Greetings in Jesus'
Name! I am sending this brief email prayer letter reminding
you of things which need urgent prayer. I am leaving for an
evangelistic mission in Chita, Siberia today.
Please pray for the following:
* We have a stand at the CRE in Esher this week - pray that
many Christians who are not aware of our ministry needs will
visit our stand in the main hall.
* Pray that God will bring a great harvest of souls in Siberia
this week. It will be my first evangelism in Russia for some
years - officially evangelism is forbidden - but the organising
church are believing God for a miracle.
* Pray that in our present economic crisis in Eurovision, God
will provide the finance for this evangelism. I tried to cancel
it because we have no money to pay for Israel, but could not
- the Russian Church will pay all the costs of the 5-day mission,
but the air fares for our team are over £6,000, plus our
* The situation in Israel is critical as Israel is preparing
for war. Again I tried to cancel this mission in June because,
although the Israelis are paying 20% 0f the cost, we have to
find the remaining £500,000. It is too late to cancel
- the local pastors are standing as guarantors for the costs.
* Pray for me, because to be out of the office for 8 days at
this critical time of trying to raise the money for Israel is
* Pray that some Christian organisations which will not support
evangelism will help to pay for the humanitarian aid to the
holocaust survivors - which is more than 50% of the cost. This
aid is the only way we can continue, otherwise the Israeli Government
will stop us. We have a very big project this week to raise
money for the aid to the Russian Jews; the Israeli Government
had a budget to help them, but have spent all the money on other
projects, they are now dependent on us - more than 144,000 of
We desperately need miracles at the moment - thank you for praying.
But we are also mindful of your needs - we thank God for you
and pray that God will deliver and help you.
Everyone of us who considers themselves to be the Lord's disciple
must recognise the unbelief and hardness that assails our heart
in each new situation, each new difficulty, and must ask God
for a renewing and growth of our faith. Our circumstances CAN
be changed, the Word of God CANNOT fail. The Bible says that
we live by faith and not by sight. The circumstance we face
may be impossible to us, but with God ALL things are possible!
God's Word works; it will accomplish what God pleases, and it
will prosper in the thing God sent it to do! (Isaiah 55:11,
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Thou hast taken account
of my wanderings; put my tears in Thy bottle; are they not in
Thy book? NAS
There's a cry of a desperate soul, someone who knows what it
is to be a wanderer, a fugitive, an exile. Someone who knows
what it is to shed many, many tears.
Well, even in his tears and in his exile, he finds comfort.
He realizes that the eye of God is upon him, that God is taking
note of everything that he goes through, that a record is being
kept in God's book of all that he suffers for righteousness'
sake. And he even says, “God put my tears in thy bottle.”
Why would you want your tears stored up with God? You see one
day those tears are going to look very different to you than
the way you see them now.
Now you see them as suffering, now you see them as a cause for
wondering what's gone wrong. But you see in this life we only
see the reverse side of the tapestry. We see colours that don't
seem to blend and patterns that don't make much sense.
But remember in eternity we'll see the tapestry the right way
up and things that made no sense and caused us to wonder if
God really knew what He was doing will work out into a most
beautiful pattern that will give us joy throughout eternity.
So remember when you are suffering for righteousness' sake and
maybe shedding bitter tears, don't turn away from God, don't
give up hope, just do as the psalmist did. Cry out to God, “Put
my tears in thy bottle.”
When I am
afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in
God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to
One thing I've always loved about the Bible since I came to
know it is its honesty. It faces facts, it pictures life as
it is, it knows us in our weakness.
The psalmist does not say boldly, I'll never be afraid. He says,
sure there will come times when I may be afraid, but when I'm
afraid, I know what to do. I'll trust in God. I'll trust in
the word of God, the unfailing word of God, the sure promises
You see, in the spiritual life often there is a conflict between
two areas of our being. In our emotions we go through all the
feelings of fear, maybe of panic, it grips us.
