A year on, and a return to the other country

I have had the pleasure of traveling fairly widely thanks to my job. I travel so often, and at times for such short periods, that I don't always mention on the blog when I am away. But there is one country that I tend to look forward to visiting more than almost any other. I am of course talking about the USA, often referred to affectionately by us Brits as "the other country".I look forward to my trips to the USA because I feel so at home there. I have so many friends there, and so many … [Read more...]

The vital roles of Union AND Fellowship with Jesus

This quote from Terry Virgo is just too good not to share.  Many people fail to appreciate the two very distinct yet crucial sources of comfort to the Christian.  They miss the power that is available to us. They miss the transformation God intends us to experience: Unbelievers are under the impression that Christians are forced into morality, obey rules and go to church. If they really understood that we’d found the secret of being content they’d wonder where we got it. And they’d queue up outsi … [Read more...]

The Glory Revealed – Part Two of a Sermon on John 2

This is the second part of my notes from which I preached the above sermon.2. Glory revealed / Active Glory: When the glory is present and powerful. A moment comes. A crisis in their lives. They know Jesus. And yet does something amazing. Provides wine. Takes away their shame before it really happens. Powerful thing when glory is active. Doing signs and wonders Still does them today.How does it happen? How do we connect to glory? Lets see how it happened this time, and we will see a … [Read more...]

Check your motives

"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3Stop. Whatever you are doing right now, just stop. I know you are probably busy but you can spare five minutes can't you?  Ask God the following question "am I doing anything out of rivalry or concept? Please show me."What about that promotion you applied for at work?  Are you thinking of the good of the company? Do you honestly feel you can contribute at that level? Or are y … [Read more...]

Prayer meetings demonstrate if we are reformed and charismatic

In a great post about planting the Newfrontiers church in Tacoma, near Seattle, Bo Noonan makes the point that it is as we gather to pray that people can clearly see the flavour of Christian group we are:The first church was birthed out of a pretty amazing prayer meeting. In Acts 2 we see a gathered people who were desperate for God to move. I believe this is the pattern of church planting. Church plants are often conceived and birthed in prayer. Whether corporate or individually, your … [Read more...]

911 Nine years on

This is now the third time I have posted this article. In many ways, nothing much has changed as the years have gone by. I have therefore lightly edited the article but republish it today more or less as I originally published it.The world will never forget 911. Each year I say it, but it still feels in a way like yesterday, despite the fact it is an age ago. We now live in the post 911 world. I am not American, and until early 2003 I had never been to New York. On 9/11, I didn’t lose a loved … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones: "Prayer is very difficult, probably the most difficult thing in the Christian life"

I listened to the first of nine new recordings that have been made freely available of the Doctor's last visit to the USA.  He chose to begin by talking about prayer. It is striking how he describes prayer as a real challenge.  We must learn how to wrestle in prayer.  I am constantly being provoked by that challenge to fight in the private place.  Rather than be discouraged by failure, lets press into God and meet him in the place of prayer. … [Read more...]

Tope Koleoso on corporate prayer

Yesterday I spoke about how Terry Virgo and Tope Koleoso are both great at promoting books. Today I want to highlight another aspect that they both in my view stand out in, and it is one that is even more important. This is their commitment to prayer, and corporate prayer in particular. Prayer is vital to the Christian and in this short video shared by my friend Bryan Mowrey Tope explains why.At the beginning of the year we captured Tope praying in public at Jubilee, and unusually decided … [Read more...]

Giving thanks for our food – Guest post by Andrew Fountain

This post comes from my friend Andrew Fountain, pastor of New Life Church Toronto:Some of us were brought up in a legalistic environment where it was a fearful sin to eat food without first “saying grace”.✱ I remember hearing of one woman who wanted to know how much food she there needed to be for her to have to give thanks. She was told that no grace was required for a cookie, but a coffee and doughnut required it. Those of us who have come to enjoy God’s grace and understand that we are no-lo … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo: On Prayer

During my holiday this week, these videos will be published on autopilot. The interviewer is my friend Brian Mowrey, make sure you go subscribe to his blog, as well as Terry Virgo's right away! These videos were mentioned at the recent TOAM event and complement much of what was said there very well. This segment is on prayer, a subject which Terry is well known for after John Piper mentioned one of his sermons in a Tweet.Watch on Vimeo. … [Read more...]


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