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O Lord I love your Word
O Lord I love your Word
It is life, it is health
It is food for my soul
O Lord I love your word.

Now when that teacher opens your book I get excitedv Because I know I'm gonna learn something new
And from his mouth comes wisdom and instruction
Sent direct with love to me from you.

Well you know that there are times when I get hungry
So I read your living Word, the Bread of Life,
And Lord you say 'Delight yourself in fatness',
So when I dine with you I'm always satisfied.

Now you can hear the Word of God and still not listen
And you can read it all night long and not believe
And you can know the Word, bit it still won't make no difference
Until you hear yourself confess 'Lord I believe'

Bryn Haworth

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly

Colossians 3:16

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path

Psalm 119:105



The Word

To know that God's Word is truth is a great encouragement to people who follow it and who seek to be obedient to it. John in his gospel teaches us that the Word was there in the beginning that the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We know the Word as our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore to read the scriptures or indeed to study them provides an understanding of God's purposes and indeed His great plan of redemption.

May we at Bethany always be known as Believers who in the words of the song on the front cover, Love the Word of God. As we approach the Christmas period let us ensure that we spend time reading our Bible to help us appreciate the coming of the Word into this world and the wonderful message of salvation. Andy Wilson


Shoe Box Appeal

Thank you once again for everyone who took time to make up a shoe box with all the appropriate gifts contained in it for the Samaritans Purse Appeal. There is a lot work involved in preparing a shoe box for a child but it is certainly worthwhile. At the last count there nineteen boxes contributed.

Our thanks to Robert McCaig as this was the final time as our co-ordinator, we are looking for a volunteer for next year to take over the task.

Linthouse Bible Conference, 3pm Saturday 16th November 2013

Christian Institute

We appreciated the visit of Nigel Kenny with us on Sunday 6th October, giving a word of ministry and a report of the work of the Christian Institute. Please continue to keep up to date on current issues and pray for all concerned.

Mission Focus

Last month we looked at India a great nation with a population of 1.2 billion people and although Hinduism is the largest religion there are 71 million Christians. It is thought the Gospel was brought to India by the Apostle Thomas in AD52. The first known British missionary was William Carey, in the eighteen century, known as the 'father of modern missions'. The first assembly missionary was Anthony Norris Groves in 1833, he was known for his faith in God to meet his every need. A principle still followed by many missionaries today.

Please pray for believers today who face difficulties in some states with anti conversion laws, needing permission to baptize and being able to obtain church premises.

News

Prayer is required for Margaret Goudie as she recovers at home after her recent fall. Also please pray for Ena Dickson, Betty Purss, John Dick, Hugh and Wilmar Wallace/

Oh how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long

Psalm 119:97

Pray for Fusion Children's Club

Allan & Anne Kitt

Apart from the "routine" activities of Bible teaching and individual discipleship of Christians, we're in the process of delivering cards with the offer of a free Bible to areas near the hall and some of the neighbouring towns and villages. 5000 cards have been printed. Pray that there'll be some positive response. Much of Allan's time is also taken up at the moment with the proof-reading and correction of texts for the 2015 edition of the devotional calendar he edits. Pray enough suitable texts will be received, and that they will encourage and challenge Christians in their life and witness.

Allan has visited our former assembly in Villefranche twice recently. He was there in September, after the calendar editorial committee met in Lyon, and again last week to take the funeral of a sister whom we'd known since we first went there 13 years ago. Throughout the three years of serious illness before she died, she had kept up a very positive witness. Her three daughters were in church fellowship, and her son, who had turned away from the gospel years ago, started coming to services shortly before his mother went to be with the Lord. Allan spoke to him after the funeral, and he intends to return regularly. The family also noticed a big change in his wife's attitude. She had been very hostile to Christianity, but shortly before her mother-in-law's death spoke of seeing God's hand at work in the way the family coped with the situation.

The Le Havre assembly isn't showing such vigorous growth. But we were encouraged by the arrival, a few weeks ago, of two Christian students from S. Korea. The following week they brought a non-Christian friend to the service, and last Sunday three non-Christians were with them. So of the 24 present, 5 were from S. Korea! Praise God for the witness of these 2 young women, who are in LH on a six-month exchange.

Recently, Anne led the first session of what is planned to be a monthly women's meeting. Two other women were present. Three others had intended coming, but were unable to for different reasons. They're going to study the 9 aspects of the fruit of the Spirit. Last Saturday also saw the first meeting of a youth fellowship, in the home of one of the leaders. 7 young people were present, including three Koreans (again!).

