2016 Christmas Greetings from Hermoine

The year and seasons in pictures…

The year started with training for the Argus Cycle Ride in South Africa. Then on the 6th March I fulfilled my dream and completed the 109km in 5hrs 59min 44secs! (5 sounds better than 6).

On returning to the UK I was into the swing of things, going back to The King’s Lodge (TKL) to teach in March and April. Cape Town South Africa, March 2016 In May I was invited to travel to Israel and teach the book of Kings in Jerusalem. This was a fantastic time teaching 26 students from many parts of the world. I got to see some very significant sites.

Here I am standing on the steps that led to the entrance of the Temple.

June saw me back at TKL teaching. Jerusalem, May 2016 Moving down to Yeovil I joined the Vineyard church and God has opened doors there. I was invited to teach the Old Testament overview. Currently I’m teaching a group how to study the Scriptures, which I am thoroughly enjoying. In 2017 the church will be running an ‘Empowering Discipleship’ course. They have asked me to help facilitate this, particularly starting off with Bible essentials.

In July my friend Myra and I went on a camping holiday and saw some beautiful sites in the South of England.

Eden Project July 2016

Summer soon gave way to autumn and the colours in God’s creation have been breath taking. Now winter is upon us and the days are short. However, as I recently heard someone put it, it is a good time for reflection as God’s creation rests and awaits the burst of new life once again. This Christmas, whether or not your days are short or long, I pray you and your friends and family will reflect and celebrate the new life we’re given through the birth of Jesus, our Saviour.

Love,
Hermoine

Thank you dear Westville Presby for your love and support

Be Still and Know that I Am God

be-still-“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). God’s people are commanded to “be still” in this verse.

The imperative gives a solemn duty to those in a covenant relationship with God—Israel in the Old Testament, but today, it is given to Christians (cf. Galatians 3:26-29).

What Does It Mean?

What does it mean when God’s own are commanded to “be still”?

The injunction is not given to restrict the mobility of God’s people. The duty represents a spiritual disposition that ought to characterize those to whom God’s unfailing promises have been given.

The word translated “be still” comes from the Hebrew term raphah. This word is found in various forms in the Old Testament, with different shades of meaning. It refers to that which is slack, or to let drop, or in some instances, to be disheartened or weak. When used of a person (as opposed to some inanimate object) it often has a negative connotation.

Interestingly, “be weak” is here commanded. In other contexts, those who let their hands “drop” from work are condemned. Those who are disheartened are commanded to take courage.

In contexts where “being still” is condemned, we find that certain obligations were being neglected, and God’s people were admonished to take initiative to fulfill their duties.

Sadly, there are those who are far from “still”; they “do all the work” and give God none of the credit. They believe that by “lifting up their hands” and by “taking courage,” they can survive and thrive by the sweat of their own brow. They can do it all on their own, without any divine dependence.

Here is the irony in this term “be still.” While we must take the initiative to fulfill our responsibilities and live our lives, the uncertainties of living in a world of sin and woe will continually challenge us. Personal initiative is no substitute for reliance upon God (cf. James 4:13-17).

This command—“be still”—forces us to think on two things: that we are finite, and that God is infinite.

That being the case, we need to drop our hands, go limp, relax, and “chill out.” Christian people ought to “come, behold the works of Jehovah,” (v. 8) that we may enjoy a calm confidence in him who gave us his Son.

Spiritual Serenity

“Shall he not also with him freely give us all things?” Paul reasoned (Romans 8:32). Psalm 46:10 encourages us to reflect on what God can do in the face of what we are unable to do.

Spiritual serenity, the psalmist admits, ought to be cultivated in spite of the shaking mountains and agitated waters (vv. 2-3; i.e., figures for the difficulties we face in life).

This spiritual calm, that God commands, does not come from a lack of troubles. It derives from a steady, deep reflection on the ways God has intervened in history on behalf of his people (cf. Romans 15:4).

So as your world crumbles around you, the call from Scripture is: don’t flinch in faith in God. Stand still—not because of a self-made confidence, not because you are the most composed person in the face of disaster, not because “you’ve seen it all.”

Be still because of what you know about God.

It is “God’s past” that provides calm for “our future.” Know that he is God! Know it, not merely intellectually, but practically, spiritually, and emotionally. He is your God. He is the ruler of kingdoms of this earth and the all-powerful Creator of the Universe.

If you are the last man or woman standing, be still.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth do change” (Psalm 46:1-2a).

Hallelujah!

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Psalm 46:10; Galatians 3:26-29; James 4:13-17; Romans 8:32; Romans 15:4; Psalm 46:1-2

Written by by Jason Jackson 

What binds us together?

love-each-otherOver these past 7 weeks we have focused on the 7 churches in Revelation 2 & 3. A question that emerged during this time for me was, what binds us together as the Church? The answer is very simple but profound.

What binds us together is not common education, common race, common income levels, common politics, common nationality, common accents, common jobs, or anything else of that sort. Christians come together because they have all been saved by Jesus Christ. Actually they are a band of natural enemies who love one another for Jesus’ sake.

