Picture credit: This is one of a number of paintings that Stella Brookes is kindly allowing us to display. Some of her art work is available for sale.
Behold I am doing something new . . .
I will create a new thing on earth . . .
Now you will grow like a new plant. Surely you know this is true.
I will even make a road in the desert, and rivers will flow through that dry land . .
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples and told them, “I saw the Lord!”
And she told them what Jesus had said to her.
(Is. 43:19 ERV, Jer. 31:22 and John 20:18)
The Malvern Mashal and its predecessors
Ros and I have been sending out regular updates ever since 1981, when The Chester Herald first appeared.This was when the Lord moved Robert from a thriving student and parish ministry in Oxford to Chester, where he felt called, initially, to a more contemplative environment. Subsequently he helped to network the main churches in the city together, as well as leading prayer and worship conferences around the country.
In 1989 the Lord took us to Shropshire, where Robert continued to minister to groups of churches in different towns with the worship group Wellspring. We called our regular publication at that time Kerygma (which means proclamation), dividing it between ‘Family News’ on the one hand and a wider ‘Intercessors’ Guide’, on the other: a distinction we maintained in our numerous Shetland Sagas from 2002-2005.
The Peninsula Pilgrimage covered our brief sojourn in Devon in 2005, just as The Canterbury Chronicles did when we lived in Kent. This in turn became The Malvern Mashal from the beginning of 2009.
What is a Mashal?
The Hebrew word ‘mashal’ means ‘to speak’, as in a prophetic utterance. It is also used of short parables that have specific truths to impart. The word appeared to epitomise what we are trying to communicate better than any other word we could find that began with the letter M to accompany the name of our town!
The 150+ Mashal posts we sent out before we developed this new home for it combine devotional meditations, teaching snippets and intercessory prayer pointers, as well as personal family updates for prayer.
In particular, as the result of Sally Mowbray’s artistic expertise and Colin Owen’s technical know-how, we have developed ’Musical Artistry’, combining prayers, photographs, meditations and inspired music. You can access this via the Audio Link Button at the top of the page or via the Meditations button on the right hand side.
We welcome your comments on either personal or wider topics and we pray you will be blessed and challenged in your walk with the Lord Jesus as you spend time with us here.
With our love,
Robert & Rosalind
Ruach Breath of Life Ministries Website
The Focus of the Calling: to draw close to God
Nothing on these pages will make full sense unless you have an active relationship with God through His Son, the Lord Jesus – who died for us on the Cross and rose from the dead to give us the gift of eternal life. Without faith it is impossible to please the Lord – but conversely with it we are made new people in Christ and become part of His eternal kingdom. This is at the absolute heart of the Christian message. Since nothing is more important than embarking on a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, may we invite you, if you have not yet taken this step, to go to one or more of the following sites to examine more of what it means to be a Christian, and to help you on your way.