Spurgeon on the role of prayer in the blessing his ministry received

If most people were asked what was the reason for Spurgeon's success, they would probably say 'his preaching.'  But it is very interesting to note how strongly he believed prayer was responsible for the remarkable blessing that came on his ministry:WHEN I came to New Park Street Chapel, it was but a mere handful of people to whom I first preached; yet I can never forget how earnestly they prayed. Sometimes, they seemed to plead as though they could really see the Angel of the covenant … [Read more...]

Down but not out: encouragement from the Apostle Paul

Do you ever feel down? Do you ever feel at a low point? I have had a few months myself recently where things have been quite tough. Thankfully the corner is now turning for me.  But even at my lowest point, I have never got as low as the Apostle Paul did. The following verses from 2 Corinthians are very encouraging. We learn three critical points:Even a great Christian like the Apostle Paul is NOT immune to suffering, and not immune to feeling low when in the middle of difficulty.  This sho … [Read more...]

What have we done to Jesus’ Church?

“And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.””(‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:17‬) How quickly my indignation rose when I looked at these words. How easy it is to apply them to someone else. We can all point the finger. Think of ministries who are fleecing the flock of God. Remind ourselves of unhelpful teaching that turns God into a slot machine. And in doing so as I mentioned a few days ag … [Read more...]

Jesus asks YOU today “what would you like me to do for you?”

   “And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.””‭(‭Mark‬ ‭10:51‬) If you are anything like me, then your prayer life leaves much to be desired. As I once wrote, I am learning but I still have a long way to go.  There are many challenges to us praying that come up. Sometimes it's our theology. We can tie ourselves in knots over Gods sovereignty and essentially come to the conclusion that b … [Read more...]

Regarding faith: Lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater

'All things are possible for one who believes' (Mark 9:23) It is an ongoing scandal and provocation to the Almighty that certain preachers are getting rich from distorted and deceptive preaching on 'faith.'  The idea that God can be turned into a slot machine, serving up ever increasing riches and health if we just do certain things, like send money to the preacher, is an abomination.However, we must not allow ourselves to reject or downplay genuine faith in our concern to reject the false … [Read more...]

To truly succeed with the crowd we must learn to also withdraw to the quiet place 

“And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.”‭‭(Mark‬ ‭6:46‬) Yesterday we spoke about Jesus' love for the crowds. But Jesus also often withdrew from the crowds. Some of us, myself definitely included, often forget the vital place of such withdrawal from the business of life, not always just to enjoy recreation, but to reconnect with the source of all power through prayer.  Lord, teach me to pray!  … [Read more...]

How to not be driven by what everyone else wants from you (Mark 1:33-38)

That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door . . . And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I c … [Read more...]

How reasonable are you? (Philippians 4:5 & Titus 3:1-3)

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.” ‭‭(Philippians‬ ‭4:5‬)Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. (Titus 3:1-3) Reasonableness. The same Greek word elsewhere translated gentleness. Surely also related to meekness. Not righteous indication. Not aggressive forcefulness. Not irritation. Not self a … [Read more...]

Praise, Pray, and Party into the New Year from London

You can join us in person at Lee Valley Athletics stadium from 10pm UK time (5pm ET).  Or, you can watch live right here!  We will be celebrating the change of the year together as one family, giving thanks to God for 2015, and looking forward to 2016! … [Read more...]

A prayer of gratitude to the God who raises the dead

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ ESV).When I feel weak, you are strong. When I sin, you remain righteous. When I am repentant, you forgive. When I am sick, you are the healer.When I am in dispair, you give me hope. When I am depressed, you are my source of joy. When I am angry, you are my peace.When the desires of my flesh threaten to overwhelm, you … [Read more...]