Twenty-Five Responses to the presence of God (1 Samuel 1-7)

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The following are a series of attitudes, responses, results and emotions seen when people come into contact with the presence of God. As we read the list it is quickly apparent that all of these effects happen today in response to God. I have written more about some of these already, so some of the words below are hyperlinks for more information. How we choose to respond to the presence of God is critical, and what happens to us as a result depends on the way we approach him.In the Old … [Read more...]

Desperate women required (1 Samuel 1)

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I was reading 1 Samuel 1 and it struck me first of all how what is perhaps one of the greatest books in the Bible begins with a woman with difficult family issues and a desperate desire for a child.God does often use women in very significant ways at key points of redemption history: not least at the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible is very far from being anti-woman.I do wonder wherever you or I might choose to stand on the complementarian / egalitarian spectrum if we … [Read more...]

Why we should sing loud songs in Church:

Why we sing loudly because our God sings loudly over us!  This is a glorious, liberating verse for worship leaders and church members this weekend.  God invites us to join in his song!  He is rejoicing loudly over you and me this weekend. Why then should we not return the complement and exult over him?  Yes, there is also a space for the "quiet" as he promises to calm us with his love.  But if the great LORD GOD almighty is with us, and we believe he is, then why should we not be excited, expect … [Read more...]

A surprising answer to the “Why Me?” question

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I am continuing my Mental Health Series by focusing in on things which the Bible has to say to all of us that are perhaps of particular relevance to those with mental health.  I urge us to let the church be the church and offer everyone the help the Bible offers, whilst simultaneously encouraging seeking medical help.Today I want to address a question most of us have asked from time to time when facing suffering, the "Why me?" question.  Certainly many who have experienced the devastation a m … [Read more...]

Three Phases of Faith 2 Kings 4

This past Sunday I preached on Faith from 2 Kings 4 at Jubilee Church London's Wood Green site. Here is the audio, the notes follow.In some circles today we can over-react to certain extreme teachings and feel nervous about even talking about faith, but as Hebrews 11 tells us, without faith it is impossible to please God! We must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. So, if you are eager to please God, finding out about and pursuing faith is a vital thing to … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo interviews Chris Taylor, a church planter in The Hague

Church planting remains one of the most important activities that we can do.  Watch this interview between veteran church planter Terry Virgo and a young planter, Chris Taylor, working into The Hague, in Holland.  The needs of mainland Europe are great, but our God is greater!. … [Read more...]

“Unbelievable?” The UKs leading Apologetics conference

My friend Justin Brierley is serving the global church well with debate podcasts. I have had the priviledge of being on his show several times, debating Rob Bell, Rachel Held Evans, and and a pastor who didn't believe in the resurrection.  So, this apologetics conference he is hosting promises to be very interesting as well.  If I was free next Saturday I would definitely go along.  So I encourage you to go as this is an important topic for the church in the 21st Century.Speaking of Sa … [Read more...]

Join us at our International Day

If you are near London this weekend, you are warmly invited to Jubilee Church's International Day which will be a celebration of our diversity.This will take place at 11am in Lee Valley Athletics Statium (Postcode N9 0AS) For more information see the church website's page on our International Day. … [Read more...]

How God can use 120 people to change the World

Somehow the personal tragedy Rick and Kay Warren face, compounded with the atrocity committed in Boston has brought into renewed focus for me how broken our world is. A viral illness has silenced me for a day or two but I am back now with a vengeance! Truth be told there is a great need for us to consider headlong how we can tackle brokeness of all forms as churches. Today, there is something that I want to say before I get back into my series on Mental Health which so far has included my most … [Read more...]

Unbelievable? The Conference 2013

I recommend those of you who live over here in the UK to consider attending Unbelievable? The Conference 2013. It looks like being a really good event, there is a trailer you can watch here: … [Read more...]


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