Manchester Arena Bombing

On the evening of 22 May 2017, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device that killed 22 people including children, the youngest aged eight, and injured 59 as they were leaving a concert at Manchester Arena, UK.

We urge our readers, wherever in the world you are, to draw near to God’s throne of grace and pray.

Please pray as the Holy Spirit leads, but you will probably want to lift to the Lord

  • the families of those murdered;
  • the injured and those caring for them;
  • the police investigating this heinous crime and seeking out any accomplices of the perpetrator;
  • members of the emergency services who were called upon to help the injured.

Please give thanks for the compassion and generosity shown by the people of Manchester who offered shelter, refreshment or transport to those who had been caught up in the incident.

Remember that millions of God’s people around the world undergo persecution and even martyrdom and this rarely reaches the headlines. Perhaps this very public act of brutality will prompt us to pray more fervently for them.

Finally, and this is the hardest request to make, recalling Jesus’ words, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5: 44), you may wish to pray for those who even now are plotting further acts of violence, terror and murder.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Romans 12: 14-15)

 

Sir Cliff Richard

As many of you may know, yesterday it was announced that the Crown Prosecution Service are to investigate Sir Cliff Richard. Just one more of these high-profile cases since the terrible events with Jimmy Savile. It seems we have an element, as Paul said, in high places who are out to destroy high-profile Christians across the world. I for one believe that Sir Cliff Richard is a very godly and fully committed Christian. As many of you know, he has been one of the biggest givers in the kingdom of God for many years and has supported Tear Fund in many different ways.

When I was a young Christian I wrote to his secretary and asked him to support me in going to Bible college. I received a nice letter back stating that Sir Cliff does not support individuals but organisations.

So I would ask us all in the body of Christ wherever we are in the world to lift our brother in prayer as I do believe he is totally innocent of any crime. But if he had done something allegedly before he became a Christian, in the eyes of God he is still innocent, but I for one cannot accept the allegations of the accuser of the brethren.

As the founder of Grace Missions I would like us all to stand with Sir Cliff and pray that sanity will rule, common sense will prevail and God will vindicate this man of God. Please stand with me as I have asked you with the Ashers Baking Company owing to the baking of a cake. If you have any comments please let us know.

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed (John 8: 36).

Rev Ross Rennie

A New Christian Initiative

Debbie Rennie has worked for some time in health care in the Shrewsbury area, primarily in end-of-life care. She has been dissatisfied with the standard of care she has witnessed and has had both a yearning and a vision from God to establish a Christian end-of-life care service.

Now God has made it possible for Debbie, with her husband Donald and her friend, to take a step of faith and begin to set up a service called Agape. Next week they have an interview with the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

I ask our supporters to pray for Debbie and her team as this is one thing that I feel very passionate about and I know Debbie does: that when our time on this earth comes to an end people die with dignity. So can we all stand together in this as I believe this will be a great blessing to Shropshire?

Thank you all for your support.

What Is Wrong with the Church

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

As we enter into 2016 I have had some thoughts recently. I have been a Christian since 1979. I have been in many churches. In my early years I was a member of the old Baptist Union. I was saved in a free evangelical church. I then went into the Assemblies of God. From the Assemblies of God owing to a series of unfortunate events in my Christian life and being baptised in the Holy Spirit while in the pentecostal church I then went into Elim. From there I became an independent pentecostal Christian.

I have seen many things in my life and as many of you know I have travelled to many countries. I have just come back from one of the largest countries in the world with a population of 1.4 billion and I have met many Christians from many denominations here in the UK and also abroad. I have been a pastor in large churches and small churches. I have seen the many miracles that Jesus spoke about, healings from cancers and tinnitus, blind eyes opening, the deaf hearing, hearts being restored spiritually and physically, and I am amazed at the power and the majesty of our Almighty Father.

But like many of you I have longed for true revival. I have seen manifestations of what man believes to be revival but Toronto and other sparks of God’s power I believe have been snuffed out by man. There is a problem in the body of Christ. Many commentators such as Leonard Ravenhill and other great saints of God who have gone on before us have highlighted that the problem with the church in the United Kingdom and across the world is a lack of prayer. The Bible tells us clearly, ‘If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land’ (2 Chronicles 7: 14). I long for a day hopefully in my lifetime when the church of Jesus Christ will get serious about prayer. If we put on a chicken supper or a banquet or a praise and worship night, many churches across London and across this country will be full, but sadly when it comes to prayer the prayer meetings in many churches are empty. I would even suggest in many individuals’ lives their prayer life is barren and they wonder why they do not seem to succeed. Many great women and men of the past such as Müller, Tozer, Whitfield and Wesley understood the power of prayer. So I pray quietly that there will be an enthusiastic return to prayers across our nation: not just once a week for an hour giving God a shopping list but solid intercessory prayer. We have seen it in such places as Seoul Korea where they have prayer mountains.

I am 100% convinced if we in the United Kingdom want to see true revival, the church needs to repent and turn back to the things of God and not clever schemes, not clever programmes, but getting down on our knees and praying for the lost, the widow, the lonely and the downcast, and not just them, but the rich, the powerful, our MPs, our Queen, all strata of society, as I know this will bring revival and restoration for our nation. I hope when you read this you will ponder and seek God for yourself, as you do not need to go to buildings; we just need people across the nation to burst into spontaneous prayer in their communities.

God bless you. My prayer for 2016 is we start to take back that which the devil has stolen: our cities, our towns, our families, our children, our nation. Amen

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