“What I’m Learning from 1 & 2 Kings”

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Members of the London International church of Christ are invited to send their reflections on what they are learning or finding inspiring about our current focus on the books of 1 & 2 Kings. Please send any thoughts to Malcolm. We reserve the right to edit contributions.

Our first contributor is Lola Laseinde from the 4 Rivers Region.

From reading through the two books, we are exposed to the lives of the prophets Elijah and Elisha as well as some of the kings of the Old Testament. Many of the kings fell because they relied on their own wisdom and not on God’s wisdom.

God required obedience from His creatures. Through obedience to God’s directives, He made provision for their lives. Examples of this are Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. The LORD provided for Elijah through his obedience and thus provided for an impoverished widow and her son. Through his obedience to God’s directives Elijah showed that he had faith in God.

Another lesson for me was learning from king Asa’s strengths and mistakes. I learned that when we take one step towards God, He takes ten to make us thankful to Him. I was encouraged by king Asa’s good start and that helped me to remember to build on God’s Word.

008-elijah-brookDuring the famine, God directed Elijah to hide and he was fed by the ravens. He obeyed and was fed. At the brook, through the widow of Zarephath, he saw God’s provision and he built up his faith in God.  God provides for us so that we can receive and so that we can give.

The abundance of generosity we receive from God is spiritual. Our acceptance of His promises leads us to have faith in Him. We learn to trust and obey God because He has promises for us.

Thank you and remain ever blessed.

In-Christ – Lola Laseinde

Leicester Psalmathon News

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A message from the Leicester church ‪#‎Leicesterchurch‬

Our foremost thanks to God for the great weekend we had – the weather, the atmosphere, the spirit in the group, the responses from the public, the unseen transformation within us all – and we pray it inspires us to greater things.1957869_809499449072781_6238346044671172625_o

Thank you for all the prayers and effort put into the PSALMATHON weekend. Thank you to the 40 plus disciples who came from the London congregations – Southside, South East, North, 4Rivers, East – and the sister who came all the way from Edinburgh! It was awesome having some of you stay over to worship with us on Sunday. We appreciate your love and support. We truly are ONE in spirit.

Love from the Leicester church.

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CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION

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Monday’s lunchtime bible discussion is entitled “If you could ask for anything. OJ will be leading.

 CITY BIBLE DISCUSSION

Date : Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

Time :1.05pm – 1.35pm

Place : The Church Of St Edmund The King, Lombard Street, EC3V 9EA

Nearest Tube : Bank (exit 6) or Monument

Kevin Cundale

Announcing  Strength in Weakness Online Parents’ Support Group

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For Parents of  Same-Sex Attracted Children of Any Age

Is your son or daughter same-sex attracted?

You are not alone, help is here!

Strength in Weakness Ministries is an organization dedicated to offering pragmatic help and support to disciples of Jesus who live with unwanted, same-sex attractions and Christian families who have an immediate family member who is attracted to the same gender and who may even being living an active homosexual life. Since the ministry’s inception in 2006, SIW has helped over 1,000 disciples and their families in over 150 churches, in over 60 countries around the world.

We are excited to announce the commencement of a new initiative within our ministry; an online support group for parents.

Saturday, November 1

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

“Home for the Holidays”

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are supposed to be a time of family fun, relaxation and enjoyment. However, for families who have a same-gender attracted child, this time of year can sometimes be difficult, especially if the child currently identifies him or herself as “gay” and has a partner with whom they are involved. Often the child wants to bring their partner home for the holidays, either for an afternoon visit or even an extended overnight stay. Other relatives may feel the need to address your child’s homosexuality in their own unique way that does not prove helpful. Certain discussions can ensue around the Christmas turkey that are awkward, at best. How should Christian parents manoeuvre through these rocky waters? In what ways can parents express their love and compassion and be respectful while at the same time holding to their Biblical convictions, allowing the time with their children to be a time of enjoyment and relaxation? Please join our inaugural SIW Parents Support Group to be a part of the discussion.

  • You must be the parent of a same-sex attracted child to register.
  • There is no cost for this initial call.
  • Come to just listen, or add your own thoughts and comments.
  • A time of prayer for our children will conclude our time together.
  • The support group will occur every 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Although it is hoped that you will be encouraged to return and be a regular part of our parents’ group, no initial commitment for ongoing participation is expected.
  • All you need is High Speed Internet or a phone.
  • If using your computer, please use Google Chrome as your internet browser.

 Click to Register Now!

Birmingham Teen Trip, September 2014

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photo 2Buzzing and bright-eyed (with just a touch of early morning fatigue) on the beautifully sunny Sunday morning of 28th September 2014, two coaches packed full of the London Church of Christ teens headed off up to see our teen siblings in the Birmingham Church of Christ! In fact, so high was the enthusiasm to participate in the teen event that many made the effort to travel by any means necessary; Megabus and cars alike. Lots and lots of card games, Mafia, chatting, Costa coffee and DMC’s later, the London teens of the East, Four Rivers, North, South-East and Southside regions of London arrived in the West Midlands, ready and raring to dive into the activities so tirelessly planned by the Birmingham teens!

After being escorted round the University of Birmingham for a short tour and prayer walk, we headed to Handsworth where the whole Birmingham Church meets on a weekly basis, and most of us having not seen the brummies since the London Summer Teen Camp, hugs and shrieks of delight followed, as well as a few surprises as we were also delighted to see some of the Manchester teens!

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First of all we rejoiced to God in worship, including the famous number ‘King Jesus is Lord’ led by some of our zealous brothers; we then huddled together in prayer before being split up into six groups (each assigned a different animal as their identity! C’mon the chickens!). Each group then made their way to their first of six half-hour-long stations. One of which was digging deep into the word of God with a Bible discussion led by Jas and Cameron. The main topic of discussion was tackling the question why we read the Bible, exploring the idea that this is the book of life, of the greatest love, of salvation; like John 14:6 says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” says Jesus. We also discussed the question of why we can even trust the Bible in the first place. As well as much compelling evidence, John 8:32-32 stood out to me:

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

photo 3Another station involved being served an incredibly delicious lunch by some of the Birmingham mums, for which we are extremely grateful, having been very much satisfied; on the menu- curry, rice and salad! We were given a wonderfully insightful and wisdom-filled talk by the current University of Birmingham students about future opportunities to serve God in countless different ways in the kingdom at another station- opportunities including the One Year Challenge, Hope Youth Corps, among others. Other stations included a Bible quiz with yummy chocolate prizes as well as a station of charades.
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The afternoon was concluded perfectly as we joined the first half hour of the Birmingham Church of main service where we participated in lively and energetic singing and a truly inspiring, vulnerable testimony from Jas, who has just left the teens to enter the student ministry this academic year; too soon we shot off back to London for hours of even more games, DMC’s and this time singing! Thank you so much Birmingham!! We appreciate you and love you loads!photo 5