Breaking into a new STRIDE…

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25  (The Message) 

Have you been enjoying some of the Rio Olympics? As we watch these athletes who have trained like crazy for years and now commit themselves fully in their attempt to win one of the coveted medals, this is an opportunity to think about our own life “race.”

“What you live for will determine how you live”

I believe that its a season for many to “break into a new stride.” A stride is taking decisive steps in a specified direction. If you are stopped, have stumbled, or are straying in your life, then put on you training kit and join me for this message to break into your new stride!

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7 truths about water baptism

We’ve been doing some serious clearing out of old stuff at our office in preparation for the anticipated move to our new “Every Nation London Hub.” (more about this another time.) I was given the task of deciding the fate of a crate of photo’s we’ve been storing for ages. What struck me as Ali and I went through these on a trip down memory lane, was that the majority of these “church” photo’s over the years were from four categories: Church together gatherings, mission trips, our Bible School graduations, and water baptisms – stacks of them in all sorts of places!  Actually I was quite encouraged by this, because isn’t that what Jesus instructed when He commissioned His followers to GO into all the world, and make disciples, baptising them… teaching them…

Water baptisms are one of my favourite things to be involved in, as they so powerfully demonstrate the message of Jesus, and what it means to follow Him. If you have never been baptised in water, here are a few truths about it for you to consider and respond to. (And if you are keen and ready, we have a great opportunity for water baptism coming up on Sunday the 28th August when we have our Church in Hyde Park service, which will include water baptisms in the Lido there.  Speak to a pastor or Connect group leader if you would like to be baptised too.)

So, here are 7 important truths I believe that the Scripture teaches about water baptism:

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Do you need some renewing? Then come and do the New Decisions Seminar!

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Do you find yourself facing the same situations with the same outcomes year after year?  Are you stuck in negative or even destructive habit patterns causing frustration, pain, disappointment or even relational breakdown?

If so, the New Decisions Course could be the tool you are looking for to bring freedom, truth, healing and peace to your life. At the end of August we will be presenting another of these very impactful seminars, this time right in Hammersmith in the heart of London.

Timing: Starts 4pm on Thursday 25 Aug , finishes Monday 29 Aug at 1pm.

For more information see here.

There are only a few places still available, so please register quickly to avoid disappointment.

 

How to “come out of” today…

Whether you vote “in” or “out” today, and whatever the result in the referendum, there is always something for you and I to come “out of” in order to move into our next and new. I believe that there are some words you need to hear if you are going to move on well into the next… check them out here:

Mark 1:9-11  At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my loved Son, with you I am well pleased.

 

Preparing you to vote well…

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 18.22.41This past Sunday I taught in our London Hammersmith congregation what I believe is essential truth and perspective to prepare all believers in Christ to vote well, whether in the coming EU Referendum in here in the UK on 23 May, elsewhere in the world where you have a crucial vote to cast. I really believe that this will help you, so do invest the 40 minutes and watch the message on video below, and get yourself prepared to vote well, and also to use your voice well in the debates that are raging all around.

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Preparing for the Referendum (or your elections)

This Sunday, get some help on how to vote…

For UK citizens, it could be one of the most important vote of a lifetime. If you are in the USA, SA or elsewhere, your vote later this year may well be one of your most important too.

On Sunday 12 June at our London Hammersmith congregation service I’ll be tackling this subject entitled “God, Government, The Referendum, and you”- sharing some biblical principles to help you consider how to vote, and to clarify your “voice” as you enter the debate, whether you are eligible to vote or not.

I’m hoping to help you to think through how you will vote, and why? There will also be a 30 minute “Referendum discussion” after the service to help you process your decision with others. All welcome.

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My 1st thoughts about the coming EU referendum

Most people agree that there is such a miserable representation of the real issues we should be considering regarding the “Leave” or “Remain” question that will face all of us UK citizens in three weeks time. It’s surely time to think beyond “how will it effect my mobile roaming charges” and “will I still be able to go on holiday to France” or even “how will it effect my pay packet.” There must be better questions?

I’ll post a few of my guiding thoughts over the next 3 weeks, with the aim of – if you are a follower of Jesus – helping us make a decision based at least on an attempt to be consistent with a Biblical world view on God & government.

For now, consider this: Are there any Biblical principles and values that will guide your decision, even beyond your own preferences? Could you write these down? Give it a go, and let me know.

Here’s a good article by J John to get you started on thinking a bit differently and more clearly.

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