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Bethesda Shalom

Bethesda Shalom , "House of Mercy and Peace". A small independent Bible believing Church located in Wolverhampton, England; endeavouring to hold fast to truth and stand fast in love by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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May 7, 2018

1 Chronicles 13

We are living in a generation, where the litmus test for determining what’s true is determined by how one feels.  Feelings trump in a postmodern world where truth becomes relative to each individual’s experience and frame of reference.  Such thinking is even seeping into the Church and is fast becoming the method by which we do everything from Church to family life.  In the days of King David, David determined to bring up the Ark to Jerusalem and in consulting the people, it was deemed among them to be a good idea.  However, what seemed to be right in the eyes of all the people cost a man his life, as God brought a premature end to their celebrations.  The fear of God had been lost and God had not been sort after the due order appointed in His Word.  Will the Church not take note and return again with fear and trembling back to the objective truth of God’s Word and allow it alone to form the bedrock of truth upon which we stand.

Apr 29, 2018

Psalm 73:25-26

It was not without a painful struggle and at the cost of many a night spent in agony, that the Psalmist came once more to find in renewed vision, the truth of the words that we find here in the 25th and 26th verses.  “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever”.  It’s one thing to profess one’s love for God the eternal Saviour in the times of plenty; in the days when the sun light’s its refreshing rays upon your soul; but when the thunder rumbles overhead and the storm clouds break?  It’s then, when we truly discover the authenticity of that profession of love!  Without the aid of physical comforts to spur us on; will we still in that place of testing, be able to say what we could in the absence of it; “Thou, O Christ, art all I want; More than all in Thee I find”.

Apr 23, 2018

2 Corinthians 10:13-18

I find within the body of Christ, two extremes when it comes to people’s outlook towards Christian service and ministry.  At the one extreme, there are those who care very little, if at all about having any part in what must be the greatest privilege this side of eternity, to be a co-labourer with Christ in His vineyard.  Such are content to sit back and watch others do the work, while they largely take their ease, busying themselves with their own cares and affairs.  At the other end of the spectrum are those who in their great zeal and enthusiasm, give themselves to labouring in every sphere of Christian service possible, having their finger in every pie; a jack of all trades if you like but inevitably and regrettably, a master of none! 

It is this second extreme that is often overlooked by many, even evading the attention of the most discerning amongst us on account of the great display of business.  It is assumed that if a man or a woman is busy for Jesus, then by default, this must be a good thing!  Yet, the question that must be asked…busy doing what?  If we are busy ploughing the furrow assigned to us by Christ, then well!  But if not, we need again to return to plough the Master’s furrow.   

Apr 16, 2018

1 Samuel 23:1-14

Perilous times face the Church of Jesus Christ in the days ahead for Christians living in the West.  Look outside the Western world and see; our Brothers and Sisters worldwide, suffer persecution for the cause of Christ.  It is with firm conviction that I believe that our times of freedom are coming swiftly to an end and that we shall in like manner also suffer persecution for our stand in Christ.  In light of this, God is wanting to prepare His Church to stand.    Where is your trust and your confidence found and upon what ground are your feet planted?  If ever there was a thing that will test the authenticity of your answer it will be the blazing fire of persecution!  In that day, your trust had better not be found in another for that day shall reveal it.  Christ alone, in Him alone must our trust alone be found.

Apr 9, 2018

Colossians 2

There has never been a point in its 2000 year history that the Church of Jesus Christ has not had to contend against false teachers and their damnable doctrines. Even in the first century, within a decade and a half of Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and ascension, the apostles found themselves contending earnestly for the faith against the errors of the false Judaizers and later on, the early Gnostics. 

As nears our Lord’s return, we are witnessing the rise of many sects and movements which by stealth are sucking in those once sound in the faith.  One such sect is not new; but is seeing a resurgence in our day, namely that of the Judaizers, under the auspices of the Hebrew Roots movement.  This sermon is a flat refutation of their damnable heresies and a passionate plea for the Body of Christ to shun all such sects which have as their goal the aim of leading men away from the simplicity which is in Christ the Head, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and to ruin men’s souls in perdition!

