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Exciting Website Under Construction

This is a short note to let you know that we haven’t disappeared.

Open Arms Fellowship Website is undergoing some great changes that will make it more dynamic and smoother to interact with Pastor Graham and also to access resources.

However, while that is going on You need to be aware that there are a number of teaching messages that have been added to our downloads page over the past month or so on the subjects of Healing and also the New Series that we started this year on Your Authority in Christ.

To access those simply go to the link in our Downloads section and you can select from 2015 and 2016 to gain access to those.

All of our downloads are free of charge.

In coming weeks we will simply ask people to register to download and from then on, they will use that same login to download.

But, for now you can simply click on the link.

Make sure you return soon to see some of the changes and the growing number of resources available.

 

The Word ALWAYS Works. Plant it, Water it, Nurture it and it will produce a harvest in your life.

God is ALWAYS ready to pour out his blessings on those who will come to him.

Praise the Lord.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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2016 is a brand new opportunity. A fresh start.

This will be a year of Consolidation, Transformation and Growth as we build on the foundations and the strengths of the past.

Here at Open Arms we wish you and your families a very Happy and a very Prosperous New Year. May the Lord continue his work in us, to change us, more and more, into his image, in this world; as we grow up In Him, into the Unity of the Faith. As we grow up, as dear children seeking a deeper relationship with the one who gave his life to provide us all with his Grace.

I look forward to seeing just what God will do, this year, as we continue our weekly Healing meetings. We will be announcing a change to the time of our Sunday services mid January; so keep on the lookout for that announcement. This website will be undergoing a transformation in the near future and I hope you will return often to the blessings that the Lord provides.

But, for now, enjoy the start of this brand New Year and we’ll see you soon.

With much Love

Pastor Graham

Sunday Meetings

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The early church expected Signs, Wonders and Miracles follow the Preaching and Teaching of the Word of God.

So do we! Jesus said that we were to proclaim the Gospel and that he would back it up. (Mark 16:15-20)

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That he is NOT Holding the sins of Anyone in the world against them. (2Cor 5:19-20)

Faith can only grow when the Word of God is taught (Rom 10:17). The Four Gospels demonstrate that Jesus’ own practice was to Teach, Preach and then Heal (Matt 4:23 & 9:35).

In other words he taught until he perceived that the people had heard and developed sufficient Faith to be in a place to receive their healing.

At Open Arms we teach the Word of God and the truth about God’s willingness to Heal ALL who come to him, In Faith, believing that it is His Will that they be healed.

Come and get the truth about God’s ability to heal today, just as he did at the beginning of the life of the church. Healing did not peter out when Peter petered out.

“This same Jesus,…is the one who made this man to walk. It is not by us. But, it is By His Name and Faith in His Name that this man is able to walk, as you see before you.” (Acts Chapter 3)

Come and hear the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus the Christ, the Nazarene.

October 25: Christ the Healer Week 6: “Take The Next Step”

This week’s teaching on healing is entitled “Take the Next Step”. In this message we look at the fact that prayer and crying out to God is not sufficient to receive the healing, or any other thing we are wanting to receive from God.

Instead, it involves a need for us to DO something about taking and accepting the object of our prayer. It involves a declaration that God CAN meet the need and a realisation that he is able; much like the focus of Hebrews 11:6:

“But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please him: for he that cometh to God MUST believe that he is, AND that he is a REWARDER of them that diligently seek him.”

Jesus question to the two blind men that followed him in Matthew 9:27-30 was very simple. Yet, it goes to the very heart of why so many people, particularly Christians either don’t receive their healing; fail to keep their healing and in so many cases fail to share healing with the people around them, because they have lost faith in healing.

Where is your Faith based? Upon what is your Faith founded? What are you Abiding in; Settling down into and Relying upon; where is your belief? If it is not on the firm foundation of the solid Rock of The Word of God you have built on shifting sands.

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While I was teaching this message the Lord directed me down a parallel side-track that has stuck with me since delivering that message.

