Monthly Archives: September 2016

Where does sickness come from?

On Sunday I gave two talks, a short response to the battle we face over sickness and a longer one continuing through Nehemiah. The first one caused confusion in some, seemed unthoughtful to others and was taken well by many. I found myself wanting to clarify and clear up a few things. I used the unhelpful phrase “sin is to the soul as sickness is to the body,” meaning neither is our natural state and …

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Protecting our hearts and minds

Just a quick note after my long read yesterday.  We have a number of sick and struggling people around our church. Long term and scary stuff.  We are going through change and transformation which can feel uncertain.  The enemy then attacks our hearts and minds.  All that “did God really say…” “Does God really heal?” “Don’t put all your eggs in the Kingdom basket, just be careful and look after you..”  “Hope deferred makes the …

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Houses for God?

Houses for God?

I’ve been reading through the story and writings of Solomon in my personal devotions and separately studying the period of the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Kingdom by Nehemiah, Ezra, Zerubbabel, Haggai, and others after the exile of Israel and Judah. It’s interesting looking at two bits of history, years apart, both characterised by buildings. A Temple built and rebuilt, walls built around many cities and towns, palaces and homes. I grew up in a …

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Testimony

I blogged from the ELA conference, but I didn’t want to give this testimony until I’d had some time to make sure it was a long term thing… God told me earlier this summer He needed me fit and strong for the coming year. That felt a bit onerous and I was unsure how to get there, turns out it’s not about me… On the final day of the conference we heard Heidi Baker speak …

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