All Scripture is God Breathed

2 Timothy 3:16

Then I prayed to the God of Heaven

Nehemiah 2:4

Nehemiah Chapter 4

Opposition by ridicule and mockery (4:1-6): Sanballat mocked the Jews as being too feeble to accomplish the work. Tobiah predicted that the rebuild wall would be so flimsy that the weight of a fox would break it down (4:3). Sanballet was the governor of Samaria. Tobiah was the leader of the Ammonites. Nehemiah's Response to mockery: He prayed (4:4-6): the instinctive reaction of Nehemiah in the face of a crisis. Nehemiah was a man of prayer. The language of his prayer is much like the imprecatory prayers of David in the Psalms. He encouraged the people to continue.

Opposition by military conspiracy (4:7-9): Sanballat and Tobiah gathered their allies and plotted together to secretly attack Jerusalem. However, Nehemiah and the Jews got word of the military threat and immediately prayed. Prayer ought to always be our first priority, not our last resort.

Opposition by discouragement (4:10-23): One of Satan's most successful strategies is to discourage God's people. Though the attack never occurred, the threat of such an attack discouraged the workers.

Causes of discouragement: The enemy had surrounded Jerusalem on every side. They were exhausted (4:10): They had rebuilt the walls half way but there was much more work to be done.

Cure for discouragement: Nehemiah did help the people to overcome discouragement and to prepare them for the possibility of attack (4:13-23): Nehemiah took steps to prepare for the possibility of a military attack. Beginning with verse 13, Nehemiah took additional steps to prepare for battle. He armed the people with swords, spears, and bows and placed them strategically on the walls, organized the people by families. Men, who might flee from prospective battle, would fight to the death for their families. He encouraged the people to stop being afraid and to trust God for protection (4:14). Nehemiah assigned his personal servants to help (4:16). Half worked on the rebuilding of the wall while the other half stood armed and ready to defend against enemy attack. All the workers carried weapons (14:17-18a), because the builders needed both hands to work, they kept their swords on their sides. The burden bearers who carried baskets of debris on their heads, held weapons in one hand and supported their loads with the other.

Nehemiah developed an alarm system. Moreover they would count on God to fight for them. Night time security was strengthened (4:22): Out of town workers were asked to remain in the city rather than returning to their homes. Nehemiah, his brothers, servants, and guards exercised constant vigilance (4:23):

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Christian History
Polycarp one of the 'apostolic fathers'

Polycarp had been a Christian since he was a child, but the Romans didn't get around to killing him until he was in his eighties. Whatever the reason for the delay, it is still the first recorded martyrdom in post-New Testament church history.

He lived during the most formative era of the church, at the end of the age of the original apostles, when the church was making the critical transition to the second generation of believers. Tradition has it that he was personally discipled by the apostle John and that he was appointed as bishop of Smyrna (in modern Izmir in Turkey) by some of the original apostles.

He was escorted to the local proconsul, Statius Quadratus, who interrogated him in front of a crowd of curious onlookers. Polycarp seemed unfazed by the interrogation; he carried on a witty dialogue with Quadratus until Quadratus lost his temper and threatened Polycarp: he'd be thrown to wild beasts, he'd be burned at the stake. Polycarp just told Quadratus that while the proconsul's fire lasts but a little while, the fires of judgment ("reserved for the ungodly," he slyly added) cannot be quenched. Polycarp concluded, "But why do you delay? Come, do what you will."

Gideon's

Last months visit by Duncan Harvey, National Worker for the Gideon's, was both encouraging and inspirational. Despite some difficulties the work continues and God is still blessing the placing of Bibles in places such as schools, hotels and hospitals. It was good to hear of people being converted to Christ after reading one of the Bibles.

There is still a great need for prayer as the work continues placing the Word of God in places where it can be read. Remember if you are in hotel at some point make sure you make use of the Bible placed by the Gideon's

Oh how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long

Psalm 119:97

The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head

Matthew 8:20

One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house.

He didn't go to college. He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place He was born. He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness.

He had no credentials but Himself. He was only 33 when public opinion turned against Him. His friends deserted Him.

He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. When He was dying, His executioners gambled for His clothing, the only property He had on earth.

When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race, the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that One Solitary Life.

Do You Know Who He Is?

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Breaking of Bread
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Archie Deans
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10th
Steve Moss
Alan Gamble
17th
GLO Students
John Gillespie
24th
Christmas Town - DVD
Peter McGregor
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Prayer Meeting
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Bible Study - Nehemiah 5
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6:30 pm
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9.45 am
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