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God's Two Words To You!


This post contains links to download the 16 mp3 files for our series God's Two Words To You! If you use the Firefox web browser, you can use the free tool "Down Them All" to easily download these files... Thank you.


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http://davegroberts.podbean.com/mf/web/qycryi/Partake-God2Words2U-Track07.mp3

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http://davegroberts.podbean.com/mf/web/6xrhq/Partake-God2Words2U-Track09.mp3

http://davegroberts.podbean.com/mf/web/ei553x/Partake-God2Words2U-Track10.mp3

http://davegroberts.podbean.com/mf/web/hg2wk7/Partake-God2Words2U-Track11.mp3

http://davegroberts.podbean.com/mf/web/4a5ez2/Partake-God2Words2U-Track12.mp3

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http://davegroberts.podbean.com/mf/web/cjggph/Partake-God2Words2U-Track15.mp3

http://davegroberts.podbean.com/mf/web/c5ych/Partake-God2Words2U-Track16.mp3


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Partakers Friday Prayers!

31st January 2014


Today we have Jessie and Evelyn leading our prayers for Children around the world and their parents!

We pray together and when Christians pray together, from different nations, different churches and different denominations - that reveals Church unity! Come! Let us pray together!

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WOW Word 36

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WOW Word 36 - Prayer of Dave

Today, Alfie the WOWChurch cat shares with us about a Prayer of King David from 1 Chronicles 29:10-20!  Together we find out some keys about prayer from King David - Israel's greatest King and known as a man after God's own heart! Meee-WOW!!

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POD - Psalm 147

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Psalm 147

1 Praise the LORD.

How good it is to sing praises to our God,

how pleasant and fitting to praise him!


2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;

he gathers the exiles of Israel.


3
He heals the brokenhearted

and binds up their wounds.


4
He determines the number of the stars

and calls them each by name.


5
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;

his understanding has no limit.



6
The LORD sustains the humble

but casts the wicked to the ground.


7
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;

make music to our God on the harp.


8
He covers the sky with clouds;

he supplies the earth with rain

and makes grass grow on the hills.


9
He provides food for the cattle

and for the young ravens when they call.

10
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,

nor his delight in the legs of a man;


11
the LORD delights in those who fear him,

who put their hope in his unfailing love.


12
Extol the LORD, O Jerusalem;

praise your God, O Zion,


13
for he strengthens the bars of your gates

and blesses your people within you.


14
He grants peace to your borders

and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.


15
He sends his command to the earth;

his word runs swiftly.



16
He spreads the snow like wool

and scatters the frost like ashes.


17
He hurls down his hail like pebbles.

Who can withstand his icy blast?


18
He sends his word and melts them;

he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.


19
He has revealed his word to Jacob,

his laws and decrees to Israel.


20
He has done this for no other nation;

they do not know his laws.

Praise the LORD.

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Think Spot

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Monday Think Spot

27 January 2014


Good morning! Let’s turn for a moment to 1 Peter 4:7-8. "The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. ”
Come and hear what I have to share about Love and Prayer! I also pray for us all as we enter this new week!

Regina


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HAHA 26

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Part 26

Reformation 3 - England Here We Come!

G’day and welcome to Partakers and to our series, HAHA – Heroes and Heretics Abound. Together we are looking at the story of the church from its origins through to the Age of Reasoning in the 18th century. Last time we looked at two of the giants of the Reformation – Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin as well as the growing persecution of the Protestants - those who embraced the Reformation!

We are now in England in the early 16th century! However Protestantism had commenced earlier in the 14th century with John Wyclif who we looked at back in episode 22. Wyclif was the 'Morning Star of the English Reformation', who had a great desire to ensure that the Bible was made available to everyone in their own language. So a strong evangelical protest started with Wyclif.

