Update #66 May 2017

Happy Easter!
Don’t worry – I haven’t got the calendar wrong! I know Easter weekend was last month. It’s just that shouldn’t the impact and thrill of Easter survive more than a few weeks? If you’re anything like me though, Easter can become another day in the diary. A special day for sure, perhaps even unique. But it was a number of pages ago and this week feels more pressing. Peter’s written a blog post for people just like us! We can live with hope today, in the present, because of Easter. Easter does not fade. Read the post here.

 

March Intensive

We had a great time at the end of March at another ‘Relational Faith’ Intensive. Our mornings in John’s Gospel were really special and gave us a clear view of Jesus. The best way to start the day! It was a fun and warm group – some had attended Cor Deo once or twice before, but for half of the group it was their first time! There was even someone who’d been a Christian for less than six months! Such a privilege.
Here are three participant reflections of our week together – we love to hear comments like these…

     “This week I’ve seen that Jesus is worth getting to know more- I’m looking forward to going home and enjoying Him!”
“I’ve really appreciated the fellowship of the group.”
“The things we’ve seen this week will greatly affect my ministry.”
Do pray for the group from our March 2017 Intensive – pray that we would have a growing heart for God that will spill to our family, friends, neighbours and churches.
OM Ireland

Peter has a long relationship with Operation Mobilisation (OM) and so it was a joy to travel with him to Ireland just before Easter. We spent a few days with the OM Team based there, a team of Americans, Canadians, Dutch, Germans and others! There’s something so special about studying the Bible with people from other nations. You can see from the photo how focussed they were!
Ireland is a hard place to be an evangelical Christian and this Team work in a variety of places spreading the Good News. I was impressed and challenged by their passion and boldness for Jesus.
Pray for this Team, for our good friend Tim who heads up the training, and for the work of OM in general.

 

Since 2014, we’ve had a brilliant base in Chippenham which we call ‘The Unit.’ It’s been the location for our Full Time Program, Women’s Program, Intensives, Focus seminars and we’ve also found it to be a great place to study and write. However, it was clear to us and the Cor Deo trustees that the rent was becoming too much of a burden so we prayerfully decided to explore leaving The Unit. This process was completed a few weeks ago. We are so grateful to God for The Unit. We have many good memories of His blessing us there, but we’re also excited by the prospect of being ‘locationally flexible.’
Future Opportunities
A couple of Cor Deo opportunities you can sign up for. Get in touch if you’re interested in coming along!
1. As part of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther launching the Reformation with his 95 theses, we are planning a special Cor Deo ‘Reformation Intensive.’ Three days in Chippenham at the end of October with all the usual elements of Cor Deo, and a strong Luther flavour! There are more details to come, but in the meantime check your diaries and email us: Monday October 30th – Wednesday November 1st

2. Next year’s Cor Deo Womens Program will start on Monday February 26th 2018. We’re delighted to say that Gretchen will be joining us again for the three week! We’ll swim together in John’s Gospel, exploring the Four Big Questions and how they’ve been answered since the first century! If you’re a woman in Europe and have questions, or want to register your interest, let us know.

As always, me and Peter are really thankful to God for you. Thank you for your support and interest in us and Cor Deo. If there’s anything we can do to support you where you are, please let us know.

God bless.
Mike

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