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I destroyed the Amorite …
though he was tall as the cedars
and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed his fruit above and his roots below
Amos 2:9

What an amazing statement of the Lord’s work of healing and deliverance, in our lives!

We’re having a bumper harvest of raspberries, this year! And it’s also going to be a good year for figs! Earlier, we had blackcurrant profusion! Going by the many requests we see from others to “please come and help yourself to our fruit/veg”, this looks like a year of fruitful harvests, all round. Even our tomatoes, that usually end up splitting on the plant, are beautiful and complete, this year!

How good it is and how thankful we are, when we can enjoy such abundance of good fruit. Then we know that the roots, too, must be good.

There are times, though, when we see the evidence of bad fruit in our lives. This may be in the form of negative self-beliefs, or damaging behaviour we can’t avoid, or relationships that are a constant source of hurt, or that nothing ever seems to go right, or any number of other negative experiences we seem unable to shake free from. And we know that the root bearing this fruit, lies deep within. And the root is not good. Yet we seem powerless to do anything about it.

The great news is that God’s promise holds true! In His words through Amos, the “Amorite” represented the enemy of His people. His promise is that whatever wars against us – the bad roots, however they got there, and the damaging fruit they produce – HE has destroyed, on the cross of Jesus, by whose wounds we are healed. We don’t need to live with bad fruit, nor with the roots that continue to produce them. As we take hold of the healing and deliverance available through the cross, we WILL receive and live in freedom!

At the 2016 Encounter Weekends we are exploring this in greater depth and uncovering the tremendous riches of Isaiah 53. There are still places available if you’d like to join us or know someone who would benefit. We’d love as many as possible to have the opportunity to be renewed, refreshed and restored!

I feel complete and whole and very blessed with so much love I receive and can now freely give
… a glorious weekend … it’s amazing how the Lord met my different needs

Living stream

Living stream at Carbis Bay

Two testimonies from a weekend in which we were once again favoured by the healing and restoring presence of Jesus! Shaming events in our lives can leave us with a legacy that overrides our God-given identity and makes us feel unwanted, unloved and irreparably damaged, resulting in negative thoughts and behaviour towards ourselves and others. But God’s promise is to restore what we have lost! This weekend we engaged with this promise, expressed by the prophet Isaiah (61:7) in the words:

Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion… instead of their disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance… everlasting joy will be theirs

Some of our group

Some of our group

Not just a great promise, but one that God commits himself to, through a binding agreement (or covenant), as Isaiah goes on to say,

In my faithfulness (says God) I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them

As someone else noted at the weekend, “I will hold onto this covenant thought and this will truly be a blessing”.

Great shelter for breakfast on the beach

Great shelter for breakfast on the beach

An unexpected blessing at Sunday morning’s breakfast on the beach at Carbis Bay! For the first time in all our Encounter Weekends we were provided with a wonderful shelter – a reminder, someone remarked, of God’s protective covering over us. The weather may not have been typically warm and sunny Galilee, yet we were there! “The experience I had on the beach, with the waves coming in and going out, taking all my troubles with it …..”.

Cornwall House of Prayer

Cornwall House of Prayer

The House of Prayer is always a special place for us on our visits to St.Ives. Once more, the sweet Presence of Jesus filled the place, as we soaked in the ministry of His Holy Spirit. “At the prayer room I felt God released me from all the tough questions and confusion and disturbance within me”; “At the prayer room, God spoke to me about releasing anger and other things I’m holding onto”.

Great thanks to John and Anne for their hospitality, wonderful care and excellent food! Looking forward to the next Encounter Weekend in 2016. DO join us, whether or not you’ve been before.

Shalom at Carbis Bay

Shalom at Carbis Bay

NH Sept15 beachA combination of God’s healing grace and Presence, liberating truth from God’s Word, sun and warmth for the bbq breakfast on the beach, warm fellowship and excellent hospitality meant we were truly blessed at our Encounter Weekend in September, at Nicholaston House. God met with us!

We thought, taught, talked and prayed about how shame affects our lives and ties us into false identities of who we are, masking or stripping away the person God created us to be. As we confronted these difficult issues, God broke through , healing years even decades of emotional and mental pain for some folk. Some experienced it at the weekend. Others realised the extent of what God had healed and the freedom He has released them into, only after they returned to their everyday routines.

Some testimonies show what God was up to!

NH Sept 15K: Straight after we did all those prayers, Jesus walked with me through my life as a child. He was with me and I saw him with me in every incident where I felt totally rejected, unaccepted, unwanted, ridiculed and unloved. There were so many of them, it becomes a state of being, so that everything is always coloured in that way…even times when it was never mean to be. But this time, as Jesus and I went through my childhood, I felt loved and accepted and it was beautiful. Jesus rewrote my whole history for me – with me – as accepted and loved, in every single moment with every member of my family and moment of my childhood. It was very lovely. … I’ve always felt like my skin was being whipped when people accused me, criticised me or said evil things against me. Now I know that I don’t have to take the whipping. Jesus took it for me. (Jesus was whipped by Pontius Pilate before being crucified. The prophet Isaiah, 600 years earlier said, “by his stripes we are healed”).

D: It has been a weekend of tears and laughter and God has done some amazing things. I’m going home feeling free and excited about what God is going to do with me next. 

H spoke of God rolling away years of isolation and bitterness and being reconnected into His love.