King Henry VIII  In the late 1520s King Henry 8th as head of the Roman Catholic Church in England, broke away from the Church in Rome. He broke away because he wanted a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, which Pope Clement VII refused to accept. Earlier, in the year 1521, Clement had recognised Henry as the 'Defender of the Faith' for his writings against Martin Luther. Pope Clement VII was known for his intolerance of Protestants and his main method of evangelisation was through coercion and force if necessary. In 1531 Henry prevented the English clergy from dealing with Rome under an Act of Parliament labelling this as treason. In 1534 Henry was made the 'Supreme Head of the Church of England' by the parliament. However he remained Roman Catholic in practice and doctrine. In 1532 made Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury – the clerical head of the Church of England.

Reformation in England however continued unabated. Thomas Cranmer was a reformer and was helped by many of the Reformers driven from Europe by the Roman Catholic attacks on the Protestants. William Tyndale translated the New Testament into English and this made a significant impact. Edward VI (1547-1553) became the king at the age of 10, and ruled for 6 years. He was well trained by Cranmer. He allowed religious freedom, and he published with the help of Cranmer, the 1st and 2nd Prayer Books. Then there was a change back again!

Mary Tudor "Queen Bloody Mary" (1553-1558). Mary was a fanatical Roman Catholic and set out to re-establish the Roman Catholic Church. She put to death many bishops including Cranmer. She marred Charles V son (Spain) to bring all of Christendom under Spanish power. In 1554, she resubmitted England to Papal authority.

Queen Elizabeth (1559-1603). As a daughter of Henry VIII second wife, Anne Boleyn, she was not recognised by the Pope. She was not in full agreement with the Reforming Protestants, but maintained Protestant leanings. She influenced preparation of the 39 Articles of Communion, largely prepared by Cranmer, which were less reformed as a result. In 1559, she became 'Governor of the Church of England'. She defeated the Spanish Armada, with the help of Sir Francis Drake, who were attacking in order to bring England back under Spanish and Roman Catholic control. This strengthened the Protestant cause in England.

The main issue in the 14th to 16th centuries, as we have seen was 'None but Christ saves'. That is, that the Gospel is good news for all of humanity. Nobody can earn their salvation, but rather salvation is a free gift from God for all those who choose to receive it. This is a far cry from the excesses of Church dogma to date and closer to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the early church.

That’s it for this time! Next time in our series HAHA, we will look at the church in the 17th century continuing the reformation of theology and Christian practise!

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Friday Prayers

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Partakers Friday Prayers!

24th January 2014


We pray together and when Christians pray together, from different nations, different churches and different denominations - that reveals Church unity! Come! Let us pray together!

Hello there. My name is David Combes. I have a passion for Muslims around the world, and also for the Christian believers who are living amongst them. I would like to talk about both of these groups, and then lead us in prayer for them.

Islam is a huge global religion, depending on your sources in 2010 it accounted for 23% of the world’s population. The nature of their religious beliefs makes it very difficult for them to understand or see value in other religions especially Christianity. Their god Allah is entirely transcendent from humanity and would never consider coming to Earth in human form like Jesus. For a Muslim their route into Paradise is via the shaky and insecure bridge of a life where good works outnumber bad ones. And even then, if Allah should desire it he will tip the scales against you. The concept of the Christian Gospel where a just but loving God came down to Bethlehem to take the punishment for our sins so we don’t have to, is like a fish trying to talk to an elephant at the local watering hole; they may share the same ecosystem but they live in completely different worlds. What we have seen in recent years as the most effective method of evangelism is local Christian friendship and direct dreams from God.

Map from Open Doors website

The first of these is entirely reliant upon the open Christian presence amongst the Muslim majority. These friendships are built up over time and it is only through this deep level of trust that a Muslim would risk reprisals by considering the Christian faith.

The second method of dreams might be surprising to us Westerners, but within most Muslim countries dreams are still regarded as a reliable source of revelation and guidance much like in Old Testament times. God knows this and there are more and more stories being told by converts from Islam that this was their turning point. So these two areas form a good foundation for our prayers for Muslims.

