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secret hiding place


Recently, I felt God asking me to rest – and not just from the work that was tiring me, but also the good work that I was loving – the work that God and I were doing together——From the moment I let go, something lifted – a particular grace for a particular gift I’d become deeply accustomed to enjoying in my week to week——At first it was terrifying. I felt useless and like I had nothing to offer those around me. But then a feeling of freedom came – the feeling that I’m more than what I can offer. I realised during that rest time how much our good gifts can sometimes inhibit us from true communion with Father – how much they can inhibit real friendship with one another——So, may your good gifts be nothing more than that to you today. May you be brave enough to place them down, or to allow them to be taken away for a season, so that you may find a moment of deep-rest – the kind where God lives. The kind that prepares you for what’s coming next. The kind that helps you see that your true value in God is not in what you offer, but in your being His. – Strahan Coleman

Hebrews 4:9-11
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest

Exodus 20:8
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Jesus

As we enter the weekend (and hopefully sabbath) – how will you rest, rejoice, reset, and worship this weekend?

PRAY

Father, let me learn to rest from my gifts, to find deep-rest, face-to-face-rest, even when I may not want it, even when I may not need it, so that we may keep our secret hiding place together.

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when newness isn’t easy


Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:18-19

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

“if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17.
That is, when we trust in Christ, God gives us a permanent fresh start, an everlasting new beginning, regardless of what we’ve done or who we’ve been. Our deep desire to “begin again” is satisfied once and for all because of what Christ has done for us on the cross.

(pause)

If you have tried and ‘failed’ enough, you’ll know how hard it can be when newness comes knocking——Here’s to saying yes to the newness of today and embarking on the adventure of the moment that God’s inviting us into.

C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity: “God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature.”

New, unimaginable changes await all God’s children because God promises a new, unimaginable power.

Because God has given us a new beginning, a new family, a new purpose, and a new power, let us celebrate true newness tonight. And in doing so we will point a watching world to the only One who can “make all things new.”

PRAY

God of gracious transformation; when I’m too afraid to accept Your newness, lift courage from the mire within me, and help me take the first step.

How do you feel led to pray?

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fervently (it’s tuesday)


On Tuesdays during First Seek we are inviting everyone to fast and join a gathering.

  • 9am prayer on Zoom with Pastor Andrew
  • Fast with us as you pray and listen throughout the day.
  • Tonight: 7pm Worship & Prayer gathering at 12 Bassett St (our new ministry center)

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:18


All of history’s great revivals have one attribute in common – people fervently prayed for them. In November 1949 in the Hebrides Islands, two elderly women in their 80’s were troubled at the state of their parish – not one young person attended church. These two women were moved to action and decided to pray about it. They met twice a week and prayed from 10pm – 3am. The women invited the church leaders and elders to pray with them.


A few weeks later Scottish preacher Duncan Campbell visited the island to preach. These women had a clear vision that he was supposed to stay and lead. During his time on Lewis Island, revival broke out and hundreds of people came to know Christ. On the first day of the revival, 122 young people were saved.


PRAY
“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

  • Karl Barth said “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.”
    Where is the disorder in y(our) world?
  • Take 10min+ to name it and pray for that disorder
  • Ask God to grow your heart for the lost and the hurting this morning.
  • Join us this morning online or this evening in person