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

2015: Our year of Indescribable and Glorious Joy!

Theme: 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NRSV)

8 Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The Words of Our Elders: R.C. Sproul

The visible church may be distressingly and sorely fractured and fragmented into all different kinds of denominations and groups, but the invisible church is the true body of Christ. Everyone who is in Christ, and in whom Christ dwells, is a member of this one universal church.

~ R.C. Sproul

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

The Words Of Our Elders: Deborah Lapidoth (1200 BC-1124 BC)

6 “In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
In the days of Jael,
The highways were deserted,
And the travelers walked along the byways.
7 Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel,
Until I, Deborah, arose,
Arose a mother in Israel.
8 They chose new gods;
Then there was war in the gates;
Not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.
9 My heart is with the rulers of Israel
Who offered themselves willingly with the people.
Bless the Lord!

~ Judges 5:6-9

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Spiritual Intelligence: The Valley Of Tears

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

Good morning friends. As long as life spares us, there will always be challenges in between our seasons of breakthrough or rest. So much so that without these challenges, we cease to grow and blossom spiritually. They afford us with rich opportunities to experience a deeper and closer relationship with God, if we can learn a lesson or two from the story of these pilgrims.

If we can see beyond the pain and suffering as they did, if we can learn some valuable life’s lessons, if we can build those vital muscles and stamina for the weights of life, especially the heavier ones which lie ahead of us. Alluding to this, Paul writes concerning Jesus:

though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Without compromise, these Valleys of Baca are passages we need go through, much like the cross with Christ; as our hearts are set on the heavenly kingdom. They are important milestones in our pilgrimage, each one providing unique opportunities to refine and define the believer for greater exploits in this world and the world to come. But the key here dear friends is what we make of them. Although arid and barren to vegetation, these pilgrims created cisterns; and as a result, The Lord poured down rain. Instead of having a pity party and drowning in their tears; they raised their prayers, worship and thanksgiving to the almighty. They deployed their knowledge and skills to make something out of a very bad situation; thereby, leaving behind spiritual monuments for future pilgrims. Now, that is something!

So they grow from strength to strength until they fulfilled their earthly purpose and destiny, until they appear before God in immortality.

In closing, I’m reminded of a verse from John’s revelation at the Island of Patmos; a verse that crystallises today’s thought, offering courage, strength and inspiration to fellow pilgrims reading this thought now, and stretching beyond the curtains of time to those even yet unborn:

And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

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~ Sabali

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Much love,
Clem

Spiritual Intelligence: Good Business

Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith

Good morning friends. Supplies for God’s kingdom on earth has always been an area where the devil’s assault has been heavily targeted over the years. His strategy is to stop the good news and charity from being spread by limiting their coverage and visibility. He understands that once the resources (human, physical and financial) are capped; the programme will be contained, and ultimately the impact will either be significantly reduced or nullified.

Therefore, we need to understand our place in the grand scheme of things; our role in the local church, and how it impacts our community and God’s plan for the redemption of humanity.

In the first commandment we are told:

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

So dear friends, in God’s term it’s all or nothing. We are commanded to immerse our heart, soul, mind and strength into God’s kingdom; and to extend that love to our neighbours. With this in mind, let us go back to our opening verses as I believe we are now better placed to understand the context, motive and importance of these verses from Paul’s letter to friends in Galatia.

On this year’s Father’s Day, just imagine the impact of our adherence to our heavenly Father’s charge….

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~ Sabali

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Much love,
Clem

Spiritual Intelligence: A Kiss With Destiny

Early in the morning David left the sheep with another shepherd. He took the food and left as Jesse had told him. When David arrived at the camp, the army was going out to their battle positions, shouting their war cry. The Israelites and Philistines were lining up their men to face each other in battle.

David left the food with the man who kept the supplies and ran to the battle line to talk to his brothers. While he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out. He shouted things against Israel as usual, and David heard him.

And David heard him… Just allow those words to sink into your spirit for a minute. Can you hear anything?

Good morning friends. David’s story is one that truly inspires me. It’s a story that epitomise a beautiful tapestry interwoven with threads of faith, humility, courage, zeal, humility, wisdom, kindness, and passion. Each one radiating it’s own colour while complimenting the others. And like a true masterpiece, it has a cute element of imperfection; evident in the episode when his passion was misplaced. The same passion that made him stand out from the rest; sadly, was also his thorn in the flesh.

So, here lies the conundrum. Should we rise up and walk by faith in-spite of our weaknesses, or do we sit down and wait till those weaknesses becomes strengths? With this in mind, I am reminded of a line from one of the psalms:

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.

When we realise the truth behind these words, it changes everything dear friends. When we realise that it’s not just about us, when we realise God’s all sufficiency, when we catch a glimpse of the awesomeness of His grace and mercy; then our strength is renewed like an eagle. At this juncture, I am also reminded of the words of Paul in a letter to friends in Corinth:

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

There is no mention of David’s mentor or teacher anywhere in the Bible, I’m not even sure how devoted Jesse (his father) was to God. In his early days all we are privy to is his extraordinary strength of character; demonstrated in his faithfulness to Jesse, and his commitment to the flock he was assigned to shepherd.

As I draw this thought to a close, let’s have another look at this line from our opening verses – I am still intrigued.

… and David heard him.

So, be mindful of what you hear, and be careful of what you say. Goliath spoke that day and he met his demise; David heard that day, and it led to a kiss with sweet destiny.

Out of all the conversations he had that day, this one just stood out for David. Thank God he recognised destiny on the day their paths crossed.

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~ Sabali

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Much love,
Clem