Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

December 30, 2014
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Looking Back with a Thankful Heart

Psalm 77:11-12, NIV
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”

These past few weeks I have been writing up the story of how God established the work of Ellel Ministries at Ellel Grange. I have been thinking of so many things that God did in those early days. As we stepped forward in faith, praying for those who came through the doors, looking to God for help, time and time again God intervened to bless and heal those in need, in spite of our lack of knowledge or experience. We saw first-hand the miraculous power of God transforming people’s lives.

Looking back with thankfulness to what God did then has served to strengthen and renew my faith now for the days that lie ahead. We are living in increasingly tough times and we will need to have landmarks of blessing to look back on with gratitude, from which we can draw strength and inspiration. I’ve realised afresh how meditating on what God has done in the past is such a wonderful source of encouragement for the future – especially when going through hard times.

For this reason I regularly read the biographies of the saints of God – those inspiring stories of what God did through individuals who were willing to risk all in order to be obedient to what God was speaking into their lives. I’ve learnt so much in this way through the experiences of others – just as we learn so much from the biblical accounts of the men and women of faith who fill the pages of our Bible.

On this last day of 2014 I’d like to encourage you to take time out before the day ends to look back on your own life and write down all the things you can think of which God has done for you. Then meditate on each one of them, giving thanks to Him for the ways He has directed your steps. It’s also a great time to look at those things that have not gone so well because of your own wrong choices or disobedience. What better way could there be to end the old year than to say sorry to God for those things and ask His forgiveness, knowing that His Word says He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). It’s God’s way of helping you to prepare a clean foundation for all that lies ahead.

People with thankful hearts are a joy to be with – may I also encourage you to share some of the things that God has done with others so you can share the joy around!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the amazing way in which you love to lead and direct our steps. I’m so grateful, Lord, for all you’ve done for me. Forgive me, Lord, for the mistakes I’ve made and help me to prepare a new and restored foundation for all that lies ahead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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December 30, 2014
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Looking Back with a Thankful Heart

Psalm 77:11-12, NIV
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”

These past few weeks I have been writing up the story of how God established the work of Ellel Ministries at Ellel Grange. I have been thinking of so many things that God did in those early days. As we stepped forward in faith, praying for those who came through the doors, looking to God for help, time and time again God intervened to bless and heal those in need, in spite of our lack of knowledge or experience. We saw first-hand the miraculous power of God transforming people’s lives.

Looking back with thankfulness to what God did then has served to strengthen and renew my faith now for the days that lie ahead. We are living in increasingly tough times and we will need to have landmarks of blessing to look back on with gratitude, from which we can draw strength and inspiration. I’ve realised afresh how meditating on what God has done in the past is such a wonderful source of encouragement for the future – especially when going through hard times.

For this reason I regularly read the biographies of the saints of God – those inspiring stories of what God did through individuals who were willing to risk all in order to be obedient to what God was speaking into their lives. I’ve learnt so much in this way through the experiences of others – just as we learn so much from the biblical accounts of the men and women of faith who fill the pages of our Bible.

On this last day of 2014 I’d like to encourage you to take time out before the day ends to look back on your own life and write down all the things you can think of which God has done for you. Then meditate on each one of them, giving thanks to Him for the ways He has directed your steps. It’s also a great time to look at those things that have not gone so well because of your own wrong choices or disobedience. What better way could there be to end the old year than to say sorry to God for those things and ask His forgiveness, knowing that His Word says He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). It’s God’s way of helping you to prepare a clean foundation for all that lies ahead.

People with thankful hearts are a joy to be with – may I also encourage you to share some of the things that God has done with others so you can share the joy around!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the amazing way in which you love to lead and direct our steps. I’m so grateful, Lord, for all you’ve done for me. Forgive me, Lord, for the mistakes I’ve made and help me to prepare a new and restored foundation for all that lies ahead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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December 30, 2014
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Looking Back with a Thankful Heart

Psalm 77:11-12, NIV
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”

These past few weeks I have been writing up the story of how God established the work of Ellel Ministries at Ellel Grange. I have been thinking of so many things that God did in those early days. As we stepped forward in faith, praying for those who came through the doors, looking to God for help, time and time again God intervened to bless and heal those in need, in spite of our lack of knowledge or experience. We saw first-hand the miraculous power of God transforming people’s lives.

