1 CHRISTIAN POLICE ASSOCIATION Then and Now Celebrating 125 years 2008 Including two articles from historic issues of the CPA magazine On and Off Duty Inside this issue: C. H. Spurgeon 2 The Founder 5 Significant Venues 6 Presidents 7 Office Bearers 8
2 Page 2 Then and Now When I was a small boy I always had a great awe of the Police, and I feel some thing of that upon me now. I feel as if I am under Police surveillance. I had a ticket-of-leave to come up to the platform, and I feel now as if every Constable here was locking me up. I am altogether such a disreputable person that you had better look if I go wrong, And you may take me up if you can; but anyhow, look as sharply after me as possible. I have heard of a good old Scotch lady who, when her own minister preached, always went to sleep, but when a young man from college took an occasional service, she listened with all her ears. Someone asked her why that was. She said, I know the old man very well, and I know that he will keep sound in doctrine and in faith, and so I go to sleep, but as to these young fellows, there is no telling what they will say, and therefore I keep watch. Now, I must be looked after by the Police this afternoon, and I hope the Police will find something before I have done which they can take away from me and keep to themselves. I shall take care of this. My dear friends, I do not speak to you now as if you were all Christians, but some of you are as good as you can be, and some of you are no better than you should be. I have no doubt you are a very mixed lot, many here are good and gracious men, but some are here of the other sort. What is the use of going fishing if all the fish have been caught? I want to catch some of the other fish if I can, while I am speaking to you this afternoon. My first remark (I always preach on these occasions) is, 1. It is well for a Policeman to be a Christian. Christianity suits everybody, from the shoeblack up to Her Majesty. No member of society is not the better in his position for being a Christian, or else his position is one which he ought not to occupy at all. Every Policeman should be a Christian. May the day come when it shall be so. God grant it! For this ensures character. You know that to be called a Christian does not ensure character; but to be a Christian really and truly, really to trust in God and feel the power of grace in your heart, will ensure the manifestation of its power in your life. A holy life is the natural outcome of grace, and when grace takes full possession of the heart, holiness becomes habitual to the Christian. Now every Policeman wants a character. I have known some men who would have been very glad if they could have got rid of what character they had; like the Irishman who wanted a place, and who, when asked where was his character, said, At the last place I was at they told me that they thought I should do better without a character. There are persons of that sort about, but they do not do for Policemen. A Policeman wants to have character, and when that character is sound, and perfumed through and through with real love to God, and a real earnestness after holiness, it is a character that will stand the test. It was always the practice, in the early days of the Christian Police Association to hold the annual gathering at Exeter Hall in the Strand, London. Many well-known speakers were invited to participate, among them the famous Baptist preacher C. H. Spurgeon. He spoke to CPA on more than one occasion but his first visit was in 1890 when he gave as his title Why should a policeman be a true Christian? As the Gurney family business was shorthand writing, it is hardly surprising that such talks were fully recorded and many appeared in the CPA magazine. The message that follows appeared in the On and Off Duty magazine for June Why should a policeman be a true Christian? An address by the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon at Exeter Hall, Strand, London on the occasion of the anniversary of the Christian Police Association Let no member of this Association take his religion and count it as thought it were nothing, doing the same things as if he had it not, and following after the same ways as though he made no profession of being a child of God. There was a man who always would persistently spell the word psalm salm, and when he was asked why he did not spell it correctly he said that was near enough, for nobody ever sounded the p and therefore it might as well be left out; and if you have a religion which is never pronounced, like that letter p in psalm, you may as well leave it out. It ought to be the greatest sound in the whole world. Whatever vowel or consonant is not sounded in our lives, our religion ought to sound forth as with the sound of a trumpet. Oh! May God make every Policeman a Christian, to be a sort of life insurance for his character. Every Policeman should be a Christian, for it will make him active and conscientious. Active! I have a strong belief that No lazy man is a Christian. A lazy man is everything else that is bad, for certain. If you do nothing, you do evil. Unless a man is active and diligent in his calling, how dwelleth the grace of God in him? I like to hear the babies only not too much of them. About 25 years ago I was preaching, and a child interrupted me very much by keeping on