23rd May – TFG Virtual Bank Holiday Weekend

Hello, this week our thoughts are based on “Give us today our daily bread” and Jesus’ teaching that “Man shall now live on bread alone, but on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. There was once a Junior weekend entitled “The Word is not enough” but there aren’t any recordings from that online (more cassettes and mini-discs still to trawl through methinks), so this week’s talk comes from a pseudo-virtual weekend, 2015’s Truth Follow Grow which was to have been an ex-student weekend but it was cancelled due to lack of bookings. However, I used some of the material from it for talks in school. Enough of an introduction, let’s focus on Jesus.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus – 2004 Seek!
The 2003 Junior Weekend at Sunbury Court, part 2 below.

Bible Reading: John 8:31, 32: 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’

What does Truth mean to you?
Jesus said “I am the Truth”, and that God’s Word is the Truth (John 14:6 and 17:17) – how does that affect your life, your thinking, your speaking?
Does “God’s Word is Truth” get lost in a melee of other things that claim to be true in our world?
How do we stand on the truth in 2020?

I Believe in Jesus – 1996 All you need is Love

Talk: Truth, by Geoff, TFG meeting from ….? not sure. the bit about the number of chapters and psalm 118 is not right.
According to independent research, the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Biblecontains 1189 chapters; Psalm 117 is the 595th; there are 594 chapters before Psalm 117, and 594 after it. Thus, it is 117, not 118, that is the centre chapter of the Bible.

What’s the link between “Give us our daily bread” and all this “God’s word is true” stuff? The bread of God’s word is freely available, we don’t need to ask for it and yet so many Christians are starving because 1/ we don’t read it and 2/ when we do, we don’t really believe it (we don’t stand on it in faith). The challenge this week is to take something that you know is in God’s Word that you have ignored or decided is not true and choose to believe it and live as if it is true. Cos it is.

Monthly Challenge 2: Get some old material and make yourself a colourful T-shirt/shirt/blouse. Here’s how. Post up to three photos on the TFG Massive Facebook page of you wearing the shirt – make it as ridiculous as you like with different patches of material . Photos need to all be posted on or before Friday May 29th.

Livin’ on a Prayer – 2005 Chapter Three (Colossians 3 Group performance)

Prayer: Between Ascension (last Thursday) and Pentecost (next Sunday) there is a call to pray “Thy Kingdom Come” for our nation. More details here Spend some time praying that part of the Lord’s Prayer for your town, school, workplace, family now. Then pray that you will be nourished by the daily bread of God’s Word too.

The Greatest Day in History – 2007 Destination of a Lifetime
Men of Faith – 2003 Love, Honour and Obey
Here we Stand – 1999 Bedrock
And Can it Be? – 1994 – Stay Tuned there’s more to come
I will Dance – 2006 The Divinity Code

My thinking for next week or the one after is to do something different. Pizza Prayer was a big thing in TFG once upon a time, with people coming to the basement to eat Pizza and pray for their year groups. Maybe we could do that virtually too? We might try that in the next few weeks as I say, meantime have a good week!

Spelling Lesson

Activities and lessons for bored kids from the Royal Mint

16th May

Have you wandered further since Wednesday? I haven’t, I can’t decide where to go as most of my favourite places are there because of the cafe/pub etc. But maybe today…. Meanwhile, here is another virtual TFG weekend to help you to focus on God. I’m using Andy Farquhar’s talk from 2003’s Love, Honour and Obey to sort-of reflect the lines “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be Done” as we work through the Lord’s Prayer.

I will Build my Church – 1996 All you need is Love

Let’s start this week with Prayer. Last week we looked at the first line of the Lord’s Prayer, Our Father using the mnemonic Friend, Authority, Teacher, Helper, Equipper and Romancer. Use any of all those words to help you to focus on God now and pray that some of those aspects of His character will be revealed in our nation as His people seek to bring hope and life to their surrounding communities. As we pray “Father, our (Friend/Authority/Helper etc)” let’s go on to pray “May Your Kingdom come and Your will, O (Friend/Authority/ etc) be done in my street/town/office/church/country as it is in Heaven”.

