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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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The Unconditional Love of God



Michael Appleton brings today's message, focusing on the unconditional love of God. By its very nature, says Michael, unconditional love has no strings attached and no requirements to be met. The love that God gives so freely does not change. We do not need to measure up we are loved by the Father, no matter what. His love is undeterred even when we go astray Gods love continues towards us. As we reflect on Gods love, and know that love in a deeper way, says Michael, we are filled with the love of God and become Gods love in a greater way than ever before. Then we can show that love to others. Michael concludes the message with a caution that we should not take this love for granted and assume that everything is fine no matter what we do or how we live. Gods love is constant, but it does not remove the need for a repentant life.

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