crying. I did not want the mother to go; so I said Let us pray for that child. We did so; and some 20 years afterwards a fine tall young man came in to join the church. He said to me, Do you remember stopping in your sermon and praying for me in such and such a chapel when I was a baby? I said, I remember it very well. He said, My father and mother were always telling me about it, and somehow it made an impression upon my mind and my character. But to come back to our business. A Policeman, as a Christian, will be active and conscientious. You know the story of the Charlies whom you superseded. They must have been fine men, certainly. Men 60, 70, 80, or 90 years old, out all night, were in their boxes with their nightcaps on and sound asleep. I hope some of them were Christians; but certainly it would have been a more Christian act to have sent them to bed. I like to see a Christian man (I sometimes wish myself six feet something, like some of you) who really does his duty, and is no mere milksop, and does not talk goody, goody, but is an active, intelligent officer; I think that is the proper name for it. That is what every Christian man should aim to be. A tramp once said to his companion, I have had an awful night of it. I have had a dream that has haunted me dreadfully. The companion said, What is it? He said, I dreamt that I did a day s work. There have been men in all services to whom the dream of doing a day s work would be a very horrible dream. But this should not be the case with a Christian man. Christianity gives him a desire to do his duty in his station to the very full, and if there be a hard-working man in the world in his calling, it is the man who fears God and serves a higher
3 Celebrating 125 years Page 3 Master than any master or officer upon earth. Every Policeman should be a Christian, next, because it will make him proof against temptation. I will not go into those temptations, but where can you go to be out of temptation? The prayer Lead us not into temptation, needs to be prayed by every one of us. We are told that in a Policeman s life there are abundant temptations; but by god s grace you will stand. Go to Christ, and be going all through if possible. Policeman, could you drink a pint of beer? said a landlord. He replied, I daresay I could drink a quart, but I do not want to, for, first, I have no taste in that direction, in the second place it would be contrary to my duty just now, and I do not see why you should be so generous with your beer if you did not expect from me something in return which I cannot give you. Some of you cannot travel very far on the road to heaven, for there are So many bars on the road. I am always glad when a Policeman becomes a teetotaller, and does not encounter those bars. But remember that you cannot reach heaven, even then, except you have received Christ in the right spirit; and if you have done so you will escape not only those temptations, but temptations in the other direction, which so touch you London Policemen. It seems to me that if I were to be a Policeman, as am sure I shall not be, I should like to be a Christian, because I should feel so much at ease. The easiest man in the world is the saved man. In the Duke of Wellington s time there was a Commission held as to the uniform of the soldiers. You know how he strapped them up in their regimentals; and he asked a Waterloo man, Suppose you were in another battle like Waterloo, how would you like to be dressed? Sir, was the answer, I should like to be in my shirt-sleeves. He would then be free for duty. Suppose I gave him a weight of a hundredweight on his back, he would say, I cannot go about with this weight on my shoulders. But there is a heavier load than that upon human hearts the load of your past sins the load of all those years that have been wasted, when you have lived without God. Did you ever feel it? I remember when I felt it. There are no pains equalling the pains of a guilty conscience. I bear witness that I should have preferred being burnt at a slow fire, I should have preferred every agony of body to that which I felt when I was under the heavy hand of God on account of my youthful sins; and I remember when that burden went off my shoulders. Well may you rejoice; any man who feels that load taken off his back may be excused for saying Hallelujah! He is the man to do any kind of business; the load that would have crushed him is gone. He is the man to preach with life and fire and spirit, for the load under which he was made to lie as one dead has been taken from him. Yes, he is a man at ease. They say in drill sometimes, Stand at ease! Some persons think that is a very fine posture; and so it is. He that cannot stand at ease cannot work well. He that has not rest of heart is not a man to go about the duties of the day. Ah! Friends, you may well make good Policemen if your debts are all discharged, and if you can go up and down the world feeling I owe nothing; Christ has remitted for me my enormous debt it has gone; I am clean; through Jesus blood I am free. In the old days when men were arrested for debt there was a poor fellow who was generally in the Clink or Marshalsea for debt, and one day when he got out he caught his ragged sleeve in a railing near one of the bridges, and he turned round and said, I will pay you as soon as ever I can. He thought he