2018 a thought from our admins

Well 2018 is almost over and I can honestly say that this year seems to have flown by so fast I sometimes feel as though I missed half of it.

Since we launched Living Way Church Website we have spent more time changing its format, layout and even hosting every few Months right up until almost the end of 2017. For most of 2018 we haven’t made many changes to its layout and that’s partly a good thing and a bad one.

First the good, we switched to our current host Rubberduck Hosting and have had an up time of 99.9% and we have the lowest hosting fees ever. I have taken a bit of a break apart from the hours I spent for GDPR compliance (a nightmare law). We were able to concentrate on our Live-streams more considering we were the first Rhondda church to introduce this it’s nice to watch it grow.

Now the bad, because I’ve taken the break I know the site needs some changes to keep it modern and interactive and a place you guys want to visit.

To end 2018 we have a major update coming that unfortunately won’t affect anything you see when you visit however, I hope that these changes will help push this site forwards as we start 2019. Personally I would like to thank everyone who’s used our site and hope you enjoy the changes we have planned.

May you be blessed and have a truly Merry Christmas!!

Sea Cadet’s Christmas Carol Service

With Christmas just around the corner it is time for our annual Sea Cadet Christmas service, this service is always a hit and we would like to invite you all to come along. our service starts at 7pm and we will be serving refreshments at the end. Bring your family and friends and celebrate Christmas in style.

Connections – Prayer

How’s your connection?

Instantly when we think of prayer we think of concentrated faces, beaten brows and lots of aches in the knee region the following day.

In its simplest form prayer is communicating with God Almighty about absolutely anything.

Anything?

Yup! God, the maker of heaven and earth is interested in everything that I get up to or concerns/ affects my life.

This may seem too good to be true and yet there are men and women in the Bible who show that even they “couldn’t quite believe it!”

I’m reminded of the psalms

“What is man that you are mindful of him?” Psalm 8:4

Maintenance

We all love to be connected.

Where I live there is an telephone exchange nearby. I see people’s concerned faces as an engineer pulls up!!!!

Yet it needs the be looked after, maintained and even upgraded on occasion.

Our connected lifestyle relies on connectedness to these exchanges to communicate with each other or just to access entertainment.

Lesson

Prayer is connectedness with our Heavenly Father.

It may need an upgrade through the applications of the Word (Bible), the Spirit (praying on all occasions in the Spirit) or even with other believers (which produces Faith).

Maintenance is key to a clear and stable connection. It no wonder the Bible tells us to “Pray on all occasions”

Ephesians 6:18

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.

Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words.

Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.

In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.

Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (MSG)

I’m sure we all can agree. Our connection to Christ is vital to a living the life which we have been called to.

The truth is, a connection to God is something He (God), also wants.

He wants to be a clear voice in our lives. Rather than a voice hidden amongst the ‘static’ of life or a even dropped line.

Don’t settle for a second rate service. Invest in your connection!!

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LWC Thought of the day

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Thought of the day

We all could do with more of Jesus shining through our lives – me included. The good news is that even though I falter and fail Him, He remains faithful!

Bible

2 Timothy 2:11-13

This is a faithful saying:

For if we died with Him,

We shall also live with Him.

If we endure,

We shall also reign with Him.

If we deny Him,

He also will deny us.

If we are faithless,

He remains faithful;

He cannot deny Himself.

Realisation

Truth is that although small in comparison to creation. All we have, all we are and all that is ahead, is down to His Amazing Grace and Great Mercy!

“Without Him we are nothing, but, with Him we have everything that we need.”

Ezekiel’s army of the living dead!

Ezekiel 37

This is a well known passage from the Bible where a seemingly hopeless situation has an extraordinarily hopeful outcome.

Engraving of “The vision of the valley of dry bones” by Gustave Dore

Ezekiel 37:1-6

The Valley of Dry Bones

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know. ”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. ’”

Ezekiel was presented with a very disturbing sight. A valley full of dryness. An army which at one time was possibly dreadful, mighty to behold, now just rotten, decaying skeletons!

Challenge

In light of the valley of death before him, God asks the question?

Ezekiel 37:3

He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

My answer, as I’m sure yours would be, is a resounding “No Way!” This is impossible and besides theses guys have had their time. This beyond my capabilities.