Others found beauty, refreshing, strengthening and fresh hope as God met with us.

Thank you to everyone who joined us and made this such a special time. Thank you to the Lord for His Presence, that made ALL the difference!

 

Easter Apr15

Out of the darkness
new life exploded
All sin’s deceptions
fully defeated
He lives! He lives!
Life’s fullness He gives!
Jesus, Your Kingdom
forever established

Naturalists tell us that animals which exist predominantly or entirely in the dark, possess particular faculties that enable them to live in a world that to the rest of us is so abnormal. Yet for these animals, this habitat of darkness for which they are so superbly equipped, is the most normal.

So we could ask what is normal, the darkness or the light? To which we would most probably say that it depends on our perspective – whether we are the night prowlers or the day workers!

We could also ask a deeper question. How much of what we take for “normal”, would be “normal” in God’s eyes? We could, maybe should, ask this over all facets of our lives – our attitudes, the way we conduct relationships, the way we work, the way we behave, the ethics and morality we consider acceptable, the state of our health, the fruitfulness of our work … are just some areas we could reflect on.

Darkness as a Biblical metaphor describes the state that exists when we are in rebellion against God. It is the result of sin and the legacy of sin. Here, the apostle Paul is not simply saying that we are saved from sin. He is referring to the controlling influence that darkness has over our world. Yes, by the grace and mercy of God, we see his goodness at work – without which we would be truly lost. But we can’t escape from the reality that so much of what we see and experience in the world, is compromised by sin. It’s like seeing the world through a distortion lens. Yet we have lived with the distortions for so long, that we accept it and its shortcomings as normal.

The resurrection of Jesus breaks the hold of sin and brings us into the freedom of his new life. In this new life, our perspectives are different. Though our knowledge and understanding may not yet be perfect, we have a new lens through which can view and experience life. It is the perspective of light, not of darkness. It is God’s normality, not the abnormalities of sin. It is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, working in us (Ephesians 1:19)! It is the strength and power to break through the bondages of sin to live in the abundant life that Jesus promises us (John 10:10). It is gaining God’s perspective that lifts us above the despair of failure. It is redefining normal in God’s terms, not accepting the damage caused by sin, as normality. It is experiencing God’s supernatural in the natural.

May the resurrection life and light of Jesus fill you through his Holy Spirit.

Many thanks for the many expressions of support, prayers and donations you gave me, to encourage me on this challenge walk. Here’s what the experience was like. I hope you enjoy reading it!

8am    MachenSetting off

We’re off! There’s about 50 others, with Andrew and me. I’m raising sponsorship for iTeams and Andrew’s raising funds for Paul (an iTeams missionary) to open a music school for Somali refugees in Nairobi. The rate at which everyone else is going, is an early sign to us. These are seasoned, long distance walkers, who do this sort of thing regularly and know where they are going! 26.6 miles and 5700ft of climbing to go!

IMG_13708.45am    The first peak

A steady climb up 1000ft – we’ve kept up with the pace, but we’re bringing up the rear. Trying to decide if stopping to take photos is part of this walk, or not. There’s been a steady, light drizzle, so it’s already feeling pretty steamed up, inside our “breathable” waterproofs! Stop at the 362m trig point on Mynydd Machen to make some clothing adjustments, drink some water …. and when we look up, the tail end of the group has already disappeared! Well, we’re now on our own.

9.45am    Lost and an angel!

The horrible realisation hits us that we’ve descended over 70ft down the wrong way! Only way is back up! Who’s this coming back up the road? It’s David, who went even further down. He was at the front of the main group and stopped to make a note at a check point and have an oat cake. When he looked up, everyone else had disappeared! David realised later in the day that he took the wrong turn because he had set the route the wrong way round on his sat nav! We are now three … and what Andrew and I don’t realise just yet is that David’s is the Lord’s “angel” for us. Read on to find out more ….

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Encounter Journeys are about a lot more than touring Israel ….

Encounter Journeys are intended to give you personal space and time to soak up the Biblical heritage in Israel and to come to a fresh encounter with Jesus that you will find enriching and restoring.

So we seek to avoid the hustle and bustle normally associated with touring – the early mornings, the rushing  on and off coaches, being herded through places where we really want to stop and absorb, the feeling of being lost in a crowd ….

Encounter Journeys run over 12 days, giving you an extended period in Jerusalem (5 nights) and by the shores of Lake Galilee (6 nights). This gives you the opportunity to enjoy times of rest and personal reflection, in between the unhurried schedule of visiting sites. Our guides, who are local believers with a heart for ministry, provide excellent and detailed information that will help you understand the historical and Biblical context and significance of the places we visit.

As part of Breakfast on the Beach ministries, Encounter Journeys include teaching to encourage and deepen our faith and  to help us gain an insight into the prophetic significance of Israel and to broaden our understanding of God’s unfolding purposes in the history of his church. There are also opportunities for prayer and ministry for individuals.

You will be able to meet with local ministries and groups of believers. And of course, experience a rich variety of food and cultures.

If you seek to grow in faith and to gain a richer understanding not just of Biblical history but also of the relevance of this to God’s purposes today … if you seek an experience of Israel that will enrich and restore you …

then this is the Journey for you!

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Contact us through the form below, to register your interest in the 2014 Journey. We will contact you as soon as details are finalised.