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A Sunny Weekend


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What do you do on a lovely Sunny weekend?
Well, first of all, rub your eyes and thank God, because we've not had much good weather so far this year!
We went along to the Big Church Day Out in Wiston House West Sussex. Such a beautiful venue. So amazing to her live music from Israel Houghton, Matt Redman, Amy Grant, Gungor amongst others great artists. Also to hear from our friends at CAP, who tirelessly worked, resulting in over 1200 people signing up to give monthly and be CAP Lifechangers - fantastic!
It was fun meeting up with people  as we walked around or sat in the sun. The sun shone, and the picnic stuff came out for the first time this year.I bumped into an old friend Katy - she was the girl who first invited me to her home for tea..her youth group...her Church and ultimately to give my life to Christ in February 1980!
We could have camped, but chose instead to drive home Saturday night and then return Sunday afternoon because a certain 15 year old was preaching for the first time (and we are SO proud of our lovely daughter Alice!)

What a great Sunday at Kerith.
The Ten:10 (six:2 this time) preachers did a fantastic job.
God used their words to really hang together into a strong theme.
I know that both they and their mentors worked very hard to prayerfully plan and prepare their messages. What struck me was that each was really "themselves" and also that each talked about a live issue that was a passion for them. I know that you're going to get a lot out of  listening to all of them again here

What did God whisper (or shout?!) to you through the preaches on Sunday?
Here are some of my notes and favourite quotes:
"Don't let fear stop you from following - God goes with you each step of the way, and He will only ask you to take the next step"
"When was the last time you looked like a fool for Jesus?"
"Your capabilities are not decided by who you are, but by who God has empowered you to be"
"When the trials come it won't matter what we look like on the outside, what will matter is our foundations"
"Humility is thinking of ourselves less"
"Forgiveness does not come easy to me, and my culture teaches me to revenge, but Jesus teaches us the better way"



Comments

Suzanne Whitton said…
Wow, that was some weekend! The Big Church Day Out is something we look at every year and never make....shame, I love Gungor! I have been thinking a lot about the preaches I heard at the 11am on Sunday....being a 'fool' for God is one which really stood out for me.

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