"You Don't Need Me Here" – John Piper

John Piper preached from Romans 8 for The Village Church recently while Matt Chandler was recovering from surgery.  I loved the way he began his sermon by stating that, having listened to recent talks by other pastors in the church, he was confident that the church did not really need Piper to help them deal with the challenges they currently face.  One of the best marks of a truly great leader is their ability to raise other leaders. Chandler has clearly passed that test.  No wonder Piper said … [Read more...]

The Prayer Of Jesus: How To Talk To God

Bob Kellemen has examined the Lord's Prayer, which he calls "The Prayer of Jesus," and has used it to devise a system to give us guidance on how to talk to God. Praying through the Lord's prayer is definitely a good way of giving your prayer structure. … [Read more...]

Pray Your Way Into The Busyness Of Twenty-ten

Tope Koleoso preached this last Sunday on entering the New Year purposefully and with prayer. We are beginning the year with a week of prayer and fasting at church, so I have asked a guest blogger to join us here later in the week after I have shared a sermon I have set on auto-publish for tomorrow.Tope is passionate about inspiring Jubilee to be a church that is continually more devoted to prayer. At the beginning of this recording he prays a blessing on us as a church. Why not pray along … [Read more...]

Jollyblogger: Health Update One Year On

Its now twelve months since the Christian blogosphere was rocked to hear that one of its most loved members has bowel cancer.  Not an easy message to receive just before Christmas, or at any time.  It was even more lovely than usual then to spend some time with one of my favorite blogging partners the other day on iChat. Here is his latest news:The visit with the doctor on went about as expected. The tumors in the liver are indeed showing some signs of growth and therefore the doc recommends … [Read more...]

Life Is So Short But So Precious

I want you to take a good long look at your husband or wife today. Right now. Go look at them. Do the same for any children you have. And think of your closest friends too. Then thank God for them. You don't know how long you will have them. They could be gone in an instant.I could have lost my beautiful daughter Charis today. If the chicken bone that stuck in her throat had done so just a bit more aggressively . . . or, if when it finally dislodged, it had gone fully into her windpipe instead … [Read more...]

A Call To Pray For Matt Chandler

Tope recorded this video, posted on the Jubilee Church Facebook page to call our church to pray for Matt Chandler. I thought it might help some of my readers consider how to pray for his surgery tomorrow. … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler To Have Brain Surgery For A Tumor

I interrupt my blogging break and my working day this lunchtime to bring you this update on Matt Chandler. I received an email from Matt's assistant today asking me to post this request to the Christian community to pray. Updates on Matt's health condition will be posted on the Village Church Facebook Page. Here is a quote from a letter from the Village church pastors:Pastor Matt Chandler will have surgery Friday afternoon to remove a tumor located in the frontal lobe of his brain. The … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler’s Walk With God

This little video is a great window into the heart of this man of God. I find quotes like this personally challenging. May God help all of us to truly pursue him in prayer. One interesting question this raises is this: does getting up early help your spiritual health? … [Read more...]

Shh Don't Tell 'Em Who Said This:

"A PROMISE from God may very instructively be compared to a cheque payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably, and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promise as a reality, as a man treats a cheque."So begins a little book I have been reading. I wonder what you think of such words. If you know who it was who wrote them, please don't let anyone know–I will reveal all soon. … [Read more...]

Prayer Praise and Persistance – A Sermon

Well, actually due to time constraints this mainly focused on prayer. Prayer is VITAL, and I am realising that my own prayer life is only scraping the surface.Last Sunday Tope Koleoso, the pastor of Jubilee Church London, preached this, his first sermon back after a four week break over the summer. He didn't totally rest over the summer, having gone to Zimbabwe on a preaching trip. He was provoked by that trip, and really let rip in his preaching to us as a result. If you have ever watched … [Read more...]