Wednesday 13 July

VOX is LIVE here in Sligo IT for Day Four of #Sligo16 - New Wine Ireland's annual summer conference.  Today and throughout the week, the VOX LIVE Blog will bring you all the action from the conference along with stories and news from around Ireland.  And you can find summaries of all the main sessions as well as many seminars and workshops.

09.04  Good morning Sligo!! "Pancakes and Prayer" was a great start to the morning and now we gearing up for the Morning Bible Teaching in the Arena and the Glass Space.

09.35 Starting to worship in The Arena this morning with a sense of thanksgiving and celebration for what God has been doing throughout the week so far - singing "Forever God is Faithful".

10.03 Greg Venables comes to speak again on the subject of "Overcoming Evil" - continuing his series on More than Conquerors. 

10.04 Today we are going to consider the problem of evil and the one thing we have to be clear about is that evil is real. 

Evil was not victorious in heaven and it fell to this world - it is localised in this world where we live.  The whole world is in the power of the evil one but God allowed it and God through Jesus overcame it.

Satan cannot touch us 1 John 5:18 We need to simply resist and stand firm.  Say no!  

Reading from Genesis 50: 19 - 20 It was meant for evil but God meant it for good!  Even if it was intended as evil.

What did Joseph learn through what happened to him?

  • He learnt that he could trust God, even though the circumstances gave the impression that God didn’t care.  Gideon asked, "If God is with us, why has this happened to us?" Who are you going to trust - God or the circumstances?
  • He learnt that God's purposes often involve suffering  (2 Corinthians 11: 23 - 28)
  • He learnt that in the end, only God makes sense of life.
  • He learnt that God intends everything for good. 
  • He learnt to be forgiving and kind.

Read a more detailed summary of Greg's message here.

10.54 Responding the message in prayer and worship in The Arena this morning.  Today is a "rest day" here at #Sligo16 so the blog will be offline this afternoon.  

18.58  Just a quick note and apology.  For security reasons, this evening's message cannot be photographed, recorded or blogged so there will not be any further notes until tomorrow morning!