was being arrested again. There are lots of people going through this world who are always in that state, afraid of being arrested for their sins, and always ready to promise that they will pay as soon as ever they can. Blessed is that man who knows that he cannot pay anything, and who has read that text, And when they had nothing to pay he frankly forgave them both. You know that I was such a sinner, though but a youth, that I seemed to be nothing but a mass of sin, and I always like to meet another person like myself; for when they brought a leprous man before the priest, he looked up and looked down from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot. The man said, Here is a clean spot; there is no leprosy there. The priest said, Unclean. Another said, Just look over my breast; there is a clean spot. The priest said, Unclean. Another said, I am leprous from head to foot, all over. The priest saw that it was so, and he said, You are clean. It is a wonderful thing, but he was cured of the leprosy when there was nothing clean about him; when he was altogether leprous from head to foot, then he was clean. Oh, what a mercy it is to be reduced to absolute penury in yourself to find inestimable riches in Christ Jesus! That is the man who is made to walk at large, and he may go about his duties without fear. I think that if I were a Policeman there are so many lonely hours that I should want to be with Christ in those lonely hours. The must be lonely hours. Oh, what a blessed thing it is then to commune with God! How bright the world seems in its darkness, and how clear, when you can talk with God! Brothers of the Association, you know what I am speaking of; I am sure you do. Tell others that there is nothing like the heart being given to Christ, and the whole nature washed in the blood of the Lamb, to be the happiest man on earth. A Policeman, too, will find the use of his religion in its guidance in many a difficulty. Many of you say, What must I do in this case? Have I to fight, or to get out of the way? What would you do? Whichever way you do, you are sure to be blamed. I have noticed in the paper that men are blamed who do not do a thing, and that men are blamed who do. You know the old story of the man and his son and the donkey, and you cannot please everybody. Please the Man up above; do that. But, with the most anxious desire to do it, you do not know what to do. Now a believer looks above, and there is a voice out of the oracle that will often guide him, and a heavenly instinct within that will seem to say to him, That is what you have to do; and though he may not like to do it, yet he does the right; God will guide him. Above all, I think true religion is most excellent in a Policeman to make him gentle. I suppose all of you members of the Association try to be as tender and long-suffering and patient as ever you can be. But do you always succeed? At a full meeting, a gentleman once said, If there is a man here who never spoke a cross word to his wife, will he stand up? One man stood up, but as he stood up he said, But I am a bachelor. To be gentle with those who turn upon you to fight you is a grand thing to be regulated by the grace of God. It gives a man energy, and makes a man a man. They say in the proverb that calling a man a fool does not make him so. I beg pardon. When a Policeman has lost his temper over it, then he is a fool. And it is not easy sometimes to keep your temper, when foul-mouthed men meet you and go from words to blows, and you are only trying to do your duty. It is a grand thing if you can possess your souls. That is one of the nicest possessions a man can have out of
4 Page 4 Then and Now heaven. In your patience possess your souls. It seems to say within you, No, I am not to be irritated by you, by the grace of God I have seen my Saviour suffer far more than you can make me suffer, and He has put me under obligations to follow Him in patience and in suffering; and so I will do my duty. Oh, the power of gentleness and patience! Yesterday I took my father, a young man of 80, to see my grandson, and a very pretty sight it was to see the greatgrandfather take up the child and give him a blessing. He said, I will tell you a story. Your grandmother was a very gentle woman, but one day I said something wrong, and she said, John, I will tell your father the next time you do it. I was afraid of father, but the old John broke out in me. I said the same thing again, and my mother told my father. My father said, I am very sorry, John; you will break my heart. Your mother is so kind; if you do it again I will beat you so that you will never forget it till the day of your death. After saying that, he hoped I would not do it again. I did it again, and then my father was put to a puzzle. So he prayed with me, and told me he was obliged to beat me so that I should never forget it till the day of my death. He prayed with me again, and with tears said, I do not know what to do so that you shall never forget it till the day of your death. At last he took two weak straws, and touched me across the cheek with them and said, Will you ever forget it till the day of your death? No, said my father, and he added to us, I never have forgotten it, for I am telling it to my grandchildren here. But, he said, it won my heart. I was so surprised to be let down so gently that