The Fire of God

Statistically, the number of people attending church each Sunday is seriously declining.

This may be the fault, in part, at least, of the Ministers, Deacons and lay preachers of every religious denomination but it cannot be denied that now that our Sabbath day (Sunday) is becoming less and less sacred and less and less holy, many people find an excuse not to go to church because, for example, they prefer to watch a football match!

We have allowed our churches to become empty because the world has taken its focus away from the Word of God and we are not being obedient to reading His word and teaching our children the ways of the Lord.

We need to be baptised by the Holy Spirit, so that we can worship in Spirit and in truth. The church fire has been dimmed and will go out if we do not take immediate action!

The fire of God needs to come down upon each one of us so that we can once again put God first in our lives. In Matthew 6:33 we read:-

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist Church) in the eighteenth century often preached at outdoor meetings when many thousands of people gathered to listen to what he had to day – and many of those people had walked miles and miles to get to the place where Wesley was preaching.

How many people would be prepared to walk 10+ miles to church every Sunday? Very few I would expect!

God will never leave, nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31: 6) but He is very disappointed when we ignore Him because we cannot find time to attend Church on Sunday and seldom talk to Him in prayer.

In my humble experience, God always listens to my prayers and, on many occasions, He will answer them in a positive way.

And I am sure that He will listen to your prayers too. You just need to set aside some time every day, no matter how busy you may be.

Praise be the Lord. Hallelujah.

Happy New Year to you all

God Bless

Geoffrey

The Philatelic Wesley

I have a large number of books about John and Charles Wesley and about some of the early lay preachers,   But in my researches for this book I have discovered a lot of information of which I was previously unaware.

Each stamped envelope – most of which have been specially produced and created by the Methodist Philatelic Society –  has a card inside with appropriate information about the commemorative anniversary being celebrated.

In many instances I have added relevant information to that which was already included on the card insert.

I know that some of the material relating to the Wesleys will be fairly well known to many people reading this book but I suspect that there will be various Ministers and Lay Preachers of the 18th and 19th centuries, of which you may never have heard.

‘The Philatelic Wesley’ includes 136 pages of fascinating information and 25,000+ words and provides a very interesting snapshot of life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

‘The Philatelic Wesley’ costs £10.95 (including postage) and copies may be obtained by sending a cheque for £10.95 to: –

Geoffrey Keyte
The Hafod Cottage
Blackrock
Clydach
Abergavenny
NP7 0LW

All copies will be signed by me personally.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Listening to the Holy Spirit

Even in your busy daily life, set aside some time in which to listen to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t expect to hear an audible voice, but listen as He transmits ideas, thoughts and visions into your mind.

The Holy Spirit loves you to talk to Him. And He will eagerly respond to you in ways that you will find very unexpected.

I talk to the Holy Spirit every day – often several times in the day – and I am often absolutely amazed at the thoughts and ideas that flow through my mind!

I find that first thing in the morning – as soon as I awake – is a wonderfully peaceful time in which to pray and talk with God/the Holy Spirit.

Although I am actually having a conversation with the Holy Spirit I know that it is also very important for me to stop talking to Him, so that I am able to hear what it is He is saying to me.

In the quiet and stillness of the early morning light I often receive dynamic ideas from the Holy Spirit; ideas that have never previously occurred to me.

On May 24th, 1738, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, felt that his heart was ‘strangely warmed’.

And as you listen to the Holy Spirit you, like John Wesley and myself, may also feel your heart becoming strangely warmed.

May our Father God bless you mightily in everything you say and in everything you do

Geoffrey

 

The Prophetic Wesley – my new kindle book

For me personally this book has definitely been a labour of love. Although I am a relative newcomer to Methodism, I have become deeply immersed in the historical aspect of Methodism, especially in the days of John Wesley (18th century) to the end of the 19th century.

I have a large number of books about John and Charles Wesley and about many of the early lay preachers, many of whom were itinerant. But none of the Wesley books include commemorative stamp covers!

