Lessons From A Brief History of Wisdom

I have been doing some thinking about wisdom before I began this blog break. I want to share some notes with you over the next few days that I made that basically do a whistlestop tour of what the Bible has to say on this subject.1. Wisdom in the Bible Seems to Get off to A Bad Start Gen 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to … [Read more...]

How To Get God’s Attention – A Sermon on Isaiah 66:1-10

Today I went to the Newfrontiers church in Basildon where I preached on Isaiah 66. You can download the audio or read my notes here:1.The God we come to. These opening verses seem to encourage us to fix our gaze on the God who made a universe that is at least 100 billion light years across and says it is just a throne for him. His hands flung stars into space as easily as a child flicks paint. The ESV study bible says “He cannot be walled in”. So he says, you cannot build for me a house. We m … [Read more...]

God's Compassionate Heart – A Sermon On Jonah

Tope Koleoso preached an outstanding sermon last Sunday on the subject of God's compassion. The challenge he gave us to share this compassion of God made the book of Jonah come to life in a fresh way. You can download the audio or video or watch it right here: … [Read more...]

Liam Goligher Video Interview

Interview With Liam Goligher from Adrian Warnock on Vimeo.One of my favorite memories from this year's New Word Alive is meeting Liam Goligher. If you only want to watch one video from the event, watch this one. I am thrilled that this is the post I am sharing with you on my sixth blog anniversary (it was the 16th April 2003 when this journey began!)Liam and I have spoken on the phone before, and from the first call I immediately knew that he was a real defender of the gospel. I heard … [Read more...]

Liam Goligher on Jonah 3

There are two miracles. One is God using Jonah. The second is God working in the city. Jonah has already seen God at work in saving himself, and the sailors have also been saved. Tomorrow we will see him at work in Jonah himself.There is a “giant test motive” everything in this book is on a grand scale. Huge task. The fear was great. The storm was overwelming and the city was humungous. The repentance was total. Its beyond our comprehension. It communicates that our sin is big, God’s mercy is bi … [Read more...]

Jonah 2 By Liam Goligher

At the beginning of his talk Liam confessed to his love of 24, which I share. At risk of making him as pleased as punch, I can report that people twittering from the event reckon he actually looks a bit like Jack Bauer! As soon as Jonah hit the water, the storm ended, and the sailors were safe. His God must be powerful, so they worshipped him. We see God’s salvation in operation in action in Jonah’s life.Salvation of JonahIntroduction of the big fish, and mentioned in the conclusion. In between t … [Read more...]

Liam Goligher on Jonah 1

We decided to go to the second Bible reading this morning so we could catch at least some of the Formula One. As it started at 11-30am we were probably the only people in the world glad that the race got suspended when it did! (Though we only got to hear that the race was definitely stopped an Button had won by text which arrived on my phone while the notices were begin given!)There was an eager sense of anticipation in the room to listen to God’s word through Liam, who is a good friend of the E … [Read more...]

When God Demands the Impossible

"Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.” Ezekial 19:30-32In the above verse we see a classic example of God commanding us to do something we simply cannot. When I read this recently everything inside me yelled out "but I C … [Read more...]

Together At Butlins Session 4 – Terry Virgo

We are now drawing to a close of our weekend together, although there will still be swimming, and other activities this afternoon. I was pleased yesterday to get a fastest lap time on the gokarts of 21.150. If any of my readers were here and got a faster time, do feel free to let me know!Terry came to speak to us again on Jonah 2 and 3. Perhaps the key verse in this passage is God's word coming again to Jonah. God is glorious and holy but gives people a second chance repeatedly in the Bible. … [Read more...]

Together at Butlins 3 – Terry Virgo

Terry began by giving a report about his trip to Australia and New Zealand which really helped to put his talk into the context of a movement that spans the globe and is on a mission together. It was so exciting to realize how small we are here in this conference even though we are here with 3600 people on a site that is fully booked. This conference is a local one just for a part of the UK. Across the UK and across the world other similar conferences are happening and groups of churches are … [Read more...]


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