But there's another area of our being – the spirit – that will
not yield to panic, that does not accept the dictates of the
emotions. It says, “I'll not accept the verdict of my emotions
about this situation. I'll turn to God; I'll remember what the
word of God says. I'll find the promise of God that meets my
need. And though in my emotions I may feel fear, in my spirit
I trust and that trust brings me into a security, a peace, a
confidence that's much deeper than my emotions.
The emotions are just like the waves on the surface, but deep
down in the spirit, in the depths of our being there is settled
peace and confidence.
You do not delight
in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure
in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. NIV
What is David the psalmist telling us there?
Surely he's telling us that first and foremost God is not interested
Sacrifice and offerings there are not necessarily things that
God does not want but they are things that He does not want
first and foremost and if that's all there is in our lives,
the external practices of religion, then God takes no pleasure
in them. He looks below the surface, He looks to the heart,
He looks to the motives, He looks to the attitude.
And it says that the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit –
“A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”
Those are strange words to our ears today. What does it mean
that God desires a broken spirit? Does He want to crush us?
Does He want to beat us down? Does He want to humiliate us?
No, I'm sure that's not it.
What is a broken spirit? I think it's a spirit that's come totally
to the end of itself. All independence, all self-will and all
self-righteousness have been purged up. We've come to the place
where we have no hope but in God; we've come to the end of our
We have no claims upon God, we simply turn to Him for His mercy
and His faithfulness, not trusting our own merits, but clinging
only to God.
desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the
inmost place. NIV
Those words are addressed by the psalmist David to the Lord
What is it that God really looks for in our lives? First and
foremost it is not the external practices of religion, not necessarily
church going or other religious acts. God looks much deeper
than those. He looks right down into the innermost depths of
our hearts and our lives.
Elsewhere the Bible tells us that God does not see as man sees,
because man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on
the heart. So David says, “Surely you desire truth in the inner
What does God want? What is truth in the inner parts? I believe
it's absolute sincerity. The opposite of religious externalism,
hypocrisy, those things do not appeal to God. In fact, He does
not approve of them. He detests them.
He looks below all that. He wants to see – are we sincere, are
we open, are we transparent in our relationship with Him? Do
we say the same thing with our mouths that we are thinking in
If we come to that place, then we can say also like the psalmist,
“You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.” There is a secret
place in our innermost being where we can begin to hear the
voice of God and learn from Him and He teaches us wisdom there.
thank offerings to God, fulfil your vows to the Most High, and
call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and
you will honour Me. NIV
At some time or other in our lives we all face trouble.
The psalmist speaks about the day of trouble. Not one of us
that does not, at sometime or other, pass through the day of
trouble. But here the psalmist tells us the way out of trouble,
the way of deliverance. And let me tell you I've had to prove
this many times in my own experience.
What is the way out of trouble? Sacrifice thank offerings to
God. In the very midst of your trouble, exercise your faith
and begin to thank God.
Offer Him that sacrifice of thanking Him and praising Him and
then call upon Him in the day of trouble and His promise is,
“I will deliver you,” and not merely that, “You will honour
Me.” God's deliverance will work out to His glory, it will become
a testimony in our lives how God has delivered us in the day
And then further on in that psalm, the psalmist says, “He who
sacrifices thank offerings, honours Me and he prepares the way
so that I may show him the salvation of God.”
So when we're in trouble and we make that sacrifice of beginning
to thank God although we may see no way out we prepare a way
that God shows us His salvation.
God opens the way for those who offer Him the sacrifice of thank
offerings. So when you're in the midst of trouble remember,
that's the way out.
Did Jesus fake His own death?