So, for that reason, I take this opportunity to share with you what the Lord has put on my heart, at this time, because it is truly a word in season:

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Integrity

How reliable is your word?If you promise to do a thing, can you be counted upon to fulfil that promise? Are aware of the things that you say to people; do you say what you mean and mean what you say?

Or, by contrast:

Do you hold to the idea that promises are made to be broken? It’s not that important to arrive to meet a person at the time you’ve stated. You meant ‘roughly’.If you are running late for a meeting, or an appointment, do you call aheaholy-spirit-angel-of-presenced to let the person know you are delayed? Is it important to pay bills when they are due. Or, is it ok to be consistently late with payments?

The giving of your word, and the consequences of keeping, or breaking your word is the subject of much of scripture.

This is borne out particularly when you consider that the New and Old Testaments are themselves the written record of Spoken Covenant Agreements between God and Humanity. Joshua 1:8; Proverbs 6:2 and 4:20-22; Matthew 12:37; Romans 10:8-10 and James 3:8-14 are but a few examples of the multitude to choose from. But they demonstrate that this concern about what you say, or don’t say applies under both covenants.

Not so many years ago the phrase “My word is my bond” was not just a trite saying. It went to the very core of your reputation as a person. You were judged to be reliable, or not, as a person, by virtue of whether or not you were someone whose word could be relied upon. This was such an important and precious possession, that a person would ensure that if they had promised to do something the promise would be fulfilled, even if it cost them personally; the quality of your word was a measure of your personal integrity.

Many people today still maintain that personal position. It goes against every instinct for them personally to even allow the thought of breaking a promise to cross their mind. This person is regarded as reliable. You can rest assured that if they say they are going to do something, then it’s as sure as done. If it isn’t done, on time, then you now there is something seriously wrong with that person; you need to be concerned about them; it is so out of character.

So, what has all of this to do with the subject of Healing. Well, in truth, it is not limited solely to Healing. It applies to every single promise, contained in the scriptures, that God has made to his people, his children and to the world.

clear-sky-contact-God5-207x300There are some things that are impossible for God to do; one of those is to lie. He is unable to break his word; this is particularly significant when you consider John 1:1; he and his word are one and the same. For God to break his word would be for him to destroy himself. This also demonstrates a particular need to take care how we read and also how and what we preach God will do and won’t do; are we really speaking for God, or our religion; our pet theology?

Hebrews 10:23; 11:8 and Thessalonians 5:24 all bring home the point that the Living God, who has made promises to his children, is FAITHFUL to his word; what he has declared is reliable; it has INTEGRITY. This is why Romans 10:17 tells us that “Faith comes by a consistent and ongoing hearing of the promises contained in God’s word”; the solid rock, the firm foundation that can stand the tests and trials that come against it? Not only has he promised to keep sickness and disease away from our midst; he has also stated that by the stripes upon his back we WERE Healed.

Now we enter the picture. Are the words leaving our mouths words that agree with, or that contradict, what God has spoken to us in his word? Are we standing, in Faith ON the promises he has made? Or, are we knocked down by every arrow of doubt that enters our mind; do we see the winds and the storms of life and like the disciples running to Jesus to say “Don’t you care that we’re about to die?”

Faith cannot grow and develop unless it is tested; until pressure is placed upon it. But, much like Jesus, our response, when the enemy comes against us, no matter how strong that attack may appear to be, should be “It is Written!” It should be a declaration of what God himself, by the Holy Spirit, has inspired men to write as a defence and an attack against anything the enemy might bring against us.

Do you have faith in your own words? Are the words that come out of your own mouth reliable? Can you be trusted to fulfil any and all promises that you make? Can people rely on a thing you have said you will do to be done, even if it should cause personal hurt, or even loss?

It’s in things like this that we are called upon to judge ourselves. Please note that I did not say we were to condemn ourselves. We are to judge, repent and move on; keeping a watch on the words we speak; the promises we make.By doing this we build personalmountain_climbing1 integrity in our own words, so that when we speak and proclaim the promises of God, from our own lips, we are able to chase the doubt, that always comes, away with force and authority.

