Lloyd on December 13th, 2019

“FRIDAY THE 13th”
It’s now the day after the general election and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been returned to office with a significant majority. As a result he is now able to govern without having to pander to extremists and hardliners. I now expect him to pull back from the right and towards the centre. 

The new conservative MP’s are unknown not even to their local constituents so getting to know your MP especially the ruling party members is imperative.

Because Mr Johnson is free to govern he must take his time and not rush. He must choose a good cabinet and ministers based on ability, competence and good moral standards. The people must trust MP’s and government again. When the PM speaks or other ministers, we must believe them, because truth and honesty matters.

Our world is full of fake news and lies. Nothing is sacred anymore: no office, facts and information and news from the mass media. It’s now possible to invent alternative facts and reality.

The week of prayer leading up to the general election included praying for the eventual leader. Both potential leaders has flaws as do all men and women. The big difference is ordinary people don’t wield governmental power so leaders must operate at a higher standard of morality and conduct.

Let us continue to pray for the PM for he must change so he can bring change. A one nation government is a great slogan and very aspirational.

The UK has been divided for the past three years over Brexit. This division has been exacerbated by politicians and the media to shore up their base to the detriment of the nation I pray healing will be administered.

Jesus in the beatitudes taught us “blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God”.

I call upon the PM to turn his mastery of words to bring healing. Let us also pray that the gospel will enter Downing Street for it is the power of God unto salvation.

Friday the 13th in popular culture is a bad omen. I am not superstitious I am a believer, a man of faith in the true and living God.

Time will tell whether this day will be the start of a nightmare government and prime minister or not. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

God save the UK.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

“CROSSROAD”
Today, Britain go the polls to elect a new parliament, government and prime minister. 

A large number of those elected will be first time MP’s the majority of whom are hardly known by their local constituents and certainly very few known nationally.

This particular election is the third in five years yet classic British constitution studies say one of the advantages of the British First past the post electoral system is it provides for stable governments.

David Cameron the man who gave Britain the 2016 referendum also gave Britain the fixed term parliament act which is meant to ensure that parliament run to five years unless there are special circumstances for it not to do so.

Last week our church hosted daily prayer meetings on behalf of the UK which ended last Sunday.These prayer meetings were called because of what is at stake. Some of the best known and most capable parliamentarians were expelled from their own parties, changed political parties or decided not to stand for re-election. This means a very large number that will be elected is unknown, untried and in some cases, not up to the job.

The prayer meetings were great, the Holy Spirit helped us to pray for we truly did not know how or what we ought to pray.

Proverbs 21 verse 1 & 2 was given by the Holy Spirit. We also prayed with a common cause for the nation inspired by David’s response to his elder brothers as he talked of taking on in battle the giant, Goliath.

On the third night of the prayer service the Holy Spirit spoke expressly as we read Psalms 127 verses 1 & 2. The Spirit told us clearly what we must do after the election is over.

On Sunday we read, prayed and ministered from Acts 25 and 26. We saw how Paul had to be blinded so he could get insight. The many things he had read and was taught came alive as he saw Jesus in them. We also spoke about his mission to open the eyes of people, turn men from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance amongst those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ.

We concluded on the exchange between Paul and King Agrippa in which the King said Paul almost persuaded him to be a Christian.

The term Christian was not frequently used to describe the followers of Christ. Some used it as an insult but later it was also used by others who saw in these followers the nature of Jesus Christ.

Agrippa probably used the term Christian in a good sense for his language was not antagonistic or dismissive but reflective and seemed persuaded by Paul’s testimony but was at this time unwilling to act.

Britain is at a crossroad because it can move forward, turn left or turn right but it can also go back.

To go forward is perhaps the reason the majority voted to leave the EU in 2016. Turning left is to choose Jeremy Corbin, turning right is to choose Boris Johnson and to go back is to stop Brexit and stay in the EU.

Both potential prime ministers are untried and not well liked by their respective parties. The nation is also divided for neither potential prime minister is liked by the majority yet so much is riding on the new PM and government.

