Friday 24th May 2019

Articles

These articles are not in any order but are just things that the Lord has been showing and teaching me through various situations. I hope they will be an encouragement to you.

Blocking the Cross
28/02/2019

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scoring it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12v2


The cross is not an easy thing to look at, a symbol of torture, an item that took the life in the cruellest of ways. When I look at the cross I see the grace and mercy of God towards me. I look at the free gift of salvation I have re... (read more)

Killing God
30/10/2018

The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
Luke 15v12- 13

In the parable of the lost son, Jesus sums up in a simple example the depths of rejection we show towards God by our actions and desires.

In this parable we have... (read more)

The Dangers of Processed Foods
27/09/2018

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
John 16v13

Some time ago my wife was diagnosed with Coeliacs, a condition that makes her intolerant to wheat. Suddenly shopping became very different, instead of rushing round the shelves putting what I wanted in the shopping trolley, I now had to stop and r... (read more)

No one inquired of the Lord!
12/06/2018

The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.
Joshua 9v14

Joshua chapter 9 tells us the account of the Gibeonite deception. These people that God had told the Israelites to destroy came of with a simple deception that led Israel to make an alliance with them. They arrived at the Israelite camp claiming to have come a long way because they had heard of the fame of the Lord (Joshua 9v9). For the Israelites, ... (read more)

True Unity
23/05/2018

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes.
Psalm 133v1-2

Unity among Christian believers is a subject that is often misunderstood and through its misuse can often do more damage than good. Unity is something that the Lord desires between His people yet so often it is the very t... (read more)

Education, the media and government
15/09/2017

As a pastor I am regularly hear complaints from Christians that the government or education is against them or that the television is full of immorality and that we should complain or write to our MP's. In fact as I write this, an article has been sent to me where the solution is that Christians start taking people to court because a school is not doing what the Christians believe is right.

As a church we deliver monthly evangelistic leaflets ... (read more)

Repentance
01/05/2017

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
Matthew 3v1-2

Repentance is a word that seems to be out of fashion in the church today or at least misused. Today it is something that we often like to ignore, a part of the gospel that might put people off coming into a relationship with God, instead we should just focus on Gods love for us.
Well Gods love for... (read more)

Changing Heroes
25/04/2017

As a young Christian I grew up reading about different missionaries who all seemed to have left everything for the sake of the gospel. The book would usually tell of incredible struggles and how the Lord had met needs in various ways. My faith was challenged as I looked at these men and women who had forsaken all for the sake of the gospel, with the book often ending in a final challenge, as the person so often laid down their life for the Lord. ... (read more)

Lessons from a hospital bed
27/09/2016

It's strange how the Lord often has to take us to places or through situations we don't like to be able to teach us some simple truths. So often we miss what God is saying as we look for the major miracle, but if we will keep our ears open to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit, there are great spiritual truths to be revealed about the Lord and truths about ourselves that the Lord lays bare before us.

As I write this I am recovering afte... (read more)

Racism in the Church?
14/07/2016

Racism: the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.

As I write this, the UK has just gone through a referendum that has led to the decision to l... (read more)

Removing the Cross
14/06/2016

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do n... (read more)

Want to be or Called to be?
18/05/2016

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honour at the table, he told them this parable: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest pla... (read more)

The death of the prayer meeting!
19/02/2016

As I think back over my Christian life and the churches I've been part of, I think the two most unpopular items have to be the cleaning rota and the prayer meeting. They are two items that seem never ending and at times feel like you are going round in circles. Suggest a fellowship lunch, men's breakfast or a new worship group and volunteers seem endless, but the prayer meeting and the cleaning rota just don't seem to be fashionable.

Years ag... (read more)

Removing Gods Revelation
18/02/2016

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Ephesians 1v17-19

Today I finally managed to get the late... (read more)

No Provision?
28/01/2016

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me."
But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed to Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
Jonah 1v1-3

As a pastor hardly a week goes by without someone coming to me ... (read more)

New Years Resolution?
30/12/2015

So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. Genesis 6v14

At this time of year people like to make New Years resolutions, even in churches there is often a desire to seek new vision for the coming year. Now there is nothing wrong with seeking a fresh vision, but so often we can be like a child at the dinner table that wants their pudding before they have finished their main course. It'... (read more)

Immigrants, Terrorism, Politics and Christ.
11/12/2015

I remember driving through Eastern Germany just after the Berlin wall had fallen. Unification of Germany was starting and I remember at the time looking at the infrastructure changes that would need to take place just to link up basic utilities. In my mind I was trying to work out how many miles of copper power cables and pylons would be needed just to replace the power grid. How would it all be paid for? How will this separated people with years... (read more)

