What we’re praying into

Bedfordview prayer meeting – 26 August, 2015

1. World Equip
– That it would be a strategic time
– For relationships to be strengthened for the sake of the Gospel
– NCMI influence would grow across the globe for the sake of seeing Christ’s Kingdom grow.

2. Boardriders event
– Favour for the event
– Favour with those who will attend – long-lasting relationships to be formed.
– Doorway into lives with the Gospel

Bedfordview prayer meeting – 12 August, 2015

We prayed into / for:

  • Brian and Trish Elliott (Victory Church)
  • Basson and Tanya Nel (Liberty Church, George)
  • Nick and Viv Campbell (Southern Gateway, Knysna)
  • Charl and Dianne van Heerden (Xtreme Life Church, Plettenburg Bay)
  • Murray and Michelle Hurd (Face to Face Church, Jeffrey’s Bay)
  • Grant and Nicole Boreham (Port Elizabeth)
  • Chris and Anet Gerber (Doxa Deo P.E.)
  • Richard and Zelda Preston (Storehouse, P.E.)
  • Nick and Shelley van Rensburg (Bay City Church, P.E.)
  • Brendon and Tash Lock (Joy to the Nations, P.E.)
  • Adrian and Heidi (Uitenhage)
  • Awie and France Matick (Uitenhage)
  • David and Kate Koch (Frontiers International, Grahamstown)
  • Craig and Deirdre Farrell (Eden-in-the-City, East London)
  • Graeme and Sue Harris (Rooftops, East London)
  • Doug and Sharon and Theron (Lighthouse Ministries, East London)
  • Graham and Dawn Gernetzky (Glen Eden Church, East London)

Becoming The Established Tree

by Greg Mattarelli
16 August 2015 at Bedfordview PM

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by Mark Meeske
09 August 2015 at Bedfordview PM

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Finishing Strong

by Bill Taylor
07 August 2015 at Bedfordview AM

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The book of Hosea

Most people know Hosea as the guy who the Lord commanded to marry a prostitute (Gomer). It is a rich and deep story. If there was fire in Amos’ eyes then there is sorrow and tears in Hosea’s just ten years later. Israel hadn’t listened to Amos. The Lord raised up Hosea to describe Israel’s sin in another more emotional and close-to-the-heart manner.

Remember, Israel is in a troubled time. From some aspects things are going well. The golden reign of Jeroboam II is coming to a close. There is economic prosperity and political stability but the people don’t care for Yahweh their loving Father (11:1) and husband (1-2). They are unashamedly sacrificing and worshipping Baal, that age-old Canaanite god that has plagued Israel for years.

God uses Hosea to teach Israel with a visual picture. He is to marry a harlot. He is to take her into his home and give her status as a wife. They have children. But she betrays him more than once. Israel has been unfaithful to God in the same way. The pain a husband experiences in knowing his wife has slept with other men is God’s pain over Israel’s worship of Baal. God is loyal and loving. Because of this he will help Israel with her unfaithfulness. Assyria will be a bad taste in her mouth. Israel will know what it is like to be ‘married’ to a foreign god, and Israel will hate it.

Hosea’s poetic look at God and Israel leaves us with a host of metaphors to teach us about himself, Israel and ourselves. God is loyal and loving. His loyalty is stronger than his anger. God wants spiritual marriage with us. He is jealous for us. And us… well Hosea draws us to tears when we are confronted with God’s plea: “don’t play the whore” (9:1).

The Exclusivity And Completeness Of Jesus

by Richard Preston
19 July 2015 at Bedfordview AM

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