I tried all I could to be the best son possible for the rest of my life. Policemen, you will often find that to be good and gentle will work its way. My second head is this: 2. A Christian who is a policeman should be very much of a Christian. We have a lot of Christians round about us that have a name to live, but still they are dead. A Christian not very much of a Christian is a poor thing. When a boy was asked at school, Is your father a Christian? Well, he said, I think he is a Christian, but he has not worked much at it lately. You, if you follow Christ, must follow him fully, because you have to deal with such depravity of human nature. A man who has to go into foul places should be in splendid health. If you have to deal with disease you should take care of the system, so that it may be strong enough to cast off all the evil in the air round about you. To some of you London must seem as bad as Sodom, and I am not sure that it is not. Let your heart go up to God, that the evil may not go into your soul. Foul smells, even of the sewer, are nothing compared with foul words and foul deeds, which will soon poison your soul unless you are strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. You ought to be true Christians because you will be watched. The seed of Ishmael will mock the seed of Isaac. There is a deadly enmity between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman; and if you are God s child you will be watched with ten thousand eyes. So be careful lest you bring that name into contempt. You need be strong Christians, for you have very few privileges. I am shocked to find how seldom a Policeman can get away from duty on the Sabbath Day. I wish it could be altered. The Sabbath Day comes with such sweetness to us all. It seems so needful to have one day in seven; and if that cannot be done, I hope you will be able to get more often to the House of God. I think that if I could get a meal but once a month I should eat a good deal of that kind of food and should want a good digestion. When policemen do get out let me advise them to keep to one minister and one place of worship. I have heard of a plant in South America that grows wherever there is a little water, and flourishes till that water is all gone, and then takes to withdrawing its roots from the soil; they turn into a powder, and when the plant is so withdrawn the wind blows it for miles. When it gets to water it settles again for a time, but it never flowers. It is blown another half dozen miles across the prairie, and the same thing takes place. I have seen Christians in London who have grown like a young cedar, fresh and green, hearing a good man; then they have turned into a state of death. Then they go a half dozen miles to hear a very clever man, never mind what his doctrine is; they retain their position there for six months, and they go bolt away somewhere else, and never get further than being just a heap of dead leaves, with the possibility of much and the fact of nothing. May you be strong Christians because your privileges are few. I would have you strong Christians because you are living in a world of doubt; and I suppose doubt is whispered into a Policeman s ear; it is said, This is not true, and that is not true. The Gospel that saved our fathers and our grandsires is now cast to the winds. God help you to be proof against the doubt of the times! You know how easy it is to get into the presence of a doubter or a scorner, and to have a question propounded to you which you cannot answer. A little child once said I do not find the promise fulfilled to me which the Bible makes if I obey my father and mother; because the promise is that my days shall be long upon the land if I do, and I have obeyed my father and mother, but my days do not get any longer through obeying my father and mother, because I always have to go to bed at seven o clock. That was a misunderstanding of the passage; and there are plenty of doubts quite as foolish as that of the child. Hold on firmly to the Book of God, and to the truth of Christ. If you be strong Christians, you will seize all your opportunities. I should suppose that you have large opportunities of speaking a word for Christ. I have met with some Christians, in conversing with whom I have heard of this and that and the other thing, a capacity to which I could never reach, but not of the main thing in life. I pray you to be ready when you go forth in the morning to tell of that Saviour who has saved you. It is a pity that He should be wounded in the house of His friends. May you be good men and true to Him. Now here is my last head: 3. A Policeman becomes a Christian in the very same way as any other person becomes a Christian, by being apprehended. There is no other way, I believe, in the world of becoming a Christian, except by being arrested and apprehended. One Apostle speaks of it thus, in Philippians 3:12 That I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Christ must come and lay His hand upon you, and take you prisoner. Oh! I wish He would do it this evening,
