God I look to you

This past Sunday we sang what was a new song for us at Jubilee Church. I think many of us who were there will have like me been finding it hard to get the song out of our heads all week as a result. The song is gloriously simple but represents a prayer we would all do well to pray daily. I share a video here of Jenn Johnson (who also wrote the song) singing it below, or you can download from iTunes.On Jenn Johnson's Twitter she mentioned that she had an rough week physically and emotionally. … [Read more...]

Where does a Christian's joy come from? How should it be expressed in our worship?

This is now the third post in a series based on an edited transcript of my recent sermon on the Life of Joy.Today we ask, where does this joy come from? and how should it be expressed?1 Thessalonians 1:5 speaks of ‘…joy of the Holy Spirit’. It is joy that is both in the Holy Spirit and it is joy that is from the Holy Spirit.Galatians 5 lists the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, JOY, peace, patience… Those things are indivisible and if you want a life of joy, study Galatians 5 and ask God to … [Read more...]

A thoughtful new rendition of the old classic hymn "And Can It Be"

There are few hymns with richer more meaningful words than "And Can It Be." Words that celebrate the gospel and dispel our wretched sense of entitlement that bedevils us Western Christians. So how wonderful it was to hear this new music to such an old hymn. I sometimes don't like new tunes for a hymn that I love. Sometimes people even tend to fight against the whole idea of putting old hymns to new music. This is of course ridiculous as I don't think there is a single popular old hymn that is … [Read more...]

Praise Must Be Expressed – by John Lanferman

This excerpt comes from the Confluence blog: Praise must be expressed. The expression of what you are enjoying is the consummation of it. There is a fulfillment and joy found in sharing your expression.ADMIRATION AND REFLECTIONPraise is admiration and reflection. Just wanting an experience is religious existentialism. Worship must be rooted in reality. God loves us and His Spirit pours out an experience that is a greater reality of what we know. Our worship is a consummation. It is being … [Read more...]

I sing because I am reformed

I found this quote on Ray Ortlund's blog.  It is a great meditation for a Sunday! “Nothing is more characteristic of Reformation theology and few parts of Reformation Church activity have been so neglected as the congregational singing.  It was far from being a pleasant element introduced rather inconsistently into a service otherwise ruled by a sombre view of life.  We have already seen that in 1537 one of the four foundations for the reform of the Church was congregational singing. . . . We hav … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo on the presence of God

As I mentioned yesterday, with the release of The Spirit-Filled Church, I thought I would now play catch up with some of Terry's values videos. Here are some extracts from the video which follows. If you are intrigued by all this, why not book into the 300 leaders conference where you can hear him preach on these subjects. "We are coming to meet God, and therefore we should anticipate we meet with God, anything less is merely being religious. I remember the pain in the early days when we first … [Read more...]

Interview with Dr. Jack Hayford – Part Two: Growing people not a church

In this second part of the interview, Dr. Hayford speaks about his concerns about modern worship, and we discuss his book Manifest Presence. We also talked about the difference between growing a church and growing people. We discuss discipleship and the Spirit-filled life. In it he explains his view of tongues, which is very similar to mine.By now you should hopefully be able to watch the sessions from the recent 300 Leaders conference where Dr. Hayford was the speaker and book into our … [Read more...]

Why is informality a value to treasure in church life? Interview with Terry Virgo

Today's video with Terry Virgo moves onto the fifth of seventeen values that have shaped his ministry for decades. These values are expressed as the kind of church he aims to plant: “A church where God’s presence is prized and where God is enthusiastically worshipped with genuine freedom for men and women to worship publicly in the Holy Spirit, to use spiritual gifts and to participate in ‘body ministry’ ” Here are some extracts from the video, followed by the video itself:"Church is people … [Read more...]

Faith and Feelings Part Six- It is Impossible to Elevate Emotions Too Highly!

The following post is comprised of Piper material I have posted before at PIPER FRIDAY – It is Impossible to Elevate Emotions Too Highly!. “Don’t I elevate the importance of emotions too highly?”While at Wheaton College, Piper read Situation Ethics by Joseph Fletcher, who argued that since love is commanded in the Bible, therefore love can’t be an emotion because you can’t command an emotion. But Piper felt there was something dead wrong with this premise since emotions are commanded everywhere … [Read more...]

Grace is not earned or deserved – a song by Kate Simmonds

One of the many highlights of the Brighton conference for me was that Kate Simmonds was once again with us leading worship, having traveled all the way from Sydney, Australia. She shared with us a song that displays the glorious gospel in a wonderfully fresh way. In these two videos she first speaks about the song, and then in the second one sings it. Congregations could do a lot worse than adopting this song. The music sheets and mp3s of this and two other new Kate Simmonds songs are available … [Read more...]


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