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...]

A word for every preacher this weekend

More from E. M. Bounds. I found this personally challenging as I prepare to preach tomorrow at Jubilee Enfield. Please pray for me that I will preach in the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are preaching tomorrow too, then join me in "urgent prayer for Gods presence." We may excuse the spiritual poverty of our preaching in many ways, but the true secret will be found in the lack of urgent prayer for God’s presence in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are preachers innumerable who can deliver m … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the vital place of prayer

I came across the following two quotes about Spurgeon's view of prayer on a website I was reading. They both struck me so strongly that I wanted to check the sources. Thanks to Logos Bible Software I was able to find the source of the first.But the second quote eludes me, as although it is often cited online and even in books, I've not been able to corroborate the veracity of the story. Anybody know where it comes from? A certain preacher, whose sermons converted men by scores, received a r … [Read more...]

Lest We Forget. Remembrance Sunday and Those Tower Hill Poppies

Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday. We find it hard to imagine the devastation caused by two World Wars separated by just two decades. But we must remember. We must appreciate the horrors of war and be thankful for the relative peace in our time.And we must think of those who do not know peace. Small tokens like buying a poppy, or placing the symbol ن on our social media profiles may seem insignificant, but such acts make us think.  They should make us feel some solidarity with those who suffer n … [Read more...]

“The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching.”

I have been very slowly working my way through E. M. Bounds' Complete Works On Prayer. It is packed full of passages which, like the quote I will share below, challenge me profoundly. But Bounds has a way of convicting me without leaving me feeling condemned.We have a choice when we read passages like the one that follows. We can either dismiss them, saying the authors lived in a different time, and that the pace of modern life prevents us from really praying as they did. Or we can make a … [Read more...]

“The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men”

E.M. Bounds was not overly enamored with church growth methods or management techniques. He believed real power comes from a different source: the Holy Spirit anointing a man. Those who want to reject the celebrity preacher culture do need to beware that they don't also reject the way God works by raising up men to do his work: We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for … [Read more...]

Some biblical resolutions for 2014 from Psalm 115

I was directed in a personal email to read Psalm 115:1, and found myself keeping on reading. May this passage be a motto for us all as we enter 2014.  I see in this passage some resolutions we do well to make at the turn of this year.a. A resolution to put God first and seek his gloryIn an age of being encouraged to "build your platform" how about we determine that we will build God's platform this next year. If you tweet, run a blog, or post to Facebook, determine that you will increase … [Read more...]

Healing Today

MacArthur's argument against the gift of healing seen in his book Strange Fire is an interesting one to me. He seems to distinguish between the idea that God can and still does heal today in response to our prayers, and the concept of the gift of healing. (See James  5:14-15).He does this in several ways. Firstly, he believes that the "Gift" of healing was given exclusively to accredit the Apostles, something which as I said in a previous post, I just don't see as the case allowing for the … [Read more...]

To live is Christ, to die is gain

I am very grateful to God that, despite Mat Chandler's brain cancer diagnosis, God has spared him for the sake of his family, and for more service.I will never forget him preaching at Jubilee Church still with a closely cropped head of hair because of chemotherapy.He explained to us then that he will never be free of what is effectively a sword hanging over his head. He lives each day as a man who may die tomorrow. Yet with a steely gaze, staring down the congregation as though we were … [Read more...]