Knock Knock. Before you open, its wise to make sure that you know who’s at your door. Also, before you don’t open for someone, make sure you know who it is, so you don’t miss out on what they have for you. Jesus comes to you and everyone and says “Knock knock.”… “I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (In Revelation 3:20)
We relate to others according to what we know and believe about them. The same is true with God. What you know and believe about Him will determine how you relate to Him. Whether you run TO Him, or FROM Him. Whether you open the door to Him, or keep it shut to keep Him out of your life.
How can you know Him? What is He like? Why should I open the door to Him? In John 10:9-10 Jesus introduces Himself, and here you can see three clear things that you need to know about Him:
When you say “who’s there” He replies “I AM” – this is a direct claim to be God, and this sent the religious teachers into a frenzy, accusing Jesus of blasphemy because he “claimed to be God.” God is at your door, so let Him in!
What does He have? Salvation (“sozo”), Life (“zoe”), and “pastures” – everything your heart truly desires is with Him at your door, so let Him in!
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What can we expect at Every Nation London in 2016? What is God saying to us, and what do we see? Listen here for our Vision Focus 2016 message and run with this vision this year, being “Open to God, and Open to others, and believing that many others will open their hearts and lives to our gracious heavenly Father”… A few slides under the video summarise some of the points in the message. I ask you: “This year, at least be open to being open, and see what God will do!” Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever been so engrossed in something – maybe work, reading, talking to a friend, doing something you love – that you forgot to eat? Or didn’t go to sleep? Time just flew and you just realised it was dinner time but you’d skipped lunch.
One day Jesus was on His way to Galilee, and ended up taking a detour through Samaria, where he met a thirsty messed up woman at a well who got a revelation that He was the Messiah and went straight on to tell her whole city about Him…
His disciples finally caught up with Him and their first concern was “has anyone given him anything to eat?, to which He replied with some very powerful revealing words:
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” – (John 4:34)
Jesus reminds us that we have another greater hunger beyond food: For purpose; for doing what fulfils us; for being busy with things that give us meaning and which make a difference. Ultimately, a deep hunger for being about the Fathers work for our lives.
Fasting reminds me that I have been called to more that “eat, drink & be merry”. It reminds me that I am not just satisfied by the stuff of this world. I am created and called to a fulfilling purpose, which is to live for the glory and cause of my Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. This is “food” to me. This fulFILS me.
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It’s time to get hungry! This is our London church’s week of prayer and fasting, and together with our worldwide Every Nation family we are “Daring to Believe” BIG in 2016!
We fast because we are hungry. Hungry for more of Him, not satisfied with what this world offers. Hungry to see His Kingdom come. Hungry to see many come to know his love and forgiveness.
We have a great Prayer & Fasting Devotional for you to download or print here, and invite you to join together as we consecrate ourselves and the church to the Lord. So, choose your fast and say “here I am Lord.”
“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” – Joshua 3v5
Jesus said, “…All things are possible for one who believes.” – Mark 9v23
If you want some more motivation, here’s my message from last Sunday to help get you moving…
Posted: January 2, 2016 in Christian Life, Relationships
Last year I had the privilege of filming my DateTalk series at TBN UK TV studios, and these are now available to view for free anytime you need them on our Every Nation London Youtube channel. These rich and relevant truths have helped many not-yet-married to do navigate the exciting but often difficult and confusing relationship journey better, and I hope they will help you too – or pass this link onto someone you think may benefit!
You can also download outline notes for the series here to help you or follow along. They are all under 28 minutes long, so possibly a resource to watch with a small group and then discuss.
Here’s the first episode below, and the complete series here. Enjoy, and let me know if they help you!
The six episode titles are:
- I need help!
- I’ll have a whole one please!
- Understanding the opposite sex
- Lesson’s from Lover’s Lane
- Doing it the High Way.
Posted: January 2, 2016 in Uncategorized
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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I’m packing my bags for a trip to South Africa over Christmas this year. As I do I reflect on this past year and my overwhelming emotion is thankfulness. I’m privileged to partner with so many amazing people in our London church and beyond. Thank you for any part you play in it all.
For a quick glimpse into our London Hammersmith congregation year, have a look at this 3 minute video recap… and again: Thank you!
Have a brilliant Christmas season!