A: In his popular book, The Passover Plot, radical New Testament
scholar Hugh J. Schonfield proposed that Jesus set out to fulfill
the Old Testament’s messianic prophecies. According to
Schonfield’s theory, Jesus enlisted the aid of men like
Joseph of Arimathea and Lazarus of Bethany to help Him accomplish
an elaborate hoax. Joseph arranged for an unidentified person
to give Jesus a drink on the Cross that would cause Him to lose
consciousness and appear to be dead. However, no one involved
in the scheme anticipated the spear wound, which gravely injured
Jesus. He was removed from the tomb the next day, briefly regaining
consciousness before dying and being reburied elsewhere.
This idea requires that Jesus not only survived the Crucifixion
somehow, but He also must have recovered, at least for a long
enough time to make a few appearances, from the brutal torture
leading up to the Crucifixion and from the Crucifixion itself.
Ingenious conspiracy theories often convince those who are ignorant
of history, particularly of the details of flogging and crucifixion.
But simply put, the Romans were experts at executing people,
and to think that someone could survive the horrors Jesus endured
displays either the critics’ willful ignorance or their
desperate attempt to deny the obvious.
reading to discover how the crucifixion of Jesus utterly
demolishes the swoon theory and Passover plot ideas.
"What About All The Ice Ages?"
Most youngsters will
probably agree that there was an ice age and maybe that there
was more than one. Of course, if you listen much longer, they
will tell you that they saw all of them in the cinema.
What's An Ice Age?
In general terms, an "ice age" is a time of extensive
glacial activity that covers a relatively large area of the
globe with ice. During the Ice Age, which ended a few thousand
years ago, 30% of the land surface of the earth was covered
You may have heard that over the past 2.5 million years there
were thirty different ice ages. Creation scientists who trust
the Bible believe that there was only one ice age. By starting
with the Bible's history of the Flood and then looking at the
evidence from this biblical perspective, we can readily understand
both how the Ice Age started and how long it lasted.
How To Start An Ice Age
The Flood of Noah's day was the greatest catastrophe in earth
history. It involved much more than rain. It reshaped the surface
of the earth, spawning massive volcanoes and earthquakes that
dwarf anything observed in modern times. Such a tremendous catastrophe
would have radically altered the earth's climate, resulting
in an Ice Age.
The opening of the "fountains of the great deep" (Genesis
7:11) and the resulting worldwide Flood would have caused upheavals
and tremendous volcanic activity. This was unlike anything that
we can even imagine! This breaking up of the earth caused the
oceans to heat up and caused ash and dust to fill the air, blocking
out sunlight, making the temperatures on earth cooler. As the
warm water from the oceans evaporated into the air, forming
clouds, the colder air over the earth caused wintry conditions,
lots of snow, and ice glaciers. This could have very easily
caused an Ice Age, lasting hundreds of years.
How Long Did This Ice Age Last?
Based on what we know about atmospheric science, we can estimate
where the warm water would evaporate, how deep the ice would
become, and even how long the Ice Age would last. To answer
these questions, we need to know how long the major volcanic
activity lasted and how much time passed before the oceans cooled.
Once the volcanoes waned and the oceans cooled, the ice sheets
would have stopped growing and begun to melt. Creation Scientists
have estimated the total time for the Ice Age is a maximum of
about 700 years (500 years to accumulate, 200 years to melt).
"By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters
Does the Ice Age Fit? ; Was
the Ice Age in Biblical History? ; Setting
the Stage for an Ice Age ; Lot's
of Ice, Too Much Age ; Those
Enigmatic Neanderthals ; The
Woolly Mammoth, the Ice Age, and the Bible ,
Explanations for Disharmonious Associations ;
of Our Frozen Past ; Prehistoric?
Mammoth and the Ice Age ; Wild,
Wild Weather: The Genesis Flood & the Ice Age .
then told his disciples a parable to show them that they should
always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1, NIV)
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David's ministry. The recent services from Israel are now available
to watch on-demand by clicking here. We apologise for those
who tried to watch the meeting on Thursday, we experienced a
computer problem which prevented the live webcast from being
We would encourage you to watch the 23rd March, Tel Aviv service.
