“Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose
over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia
and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the
word to no one except Jews.But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene,
who on coming to Antioch
spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus.And the hand of the Lord was with them,
and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.The report of this came to the ears of
the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas
to Antioch.When he came and saw the grace of God, he
was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with
steadfast purpose,for he
was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people
were added to the Lord.So
Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,and when he had found him, he
brought him to Antioch.
For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And
in Antioch the
disciples were first called Christians.”
We live in a fast-moving world.
Buy the latest device
today and it will be obsolete in three months (some of us are old enough
to remember when a tablet was something you took with a glass of water!).
Corporations survive by being able to sense the changes that
are currently taking place and being amongst the first to adapt to them.If you
can see what is coming before the opposition then you can gain a tactical
“We must check here to see what it is that we who are
praying for revival are seeking. We are not seeking fame, miracles, success,
ease, full churches, or financial deliverance. These may come. But first and foremost we seek the Lord. It is He who
must come in power and glory”
the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and
its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. And
King Nebuchadnezzar sent word
to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the
counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials
of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King
Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, the
administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the
magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered together for the
dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood
before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and
at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all
kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar
has set up;and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be
cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”
at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds
of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which
King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.”
Events of Mass Adoration.
Whether it be a magnificent golden image in
or a far more modest wooden affair in your average Israelite village (Jud
6:25-27), the basic requirements forsuch
events are always the same.
“Doth not all nature around me praise God? If I were silent,
I should be an exception to the universe. Doth not the thunder praise Him as it
rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies? Do not the mountains praise
Him when the woods upon their summits wave in adoration? Doth not the lightning
write His name in letters of fire? Hath not the whole earth a voice? And shall
I, can I, silent be?”
Encouraged by the
devotional message delivered at our Men’s Breakfast this morning from 1 Kin 19
on the subject of Elijah and his post-Carmel collapse against Jezebel.
As with all good ministry, it stimulates one to thinking of one’s
own. And on this occasion also to articulate some burdens that have been with me for a long time.
Elijah thought that he was alone against the power of the
enemy but he was not.
He would need that companionship in due course, but the Lord
apparently wanted the prophet to first know what aloneness felt like. Afterwards He would remind His servant that Israel’s
true Lord yet had reserved “7,000 who had
not bowed the knee to Baal.” (1 Kin 19:18).
Still I have to wonder
just how much comfort the knowledge of that 7,000 really was to Elijah.
Tony Miano is reporting that all charges against him have been dropped.
We praise God for this though actually it is unsurprising. It seems clear that the action was taken in the first place only to add to the "chilling effect" with regard to street preaching here in the UK.
I hope Miano will choose to seek legal redress over this. It is the only deterrent that we have.
"For fifty days the facts of the Gospel were complete,
but no conversions were recorded. Pentecost registered three thousand souls. It
is by fire that a holy passion is kindled in the soul whereby we live the life
I heard of a man who said to the preacher, "I want to
sing in your choir." The preacher replied, "But you don't belong
here. Where do you have your membership?" He said, "I don't belong to
any local church. I belong to the invisible church." The pastor said,
"Then I suggest that you join the invisible choir."