This Repentance is not a long drawn out process. It involves a change of heart and a decision to change; not simply a desire. It involves digging in your heals to stand by that change when everything seems/appears to be going the other way. This is where the SACRIFICE of praise is made and where the declaration of faith begins.

It is when we can rely on the words of our own mouth that our faith can and will have the greatest results for healing, or for receiving any of the promises of God in our lives. This is when Mark 11:23-25 will begin to visibly work in our lives. When we can believe that we really do believe what we say and have the patience to attain it; we will stand and having done all to stand, stand strong in the Lord and the power of his might, our loins girt about by TRUTH.

We are called to a life of Integrity, dependability. Predictability is not always a dirty word. It is a far better thing to be counted upon as reliable than to be considered unreliable; untrustworthy, inconsistent. Your walk of faith will be visible to those around you, but more importantly it will be visible to you; deep down on the inside of yourself you will know if what you declare is truth or deception.

May you always be able to count on your own words, particularly when you speak God’s words of faith. May your faith continue to grow and develop as you learn to speak God’s word and His promises over your life, with an ever growing confidence in your own words.

 

October 18 Week 5: Christ the Healer Series

Week 5 Healing in Salvation

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Salvation as used in the New Testament is derived from the greek: σωτηρία – soteria (pronounced so-tay-ree’-ah)

means to provide rescue or safety, deliver, health, salvation, save, saving; welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation.

All of these dimensions are contained within the kind of salvation that Christ provided, freely through the final, eternal sacrifice, of himself, once and for all (Hebrews 7:27 & 10:10).

Divine Health is a major part of the inheritance that is available, but rarely accessed, by Christians; mainly to a lack of knowledge of what is contained in the promise.

 

 

 

To Download this important, Spirit-filled series of teaching follow this link:  2015-06 Christ the Healer 

The Audio and Video Files will be updated each week ASAP after the service.

Sadly there is no Video File available for this week’s service (Cameras were left at home).

Christ the Healer Series

Our Current teaching series:

Looks at a the present day ministry of Jesus, healing and ministering, just as he did 2000 years ago in Israel.

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Over the life of this series of teachings we will be looking at the 19 different individual cases where Jesus healed those who came to him. Also we will see the importance that Jesus placed upon teaching,the will of God, to deliver the Healing Gospel to those who did not have the faith to receive and the important role of the word in that ministry today.We will consider the importance of the believer’s faith receiving healing, as well as anything else promised by God.

  • As well as looking at the expectations are, of those who come to receive.
  • What is the difference between instantaneous manifestation and a progressive healing and why do they occur.
  • We will discuss anointing with oil and its purpose in healing.
  • Who is healing for?
  • Why do some people fail to receive their healing?
  • Why do some of those who receive lose the healing they received?
  • Who can minister healing?
  • Does God put sickness and disease on people to teach them?
  • These and many other questions will be discussed and taught over the life of this series.

The Ministry of Laying on of Hands for healing will take place at all meetings for those in need and have a desire to receive.

Anointing with oil will be ministered upon request. Or, as the Holy Spirit gives direction.

Come with an expectation to receive knowledge, understanding and also to be healed.

Everyone is welcome.

Healing is for All

Christ is still Healing today.

 

To Download this important, Spirit-filled series of teaching follow this link:  2015-06 Christ the Healer The Audio and Video Files will be updated each week ASAP after the service.

July 2015: The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?

 

This is the Second half of the 12 part series “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

The 6 downloads available below are for the Sunday services From July 5 through to August 9.

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Before we start in earnest, a little housekeeping is in order: There is a lot of scripture to cover in this study. Instead of putting all of the quotes directly on this page I will provide the references and suggest you get your own bible out and mark, highlight and underline these verses, for your own reference, as well as seeing that they actually exist within your own bible.

