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23 July, 2021

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If there are 2 foci (or should that be focuses) that I would like Emmanuel to have for the rest of the year they are relationships and prayer.   

 

There are three areas that we want to approach in our relationships.  Often called up in and out, or worship, fellowship and witness/mission.  We are reminded that relationships are crucial with God (who gives us life) with fellow Christians as we build a people of faith to support and encourage each other and witness or mission where we engage with people who are not yet followers of Jesus.  It is important that our relationships have this 3-part balance.  

 

The other area of focus for 2021 is about prayer.  Prayer is one of the key elements in our relationship with God.  There are many creative ways to pray but the important thing is that we dedicate time and effort towards prayer.  That it has a focus in our lives.  As some groups are nearing the end of the studies around the Holy Spirit at work in people’s lives, our next series will be based around prayer and is called the Prayer Course.  A great series which will be launched Monday August 16th. I hope you will be a part of it. 

 

Blessings 

Brian Hoole 

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