A Glimpse of Eternity – Ian McCormack “The Jellyfish Man”

Last Sunday, Jubilee Church London had the real blessing of Ian McCormack visiting us to share his testimony. It truly is a remarkable story of being declared dead, an encounter with Jesus, a dramatic resurrection, and a transformed life. A while ago I had lunch with this man, and a kinder, gentler man I have never met. Many responded to the gospel at the end of this testimony at Jubilee. Only eternity will tell the full effects of this man's life story which he has told so many times now. Watch … [Read more...]

Why burning the candle at both ends is sin

Has it ever struck you that trying to avoid sleep so we can accomplish more is as sinful as it is foolish. For sure we can do it for a short time, and there may be times when it is right to do just that. But for many burned out executives, sleep is something to be rationed so they can be more productive.  Actually, as John Piper tells us, God has designed our bodies so we simply cannot play that game without big cost. He has done this for a reason: Psalm 127:2 says, “It is in vain that you … [Read more...]

Doing It My Way Is Not The Right Way – Martyn Lloyd-Jones

I want to share today from The Doctor on the problem of self. Our society tells us to feed our independence, our self-sufficiency and as a result our pride. The Doctor wisely points to a very different way:How well the devil knows our human weakness! There is no method, therefore, that he more frequently uses . . . than just to play on this problem of self as it is present in every one of us. The ways in which he does so are almost endless. He works on self in order to encourage pride. He … [Read more...]

What Would The Doctor Have Thought Of Sex Education?

The Doctor makes a strong point below, but I wonder if he might think differently in this society where our kids will learn about sex at school, and unless we are eternally vigilant, on TV. I do want my children to learn about these things form me and Andree, but at the same time I want to talk about it in a way that they are neither encouraged to sin, nor given the idea that sex is dirty and sinful. For more about sex and marriage, see Tope's recent sermon series which is ongoing. The Doctor's … [Read more...]

Don't Believe Your Own Publicity

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 not be wise, of course, to tell you about every sin and temptation I struggle with. And to be fair, it is not as though I am actually deliberately trying to make you think I … [Read more...]

Redeemed For More – Guest Post From Tim Virgo

As I continue my blogging break, here is a post from my friend Tim Virgo:At my church- CCK in Brighton, UK one of the things we are currently working towards is starting a ministry that explains and proclaims the redemption of the Gospel of Jesus. We want to help people to take hold of the freedom that’s been given to them. I am so excited to be involved in this. I have begun some study and have already been hit hard by things that I have come across.I have been a Christian for 20 years now … [Read more...]

Should We "Let It All Out"?

Today many value "honesty" and "openness," and it is argued that we should ventilate our feelings or else risk damaging ourselves by bottling them up. We are also told that cynicism is wise, and we should not be gullible, but instead critical. The truth is, little thought is given to how giving full vent to the evil that is bottled up in our hearts might damage others. The Bible instead repeatedly tells us to control ourselves. The following series of proverbs challenged me, and I want to … [Read more...]

Video – Tope Koleoso On Alcohol And Other Dilemmas

Following on just a couple of weeks from his sermon on sex, Tope preached on another controversial matter. This is a subject where many Christians take very different views from each other.   I think that whether you agree with Tope or not you will, find the sermon of great  interest. If nothing else it is very funny as he describes the difference between African and English Christians on this issue. He also talks about other issues of conscience basing his talk from 1 Corinthians 8.  Should … [Read more...]

Righteousness Takes Time – John Piper

Its time I reinstated Piper Friday here, It had never been canceled, merely put on hold! Writing a book has taught me that many tasks take a lot longer than our instant coffee generation wants us to believe. My deadline rapidly approaches now, but I hope that in many ways my book is the product not just of the 2 years or so that I have been studying specifically the resurrection, but also my entire Christian life to this point.Often, however, I do still feel like I am merely a beginner in … [Read more...]

More From John PIper on Fighting Lust

A week ago we shared an unsettling quote from Dr. Piper about the vital need for us to fight lust or face an eternity without God. Since that fight is so critical to our well-being, I thought I would share another quote in which he goes on to explain how this fight can be won. Suppose I am tempted to lust. Some sexual image comes into my mind and beckons me to pursue it. The way this temptation gets its power is by persuading me to believe that I will be happier if I follow it. The power of all … [Read more...]


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