Now, more than ever, it is essential that we take the time to open the leaves, the pages, of the scriptures in a physically bound volume itself. The reading, speaking out loud (Audibly, they don’t necessarily have to be shouted) and the muttering  to yourself and the constant meditating on these verses and so many others, is of vital importance to both your spiritual growth, as well as to the feeding and strengthening of your faith in preparation for when the enemy attacks; please note when, not if; Jesus promised that we would suffer persecutions, not of and for themselves, but for the Gospel’s sake. When you begin to walk in the light of the Gospel, including the healing and the prosperity that follows the preaching of the gospel, you will find, like Jesus did, that many of the established religious leaders will not be happy. Like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus period, the modern day Pharisees and Sadducees will try to knock you down and discredit you (hey, the servant is not greater than the master! If they wouldn’t listen to Jesus, why do you think they’ll listen to you?).

So, by now you should have found your bible, blown the dust off of it, taken the cold pizza slice out from between the pages, or found an old telephone directory to replace it under the sloping corner of the couch. Remember, you need to have a pen and pad, or notebook, your highlighters and markers handy to write in your bible. I really like what Brother Kenneth E Hagin used to say to us as students “If you have a bible that you can’t write in, throw it away and get one that you can write in.” Seriously!

Your bible isn’t a book to be put up on a pedestal and worshipped. It is an essential tool, for the believer to know and to know about and have some level of familiarity with. I don’t mean that we need to simply be able to remember those pieces of scripture, or memory verses, that we find useful to beat others over the head with. No, it is essential that our familiarity with the scriptures provides us with the skills required to be able to defeat the devil whenever he, or one of his minions tries to use scripture to undermine and attack your faith and attack he will. 2Tim2:15 NKJV tells us: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This isn’t just a word for Pastors and Teachers, or just ministers, in particular.

No, in reality, this is essential for All believers. SO that they can be equipped to meet the necessities of daily living in a hostile world. I do not say that in an attempt to scare you. But, I do desire that Christians wake up to the fact that it is not all fairy-floss and ice-cream. Laying on of hands requires you to act in faith. But, unless you know you are to lay on hands and why, you may well find your family and friends wallowing in sickness. We are called to be Salt, adding flavour and Light showing the way, to those in the world that we come into contact with. The world needs to see authentic, powerful and active christians, now,more than ever before and that is not in positions of political power. But, in demonstrations of the power of God to save and ALL that that salvation truly provides.

At that point in this discussion it is essential to know, that it is a strong emphasis on the Word of God that is needed at this time, more than ever before. If we do not take the time to give first place, to the Word of God in our lives, daily, we will find it very difficult to be able to function at the level we need. Developing a hunger for the Word is essential, not just important. Life changing and strengthening; rewarding and challenging. You cannot bear fruit, without good food; without being fed by the vine Himself.

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Having the Holy Spirit in manifestation in your life is essential. Living a Christian Life without the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in Tongues and NOT using tongues amounts to nothing less than poor judgement (at the very least).

It would be like having a car, having the keys, the wheels, the petrol, the battery, everything that is needed to go. Only to discover, when you turn the key in the ignition there is no spark. The battery is flat.

That is what Jude is saying in his brief, but extremely rich epistle, in Jude :20 “Building yourselves up, on your most holy faith dearly beloved, praying in the Holy Ghost. The “Building Up” part being referred to here, in the original language that it was written in, refers to the process of charging ones own self up, much like you would a car battery. Being ever prepared and fully charged; ready for battle.

That is why Tongues and I’m specifically referring to the believer’s personal prayer gift of tongues, is not for public display, but for the ability to pray, in a manner that empowers your spirit; that strengthens you, in conjunction with the feeding and feasting on the Word of God. It helps to bring the scriptures to life in your own life.

Take the time to listen to the following teaching messages regarding the wonderful third person of the Trinity to learn more about what he has to offer in your life today.

The Following Set of 6 messages form Part 2 of the Series: “The Holy Spirit – Who Is He?”

These were delivered through July and the first weeks of August 2015:

01 He Will Lead And Guide You Into All Truth

02 The Holy Spirit – Who Is He

03 The Spirit Of Glory Love Grace And Truth

04 The Holy Spirit And You

05 The Spirit Of Order

06 The Spirit Of Life

To download these important Spirit-Filled messages right-click on the links to save the linked files to a directory of your choice on your computer.

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