Faith comes by hearing 6

2015-05.1 1 Samuel 28:5-7 Monday, February 2, 2015 Not hearing? Don’t force the issue! Saul and the Witch of Endor, Washington Aliston, 1820 (The Five College Museums, Deerfield, Mass, USA) BEFORE leaving this topic for now, I want to cover a couple of practicalities, one unhelpful and the other very helpful. This is the unhelpful…

Reflections on New Wine 2014 – 6

2014-34.1 John 16:33 Monday, August 18, 2014 Jesus’ call to “come” is a call to enter a battle Simon Guillebaud IN THIS post (which is a bit long, apologies, but it’s a good story and it doesn’t split well) I am talking some more about Simon Guillebaud’s call to Burundi, the subject of a message…

The revelation that compels praise 6

2014-31.1 Psalm 136:1 Monday, July 28, 2014 Thankful for everything? Merlin Carothers served as a US Army paratrooper with 82nd Airborne in the Second World War and then, after a complete turnaround in his life, rejoined the US Army as a chaplain in the 1950s and served in Korea and Vietnam, retiring as a Lt-Colonel.…

All kinds of prayers and requests 4

2014-29.4 Luke 18:8; Luke 11:10 Thursday, July 17, 2014 Shameless boldness A bailiff exercises distraint, from a 2011 Daily Telegraph story. Not a ‘nice’ example, but the point is that we should use our spiritual authority shamelessly to take hold of what has been assigned to us, out of the grasp of the one who…

Walking the walk, growing in certainty

1 John 5:13-15 Thursday, July 18, 2013 Three certainties on a rising scale of faith (14-15) …if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.   Yesterday we looked at three certainties…

Weaving together God’s covenant love with our faith and action

1 John 5:1-5 Monday, July 15, 2013 Weaving together God’s covenant love with our faith and action 1 John 5:1-5 Everyone who believes…everyone who loves the Father… everyone born of God overcomes…  THIS is where John begins to draw together the detailed teaching in the earlier part of his letter. His objective in writing this was…