This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

Like other nations of that era the Exile from The Promised Land, the destruction of The Temple; the captivity of the people was meant to be the end of the Jewish people. However it turned out to be their defining moment owing to the efforts of visionary leaders like Ezra, Nehemiah, and the company of faithfuls that bought into their vision, making that hard long journey from Babylon to Jerusalem. 

In similar vein, the movie Hidden Figures demonstrates the influence of leaders within Black Churches in that era. Their vision and hope for Social Justice will inspire women to work for NASA and IBM, and to be the best in their fields. In-spite of segregation, and other racial challenges these women excelled and made their mark in history.
This Sunday as part of my series God Was In Christ, I will be showing Hidden Figures with a view to demonstrate the church’s vital work of Reconciliation
Our role as Salt and Light. Our role in harmonising planet earth to God through our hunger and thirst for Social Justice.
Join us @ 3pm, light refreshments afterwards
The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, 

Kent DA14 6BX
Reachout | Revive | Recover

http://www.healingsprings.org.uk

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship! 

Prayer

The psalmist wrote: “O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.” – Ps 65:2.
In the same vein Luke recalls a parable by Jesus about a corrupt judge and a helpless widow (Luke 18:1-8).

What have these two passages got in common? 

What are these writers trying to convey to their audience?

To this end we take another look at prayer. So during the course of this evenings lecture, I will explore:

  • What is prayer?
  • Why do we pray? 

  • How we should pray

So, join us for Prayer, as we delve into this subject and related themes. 

(6:00-7:30)pm

Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA 
(Free parking in front of the school and adjacent streets)

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The Words of Our Elders: Max Lucado

If you knew that only a few would care that you came, would you still come? If you knew that those you loved would laugh in your face, would you still care? If you knew that the tongues you made would mock you, the mouths you made would spit at you, the hands you made would crucify you, would you still make them? Christ did. ~ Max Lucado

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

The Words of Our Elders: R T Kendall

“Detached forgiveness—there is a reduction in negative feelings toward the offender, but no reconciliation takes place. Limited forgiveness—there is a reduction in negative feelings toward the offender, and the relationship is partially restored, though there is a decrease in the emotional intensity of the relationship. Full forgiveness—there is a total cessation of negative feelings toward the offender, and the relationship is fully restored.”

~ R T Kendall

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Healingsprings fellowship’s Big Sunday Celebration!

Big Sunday Celebration can be best described as a community Christian festival. So in the spirit of thanksgiving, together we: sing, pray, give, celebrate life, discuss current affairs, present thoughts from Biblical themes, and encourage one another; like one big family!

bexleyheath_Academy(6:00 – 7:30)pm on Sundays

Bexleyheath Academy,

Woolwich Road,

Bexleyheath,

Kent DA6 7D

There are free parking spaces directly in front of the school and on adjacent streets

This Sunday we host Kolade Adebayo-Oke, pastor The Grace Ministries. The focus of his lecture, “Rwanda: The Wonders of forgiveness and reconciliation”

Why not drop-in for a life-changing experience? This 90 mins might end up being a catalyst for some awesome things.

 

The Words Of Our Elders: G K Chesterton (1874-1936)

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

~ G.K. Chesterton

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Spiritual Intelligence: Foolish Pride

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Good morning friends. In these verses from the psalms, the writer expresses gratitude towards God for forgiveness, and the role we might adopt in order to experience it’s blessings.

An acknowledgement of our shortcomings and inability to measure up to God’s standards is always the starting point. For genuine repentance can only take place when our hearts are opened, and the scales of deceit falls off our eyes. In the process our true state is revealed, and our quest for answers begin. We suddenly realise that we are lost in a lost world, so we start seeking for direction from extraterrestrial forces. Then like one trapped deep underground in a cave, we hear the faint voices of the rescue team, we shout back with all that is left within us, the ropes are dropped, we reach for it; desperate to get out of cold and darkness, into the marvellous lights and warmth of salvation!

In the words of the psalmist:

When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.

So dear friends, we all need help, but allow me to stress at this juncture that these are issues of life, and as such it is supremely important that we are looking in the right direction for help. In the words of Jesus:

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

The wide gate epitomises short term fixes. Foolish pride…. Instead of reaching out to The Hand of love from a loving father, we turn to cheap substitutes. Like drugs, and the buzz fades away in passing time. Like events and seasons, and they quickly change. Like money, unable to afford those intangible realms; which sadly are the very essence of life.

Please allow me to close this morning’s thought with some excerpts from another psalm, which sheds some light on where we ought to be looking:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills— from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

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