A life lesson from my mother about facing the mountains in your life…

Are you facing some “mountains” in your life? I was in South Africa earlier this week for some speaking appointments and envisioning for Europe, and I took a couple of days to connect with my dear mom. I asked her to share a “life lesson” with us, and I really think that this 3-minute video will be a blessing to you. The video had 2,000 views in 24 hrs on my Facebook page, and over 50 comments! (I think she should start a Youtube channel!)

Watch it below…

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About your disappointments…

It’s so easy to let your past ruin your present, and your future.

Disappointments are part of this life, but please don’t let your disappointments of the past keep you from your appointments in the future.

Philippians 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead

No matter what you have gone through, or go through, I pray that you will always know the one thing that will never disappoint: GOD’S HOPE

This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Romans 5:5

Watch my 3-minute “Truth from the Thames… about disappointments” https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fwolfgang.eckleben%2Fvideos%2F10154721733081423%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>VIDEO HERE.

You can see other “Truth from the Thames” videos on my YouTube playlist here. (And subscribe while you’re there, to get notifications of new content)

 

 

These Daily Devotionals are awesome!

I am so enjoying the daily devotionals that Ali is sending out for our 40 days of #GoCampus2017 prayer initiative! You can read today’s below, extracted from Mark Batterson’s Circle Maker, and you can get the rest of these too by signing up here for free,
Be inspired, strengthened and stretched and at the same time be used powerfully in prayer as we trust together “To share the amazing life-changing message of Jesus with more students than ever before” this next academic year.
Here’s today’s from Ali:
DAY EIGHT DEVOTIONAL THEME: ONE GOD IDEA

Job 12:8 “Speak to the earth, and it will teach you.”

One God-idea is worth more than a thousand good ideas.

At the turn of the twentieth century George Washington Carver helped solve an agricultural problem in the south of America. The problem was depleted soil from continuous cotton planting; the solution was the concept of crop rotation and he specifically encouraged the farmers to plant peanuts instead of cotton. This solved the soil problem but not the economy problem as there was no market for peanuts. Carver went back to God in his regular 4.00 am meetings, walking in the woods and asking Him to reveal the mysteries of nature. Job 12:7-8 was one of the most circled promises in his Bible.

Job 12:7-8
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.

God answered his prayer. Carver is famous for discovering more than three hundred uses for the peanut. The genesis of those revelations was a conversation with God who gave scientific insight and revelation which led to the discovery of all these uses of the peanut. These discoveries were not good ideas they were God ideas. Good ideas are good, but only God-ideas change the course of history.

Like with Carver, God ideas are given when we spend time in God’s presence and allow Him to reveal His plans and revelations to us. Prayer is the difference between the best we can do and the best God can do. In these instances the Holy Spirit will do the heavy lifting and will reveal things that can only be discovered in the presence of God, giving us God ideas for our ministry, family, business and for our lives. When we come into the presence of God, we also get perspective of our problems and it allows us to see that God is bigger than our problems.

How big is your God? Is He big enough to heal your marriage or heal your child? Is He bigger than negative evaluation or a bad result or your worst sin, greatest fear or biggest dream? If He is bigger than all of those things, then pray like it.

One God-idea is worth more than a thousand good ideas.

TODAY’S PRAYER FOCUS:
  • Pray for creative God solutions for all areas of our lives, on our uni campuses and in every sphere of society.
  • Pray for God to be present in all areas of our lives and not compartmentalised to the area of worship and religion.
  • Pray for an understanding how big God is and where we are positioned in Him and for us to exercise our God-given authority to walk in victory and bring Godly order in a chaotic world.

Thanks for praying with us for #GoCampus2017!

In Dublin and Belfast…

Ali and I were in Dublin this past weekend to celebrate the 15th year of our church plant there, and we were super encouraged! Then off to Belfast to visit with our latest European church plant leaders. A weekend packed with teaching, rich connecting, fantastic views and weather, and crowned with some powerful inspiration from St Patrick. I’ll let these pics tell the story…

 

And finally, here’s some food for thought about “catching something good this week…”  here.

 

 

 

An awesome encounter in Krakow!

A week ago I was in Krakow Poland on the final day of our annual Every Nation Europe Leadership Summit, with 268 leaders from all across Europe and beyond attending. Wow, what a highlight! The spirit faith and hope was incredible and I came away super encouraged. God has done so much, and He can do it again!

Pastor Jim Laffoon encouraged us to “see what is (what God is doing) and not what was.” and I certainly see a change of the tide coming on the campuses and in the nations of Europe.

I did this Facebook live stream on the final evening here, and here are a few pictures to tell the story… GO EUROPE! (By the way, current plans are for the 2018 Europe conference to be in London, 13-15 April 2018! – save the date and be there!Continue reading “An awesome encounter in Krakow!”

When in Japan… some pics

Last week Ali and I went further east that we’ve ever been – to Japan! It’s my 37th nation visited, and we were there for our annual Every nation International Apostolic Team summit. I also had the privilege of speaking at our EN Tokyo church, and the Japan Leaders conference in Yokohama. I’ll let the pictures tell the story…

Have a Fruitful and Productive week

At Every Nation London we have a God-dream this year, which is to “share the amazing life-changing message of Jesus with more people than ever before, both individually and as a church.”  (You can listen to me sharing our Vision Focus here.)vision-focus-2017

I have personally decided that I don’t want to teach or encourage anything that I am not personally living out. It’s easy to theorise on sharing the gospel, but that often leads to those listening to us being discouraged because their reality doesn’t match our theory. So let’s GO and live it… and tell what happened.
BEING FRUITFUL: Here are 3 “As we GO” thoughts for the week for you to live and pass on to others you lead, influence and disciple:

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