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“Terry is an effervescent personality with an infectious desire and ability to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone and anyone he meets. He and Jill’s ministries compliment and flow well together and both are great gifts within the Body of Christ.” Bill Partington Head of Strategic Ministry Relations http://www.ucb.co.uk/

“Terry is an effervescent personality with an infectious desire and ability to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone and anyone he meets. He and Jill’s ministries compliment and flow well together and both are great gifts within the Body of Christ.”

Bill Partington
Head of Strategic Ministry Relations

http://www.ucb.co.uk/

Who is Terry Eckersley ?   visit:   www.terryeckersley.co.uk  Terry lives in the north of the UK. He is blissfully married to Jill an accomplished stylist, recording artist & worship leader and they have known each other 20 years and been married 6. Terry became a Christian in 1992 after a powerful conversion from a cycle of  brokenness, drugs, crime & prison, this then led to healing & total redemption into extraordinary success. Then serving his way to CEO in Christian Charity  & media helping people all around the world documented in his prolific autobiography "Born Ready ". Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. Terry Eckersley  is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful  way that brings life and healing. A graduate of 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College. To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 3 continents. Terry has published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

Who is Terry Eckersley ?
visit: http://www.terryeckersley.co.uk
Terry lives in the north of the UK. He is blissfully married to Jill an accomplished stylist, recording artist & worship leader and they have known each other 20 years and been married 6. Terry became a Christian in 1992 after a powerful conversion from a cycle of brokenness, drugs, crime & prison, this then led to healing & total redemption into extraordinary success. Then serving his way to CEO in Christian Charity & media helping people all around the world documented in his prolific autobiography “Born Ready “. Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate of 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.
To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 3 continents. Terry has published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

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Terry and Jill Eckersley 2014

 Who is Terry Eckersley ?   visit:   www.terryeckersley.co.uk  Terry lives in the north of the UK. He is blissfully married to Jill an accomplished stylist, recording artist & worship leader and they have known each other 20 years and been married 6. Terry became a Christian in 1992 after a powerful conversion from a cycle of  brokenness, drugs, crime & prison, this then led to healing & total redemption into extraordinary success. Then serving his way to CEO in Christian Charity  & media helping people all around the world documented in his prolific autobiography "Born Ready ". Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. Terry Eckersley  is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful  way that brings life and healing. A graduate of 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College. To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 3 continents. Terry has published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.


Who is Terry Eckersley ?
visit: http://www.terryeckersley.co.uk
Terry lives in the north of the UK. He is blissfully married to Jill an accomplished stylist, recording artist & worship leader and they have known each other 20 years and been married 6. Terry became a Christian in 1992 after a powerful conversion from a cycle of brokenness, drugs, crime & prison, this then led to healing & total redemption into extraordinary success. Then serving his way to CEO in Christian Charity & media helping people all around the world documented in his prolific autobiography “Born Ready “. Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate of 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.
To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 3 continents. Terry has published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

Who is Terry Eckersley ?
visit: http://www.terryeckersley.co.uk

Terry lives in the north of the UK. He is blissfully married to Jill an accomplished stylist, recording artist & worship leader and they have known each other 20 years and been married 6. Terry became a Christian in 1992 after a powerful conversion from a cycle of brokenness, drugs, crime & prison, this then led to healing & total redemption into extraordinary success. Then serving his way to CEO in Christian Charity & media helping people all around the world documented in his prolific autobiography “Born Ready “. Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate of 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.
To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 3 continents. Terry has published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

 

2014 Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. He rose to CEO within Christian charity and media influencing and helping thousands worldwide. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate and speaker at 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College. To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 4 continents. Terry has spoken, published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

 

 Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. He rose to CEO within Christian charity and media influencing and helping thousands worldwide. Terry Eckersley  is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful  way that brings life and healing. A graduate and speaker at 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.  To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 4 continents. Terry has spoken,  published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.


Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. He rose to CEO within Christian charity and media influencing and helping thousands worldwide. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate and speaker at 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.
To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 4 continents. Terry has spoken, published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. He rose to CEO within Christian charity and media influencing and helping thousands worldwide. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate and speaker at 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.

To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 4 continents. Terry has spoken, published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

 

 

 

January 2014 Terry and Jill Eckersley

January 2014
Terry and Jill Eckersley Northern Ireland, London, Alfreton, Southampton
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We have had a fruitful start to this new year and feel really privileged. Just before my trip to India with compassion UK and Graham Kendrick, I had an appointment to help facilitate a work at Alfreton Hall in Derbyshire. This was an amazing meeting with Steve Holmes the Director/CEO, we sensed the loving prescence of God as we chatted about developing the Hall into a place of respite for Senior Leaders/Ministers. This anointing has stayed with us as we are swing this unfold and served others via speaking engagements.

We have had some wonderful and diverse meetings all over the UK. Firstly we went to Belfast the home of both our forefathers. We shared and stayed at The Stourmont Hotel just a short walk from Parliament and spoke at two Businessman’s Fellowships, many responded to The Gospel and we formed and served some exceptional people and relationships. We also met with Genistar Representatives who help people get out of debt and manage finances well.
Our next meetings where at The Genesis Centre Alfreton, connected to Arena church, at a social gathering with food and we where the guest speakers, again many where encouraged and blessed. Jill and I then travelled to Harmony Christian Centre a large Church in Dagenham, we where guest speakers at there Prison Ministry Conference,…….we had a great time, in a predominantly black Church, loving there Cultural style of worship four and a half hours later!
Next on the January tour was back to my old stomping ground of Southampton with Noel and Transformed team at Victory Church with pastors Ron and Margaret White ( founders) led by son Andrew White. It was a privilege again for Jill and I to share and see many respond. It has been a blessing and joy to travel with Jill and all the above engagements. We have one more this month in a secure children’s unit in yorkshire, reminding me of where once was by the grace of God completely set free and bringing that same life changing message of hope and total redemption that has and is still working in me!

Terry and Jill Eckersley
http://www.terryeckersley.co.uk

IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT BY TERRY ECKERSLEY

IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT

BY

TERRY ECKERSLEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Synopsis
Introduction
1. God is Doing His Best!
2. Get Better – Not Bitter!
3. God is in the Heat with You
4. Promotion
5. ‘The Refiner’s Touch’

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A five chapter booklet examining how, in the middle of a crisis or tough situation, when it looks like we are doing our worst or we are going through a difficult set of circumstances, God is doing his finest work.

The book encourages us to get better not bitter, to trust that God knows what he’s doing, that he is Almighty and he will refine you with the desire to see his image manifest in you, and that you come into the likeness of his son Jesus Christ.
<H1>INTRODUCTION

I’m just going to share a little bit about myself. I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. I was half Roman Catholic and half Jew: it was the same as being a normal Roman Catholic, but when I went to confession I had to take my lawyer with me!

My dad died when I was thirteen. His death absolutely knocked me of the rails, it drove me crazy. When most young lads were playing with toy cars, I played with the real thing! I started joy riding at thirteen, shoplifting, getting into a lot of petty crime at the time and I was put in the care of the local authority. I went from bad to worse – drugs, crime, drugs, crime. I was in out of care homes and institutions right up to the age of twenty.

At twenty years of age I gave my life to Christ. I didn’t realise the enormity of what I’d done, but eight years later on – eight years of nearly dying three times from car crashes and drug overdoses, all sorts of crazy stuff – I was saved; I was born again. I knew Jesus died for me and I got filled with the spirit when I was twenty-eight. I settled in a local church and was with Dave Gilpin and the guys from Hope City Church for about seven years.

Shortly after this time I was down south on a busman’s holiday to look after ‘The Fountain Inn’ in Rowland’s Castle. Who was to know that about two months after this my job would fold and I would be head hunted for a job in Southampton.