At the end of the meeting Anton, who had experienced a dramatic
miracle ten years ago in Perm, Russia, gave his amazing testimony.
During the final prayers of the service, David asked Anton to
come forward and speak to the congregation. He came, climbed
up the side of the stage where there were no steps but a high
barrier, he swung his legs over - and there he was! So well!
Two legs, so healthy, eyes shining. He told his story. How he
knew God, how he backslid, fell into crime and ended up in prison.
How he was beaten up, was put in a freezing isolation punishment
cell, and finally thrown into an overcrowded cell. How through
all of this he got septicaemia. How his leg went black with
gangrene up to the knee. How they put him in a prison hospital.
How his mother and grandmother paid money to get him put in
a 'normal' hospital. How they heard David was coming to evangelise
in their city; and how his grandmother arranged for Anton to
be carried into the meeting on a stretcher. She grabbed David
and made him pray for Anton - but he was not healed.
Disappointed, he was carried out of the meeting back to the
hospital in agony. By this point he was almost at the point
of death. But his mother and grandmother did not give up believing
for a miracle: they were determined that Anton wouldn't die!
As David was leaving Perm for the airport to fly to Moscow,
in order to fly straight on to meetings in Israel, Anton's mother
and grandmother made one last attempt to get David to pray.
David agreed and went to the hospital on the way to the airport.
We did not know, but Anton already had the consent papers to
allow the doctors to amputate his leg; he was prepared to do
it because he was going to die anyway. David prayed and, not
knowing about these papers, said, "Do not let them cut
your leg off. In six months I will be back in Perm and you will
stand on the platform with me, with two legs, and you will give
glory to God." In that moment, Anton received a gift of
faith. He did not sign the consent form. Within one week he
was able to stand and walk on crutches, and within six months
he was indeed on the platform in Perm with David giving glory
to God for healing his gangrene and his liver (hepatitis).
Afterwards Anton went to Bible School, got married, and now
has two beautiful girls. But the strange and amazing thing is,
he did not hear what David actually said, the Holy Spirit must
have mixed the conversation up on purpose, so that he and his
family heard David say, "I will be in Israel, and you will
stand with me on the platform and give glory to God for your
healing!" At that time they could not figure out why David
had said, "You will stand with me on the platform in Israel
and give glory to God for your healing." But this is a
Jewish family, and they emigrated from Russia to Israel 15 months
ago. Today was the fulfilment of what the Holy Spirit said to
him ten years ago in that filthy hospital, "You will stand
on the platform in Israel and give glory to God for your healing!"
Anton turned to all the Jewish people crowded in the auditorium
and said, "Yeshua, Jesus, is the Son of the Living God,
believe in Him!"
33: 6; 9
By the word
of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the
breath of his mouth. For he spoke and it came to be; he commanded,
and it stood firm. NIV
Ever since human history began men have speculated as to the
origin of the universe in which we live.
What is the first cause? How did it all come into being? And
endless different theories have been offered and are still being
offered today, but the Bible reveals the real supreme first
cause of the universe: it's the Word of the Lord and the breath
of His mouth.
Everything that was ever created came into being when the Lord
spoke the word and the breath or the spirit of His mouth went
out together with that word.
In the opening chapter of Genesis it says that the Spirit of
God moved on the face of the waters and then it says, “the Lord
spoke [the Lord said] let there be light” and the union of the
word and the Spirit of God brought forth that which God spoke.”
And here the psalmist says, “He spoke and it came to be. He
commanded and it stood firm.”
The Lord spoke the universe into being. His word and His Spirit
together brought about creation. The important and exciting
thing to realize is that when God's Word and God's Spirit are
united in our hearts and in our lives, through them there is
made available to us the entire, creative power of God. It's
there in His Word and His Spirit.
hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. God
has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding
of trumpets. Sing praises to God; sing praises; sing praises
to our King, sing praises. NIV
That's the Bible's picture of the response that's appropriate
to God in His power and in His glory.
