The God Who Answers – A Sermon On Prayer

The other week I preached on Elijah's prayers at Kings Church, Ilford. The audio is now available to download or you can read the sermon notes here. … [Read more...]

SERMON — The God Who Answers

Today I preached at The King’s Church, Ilford. Here are some notes which are similar to those I preached from. The audio is also available to download.Christians who have been used by God in remarkable ways have ALL been people who were particularly devoted to prayer. Ordinary Christians like you and me often feel guilty at the mere mention of the word. Many of us are dissatisfied with our prayer life.If we were really convinced that prayer changes the way God acts, and that God does bring about … [Read more...]

How They Prayed In The New Testament – John Piper

This is from John Piper. We should never have any shortage of things to pray for if we read the New Testament and pray what they prayed for:------------------They called on God to exalt his name in the world: Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name (Matthew 6:9).They called on God to extend his kingdom in the world: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10 ).They called on God that the gospel would run and triumph: Finally, br … [Read more...]

Do You KNOW Christ?

I will simply let "The Doctor" speak for himself today. This has to be one of the most challenging quotes from him I have ever read:". . . The secret of the early Christians, the early Protestants, Puritans and Methodists was that they were taught about the love of Christ, and they became filled with a knowledge of it. Once a man has the love of Christ in his heart you need not train him to witness; he will do it. He will know the power, the constraint, the motive; everything is already there. … [Read more...]

The Return of The Doctor

No, I am not back from my blogging semi-retirement! This blog is still on automatic pilot and is on a STRICT rev-limiter. Until such time as the complete draft of my book is in the hands of my publisher (which should be in 1 months time), I will not be posting more than Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Please pray for me as there is still much to accomplish although I do have a complete draft and am currently honing it in my spare time. Its time to share another quote from Doctor Martyn … [Read more...]

P-J Smyth – E-books and Sermons From a Newfrontiers Church in Johannesburg

My friend, P-J Smyth, is a popular Newfrontiers speaker, and the leader of GodFirst Church Johannesburg. He has recently overseen a rather nice-looking update to his church's website. A number of sermon mp3's and a range of e-books are all available. P-J is a punchy, impactful, and clear communicator. I recommend his material highly. As just one example, the following quote comes from a book on the Bible, available free on his site, entitled The Sword. "The Word will bring you faith. Romans … [Read more...]

Is This Five-Word Prayer One of the Best We Could Ever Pray?

My son, Joel, often wants to pray “Thank you, God, for everything!” I never know whether to congratulate him or tell him to pray a so-called "proper" prayer. Truth is, it IS a proper prayer! … [Read more...]

Now It Is Time To Pray for President Obama

Much of the world is rejoicing today. Even with the profound differences Christians have with Obama over abortion, surely we can still rejoice that in a nation where slavery and segregation are not too distant memories, a non-Caucasian will be in the White House.We can and we should be glad that this change may well lead to a reduction in the racial tensions experienced in that great nation. Who can really claim that there is still an absolute and unchanging glass ceiling when Obama just smashed … [Read more...]

Lou Fellingham's Mum Died Yesterday

Many readers of my blog will know of Lou Fellingham, and some will have been praying for the family situation she has been facing lately. Her mother, only 56, died yesterday.The family would like people who knew her to be made aware of the fact that there will be a celebration service for her on Saturday, October 18th, at Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwood Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2HL with a 4 o'clock start. All are welcome. There will be tea, coffee, and cake afterwards. Should you wish to … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Church Statistics

Spurgeon's book, The Soul Winner, is the kind of book you really need to read several times over the course of your life. I decided to dip into it once more over the summer, and read just the first chapter. It's a book I have recommended previously. I found the following quote which is interesting. He is speaking about how church growth statistics are indicative of something. I wonder how many Spurgeon lovers today would agree with his assessment of churches which are not growing by … [Read more...]