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S Norfolk Filling Station challenged to be ready 

David Osborne, leader of Norfolk Broads Filling Station, spoke of God’s calling at the recent meeting of Yare Valley Filling Station on May 19 and asked “Are you ready?”

Over 50 people attended the third meeting of the Yare Valley Filling Station at Alpington School’s New Hall, reports regular Network Norfolk contributer Kevin Gotts.  

David Osborne (pictured), lay preacher and leader of Norfolk Broads Filling Station
, replaced Richard Fothergill as speaker at the Yare Valley Filling Station on Thursday, May 19 after Richard, Director of the Filling Station movement, had to pull out due to family illness.

Guests enjoyed refreshments, contemporary worship and a powerful testimony of healing and transformation, with the meeting led by Kevin Gotts.

David Osborne talked about five men who over the years accepted God through Jesus, and their lives were amazingly turned around.  He began with Thomas Albert Tarrants (born December 20, 1946) now the president of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C. and a former Ku Klux Klan terrorist.

Then he spoke of Frank Morison, author of ‘Who Moved the Stone’. The strangeness of the Resurrection story had captured his attention. Influenced by sceptic thinkers at the turn of the century, he set out to prove that the story of Christ’s Resurrection was only a myth. His probing’s, however, led him to discover the validity of the biblical record in a moving, personal way.

Next he cited ‘The Case for Christ’ which records Lee Strobel's attempt to "determine if there's credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God."

David then spoke of John Wesley, credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism.  “Although sometimes maverick in his interpretation and use of church policy, he became widely respected and, by the end of his life, had been described as "the best loved man in England".

Finally David told of Saul of Tarsus, who on a mission to arrest Christians was thrown from his horse through an encounter with Jesus Christ. Later known as Paul he is known worldwide and is responsible for a significant amount of the New Testament.

Yare Valley Filling Station and Norfolk Broads Filling Station are part of a network of 81 Filling Stations around the world.  Using monthly mid-week evening ‘celebration’ meetings held in non-church venues Filling Stations offer high quality speakers and teachers, contemporary sung worship and powerful, accessible prayer ministry. Their meetings are designed to be overtly spiritual but presented in a manner that those outside the church would feel comfortable. 

Yare Valley Filling Station meets at Alpington and Bergh Apton Primary School, Wheel Road, Alpington, NR14 7NH on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.

Photograph by Kevin Gotts

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