September 25, 2021

Those who’ve read my other posts will know I often write about the need for breakthrough into the miraculous in the Church, and the importance of healing and deliverance. Wonderful though such things are, and much though they reflect the heart of God for his children, Christianity would be shallow if it were just a parade of victories over obstacles and circumstances. Today I want to write about the emotional blessings of knowing God, and particularly the emotional resources available… Read more

September 23, 2021

Ever read that poem, footsteps in this sand? I’ll post it here, just in case:   One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.   When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the… Read more

September 16, 2021

What does it mean to receive the grace of God? What does grace provide? The most familiar confusion I come across is that grace is principally (or entirely) provision for the forgiveness of sins. For me this mixes up grace and mercy, which are different expressions of the love of God, with explicit purposes. We need them in different moments, to meet specific needs. Sometimes, the most familiar Biblical concepts are the least understood, made nebulous by assumptions we’ve carried… Read more

September 9, 2021

You might have heard it said that worship takes many forms – that cleaning the toilets is a form of worship, as much as, or perhaps more than, singing and praising. I take issue with that – not because toilets don’t need cleaning, but because I think we’ve confused worship with service.   There are several words for worship in the New Testament. Proskuneo is the most common, used for example when Jesus prophesied about those the Father sought, who… Read more

September 6, 2021

At the hardest point of my life, when my mind had been shattered by self-imposed pressure, I could barely pray. I had worked myself to the bone through ministry, never pausing to have fun, until my mind gave way and I was reduced to a shadow of my former self. Trauma took hold, and I couldn’t return to the activities which had led me to such a pass – praying, ministering, studying the Bible, preaching, leading worship, prophesying and sharing… Read more

September 4, 2021

    Jesus was pretty stern in his treatment of the pharisees. In contrast to his usual gentleness, he rebuked them in the hardest, most offensive terms, on more than one occasion. Matt 15, 7-9:   “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘“These people honour me with their lips,     but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain;     their teachings are merely human rules.”   Matt 23, 15-33:   “Woe to… Read more

August 30, 2021

  The story of Zacchaeus will be familiar to anyone who went to Sunday School, as will the cheerful little ditty this post is named after. Stories that become familiar in childhood can lose impact, and are worth revisiting with adult eyes. Personally I love this story, because the miracles contained are all of the human heart. First, the story, from Luke 19:   ‘Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name… Read more

August 25, 2021

  The word breakthrough might conjure images of a dramatic moment, perhaps of a person smashing through a barrier. It might look sudden and absolute, even inevitable, but breakthrough only comes after putting in the hard yards. Inevitably, there will be mental and spiritual distance between where you are now (position A) and where you want to be (position B). The greater the change we seek, the greater that distance is. Inspiration might arrive during worship or prayer, and in… Read more

August 23, 2021

  I was brought up in a strict, evangelical setting. To my eyes, at least, God was primarily concerned about monitoring my behaviour, rather than loving me. If I did hear of his love, in church, it was in the context of how awful human beings are, and that our only value lies in his inexplicable devotion. There was nothing innately lovely about us, or so I believed. That’s not a great message for a child in their formative years,… Read more

August 20, 2021

Subtitle: In About an Hour     Readers from my generation might remember a 1980s TV advert for a well-known photo developer, who proudly boasted they could produce a set of prints ‘in about an hour’. This post is about one of the most extraordinary hours of my life, in which I was privileged to witness what the Lord can achieve, if given room to move.   It was early 1997 and I was in Cebu City, serving as a… Read more

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