The church must pray and offer to help the new MP’s, government and prime minister. Both potential PM surrounds himself with a small team of advisors who are in the main unseen but very influential. This is dangerous if left like this. I therefore call upon the church to pray for the successful government and PM regularly. Offer to meet and help ministers and most definitely get to know your local MP.

King Saul the first king of Israel did not have what it took to be King. Neither was he God’s choice but the people wanted him.

God helped Saul by giving him a new heart and thus he became a “new man”. Let’s believe that God will give the new PM a new heart. Sadly, Saul lost his way through pride, disobedience and lying.

The second King was David, chosen by God, not perfect but humble, obedient and a pursuer of righteousness.

God save the UK.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

Lloyd on November 8th, 2019


“RADICAL”


This policy is the most radical in generations”. This statement was made by a senior politician when discussing the launch of a certain policy in respect of the forthcoming general election in the UK.

It’s not the first time I have heard the expression or similar, in what is a very unpredictable general election.

The use of the word radical in public discourse is not new nor confined to politics and politicians. I have heard it used and seen it written in connection to religious faith and religious leaders. I have even heard it used in connection with Jesus Christ.

“Jesus was a radical” is often the way some commentators put it and in so doing using the name of the Lord to bring support and closure to a debate on behalf of their own point of view because there is no higher authority.

What does the word radical mean?One dictionary define radical thus: The noun, radical, comes from the Latin radix “root,” and in fact, radical and root are synonymous as technical terms in fields such as math and linguistics. In more everyday language, a radical is someone who has very extreme views, so you could say that their views are different from the root up. Similarly, a radical flaw or change is a fundamental one whereas a radical design or idea is very new and innovative.

Today, the word radical is often linked to extremism, terrorism, fundamentalism and other not so good isms. So, to say one’s policy is radical could be viewed as extreme and even dangerous.

Similarly, radical in religion can frighten people for it suggests that exponents are unreasonable and unwilling to take on board any other view but their own. This type of person then only listens to those with the same views. If unchecked such a person can become dangerous even willing to fight and destroy anything and anyone whose views differ from their own.

Whilst I can just about see why some would say Jesus was a radical I personally don’t like this word being attached to our Lord. Furthermore, Christians, especially preachers, should avoid its use as a positive.
Jesus did not associate himself with left or right; male or female or any other human poles. He stood above it all.

Jesus came to seek and to save the loss. Jesus died for all and Jesus is Lord of all. Both the political left and the political right claim Jesus as a supporter. They claim his support in things they wish to do hoping it is accepted and not challenged.

The truth of the matter is because our Lord is: “the truth, the life and the way” it’s not difficult to associate the words of our Lord with anything that is good. The mistake though is not would Jesus support my idea, policy or even law. But rather how can I support the Lord’s words and actions through my policies and laws.

Many leaders claim Jesus as their supporter and try to use the name of our Lord in speeches and propaganda. Some pretend to be followers, even born again, in the hope this gives them the edge.

Abortion clinics have been attacked and so have clinicians and administrators working for abortion clinics by “radical Christians”.
I am strongly opposed to abortion for its wrong to take life in this most horrible practice. The sacred part of a woman’s body is violated and the new, innocent life, is mercilessly destroyed and disposed of.

There are laws to protect certain species of birds eggs from a poacher yet the unborn is unprotected. However, the two wrongs cannot make one right.

Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus and actually used it and wounded a man. Jesus told him to put away his sword.

In conclusion, lets align ourselves with Jesus who was not a radical nor  did he espouse a radical philosophy but instead let’s follow him who came and established righteousness, justice and peace. These three should be pursued by all for they are not radical but balanced, down the middle and mainstream.


Our platform is the world and congregation the people
The Lord’s servant
Lloyd Denny

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Dear All

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Lloyd on April 16th, 2019

“ATTENTION TO DETAIL”

This morning I had to engage with officialdom to collect an ID card to enable me to get in and out of premises for a job I do as a board member.
Before leaving out I read again the instructions given to me on what I needed to do to collect my ID.

I arrived with the detailed instructions on my mind and everything went smoothly and effortlessly, I was amazed and very pleased with the outcome; from arriving in a very public and always busy place to leaving with my ID took less than 10 minutes and off I went on my way.

