What a Privilege

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What a Privilege, Matt Petley, 23rd January 2022


Welcome to the recording of yesterday’s message. Along with Dar Gail’s choice of song, What a Friend we have in Jesus, I think the message and this song have keyed in to what the Lord is saying to us as a congregation very specifically at the moment. The Lord is very much our Refuge, our Strength and our Friend in these troubled days.

Before the message audio are two worship videos, the first from Paul Balouche, What a Freind we have in Jesus, and secondly from Selah, Be Still My Soul / What a Friend we have in Jesus. May they minister to you. 

Here is Matt’s message:

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Afghanistan update

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A a church we are giving a financial gift to the relief work going on in Afghanistan, particularly for believers but to others also. We will share more details in our next service, but I thought it worthwhile to provide the following links for information and to help us pray more specifically for the ongoing situation.

The first is from Joel Richardson, he is connected to Frontier Alliance International and Global Catalytic Ministries, both being missions ministries to the underground churches in the Middle East and Central Asia, and he provides insight into the help being provided as well as a Biblical overview of what is happening in Afghanistan (32 minutes 17 seconds, from August 27th).

Then there are two short videos, first from Fox News, which quotes the work of GCM and information from them (3 minutes 25 seconds, from August 24th), and then from Afghani refugees arriving in Albania, (1 minute 8 seconds, from September 3rd).

Bless you


How can we be more like Jesus? (Part 1)

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Welcome to today’s recording. Before today’s message here are two praise and worship video’s, the first a classic Robin Mark song Garments of Praise, and the second a modern hymn from Stuart Townend, O My Soul, Arise and Bless Your Maker.

Today’s message was brought by Andy: How can we be more like Jesus?

Colossians 3:

 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.

John 15:7  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Prayer and Fasting

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Listen to Tom Hodge’s message on the need for prayer and the power of fasting here:


True Godliness

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Listen to John’s message here:


1Timothy 3: 14 These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.

January 2019 Newsletter and Calendar

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January’s newsletter is available online here:  Jan 2019 newsletter PDF


September 2017

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The newsletter for September is now available here: Sept 2017 online version

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June 2015

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I was challenged by Dr. Annang`s sermon (see next page) on Paul`s prayer life. I knew that Paul always prayed for the churches that he ministered to, even those he hadn`t met, but what struck me particularly was the effort he put into it. I try to go regularly through everybody at church, lifting each one up to the Lord in prayer, asking that He might be with you in whatever situation your facing. But I have to ask myself, ‘Do I struggle in prayer? Do I wrestle in prayer?’ Prayer doesn`t come easily to anyone, especially pastors who are expected to pray about every aspect of church. I am no different. If I go into the inner room, as Jesus said, I struggle to keep awake. If I`m praying about some particular situation, my mind tends to wander to all sorts of irrelevancies, I have a wrestle to keep my focus on it. I suppose the question we must ask ourselves is, ’Do I put as much effort into prayer as I do into everything else?’ Spurgeon said, “He who prays without fervency does not pray at all.” We know what a great evangelist and church planter Paul was. He put as much effort into prayer as he did evangelism, We should be no different. Read the rest of this entry »