A snowy Sunday…

By |2017-12-10T20:17:06+00:00December 10th, 2017|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, preaching, theology|

Today #snowstoppedplay and it was a little bit gutting to have weather affect our last full Sunday at Emmanuel. Some great preaching ideas were on the slate, and lots of you asked,...so here's my full notes and slides. The Apostle Paul's awesome finish and motivation for Timothy was what I sought to work with this morning - life and death, meaning and calling, faith and reward impacted me in a whole new way. Here's my my preaching notes, and my slides for this. Tonight I'd have been sharing the preaching with Kathryn from Philippians 3, Paul's searing focus on one thing, and [...]

the simplicity of Christ, alone….

By |2012-11-11T15:07:50+00:00November 11th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

Pauls words.... "I am afraid that ..........your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:3 The main thing about following Jesus is to see that the main thing remains the main thing. That is what Paul is saying. The main thing is simple, uncluttered commitment to Christ. I have noticed over a few years of observation that when faith becomes complicated, it is always a sign that it is drifting away from the reality of faith. The world around us is getting evermore complex, and it is because it is drifting farther [...]

the joyful gain of giving!

By |2012-10-18T13:41:21+00:00October 30th, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

“The generous soul will be made rich, & he who waters will also be watered himself” Proverbs 11:25 If joy is what we desire....(a mini-obsession of mine at the moment!), we often defeat ourselves by going after it in the wrong way! We could wrongly make it a self-centered pursuit about what we want to get, and lose sight of the fact that the greatest joy is the joy of giving. The most joyful people in the world are those whose main intent is to multiply joy in the lives of others as much as possible. They have great joy, but they’re hardly conscious of having sought [...]