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Faith and spirituality in a modern world


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Looking for revival

Seed germinating in the ground and sprouting through the ground

Why do so many people look down on anything old these days? When looking for revival it is Biblical to look back. But we are constantly told that everything is ‘improved’ and ‘new’. Why is that, because these things couldn’t have been perfect to start with! But God’s work is perfect.
He can’t be improved, neither can His works.
We can be such an arrogant generation!…

[5] How do I know I am saved?

Cat looking out from a box.

How do I know I am saved? It is not good for a Christian to doubt their salvation. A Christian who is assured of their salvation will be a confident person in God’s Kingdom. There are three forms of assurance…

[6] The Holy Spirit and living a godly life

Snow on branches representing a pure life.

The older, more technical term for living a godly life is sanctification.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit does help to promote a godly life, but it is not ‘sanctification’ itself.
The church at Corinth…

[7] Receive the Holy Spirit

A man breathing out.

After Jesus was raised from the dead, He appeared to His disciples and:
“He breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’ ” John 20:22
How does this breathing of the Holy Spirit differ from the disciple’s filling of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost?…

[8] Revival and the Holy Spirit

Two students dressed up for their Graduation day.

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones said that revival is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon a group of people.
Are we trusting in the organising power of the church, or are we trusting in the power of God to pour out His Holy Spirit?
The church needs another Pentecost…

Ticket to heaven?

An old tram ticket.

Is there such a thing as a ticket to get to heaven?
No, tickets are not allowed.
Can you pay at the door? No!
Jesus declared ‘I tell you the Truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.’
By looking at this verse John 3 we could say that all places for heaven are reserved for family members only…

Part 3 The Bible and the Holy Spirit

An open Bible.

A Pastor said that the church wasn’t growing fast enough, then he heard of a revival and so he went to it. On returning he got up to preach but there was no preaching, for three months. Would the Holy Ghost who wrote the Book, who said that the Truth will set you free, would he cause the minister to laugh so much so that he couldn’t preach this Word?
When we look at the 18th Century Revival, the preaching from the Bible played a central role coupled with Spirit filled Preachers…

Jesus the Prayer Warrior Part 3

The High Priest in the Jewish Temple in his very colourful garments.

I think you will be amazed at when and how Jesus prays and also the results.
In Hebrews it tells us that Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through Him.
And Jesus said to Simon Peter: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail.”…

[11] Have we got a sweet smelling life?

Incense rising up creating a sweet fragrance.

Have you noticed the difference in how God is described before the Flood and then after the Flood?
Before the Flood:
“He was grieved in His heart that He had made man.”
After the Flood:
He smelt the sweet fragrance.” …

Part 5 Toronto Blessing beginnings

Toronto blessing style meeting.

The Toronto Blessing is also referred to as the laughing revival.
Where, or how did it start?
It’s not a unique phenomenon.
Below is a potted history extracted from a manuscript by Margaret M. Poloma from the University of Akron [1]:
Pre 1987 Claudio Friedzon, an Assemblies of God pastor in Argentina, was in the centre of revival sweeping through parts of Latin America…