“Let it out!”

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Here’s a short 90 second encouragement from the banks of the Thames at spring high tide…

Recognise what you have today, and let what’s inside out to bless your world. You are blessed to be a blessing, so instead of focussing on the “silver and gold that I do not have,” focus on the “what I have I give to you” instead. You will be amazed at the blessed life you will live!

…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Why do we fast?

Posted: September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

waterThis is a week of prayer & fasting for our congregation in London Hammersmith.  We ask everyone to “choose your fast” – either skipping meals for a day, or 2 or 3, or skip some meals, switch off the TV – choose to STOP doing something and draw closer to God for Him to fill you.  As a congregation we are hearing the Spirit say:

  • You have lived a long good life, but there is much land still to take…
  • Live for my glory in the city…
  • “Fill your horn with oil; Go, I am sending you… (1 Sam 

Fasting is a “consecration”; a setting yourself aside for God. Consecration is what you do today, for God to do amazing things that He has promised tomorrow: in you, through you, and for you.

Like Joshua, who one day stood at the banks of the Jordan looking across at the land he had longed for and looked for again for over 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Now it was time to cross over. They didn’t have a bridge – they needed a miracle.  “So Joshua said to the people: Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things amongst you.” (Joshua 3v5)

If you are standing on the banks of something “new” that you have longed for, then consecrate yourself with us this week.

Fasting is not a duty, but a DESIRE. A desire for more than we have. A desire that says: This world is not enough. A desire that expresses a spiritual hunger and thirst that cannot be satisfied with anything or anyone is this world.

By the way: Personally, I don’t think that fasting should be seen as something to do only when you want to/need to add some muscle to getting a prayer answered. I don’t think fasting is something we add to prayer when prayer alone doesn’t seem to be enough. When Jesus’ disciples couldn’t cast out a deaf and dumb spirit, and they asked Him why they couldn’t but He could, He answered: “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”  (Matthew 17).  But did Jesus go away and fast before He prayed for her? No, not right there. But it seems that He had a discipline of fasting and prayer. He demonstrated a desire and delight in the Father, that drew Him as the Son of Man to seek out God the Father in prayer and fasting.  Fasting is more a spiritual disciple aiding a desire, rather than being something to add to prayer when prayer alone doesn’t seem to work.

24h of Worship & Prayer

We end our week with a 24 hour worship & prayer encounter, starting Friday, 26th at 7pm, through till Saturday 7pm.  Try to pop in for an hour or more at any time day or night for a very special God encounter! Some hours will just be worship and some will have a specific prayer focus, led but one of the church team.
Venue: The church office, 4 Margravine Gardens, W6 8RH

Over the past two Sunday messages I have been focussing on two things that I believe we need to bring to the forefront of our mission at Every Nation London: Firstly, the call to live for the glory of God, which is the greater purpose of every individual and the church. And secondly, our call to the city – for every believer/disciple to know God’s call and purpose for them in the sphere of society where they work, to let the glory of God be seen on our lives that all may know Him. These may seem obvious, but they must be clearer in the language to describe why we exist, and they must shape the culture in the house.

To do any of this and to fulfil any assignment from God, we need to live “FULL” – and the good news is that you don’t have to live or go empty. This message called “FILL UP AND GO TO THE CITY” captures the heart of what I mean by the above. If you are a part of our Every Nation London church, then please do listen to this message below and pray it through and commit yourself with us to this call.

Listen online here. The text is 1 Samuel 16v1, and the context is where God comes to Samuel in a critical time of Israel’s history, when a new king needs to be appointed to replace Saul. God has a new assignment for Samuel, but he is stuck with the failure and disappointment of the past. So God comes to him and says: “How long will you mourn Saul? Fill your horn with oil; Go, I am sending you…” If you are going to go, then go filled…

If you haven’t got time to listen to the whole message now, here’s a short 2 minute devotional for you:

So why do we exist? We exist to GLORIFY GOD by MAKING DISCIPLES and MAKING A DIFFERENCE, on CAMPUSES, in our COMMUNITIES, in the CITY, and in the nations through CHURCH PLANTING. Let’s go and do it “…with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4v11

“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”