Abiding in Love

In John15, Jesus says that we are the branches, He is the vine and that we must abide in His love. His love is the sap of the vine that flows into the branches.  We cannot do anything without experiencing His love flowing into and out of us. 

We remain connected to the vine through the relationship of Love that comes from the source of Love (Father God) in the same way that Jesus is, because He is in us and we are in Him.  It is important to remain and live in the daily experience of His love for us.  Otherwise we do not produce the fruit of the vine….

We often think that this passage means it is our responsibility to love Jesus so that we can be in the vine.  However, it is the reverse. We can only receive His love and live in it.  So doing will result in us bearing much fruit.

Filling Station – Bridgnorth

Norman Smyrell will be speaking at the Bridgnorth ‘Filling Station’ on the 10th January 2019. This event is held in the Library of the Endowed School in Bridgnorth. Starting time is 7:30pm.

Norman has been married for 40 years, with three grown up children, four grandchildren and lives in Shrewsbury Shropshire. He has been involved in various healing ministries for over 30 years including Restoring the Foundations (RTF).

In 2014 he came into the revelation Father’s love through the ministry of James and Denise Jordan.  Walking in this revelation he has become more involved with Father Heart Ministries as his experience of the substance of Father’s love has grown . 

Norman is originally from Northern Ireland where he shared his faith across the religious divide. He is an excellent communicator, insightful and challenging with a heart for people.

Celebrating kids

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven” C. S. Lewis


As we enter 2019 we celebrate the freedom of being the sons and daughters of a loving Father.

In “Sonship, a journey into Father’s heart” book, James Jordan writes: “Christianity is not a path to competency but a path to childlikeness. The more childlike we become, the closer we are to Him. And the closer we are, the more childlike we become.”

Children know how to enjoy life. They are not bothered by the fear of doing things correctly and not living right. In many ways the Christianity we have known adds lists of rights and wrongs, what’s acceptable for ‘Christians’ and what is not. Children just get on with being themselves and enjoying life.

If you’re not enjoying your Christian life, then you’re probably not walking with God (Psalm 16v11). Stop and seriously look at your life. If you’re not enjoying your life, then something is drastically wrong.

In 2019 let us enjoy being childlike as we walk in the love of our Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

The scandal of the Incarnation

The scandal of the Incarnation is that God inhabits imperfection!!

A provoking thought from Stephen Hill:

“We must believe that God is happy to indwell sinners. Mary became pregnant with the Fullness of the Godhead. This is a scandal and an offence to the religious mind!  

The Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was ‘invented’ to get around this scandal. For those who don’t know, the Immaculate Conception is NOT about the conception of Jesus: it is about the conception of Mary.

The question was asked: How can Mary conceive and carry Jesus if she is a sinner too? That was offensive so the Church at the time had to find a way around that. This is what they did. Establish a new idea that Mary was born without sin.

Do you believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus? That is up to you: I am not here to argue with you.

If your answer is this, however: “No, I do not believe that the Virgin Mary was sinless” then you MUST accept by faith that God is pleased to unite with a sinful person.

How about you then? Can you become spiritually pregnant with Christ? What disqualifies you? It cannot be your own weakness and brokenness or the fact that you sin!

The scandal of the Incarnation is that God inhabits imperfection!!”

The true reason for the season

“Jesus did not come into the world just to die on the cross and deal with sin – he came into the world because his Father values you so much that he himself took steps to ensure sin would no longer be a barrier between you and his love.

When we ask the reason for the season I would say “You are the reason for the season” because God loves you so much he withheld nothing in order that you would be the recipient of his amazing love.”

We were made for Him

Here is an inspiring song that speaks of who we really are:

 

The song “Since your Love” by Brandon Hampton of United Pursuit includes the following words:

“And I was made by You, I was made for You, I am unfulfilled without full communion”  These words declare the truth about who we are and how we can only be completely fulfilled by being in an intimate relationship with God our real Father.  We can experience His love exactly the same as Jesus does because He is in us and we are in Jesus.  See John 17:23.   “In You, is all I need, You’re my breath, You’re my life, You’re my everything”  in the song declares that in Him we move and have our being…

We encourage you to watch the video below.  Learn more about United Pursuit

Living – Hidden in Christ

Stephen Hill, from his book: Our True Identity, An interpretation of Galatians.

The big shift happens when you realise and begin to live out of the reality that you are in Christ and He is in you.  Your life is hidden with Christ in God, so you don’t need to worry about your success or failure in living the Christian life. You cannot live the Christian life so don’t even try to.  The Christian life is lived in you, for you and through you by someone else – Jesus Christ the Son.  No one  but no one can be justified in God’s family by trying to work at it.”

Stephen Hill was born in Belfast Northern Ireland, and lived there until 2009, when he moved to New Zealand. He  now lives in Taupo with his wife Becky who is from the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand.

He met James and Denise Jordan of father Heart Ministries in 2008. What he heard and experienced profoundly altered his understanding of Christianity.  Stephen has been with the Fatherheart Ministries team in Taupo since 2010, working closely with James and Denise Jordan and Mark Head.

See more on Stephen’s website

A reflective Quote on time

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Henri Nouwen  from his book  “Inner voice of Love”

“Its not easy to give your agenda to God.  But the more you do so, the more “clock time”  becomes “God’s time”, and God’s time is always the fullness of time”.  

 

 

Henri Nouwen was an internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor who wrote 39 books on the spiritual life. He corresponded regularly in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish with hundreds of friends and reached out to thousands through his Eucharistic celebrations, lectures and retreats. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy. Nouwen’s books have sold over 8 million copies and been published in over 28 languages.

For more visit the Henri Nouwen Society website