Here is the Feltham Evangelical Church Newsletter for March 2020. It contains an article on how we should pursue excellence in life and ministry.
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I have written about the hymn “Count your many blessings” here. Yesterday, I had several blessings to count, each one portraying the observable workings of the Lord. Here are eight pieces of gold I want to treasure:
- A sister delighting in how, after many years; many wild and rebellious years, a lady (the daughter of a friend) in her thirties had, the previous day, confessed Jesus as her Lord and Saviour.
- A sister, who had kept in touch with a younger sister in the Lord after she had long-moved on from Feltham, was being used to counsel the younger sister through some hard times.
- A younger sister, was rejoicing in how she had been rebuked by a brother in the church concerning an issue. Yes, she was rejoining and thankful. Rejoicing because the man had loved her enough to want to speak to her about the issue.
- A group of sisters getting together to study the Word.
- A lady who had never been to a prayer meeting attending the morning prayer meeting
- A younger brother from church spent the day involved in an apologetic ministry in central London
- I faced a situation with calmness and peace. This was something to treasure because it was a situation I had previously felt prone to go into with anger and frustration. The Lord does answer prayer.
- I received a sweet email telling me how i had misunderstood a matter. It was presented in such a gracious and encouraging way. A model for good email communication.
And I am led to praise the Lord and consider that the Lord is alive and working. And so i give Him all the praise. I want to pick up each piece of gold and treasure it and admire the Lord’s working in each.
I attended the FIEC Leaders Conference at Torquay last week; 11th to 13th November. Here are some thoughts:
- Probably the best conference of this ilk that I have been to.
- Venue is very good. Added bonus of having swimming available which I availed myself of on each of the three days.
- Music was very good; led by Colin Webster and Phil Moore. The group gave every impression that they were worshippers themselves; rather than just being leaders in worship.
- I had the happy providence of sitting next to Colin Smith (one of the main speakers) and his wife, at the first session. He was so very warm and humble. Humility is a much undervalued grace. I have written about that here.
- The preaching from Colin Smith, John Stevens and Andy Prime was all high quality with much encouragement and edification in the four sessions they did between them.
- Colin Smith opening up the issue of prophet, priest and king as the motifs for shepherd leadership was really great.
- Ray Evans did a session on leadership stuff which was filled with much gold. Surely, he is a great gift to the church with the thinking he has distilled and practised on the issue of leadership. Get listening to him or reading his books if you want to be helped into godly church leadership.
- A seminar on Emotional Intelligence by Tom Fenning was very helpful. Similarly, Liam Garvie from Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh speaking small groups was a great help.
- Many great conversations with different ones. Thankful to the ones who were happy to stop and talk. Good conversations over the meals as well.
- At lunch on the last day I became aware that Paul Whalley (see here) who I was at school with, was there. Sorry I was not able to chat with him some more.
- Often I find these type of events pretty intimidating. I say this because you seem to be surrounded by so many people doing impressive things for the kingdom. I found it less intimidating this time I feel.
- Trevor Archer, the London Director, gave me some time to catch up with and assess my situation at Feltham which was helpful.
- Adrian Reynolds did most of the introducing. I think I prefer it when different ones of the main FIEC hierarchy do the leading. Although Adrian is pretty slick at doing it.
- The interview on the Tuesday evening when Andy Paterson interviewed Mark Dever did not really work. Both are great men, but it did not seem to flow or gel. Would have been better use of the time to have had either of them preaching. Interviews can be great and really helpful, but this one was not so (although there were snippets of great value).
- The main conference ended in a bit of a confusing way because post conference seminars were scheduled, but not mentioned at the end by Adrian, So rather than being left with a great sense of what had been preached by Andy Prime, I was left wondering what was going to happen next.
- So great to see so many under forties there; encouraging for the future and vitality of the church in the UK. The fact that there were around 950 there was pretty amazing as well.