Bible Reading: Exodus 3 read by David Suchet

He Will Deliver – 2004 Seek! (All stars performance)

Weekly Challenge 9: Do something creative with Exodus chapter 3. It might be a family drama (only rule, Dad is not allowed to be God), or perhaps you could paint what you think the Burning Bush is like. Or maybe you’d prefer a Bible Study reflection:

1/ How does Exodus 3 relate to the first few lines of the Lord’s Prayer?
a/ What do we learn about “God our Father” from this chapter?
b/ What do we learn about God’s intentions for His Kingdom on earth from this chapter?

2/ How have you heard God’s voice calling to you?

3/ What did that teach you about God as Father or His Kingdom on earth? You might find this music helpful in a reflective meditation on Exodus 3, recorded by Simon Burrell for our “Chapter Three” weekend of 2005.

Lord Light the Fire Again – 1999 Bedrock
Talk by Andy Farquhar – 2003 Love, Honour and Obey

Monthly Challenge 2: Get some old material and make yourself a colourful T-shirt/shirt/blouse. Here’s how. Post up to three photos on the TFG Massive Facebook page of you wearing the shirt – make it as ridiculous as you like with different patches of material . Photos need to all be posted on or before Friday May 29th.

Wonderwall – 1997 I Am
Free Resource – What does the Kingdom of Heaven look like in someone’s life? What would it mean to be a follower of Jesus? Download this booklet – produced for the 2007 Weekend Destination of a Lifetime.

Join the call to prayer from Thursday (Ascension Day) to Pentecost –
Thy Kingdom Come.

Over all the Earth You Reign On High- 2011 The Cover Up
I Lift My Hands to the Coming King – 1996 All You need is Love
It’s Rising Up – 2000 Signposts to the Lost
Oh, Happy Day! – 2007 Destination of a Lifetime
Friend of God – 2011 The Cover Up

Wherever you may wander this week, don’t stray far from the Kingdom of God! Take care.

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9th May – VE Weekend

Welcome from Danny B – 2000 Signposts to the Lost

It’s a Bank Holiday Weekend! Hooray! Well, alright, not much different to normal then. Yet 75 years ago this was the biggest celebration party the country has ever known (so I am told, before anyone comments). There’s a bigger celebration to come though, when Jesus ushers in the full revelation of the Kingdom. Meantime, it’s up to us to demonstrate it on earth. Several TFG weekends have focussed on the Kingdom and taken their theme from the Lord’s Prayer. We’ll follow some of those threads in the next few weeks, starting with …. Our Father.

How deep the Father’s Love for us – 2005 Chapter Three

Photo Competition 8: Since no-one, ever, has ever, responded to any of these competitions then this one is the last photo competition. This time it is to take a photo from your own archive of a place you love or an activity you enjoy that you haven’t been able to visit or take part in since lockdown began. Post your photo, together with up to 100 words about why you miss what is on it, on the TFG Massive Facebook page, on or before next Friday, May 15th.

The Lord’s Prayer – 2002 Knees Worn Through

Weekly Challenge 8: What about you? Record a video or audio message about which line of the Lord’s Prayer stands out to you the most and why and post on the TFG Massive Facebook page, on or before next Friday, May 15th.

Talk: from 2002 weekend Knees Worn Through, this talk starts off the Lord’s Prayer.

Monthly Challenge 2: Get some old material and make yourself a colourful T-shirt/shirt/blouse. Here’s how. Post up to three photos on the TFG Massive Facebook page of you wearing the shirt – make it as ridiculous as you like with different patches of material . Photos need to all be posted on or before Friday May 29th.

Lift Him Higher (sung/composed by Adam Knight) – 2002 Knees Worn Through
2015- Disciples

Prayer: We are going to pray. We have focused on the first line of the Lord’s Prayer this week. As we think of Our Father, let’s hear Him calling out to our nation and pray for it. I’m sure you’ve seen the UK Blessing video this week, but play it as you pray for the nation and your friends and family at this time:

Can a Nation be Changed? – 2005 Bedrock
You are God in Heaven – 2004 Seek!
Praise is Rising – 2008 It’s Life, Jim
Lord You are more Precious than Silver – 1996 All you need is Love
When the Spirit of the Lord – 1996 War of the Worlds
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This ebook on the Lord’s Prayer began in the form of the Weekend Booklet for the 2002 weekend Knees Worn Through. Greatly expanded since then, it takes the reader through the whole of the Lord’s Prayer in a way that makes it easy to use as a basis for all our prayer.

Have a good week, take care of yourself and keep praying for our nation.

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