Oxford students vote against Christian group’s residential camp

Oxford University

(Editors Note- We pioneered a Apostolic Church in Oxford England in 1977 Today that church still exists. On my recent trip to minister in the UK I was able to visit with and pray for the new Pastor there and his wife. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH THERE) 

Oxford University students have voted against allowing a Christian group’s residential camp to take place at one of their colleges over concerns that it is a threat to the ‘mental safety’ of students.

Christian Concern had sought to hold its four-day Wilberforce Academy at Lady Margaret Hall next summer but the plans have been resoundingly voted down by the Junior Common Room (JCR) committee.

The students voted 81 to 8 against the residential camp, with two abstentions, although a final decision will be made by the college’s governing body next week.

The Oxford Student newspaper reports that in the debate prior to the vote, members of the JCR recognised Christian Concern ‘as a real threat to the physical and mental safety of students’.

One student reportedly said: ‘We’re inviting them into our home and we can’t invite people who stand against our values.’

The students’ objections were weighed against the college’s obligations under freedom of speech laws, with the Oxford Student reporting that the college’s adopted position is to protect free speech as the ‘lifeblood of a university’.

‘Recognising the vital importance of free expression for the life of the mind, a university may make rules concerning the conduct of debate but should never prevent speech that is lawful,’ it reportedly states.

‘Inevitably, this will mean that members of the University/College are confronted with views that some find unsettling, extreme or offensive.’

Christian Concern lobbies for traditional marriage and the protection of Christian freedoms, with its legal wing, the Christian Legal Centre, having been involved in numerous high-profile cases, including most recently that of NHS nurse Sarah Kuteh, who lost her job for sharing her faith with patients and offering prayer.

According to its website, the Wilberforce Academy aims to equip students and young professionals ‘for servant-hearted, Christ-centred leadership in public life, having been equipped with a robust biblical framework that guides their thinking, prayers and activity in addressing the issues facing our society’.

 

APOSTOLIC CHURCH HURRICANE UPDATE

A special thanks goes out to the First Church Pearland and Pastor Ken Gurley for supplying a tent to the Highland Park Church. Volunteers from Chipley, Crawfordville, Perry, Sopchoppy and Tallahassee solved the puzzle of erecting the tent. We now have it up and operational in Highland Park for that congregation to hold service in on Sunday.

The Westville church with the Open Pond congregation furnished volunteers to the Office Depot location on 23rd Street, in Panama City. Reach Out America, Feed the Children and Office Depot supplied food and necessities for hundreds of people and our wonderful apostolic people passed them out.

Thanks also to the Men’s Director of Alabama; Brother J.B. Sims, and those that came with him for bringing a backhoe and a skid-steer to the Panama City church for operation “clean up.” A lot of the debris was removed and they now can hold services in their pavilion.

We shall also commend with special thanks, the National Guard who set up their operations in the parking lot of the Panama City church. They indeed, have been an incredible blessing to that congregation. Our prayers are for those deployed in this time of need.

Special thanks to our fellow pastors and their men and ladies for the relief ministered to our brothers and sisters in Christ this week.

Larry Sims

Florida Disaster Relief Coordinator

UPCI CHURCHES DAMAGED BY THE HURRICANE IN FLORIDA

By Editor George Duke

Hurricane Michael has done extensive damage to a number of our churches, pastors homes, and members homes.  The churches that we know have severe damage at this point are the following:

Blountstown (Pastor Ron Baker)

Panama City (Pastor Allen Crabtree)

Highland Park (Pastor Rodney Capps)

Port St. Joe (Pastor Chris Richardson)

Chattahoochee (Pastor George Black)

Hosford (Pastor Aaron Elkins)

Marianna (Pastor Allen Biggs)

If you would like to send an offering to help with this disaster, please send it to the Florida District UPCI and put Hurricane Relief in the memo.  All funds will be used to help with the restoration of these churches.

Our Disaster Relief Director, Pastor Larry W. Sims is coordinating all efforts to help these churches and pastors.  If you wish to send supplies or men to help with labor, we ask that you coordinate all this through Brother Sims.  The entire area is severely damaged and we need to make sure our efforts are profitable and a blessing for all those in need.

Please consider sending an offering to help restore our churches.

One Encounter With God Changes Everything

One encounter with God—that’s all it takes to shake up and radically transform a person’s life.

Editor and former Missionary, & Pastor George Duke will be giving his encounter with God and testimony Sunday June 11th at the Church on the Emerald Coast, 665 Denton Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547 in the morning service. If in the area or know someone in the area direct them to this service.  You can watch a live facebook recording of the service at 11:00 AM Sunday. Hundreds were filled with the Holy Ghost during his travels as a Missionary in the USA due to his remarkable Testimony and encounter with God.

An encounter with God gives hope to the hopeless, restoration to the broken and healing to the hurting. It isn’t complex and doesn’t need to be elaborate. A simple word, gentle action, honest story or humble prayer has the ability to lead people to an encounter with God that changes everything.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been given the honor of playing a pivotal role in sharing the Good News with the world, inviting others to experience the saving love of God. When we intentionally interact with the people around us, we see amazing things happen! That’s the goal of Encounter—to provide free tools and training to equip believers so they can intentionally and boldly share the gospel with the world.

It takes one ordinary pebble being tossed into a calm, glassy lake to create a ripple effect that keeps growing and growing. That’s the beauty of the gospel—it only takes one encounter to change everything.

Pastor Duke’s 9/11 Poem

Photo Credit: CBN News

Twas not day nor was it light

When she arose from the night

Would not be much more than an hour

That she would be at work in the tower

She got on her knees to pray as she knelt on the floor

Not just a sentence but a whole lot more

She prayed for her kids, her nation and kin

Not knowing that day of those horrible men

Who despised the life of others and their own

Thinking in their minds to their god they’d be known

So after her coffee and a roll

She left the house for the stroll

Up the lane and down the street

Smiling to all that she did meet

Twas not long fore she entered the door

Took the Elevator to the 73rd floor

Greeting co-workers as she took her seat

Picked up some fallen papers at her feet

Looking out the window suddenly she cried alas

As the plane came crashing through the glass

Now Satan their god was ever so pleased and laughed and shouted in glee

For that morning his followers had bowed to him on their knee

Twas Tuesday Sept 11th of that horrible day

When children in school were not allowed to pray

The pledge of allegiance was all they could speak

Before sitting at their desks with a squeak

But school was not out on that solemn day

When rules were broken as they sobbed and did pray

In school that day they prayed for those that did die

They cried to the God that was way up in the sky

Jesus our God looked down from above

Heard the cry of the people that he did love

He reached down his hands to the WTC

And took his children of that you can see

Many a person will never be found

Among the rubble that fell to the ground

Some there were not known and of little fame

But our Jesus knew them all by their Name

His promise is still true

For one day out of the blue

Jesus will come and above we will go

And we will be able to tell the world I told you so