5 Celebrating 125 years that that pierced hand might take by the collar some proud Policeman here, and if the Lord meets you, and gets a grip of you, He will never relax it; He holds you fast as His captive; and the business and the pleasure of that captive should be to decide at once to be the Lord s. Surrender! Your prisoners often do; they say, Do not be rough with me; I will go quietly with you. I wish you would say the same to the Lord Jesus Christ; only mind you do it directly; mind you do it at once. That young prodigal, when he said in his heart, I will arise and go to my father, did not say, The gentleman who took me on to keep his pigs will not like my leaving him in a hurry; I had better give him a week s notice. If he had done so he would have been keeping pigs to this day. He arose and went. Do the same this afternoon; do not wait to give the devil notice. I said that last night and a man said, That reminded me of what I did when I was delivered. I was very much under the power of a young man who was a stronger man than I, and he led me into a good deal of sin. I heard a sermon which impressed me, and I looked round at the chair on which he was and went out at another door. I had an engagement with him which I had Page 5 made for the following night, but I have never kept it; I gave him the slip and ran away. All conversions may not be instantaneous, much may go before; but there is a point which must be immediate, in which we come from death to life. Oh! May the Spirit of God apprehend some man this evening, and may he submit at once to Christ and become Christ s servant henceforth and for ever. Yield, man, and then you will sing with great joy and gladness, Tis done, the great transaction s done. Whenever Christ arrests a man He will keep hold of him. Does any man know what God is going to make of the women? They are the makers of us. Our fathers are very well, but where are they? We vexed and troubled our mothers all the first years of life, and they formed our characters. After all, we are much more what our mothers made us than what our fathers did for us. Oh! Dear wife, find out what God means you to do, and do it. And Constable, remember, the Lord has apprehended you that you may apprehend others. I wish for your Society many years of increasing usefulness, till all the world shall be covered with your organisation, and the Spirit of God shall be in every Policeman. Amen. The Founder Born to Joseph and Harriet at Lavender Hill, Battersea on 19 June 1848, Catherine Gurney was raised in the south London suburb of Wandsworth. It was here that she had her first encounters with police officers while walking home from helping the poor. Catherine Gurney in 1895 Following the death of her father, the family moved to Notting Hill, where the very first Christian Police meeting was held. Her mother was a great support and encourager and the work among the police quickly became established and expanded across the United Kingdom. Everywhere she went, Catherine encouraged people to pray for the police. Not just concerned with the spiritual welfare of the police, Catherine Gurney was instrumental in starting the first convalescent home entirely for police officers. With many officers dying at a young age and leaving large families, there was also the need for orphanages and schools. Enlisting the help of many benefactors as well as police officers themselves, the first seaside home and orphanage was started at West Brighton in Sussex (later known as Hove), to be followed shortly afterwards by similar facilities at Harrogate in Yorkshire. The legacy of her work remains today with the Police Rehabilitation Centre at Goring on Thames and the Northern Police Convalescent and Treatment Centre. The support of the children of officers who have died in service or been forced to retire on medical grounds continues with the Gurney Fund in the south of the United Kingdom, and the St George s Police Trust in the north. Between the first and second world wars, Catherine was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to the police. Being a person of means meant she was able to travel extensively but this never appeared to be purely for pleasure. The CPA magazine records many of her visits and everywhere she was encouraging Christians to be involved with ministry to the police. It was said that whenever she was asked to write her name in someone s book, she would always add Pray for the police. Today, the Christian Police Association carries on that legacy with their Adopt a Cop project and the Pray4YourPolice cards. At the age of 82 Catherine died and was buried in Harrogate, where in 2007, the old headstone on her grave was replaced and a memorial garden inaugurated at the Northern Police Convalescent and Treatment Centre. As one of Her Majesty s Inspectors of Constabulary said when the garden was o pened, T he nu rs in g profession have their Florence Nightingale but the Police Service has Catherine Gurney and we must never let them forget her.
6 Page 6 Then and Now Significant Venues An early CPA meeting in the garden of the Gurney home in Ladbroke Terrace, Notting Hill, London. Clarendon Villas, West Brighton, the location of the first orphanage and convalescent home. The location of the first Police Institute at 1a Adelphi Terrace, London, which overlooked the river Thames. St George s, Harrogate became the venue for the Northern Police Orphanage and Convalescent Home. Exeter Hall, where many of the early CPA annual meetings were held, including those at which C. H. Spurgeon spoke. Ashley Gardens, Westminster, the home of Catherine Gurney in her latter years.