Looking back with thankfulness to what God did then has served to strengthen and renew my faith now for the days that lie ahead. We are living in increasingly tough times and we will need to have landmarks of blessing to look back on with gratitude, from which we can draw strength and inspiration. I’ve realised afresh how meditating on what God has done in the past is such a wonderful source of encouragement for the future – especially when going through hard times.

For this reason I regularly read the biographies of the saints of God – those inspiring stories of what God did through individuals who were willing to risk all in order to be obedient to what God was speaking into their lives. I’ve learnt so much in this way through the experiences of others – just as we learn so much from the biblical accounts of the men and women of faith who fill the pages of our Bible.

On this last day of 2014 I’d like to encourage you to take time out before the day ends to look back on your own life and write down all the things you can think of which God has done for you. Then meditate on each one of them, giving thanks to Him for the ways He has directed your steps. It’s also a great time to look at those things that have not gone so well because of your own wrong choices or disobedience. What better way could there be to end the old year than to say sorry to God for those things and ask His forgiveness, knowing that His Word says He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). It’s God’s way of helping you to prepare a clean foundation for all that lies ahead.

People with thankful hearts are a joy to be with – may I also encourage you to share some of the things that God has done with others so you can share the joy around!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the amazing way in which you love to lead and direct our steps. I’m so grateful, Lord, for all you’ve done for me. Forgive me, Lord, for the mistakes I’ve made and help me to prepare a new and restored foundation for all that lies ahead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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December 30, 2014
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Looking Back with a Thankful Heart

Psalm 77:11-12, NIV
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.”

These past few weeks I have been writing up the story of how God established the work of Ellel Ministries at Ellel Grange. I have been thinking of so many things that God did in those early days. As we stepped forward in faith, praying for those who came through the doors, looking to God for help, time and time again God intervened to bless and heal those in need, in spite of our lack of knowledge or experience. We saw first-hand the miraculous power of God transforming people’s lives.

Looking back with thankfulness to what God did then has served to strengthen and renew my faith now for the days that lie ahead. We are living in increasingly tough times and we will need to have landmarks of blessing to look back on with gratitude, from which we can draw strength and inspiration. I’ve realised afresh how meditating on what God has done in the past is such a wonderful source of encouragement for the future – especially when going through hard times.

For this reason I regularly read the biographies of the saints of God – those inspiring stories of what God did through individuals who were willing to risk all in order to be obedient to what God was speaking into their lives. I’ve learnt so much in this way through the experiences of others – just as we learn so much from the biblical accounts of the men and women of faith who fill the pages of our Bible.

On this last day of 2014 I’d like to encourage you to take time out before the day ends to look back on your own life and write down all the things you can think of which God has done for you. Then meditate on each one of them, giving thanks to Him for the ways He has directed your steps. It’s also a great time to look at those things that have not gone so well because of your own wrong choices or disobedience. What better way could there be to end the old year than to say sorry to God for those things and ask His forgiveness, knowing that His Word says He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). It’s God’s way of helping you to prepare a clean foundation for all that lies ahead.

People with thankful hearts are a joy to be with – may I also encourage you to share some of the things that God has done with others so you can share the joy around!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the amazing way in which you love to lead and direct our steps. I’m so grateful, Lord, for all you’ve done for me. Forgive me, Lord, for the mistakes I’ve made and help me to prepare a new and restored foundation for all that lies ahead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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December 28, 2014
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Love is All You Need

1 Corinthian 13:4-7, NIV
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

So what is love? Patience comes first. If you love someone there’s going to be a time when they’re going to upset you by pressing your ‘hot’ buttons. We can feel really upset at them. But the mark of true love is to be really patient with the person who irritates you the most. Love covers over a multitude of ‘irritations and annoyances’.

