“Über die Mauer” in Berlin…

Posted: September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Last week i had the privilege of ministering in Berlin at our Every Nation Europe “School of Empowerment”, and also at our Berlin Church (preaching in German!).  Below is a two minute video devotional from location at one of the memorial sites to the Berlin Wall followed by – let’s live “OVER THE WALL” today! 

  • Genesis 49:22 – “Joseph is a fruitful vine, A fruitful vine by a well; His branches run over the wall…
  • 1 Mose 49:22  “Joseph ist ein junger Fruchtbaum, ein junger Fruchtbaum an der Quelle; seine Zweige klettern über die Mauer hinaus.”

Some of our Sabbatical pics…

Posted: September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Relaxing at Poppa Falls in the Caprivi Strip, North Eastern Namibia.

Relaxing at Poppa Falls in the Caprivi Strip, North Eastern Namibia.

As many of you may know, Ali and I took our first ever sabbatical break this summer, after 21 years of ministry here in the great city. Firstly we must say a huge thank you to everyone we serve with in London and in Europe for the amazing support and the teamwork that enabled us to leave without any concerns for the ministry. We are privileged to serve with the best of leaders, elders, staff and congregation members at Every Nation London!

It was a wonderful adventure over three continents, and suffice to say that it was a super rich time for us in so many ways, and summary as we get back I hear the words spoken by God to Joshua in chapter 13v1 “You have lived a long good life, and THERE IS STILL MUCH LAND TO TAKE!”  So we are back with thankful hearts and full of expectation for the next season in London and in Europe. We have posted a few photo’s along the way on Facebook, but since so many people have been asking to see some more photo’s, here are some more with some captions to describe our adventure. We also met SO many amazing old and new friends along the way, but I’ve not included people pics for the sake of privacy. (And if you feel that you could do with a sabbatical of your own, check out my tips on how to get one here!) 

 

I couldn’t help but sharing this from New York…

 

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I took this pic in Ireland a few years ago...

I took this pic in Ireland a few years ago…

If you are on a journey to anywhere worth going, it is inevitable that you will encounter some opposition, discouragement, temptation, tests along the way, especially if you are a leader.

How you interpret these will determine whether you make it to your destination or not. Just because you have challenges along the way does not mean that you are on the wrong road, or that it wasn’t of God.  In this message to our Every Nation Europe Leaders (translated into Ukrainian), I encourage us that to “GO GET TO, WE MUST KNOW HOW TO GO THROUGH.” 

2 Corinthians 7v5 For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us…

As they say: If you’re going through hell, just don’t stop! If you are walking through the valley, remember: He is with you, and there is a table set for you on the other side. Go through, and you will get to…

Here’s a link to the audio of the message: “To get to, you have to go through”

After some great input on “Emotionally Heathy leadership” in week one or our sabbatical, Ali & I headed out to Greece (New nation on our list!) for a week of getaway. Of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity to reflect on some truth about finding true rest, especially in the light of The Message Translation of Psalm 84v10 which mentions “Greek Island Beaches” – see my 2 minute video below:

One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,
beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.
I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God
than be honoured as a guest in the palace of sin.
All sunshine and sovereign is God,
generous in gifts and glory.
He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions.
It’s smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

BTW, if you missed my recent message on “Entering God’s Rest”Listen or download it here.

I pray that you personally will respond to Jesus’ great  invitation to find true rest in Him:

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ - Matthew 11:28-30

And again from The Message Translation:  “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

And. if you’re interested, here are a few pics from our holiday on a Greek Island Beach…

 

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If you’re from our London church,  you’ve hopefully heard Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 20.58.42by now that Ali & I have this week started a summer Sabbatical – our first one since starting the church nearly 21 years ago in 1993!  We’ll be back at the beginning of September…

We are thankful to the staff team and leaders who will be stepping up while we are away, and go into this season with full confidence that Jesus will continue to build His church. Dan & Amanda Smart will be leading in Hammersmith during our absence.

If your reaction to someone going on holiday or sabbatical is any of the following: “I wish I could do that”, or “You deserve that”, or “you must need that” or “I need one of those” – then I would highly recommend that you listen to my last Sunday’s message titled “ENTERING GOD”S REST” online here.  I genuinely believe that the truth in this message can lead to significant positive change in your life.

In this message I help you to understand the great invitation to “true rest” that Jesus calls you to in Matthew 11:28-30 (see below).

  • True rest starts when you recognise, receive and rejoice in the finished work of God in Christ
  • Our New Covenant Sabbath is not one day in seven, but everyday in Jesus
  • Rest doesn’t come from doing nothing, but from doing the right thing at the right time in the right strength and the right rhythm.

 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’

 

And in The Message Translation: I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. 

Friend, with Jesus I invite you to “Enter God’s True Rest”…

 

ELS banner with theme Our recent Every Nation Europe Leadership Summit was a huge success, with the 150 leaders in attendance all receiving some of the best leadership input we’ve ever put on in Europe. Michael Fletcher from Manna Church was outstanding and practical, and Jim Critcher spot on with the prophetic.