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This Sunday at Healingsprings fellowship, Manufactured Consent: Did God Say?

Right from creation, the freedom to make our choices and follow through has been fundamental to our human existence. For instance, in the garden of Eden God gave Adam a choice between the tree of life, or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So Adam had at his disposal the information, and the right to make his decision.

However, when Satan came on the scene the story takes a different twist. He said to Eve, “Did God say?”. Once those three words were introduced, her belief system was under enormous stress, and in the end she succumbs to the dream of being like God. At this juncture I hasten to qualify that this doesn’t put the blame on females for humanity’s fall, Adam was equally responsible for the outcome. If anything, it was joint enterprise.

Fast forward to 1988, and we are introduced to a ground breaking work by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky entitled, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

In their research they analysed the news media, arguing that the mass media of the United States “are effective and powerful ideological institutions that carry out a system-supportive propaganda function by reliance on market forces, internalised assumptions, and self-censorship, and without overt coercion”.

In simple terms, their work can be encapsulated with these words by Noam Chomsky, “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state”.

With this in mind, this Sunday I will be exploring the spiritual dimension of information in a lecture entitled, Manufactured Consent: Did God say?

Friends, I’ve come to realise that the information we are exposed to is vital to the fulfilment of our purpose, and ultimately our destiny. In a letter to friends in Rome, Paul made a profound statement which strengthens this argument: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.

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

(6:00 – 7:30)pm

The Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7D

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

Our 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!

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The Words Of Our Elders: C S Lewis (1898-1963)

It is by human avarice or human stupidity, not by the churlishness of nature, that we have poverty and overwork.
~ C.S. Lewis

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom

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Spiritual Intelligence: Food For The Soul

In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”

Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

Jesus said this emphatically to His audience, in a view to paint a mental picture in their minds of true worship, and His assignment while on planet earth.

Good morning friends. I submit to you this morning that some people know what they ought to be doing, but they lack the will and knowledge of how to accomplish it; for these people life is evidently frustrating. Some see life as a collection of experiences; to them life is just an experience to be occupied with fleeting pleasures and vain toil. And finally, there are those that are clear on: what life is, the seasons and times, and how they fit into it all.

With this in mind you might be wondering what your purpose in life is. Well, let me stir you a little using Jesus’ response to a certain lawyer who asked Him the same question; sadly, with the wrong motive. In any case, Jesus replied:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and ‘your neighbor as yourself

So dear friends the key to a purposeful life can be found in the key to eternal life. And we can achieve this by denying ourselves the “pleasures” and vain glory a spiritually bankrupt life has to offer, and apply His guidance and teaching in our lives daily. Jesus sets a precedence, His life was a life of love demonstrated in service to God and humanity.

In closing, let’s ponder over this paradigm shift from our opening verses:

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

Get up and let’s start now, what are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating, the time is drawing near, and Jesus is coming soon. He comes with judgement and rewards. Judgement for time wasters, and rewards for true and faithful witnesses.

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~ Sabali