Jill Boyd speaking. The Christmas story is a story of hope. But for some at this time of year it's difficult to see past everything Christmas has become - good and bad - and say "let it be unto me according to Your word". If you're seeing sickness, broken relationships, lack, etc, it can be hard to take God at His word and see health, restored relationships, prosperity or whatever. But real hope enables us to do that. Be encouraged that God is working His goodness in your life even when you can't always see it or feel it. Choose to trust in His unending love for you, and approach 2012 with the confident expectation that He is faithful to His promises - not just for everyone else who seems to be doing well, but for you too.
Andrew Toogood speaking. Real relationship with God brings real hope. Not a cross-your-fingers-and-wish-for-the-best kind of hope, but the kind that brings the change God has promised us all - a confident expectation of good in our lives. This is not just our inheritance, it's for the next generation and beyond - if we walk in this real hope, the benefits get multiplied for our children and their children. But for many people, real hope seems too far off, too unbelievable to grasp. It's not just a modern thing; contrast how Zechariah and Mary responded to the message of hope Gabriel brought each of them, and see how letting God's word of hope take root inside you and grow brings change - real, lasting change based in love. An encouraging talk for this Christmas season.
Andrew Toogood speaking. Do you find yourself longing for days gone by? A time when God was doing great things? Or just when life seemed better? God is telling you it's time to move! If He did it then, He can and will again - we just need to choose to live a life that actually looks like what we talk about : living in the revelation of who we are & whose we are, having God's power shown in us and through us. This is the inheritance we should be claiming and leaving for our children and their children! If you're finding yourself 'stuck', this talk will show you how to move on and encourage you in living a life rooted and grounded in love.