Letting go of 2017… to enetr 2018 well

“The way you leave is the way you will enter.”

As you make goals and dream dreams and make goals for 2018, consider what it is that you have to purposefully leave behind from 2017. The apostle Paul says it like this in Philippians 3v13-4

  Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me.14 The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.

I pray that you will have the grace to forgive and forget what lies behind, and the faith to reach out to all of Gods best for you in 2018!

Being OPEN to God’s Gift in you

“What is in you is more important than what you are in.”

God has not given you a spirit of timidity, of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind…

Do you need a reminder of Who and what is in you? Here’s a message that I really believe many of us need to hear…

Continue reading “Being OPEN to God’s Gift in you”

It starts with an invitation…

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the “induction” of my friend Steve Morris as Vicar of Saint Cuthbert’s church in London’s North Wembley. It all started about 11 years ago, when Cath, a member of our congregation who was working for the Morris’ was having a conversation about spiritual things with Steve’s wife Christine, and invited her to a church service at Every Nation London.  Christine came and when she got home said to Steve “you should come”. Steve famously replied:“I’ll come, but only if nothing changes!” 

Well he did come, and encountered something / Someone who grabbed all his attention. After a season of seeking through the services, Connect Groups, and one-on-one’s, Steve surrendered his life to Christ as Lord and Saviour! IMG_8624

Along the journey of growing as a disciple, one day Steve asked me for suggestions for further study, and I pointed him to a summer apologetics course run by RZIM in Oxford. Soon Steve made a commitment to leave his lucrative business career and had signed up for the whole year course, which then turned into a full commitment towards ordination in the Anglican church, and now he is vicar at St Cuthbert’s!

Of course so much more has changed than just his vocation, and as I stood in the service seeing the whole Morris family involved – Christine and the girls leading passionate worship, and Steve being inducted – I could not help but thank God for Cath being sensitive and bold to simply say: “Come to church and see…”

Thanks Cath for starting a spiritual conversation, and for inviting Christine. Jesus still changes everything! 

Living to Win – Don’t live spiritually dis-abled, but rather be HEALED!

You are not meant to enter the spiritual para-olympics! Jesus came to make you WHOLE!   In this “Living to win” message from Sunday 22 July I show you what it looks like to be “weary and loose heart” – just looks at your hands, knees & feet as indicators. I share three things I learnt from my London marathon experience to help you “run with endurance” – I wish I’d known this before I ran the marathon!

A quote from the message:   In Men in Mid-Life Crisis, Jim Conway writes that some people feel “a weakening of the need to be a great man and an increasing feeling of ‘let’s just get through this the best way we can.’ Never mind hitting home runs, let’s just get through the game without getting beaned.”

Hebrews 12v 3, 12,13  Consider him (Jesus) who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart….12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Download the message & slides here

100km Paddle Completed!

Today Amy & reached Hammersmith Bridge to complete our 100km Stand Up Paddle Boarding trip down the Thames River!

Day 3 yesterday started with gale force winds and rain in the morning which postponed our early morning departure, but we headed out at midday and had quite a time on the river, and we made 23 km’s by the evening. We passed through Runnymede (Where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215), and Hampton Court (Where King Henry had how many wives?!), through Kingston and ended in Teddington.

Today was our last day with 17km to go, with strong winds mostly from behind, and a good current flowing, it was the easiest day. I see Hammersmith Bridge most days on my way in to the office, but was sure glad to see that beautiful ridge today!

SPONSORSHIP UPDATE:

Thank you for all the support and sponsorship – the target £600 has been surpassed with enough to sponsor another teen to go on one of our awesome Every Nation London summer camps! Any further gifts received will continue to go to sponsor more of our local youths to go to a life-changing camp.

The Last two days in Pictures (See my previous Post for Day 1 & 2 Photo’s)

The power of shared vision…

It was Ali’s birthday yesterday, and I came across this photo of us taking photo’s in Salzburg at the beginning of the year… A picture is worth a 1000 words, and below are some of the words that this picture reminds me of:

Ali & I taking photos in Salzburg...

  • To walk together with someone over the long haul, you must share a common vision of where you want to go… “How can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3v3)
  • It’s important to “capture” vision, because as you go through valleys you often can’t see the destination you originally set out for, until you get back onto a high place again… (Write the vision clearly... Habakkuk 2:4)
  • A shared vision is a powerful vision. There is power in agreement. When one forgets, the other can remind you… (We often have reminded each other, and in the few times when we both forgot, The Lord always sent someone else to remind us!)
  • It’s not good to be alone… friends, spouses, fellow believers, church are all GOOD! (Don’t let sin separate you – offence, bitterness, judgement, gossiping, jealousy, unforgiveness – yes, these are all SIN, so repent…)
  • Life is simply more fun done together…

2 Job Vacancies @ Every Nation London

We currently have 2 opportunities for joining our dynamic staff team at Every Nation Church London:

  1. Kids/Youth Worker for Hammersmith Congregation – Full Time
  2. Finance Reporter – Part time

Please see here for job descriptions and details, and do get in touch if this may be what you feel you are called to, or pass this on to anyone suitable.

Call us if you think you’re called!