As I walked away with my ID I began to pray first a prayer of repentance and then thankfulness in appreciating that attention to detail is so very important in life. This then gave rise to the title of this blog. A prayer of repentance because I know there have been occasions in the past where I have been frustrated with officialdom or a church member because I did not pay attention to the details.

Arriving at a meeting and not reading the papers in advance and asking questions or making comments which if I had been better prepared would not have happened. Complaining unjustly about something or someone because I had not read the instructions or documents or even the email in advance.

The instructions on getting my ID was carefully written and sent by email. It had the place to go, even a short note on where in the building one had to go, the date and time it could be collected and how one had to bring an ID such as a drivers licence to collect the ID.

As a board member if I were to turn up at one of the offices my position would be enough to eventually get me into the office for in the end I could always call on senior management to vouch for me and let me in. However, the whole point behind the carefully written instructions was to enable ease of access to those with proper business at such offices and keep others who may have ill intent out so having an ID is necessary.

Paying attention to detail is often a major problem in life: in the work place, assembling things, in getting the best use out of devices, equipments and important things like a motor car.

Paying attention to detail is also important when dealing with personal finance, officialdom and with God.

The word of God is general but also very specific. Throughout the holy bible we read how God gave clear and unequivocal instructions on what we are to do. Noah in the construction of the ark; Moses in the building of the Ark of the Covenant, the creation of the priestly attire and also in the working of miracles.

God told Joshua to get the soldiers to march around Jericho seven times on the seventh day; Elisha told Naaman to dip seven times in the river Jordan if he wanted to be cleansed of his leprosy.

The blind man was told by Jesus to go to a certain pool and wash the mud from his eyes. On each and every occasion a miracle was wrought because they paid attention to details.

A true prophet or servant of God who speaks in the name of the Lord is one who respects details. A true word from God must be specific and clear for by this we know God has spoken, it’s then up to the hearer to pay attention to the details.

Today, there are too many speaking generalities as they claim to have a word of wisdom or prophecy and the unsuspecting are charmed into believing God has spoken.

I call upon all of God’s servants, if you believe you have a word from God for a person or a meeting be specific, ask God to give you specifics so your credibility is not in question. I caution the hearers of such messages from God to listen out for specifics and expect the specifics to come to pass and pay attention to the details.

The Lord’s servant
Our platform is the world and congregation the people.
Lloyd Denny

“WATCHMAN WHAT OF THE NIGHT”?

Last Sunday morning I began a series of messages at the church under the title “watchman what of the night”? There are seven other messages under this title which I will be speaking on and turning into a blog.

Last Sunday, I spoke on the question which is taken from Isaiah 21 verses 11 and 12.

“The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come”.

Over the coming weeks the list of messages are:-

1) The handwriting on the wall

2) The great falling away

3) Give them warning for me

4) A stone cut out from the side of a mountain

5) When the fulness of the Gentiles come in.

6) These are the days of Christ, not the days of Elijah.

7) Before the midnight hour

The inspiration for these messages is taken from Brexit. For nearly three years the world has been in a tailspin of epic proportion. One cannot be certain what will happen next. Words such as historic, unprecedented, unpredictable are in currency as social commentators and the media tries to explain, follow and predict what’s next.

The church cannot be silent at such a time as this; we must enter into our closets or when together get in the Spirit that we may hear from God so we can declare it. 

2016 is an important year in modern history. It was the year Britain voted to leave the EU after over 45 years of membership. It was also the year Donald Trump was elected president of the USA against almost all the odds.

Mr Trump fought off sixteen other Republican candidates and secured the nomination to run and as we know went on to win the presidency despite losing the popular vote by a margin of 3 million votes.

In 2016, Mrs Theresa May became Prime Minister of Britain following the sudden resignation of David Cameron because he was on the losing side of the EU referendum. Despite a string of potential candidates for prime minister the least likely winner, Theresa May, became PM without an election, for the other candidates all conspired to destroy each other or themselves leaving Mrs May as the only candidate and therefore successor.