7 Celebrating 125 years Page 7 Presidents Many good Christian men have been called to serve as President of the Christian Police Association. Below are those appointed since John Williamson, CBE, KPM President Sir David McNee, QPM President Sir James Anderton, CBE President David Bicknell, QPM President Robin Oake, QPM President Ian McDonald, President Simon Taylor, President Matt Baggott, CBE, QPM President 2007
8 CHRISTIAN POLICE ASSOCIATION Bedford Heights Manton Lane BEDFORD MK41 7PH Phone: Reaching out, building bridges... CPA in 2008 President Matt Baggott, CBE, QPM Chief Constable, Leicestershire Deputy President Adrian Whiting Assistant Chief Constable, Dorset Vice-Presidents Gordon A Court Tom Davison Jim Green John Manson Robin Oake, QPM Stan Wright Council Roger Bartlett Paul Bright Tony Gale Cliff Harries Tracy Jarvis Gareth John Charles King Alan McIlwaine Dudley Martin Mike Quinnell Bert Sharp Andy Varney Mark Watts Frank Simonds (Avon & Somerset) Paul Wilson (British Transport Police) Catriona Paton (Central Scotland) Brian McCarthy (Cleveland) Roger Bartlett (Devon & Cornwall) Jerry Foster-Turner (Gloucestershire) Dan Stork-Banks (Hampshire) Barry Knott (Kent) Andy McManus (Lincolnshire) Peter Owens (Merseyside) Barbara Leach (North Yorkshire) Marty Reid (PSNI) Graham Leckey (South Yorkshire) Nick Sharpe (Surrey) Dudley Martin (West Yorkshire) Branch Leaders Richard Wiggins Steve Lloyd (Bedfordshire) Steve Lodge (Cambridgeshire) Mark Price (City of London) Tim Ward (Cumbria) Ian Gruneberg (Essex) Daljit Singh (Greater Manchester) Chris Upton (Hertfordshire) Tony Gale (Leicestershire) Robin Turton (Lothian & Borders) Tracy Jarvis (Metropolitan) Peter Littleton (Northamptonshire) Jim Hillier (South Wales) Steve Bloor (Staffordshire) Chris Geen (Thames Valley) Executive Director Don Axcell Administrator Pat Rose Honorary Treasurer I. Martin Hall The Aim of the Christian Police Association is: To promote and foster the fellowship of Christians in the Police Service in that unity which is enjoyed by those who are born again by the Spirit of God; To demonstrate this relationship to God in a concern for righteousness both on and off duty; and To obey Christ in proclaiming His gospel, especially to members of the Police Service that they might be brought to know Him personally.
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p T w o T h a n k s g i v i n g D a y G e n t l e m e n THERE IS ONE DAY THAT IS OURS. THERE IS ONE day when all Americans go back to the old home and eat a big dinner. Bless the day. The President gives
"God's Wisdom Revealed to All (Ephesians 3:7-20) by Rev. Jackie Stoneman Paul begins this chapter by reminding the Ephesians that he is in fact a prisoner. Because he has been preaching to the Gospel especially
2010 Tony Kummer, Ministry-To-Children.com Permission granted to make copies for non-commercial use. Dear Parents, This booklet is a practical guide for starting family devotions. My aim is make this material
Devotion NT273 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Garden of Gethsemane THEME: We always need to pray! SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:39-53 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids. Bible Time
Memory Verses for Kids August 2013 Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Matthew 28:19 Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
Course Name: [ Christianity 101 ] Lesson Eight: [ Corporate Prayer ] Life is best experienced and enjoyed in relationship with other people. Belonging, sharing, connecting and contributing to someone and
A is simply 1-2 paragraphs of what you believe about God, faith, Jesus, salvation, etc. Every Confirmation student will pick out a Confirmation verse as a basis of their faith statement. You can use one
Bible for Children presents THE MAN OF FIRE Written by: Edward Hughes Illustrated by: Lazarus Adapted by: E. Frischbutter Produced by: Bible for Children www.m1914.org 2007 Bible for Children, Inc. License:
Chapter 1: The Beginning of Life as We Know It Bible Basis: Genesis 1:1 3:24 Bible Verse: So God created man in his own likeness. He created him in the likeness of God. He created them as male and female.
