Strange Fire 3

Having seen something of the criticisms of charismatic worship made at the Strange Fire Conference, I watched some of Grace Community Church (of which John MacArthur is one of the pastors) Sunday morning service at the end of the conference and was struck by the fact that they sang In Christ Alone, a hymn full … Continue reading Strange Fire 3

Are you quenching the Spirit?

In the last post we looked at the baptism and fullness of the Spirit, in this one we are asking the question, are you quenching the Spirit? A quick glance over the New Testament very quickly reveals the dynamic of a God who was present with his people - present in person and present in … Continue reading Are you quenching the Spirit?

A Forgotten Yet Essential Truth

When was the last time you heard a message about the ascension (if you've ever heard one)? What does the ascension mean to you? Most of us are familiar with the birth of Christ, his life, death and resurrection, and the giving of the Spirit at Pentecost, but when it comes to the ascension that's … Continue reading A Forgotten Yet Essential Truth

God Is For Us! Updated

God is for us! Staggering thought isn't it? But know this the devil absolutely hates it, and is always seeking to undermine the truth, knowledge and experience of it - he comes to rob, kill and destroy. In some circles you'd think God was against the world he created, but that is not the way … Continue reading God Is For Us! Updated

Guilty fears? Lack of Assurance?

Guilty fears? Lack of assurance? Is the enemy trying to keep you away from coming into the Father's presence by suggesting you are not good enough? Following on from last week here's another grand old hymn that expresses something of the cross work of Christ, and so edifies and encourages us. It was written by … Continue reading Guilty fears? Lack of Assurance?

No Need to Pay Twice

Following on from Easter and the death and resurrection of Jesus this old hymn comes to mind, and what a hymn - I've lightly modernised it - it contains a powerful declaration of the glorious liberating truth of the cross. If you are doubting, lacking assurance, wondering whether you've done enough, or whether Jesus has … Continue reading No Need to Pay Twice

The Cross Has Said It All

In a world that likes to exalt man and speak of his advances and goodness, the cross doesn't make sense. In a world that likes to say we are all victims but no one's guilty, the cross is a foreign and alien concept. For many it belongs to a bygone era when humanity didn't understand … Continue reading The Cross Has Said It All