Mrs May should have worked with the other political leaders and parties and engaged with the country on the delivery of Brexit but not until very recently was she willing to do so. Instead pride got the better of her which always come before destruction. “It’s my way or no way” has become the epithet or is it epitaph of her premiership. 

Sadly for her, her way has humiliated her for despite losing cabinet minister after cabinet minister and vote after vote she doggedly persisted until she recently turned to the other party leaders for help in what can only be seen as total humiliation. 

It need not have turned out like this. Mrs May sat in the cabinet for six years as Home Secretary and witnessed the dangers of pride which brought down Mr Cameron.

Hubris caused him to have the referendum; he should have learned from almost losing Scotland a few years earlier in another Referendum but no he thought he had it “in the bag”.

Despite witnessing the dangers of pride Mrs May succumbed to it, believing in her own rhetoric until her fall.

The words of Isaiah quoted above refers to the fall of Babylon during the reign of Belshazzar. It was he who under the influence of alcohol got carried away with his invincibility and self importance and commanded that the vessels that were inside the Jewish temple, dedicated to the service of God, should be brought to him so he could misuse them in his drunken stupor.

What began as fun was to God sacrilege so God wrote on the palace wall in full view of those present: “you have been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting”. Daniel who gave the interpretation to the writing went on say the kingdom would be taken by another power and he Belshazzar would be killed.

History describes the last days of Belshazzar and the fall of the Babylonian empire never to rise again. 

Britain has been a thorn in the side of the European Union from becoming a member. It’s the fly in the ointment the grit in the oyster.

The old Roman Empire cannot be rebuilt; neither can Europe be allowed to be too strong. Europe is the place where two world wars were fought. Russia will always cause trouble and pursue colonial policies in an attempt to regain greatness. 

Watchman what of the night? Watch Russia! 

Pride is the biggest sin that we are committing as individuals and nations. We are even redefining pride from a vice to a virtue. 

Pride produces nationalism, xenophobia, racism and civil unrest as we lobby, petition and march in the name of human rights. Extreme human right is Pride. We want the right to be who we choose to be, say what we want to say, lie if we think it will serve our cause and everyone else must accept this. Human rights to bear the most deadly fire arms and to use it to defend or further our human rights, racism and even to threaten other nations. These are dangerous times; world order has all but broken down. 

Laws have been passed to accommodate pride but God still hates pride. God still resists the proud and pride still comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

In closing, I call upon the church to be the prophetic voice in the land for in the words of the prophet Amos: 

“Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has taken nothing? [5] Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? [6] Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? [7] Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. [8] The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy”? (Amos 3:4-8).

Look out for the next blog titled: “handwriting on the wall”.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant 

Lloyd Denny

“THE BEST IS YET TO COME””

In September 2018 the Luton church celebrated 40 years of ministry in Luton and last Saturday in the rededication service we rededicated the newly refurbished place of worship and ourselves unto the service of the Lord and the community of Luton, Bedfordshire, the U.K and globally.

The best is yet to come is based on the prophetic word to Israel/Judah from the Lord via the prophet Haggai concerning the finished rebuilt temple. The first temple was described by one as exceedingly magnifical. 

It was conceived by King David and built during the reign of King Solomon. At its dedication the glory of God was so awesome and thick that the ministering priests stood in silence unable to speak and neither did anyone. God’s glory spoke loud and clear that day.

This temple would be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in the invasion of Israel and Judah many years after the dedication. 

The temple in Judah would remain in ruins until Cyrus the Persian issued the decree to rebuild it which took place in the days of Nehemiah and others.

Despite the great efforts of all to reproduce the temple to its original beauty, the finished temple was not as beautiful. Yet the Lord said the latter house would be greater than the former. 

The latter house was a reference to the New Testament church that would exceed that of the Old Testament. No matter what took place under the Old Covenant the New would surpass it. Ultimately the church would be greater in beauty and importance to God than the first temple.

As previously said, the first temple was conceived by King David but the church was conceived by God.

As David sat in his palace one day he had the idea to build a temple for God in appreciation for His many blessings, in particular, for elevating a shepherd boy to become King over Israel. 

