How to not be driven by what everyone else wants from you (Mark 1:33-38)

That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door . . . And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I c … [Read more...]

When God commands, do we immediately follow?

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18) Bible Gateway.One of the features of Mark's gospel is the phrase 'And immediately.' Despite Mark's brevity, his gospel contains more than 70% of the uses of this Greek Word in the New Testament (Source: Logos). He uses the same word so often that some translations decide not to translated it to avoid the constant repetition. The ESV is not one … [Read more...]

How reasonable are you? (Philippians 4:5 & Titus 3:1-3)

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.” ‭‭(Philippians‬ ‭4:5‬)Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. (Titus 3:1-3) Reasonableness. The same Greek word elsewhere translated gentleness. Surely also related to meekness. Not righteous indication. Not aggressive forcefulness. Not irritation. Not self a … [Read more...]

And so my nest begins to empty…

Mixture of emotions this morning as we will be taking my eldest daughter Tamasin Warnock to the airport later today for her to go to South Africa as a volunteer for six months! I am obviously a bit sad as we will miss her, and this is really our first experience of the nest beginning to empty. Of course she is part of the boomerang generation so I fully expect her to come back home afterwards! But I am massively proud of my eldest daughter. This project is something Tamasin found, applied for, a … [Read more...]

Top Bible Verses Explained: Proverbs 3:5-6 – Conditions for Guidance

I was fascinated recently to see a list of the most read Bible verses on Bible Gateway. Unsurprisingly, a number of these verses appear on similar lists from other Bible websites.  What is it about these verses that draw people to them again and again?  Over the coming months I will take several of these popular verses and explain them, sometimes linking also to useful materials from others. I hope this will be of interest to everyone and perhaps especially of  help for … [Read more...]

Working out what God is working in (Philippians 2:12-13)

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”(‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:12-13‬)READ more on this verse at Bible Gateway. When we truly believe that God will not quit on us, this should spur us to action not lull us into complacent passivity.This morning I ask myself, how much do o really coo … [Read more...]

The hope that makes even death into a gain (Philippians 1:21)

  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. - Philippians 1:21 READ more on this verse at Bible Gateway.Paul's words here are some of the most challenging in the Bible. But they also offer an incredibly comforting perspective. The old puritans used to encourage us to think often of the day of our death. I don't know about you, but the thought of death still makes me uncomfortable. It's not something I look forward to. It's not something anyone enjoys the process of.The … [Read more...]

The God who never quits: Philippians 1:6

Was reading Philippians 1:6 this morning, and was very encouraged. "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."READ more on this verse at Bible Gateway.  On this second day of they year, perhaps you've already failed to keep your New Years resolutions! But God never fails to keep his. And he has resolved to work in and for is! We are unreliable. He is reliable.We falter and fall all the time. We stumble ou … [Read more...]

Tope Koleoso interviewed on BBC Radio 5 by Dotun Adebayo

Last night as our Jubilee Crossover Service came to an end, Dotun Adebayo interviewed my pastor, Tope Koleoso, for BBC national radio. It makes for quite an informative and amusing little clip, I'm sure you will enjoy it. … [Read more...]

Praise, Pray, and Party into the New Year from London

You can join us in person at Lee Valley Athletics stadium from 10pm UK time (5pm ET).  Or, you can watch live right here!  We will be celebrating the change of the year together as one family, giving thanks to God for 2015, and looking forward to 2016! … [Read more...]

Top 100 Most Read Posts by Adrian Warnock in 2015

In my last post I shared some of the highlights of 2015. Today, as is my tradition I want to share with you the posts that have been most read here on my blog over the past twelve months. As is typically the case, this is a mixture of old and new, with some posts from back in 2003 still making it into this list!The power of a blog lies not just in its most recent posts, but in the collection of articles from the past: in this case over twelve years now.  This selection below is really just a … [Read more...]

The year my commute almost killed my blog. Review of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, it is my tradition to review the year that was. I have reviewed my blog previously, looking at posts from 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.   Each time I do so, I find that it is helpful for me to reflect on what I have written, and behind that what God has done each year.2015 was a year that I had been slightly concerned about for many years. It was the year that my eldest, Tamasin, would take her A Levels, my next, Henry, h … [Read more...]