.

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For many years now we have heard much talk in the media about climate change, sometimes called global warming. Not everyone agrees that the climate is changing, and those who agree are split on whether its caused by humans, or a natural phenomena. This blog is not about any of that.

However this blog is about the global warming of hearts towards Christ, which is something which will truly change the world.

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Have you ever stopped to consider what you value in ministry? Ministry is about others, and your values should therefore be others focussed. Sometimes ministers find that subconsciously they have self focussed ministry values, aimed to make themselves sucessful. That is, they serve others, so that they look good, and there are many ways and shapes of that.

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Humility



"True Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less" - C. S. Lewis Traditionally Humility is viewed in a negative way, often associated with humiliation, or to be put low. Philip Alley puts forward a more positive definition of humility to be embraced. John Dickson says “Humility is the noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself.” True Humility assumes the dignity or strength of the one possessing the virtue.

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Submission and Believing that God Loves Us



This week, Phillip Alley and Tony Ponicke speak on Submission, and believing that God loves us.

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A Greater Baptism of the Holy Spirit #6



Today’s message largely consists of a conversation with Ps Brian Henaway, who gives a very honest and encouraging testimony of his own conversion and subsequent baptism in the Holy Spirit, flowing on to recount several experiences encountered in walking with God. Ps Brian’s testimony, touching on several different issues including the need that we all have to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying and to be freed from ourselves and from Western self-centredness, is warmly encouraging as well as challenging to the listener. John Alley brings the message to a conclusion with an encouragement to the people to carefully consider the things mentioned.

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A Greater Baptism of the Holy Spirit #5



Once again John Alley interviews two members of the congregation about their experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, emphasizing the need to be hungry for more of the Holy Spirit while at the same time being consecrated, or fully surrendered, to God. John speaks of the way in which Jesus, although perfect, became obedient to the Father, referring also to Revelation 3 and Matthew 7. Alongside hunger, faith and waiting on God, our hearts, says John, need to want to fully obey the Lord. Once again this message is concluded with prayer and the moving of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the people.

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A Greater Baptism of the Holy Spirit #3



John Alley carries on the current them today, beginning by interviewing 2 members of the congregation about their experience of coming into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the effect that it had on them. Both of these people testified to the great love, the hunger for holiness, the peace and the life that accompanied the Baptism and remained. John then goes on to teach on the major 3 pillars of the baptism in the Holy Spirit: the Spirit of Power, the Spirit of Love and the Spirit of Holiness. For each of these “pillars” John introduces Scripture references to prove the point. We need to have faith for all three of these to live in us if we are to experience the full blessing of Pentecost, says John.

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A Throne Established In Love



Isaiah prophesied (Isa 16:4-5) of the coming Christ, that one from the line of David would in love establish a throne from which he would forever rule and reign. John Alley unpacks this Scripture passage, emphasising the themes of love, faithfulness and righteousness as he takes the listener on a tour of several supporting Scripture verses from the writings of Paul to the Romans, and from the gospels of Matthew and Mark. Touching on the subject of the heretical teaching of Dispensationalism that began from the 1830s, which gave the opinion that the world was almost at an end and the Church would not prevail in the world with the gospel, John speaks of St Patrick who had not heard such nonsense and therefore his faith was unencumbered by such unbelief. Patrick won Ireland to Christ, and Ireland then, in turn, re-educated a Europe which had been ravaged by the Barbarians. And when God creates anything, says John, He creates in huge numbers. God promised Abraham that his descendants would be greater in number than the grains of sand on the seashore. Therefore, we should expect that the spiritual descendants of Abraham – all those who come to Christ and find the faith of Abraham – would be innumerable. Please, leave room in your heart, says John, for God to do a big work with the gospel in this world.

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What Do You See?



We all have leaders. How do we see them? Do we see them for who they are, or do we stop short? In this message we look at how we are meant to see those over us.

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