I’ve just come back from New Wine – an annual Christian Conference that equips churches to better serve Jesus and see the Kingdom come imminently in our own communities. I had a great time!
God taught me and showed me a lot of stuff which I may well share over the coming weeks. I went forward for prayer ministry a few times and felt the gracious hand of God challenging me, moulding and changing me. Fantastic.
But as Dannielle Strickland said on the last night when she was preaching on Gideon – the energy, shout and enthusiasm of conferences fade away. What really matters is whether or not we are aligned with God, listening to his voice and prepared to serve him whatever the situation, whatever the cost and whatever others say.
That particular point is going to underline how I deal with the coming year. It, as Dannielle said, involves putting on the full armour of God, especially remembering the shoes of peace. Shalom. Not buddha peace or hippie peace, but complete, Godly wholeness that can be found by pressing into God and all he has to offer us as his children.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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