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NOVEMBER 2020


NEW WINE IN NEW WINESKINS

BY VOLKER BACKHAUS


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hat is the Lord doing in this Covid-19 time? He is reshaping and getting the church ready for the new wine He wants to pour out in these last days. He is getting the new wineskins ready for new wine. A wineskin was made from the stomach of a sheep and was able to expand with the new wine that was going through the process of fermentation. Both the skin and the wine were preserved. The way we do church is how wineskins are formed. There were very many good things about how we did church in the past, but God wants us to go forward into the new He has for us. That means we have to reconsider and yield and become flexible in His hands. Jesus is challenging us that we cannot put new ideas into old practices. Up to just recently, the idea was very prominent that church was about numbers, big gatherings, and conferences. However, He has shown us that He wants to be with us and impart Himself to us: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst” (Matt 18:20). At different times during the last seven months we have been forced to be in small, intimate groups, meeting in homes and on Zoom. He has been intentional about meeting with us in a fresh way.

We have had to be flexible, recording with three people present, livestreaming with twenty, fifty or more present, depending on the restrictions on ‘in person’ meetings. As a congregation, we have seriously considered how the early church operated. One thing we have noticed in the lockdown time is how much we are concentrating on prayer, both individually and corporate, using technology to assist us to connect on an ongoing basis. As a church we have been interceding for our nation, seeds of prayer have been sown, and we have been thrust out to reach our country in a powerful way, doing practical work as well as being with many leaders who have needed encouragement in the north, east and south of the country. The Lord enabled us through livestream to touch thousands each week with a fresh word. This would not have been on our radar if circumstances had not pushed us out of our comfort zone. In a similar way, you cannot patch up an old garment with a new patch, He wants to give us new life, new wine, new hope, new everything. Let us open ourselves up for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit, in our lives, families and church family.

The church has been asleep for too long – wake up, our Bridegroom is coming! We need to get our lamps ready so we can be part of the wedding feast of the Lamb.


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OLYMPIA Gideon 081 2555070 Anneke 081 2575075 HOCHLAND PARK Emanuel 081 1002032 Hilma 081 1275795 AVIS Stephan 081 2329991 Anabel 081 6218399 OLYMPIA Jesse 081 7549600 Irina 081 7825842 AUASBLICK Edward 085 5547260 Kate 081 4470018 PIONEERS PARK Eckhardt 081 1249279 Georine 081 1241362


AVIS Meiring 081 3160786 Karen 081 2203461 ELISENHEIM Petro 081 8545016 Johan 081 3747000 OSONA Alonso 081 2183487 HOCHLAND PARK Tich 081 6534227 Nhlanhla 081 3526508 KLEIN WINDHOEK Nate 081 3988354 Karine 081 4456513 WINDHOEK WEST Sidney 0811271619 Jo-Anne 0813088311


LOCATION Cnr Perkin/Blackwood St, Suiderhof PO Box 1204, Windhoek, Namibia CHURCH BANKING DETAILS Bank Windhoek, Kudu Branch Account #: 1035354301 Branch Code: 482172 ELDERS Volker & Esther Backhaus Gideon & Anneke Joubert Sergio & Kay-Leigh de Sousa Meiring & Karen Kunz Ed & Kate Fynn

TELEPHONE +264 (061) 251 332 FAX +264 (061) 252 618 EMAIL info@allnations.com.na

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