When Kindness is Rewarded with Accusation

Sometimes those we love turn on us. This is never more true than in any form of church leadership. It never ceases to amaze me how some members of Christ's flock are quick to accuse their pastors. I do not work for a church, but I have an immense amount of respect for those who do so. Why? Because I know some of the pain that is their lot, being involved as I am in our church's leadership team.These men give up a lot. They are not well paid, and for sure no one goes into local church … [Read more...]

God's Reviving Word – A Sermon On Psalm 119

A couple of weeks back I preached at Kings Church, Ilford. I took a number of verses from Psalm 119 with the goal of inspiring us again how God's word has life-giving power. You can listen to the sermon right here: God's Reviving Word … [Read more...]

Ten Things That Please God In Worship

Sam Storms writes on worship in More Precious Than Gold, 50 Daily Meditations on the Psalms (Crossway Books: Wheaton, IL 2009), 180-184.Sam reports how a man once approached him and told him, undoubtedly sincerely, that he was uncomfortable with the way Sam worshiped. Sam’s reply? “I’m certainly open to correction, and I’m sorry you were offended, but I’m not particularly concerned with what puts you at ease. When the day comes that you are the object of my praise and adoration, I’ll pay a bit … [Read more...]

MLJ- Don't Limit God!

Martyn Lloyd-Jones diagnoses the problem with the people of Israel. His diagnosis also reflects on us today. He is speaking from Psalm 78:41.The ultimate charge that he brings against them is that they were guilty of “limit[ing] the Holy One of Israel.” Now some translations translate this as, “they provoked the Holy One of Israel,” which comes to the same thing. They provoked Him in this way: In their unbelief and in their failure to receive His promises and to believe them and to act upon them, … [Read more...]

A Psalm About Revival

There is no doubt in my mind that the greatest need of the church today is for a true revival. Revival is, of course, primarily something God does. It brings great joy and delight. I fear that it has become so alien to us that we almost dare not pray for it. I would love to challenge us to realize that revival is merely the intensification of the Holy Spirit’s normal work in the church. As such, it is possible to experience even a local revival, or a revival in an individual. We should pray … [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...]

The Immediately Present Help

I know, I know — I'm supposed to be on a blogging break! But last night's news about David Wayne was weighing on me this morning, and then I saw in my inbox this from Spurgeon's Faith Checkbook devotion. It lifted me as only God's Word can. May God be immediately present to you this Christmas!God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).A help that is not present when we need it is of small value. The anchor which is left at home is of no use to the seaman in the h … [Read more...]

OFFER – Music That Will Draw You Closer To Jesus

SPECIAL OFFER FOR READERS OF ADRIANWARNOCK.COMOne of the things I love most about the group of churches of which I am a part is our worship music. We do use music coming from elsewhere, but God has given us some extraordinarily gifted songwriters, almost all of whom are from Church of Christ The King, Brighton, including Stuart Townend, who wrote In Christ Alone together with Keith Getty. But Stuart is far from the only great musical gift in that church.The family band called Phatfish … [Read more...]

SERMON – Back to the Word: Nehemiah 8

Last Sunday, I preached a sermon at Jubilee Church in our series on the book of Nehemiah. A video of it is now available to download. You can also download the mp3, listen to it right here, or read my notes below: “Let me tell you about a most wonderful experience I had early Monday morning, March 19, 2007, a little after six o’clock. God actually spoke to me. There is no doubt that it was God. I heard the words in my head just as clearly as when a memory of a conversation passes across your … [Read more...]

From The Village To The City

Many Christian speakers, especially those from a similar school as Mark Driscoll, put a lot of emphasis on the cities these days. I believe it’s right for us to have a heart for the cities because Jesus has a heart for cities. Cities are like a magnet to anyone who loves people. There is an endless stream of people who you see every day. In a city you can never meet everyone. In a city, you can be in a crowd of people and still feel totally alone.People wonder why cities are such unfriendly p … [Read more...]


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