Thankfully, Ezekiel was a little wiser and more accepting that His God could and can do anything. His answer :

Ezekiel 37:3

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know. ”

Ezekiel understood that only through Gods Words can anything be established. These bones may be beyond help But God!!!

But God..

The key is in the “Sovereign Lord” at the start of Ezekiel’s reply. So often I restrict God by looking at the surface of things. Forgetting that He is God!

Looking at the situation through human eyes : There is too much dryness here, too much death/ lifelessness. Yet, God is a life giving God. From the very beginning, in the book of Genesis God is seen as creating life from the very words he speaks

Read Genesis

I allow areas of my life to become dry, parched and even dead. When it comes to letting the life of God flow through me. After all the Holy Spirit who was given to Pentecost is likened to living, effervescent water.

In this recent dry spell it is easy to see how the ground reacts when water is at a premium. Apart from the government sanctioned “hosepipe” bans. We see cracks, dry riverbeds and confused wildlife as they go to their local watering hole to find ……… Dryness.

Dryness kills

The truth is if I allow myself to be cut off from the source of life : Jesus. Then how can I expect to flourish?

There’s a difference between being dead – with nothing to offer and being the “living dead” carrying the life of Christ within us. Knowing who we live for and all we have is from Him!

Rather than a soldier who is alive against the odds. When I exclude Christ, his words and the Holy Spirit. I become more of a terracotta warrior! Looks good but no life!!

Brief history : Terracotta warriors

Regarded as one of the greatest friends on the 20th century. These terracotta warriors were said to have been China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang’s personal army constructed at around 246 BC, taking around 40 years to complete. These warriors and horses were meant to be an army to protect the emperor in the afterlife. This army is as vast, as it is detailed, with more than

  1. 8,000 soldiers
  2. 130 chariots
  3. 670 horses
  • Each with gestures and individuality which draws many to visit and awe in the workmanship that has gone into them.
  • This being said, they may look mighty but are nothing but empty pots!!
  • Living dead

  • Back to the account in Ezekiel. The valley of dry bones was a hopeless, dry situation. But God,
  • Ezekiel understands his limitations and yet God, encourages and involves him in the restoration process.

“Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. ’”

What’s the point

  1. When I feel dry, go to the source
  2. Nothing is impossible for God, he even wants to involve me/ you in the process
  3. Don’t just look like a warrior (terracotta) – let the breathe of God, through His Words and Holy Spirit Breathe Life through your dryness
  • Becoming a “living-dead Warrior”, yes dying to my will and living for Christ.
  • living against the odds – that’s living life to the full!!

Releasing the Spirit of Prophecy : Bill Johnson – Book Review – June 2018

Releasing the Spirit of Prophecy : Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson may be known by some as the senior Pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California. However, He is also the author of many books and is known for leading a church that focuses on the pursuit of the Holy Spirit gifts. Who is and should be living and active in and through our everyday.

Review

The book itself is only 9 chapters in length and as it’s dedication suggests. It is to serve as a testimony of the works/ miracles of God. That they are not just events that happened in the Biblical time but, that God is living and active today.

Bill’s writing style is very easy going and at points it’s hard to put down. As the reader is taken on a journey where God reveals himself, his nature and his person as the Good, Good Father.

Bill shares personal testimonies of How God can move and encourages each believer not only to read the testimony. But, to believe that of God can do something for others he is more than capable of breaking through our circumstances too!!

Throughout the chapters Bill is careful to direct the reader not to himself. Rather, to the one whom the miracles, signs and wonders are pointing to! Almost echoing the famous Matt Redman song : The heart of worship.

“It’s all about you Jesus”

This book is simplistic in its design and content. Reinforcing, that when we declare/ testify to the works of God in our lives, he releases faith and power both to us and our hearers.

As Christians we are not so quick to share the God interventions in our lives and yet when we do, kingdom is proclaimed, breakthrough is brought and a truth encounter is released.

Transformation begins as we start to believe what our God can do (Big or small). Enabling us to go further in our trusting relationship with Him. In turn this should inspire others to go deeper, further into the things of God – producing a legacy, where people encounter the loving God.

“Our great responsibility is to know God and make him known”

A great little book which not only releases faith through testimony but also encourages and urges us to go deeper!

by C Tuck

Living Way Church

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