Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Preaching the Gospel

The Bible Study completed Acts chapter 10 on Thursday and flowed beautifully. Sunday's sermon on "Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:5-11) went great too. Thanks for praying for us.

I had a good walk at Green Pastures this afternoon covering 2.8 miles. 

I continue with my history writing in Portuguese and have now done the history of the work here from the 1938 start up to 1995 so I am steadily progressing. 

I have prepared a Father's Day message for this Sunday as that's what it will be here. I have also prepared (more or less) another sermon on Philippians 2:12-18. I need to work on this week's Bible Study now on Acts 11 and maybe 12. I also like to prepare too much as add lib studies are difficult to predict for time. 

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Men's Fellowship

I took part last night in the Men's Fellowship meeting online via Google Meet. Philip brought the message of the night from Romans 6 - "Shall we go on sinning, so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" It was a good clear well argued message combating "cheap grace" ideas that some may have. There was a parallel prayer meeting last night for the ladies. 

Monday, 27 July 2020

Good service

Last night's service in Patos saw us use new software for the transmission so as to improve the sound quality. This was because as from the 19th the church band was back in action which demanded better sound quality. Hence this week we switched to the new system which was a bit complicated at first but worked out alright in the end... I think.

I have prepared my sermon for next Sunday on Philippians 2:5-11 called Jesus Christ is Lord. I have also prepared for Thursday's Bible Study on the latter part of Acts 10 plus chapters 11 and 12 are ready. I always prefer preparing more than enough because I do the studies informally, reading and commenting, so it is not a set half hour sermon so to speak. I usually speak for about 45 minutes each Thursday night so it is impossible to know how much I will manage to cover.

Today is my sister Jean's birthday so I made an earlyish video link call to her to wish her well. 

Thursday, 23 July 2020

1992

I am continuing to write the history of the Mission in Portuguese and have now covered 1938 to 1991. I am now working on 1992. It is a very big job. I have information to draw on from the minutes of leadership meetings here plus EAB Newsletters + individual churches extra detailed local information. I value your prayers. 

I am today going back over Acts 10 and 11 for tonight's Bible Study online. This will be followed tonight by the regular Serenade of old hymns by Philip.

We have been sorting out one or two pastoral problems this week which I can't go into here. People get into difficulties or cause difficulties whether online or not! Things crop up and have to be handled and the lack of face to face meetings is missed for these sorts of things. Please pray. 

On Tuesday night the men had their fellowship meeting which went well, as did the prayer meeting. Last night was the women's fellowship meeting with 10 taking part.

QPR have finished the 2019/2020 season in 14th place in the Championship which at least is an improvement on 19th last season. They won and drew their last two games. In a few weeks time the new 2020/2021 season begins. 

Monday, 20 July 2020

Blessed services

Thursday's Bible Study went well and we completed Acts 9. This was followed, as usual, by Philip's increasingly popular serenade of old hymns.

Yesterday I spoke in Devizes in the morning and in Brazil at night! I was invited to speak in the Rock Community Church's service in the morning which is in Devizes, Wiltshire, UK. I spoke at night as usual in the Patos service.

I studied this morning an excellent essay by Tim Dieppe on women's ministries. I also started preparing the Bible study for this Thursday in Acts 10. This afternoon I stretched my legs for a couple of miles at Green Pastures. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

In Christ

I prepared my sermon for Sunday today. I will speak on being 'in Christ' as reflected by Philippians 2:1-5 and what effect this has on our lives as Christians. It's not such an easy passage to preach so it demanded a lot of prayerful thought. I find Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of the text good. 

Monday, 13 July 2020

Good Service

I got up at 5.40 am today and went for a good two and a half mile walk at Green Pastures which was nice. I picked up the Bushnell automatic camera memory cards when there and was happy to see we picked up good 30 second videos of a Crane Hawk, an Opossum, a pair of ground doves and a beautiful family of 12 wild ducklings. The rains are finished so the stream is fast drying up with rich food supplies for wild ducks in the shallow waters. These videos all will be posted on the Green Pastures Nature Reserve's Facebook page which seeks to encourage people to value creation and help preserve nature. 

Last night's service went very well. I led the service, Philip and Louisa led the worship and Louisa and her fellow law student Rayla brought a two part message which was excellent. I asked them to do this so as to vary things a bit and because I knew I would be very busy last week with the London School of Theology Conference. I have already started preparing my sermon for this coming Sunday and then it's on to preparing the Bible study for Thursday. We value your prayers and support always.