Secondly, let us think about the Christians who are living amongst the Muslim majority. Open Doors have recently published their 2014 World watch list for the persecuted Church and despite North Korea topping the list for the twelfth year running, all of the other nine countries in the top ten are Muslim majority nations. The Christian believers in these places are faced with terrible persecutions on a daily basis and really need our prayers for encouragement and practical support. Some of them are undoubtedly converts from Islam, and they face perhaps the hardest challenge as new believers. No doubt exiled from their families and local communities for committing the worst and unforgiveable sin according to Islam, they are left to scratch together a life amongst hatred and abuse. But despite these difficulties they do not give up their faith and God does not give up on them. We need to pray for all Christians living as a persecuted minority that they may find peace amongst the suffering, and practical support and encouragement where possible.

For more information about how you can help and pray intelligently  for Islam and the persecuted church, please do visit the Open Doors website by clicking here...

So let us pray.

Dear heavenly Father. We lift to you the Muslim population around the world. Many millions of people who do not yet know you, but you know them and you love them. Lord we pray that you would have mercy on them and break through the barriers which prevent them from seriously considering the validity of Christianity.

We pray that you would break into their dreams and reveal yourself as the one true God and their personal saviour which they need to turn to. Lord we remember in particular the Christians living in these countries.

We pray that they would be empowered by your Spirit to live lives that reflect your humility and love as shown by your son Jesus Christ.

We pray that you would be a very real presence to them during their times of need and suffering. That they would find peace and that their faith would not be shaken but only grow and strengthen.

We pray for practical assistance for those who need it. For food, clean water, and warm housing for those who have lost them or are prevented from having them because of their Christian faith.

Lord, we pray that you would bless them and empower them to be a blessing.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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Thursday Ponderings

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Thursday Thinking

23 January 2014


Hi, I’m James Prescott!
I want to share with you today about thankfulness.

When we are given Christmas or birthday presents, we are usually very thankful for them. We say thank you to the people who gave them to us, we take extra care of them, we don’t let everyone else use them. But once we’ve had this gift a while, we begin to take it for granted. It becomes a ‘normal’ part of our daily lives. We can forget how grateful we were, and how thankful we should be. Please do download & play the mp3 to hear more about what I have to share about Thankfulness!

James Prescott is a writer, author and blogger from near London. He blogs at JamesPrescott.co.uk on how we can become divinely human and find hope in the messiness of life. He is author of the books ‘5 Steps to Encouragement’ & it’s companion ‘Reflections on Encouragement’, which you can get free by clicking here.


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WOW Word - Father God

Today, Alfie the WOWChurch cat shares with us about God the Father! Play the video below to find out the following about God the Father!

  • God the Father - Father of Creation

  • God the Father - Father of Jesus Christ

  • God the Father - Father of Christian Disciples

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Think Spot

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Monday Think Spot

20 January 2014


Good morning. Let’s turn for a moment to James chapter 5 verse 16. And let’s look at the last part of this verse. “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” Come and hear what I have to share about Talking to God! Also I pray for us all this week!

Regina


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POD - Psalm 34

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Psalm 34

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By David; when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

1 I will bless Yahweh at all times. His praise will always be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall boast in Yahweh. The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.

3 Oh magnify Yahweh with me. Let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought Yahweh, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

5 They looked to him, and were radiant. Their faces shall never be covered with shame.

6 This poor man cried, and Yahweh heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of Yahweh encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

9 Oh fear Yahweh, you his saints, for there is no lack with those who fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but those who seek Yahweh shall not lack any good thing.

11 Come, you children, listen to me. I will teach you the fear of Yahweh.

12 Who is someone who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking lies.

14 Depart from evil, and do good. seek peace, and pursue it.

15 Yahweh's eyes are toward the righteous. His ears listen to their cry.

16 Yahweh's face is against those who do evil, to cut off their memory from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but Yahweh delivers him out of them all.

20 He protects all of his bones. Not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall kill the wicked. Those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.

22 Yahweh redeems the soul of his servants. None of those who take refuge in him shall be condemned.

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All For The Good

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Today I ask God a question about suffering and pain and why is it in the world... I am a teenager and I see pain and suffering around me! Come and hear what I have to say about it! Then let me know what you think by making a comment below!

Katy


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