Fasting may be good for your mental health

This is a rather interesting article on the possibility that fasting may be good for the brain.  Maybe the ancient ways are better after all?  Read more at "Fasting can help protect against brain diseases, scientists say." … [Read more...]

Why believing God heals today does not make you a charismatic

Many readers might dismiss the recent concerns about the ASA as a charismatic issue. The issue is much broader than that, as the following testimony demonstrates. The author takes up the story after a failed attempt at prayer for healing, and in the process most definitely does not become a charismatic as the full article explains. If you are a Brit and want to protect our right to continue to say such things why not sign the new epetition. Here is what I have not told you: About three weeks … [Read more...]

Is writing "God can heal today" on this website now illegal in the UK?

This week, the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint against a Christian group who's leaflet claimed God can heal today. To be fair, their adjudications do not represent a legal judgement as such, and nobody is going to be sent to prison. But they apparently do have the power not only to stop people advertising in the printed press, but to command someone to take down a website advert.  I suppose potentially, even, they could criticize this post.  If they do, my defense would be t … [Read more...]

God really does want to bless you!

I know, some of my readers will have read a headline like that and panicked. Has Warnie slipped into "Health wealth and prosperity" or "Word of Faith" ?Nope, not at all.But I do feel that it is so easy for us to throw out the baby with the bathwater. I remember at one point a few years ago I even began to wonder if we would be better off to stop talking about faith. Perhaps, I argued, we should simply talk about "trust" in God.Trust is a much more passive thing, and it is a component of … [Read more...]

How to move the immovable God

Christians in the West are often quite good at trusting in God as our rock. We are taught doctrine, told that God is sovereign. We are taught that he stands behind every event that happens and is working for our good (Romans 8:28). Even when other people do things to us from a bad motive, we may respond like Joseph and say "you meant that for my harm, but God meant it for good."God, we learn, is unmovable. He is like a fortress we can hide in. He is unshakeable and faithful. "Ascribe … [Read more...]

Persuasive prayer

The best prayers I have ever heard in our prayer meetings have been those, which have been fullest of argument. Sometimes my soul has been fairly melted down where I have listened to the brethren who have come before God feeling the mercy to be really needed, and that they must have it, for they first pleaded with God to give it for this reason, and then for a second, and then for a third and then for a fourth and a fifth until they have awakened the fervency of the entire assembly. (Spurgeon’s “ … [Read more...]

Don't Believe your own publicity

Today I also wanted to repost an article I wrote two years ago that has a reflective tone to it.  May God use it in our lives to wake us up at the beginning of a new season:One of the things that concerns me most about having a blog is that it allows me to paint to the world a picture of myself. Most of the time, I will admit, I don’t really think about that. I just get on and write. But, for a variety of reasons, there is a tendency to write things that portray me in a favorable way. It would … [Read more...]

Guest post by Jon Cressey: Methuselah – a long life wasted?

Have you ever sat down and worked your way through the years of the first few generations of mankind (Genesis 5)? It’s a few minutes work, but it is worth it. There are a few surprises that grab your attention straight away.And one of them is a particularly sobering one – Methuselah.Biography Methuselah comes onto the scene in world history with what seems at first to be an outrageous claim by Moses that Methuselah lived to the ripe old age of 969 years, the oldest man in history by a lo … [Read more...]

Guest Post by Andrew Brims – Paul: Reformed, Charismatic, Missional and… Self Funding

Adrian's blog has done a great job of both tracking and encouraging the growth in the number of Christians, churches and ministries that are willing and eager to own the two labels of charismatic and reformed. The apostle Paul was someone we could describe as being both reformed and charismatic. He wrote Romans 9, and spoke in tongues more than you do (1 Cor 14:8). He was also, perhaps above everything else, a missionary. Following his example, ministries like New Frontiers are wanting to hold … [Read more...]

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...]


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