The church was conceived before the foundation of the world and of it Christ told Peter the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Political tyrants and dictators as well as false religious leaders have tried to destroy the church through persecution, lies and infiltration but the church is still alive and well.

Bad things happen in the name of the church but His sheep knows His voice and the true church is known by fruits and not leaves; by the power of God and not the wisdom of men.

The best is yet to come is not a boast but our commitment to God for greater. “It’s not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord”. 

Please pray for us as we labour locally and beyond that our motto: “a ministry to the community and beyond” will become a reality.

I don’t know what the best is yet to come entails but if it will be greater than the first forty years then I am excited.

RRF has ministered to many in Luton and Bedfordshire, have planted churches in Bedford and Dunstable and overseas in Kenya and Uganda. We have also strengthened the work in India and West Africa and travelled to North America and the Caribbean.

The plan going forward is to train new leaders, give more responsibility to existing leaders, to use the Internet for TV and radio broadcast through its own TV and radio stations. The plan is also to enlarge the church and establish new ones on a regular basis.

Again I ask that you pray for us, partner with us and stay in touch with us. If you want to know more about the ministry and some of our plans please email to: info@rrfluton.org.uk or ordinary letter to:

Fellowship House, 90 Dunstable Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 1EH.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

RE-DEDICATION”

Last Saturday (30th March) we had our place of worship rededicated unto the Lord and the community we serve. This took place exactly twenty years since we first dedicated said building after purchasing it in December the year before.

The re-dedication follows extensive refurbishment and beautification of the building that began a few years ago. The works included:Refurbished make and female toilets and a new disabled toilet. It also included refurbished kitchen, external security and upgraded lighting and internal redecoration of the main sanctuary.

The funds were provided by church members and a number of community supporters and friends.

The coinciding of the twenty years with the refurbished works was an opportunity to say thank you to the saints and friends and to commit the building and ourselves unto the Lord.

The theme of the service was: “gathered together unto Him”, taken from Matthew 18.
I wish to once again thank everyone who came to the service: ministers, dignitaries and of course the saints. Twenty  years ago the first dedication was led by Apostle GT Mullings who by the grace of God was able to lead the rededication service.

I ministered from verse 20 of Matthew 18: “for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”.
It would not be very long afterwards that Jesus would be arrested and crucified. When he was with them they were confident that any problem would be dealt with: The sickness of Peter’s mother in law; The feeding of the five thousand;The cleansing of lepers, giving sight to the blind; Peter took a step of faith and walked on water for a moment but through doubt he began to sink; he cried out and Jesus rescued him from going under; Jesus even brought Lazarus who had been dead four days back to life.

Now Jesus tells them in the text above that where two or three are gathered together in his name he would be in their midst.

Because he would shortly be killed and later ascend to heaven his being in the midst could only be a reference to the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is therefore the spirit of Christ.

Fifty days after the crucifixion of Jesus the Christ, as the disciples gathered together in that upper room in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit descended upon them. Jesus was with them as he promised he would.

Throughout the New Testament we read on numerous occasions of the Holy Spirit being in the midst of the two or the three as Jesus said he would.
The healing of the crippled man who sat outside the temple gate begging. Peter and John were together and Jesus was there in the midst to bring healing.

As they prayed together following the threats not to use the name Jesus because of the healing of the crippled man. The Holy Spirit fell once again and empowered them.

Paul and Silas in prison together prayed and sang praises to God and the Lord sent an earthquake which broke down the prison walls and freed the prisoners.

The anointed Jesus did great things in the days of his flesh and continues to do great things in our midst because he said he would be present when we are together be they two or three.

From the examples given and the many others in the book of Acts the reader may notice that the Lord being present in the midst is not confined to the building but anywhere as long as we are in his name.

In conclusion, expect the Lord to be present when we gather together in his name and also expect him to do great things. In the earlier verses in Matthew 18 our Lord told us that together we can bind and loose and heaven would support us in the same. Also, if two agrees in prayer then we can expect heaven to endorse that prayer of agreement.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant
Lloyd Denny

Lloyd on January 12th, 2019

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