But primarily in all that, God was calling me – our steps are ordered by the Lord:

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Stalwart walks in step with God; his path blazed by God, he’s happy. If he stumbles, he’s not down for long; God has a grip on his hand. (Psalms 37:23–24)
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The theme I want to discuss, the general overview is leadership: God is preparing us as a church for other people to come in, but God is preparing us for awesome things, even greater things than we’ve ever dreamed of or seen or imagined in our lives. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:

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No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it –
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
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<H1>GOD IS DOING HIS BEST!

The title is In the Heat of the Moment. This is called an ‘idiom’, not an idiot you might say but an idiom – like ‘rubbing salt into a wound’. ‘In the heat of the moment’ describes the immediacy and aliveness in being involved in something: ‘I didn’t mean to do it, darling, I said it in the heat of the moment’; ‘I didn’t mean to do it, Pastor, but I watched something on TV and in the heat of the moment . . .’; ‘I didn’t mean to do it but in the heat of the moment I left my wife’, ‘I packed my job in . . .’ In the heat of the moment people do their worst, they say the worst, they behave the worst. And I want to share with you that in the heat of the moment – God is always doing his best.

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Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. (Romans 8:26–28)
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God is always doing his best in the heat of the moment.

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For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never stop. (Genesis 8:22)
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The heat will never cease. This is mentioned in Genesis, right at the beginning of the Bible. My aim is to help us understand God’s purpose in the heat of the moment, our experiences and how we should respond . . . It’s not people, it’s not the Devil; it’s God in the heat of the moment.

There’s three kinds of people: there are God-centred people in church who are faith-filled and always in victory; there are people-centred people who are always unforgiving, always bitter – you see them everywhere; there are Devil-centred people – ‘the Devil made me do it’ – they are always living in fear (‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline’, 2 Timothy 1:7, nlt).

What kind of people are we . . . in the heat of the moment?

My key scripture, is from Daniel 3:16–18:

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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. But even if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.’
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Nebuchnezzar was furious with them and his attitude towards them changed. He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual and he commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up the three and throw them into the blazing furnace . . . in the heat of the moment. That’s my key text; God does his best in the heat of the moment.

A lump of coal under intense heat and pressure becomes a very valuable and expensive diamond, in the heat of the moment; gold is refined and purified, in the heat of the moment. Your test will become your testimony, and your mess will become your message after the heat of the moment. The final stage for a beautiful, expensive vase, after it’s been crafted and painted, is to be placed in a kiln in the heat of the moment.

People develop best in the heat of the moment; God always does his best in the heat of the moment.

Have you ever been compared to Mary Poppin’s ?????..!!!!!!! To my dismay I have , Perhaps we don’t need to be “practically perfect” in every way ??? !!!! What The Dictionary says about Perfectionism “A personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less” Wow no pressure there then !!!!!! Lol :) It’s probably about 8years ago when independently of each other my Mum, Boss and Hairdresser made this comparison to ‘Mary Poppin’s’ I am sure most people will know who Mary Poppin’s is. Let me remind you of the part of the story where Mary takes out her special tape measure to measure the children she is nanny for, then she measures herself and declares “Just as a thought Mary Poppin’s practically perfect in every way” Now you must understand this came as a complete surprised to me as I am defiantly not perfect and have never thought this to be true, but I know perfectionism has played a part in my life. It’s only recently I was reminded about this and began to give it some thought, My brother on april 2nd 2011 went home to be with The Lord, he had a number of struggles in life, at the age of 6 he was bullied at school over a number of months which resulted in him having a nervous breakdown, it was decided that he would not be able to cope with the normal school system and his education would be via a special school and then a national children’s home school which he left at the age of 16 with no real qualifications. As my brother was 5 years older, I saw the life he faced and without realising it as I was growing up I unwittingly made a number of decisions in my heart that I would never be a burden to my parents and would always be able to provide for my self – a good daughter eh.!!!! So I thought. We had both been brought up in a Christian home as our parents gave there lives to The Lord when I was a baby. I love what the bible says in Psalm 138:8 (amp) “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands” It’s interesting the scripture says that ‘the Lord’ will perfect that which concerns me not ‘we or I’ !!!!! As I look back, I know I spent a lot of my time in my twenties really trying to be the very best that I could be at church, work, home etc…. I don’t think it was till I was into my thirties that I let a lot of that go. We can never be perfect and God is not looking for us to be so. Jesus did it all at the cross – “It is finished” John 19:30 Hebrews 4:16 says – We can boldly approach the throne in time of need, the amplified version says this: “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Amen I love that unmerited favour !!!!, I can only truly please God the bible says by having faith in him (Hebrews 11:6) not by how perfect I can be !!!! :) I know God is still at work in my life every day ‘perfecting that which concerns me’ Jill xxxx Stylist, Singer, Writer

