Back in May

It was back in May 2014 that I wrote a blog article called Sirens and Buses

If you’ve read that you’ll know that I’d planned to write more about the primary model of prayer that Jesus gives us in the New Testament – lengthy, lonely, lingering prayer with the Father.

Over the next few days, I’m going to take those three ‘Ls’ and attempt to show why they’re so vitally important for a vibrant life of faith as a lover of Jesus. My hope is that looking more closely at prayer like this will catalyse love for God in a new way.

The overwhelmingly clear priority of Jesus when he walked on the planet was not to instigate a social revolution or to establish a political kingdom, or even to eradicate social injustices that, like today, help form our moral pandemics; but to please and do the will of His Father, Daddy God – His Adonai.

I think that’s the point and very essence of Lengthy, Lonely, Lingering prayer

I’d love to read your thoughts in a world that seems to lean in most of what we do towards sprint, shared, snappy prayer

 

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Mirador

Number nine Headland Park Road – Paignton 523610 – was a pink house, not originally, but it was distinctly, among the varying shades of beige and white of Headland Park Road. It was a big, semi-detached pink house, six bedrooms in all after losing one to gain another two in the loft. It had a green front door with a brass knocker on it that looked like Aslan, but originally it was blue. The house was called Mirador almost sounding as though, in fact, it was a Narnian house in our childhood Narnias. Continue reading

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Creative Kingdom

This week we wanted to share with you a fantastic new website known as Creative Kingdom, conceived and run by Rob and Cathy Browne. Their passion is to be an encouraging hub of creative genius, encompassing art, music, photography and writing.

One of their USPs as a website is the width and scope of variety in creativity that they promote, not specific to only one kind of artist or group, but inclusive of many. In that sense, Rob and Cathy are the King and Queen of the ubiquitous Creative Kingdom

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When We Pray

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Perspective (film)

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What do you mean by a ‘good sermon’? (1 Thess 2)

firebrandnotes:

My friend, Andy, works with his family in East Africa to train and teach and preach the Bible. Here’s a refreshing blog article with concise, short and, yet, pointed advice for Biblical preaching.

Originally posted on Watumishi wa Neno:

  • Clear – “declare to you…” (v2 cf. vv6-7, 11)
  • Christ-centred – “…the gospel of God” (v2 cf. vv4, 8, 9)
  • Careful – “our appeal does not spring from error… but just as we have been entrusted… so we speak” (vv3-4 cf. v13)
  • Cutting – “not to please man but to please God who tests our hearts… we never came with words of flattery” (vv4-5 cf. vv12, 13)
  • Compassionate – “Nor did we seek glory from you… but we were gentle among you like a nursing mother taking care of her own children… being affectionately desirous of you… you had become very dear to us” (vv6-8 cf. 11, 17-20)

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