Posted: September 28, 2015 in Uncategorized
I’ve got the privilege of filming my DateTalk series on “how to do relationships well” this week at the TBN studios in Wembley, for showing on their Freeview Channel from October onwards. We shoot 3 x 30 minute sessions on Tuesday, and 3 on Wednesday this week.
Since its during the day, we’ve still got some space in the audience and if you are free and keen why not join the fun. Details are:
- When: Tuesday and/or Wednesday 29 & 30 Sept(Come for both, or either)
- Time: 10.30 till 14.30 each day
- Place: The TBNUK London Studios, 226 Church Road, London, NW10 9NR
- Dress: Casual
Let us know ASAP if you can come with your details here
For those of you in London, a reminder that this is a special weekend for us in our Hammersmith congregation as we move back into our regular venue that has been refurbished over the summer. We also have a very special guest speaker, Pastor Jim Laffoon, who is a leading prophetic voice in our Every Nation family around the world. Join us as we trust for a real word in season as we move into the next new season for us as a church.
Here’s a one minute invite to this Sunday and glimpse into the new venue: Read the rest of this entry »
This past weekend I was privilged to be in Edinburgh and Bathgate in Scotland with Ali to join our awesome team there to celebrate 10 years since the church started there. Pastor Tom & Jean Jackson moved with their 6 daughters (!) from North Carolina to lead a team here, and the fruit has been amazing. There are now two congregations, in Edinburgh – led by Nathan & Ailsa Lewis, and Bathgate, led by Tom & Jean. So many other amazing people have been part of this journey, and in the celebration service we heard many great stories from Scottish people whose lives have been transformed by the Good News of Jesus through this church. Truly encouraging! Here’s a greeting video and a few photos from my trip here:
From Cambel Hill
Early morning prayer run up Authors Seat watching over the city…
View from behind Authors Seat…
With Tom & Jean
The 10 year anniversary celebration
A scottish driver…
Edinburgh Castle by night…
Pray for this city and nation….
Check out the Centerpoint church website here.
Posted: September 14, 2015 in Uncategorized
“Hodos” is a Greek word, and it makes all the difference to how you follow Jesus as His disciple. A revelation of it and will have radidcal implications on your life. In a world where popular culture, empty philosophy, false teachings, huge peer pressure, controlling leaders, the devil himself, etc all have an agenda for how you should live, it’s your “hodos” that will determine whether you will go with the flow, or follow through the crowd. As a leader, it is critical that you are clear about your hodos, because if you don’t know it, you can’t show it, resulting in people wandering all over the place instead of purposefully pursuing a mission together. Jesus knew His “hodus”. So what is it?
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Often, the experience of fasting is just tough. Hunger. Headaches. Hangry (thats a word describing that irritation caused by hunger!). But when you have fasted, expect power. Let me explain…
FIRST THOUGH, PRAY WITH US: If you are in London. Join us for a powerful All-Night Prayer & Worship this evening (Fri 11 Sept). Just come for an hour or two or more, anytime between 8pm Friday and 8pm Saturday at our chuch office – the decor of the evening is totally inpsiring!). The theme is “Releasing Overflowing Life!” – come and get some! (We break our fast at 8pm). We are aleady experiencing, and are expecting some more awesome life to be released this next season!
So, back to the power: Fasting is not an end in itself, and nor just a means to an end. In itself, it enriches the spirit, but through it, it impacts your world by the power of God released in a new measure through you…
In Luke 4 we read that “Jesus, being full of the Holy Spirit, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, and He ate nothing…”
Then after His fasting and overcoming temptation, the Scripture records that “He came out in the power of the Spirit.” Note: He went in “led by the Spirit”, and came out “in the power of the Spirit.” This is another mystery of fasting: Some things (like Jesus casting out the unclean spirit in Mark 9) are made possible by fasting. It seems that the space that fasting creates in ones body/soul/spirit is filled with a new measure of God, and that ALWAYS makes a difference to your next move!
What’s the difference between “being filled with the Spirit” and “being in the power of the Spirit?” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 10, 2015 in Christian Life, Fasting
Tags: Bible, church, fast, Fasting, God, hungry, Jesus, london, why
If you are joining in our Hammersmith congregation fast this week, then I want to remind you not to forget to “eat” when you are fasting…
In Luke 4 we read: “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.”
“…He was hungry” – That’s an obvious side-effect of this fasting thing! Even for Jesus. There’s no way around it. Everyone knows that our bodies were designed to be fed, but sadly few people ever discover that their souls & spirits need to be fed too. In fasting we remind ourselves that we have another “stomach” that is also desperately hungry.
An empty stomach is one thing, but an empty heart is quite another. We need to learn the art of filling the heart, and satisfying the spirit. Jesus was first tempted to turn a stone into a loaf of bread. Satan appealed to His physical need, but Jesus said something profound: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
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Posted: September 8, 2015 in Every Nation London, Fasting
Tags: church, Every Nation, fast, Fasting, God, how, Jesus, london, tips, why
This week our Hammersmith congregation joins together for 3 days of fasting & prayer from Wednesday to Friday, and an all-night of prayer on Friday 8pm to 8am on Saturday. (9-11 Sept) – to see our focus and how you can join in, please see on our website here. But you may be asking: WHY? Why would we want to do that?
Often in a time of fasting you will hear the question “WHY?” coming from all sorts of places, especially from your stomach! What are we fasting for? What is the goal of this fast? What do you want to get out of it?
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.
So what do we fast for?
- We fast out of DESIRE. A desire for His presence and His power. We desire more anointing and fruit from what we feel called to do. Jesus came out of His wilderness fast “in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14) – We desire that in and through our lives. We desire that in our church and in this city. We desire that in our communities and on the campuses and in the nations through our church plant and 1000’s of others needed all across Europe and the world.
- We fast as a CONSECRATION, that says to the Lord again: “Here we are Lord, fill us, use us!” Like Joshua, we say “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” We expect great things coming up!
- We do have some specific things we are praying for and seeking wisdom about, and we believe that in fasting things do shift powerfully. But fasting is for more than our needs, its for our deep desire for what this world simply cannot offer us.
If you are/have/are going to fast for a day or more, what’s your DESIRE?
See here for more of my thoughts on fasting, including: