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Pastor Michael's Testimony

My  Name is Michael Hedley. Up until January 2006, my life was a mess, I was desperately unhappy and just generally hurting and not a very nice person to be around.On the 26th of January 2006, I became a born again Christian, and my life has changed so dramatically! I now have so much contentment in my
life.

 

I had an excellent job with all the trappings of success (and the debt to go with it of course!)   Yet I did not have any contentment and if I was honest I wasn’t even that happy.

 

I was brought up in a Christian home where going to church and living a Christian life was the norm. By the time I reached 14 years of age I rejected this life because I wanted to taste what the world had to offer, and proceeded to taste everything that came my way. I got involved in drinking from a very young age, tried drugs and did all the ungodly things associated with this type of lifestyle.

 

I got married in 1980 and whilst I was reasonably happy I wasn’t totally content with my life. I carried on drinking heavily, and as I thought leading a ‘normal life’ and enjoying myself. But looking back I am not sure what I actually  enjoyed about it! By now I had rejected everything my mum had brought me up to believe. My mum however never gave up on me and was praying constantly.

 

In 1993 I joined Freemasonry. At that time I was totally unaware that the rituals associated with Freemasonry go against Christianity! By now my mother was exasperated and desperate for me to return to Christianity. But my rebellious nature was furious at her interference and I was enjoying the upset I was causing her. Apart from it being a false form of religion the very nature of Freemasonry drives a wedge between families as you are encouraged to attend as many lodges (meetings) as possible. It was like going to a party every night, so I was never at home. It just sucks you in without you realising it. It is like a form of brainwashing.

 

And without you realising it your relationships have disintegrated and for many (including me), beyond the point of return.

 

My son was born on Boxing Day 1996 and I felt that I now had everything to make me happy! However, I had drifted so far away from God I had now lost sight of the things that should have been really important to me.

 

As I rose in the ranks of Freemasonry my drinking got worse and my misery
increased. My marriage broke down completely and I went on to have a string of relationships.

 

I suffered a series of health problems which resulted in me losing a couple of
good jobs. My life was in a downward spiral. However, due to my constant
involvement in Freemasonry I had started to become abusive, arrogant, very
selfish. I always wanted to push people away from me because I knew that I would hurt them, but I must have had a conscience because I did feel bad about hurting people, I was just so mixed up! I now know that my mum had embedded Christian values within me, but still at that time I was rejecting them.

 

In August of 2005 my mum, who had still been praying for me all of this time, gave me a Testimony of a local ex gangster on a CD. This man was a violent criminal but is now wonderfully saved. After I listened to his testimony, I was in floods of tears, and I didn’t realise just then that God was starting to work in my life. I knew how dark my life had become, but yet I could feel this love reaching out to me. Because I had conditioned myself to reject love I had a problem accepting it.

 

I was the Master of the Lodge which in Freemasonry, is the top position in the  lodge which you hold for one year. When you attain this position, you are expected to visit other lodges in order to encourage members from another lodge to visit your lodge, this also meant that I had to be out nearly every night of the week.   My drinking got so bad that year that I still can’t believe I managed to hold down my job. Darkness in my life had now reached such a point where something had to give and again my health was to suffer.

 

I was still progressing in Freemasonry and was forging ahead joining other degrees (different ceremonies), which are higher level than the basic degrees I had joined, some of the things that happened in those meetings were just plain  bizarre and it wasn’t until after I was a born again Christian, that I realised just how much the whole of Freemasonry and its rituals, were completely against God’s word.

 

In November of 2005 I was diagnosed with having pneumonia and ended up in  hospital. I was suffering with the most intense chest pains and my breathlessness was severe. When I arrived at the hospital I honestly thought I was going to die. A few days later I was rushed back to the hospital this time in an ambulance, and again the chest pains I was experiencing were just incredible. In my mind I knew that if this was a time for repentance then this was it! I now know that this was God graciously bringing me closer to him and giving me a second chance.

 

My mum had watched me self destruct over many years and she must have been wrecked with pain and heartache seeing what I was doing with my life, but she never gave up hope, she prayed and kept on forgiving me for all of the hurt I caused her. She was about to have all her prayers answered in the next couple of months, because God knew precisely the right time, that I would give my life to Him!

 

That time was the 26th Of January 2006. I was still suffering from incredible chest pains, and I was getting more and more worried, that this was going to kill me.   My mum asked me if I would go and meet her pastor. So, I thought “why not I have nothing left to lose!” After talking with him for over three hours, challenging him on many things I thought were false about Christianity, he asked me where I was with my faith.   I really didn’t know how to answer him, but something inside was saying I want to believe that Jesus can change me!

 

He prayed for me and my chest pain disappeared immediately. I had never really believed in this kind of healing even though I had witnessed it many times in my youth. But sure enough the pain had gone.

 

Later that night, at home, I got on my knees and gave my life to the Lord. The peace that came over me was like nothing I had ever experienced, I felt different, I felt that something major had happened. It had!! God had changed my life in an instant. My mum must have been dancing when I told her, she would have been so happy, 34 years of prayer and she had never given up hope.

 

Over the next few days my life began to change, I stopped swearing, started reading a bible and the words in the bible started slowly to have meaning for me. My drinking reduced till eventually I stopped altogether, I didn’t want to hurt people anymore and God started healing me of my own hurts. I started to attend church and began learning how to pray. Because I am a singer I was invited to join the worship team singing and playing guitar.

 

I want to let as many people know about Jesus and how He can change your life from misery to happiness, how he can heal people from their long term
addictions and how he can set you free from doing awful things. I want to let people know that they are loved and that God has a plan for their lives to change them, give them peace, joy happiness and hope. Most importantly
Jesus said no man can enter the kingdom of heaven unless he is born again, and that no man can come to God unless through Him (Jesus). You can’t get into heaven by just being good, by worshiping false Gods, or giving to charity!  There is only one God and only one way to God!

 

A few months after I became a Christian God gave me the gift of writing Christian songs, and more recently I have recorded these songs onto a CD, called Living Waters. The songs on that CD represent my journey so far since I became a Christian, and the words express my joy that Jesus’ amazing grace has saved a wretch like me. And He can do the same for you! I have since appeared on Revelation TV and many people have contacted me through this for help with Freemasonry issues

 

In October 2010 I married my darling wife Lindsey. God brought us together amazingly and we both are so happy because we each have got what God wanted for us.His best! Lindsey had asked God in prayer for a Christian man, who played a musical instrument, loved God and loved worshipping Him. I asked for someone to just love me for who I am warts and all. We both have answered prayer. God told us that He had a work for us to do together and now we both work in ministry to His glory!  Lindsey and I have written over 25 songs and have produced 2 CD's together!

 

 

I am now a serving Pastor of this church that I believe God called me to plant.  God showed me a vision a few years ago of one dozen uncapped wells of Salvation.  He told me to start a new church work in Ashington and preach and teach.  We have had many obstacles to overcome in the first couple of years, but God is really working in us and through us, both Lindsey and I to help people to come to know the truth of the Gospel, the good news of Salvation.

 

 

When I met Lindsey I knew instantly that I had to propose to her and did so on our first date.  I felt that God had been preparing each of us to come together to work for His Glory.  We were married 6 weeks later and are blissfully happy and thank God each day for each other and our families.

 

 

I have now completed my Theology training through the Wesleyan Reform Union and I have passed successfully the final oral examination and will be ordained as Reverend Michael Hedley in November 2017.  During this training I have discovered so much more of my love for Jesus and my love of  studying the word of God and love worshipping Him.  While life can be hard sometimes it is so much better now I have Jesus controlling my life.

 

Jesus died on the cross 2000 years ago for my sins and the sins of all mankind, He is alive today and he can take away sadness, he can heal your broken heart, he can set you free from violence and misery and give you peace, he can change your future from an eternity in Hell to an eternity in Heaven. He has a plan for your life, to change your life and all you have to do to accept him is to say this prayer:

 

Lord Jesus, I know I am a Sinner, I have done many bad things in my life. I want to invite you into my life as my Saviour and my Friend. Forgive me for all of my sins, I repent of my sins and I am really sorry for all the bad things I have done in my life. Help me to turn away from those things and help me to live my life as a Christian. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you laid down your life for me on the Cross. Heal me, forgive me and lead me to an eternity with you Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

If you have said this prayer and really mean it, you are born again (saved). Find a church to go to, get a bible and the Lord will let you know how to live your life through the words in the Bible.

 

Jesus said “ Unless you are born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God”(John 3:5). “For God So Loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but will have eternal life” (John 3:16)

 

Accept Him into your life and let him change you forever.

 

God Bless you

SUMMER PRAISE EVENT

We held our Annual Summer Praise Event on Saturday 21st July. A wonderful night for all of worship praise food and fellowship. Thank you for all who supported this event. A church full of people worshipping our awesome God.

Verse for Today

Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

 

Good morning.  The verse of Scripture above simply tells us how to live our lives.  As His dear children we are to imitate His essence.  Jesus is God revealed so we are to model Him.  How? Love; forgive; graceful; Merciful; obedient; Caring; gentle; Patient; Peaceful; Joyful and powerful.  When we choose to live like Jesus  we will walk in His power and reflect His glory! Hallelujah! Have a Christ like day.  God bless.

