Why it is still wise to heed Alex Buchanan’s prophecy

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Concerning the immediate threat of more terrorist attacks – whether lone wolf or pre-planned – there is no doubt at all from the pronouncements of so-called IS for Ramadan this year and last that they are calling for a major push to wage all-out war on the West during Ramadan, which has only just started.

And see more of the wider situation here, [also at the Independent].

May we refer you back to the last edition in which we mentioned the very strong warning prophecy and plea from the Lord that the Lord gave Alex Buchanan back in the late 1970s. The word speaks not only of blood staining our streets, but looks at the deeper reasons why this is happening. Continue reading

Heaven’s Kingdom

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Heaven’s Kingdom

Long before Jesus announced that the Kingdom of God is at hand, the prophet Daniel declared that the Lord’s kingdom is one that will never be destroyed (Dan. 7:14). The first reference to Heaven’s Kingdom in the Old English language is in a hymn dating back to the seventh century, in which the songwriter-poet Caedmon declares that “the Eternal Lord, the guardian of mankind, established Heaven as a roof for the children of men, and created middle earth, and appointed lands for people.” He urges us to “praise the keeper of Heaven’s kingdom, the might of the Creator and His purposes, the work of the Father of glory.”

Unlike Daniel, Caedmon was neither literate nor musical. He was, in fact, a farm hand, who cared for the animals at Hilda’s great double monastery in Whitby. Bede, the earliest English historian, tells us that he dreaded the feast days when people sang and made music on the harp. In order to avoid having to take part, he sidled away one day and hid in the stables.

As Psalm 139:7ff reminds us, however, it is not so easy to escape from the Lord! Falling asleep amongst the horses, Caedmon met an unknown person in a dream, who took no notice whatsoever of his protestations concerning his lack of musical skill but commanded him instead just to sing. Obeying reluctantly the farm hand opened his mouth – and out flowed a beautiful song about creation, which he remembered clearly on waking. Continue reading

The Spiritual Landscape of Britain and praying for the General Election

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As you will long since have realised, articles in the Malvern Mashals alternate between personal, intercessory, teaching and devotional material – all liberally interspersed with beautiful music. We are well aware that whilst some people are attracted by articles addressing wider situations, others are drawn by the devotional, whilst others again find the teaching articles to be the most helpful.

With the shadow of the Manchester atrocity hanging over the nation, to say nothing of the forthcoming elections and the Brexit negotiations beyond that again, I am focusing here primarily on providing a few insights into the British spiritual and political landscape. Just as we are being urged to remember at the political level that our vote counts, how much more so our prayers! Continue reading

Praying for the media in a post-truth era

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“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1-3, cf Heb. 13:7).

An obvious aspect of being watchmen for the Lord in a post-truth generation is to pray for our political and spiritual leaders – but let’s remember too the many who shape and influence our thinking through the media. Continue reading

Clean Air: In the Flow of the Spirit

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An offering on behalf of all you dear ones who are seeking to live in the flow of the Holy Spirit.

This is part of a longer piece I wrote called ‘Clean Air’ for recorder, which Peter Richards skilfully reworked to add the lovely string accompaniment.

This second movement traces the path of a stream from its source to the broad places that it reaches.

Rather as it takes time to enter deeply into the Lord’s presence, we would recommend listening to this piece more than once, to allow our spirits to steep in the beauty of the music and the moving pictures that Sally has so skilfully set it to. As we do so, let the Spirit bring any unresolved issues that He wishes to the surface so that we can hand them to Him and allow His peace to flow anew.

Now the Green Blade Rises

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One of my favourite verses in the Bible is Paul’s declaration in 1 Corinthians 15:36 that “What you sow does not come to life unless it dies”. This is a truth that illustrates John 12:24: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

As surely as Jesus knew He must lay down His life two thousand years ago, He also knew that He will come again in glory to rule and to reign (John 12:11, 17-18). In this hymn John Crum poetically likens Christ to the growing grain. Continue reading

Strategic Prayer

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Many of us might not describe our main calling as being that of the intercessor, but I believe that almost all of us have more slack to take up in prayer than we perhaps realise.

I have a passionate desire in this edition to steer us towards the concept of praying at a strategic level; whether for people or for situations. God hears all our prayers, but so much of our praying is at the ‘reactive’ level, in response to what has already happened. As we continue to explore what it means to be Lovers of Truth in a post truth era, we will be thinking here about how we can be involved in prayer that takes us as it were ‘over the horizon’, to be involved in shaping the unfolding of God’s purposes for issues far and wide – including some of the world’s current hottest hotspots. Continue reading

A simple story to illustrate praying at a strategic level

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After so much talk about North Korea and America, let’s bring the concept of strategic prayer closer to home! The truth is that the Lord adds to, and even multiplies, whatever we give Him. We frequently do not know what we are sowing, or how He will use our efforts to reach out to people, but He has wonderful ways of making tiny seeds spring up for His glory! However, just as the farmer must consider the steps, stages and sequences he needs to take to prepare good soil, so we too must, rather than just hoping for the best. Continue reading

Lovers of Truth and the Rise of “Clickbaits”

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“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

So many people nowadays garner their understanding about world events primarily from sources such as Facebook and Google. What this means in practice is a heavy reliance on ‘clickbaits:’ reports that are designed to appeal to people’s emotions and to encourage them to click on further links to draw them deeper into that particular web site. Clickbaits can be used to very good purpose – or otherwise! As this thought-provoking article by Katherine Viner, the editor-in-chief of the The Guardian demonstrates, clickbaits have become one of the primary ways by which post-truth beliefs (if one can call them such) have become established, despite their lack of depth or impartial analysis.

Katherine warns that Continue reading