READ “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:15-16 “Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with … Continue reading ACTS 22: NO AIRBAGS REQUIRED!
READ “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also” (v16) THINK What an amazing claim! By chapter 17 in the book of Acts, the mission of the church had so impregnated the culture and communities around it that the accusation was able to be levelled at the church that they had “turned the world upside down” (I think a better … Continue reading ACTS 17: A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN
“Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 11:19-20 THINK Up until this point, … Continue reading ACTS 11: THE UNKNOWN MISSIONARIES
READ “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 5:42) THINK I love rugby league, which in my humble opinion is the only real type of rugby there is. However, in both rugby league and rugby union, you will often hear a commentator talking about how a team … Continue reading A Relentless Forward Movement
How do we pray for spiritual renewal in our communities? There is a link between the renewal of the individual and community-wide transformation we often dream of in revival type situations. Here is a prayer that joins the two together… Dear Father, I know that salvation belongs to you and so I pray for the awakening and enlightening of hearts in ever expanding circles from: … Continue reading A prayer for spiritual renewal
Here is a short article I’ve just written on our church website: https://www.wearekingsgate.org/keeping-the-main-thing-the-main-thing/ Continue reading Keeping the main thing, the main thing
I’m currently reading through Daniel. Today I was focusing on these amazing and deeply challenging words from chapter 3: “But even if he does not [save Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnance], we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image you have set up.” (3:18) Nate Saint (1923-56) who was eventually martyred … Continue reading Living at odds with this world
Is your vision too small and parochial? How would you even know? Psalm 67 is a great vision stretcher! May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— 2 so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. 3 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. 4 May the nations be glad … Continue reading Is your vision to parochial?
In my morning devotions, I’m currently working my way through Philippians in the company of Alec Motyer (through his excellent commentary). In Chapter 1:13-14, Paul is explaining how his suffering is advantageous for the advance of the gospel. Listen to how Alec Motyer unpacks this: “He [Paul] did not see his suffering as an act of divine forgetfulness )’Why did God let this happen to … Continue reading I am in chains for Christ
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 Engage in dialog (Don’t create a Christian ghetto for yourself) Focus … Continue reading How to live in a pluralistic society