Earlier this week Paul, with extreme joy, drove around the church car park… Hold on, wait a minute, let me go back a few steps.
All photos on this Glesga testimonial by Ronnie Black.
Paul became a member of the Glasgow Elim Pentecostal Church when he was 19 and likes to point out that although exiled to ministry in England his membership was never elim-inated or revoked! You might take the Glaswegian out of the Glasgow, but can you really take the Glasgow out of the Glaswegian?
When James Glass became the pastor in 2010 Paul and Marian were thrilled to be invited ‘hame’ straight away. The folks snatched up no less than 98 copies of ‘Now Open Sundays!’ and at the evening service James told us this had been the highest turnout to any evening service since his arrival. After so many years it was a real kick to be home and welcomed so warmly, but I knew I also had a job to do…
The Glasgow Kiss Prayer
Paul preached on ‘Faith Concentrate’ and after many years of struggling to obtain the old Congregational Church in Willesden, complete with the William Hill Bookies next door and learning about Faith in such situations he was desperate to be let loose on Glasgow Elim’s neighbouring car park. For many years this car park had stood in the way of further advancement and it was time to speak directly to that mountain and see it make a move.
I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. Mark 11:23
Prayers of proclamation should not be taken lightly because if you get it wrong there is a lot of credibility to be lost and cynicism to be faced, but Paul had longed for this day for many years and put his head on the block. Standing with the entire congregation with hands outstretched towards the car park this was not the time for a nice feelie-touchie petition, this was the time to thank God for those who had looked after it and make an all out Glasgow-Kiss no-compromise Faith Proclamation this car park would be ours within the very year. It was time to concentrate that combined faith even to the extent of honing in on a date.
So why wait all this time to write an entry? Because just earlier this week I took a detour and drove round the now Glasgow Elim Pentecostal Church owned car park!
‘The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it!’ Psalm 24:1
Problem Eliminated – Kissed Good Bye!