Each stamped envelope has a card inside with appropriate information about the commemorative anniversary being celebrated.

In many instances I have added relevant information in my book to that which was already included on the original card insert.

I know that some of the material relating to the Wesleys will be fairly well known to many people reading this book but I suspect that there will be various Ministers and Lay Preachers of the 18th and 19th centuries, of which you may never have heard.

The Methodist Stamped Covers included in this book are only a relative small percentage of those now in my possession. And as time permits I hope to use many of them on the Methodist Philatelic Society web site. And, perhaps, in further kindle books too.

As far as I know this is the first (and, indeed, only) book to be published in any format about John Wesley based upon Commemorative stamp covers.

The Philatelic Wesley costs only $6.95 in kindle format.

For more information and to download your copy of our new kindle book please go to: –

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CJRGOWO

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Listening to the Holy Spirit

Even in your busy daily life, set aside some time in which to listen to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t expect to hear an audible voice, but listen as He transmits ideas, thoughts and visions into your mind.

The Holy Spirit loves you to talk to Him. And He will eagerly respond to you in ways that you will find very unexpected.

I talk to the Holy Spirit every day – often several times in the day – and I am often absolutely amazed at the thoughts and ideas that flow through my mind!

I find that first thing in the morning – as soon as I awake – is a wonderfully peaceful time in which to pray and talk with God/the Holy Spirit.

Although I am actually having a conversation with the Holy Spirit I know that it is also very important for me to stop talking to Him, so that I am able to hear what it is He is saying to me.

In the quiet and stillness of the early morning light I often receive dynamic ideas from the Holy Spirit; ideas that have never previously occurred to me.

On May 24th, 1738, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, felt that his heart was ‘strangely warmed’.

And as you listen to the Holy Spirit you, like John Wesley and myself, may also feel your heart becoming strangely warmed.

With many peaceful  blessings

Geoffrey

Rev Steve Wild is the new President of the Methodist Conference

The newly elected President of the Methodist Conference  has urged the Church to ‘take God seriously’ and put evangelism back on the agenda.

In his inaugural address at the Conference in Southport, the Revd Steve Wild challenged each Methodist church in Britain to aim to bring just one person to faith in the coming year, saying: “Let’s take God seriously. I want to help us in the task of evangelism, to put mission on the agenda and give our churches an aim to win a person for Christ.”

“We cannot sit back in complacency,” he added. “We have a massive Kingdom of God task.  I’m wanting this year to challenge each church to bring one person to faith – to make one new member this next year, let’s make bringing people to faith the main point, we don’t do it alone. The unconditional love of Jesus is our motivation.”

He told those gathered at the Conference that John Wesley only had ten guineas to his name when he died. Wesley’s will directed that four of these guineas should pay four unemployed men to carry his coffin and the remainder be distributed among his poorest preachers.

“What else did he leave behind?” Steve asked. “Changed lives hundreds of them, Christian communities dotted all over this country and in other parts of the world, fellowships seeking to take God seriously. Oh that we may all draw to the foot of the cross and experience this powerful love and make this our legacy one of transformed lives and communities!

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Steve Wild has been one of my Facebook friends for a long time and I know that he is going to be a very effective evangelistic President of the Methodist Conference during 2015/2016.

May our Father God bless Steve mightily in everything he says and in everything he does.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Do All The Good You Can

John Wesley (1703-1791) was the founder of Methodism.

During his lifetime it was estimated that he had travelled more than 250,000 miles, riding on horseback, throughout England, Wales and Scotland – and he even ventured over the seas to Northern Ireland.

And not only that but he often read books whilst riding on his horse to his next preaching engagement!

Most people – even experienced riders – would content themselves with just being able to ride, but reading a book as they rode would be a challenge beyond most people’s abilities.

One of his best known quotes is:-

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

John Wesley, of course, also travelled quite extensively in other countries, especially America. If Wesley had been alive today I wonder what he would have made of Youtube? I am sure that he would have found many innovative ways of using today’s electronic technology.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey