Presence Possibilities

Camp fire

"The church camps around the sermon; Israel camped around the presence." - Bill Johnson A stirring quote from Bethel's senior leader and yet it reveals an important truth about our priorities. The most important thing to Israel throughout the Old Testament was not their inspiring leaders, fathers or even their most revered scriptures the Torah. The focus of … Continue reading Presence Possibilities

Kingdom influence

salt

At the very heart of the gospel is the idea of influence. The word gospel means good news, good news is worth sharing! Jesus introduced the Kingdom of God here on earth. With a crash the Kingdom of Heaven, as Matthew calls it burst onto the earth. The superior reality of the Kings dominion colliding … Continue reading Kingdom influence

Faith that Sings

amazing grace

It might sound like a bit of self promotion for a worship leader to tell you that Congregational worship is a big deal! Today I want to focus on one particular part of worship that I have been thinking on lately. What we sing in church really matters. I don't just mean that what we … Continue reading Faith that Sings

Hosting the Presence – Part 3

Welcome-Mat

There is nothing more precious than the presence of God. This series explores the story of God's presence throughout the bible and explores how we can host him well in our midst. In the first two parts of this series (Part 1, Part 2) I set the scene by exploring the topic of God's presence … Continue reading Hosting the Presence – Part 3

Hosting the Presence – Part 2

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There is nothing more precious than the presence of God. This series explores the story of God’s presence throughout the bible and explores how we can host him well in our midst. In the first part of this series we began to explore the story of God's presence in the Old Testament. God chose to … Continue reading Hosting the Presence – Part 2

Hosting the Presence – Part 1

tent

There is nothing more precious than the presence of God. This series explores the story of God's presence throughout the bible and explores how we can host him well in our midst. The bible opens with such a stunning scene. The God of the universe creates a magnificent universe full of wonder and delight. He … Continue reading Hosting the Presence – Part 1

Eat the meat, spit out the bones

Silhouette of summer garden BBQ isolated against fire

The older I get the more I have realised that there is not much "pure" in life that we come across. There are mixed motives, hidden intentions, mixed messages and half truths at every turn. I used to take the approach of throwing out information that I was suspicious of very quickly. I used to … Continue reading Eat the meat, spit out the bones