“In them (heavens) He has set a tent for the sun which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.” Psalm 19:4-5
Here are a series of stories of dear friends who have journeyed through their own valleys but who also have awesome testimonies of the faithfulness of Jesus constantly being with them. Thanks so much to Jo, Naomi, Andrew, Josh, Roger and Sheena who plucked up courage to go for it!
The video also explains a little about my deep desire to see our homes increasingly becoming our Head Quarters of radical prayer and worship where we retreat to be with Him together and from where we advance, filled with the Holy Spirit, full of faith and love, to reach those black and blue but who are without hope and without God in the world (what a terrible thought – see Ephesians 2:12)
Our stories shared from black and blue seasons in life can help us all stand on our bedrock foundation that “God Is With Us”. Why not share your own black and blue stories with others – when God has always been with you – they’re unique, powerful testimonies that will bring others much-needed sanity! (See: 2 Corinthians 1: 3-5)
We all know what it’s like to feel black and blue – battered by life, beaten up and bruised by stuff that we go through along our journey of faith. Sometimes we feel like we’re on our knees and that God’s no-where to be found. But He always comes through for us, and, whether we feel Him near or not, He has promised to never leave us or forsake us.
My prayer for you watching this is that you would know the presence of Jesus with you wherever you’re currently at, whether mountain or valley, and that faith would arise in your heart that the very real, living and all-powerful Comforter is with you as you listen and sing your own new song.
The extended track with a powerful spontaneous “You’ve saved our souls, You’ve healed our hearts, You’ve helped our minds, You are the Christ” section at the end can be listened to by clicking on the link under the video
Special thanks to Beth Ward of Bob and Betty photography (bobandbetty.co.uk) and Joshua Carpenter of @joshcarpdrums for their help with this small glimpse of last week’s live worship from HTR, London.
Thanks also to: Mark Stevens for leading and vocals, Ben Patterson on bass, Connor Patterson on acoustic guitar and BVs, Shamuel Thomas on electric guitar, Josh Carpenter on kit, Jo Garcia on cello and Kate Thornton and Manuela Weikl for beautiful BVs. Final thanks to Andrew Cathcart on sound and Mairi Franks on AV
Last week here at Holy Trinity in Richmond we had the privilege of hosting my good friend Mark Stevens for 24 hours of worship training. Mark was previously on the worship team at Hillsong in Sydney Australia and, more recently, Creative Director at Life Church in Bradford until 2011. It was a joy for me to see Mark again after three years since I left Bradford myself in 2011 & to hear about all that God is doing in and through him. What a great guy! I encourage you check out his ministry and, especially his albums (the second of which will be released later this year) and his brand new book Strength For The Road. Please see: http://www.markstevensmusic.com/ Continue reading
My favourite beach in the world: Have a look, have a think how you could help
Originally posted on A Dartmoor blog:
Yesterday the National Trust announced that it was launching an appeal to try and acquire Bantham beach and part of the Avon estuary in south Devon. The National Trust has committed £4m of its own funds but needs to raise an additional £2.6m. You can read the Trust press release here and donate to the appeal here.
We have received extensive media coverage, for example in the Guardian, BBC and the Western Daily Press. We have also received some very high level support – for example Richard Branson has blogged his support, along with Sarah Wollaston MP and local banker James Rossiter who has pledged to raise a lot of money via a sponsored swim – see here.
Bantham beach is probably the best surfing beach in south Devon – photo by Steven Haywood
and the legendary surfing website Magic Seaweed are supporting our appeal
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