Keeping Christ in Christmas
30/11/2015

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her and he ate it. Genesis 3v6

There is no greater picture of the spiritual battle we face in Western countries than the battle of Christmas. Christmas, a time when we remember Jesus, the greatest gift ever given to man, but that the worl... (read more)

Scaffolding
17/11/2015

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Christ Jesus. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire,... (read more)

Dirty Fuel
03/11/2015

For many years I have had a problem with my motorbike in that occasionally it misfires. Mechanics looked at the bike and the manufacturers replaced one part after another trying to solve the problem. I tried everything, but still the bike would misfire under certain circumstances and I remained baffled.

Finally after a couple of years a specialist from the makers came and took a look. It only took him about 10 minutes to find the problem; it ... (read more)

Is it valuable enough to search for?
03/11/2015

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah29v13


It is amazing how often I lose something, but whether I find it comes down to a number of things. The first of which is can I be bothered to look for it, and when I say look, I mean to search, to put some effort in and move things out of the way, to really look.

So often in our Christian life we want God to move in a greater way, but we are not willing... (read more)

Recycling or Revelation?
15/09/2015

I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. Galatians 1v11-12

Paul was a great man of God, a man of prayer and through his time spent with the Lord a man to whom the Lord had revealed a lot, so much that the Lord had to give him a thorn in the flesh to stop him becoming conceited ... (read more)

Scattering the Flock
11/09/2015

"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the Lord. Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: "Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done," declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23v1-2

Over the last year I have lost count of the number of ... (read more)

Choosing a church?
20/08/2015

...I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Matthew 16v18


It is easy to forget who the church belongs to, the true church is made up of those who have "given" their lives to Christ in thankfulness for the salvation they have received by grace, through faith, through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. The church is a body of believers that God is building into an example of Christ on earth.

When we ... (read more)

Lessons from a doughnut
28/04/2015

If we will listen the Lord can teach us spiritual lessons from the simplest of things. One of the things the Lord has really been challenging and teaching me about the last couple of months is the difference between walking according to the flesh and walking according to the spirit, which one do I allow to control me. Which one is affecting my mood and outlook?

This last week has not been an easy one so like a good Christian I have committed t... (read more)

A view from the mountain top
23/03/2015

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. Revelation 21:10

So often we wonder why something has happened in our life or the lives of loved ones or friends. We start to question what God was doing, did he have a day off? Did he not love that person? Did he not hear our prayers?

Many times the reason we don't understand what is going on... (read more)

Unity at any cost?
05/03/2015

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." John 17v20-21

We live in an age where "unity" has become the new battle cry of the church. If all the denominations are working together, all will be well, no matter what compromises we... (read more)

Fruit or leaves?
26/02/2015

"I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in men, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
"I am the vine, you are the bran... (read more)

Lessons from loss
06/01/2015

Sometimes the hardest times in life are when we learn the greatest things and as I write this it is only a few days since my daughter passed away. It's times like this that we can look to God and ask what is going on? It is so easy to slip into the ways of the flesh and get angry with God, treating him as if He had been asleep on the job and had not been listening to our prayers, and yet as I look at what the Lord has done over the last few days... (read more)

Subtle distractions
30/12/2014

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12v1-2

As a Christian, a follower o... (read more)

Formation Flying
06/11/2014

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the RAF Red Arrows display team. It was an amazing display watching nine aircraft flying in close formation, sometimes flying alongside each other, sometimes flying in opposite directions as well as over and around each other. It was an incredible display that left me in awe of the pilots and I was curious to find out just how the display was put together. Later in the year I was fortun... (read more)

What is going on in your temple?
19/09/2014


Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a 'den of robbers.'" Luke 19v45-46

If a visitor spent a week in our church, would they see a 'house of prayer'? They may see worship, they may hear preaching of the word, there may be many other activities, but at the end of the week, would they say that our church ... (read more)

Who are you calling an old man?
05/09/2014


"Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive forty five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me the hill this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and... (read more)

The supplier of my needs
13/08/2014

One of the first things we need to do if we want to have our needs supplied is to know what our needs are as what we think our needs are, and what God says our needs are, can be two very different things.