Have you ever been compared
to Mary Poppin’s ?????..!!!!!!!

To my dismay I have , Perhaps we don’t need to be “practically perfect” in every way ??? !!!!

What The Dictionary says about Perfectionism
“A personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less”
Wow no pressure there then !!!!!! Lol 🙂
It’s probably about 8years ago when independently of each other my Mum, Boss and Hairdresser made this comparison to ‘Mary Poppin’s’
I am sure most people will know who Mary Poppin’s is.
Let me remind you of the part of the story where Mary takes out her special tape measure to measure the children she is nanny for, then she measures herself and declares “Just as a thought Mary Poppin’s practically perfect in every way”
Now you must understand this came as a complete surprised to me as I am defiantly not perfect and have never thought this to be true, but I know perfectionism has played a part in my life.
It’s only recently I was reminded about this and began to give it some thought, My brother on april 2nd 2011 went home to be with The Lord, he had a number of struggles in life, at the age of 6 he was bullied at school over a number of months which resulted in him having a nervous breakdown, it was decided that he would not be able to cope with the normal school system and his education would be via a special school and then a national children’s home school which he left at the age of 16 with no real qualifications.

As my brother was 5 years older, I saw the life he faced and without realising it as I was growing up I unwittingly made a number of decisions in my heart that I would never be a burden to my parents and would always be able to provide for my self – a good daughter eh.!!!! So I thought.
We had both been brought up in a Christian home as our parents gave there lives to The Lord when I was a baby.
I love what the bible says in Psalm 138:8 (amp)
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands”
It’s interesting the scripture says that ‘the Lord’ will perfect that which concerns me not ‘we or I’ !!!!!
As I look back, I know I spent a lot of my time in my twenties really trying to be the very best that I could be at church, work, home etc…. I don’t think it was till I was into my thirties that I let a lot of that go. We can never be perfect and God is not looking for us to be so.
Jesus did it all at the cross – “It is finished” John 19:30
Hebrews 4:16 says – We can boldly approach the throne in time of need, the amplified version says this:
“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Amen

I love that unmerited favour !!!!, I can only truly please God the bible says by having faith in him (Hebrews 11:6) not by how perfect I can be !!!! 🙂

I know God is still at work in my life every day ‘perfecting that which concerns me’

Jill xxxx
Stylist, Singer, Writer

Heaven’s Kitchen ‘Terry Eckersley is a remarkable man who has achieved an extraordinary amount. Yet as he admits in this candid account of his life, all that he has done is because of a God who, through his astonishing grace, rescued him from life’s depths and changed him completely. The fact that God can transform a man like Terry today greatly encourages me in sharing the gospel: may Terry’s story similarly inspire you!’ Revd Canon J.John By Terry Eckersley

Heaven’s Kitchen

 

 

 

 
‘Terry Eckersley is a remarkable man who has achieved an extraordinary amount. Yet as he admits in this candid account of his life, all that he has done is because of a God who, through his astonishing grace, rescued him from life’s depths and changed him completely. The fact that God can transform a man like Terry today greatly encourages me in sharing the gospel: may Terry’s story similarly inspire you!’
Revd Canon J.John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
By

Terry Eckersley
 
Heaven’s Kitchen

‘He’s a tonic’
J.John

‘Inspirational’
Surrey Advertiser
 

 

 

Heaven’s Kitchen

In the Heat of the Moment

By Terry Eckersley
 

Copyright © 2012 <—>
First published 2012 by <—>

http://www.thinkmediamusic.com

The right of Terry Eckersley to be identified as the Author of this Work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher or a licence permitting restricted copying. In the UK such licences are issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS.

