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five on Friday

“Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus they attempt very little and they always fail……….. All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence to be with them!” Hudson Taylor 1 Liz on the dangerous game of ministry comparison. 2 […]

Brexit reality

Waking up today was like no other. Here’s one of my favourite Psalms, reworked……. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, whatever the economic predictions, whatever the governmental shifts. The FTSE and share numbers need not trouble us. Though layers of turbulence and uncertainty lie ahead. Though […]

five on Friday

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy…….. It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And He is more than enough for us.” David Platt 1 Vocation and that old […]

five on Friday

“If you look up into His face and say, “Yes, Lord, whatever it costs,” at that moment He’ll flood your Life with His presence and power.” Alan Redpath 1 Wilson’s wisdom on Bethel life and ministry. 2 Daily getting smarter….? tools and helps? 3 Blocks to leading well. Courage to overcome.  4 Salty faith, and […]

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“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3 v 20 God’s ways trump our wildest expectations. We forget this, asking for smaller things, satisfied with humdrum. What an adventure He calls us on! We need […]

one-to-one

Alongside and distinct from growing homegroups I’ve been so encouraged by increased life-on-life discipleship. We’re nurturing that in triplets and they’re motoring! New combinations, unlikely combinations and kingdom combinations are popping up in surprising ways. Here’s why I think they matter…. Up-close discipleship invites everyone to bear his or her weight. It nurtures self-leadership and […]

five

“At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself – the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.” Oswald Chambers 1 Baggage worth reclaiming? 2 Helping the quality of our application […]

lower

“The gospel begins with our brokenness and inability, not our power and potential. Billy Graham once said that rarely is it someone’s sin that keeps them from heaven; usually, it is their good deeds. In the same way, it is our false sense of ability, not our inabilities, that keeps us from the power of […]

five on Friday

“To the degree you face and name and deal with your failures as a leader, to that same extent you will create an environment conducive to growing and retaining productive and committed relationships in ministry. Sometimes the quickest path up is down, and likewise, the surest success comes through being honest about failure.” Dan Allender […]

another day?

Peter and John had been in the forefront of ministry but they weren’t alone. As soon as they were released from prison, they returned to the other believers. This Acts 4 v 23-31 passage has provoked me over the last few days. Who do you and I go to when things get tough? Simply put:- some days […]

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