The best way to describe the Bibles version of needs would be those things that are daily necessities, things that if we did not have them would mean we cannot live and serve the Lord. We need to be very careful to define what a "need" is and... (read more)

Who are we bowing down to?
04/08/2014


"But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - who pay no attention to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up."
Daniel 3v12


For those who don't know the about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego its worth reading Chapters 1 and 3 of the book of Daniel. These three Israelites had been taken into captivity by Nebucha... (read more)

How has your doctrine changed in the last year?
31/07/2014

How has your doctrine changed in the last year?

As I was out on one of my prayer walks, this was a question that I felt the Holy Spirit was asking me. At first it would seemed the answer was obvious; "my doctrine has not changed, I know what I believe." However, as I prayed over the question I began to see where the Lord was leading and I was humbled as to how stubbornness and pride could so easily prevent me knowing God in a greater way, but ... (read more)

Lessons from fruit salad
14/07/2014

At a recent fellowship lunch a young man brought along a very nice fruit salad. It wasn't like the tinned fruit variety; it was made of 14 different fruits mixed in a combination as he thought would taste best. Thought had been put into more than just the flavour, the colours of the fruits had been chosen with care to make sure that the fruit salad didn't just taste nice, but looked great as well. For me it was a real highlight of the meal and ta... (read more)

What am I building on?
23/05/2014


Then Moses cried out to the Lord, "What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me." Exodus 17v4

I'm sure there are many church leaders who have felt this way, that point of almost despair about what decision needs to be made to sort a situation out. What should I do?

There was a lesson to be learned here by the Israelites, but also by Moses, a lesson in trusting the Lord and the direction he is leading us in.... (read more)

Working with the Father
10/05/2014


"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." John4v34

As I was out on evangelism today I saw a young girl being put into the front of her Dad's van, you could see the excitement on her face as the seat belt was put on. She was in the Dad's van, not the car, the car is for family things, social events; the van is for work; and she was in dad's van, she was entering into his work environment. Now... (read more)

Do I want to know Christ?
30/04/2014

As Christians this can sound a strange question, the answer is that of course we want to know Christ! However it really depends on what we mean by "knowing Christ". In this age of multi media it's very easy to quickly find out a lot of information about a film star or famous musician, type their name into a search engine and we quickly find out their life story, pictures and statements they have made. We build up a picture of that person in our m... (read more)

Putting God in a box
15/04/2014


Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heaven ward in Christ Jesus.
All of us who are mature should take such... (read more)

Lifting up the Lord
15/03/2014


The Lord's anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore the Lord struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God.
Then David was angry because the Lord's wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day the place is called Perez Uzzah. 2 Samuel 6v7-8

David had brought together the chosen men of Israel to move the ark to the city of David so that he could be near the presence of God, now we know that ... (read more)

The cost of running from God
26/02/2014

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." Jonah 1v1

Jonah was a man who had experienced God in his life, he was a prophet (2 Kings 14v25), so would be used to listening to God and to acting on his instruction. However like so many of us, Jonah wanted to serve God, but only when God was doing what he wanted God to do. When God ... (read more)

Am I a friend of God?
13/02/2014

Before we can even start to think about this we need to understand what a friend is, the reason for this is like so many other words in our language we have changed the meaning, usually degrading it. An example of this would be modern social media such as Facebook where we accept a "friend request" from people we hardly know but they are now listed as our "friend".

So what does the Bible tell us about friends? The book of Proverbs is always a ... (read more)

What are you praying for?
21/01/2014

"For out of the overflow of his heart the mouth speaks." Luke 6v45b

As we listen to people talk we very quickly become aware of what is important in their lives, some talk of family, some of cars or houses, money or jobs. We hear their viewpoint on the world and their attitudes towards life. How we need to guard our tongues that they bring glory to God. The same can so often be seen in our prayer life, the things we are praying for very... (read more)

Busy making bricks
18/01/2014

Exodus 5v9 "Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies."

The Israelites had prospered in Egypt, their numbers had grown and they had been fruitful (Exodus 1v6). Egypt in the Bible is used to represent the world and worldliness. Egypt at this time was powerful and rich and for the Israelites it had provided all they needed to prosper but as always where Gods people start to thrive, the enemy c... (read more)

Blocking the Cross
28/02/2019

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scoring it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12v2


The cross is not an easy thing to... (read more)

Killing God
30/10/2018

The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in ... (read more)

The Dangers of Processed Foods
27/09/2018

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
John 16v13

Some time ago my wife was diagnosed with Coelia... (read more)

No one inquired of the Lord!
12/06/2018

The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.
Joshua 9v14

Joshua chapter 9 tells us the account of the Gibeonite deception. These people that God had told the Israelites to destroy came of with a simple decept... (read more)