HERMOINE writes:

HermoineDear Westville Presby

Well it is still quite cold here, but hopefully that is going to change soon.

Since coming back to the UK it has been a very busy time. I have been learning some new skills, such as laying laminate floors and carpets, building a coffee bar and sound desk. There is never a dull moment. We are in the process of completing our new meeting hall, hence all the work.

In May I will be travelling to Israel to teach the book of Kings. I am looking forward to that. When I return I will be teaching on school here at the Lodge.

That is a little update for the moment. In the meantime lots of love to all of you and may the Lord continue to bless you all. Thank you for your love and care for me.

Love, Hermoine

An Update from Hermoine

It has been a while since I last communicated. I apologise for the silence. However it has not been so quiet. This past year I did not lead the School of Biblical Studies (SBS). As I have done in the past, releasing other leaders to lead this school, I handed the leadership to Andy Thomas. He did a superb job in taking another group of 12 students through 9 months of studying the Word. I was there in the back ground in an advisory capacity. Apart from the oversight of the SBS, I continue to take care of our property which is such a joy because I love God’s nature.

In May this year I travelled to Egypt to go and teach on the SBS in Helwan (a few miles from Cairo). It was a good time. This school is really to be admired as they set their minds to continue with this school despite the volatile situation. After returning, I then flew to Hurlach in Germany to attend the SBS Consultation. This is a meeting where leaders of SBS and the Biblical Core Course from across Europe meet to network, encourage and pray for one another. At this gathering I felt that my involvement in the SBS is to offer pastoral support, staff training and teaching not only at The King’s Lodge, but across Europe. I will continue overseeing the SBS department here at The King’s Lodge.

In the beginning of August I flew to Germany again to do staff training and pastoral care with the SBS team. This was an incredible blessing as I saw how God intervened and gave me insight and direction in working with this team. I look forward to doing more of this in various locations.

When I last wrote I shared about my exciting bike ride which raised over £7000 for our building project and this is what the building looked like when I finished the ride. Exactly a year later, April 2011, my friends, Myra, Ivette and I decided to do a sponsored walk of 21 miles to raise more funds for the building project. We raised £500 and from ongoing generosity from many people, this is what our building looks like at the moment. It has been so exciting being part of this project. We are trusting God for the next release of finances to see the inside completed.

We have just had 2 teams return from outreach, one team from the Philippines and the other completing their Mobile Discipleship Training School. They have many stories and testimonies of God’s faithfulness and kindness as they have been out there ministering to many. We are only a few weeks away from starting our next school year, with new students coming to Know God and to Make Him Known.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for your involvement in my life, in prayer, financial support, encouragement and so many other ways. I am so grateful and pray that God will continue to bless you abundantly.

Much love, Hermoine

Prayer request:

  • 3rd -6th Oct Teaching in Lausanne
  • 15th-21st Oct Teaching in Kazakhstan
  • 22nd-28th Oct Teaching in Hurlach

Hermoine News – July 2010

I can’t believe that another school year has come and gone. September 2009 I had 16 students from 9 nationalities come and join the School of Biblical Studies (SBS). They spent 9 months studying God’s Word. Two weeks ago these students were commissioned with testimonies that God had changed their lives in such significant ways and they were different from the day when they started to discover God in His Word. It was a moment again for me to sit and listen to the faithfulness of God been expressed and to give thanks for the privilege I have had in being involved in these students’ lives and seeing them impacted by God. All have left now, however, there will be some who will be returning to continue here at The King’s Lodge.

It has been an exciting year for me. I had the privilege of leading the SBS but also riding the whole length of England and Scotland (Land’s End to John O’Groats) on my bike. A total of 1084 miles and raised over £7000 for our building project. With two fabulous friends, Myra and Rose, supporting me i.e. driving the car, always just a few miles ahead of me, encouraging me, feeding me, giving me a massage when the body felt a little sore, I managed to complete the ride in 18 days inc 2 rest days. This was GOD!! I give all the glory to Him. Prior to the ride I had very little training, maximum 32 miles and with one set back after another. When I reached John O’Groats I could only give God all the glory. I enjoyed the cycling so much that I now continue to ride.

At the moment I am taking a break and pottering in my little garden J. This is very refreshing down time for me. The weather has also been good. We have had a summer this year.

Thank you for all the support and prayers. I am extremely grateful and my prayer is that God will bless you for your faithfulness.

Love,

Hermoine

LAND’S END to JOHN O’GROATS

Hermoine did it!!! She cycled the length of the UK and arrived back at The King’s Lodge on Friday, 7 May 2010.

Here are the stats of the journey:

  • Left TKL: Friday 16 April 2010 – 9.30am (drove to Land’s End)
  • Started @ Land’s End: Sunday 18 April 2010 – 8.54am
  • Finished @ John O’Groats: Wednesday 5 May 2010 – 2.15pm
  • Arrived back to TKL: Friday 7 May 2010 – 5.50pm
  • Total miles cycled LE to JOG = 1084miles (1744km)
  • Total miles driven in car over 3 weeks = 2156 Miles (3470km)
  • Money raised/pledged to date for TKL Building Fund = £5577.51++

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