Devotion NT257 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus THEME: Jesus always has time for us! SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:46-52 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids!
Psalm 128: The Worshiper s Blessings Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor, blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful
1 Hello God? #3 - How to Screw Up Your Prayers Matthew 6: 9-13 Lifepath Church October 25, 2015 There are many startling promises about prayer in the Bible. Here is what we are told in 1 John 5: And we
LITURGY FOR MISSION SUNDAY 2014 Readings: Is 2:1-5; Acts 1:3-8; Mt 28:16-20 (The readings are those suggested for Year A by the Bishops Conference of the Philippines.) Greeting: (See 1 Thes 1:4) God loves
What are you worried about? Looking Deeper Looking Deeper What are you worried about? Some of us lie awake at night worrying about family members, health, finances or a thousand other things. Worry can
God: As He Wants You to Know Him Study Guide Week 1 (Sections 1-2, Chapters 1-3) Day 1 Read Chapter 1 and respond to the following questions: Why and how does the pursuit of knowing God lead to: o A right
Pentecost John 14: 23-29 Ari Savuoja Sermon at St. Luke s Chapel, 15 May 2016 Translation into English by Bastian Fähnrich Gospel: John 14:23-29 Jesus replied, Anyone who loves me will keep my word [obey
ORDER OF MASS INTRODUCTORY RITES ENTRANCE SONG In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Bible Reference: Daniel 1:8-21 SERIES: NO COMPROMISE DARE TO BE A DANIEL LESSON 1 DANIEL DETERMINED IN HIS HEART Key Verse: Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against
Change Cycle Change often involves a process. The Bible describes five significant stages of change that are important to understand. They include Rebellion, Realization, Remorse, Repentance, and Restoration.
Bible Passages of Comfort, Hope and Strength But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth
Be Glad 1. Be Glad 2. The Goodness of the Lord 3. He s God 4. He Reigns 5. My Life Is In Your Hands 6. We Bless Your Name 7. It Was A Great Thing 8. This Is How It Feels To Be Free 9. God Is Still Doing
Louisiana We are so proud to announce that we are 100% debt free! Praise God! We started our business with over a million and a half dollars in debt. God has been good to us and true to His Word. Brother
More Benefits of Knowing Jesus The Bible states that "every spiritual blessing in heavenly places" are available only "in Christ" (Eph. 1:3). But what, specifically, are the spiritual blessings that are
God is Worthy of Our Praise Psalm 145: 1-10 This morning we have read from David s Psalm of praise. Some theologians consider this to be his favorite Psalm of praise. There are many others that lift praise
Sunday School Lesson for September 30, 2012 Lesson Purpose: To identify and understand the purpose and benefits of five types of prayer: Thanksgiving, praise and worship, repentance, petition, and intercession.
Living Faith: Chapter 7 - "God's Church" Page 1 of 6 Living Faith - Chapter 7 - God's Church 7.1 The Church 7.1.1 The church is Christ together with his people called both to worship and to serve him in
BOOK 3, PART 2, LESSON 4 FOLLOWERS OF JESUS ARE SERVANTS THE BIBLE: Acts 6:2 4, Romans 12:10, Romans 12:10a THEME: God gave Jesus followers the power to carry on the work Jesus had begun. They gathered
Theme: Bereavement Title: Surviving Loss Target Group: Mainly Church background Age: 11 14 Aim: Equipment: Bible Base: To raise awareness of the feelings that bereavement brings. Bibles, Lion King video,
6 DAY DEVOTION GUIDE FOR FASTING & PRAYER WEEK There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who
Sermon 21b for 2015: Christ Calls Us To Ministry Introduction: You ve Been Called We ve begun focusing these last few weeks on our theme for the year, Christ is Calling, As a way to begin to understand
Devotion NT224 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Woman at the Well THEME: Jesus knows all about us and He loves us. SCRIPTURE: John 4:1-42 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids!
