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Hills and Shadows – A Call to Christian Leaders

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16) Like all of us, I have been deeply saddened by what has been disclosed regarding Brian Houston. I didn’t know what God they knew, but I knew from that...

Growing Gospel Workers

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Matthew 9:37,38). All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20). The things you have heard me say in the presence of...

Letters to Myself (1) – Chasing Meritocracy

Sam begins a new series of letters written to his younger self. He reflects on mistakes made and lessons learnt, the presence of God and the way of his work, spiritual formation in word and culture, and paths to consider and paths to steer clear. You have just turned 17, and you are about to be asked to be a youth leader. From there, God’s going to take you on a journey of serving him and his people that will be filled with ups and downs. This pride will hide itself in the perception that being proud of ‘spiritual experiences’...

Doing Better at Hearing Prayer Points

How we receive prayer points in our small groups will reveal our real beliefs about prayer. It will also show how well we love the people in our group. If the group is working well, building trust with each other and with God, then people will feel able to seek prayer for things that are more personal. When items for prayer are shared, how the group responds will speak volumes about whether it is safe to have personal and painful things prayed for. If the group is working well, building trust with each other and with God, then there will...

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