Alpha Course

We are holding our first Alpha Course, commencing on the 5th of September starting at 6 o clock.  We are delighted to be able to commence this course as part of our outreach.  If you know anyone who would like to come, first ask them and bring them along with you.  The sessions will begin with food and then discussions.  The first session will be "Is there more to life than this.". In this session we will be discussing, what does Christianity have to do with life today?  What Am I doing on earth? What is the point of life and where am I heading?

Conference Update

Lindsey and I had the pleasure of attending our 4th WRU conference at Swanick in Derbyshire.  We had a wonderful time meeting with great friends from throughout the churches of the union.

 

We were privileged to lead worship on the Monday evening segment, leading to Colin Braithwaite's induction as the new president.

 

There were some excellent sessions at conference including the business, and teaching.  Colin's address was about what does Church look like, and it was very revealing and challenging.

 

Lindsey and I were accepted onto the General Committee and were also selected for the Overseas Missions and Home Missions sub-committees, respectively.  We are so looking forward to being involved in these committees and weare excited to learn of what has bee achieved in the past and also  what we can bring in the future.

 

The times of worship were wonderful, prayer groups were powerful, and fellowship wonderful too.  We thank Almighty God, that we are part of this excellent Union of Churches.

Presidential Visit

We are delighted to announce the visit of the New President of the Wesleyan Reform Union to our church on the 22nd of July 2018.  Colin Braithwaite who retired as the General Secretary of the Union two years ago is the new Union President.  We look forward to his visit, and I am sure we will all welcome him and what he will bring to share with us.

Word of Life Mission House

Our Mission House, of 73 North Seaton Road, the annexe to the church has now been completed.

 

We are using the building for a variety of things such as a Christian retreat, where specific programmes can be tailored for each group of people staying.  Examples of the type of programmes we will be delivering, will be Leading Worship, Prayer, and a wide range of other Christian Programmes.

 

While staying here visitors can use it to be simply a place of rest, meditation and prayer, or take part in the church programmes, or take part in a specially designed retreat bespoke programme.

 

We will also be using the venue for Debt Management, helping those in need, as well as music lessons, job searching and basic IT programmes.

 

We are very excited about this development, and if you require any further information, please contact us either by email or by telephone on 07879253072 or 07854 820012.  The cost for staying here is £30.00 per night.  Donations are also welcome.

Nigerian Evening

We held a Nigerian Evening in the Church on Saturday the 17th of February.  A wonderful night of Nigerian Worship, Culture, food and fellowship was had by all, led by the Akinsola Family.  Pictures below.

 

Friday Diner

Our Friday Diner at church is on the last Friday  of every month from 12:00 till 2:00pm.  Soup and sandwiches and a range of other hot meals will be available for each of the coming months.  This is an outreach for those who may be lonely, or who maybe are just in need of company.  There is no charge for the food but donations are welcomed. All donations from this monthly event go to Arab World Ministries Yemen

Pastor Michael's Ordination Service

The ordination service of Rev Michael Hedley took place on Saturday the 25th of November 2017.  It was led by Phil Hartshorn the WRU President of 2017/18, with input from Rev Ian Fall chair of the ministerial committee.  It was a wonderful day for all concerned.  A very special privelege that this service was delivered in our home church and not as it is usually done at conference.  Thanks to all who participated and a heartfelt thanks for the wonderful gifts that you have given us both

 

Reverend Michael & Lindsey Hedley.

Gordon Brown's Baptism

Once again this year it was a great priviledge for our rapidly growing Church Family to witness yet another baptism.  Gordon gave his life to Jesus in July earlier this year and he went through the waters of baptism at Bedlington Trinity Church.  A fantastic time was had by all and we truly rejoice that his life is now heading in a new Holy Spirit filled direction.

Baptism Service

We held a Baptism Service on Saturday May 27th at Bedlington Trinity Church for Caroline Taylor who joined our fellowship earlier this year.  We had a wonderful time in God's presence and the service went so well.  Pictures of the event are below this text.

BREAKING NEWS

Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever

 

Hebrews 13:8

 

This is not just breaking news, it is the news from yesterday, today and tomorrow and guess what?  It is forever.  Hallelujah!!!!!

 

 

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Word of Life Church

Wesleyan Reform Union

North Seaton Road, Ashington Northumberland NE63 0AG
 

Tel: 01670 814425

Mobile 07879253072 Michael

Lindsey 07854820012
E-mail: wordoflifechurch@hotmail.co.uk

 

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