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

ISBN: <—>

 

Unless otherwise marked, Scripture quotations are taken from The Message by Eugene H. Peterson, copyright (c) 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked ‘nlt’ are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Heaven’s Kitchen examines how God is at his finest when we are in a crisis. When the going gets tough, God gets going and is always gracious.

Recipe for success

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. This is a quote we tend to hear a lot of the time. The challenge is, it’s hard to get out of the kitchen of life. Yes, we can take a vacation, a holiday, have a lie in, run, hide, but, sometimes, life is relentless. If you want an easy life put this book down because life is hard, and there are no exceptions. This little book will help encourage you and navigate through this wonderful journey called life, especially through times when you may feel you are in a hot kitchen or even a fiery furnace. God is always with us and He encourages us to be better, not bitter. In the kitchen of life lets turn our lemons into lemonade.

This guide will give you God’s recipe for success, his instructions on how to cook up a better and more exciting life than you could ever imagine!

 

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<H1>Aperitif: Introduction

This book is all about leadership. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:

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No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it –
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
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From this passage we can see that God is preparing us and His church for something more awesome than we can ever imagine. If, like me, you want a life of adventure, challenge and fulfilment then keep reading. But before we start cooking, here’s a bit about your chef . . .

Terry Eckersley

Born and raised in the Roman Catholic Church, I was half Catholic and half Jew. That’s like being a regular Roman Catholic, except I brought my lawyer along to confession!

When I was 13 my dad died. I was knocked for six. Devastated. At first I started getting into trouble at school – in fact I was outside the headmaster’s office so much everybody thought I was the deputy head! And I went a bit crazy . . . when most of my mates were playing with toy cars, I was playing with the real thing! I started joy-riding, shoplifting, committing petty crime . . . Pretty soon I was in local authority care.

But things didn’t get any better; they went from bad to really bad. I was in a cycle of drugs, crime, drugs, crime . . . in and out of care until I was 18, then youth custody and more than a life sentence in and out crime, gangs, drugs.

Transformed

Then something amazing happened. I gave my life to Christ. But at the time I had no idea of the enormity of what I was doing. And I didn’t change.

For eight more years I was off the rails. I nearly died three times from car crashes and drug overdoses – still crazy; still out of control.

It was a strange thing that saved me from it all. It was what Christians call ‘tongues’. It’s a word from the Bible, a gift from God that means you can supernaturally speak another language – sometimes a regular language, and sometimes a heavenly one.
There is a heavenly language in a heavenly kitchen.

Someone prayed for me in tongues and God gave me the gift of interpretation. Even though he was speaking these strange words, I could understand what he was saying! He was saying that Jesus had died to save me.

New life

Right there and then I became a new creation. That’s another phrase from the Bible that means I started afresh. I was born into a new life with Jesus in control. I let Jesus be the head chef in my kitchen! And he turned up the heat . . .

Aged 28 I was filled with God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the power of God that comes to live in us if we ask for it. That finally gave me the strength to change. Not my strength, God’s strength through his spirit.

Walking in step

I started walking in step with God. Now he calls me and I follow his path. There’s a great picture of this in the Bible, Psalm 37:23–24:

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Stalwart walks in step with God;
his path blazed by God, he’s happy.
If he stumbles, he’s not down for long;
God has a grip on his hand.
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This book tells you how to keep in step with God by following his recipes for success. And that’s what this book does too, so keep reading.