The mark of true love is long suffering. Godly love doesn’t just sit back and suffer. It does something about it. Godly love reaches out to the person who’s hurting us and says. “I care for you. This does not change my love”. This is how God loves us. He shows us kindness and forgiveness. This kind of love transforms people’s lives.

Love also rejoices in the truth. When we love the way we should, we have to think about how we say things, in case we crush and hurt the other person. God tells us the truth and loves us too much to let us remain in darkness. We need to love our fellow Christians the same way.

Love is humble. Humility is an important part of our love relationship with God and others. Pride is a big issue for many of us. It often brings about misunderstandings and arguments. Pride prevents intimacy, as it conceals the true self in fear of being ‘uncovered’ for who we truly are. 1 John 1:7 says ‘If we walk in the light, He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another’. Light always reveals and uncovers.

When we find ourselves in an argument, what should we do? To prevent a deadlock – God is asking us to be humble and say sorry for our part. Therefore God is calling us to initiate reconciliation and restore unity.

Let’s be quick to say “I’m sorry. I was wrong. Please forgive me. I love you”.

1 John 4:10 says ‘This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins’. Before we can truly love others we must be filled with the love of God first. Our love tank must be filled up by God first. As we enter the New Year, may we truly know the love of God shed abroad in our hearts.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that You’re love. Thank You that You desire us, as sons and daughters, to know You deeper and to be loved and cherished by You. Fill us with Your love in our hearts as we enter into a new year with You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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December 14, 2014
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Eight Words that can Save Your Life!

Proverbs 8:13, NIV
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil.”

I’ve recently been casting my mind back over the years of Ellel Ministries and thinking of all the stories I would want to put in a book about what God has done since the work began back in 1986. As I did so, I found myself also thinking back about some people who we would love to have helped more than we were able – people for whom the key to their situation lay within the eight words of our short Scripture for today!

They were people who said they really loved the Lord. People who had been touched by Him at different times of their lives, but people, nevertheless, who were still struggling with issues that seemed to overwhelm them at regular intervals. They found that the temptations of the world were too often greater than they were able to handle and kept on slipping back into a variety of sinful behaviours. Some came back several times – each time deeply repentant, but at the core of their being there was something out of order.

When talking about healing I often say that the best definition of healing principles that I know is “the restoration of God’s order in a person’s life”. This doesn’t mean living life according to how I would like things to be, but living according to how God has said they should be. On this rock many people stumble. They want God to fit in with their ideas and desires – not the other way round! And at the end of the day, for some of these dear people, the real issue is not the size or the nature of their problem, but the simple fact that while they say they love the Lord, but they haven’t yet learned to hate evil!

Many of our daily Seeds of the Kingdom have touched on the simple relationship there is between the fear of the Lord and love for the Lord. If you really love someone you naturally don’t want to do things that grieve them. And so it is that if you REALLY love the Lord, the last thing you will want to do is to embrace any of the evil which separated man form God, and which Jesus died on the cross to set us free from. If we are struggling with temptation of any form today let’s ask ourselves the hard question – have we fallen into the trap of loving this particular evil thing more than we love the Lord? If so, it may be time to repent – not so much of the sin associated with your problem, but of thinking it’s OK not to hate evil, which is so often the real issue that underpins the problem of temptation! Loving evil will always separate us from God!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You loved men and women such as me, so much, that you sent Jesus to die for our sins, in spite of the evil that separated You from mankind. Help me, Lord, to recognise evil when I see it, before it becomes a temptation and a trap I can fall into. Help me, also, Lord to hate evil and to choose to walk in the opposite direction when I am faced with ungodly choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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December 14, 2014
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Eight Words that can Save Your Life!

Proverbs 8:13, NIV
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil.”

I’ve recently been casting my mind back over the years of Ellel Ministries and thinking of all the stories I would want to put in a book about what God has done since the work began back in 1986. As I did so, I found myself also thinking back about some people who we would love to have helped more than we were able – people for whom the key to their situation lay within the eight words of our short Scripture for today!

