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22nd March 2017…Something I’ve been pondering

Posted by Pete Hardy

11am - Wed 22 Mar


Something I'm pondering and I hope that it can touch you and bless you.Pete

Posted by Peter Hardy on Wednesday, 22 March 2017

22nd March 2017…Sharing the journey

Posted by Pete Hardy

11am - Wed 22 Mar


I think that I dreamed that I might share something of my journey of healing. I wanted to say a huge thank you to so many people. To my wonderful wife Ruth. To my amazing family, my church family and to the incredible prayer warrior army of allies from around the world who walk with us each day. Our health care team is second to none and I give thanks many times a day for the treatment I receive.I am so very grateful for my Heavenly Father who caresses me every day, to my wonderful saviour, healer, deliverer and friend Jesus, and for the ever resent fire breathing Holy Spirit.Be blessed.There is great hope for you.Pete

Posted by Peter Hardy on Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Morning All…

Posted by Pete Hardy

2pm - Mon 16 Jan



Morning All, Monday 16th January, 2017

How I love the “tap tap” of God! He aims and puts two shots of his love into the target almost without drawing breath.

The story of my life since April of last year has been “tap tap”…”Tap tap.”

In April, twice I had people speak to me of the years I have spent encouraging and investing in the young and that I still had many years left to invest. This came just before and just after a diagnosis of cancer.

How those words have sustained us! And yet they were only the beginning.

Many times over, the same words would come in pairs.

At Christmas the word “trust” was brought by two people who had never met each other. They came within 10 or 15 minutes of each other. The second person I see only rarely and she burst into my office demanding the see me with this word. This must have taken so much courage and a real sense of the importance of the moment.

Over a month before the diagnosis, a friend brought me this from Psalm 94 v 18: “When I said, “My foot is slipping”, your unfailing love supported me.” On the morning I was taken into theatre for a fairly serious operation, the Bible App on my wife’s phone threw up the verse for that day: “When my foot was slipping…” Tap…Tap.

On Sunday 15th January I preached in the morning on trusting that God means what He says. In the afternoon I found myself in a home-group meeting near Uttoxeter, a home-group for Portuguese speaking Brazilians (we have one beautiful example in the church at Poplars.) Andrea so much wanted me to meet one of the Pastors and so I did. Leandro spoke for a short time from Luke 1 and made a point of emphasising Luke 1 v 37 (“For no word from God will ever fail.”) He then asked if anyone had any needs. I was put up in front of him and immediately he commanded my healing in the name of Jesus. We woke this morning to the Bible App’s word or the day. Luke 1 v 37, “For no word from God will ever fail.” Tap…Tap…Tap…Tap…

This week we see my specialist and my Research Nurse team at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield. Words cannot express the wonder of having these two remarkable people on board with us on this journey. Chemo will kick in next week or the week after and we set out on this part of our walk with these words ringing in our ears:

“For no word from God will ever fail.”

Wherever you are, and whatever you face, there is for you the “Tap…Tap” of God and the reassurance that he is not a man that he should lie and no word from God will ever fail.

Be blessed.

Morning all 8th August 2016

Posted by Pete Hardy

10am - Mon 8 Aug


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Morning all,

After a few days listening to Bill Johnson, Randy Clarke and Heidi Baker I’m bound to be a bit fired up I guess. I went with every intention!

I love this thought – that the Holy Spirit is in me for me and on me for others!

I get it. He lives in me. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)

I have kind of known it all along. Certainly it hit me with his presence in a field in Scotland oh so many years ago. I have been weighed with a sense of his presence right from the start in this present time of healing from cancer. The power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead is pouring life into my mortal body and I walk in peace beyond any mortal (well this mortal’s) understanding. He is in me! This is “Christ in me (in you) the hope of glory” It keeps me awake some nights (all good!) and allows me sleep when the ship is storm-tossed.

But he is “on me” too. It makes sense of the times that people say that they can “see” something. Yes he is in me, but to be seen he must be “in sight” – on me. This goes for all of us who “walk in the spirit.”  (“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25)

I am fully convinced that Satan comes to kill rob and destroy, and that he would have killed me before my time. I stand on these remarkable verses in Job – “You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth. You will come to the grave in full vigour, like sheaves gathered in season.” (Job 5: 25&26)

So with the time I have before I am “gathered” I set myself to know and practise His presence. He is in me, the hope of glory. (That is, he is in me the hope of being revealed). So now I look to have others see him “on me”. He is “in me” for me, but “on me” for others.

 “I have become its (the gospel’s) servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness – the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1: 25-27)

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Isaiah 60: 1-3)

How did Bill Johnson put it? “Stand up and shine the best you know how.”

Morning All 30th May 2016

Posted by Pete Hardy

1pm - Mon 30 May



Yesterday I made it to the church meeting! It was such a thrill to be there with this amazing bunch of people. Holy Spirit is showing us all sorts of things and at the moment is truly showing us into the presence of a healing heavenly father.
During the week there had been two significant healings and these were introduced by Norman Daniels who, I think, has a fresh move of the Spirit on him. Call it an annointing, call it what you will, it is most certainly there and in spades!
The leadership team continue to grow in grace and stature – Sarah Hemsall you are a treasure along with your compatriots.
There is a great wave of renewal at the Golden Ball. Religious spirit is flying in the face of the risen Jesus and the love of the Father
So good. So very, very good!

Morning All 3rd May 2016

Posted by Pete Hardy

8am - Tue 3 May





We so often sPicture6truggle with words don’t you think?

When it comes to the deeper stuff of life we try our best and still find that we are misunderstood and somehow come short of what we are reaching for.

I passed a young guy in the street the other day. “How are you?” he asked (a precursor to trying to sell me something.) “Stunning”, I replied, leaving him speechless.

When God made all of this that surrounds us and put us in there the crown it and have (good) dominion over it he didn’t step back and say, “That’s OK then.” No, it was, and is, in his eyes, simply “stunning.”

So here’s the rub. I feel that we are already in “Revival” in the church. This is then followed by some great debate about the matter whilst we miss the wonderful green shoots of revival springing up all around us.

I feel that we are in a “wave” of the spirit of God and another debate follows on.

I feel that we are going deeper into the “river of God” – more discussion.

Listen up. Ruth and I are in deeper than we have ever known – it’s great in here! We are being rolled away on something very akin to a wave – it’s just great out there! Revival? Well there’s no doubting that we are being “revived” and as far as it is possibly up to us, so is everyone we touch in the name of Jesus.

All this whilst we are walking through what is perhaps one of the biggest personal challenges of my/our life. We are in the middle of a stupendous (words again huh?) journey into healing on the sole platform of “God is love, therefore he loves us, period”, and “healing was always part of the complete package delivered by Jesus through the cross, period.”

Women – and some men I guess – used to wear corsets. Well the corsets are coming off.

More trouble with words!

Ah well, be blessed.