The place of fasting in repentance (1 Samuel 7)

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Today the church I am a part of Jubilee begins a church-wide call to prayer and fasting that will last three days. In one of those God-incidences I opened my Bible this morning to read 1 Samuel 7. God's people had turned away from pure worship of him. They had just deliberately marginalised the tangible presence of God among them. But despite this, God hadn't finished with them. God is an incredibly gentle, gracious and merciful God. He deals with us where we are and draws us forward. God … [Read more...]

Twenty-Five Responses to the presence of God (1 Samuel 1-7)

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The following are a series of attitudes, responses, results and emotions seen when people come into contact with the presence of God. As we read the list it is quickly apparent that all of these effects happen today in response to God. I have written more about some of these already, so some of the words below are hyperlinks for more information. How we choose to respond to the presence of God is critical, and what happens to us as a result depends on the way we approach him.In the Old … [Read more...]

Supernatural displays don’t automatically produce faith (1 Samuel 5)

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For both charismatics who believe that all the gifts of the Spirit are available today, and cessationists, there is often a nagging question in the back of our minds: why doesn't God do more of the stuff today?The theory goes something like this: if God would just be a bit more dramatic then surely people would immediately repent. The truth is even spectacular miracles don't automatically produce faith.In our circles we do hear sometimes quite dramatic accounts of when God heals today. But … [Read more...]

Right diagnosis, wrong prescription (1 Samuel 4)

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The children of Israel were slow to learn. For generations the cycle had repeated. The book of Judges repeatedly explains that when his people were unfaithful to him he allowed their enemies to triumph over them. When they repented victory returned.So when they were defeated in Elis time they should have realised what they needed to do. Instead they realised the problem that God was fighting against them through his own enemies. But their solution was to rely on a formulaic approach. They … [Read more...]

7 tips on how to hear the Word of the LORD (1 Samuel 3)

Imagine the cessationists of the boy Samuel's time. They would have pointed to the relative absence of the supernatural, and said "Clearly God has stopped talking." How wrong they would have been. We see though, that even in Bible times there were seasons when "the word of the LORD was rare." How much less should we be surprised that over the centuries there are periods when it seems God is intervening in our world less, and others when he is intervening more. I know that some of my readers are … [Read more...]

Seven results of exulting in The Lord (1 Sam 2)

Reading 1 Sam 2 it struck me that if we will exult in The Lord there are a number of great results:He will give you strength We can be confident over our enemies We will be full of joy in God He will be a rock to us Proud and arrogant speech will be far from our lips God will raise us up out of the dust God will guard us … [Read more...]

Desperate women required (1 Samuel 1)

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I was reading 1 Samuel 1 and it struck me first of all how what is perhaps one of the greatest books in the Bible begins with a woman with difficult family issues and a desperate desire for a child.God does often use women in very significant ways at key points of redemption history: not least at the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Bible is very far from being anti-woman.I do wonder wherever you or I might choose to stand on the complementarian / egalitarian spectrum if we … [Read more...]

UK Ligoner conference with Steve Lawson

Later this week in the UK, Ligonier Ministries, the teaching fellowship of Dr. R.C. Sproul, will be holding two free one-day conferences entitled "Preaching with Power and Precision" with Dr. Steven Lawson, pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church and a Ligonier Teaching Fellow.Dr. Lawson will be teaching on the importance and power of expository preaching, and how to better equip leaders and laity to place first importance on biblical preaching. Here is what Dr. Lawson has to say about this … [Read more...]

Q and A with Dr Kenneth Ulmer and Tope Koleoso on Prayer and the Pastor

I hosted a Q and A time with my own pastor Tope Koleoso and Dr Kenneth Ulmer during the 300 Leaders conference. … [Read more...]

Dr Kenneth Ulmer’s second session on prayer and the pastor

Here is the second session from Dr Ulmer at the 300 Leaders conference. … [Read more...]


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