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26th April 2020

“Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Mark 5:36

A warm welcome to all our members and friends today. We have a great service for you that should equip, encourage, and inspire you through the next week and beyond. We have all our regular items, some great music, and following on from last week, a message from Mark 1:29-39.

A warm welcome from Meryl to everyone

Meryl will lead us in prayer this morning.

Now Vicky will read for us from Mark 1: 29-39 in the NKJV.

Before I preach I wish to acknowledge those who continue to support the church financially. They seem to find a way to either pay into our bank account or slip an envelope to one of us. Bless you all for your faithfulness.

Peter is preaching on Mark 1: 29-39. Jesus heals Peter’s mother in law and later heals and delivers many from the town and local area.

Before I share the blessing, I think it right that you understand that the enemy really hates what we are doing with these online services. Our Saturday morning recording sessions are constantly interrupted by the enemy poking his finger into electronic and video devices that we use to record the service in an effort to make us give up. We don’t give up, and here is the result, so we hope that you enjoyed the service. Please make a note to pray for us each Saturday morning and afternoon as we work to compile the meeting and post it to our website.

PS. We have had over 1,100 hits on the website since it went live, so a whole bunch of people love it.

In the spirit of Easter here is an Easter Egg that might interest some of you. While I was in the Galilee, wherever we went there was a geographic feature that dominated the landscape. You could see it in the opening scenes of the video of Capernaum last week. It is called Mount Arbel and it is an enormous rift mountain that looks as though it was split in two by a very angry God. So I have a couple of pictures you might like.

The path from Nazareth and Bethlehem to Galilee runs through this narrow valley. Jesus walked this way. In our reading, Mark talked about Jesus going to a lonely place to pray. Now there aren’t many lonely places in Galilee, our guide Yehuda offered the suggestion that the top of Mount Arbel is pretty much the only place in Galilee where you can go without fear of being disturbed. As a treat on our last day, he took us up there.

You can imaging Jesus sitting up there praying as he looked over the whole of Northern Galilee. The Sea of Galilee is somewhere in the blue haze at the top of the picture, and if he turned His head He could see almost every major landmark in the North of Israel from modern Lebanon and Syria and East to Jordan. By looking West he could see Mt. Tabor (the Mount of Transfiguration) and the Horns of Hattin and the mountains of Nazareth and Bethlehem and the hills of Hebron in the West Bank.

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