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Corporate prayer is like serving the devil an eviction notice

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. The thief comes only…

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Corporate prayer is like an orchestra playing

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. Blow the trumpet in…

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Praying together is like armed combat

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. Put on the whole armour…

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Why gather? To eat, sing & pray together

Why should a Christian gather with other Christians on a regular basis? Why in other should you go to be with the church? A go to passage for most is Acts 2:42-47 and that supplies several key reasons. When they met together also did some things that helped remind them how they came to be family together – they broke bread together – reminding them that it was ONLY because of Jesus that found this new life, that were new men and women, that they were forgiven, set free, redeemed,…

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Figuring out small groups

I (we) haven’t got this sorted. It’s a mixed bag. We have some. They’re great. But we don’t have enough. Not by a long way. We have one monthly and one weekly going well and another on life-support. We should have at least three if not four times that number. Here are a few links with numbers in them. 3 Critical Elements Every Small Group Must Strive For Four reasons to serve food at your groups and meetings Five Essential Elements of Transformational Small Groups That’s all well and good…

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Why gather? Friendship

Have you ever asked yourself, why you go to church? It’s a good question to ask from time to time. One good reason is friendship. In fact being friends is a great reason to meet together. Some people may think that friendship is an inadequate reason to go to church because you can be with your friends anywhere. And there might be something in that, it’s not a bad reason but by itself it probably isn’t enough. The thing is in the church we’re friends because of someone and for…

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Six steps to making your church better

Here are seven steps that show us what ‘loving one another looks like.’ And just so we’re clear about how important the command is: Jesus, Paul, Peter and John all tell the church to love one another. It was a command of Jesus, repeated by his apostles. Jesus: Jn 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Paul: 1 Th 4:9 “Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to…

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No biting in church

There are many things in the Christian life that can be hard to understand and faith in God can throw up as many questions as it does answers. Equally there are many things in the Bible that are easy to understand. Of course easy to understand is not the same as easy to do. Jesus expected that His followers would continue to live out His teachings (Mt 28:20). Jesus expected that the life of his followers would be seen by others and Jesus expected that the watching world would notice…

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