Popular posts: PJ Smyth on suffering, sickness and healing

During Adrian's month away from the blog, he has hand-picked a selection of the most popular posts of the year so far to re-run. Today we feature,  "PJ Smyth on suffering, sickness and healing." PJ Smyth's practical theology of healing and suffering came out of his personal experience of cancer. This was not just another TOAM talk.  Picked up within minutes of posting by Matt Chandler, who has had his own battle with brain cancer, this post is very helpful and has been read by many poeple.  One d … [Read more...]

TOAM PJ Smyth on Suffering, sickness and healing

This evening during the worship we were encouraged to make the following prophetic declarations that are all part of our history together. Half of the room called out each promise to the other half who replied “We will!”Remember we can do more together than we can apart Remember we are called to change the expression of Christianity throughout the world Remember we are called to plant thousands churches and churches of thousands Remember there are no well worn paths ahead of us so keep pio … [Read more...]

Don't Get Your Timing Wrong!

A major factor in wisdom is timing. What can be a godly act one day in one situation may be grievous folly another. Some situations call for tact and biding your tongue. Other call for boldness and a determination to challenge sin openly. Even kind words can be uttered at the wrong time. No wonder God's word urges us to pray for wisdom! We need to think before we act, where appropriate seek the counsel of others, and generally realise how easy it is for us to put our foot in it! All this is … [Read more...]

Final Post On Wisdom

This concludes my miniseries on wisdom. There is much benefit to meditating carefully on these Bible verses.13. It is sometimes wise to say nothing!Prov 17:28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.Prov 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.14. Even The Wisest Man Can Act Like a FoolSolomon turned after many foreign women and did not serve his God faithfully, and in his despair and repentance … [Read more...]

More On Wisdom

I continue today sharing some notes on wisdom. 7. God's Word Imparts WisdomPrayer for wisdom and the anointing some have does not remove the need for us to seek God's wisdom in the Bible:Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;2 Tim 3:15 “…the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”8. Wisdom DOES consist of pithy sound-bitesProverbs HAS to become one of your favor … [Read more...]

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...]

Should We "Let It All Out"?

Today many value "honesty" and "openness," and it is argued that we should ventilate our feelings or else risk damaging ourselves by bottling them up. We are also told that cynicism is wise, and we should not be gullible, but instead critical. The truth is, little thought is given to how giving full vent to the evil that is bottled up in our hearts might damage others. The Bible instead repeatedly tells us to control ourselves. The following series of proverbs challenged me, and I want to … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Despair Inherent in Open Theism

I once reviewed an excellent book which demolishes the neoliberal arguments of "0pen theism"|. Although it is not mentioned too often, I understand that these dangerous and heretical ideas are far from dead. I thought I would share the following conclusion from a theological journal article I found on my Logos Bible Software.The Lord gives life and he takes life. He is God, and this is his prerogative. But, his ways are always righteous. So, his taking of these lives must be seen as fulfilling … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – Keith Hazell – Prophets and Prophets Together: A Fuller Picture

This morning I attended the second session of the training track, Prophetic Encounter. This session was entitled “Prophets and Prophets Together Giving a Fuller Picture.” The New Testament refers to prophetic bands. Prophets working together often results in releasing the prophetic gift in greater measure, to the enhancement and greater health of the local church. The session was led by Keith Hazell, a visiting speaker from outside Newfrontiers.Keith and his wife, Nova, live in Lethbridge, Alb … [Read more...]

SERMON – Work, Rest, and Play: The 4th Commandment

Yesterday morning I preached a sermon at Jubilee. The following notes are almost identical to the notes I used while preaching. You can download the audio or listen to it right here.“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your g … [Read more...]


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