He Loves Us

Within these first three weeks of 2014 we have been following a Daniel Fast to achieve a few things:

1) Detox from the poor nutrition running up to and during the festive season &

2) Lose a few vanity pounds but primarily

3) Know a closer-felt proximity to Jesus

The overwhelming reason for doing any Christian fast is homesickness – homesickness for heaven and homesickness for Jesus. When Jesus was asked in Mark 2 as to why His disciples were not fasting, He points John’s disciples and the Pharisees (who’d asked) to the day when the Bridegroom would be taken from them (us, the church) and when we’d then fast. We fast because we miss Jesus and we long to be sensitised to His presence and His voice. (Have a look at an article I wrote a few years ago here).

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

One of the sweetest highlights in pastoral ministry I’ve experienced thus far was when I was stood next to one of my best friends on the front row of the church we were leading together at the time. Like in any church, there were seemingly thousands of things/responsibilities/behind-the-scenes situations that were threatening to kidnap my simple worship and devotion.

I was stood wrestling with a few things, including fear, my eyes closed, as I tried to push in to his presence. I was trying. I’m still trying today, with a whole bunch of things.Continue reading “Out of the Mouths of Babes”

Firebrand FITT Notes

For those of you wanting to shed some pounds in 2014 or to bulk up and get stronger – here are my best words of advice from over 14 years of working in exercise and health. Happy sweating!

In my professional role as an NHS Exercise Practitioner, I’ve had the privilege of helping over 6000 patients one on one in the last 6 years to: improve their general health, lose weight, recover from open-heart surgery, reverse chronic metabolic diseases like diabetes, overcome depression and start walking again from life-threatening morbid obesity – the list goes on and on.

During that time I’ve met people from virtually every walk of life, most of whom wanted to lose weight and improve their health through physical activity.

Here’s some info for you if you are currently unhappy with your health/weight and how you might make that all-important move from being inactive to even moderately active. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments box and I’ll reply asap, otherwise I advise asking your GP about GP Exercise Referral/Prescription services in your area.

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Ten Thousand Little Things

Happy New Year! I’m praying that love for God this year would blossom like never before in our lives personally and within the world-wide church as a whole.

Have you ever thought about the extent of the beauty of the world-wide church based on the extent of her love for her Bridegroom, Jesus? How beautiful will the Bride be when He returns and how beautiful is she at the moment? Or how whole-hearted is her love?

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Football and the Warrior Instinct (via @desiringgod)

Having a Christmas break from the normal run-of-the-mill must also involve one from writing (for me). But this blog article below is an encouraging read if you love God and sport and especially if you have little sons to pass a whole bunch of things on to.

I thought you might enjoy this:-

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/football-and-the-warrior-instinct

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Remembering Mandela – Truth and Reconciliation

We will all have been moved in the last 48 hours as memories from Nelson Mandela’s life have been aired across the world’s media. The impact of this man’s life is truly remarkable and it is encouraging to see such universal acclaim and respect for him as his life has been honoured. And great honour was due.

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Mercy Mercy

Occasionally I’ll hear a lyric in a song of worship that will make me wince. Brooke Fraser’s bridge section from Hosanna is a good example of this where she pens,

“Heal my heart and make it clean…break my heart for what breaks Yours”.

We sing, we follow suit, we play…but, really? Break my heart – really? Lord, I want to feel deep heart-break…really?

I winced recently when I heard a lyric clearly from the costly, private world of Matt Crocker and Joel Houston from the Zion track Mercy Mercy – and I wince every time I hear it and wince even more when I have the courage to sing it.
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John Piper responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference

This Desiring God blog is worthy of being in reblogosphere territory. The wisdom and balanced but prophetically penetrating points from Piper are compelling. Happy reading!

http://dsr.gd/1gRRuNC

God Almighty Built the Universe & All Its Planets

Watching the recent programmes from the BBC entitled Richard Hammond Builds a Planet/Universe has reminded me of the hopelessness of our attempts to reach or understand God without God himself leading the way.

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