Dear Sis Brethren and Sisters and Young People,
Greetings in the hope of Israel
As we head deeper into Autumn, those hot summer nights are fading in the memory; the storm season is approaching and we see all around us in the words of Psalm 148 “stormy wind fulfilling his word”. The literal impact is clear to see and the prophetic impact is just as dramatic as the sea of nations is very troubled. A challenging time for the leaders of Britain and Europe with less than 6 months to Brexit, they wrestle with difficult issues oblivious to the will of our Heavenly Father and the work of the Angels around them.
As we head towards the end of the year the Bible School Committee have once more begun work, how quick the time flies! Our thanks to Bro Andrew Smith and Bro Geoff Jacks who have completed the “PowerPoint plus audio” files of this year’s talks and have only now to finalise the best way to distribute the talks. For those who expressed interest in this format, thank you for your patience.
Planning for the 2019 School God Willing is now definitely underway and more details will follow over the coming months. As we always say please book in as soon as you can as this really does assist the organisation and planning.
We think of the welfare of our Brethren and Sisters and are sorry to report that Sister Karen Hopper was taken ill at the end of the holidays in North Devon and since the end of August remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Barnstaple District Hospital suffering from Severe Acute Pancreatitis. Early signs suggest that Sister Karen will be in hospital for a long time. We think of Bro Phil and Sis Ellie and their very practical challenges with Sis Karen so far from home. We also think of Bro John Cave who is seriously ill in a hospice in Worcester and Bro Dennis Redshaw has very recently had much needed back surgery and we hope that after his recovery he will feel the benefit of this procedure.
We pray our Father in Heaven will look down in his merciful kindness upon all of his children in need in accordance with His will. May the longed-for time soon be here when the Great Healer will once more be back in this earth to bring an end to the misery and suffering that has plagued our mortal frame since the days of Adam.
As we go about our work in our respective Ecclesias may we all be encouraged that we are living in the latter days and the wickedness of man will very soon be called to account. Let us remain strong, exhorting one another to continue in the Faith, knowing that it is through much tribulation that we enter the Kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).
Sincerely, your brother,
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“Do we give enough time to genealogies in the scriptures? Perhaps we skip over them when they form part of our daily readings. But "ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God....that the man of God might be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works". God willing, we are going to consider some genealogies in our first sessions, mainly using Matthew chapter 1 as the basis for our remarks. Here we find the most important genealogy in the Bible for it gives the royal lineage of our coming King, The Lord Jesus Christ.
But the first 17 verses pose some interesting problems. e.g. Why are 42 generations split into 3 sets of 14? And since there are 42 generations, why are there only 41 names given? Why the unusual inclusion of women? Moreover, why include women who appear to be of dubious backgrounds? And why have a genealogy of Christ through Joseph at all-when Joseph was not the father of our Master?
I hope that these and other considerations will stimulate our interest and encourage us to give more time and diligence to those genealogies which we won't have time to cover during our week together but which, nevertheless, have been left on record for our learning.”
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Dear Brethren and Sisters and Young People,
As the year turns, we continue our preparations for the next school, all the
time hoping that this will be the year of our Lord’s return and that event will
render our plans unnecessary. We have been considering your suggestions and
would like to inform you of changes we have proposed in response to some of
them. It was suggested that we start the evening sessions earlier and after
considering the pros and cons, we have decided to try dinner at 6.15pm with the
evening study commencing at 7.45pm. We are also looking at ways to open the
bookshop more than previously so expect further programme amendments to enable
Our middle session this year is to be led by Bro Reuben Evans on the subject ‘Jonathan – Faithful Friend and Loyal Son’ and he has provided us with an introduction to whet our appetites (as is our custom). He writes:
“As the firstborn son of King Saul, Jonathan should, by rights, have been the next king of Israel. We know well enough his character to realise he would have been a marvellous leader over God’s people. And yet it was not to be.
Our studies will, God willing, show us the uncomplaining way he accepted the apparent injustice of losing his future throne and instead embraced, educated and engaged the one who was to take his place.
We will explore his faithful friendship with David, his loyalty to his father and above all his love of Yahweh. We will see how Jonathan stood in the midst of one of the most complicated love triangles in scripture! And yet how he balanced these relationships skilfully and wisely in all he said and did.
Our simple aim over our five studies is to travel through his life as it’s presented and to ensure that we leave our school understanding why David loved this man, and how fortunate Israel were to have Jonathan supporting his errant father behind the scenes.
By God’s grace, I pray we will enjoy taking some practical lessons from the greatest king Israel never had.”
Currently, our numbers for the School are high (thank you to everyone for
booking in early) and we have reached our contracted number. High Leigh have
agreed for us to take 20 more people but, as the centre is at capacity for
Monday lunch those booking in from now on will have to join us at 2pm, or later
on the Monday. If any of you are not intending to arrive until after lunch on
Monday, please tell us so that we can re-allocate the lunch to any future
bookings. Also, if you know of anyone who is thinking about attending but hasn’t
actually booked, it might be worthwhile advising them of this situation.
In the hope and expectation of better weather, we are planning to organise a trip to the Ventura Park again this year, which will be attractive to young and old alike.
I mentioned above our hope that the return of our Lord will render our plans unnecessary (this is expressed at each of our meetings as we make our preparations) and with the events that continue to unfold in the world around us, this could well be the case. The chaos in the British government seems to have reached unprecedented levels as the pains of the approaching Brexit take hold – how this will turn out we know not, other than to say there is a determination amongst those holding the power that it will take place (as we expect from Scripture regarding the ‘Merchants of Tarshish’). The continued military aggression and posturing of Russia also fulfils our expectations from scripture and the worldwide popular unrest (the significant protests in France, for example) show us the ‘sea and waves roaring’ as our Master instructed us would be the case at the time of his return. Let us lift up our heads, for our redemption draweth nigh.
If our Master does remain away, I’m sure the next few months will fly by and we look forward to enjoying your company and fellowship once more at the next school.
Your Brother by Grace in Israel’s hope.
Roy Highfield, on behalf of the Committee
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