David Smith joined us for the Free Methodist Annual Conference.
We also had a visit from Steve Goss who wrote the Freedom in Christ course.
What does the Holy Spirit still have to teach us from these messages?
As always these messages are available for listening and also for download. If you don’t know how to download then there’s some instructions here. If you are someone who uses iTunes then you might also like to know that you can subscribe to the podcasts in the iTunes store.
What this means is that, if you are a Facebook user, you can use a couple of new features on both of the sites.
At the bottom of each blog or podcast you’ll see a button a bit like the one above. You can then click on the “Like” button.
Once you’ve clicked “Like” the button will change to show your Facebook profile picture and say that you’ve liked it.
It will also write something to your Facebook wall saying what you’ve liked, a bit like this:
You can also comment on a blog or podcast as a Facebook user by clicking on the “Leave a comment” link at the end:
You’ll then see a “Connect with Facebook” button:
The first time you click it you’ll be asked about allowing the connection to your Facebook account. Once you’re connected you can then add a comment and it will show that it’s come from you on Facebook:
You can also choose (via the little button at the bottom) to copy your comments to your Facebook wall.
Of course, if you’re not a Facebook user you can still leave a comment in the usual way. Give it a go and let us know how you get on.
I’m sure there are all sorts of threads and couplings, but the one that keeps coming back to me is a picture that I have of God whispering into our ear:
“Come with me. Let’s go on an adventure. I want to take you to places you haven’t seen before, deep places, exciting places.”
What’s your reaction to those words?
My sister and her family were visiting at the weekend, she has two young boys who are full of life. Given the glorious weather we decided to take a walk in the Lake District from Windermere up to the top of Orrest Head. Nothing too strenuous for the little ones, but a place for tremendous views.
As we started out the smallest of the two wanted carrying, so I said to him “shall we go on an adventure?” His eyes lit up and we were off, up and over rocks, through short-cuts, turning old sticks into walking sticks, exploring. Bit by bit the walk became an adventure for everyone else too.
At one point we turned a corner and there in a clearing in the full sunlight stood a young deer, looking up at us – I’m sure it was smiling at us. There were lots of people out on the walk that day, but I’m sure that none of them saw the deer, but we did because we were on an adventure. How are you going to react to Jesus whisper? Are you going to be an adult who looks at all of the options and weighs them up so that they choose the least risk option? Or are you going to be a child who chooses an adventure?
Are you willing to let him take you on an adventure to new places, deep places, exciting places?
At that, Jesus rejoiced, exuberant in the Holy Spirit. “I thank you, Father, Master of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the know-it-alls and showed them to these innocent newcomers. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.
We’ve changed the layout of both the blog and podcast sites – you probably noticed.
A few things have moved around but the content should all be the same. There are also a few new features, but nothing dramatic and everything should still work the same as it worked before.
One of the main changes has been to make the links to iTunes a bit clearer on the podcasts site. Somewhere along the line we had lost the direct link to iTunes on the site and as this is the preferred method for downloading the podcasts for many people it was important that it came back.
There are still some other minor things that we’d like to do, but we’ll get around to them at some point.
We’d really like to know what you think, and especially if you see any problems with the new layout.