They were people who said they really loved the Lord. People who had been touched by Him at different times of their lives, but people, nevertheless, who were still struggling with issues that seemed to overwhelm them at regular intervals. They found that the temptations of the world were too often greater than they were able to handle and kept on slipping back into a variety of sinful behaviours. Some came back several times – each time deeply repentant, but at the core of their being there was something out of order.

When talking about healing I often say that the best definition of healing principles that I know is “the restoration of God’s order in a person’s life”. This doesn’t mean living life according to how I would like things to be, but living according to how God has said they should be. On this rock many people stumble. They want God to fit in with their ideas and desires – not the other way round! And at the end of the day, for some of these dear people, the real issue is not the size or the nature of their problem, but the simple fact that while they say they love the Lord, but they haven’t yet learned to hate evil!

Many of our daily Seeds of the Kingdom have touched on the simple relationship there is between the fear of the Lord and love for the Lord. If you really love someone you naturally don’t want to do things that grieve them. And so it is that if you REALLY love the Lord, the last thing you will want to do is to embrace any of the evil which separated man form God, and which Jesus died on the cross to set us free from. If we are struggling with temptation of any form today let’s ask ourselves the hard question – have we fallen into the trap of loving this particular evil thing more than we love the Lord? If so, it may be time to repent – not so much of the sin associated with your problem, but of thinking it’s OK not to hate evil, which is so often the real issue that underpins the problem of temptation! Loving evil will always separate us from God!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You loved men and women such as me, so much, that you sent Jesus to die for our sins, in spite of the evil that separated You from mankind. Help me, Lord, to recognise evil when I see it, before it becomes a temptation and a trap I can fall into. Help me, also, Lord to hate evil and to choose to walk in the opposite direction when I am faced with ungodly choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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December 14, 2014
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Eight Words that can Save Your Life!

Proverbs 8:13, NIV
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil.”

I’ve recently been casting my mind back over the years of Ellel Ministries and thinking of all the stories I would want to put in a book about what God has done since the work began back in 1986. As I did so, I found myself also thinking back about some people who we would love to have helped more than we were able – people for whom the key to their situation lay within the eight words of our short Scripture for today!

They were people who said they really loved the Lord. People who had been touched by Him at different times of their lives, but people, nevertheless, who were still struggling with issues that seemed to overwhelm them at regular intervals. They found that the temptations of the world were too often greater than they were able to handle and kept on slipping back into a variety of sinful behaviours. Some came back several times – each time deeply repentant, but at the core of their being there was something out of order.

When talking about healing I often say that the best definition of healing principles that I know is “the restoration of God’s order in a person’s life”. This doesn’t mean living life according to how I would like things to be, but living according to how God has said they should be. On this rock many people stumble. They want God to fit in with their ideas and desires – not the other way round! And at the end of the day, for some of these dear people, the real issue is not the size or the nature of their problem, but the simple fact that while they say they love the Lord, but they haven’t yet learned to hate evil!

Many of our daily Seeds of the Kingdom have touched on the simple relationship there is between the fear of the Lord and love for the Lord. If you really love someone you naturally don’t want to do things that grieve them. And so it is that if you REALLY love the Lord, the last thing you will want to do is to embrace any of the evil which separated man form God, and which Jesus died on the cross to set us free from. If we are struggling with temptation of any form today let’s ask ourselves the hard question – have we fallen into the trap of loving this particular evil thing more than we love the Lord? If so, it may be time to repent – not so much of the sin associated with your problem, but of thinking it’s OK not to hate evil, which is so often the real issue that underpins the problem of temptation! Loving evil will always separate us from God!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You loved men and women such as me, so much, that you sent Jesus to die for our sins, in spite of the evil that separated You from mankind. Help me, Lord, to recognise evil when I see it, before it becomes a temptation and a trap I can fall into. Help me, also, Lord to hate evil and to choose to walk in the opposite direction when I am faced with ungodly choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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December 14, 2014
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Eight Words that can Save Your Life!

Proverbs 8:13, NIV
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil.”

I’ve recently been casting my mind back over the years of Ellel Ministries and thinking of all the stories I would want to put in a book about what God has done since the work began back in 1986. As I did so, I found myself also thinking back about some people who we would love to have helped more than we were able – people for whom the key to their situation lay within the eight words of our short Scripture for today!

