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The Chief Danger

I read a quote the other day by the Salvation Army founder William Booth and it really made me think. Although he first said it over a hundred years ago I couldn’t help thinking how accurate it has proved to be over the decades. This is what he said about the spiritual state of the…

Letting God Lead

Well the time has come for Jen, Finley and myself to head to sunny Sunderland. As much as it seems strange, and comes with a mix of emotions, good and bad, it feels right, and not just to us and the leadership, but right in God and the Holy Spirit. In our decisions it’s important…

Separate Unto Me

In Acts Chapter 13:1-3 (NIV) it tells us: ‘Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas…

Without Faith it’s Impossible to Please God (Hebrews 11:6)

Hebrews Chapter 11 is one of the key chapters in the Bible that deals with the subject of faith. Theologians actually refer to it as ‘the hall of faith.’ It speaks of the many faith heroes in the Bible. Verse six is particularly poignant highlighting some very important principles. First of all it teaches us…

To Be a Pilgrim

If you are old enough you might well remember the words to this old hymn. You most probably sang them in your morning assembly at school. I know I did! ‘To be a Pilgrim’, of course also commonly known as ‘He who would true valiant be’, is the only hymn that the tinker turned preacher…

He Knows Your Name

‘Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name – you are mine.’ ‘He knows my name’ was the theme of the last Jobels taken by our very own interns. (Isaiah 43: 1) They very competently covered the theme but as I’ve been a part of pulling the programme…

Fishers of Men

15th April 1912 saw the world’s largest peacetime loss of life in maritime history. We are all aware of the Titanic. It was a ship built for the high life, to break records to sail the seas in 5 Star luxury, she had beautiful lines, able to cut through the sea with ease. She was…

The Gospel – Still the Power of God!

I was driving down the A50 on my way to one of the Network cluster groups that we organise. As part of the New Springs UK national ministry I host a number of these groups in various parts of the country. Their purpose is to envision, empower and bring support to ministers and full time…

Why Doesn’t Jesus Show Himself to Everyone?

Some years ago there was a craze of something called a ‘Magic Eye’ puzzle. It was a sort of optical illusion that was a mixture of colours and shapes that within it somewhere held a secret. The secret was a picture or word that if you stared at the picture for long enough you would…

The ‘Good’ in Good Friday

Here we are on the eve of Easter. I think probably the most significant date in our calendar. Why probably? Because it is a package deal, Of course for many, Easter has become just that, the chance for an early holiday package deal in the sun, but I’m not talking about that sort of package…