I want to share with you some things we're going to see happening spiritually this season, starting in 2017. This is such a significant time that we’re in. I know I’ve said that before, but dramatic changes are now really beginning to unfold.
So much is playing out on the world’s stage right now. Previously prophesied major shifting continues to take place and systems of the world are being shaken to their very core. A year ago, at the start of 2016 I took the Scripture from Isaiah 45 and shared how God was raising up leaders like King Cyrus to set God's people free from captivity. Cyrus was anointed by God to not only do that, but to enable the people to rebuild the city of God and His dwelling place, the Temple.
The time we are in now is a time for building. With that in mind, I’m going to share four things the Lord has shown me for this year that require a response from you, and it’s important to understand that the decisions you make this year will impact your life and the lives of those around you.
It’s been four months since the UK voted to leave the European Union on 23rd June 2016. Many of the political pre-vote threats and promises (on both sides) have failed to materialise, but one thing is sure, we’re setting our course for new and unchartered seas.
I think the real reason the UK is leaving the European Union is that we can’t win the Eurovision Song Contest anymore. The last time we won it was in 1997 and every year since has been a travesty... Perhaps if they’d let us win just once or twice in the last 20 years things may have been different.
Of course I’m only joking, but there’s a grain of truth behind the banter. Britain’s identity has always been divided between European and non European (we perhaps identify more with the many English speaking nations than we do with our closer European neighbours). The telling thing is that when British people talk about ‘Europe’ they don’t include the UK, they usually mean ‘all the other European countries’.
Do you feel like you are in a time of transition? Does it seem that circumstances are changing and shaking all around you, relationships are being tested and things are happening so fast that it seems hard to keep up with it all?
If you are nodding your head or saying "yes" to one or more of the above you are not alone. In fact you are amongst many, not just in the UK, but around the globe.
For some this is happening in more than one area. Family, friendships, work situations and churches; it can seem quite unsettling to say the least. So what can we hold onto during these times and what should we look out for?
The meeting is on a Sunday within a church building in London, England. There is a small band on the stage leading corporate songs and a presentation screen with lyrics. During the service there is an inspiring talk, a moment of silence and reflection and even an offering. But this is not church as we know it, this is church without God. Since its launch three years ago Sunday Assembly has grown to around 70 hubs all over the world – each running weekly meetings.
This may sound puzzling to Christians or even shocking at first. The Sunday Assembly’s original motif in 2013 of 'atheist church' was designed to do just that and maximise media interest (it worked). The Sunday Assembly (SA) aspiration was – ‘We don't do God or religion but we do 100% celebration of life’. They wanted to provide a place of positive social connection that was fun, aspirational and inspiring.