The one specific word that sums up that which God's greatness,
grandeur should provoke from you and me is the word praise,
but a very all-inclusive kind of praise, a praise that occupies
every part of our physical body, a praise that occupies all
“Clap your hands all you nations. shout to God with cries of
joy.” That's something more than just religious respectability.
That's a total response of our redeemed being to the Lord in
His greatness. Clap our hands shout to God.
Then it says God has ascended amid shouts of joy, amid the sounding
of trumpets. Shouts and clapping of hands and musical instruments
are all required to sound forth the praise of God.
And then it goes on, “sing praises to God, sing praises to God,
sing praises to our King; sing praises.” You know it's a theme,
“Sing praises, sing praises, sing praises.” That's how we have
to respond to God.
us to help the Holocaust survivors in Israel
For the last two
years I have been holding special services to reach the Russian
Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans in Israel with the ‘Good
News’ introducing them to Yeshua. We reach them, supplying
them with humanitarian aid as well as paying for buses to bring
them from all over Israel.
Due to the overwhelming demand to attend these gatherings, I
have been asked to hold more than three such services in Israel
this year. The cost of holding so many of these events in 2013
is too great for our budget. We need financial help. The cost
of holding the first in March is £625,000; of this, £244,000
is for food packages, medical provision, and humanitarian aid.
We started in 2011 and 2012 with two events a year for the Holocaust
survivors. We not only bring them by bus from all over Israel
to these events – a huge expense in itself – but
provide their secular organisations with financial and humanitarian
aid on an on-going basis. Russian Holocaust survivors have no
pension from Russia, very little in Israel and no compensation
They are one of the poorest groups in Israel. Rejected by many
in Israel and the West for not being ‘proper Jews’
because of their Soviet heritage, but yet Jewish enough to go
through the Holocaust; they need our help. Jesus said in Matthew
25:40, that when we assist ‘one of the least of these
My brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me’.
We need your help to fund our work in Israel. This is a God
given opportunity to meet the spiritual and physical needs of
these Holocaust survivors, but we can only do it with your help.
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teaching to transform your life
Jesus here depicts
the Christian life in two successive phases: first, a strait gate
through which we must enter, second, a narrow way along which
we must walk. The “gate” represents a single entry experience—what
the Bible calls “being saved” or “being born again.” The “way”
represents the new kind of life into which this entry experience
effect, Jesus is warning us against trying to separate these
two phases from one another.
The only entrance into the narrow way is by the strait gate.
Without being born again we cannot even begin to lead the Christian
life. On the other hand, the purpose of entering through the
gate is to walk in the way.
fullness of life to which Jesus invites us comes not merely
by entering the gate, but by walking thereafter in the way to
which the gate gives access.
My times are
in your hands... NIV
What a profound and
blessed revelation that God has absolute control over all the
times in our lives. God is the only one in the universe that
totally controls time.
This is beautifully demonstrated in the heavenly bodies. Countless
millions and millions of stars move around in the universe with
absolute precision. Isaiah the prophet says that the Lord calls
every one of them forth by name and they are all present, not
one is wanting. The sun never rises late or sets early. Astronomers
can calculate the exact place of every heavenly body in the
remote past, in the distant future.
God has absolute control over time and what David realized when
he uttered those words is this, that God has absolute control
over the times in our lives. He's never late, He's never premature,
He has a time for every situation, every circumstance. If we
will just commit our lives totally into His hands, we'll find
that our times are in His hands.
What a relief from pressure, from strain, to know that God has
control over the time element in our lives. Our times are in
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so visit the website today to find out more:
God, Protector and Friend,
We know you care for all your people
as a father shields his children.
Keep watch, we pray, on those of your children
who are particularly exposed and vulnerable
in situations that are hostile to Christian faith.
Hold them in safety,
encourage them in faith,
and keep them in hope,
centred on Jesus Christ our Lord.