Amazing Grace on a Wedding Day

Almost twelve years ago we finished our wedding service with the hymn, "Amazing Grace." It is probably the best hymn ever written in my humble opinion — not least because it calls us "wretches"!We sang the hymn accompanied only by the same bagpipes that had welcomed Andrée in to the tune, "My Bonnie is a NutBrown Maiden." I never found out whether it was deliberate or not, but the piper stopped playing at the end of the penultimate verse. As we sang "When we've been there ... " with no in … [Read more...]

SERMON – The Reviving Power of God's Word

The following is a full set of notes, including background information and quotes I used whilst preparing my sermon entitled, "The Reviving Power of God's Word," which was preached at Jubilee Church on the 11th of March 2006. This sermon was the third part of a series on Revival. The earlier messages, "Revival" and "Reviving Prayer" are also available.Much of this material was never designed to form part of the sermon — instead it is, if you like, part of the "iceberg" that lies beneath the s … [Read more...]

SERMON – Reviving Prayer – 1 Kings 17:1 to 2 Kings 2:14

The following is a full set of notes, including background information and quotes I used whilst preparing my sermon entitled, "Reviving Prayer," which was preached at Jubilee Church on the 25th of February 2006. Much of this material was never designed to form part of the sermon — instead it is, if you like, part of the "iceberg" that lies beneath the surface supporting what I actually said. You can download the audio (you may need to right click and save the file onto your PC) or listen right h … [Read more...]

Christmas Greetings and a Review of 2006

Here's wishing all of you a great Christmas and a successful New Year where God blesses you richly in every way. Be prepared to be surprised, though, as God’s blessings don’t always look like we expect them to!This time of year my thoughts always turn both forwards and backwards. So I'd like—in what will be my final post before the end of this year—to wish you all a great break, and to review the year. I did this last year and again in 2004.Part of the purpose of this post is to give you a bumper … [Read more...]

BLOGSPOTTING – New Warnies, the Charismatics, and the Warnock Wars

I thought it was time that I did another blogspotting post — this is my way of thanking you for linking here, and gives you a chance to see what others are saying about my posts:"You feel Him" — Charles SpurgeonScotty B mentions my Charismatic Debate post, and has a great quote from Spurgeon which makes the VITAL place of experience in the Christian’s walk very clear.God’s View of SinBill missed the fact that it was Andrée writing, but says such nice things about my wife’s post, I will forgive hi … [Read more...]

BIBLE BLOGGING – When God Kills People

SIN, PUNISHMENT, and MERCY Andrée here! I have been reading the Old Testament lately, and it started a train of thought which I'd like to share. What caught my attention was not only the number of times God struck people dead, but the reasons given for these occurrences. There are so many occurrences, but I am specifically going to refer to a small portion in the book of Numbers, which I am currently reading.The Lord struck down many with a plague – because they had been grumbling and 'craving' f … [Read more...]

FAMILY – Humility and Slavery

Hi, Andrée here again! Being in a household of six, with lots of work to do, I recently found myself in the throes of self-pity. All I ever seem to be doing, I thought, is cleaning up, cooking, tidying, rushing about, laundry, etc etc. In short, I was feeling a bit like a slave. So imagine how I felt when I read the following . . .'"You want to be great?" Jesus is saying. "Well, here's what has to happen. What's required is that you become a servant to others; it means nothing less than becoming … [Read more...]

CD – Valley of Vision and Preaching to Yourself

Hi! This is the other half of Adrian (otherwise known as his wife, Andree).Adrian has spent years trying to encourage me to make contributions to his blog, and I have spent years feeling too busy to be able to do any blogging! But a recent turn of events has meant that I finally have time to put down my thoughts and musings!!Adrian, together with our pastor, Tope, recently had the privilege of visiting Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg. They said that they had a great time and were so touched … [Read more...]

Countdown to My Holiday . . .

The last three days have been the first since the onset of my shingles that I have attempted to sit up at a computer desk for a full day's work. (I have worked other days, but mostly from my bed - half-lying down puts less strain on the affected nerve!). Unfortunately the nerve pain has reminded me that it is still very much there and ready to punish me for foolishly thinking I should not spend my life lying in bed!I am fortunate, though, that over the course of the last few weeks the pain has … [Read more...]

The year in review

Its that time of the year when we look back, get all misty eyed and think about the year that was. This will probably be a long post, in it I will first reflect on the ridiculously flattering but also rather humbling level of readership that has come this way in 2005, then I will review the highlights of the blogging year for me. Its my chance to think about what I have liked about blogging this year- who knows you might find even some interesting posts you would like to go back and read. … [Read more...]