They were people who said they really loved the Lord. People who had been touched by Him at different times of their lives, but people, nevertheless, who were still struggling with issues that seemed to overwhelm them at regular intervals. They found that the temptations of the world were too often greater than they were able to handle and kept on slipping back into a variety of sinful behaviours. Some came back several times – each time deeply repentant, but at the core of their being there was something out of order.

When talking about healing I often say that the best definition of healing principles that I know is “the restoration of God’s order in a person’s life”. This doesn’t mean living life according to how I would like things to be, but living according to how God has said they should be. On this rock many people stumble. They want God to fit in with their ideas and desires – not the other way round! And at the end of the day, for some of these dear people, the real issue is not the size or the nature of their problem, but the simple fact that while they say they love the Lord, but they haven’t yet learned to hate evil!

Many of our daily Seeds of the Kingdom have touched on the simple relationship there is between the fear of the Lord and love for the Lord. If you really love someone you naturally don’t want to do things that grieve them. And so it is that if you REALLY love the Lord, the last thing you will want to do is to embrace any of the evil which separated man form God, and which Jesus died on the cross to set us free from. If we are struggling with temptation of any form today let’s ask ourselves the hard question – have we fallen into the trap of loving this particular evil thing more than we love the Lord? If so, it may be time to repent – not so much of the sin associated with your problem, but of thinking it’s OK not to hate evil, which is so often the real issue that underpins the problem of temptation! Loving evil will always separate us from God!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You loved men and women such as me, so much, that you sent Jesus to die for our sins, in spite of the evil that separated You from mankind. Help me, Lord, to recognise evil when I see it, before it becomes a temptation and a trap I can fall into. Help me, also, Lord to hate evil and to choose to walk in the opposite direction when I am faced with ungodly choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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December 14, 2014
by Seeds of the Kingdom
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Eight Words that can Save Your Life!

Proverbs 8:13, NIV
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil.”

I’ve recently been casting my mind back over the years of Ellel Ministries and thinking of all the stories I would want to put in a book about what God has done since the work began back in 1986. As I did so, I found myself also thinking back about some people who we would love to have helped more than we were able – people for whom the key to their situation lay within the eight words of our short Scripture for today!

They were people who said they really loved the Lord. People who had been touched by Him at different times of their lives, but people, nevertheless, who were still struggling with issues that seemed to overwhelm them at regular intervals. They found that the temptations of the world were too often greater than they were able to handle and kept on slipping back into a variety of sinful behaviours. Some came back several times – each time deeply repentant, but at the core of their being there was something out of order.

When talking about healing I often say that the best definition of healing principles that I know is “the restoration of God’s order in a person’s life”. This doesn’t mean living life according to how I would like things to be, but living according to how God has said they should be. On this rock many people stumble. They want God to fit in with their ideas and desires – not the other way round! And at the end of the day, for some of these dear people, the real issue is not the size or the nature of their problem, but the simple fact that while they say they love the Lord, but they haven’t yet learned to hate evil!

Many of our daily Seeds of the Kingdom have touched on the simple relationship there is between the fear of the Lord and love for the Lord. If you really love someone you naturally don’t want to do things that grieve them. And so it is that if you REALLY love the Lord, the last thing you will want to do is to embrace any of the evil which separated man form God, and which Jesus died on the cross to set us free from. If we are struggling with temptation of any form today let’s ask ourselves the hard question – have we fallen into the trap of loving this particular evil thing more than we love the Lord? If so, it may be time to repent – not so much of the sin associated with your problem, but of thinking it’s OK not to hate evil, which is so often the real issue that underpins the problem of temptation! Loving evil will always separate us from God!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You loved men and women such as me, so much, that you sent Jesus to die for our sins, in spite of the evil that separated You from mankind. Help me, Lord, to recognise evil when I see it, before it becomes a temptation and a trap I can fall into. Help me, also, Lord to hate evil and to choose to walk in the opposite direction when I am faced with ungodly choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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