Turning Point Church 8/21/16 INTRO: EVERY GENERATION HAS A MISSION Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV) 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw
Message for THE LORD'S DAY MORNING, November 3,2013 Christian Hope Church of Christ, Plymouth, North Carolina by Reggie A. Braziel, Minister Accountable To God I Corinthians 3:9-15 (NKJV) Please turn with
1PeterWeek6 3:8-17 The Love of Grace reflects Grace Community Group Questions 1. How do you treat your fellow believers? 2. Have you ever had a problem with another Christian? 3. What are some blessing
Devotion NT285 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Day of Pentecost THEME: Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower us. Dear Parents SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:1-41 Dear Parents, Welcome
OMEGA PART 1 You Will Literally Fall On Your Face and Cry Oh My God! www.kensingtonchurch.org/watch Before you start, let s have a little fun. Grab a few crayons and a couple pieces of paper. Got it? Now,
2017 Arkansas Youth SAMPLE Bible Drill CYCLE 3 - GREEN This SAMPLE Drill has been prepared to: - assist leaders in seeing how a drill is conducted - guide leaders in preparing drills for practice - use
Authentic Relationship In your relationship with God, who does most of the talking? Do you think God has things he would like to say to you personally? Does God still speak to his people in direct ways
Devotion NT356 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: Walking in the Light THEME: God wants us to walk in His light. SCRIPTURE: 1 John 1:5-10 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids. Bible
BASIC PRAYER Watch Video 1, Anytime, Anywhere. SESSION ONE TALKING WITH YOUR FATHER As you grow as a Christian, prayer will become an important part of your everyday life. Jesus Himself often prayed. The
BECOMING A CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS 1 BECOMING A CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS God created us and loves us so much He wants to have a personal relationship with us. But, HOW? one might well
The Marvelous Ministry of Jesus Matthew 4: 23-25 Our text today is dealing with the early ministry of Jesus. He had just come out of the wilderness after being tempted 40 days of Satan. He had begun to
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in him (God). Romans 8:28 And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him, who
NATIONAL BIBLE INSTITUTE NBI'S FREE QUIZ... "BIBLE: Basic Information Before Leaving Earth" Please answer all questions contained in the test. You will be contacted within a few days with your results.
Sermon Notes: October 6&7, 2012 Believers Chapel Sean Obergfell, Lead Pastor Listen to the Message!: www.livingouttruth.com TODAY: New Series: Soar Like An Eagle How the life of the eagle compares to the
1 Love One Another Again I John 3:11-24 Argyle 10/6/13 I John Introduction to Scripture Many of you have heard me tell this story of well known pastor and author, Juan Carlos Ortiz. One morning for his
Snapshots of Jesus Romans 1:1 4 (ESV) 1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
The Book of Ephesians A study using 18 questions per chapter The purpose of this study is to find out What the Bible says. THE WORD FOR THE WORLD STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT by Bill DeLaughter Bill DeLaughter
Holy Spirit Academy Ministry Training Session Two Lesson Three Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit Opening Prayer Required Reading Good Morning Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn Required Paper The Person of the Holy
The Conversion of St Paul 2015 This morning we are celebrating the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul the Apostle. Christmas was precisely one month ago, and in St Paul s conversion and subsequent ministry
The Last Will and Testament of Jesus Following Jesus John 13:36 14:31 There are time when Following Jesus appears to make no sense Children disappoint Conflict looms large Crippling Failure Danger comes
Devotion NT318 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: Running the Race THEME: Run the race of faith to win! SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids! This
Readings November 22, 2012 Thanksgiving Day Readings, Suggested Homily Notes, and Prayers of the Faithful Reading 1 Sir 50:22-24 And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; Who
CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS LESSON 10 SHOWING GOD'S LOVE There seems to be more talk about love today than at any other time since men have been upon the earth. We hear it in music. We hear it over the radio.
BIBLE STUDY (Ephesians 2:1-9) What s This Passage All About? Writing to the Christians in the city of Ephesus (modern-day Turkey), St. Paul calls on them to take a step back and examine their salvation