Apr 2, 2018

Genesis 4:9

In a world where love is waxing cold all around us, the Church of Jesus Christ has been called to shine and to register a blazing heat on the thermostat of love.  "Am I my brother’s keeper?" was Cain’s response to God when asked where his brother Abel was.  If we are a member of Christ’s spiritual body via the new birth, then we cannot dodge the great command of our Saviour, calling us on to a more fervent love of the Brethren.  Am I my Brother’s keeper?  In a word, yes! 

In this sermon, we offer three areas in which we can better serve one another in love; firstly, in the area of kindness; secondly, in the area of prayer, and thirdly, in the area of rescue!  May the Lord cause us all, to increase and abound in love one toward another (1 Thess. 3:12).             

Mar 27, 2018

Jeremiah 6:16

The great dilemma of the “remnant Church” in this land of ours is that it knows all the right things in their head but when one looks to see this translate on the race track, the rubber never seems to meet the road!!  I fear that we’ve become experts in exposing the error that’s outside while our own house lies in ruin!  The pressing need among the professing remnant Church in these Last Days is for God to send into our midst a “Nathan the prophet” who can point the finger into our very hearts and cry “Thou art the man” (2 Sam. 12:7). 

In this final part of a three-part message, the emphasis is moved from the heart to the feet.  A plea from God is heard sounding forth of a merciful and loving God who is calling His people home.  Who will hear His call; who will heed His call; who will come back home?

At the start of this sermon, a testimony is given at the request of those who had invited Paul to share how he came to live by faith going into full-time ministry.  

This message was shared at the Israel and Prophecy Meeting March 2008

Mar 27, 2018

Jeremiah 6:16

I find it quite amazing and oft at times it shows our age; when mixing with the young they speak of things pertaining to today; yet when mixing with the aged, they speak of the things of yesteryear, remembering the days of old and how things used to be!  There's a saying; “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone” - and how true this is.  To realize the worth of a prized possession, in light of its passing, and to yearn for it again is grief enough; but to have never known that prized possession in the first place is grief the more!!  The bottom line is this; you cannot miss what you’ve never had and you cannot mourn what you've never experienced.  I fear that we are living in a generation that is so far removed from the Biblical standards of godliness known to our forefathers of old, that what we now call normal Christianity, would a generation ago have been considered reprobate!! 

Before one can walk along the old paths, they must first know what they are.  In this second part of a three-part message, we give ourselves to re-discovering the ancient ways and in so doing see that they have engraved upon them all along their course the word “holiness”.     

This message was shared at the Israel and Prophecy Meeting March 2008

Mar 27, 2018

Jeremiah 6:16

In this generation of newfangled fancies and innovative ideas and inventions, we’re told that old is bad and new is good; that which belonged to yesteryear must needs to be buried in order to make way for the new thing God’s wanting to do today.  Friends, on every hand I witness a Church trying its level best to be relevant to a world that’s so disgusting and vulgar that no Christian has any business ever trying to imitate it.  There is a great need in these last days for the people of God to ask again for the old paths.

In this first part of a three-part message, we set the landscape and call the people of God to prepare their hearts as to how they intend to respond.  Before one can turn again to the old paths there must first be a sincere willingness on the part of man to enquire again and to ask in earnest for the old paths.

This message was shared at the Israel and Prophecy Meeting March 2008

Mar 26, 2018

Joshua 23:1-13

In these days in which we live, God is wanting to take His people on to higher ground and into victory!  Out into victory over sin; out into victory in the bearing of Christian fruit and out into victory in the call of God for our lives in Christian service!  In the minds of many, there is this faulty thinking that God will do for us what we are not prepared to do for ourselves.  In other words, though God has revealed His will and His mind on a matter and given us the means needed to execute it; still we sit back in ease and wait for God to do what we have no desire to be done ourselves. 

This sermon is an exhortation to press into all that God has purposed for our lives.  A casual nonchalant half-hearted attitude will never do.  God is calling His people to rise up and to take the ground sparing nothing! 

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