Monday, 29 September 2014

THE POTENCY OF PRAYER


"The potency of prayer hath subdued the strength of fire; it had bridled the rage of lions, hushed anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt. Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings
                                                                                                                     Chrysostom                                                                                          

Thursday, 25 September 2014

WHEN SILENCE PROVES NOTHING

Well, the old "Jesus never said anything about it" chestnut has surfaced once more.

It seems that no matter how many times this lame excuse for an apologetic is hit out of the park someone will always just keep on retrieving the ball and having another go.

This time however it comes with a twist.

FISHER OF MEN



I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.  And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.”     
                                                                                            (Read 2 Pet 1:13-15)

It is the end of the month and traditionally that is testimony night in Oxbridge.

 Tonight’s sharer can’t be here in person but he has provided for us his written testimony and I so I will read it out for us all tonight... 


“My name is Peter. The name means “rock” but in truth I haven’t always lived up to that name.   

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

THE GOOD-O-METER



I know that this has been doing the rounds of YouTube for a while but it bears repetition

I just love the nice twist near the end where he says to the man, "Not you...Him!"

Sunday, 21 September 2014

NOT A NURSERY

"This is not a praying age.

It is an age of great activity, of great movements, but one in which the tendency is very strong to stress the seen and the material and to neglect and discount the unseen and the spiritual..

...The prayer closet is not an asylum for the lazy and worthless Christian. It is not a nursery where none but babes belong. It is the battlefield of the Church, its citadel. It's the scene of heroic and unearthly conflicts.

The closet is the base of supplies for the Christian and the Church. Cut off from it there is nothing left but retreat and disaster."

            E.M. Bounds The Classic Collection on Prayer Bridge Logos p513-516

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

ISLAM & THE NEW TESTAMENT




Seemingly every day brings to us more depressing news from the Middle East.

 The depraved murders of Westerners which have dominated our TV screens over the last few weeks are only the most prominent examples of the sickening violence being perpetrated by the fanatical hordes of ISIS.

  Whilst the stiffened resistance of both the Kurds and the Shia Iraqis combined with the threat of new US airstrikes seems for the moment to be stemming the advance of ISIS,  as Christians we must understand that this is a spiritual battle and so isn’t going to be won by carnal weapons alone.

 For us prayer must be the weapon of choice and it will be fervent prayer that proves far more effectual than any guns or missiles!    

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

ON ROYAL BABIES, RACING DRIVERS, & THE RIGHT TO LIFE



As this blog’s diehard readership will be aware, I like nothing better than to scan the day’s headlines with a view to exploring the theological angle that is present in the events currently making the news.

This isn’t - or at least ought not to be- an especially difficult task since there is a theological angle to absolutely everything.  If in Christ all things hold together (Col 1:17), how could it be otherwise?    

The trick is being able to see what the angle might be, and also to see the connections between seemingly disparate events which upon examination can often turn out to be linked theologically.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

OBEDIENCE




“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

                                                              C S Lewis The Screwtape Letters

Saturday, 6 September 2014

ONLY A PRAYER MEETING!




With the summer feeling as though it is well and truly over, we now resume our normal weekly schedule in Oxbridge including the indispensable midweek prayer meeting.

A good time to dust off a little classic on this most vital of subjects:

 “But now that we have come together, how shall we pray? Let us not degenerate into formality, or we shall be dead while we think we live. Let us not waver through unbelief, or we shall pray in vain. The Lord saith to his Church, “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Oh, for great faith with which to offer great prayers!

  We have been mingling praise and prayer together as a delicious compound of spices, fit to be presented upon the altar of incense through Christ our Lord; may we not, at this time, offer some special far-reaching petition?

It is suggested to me that we pray for a true and  genuine revival of religion throughout the world.”

  
               Only a Prayer Meeting! C H Spurgeon Christian Heritage Puiblishers p9

 Amen to that!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

NEVER MIND THE NEPHILIM



 It occurs to me that if there were one surefire way for an impoverished pastor to boost his monthly income it would be by exacting a charge from every person who ever asked him the question, “Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6?”

 Forget the Prosperity Gospel or the Church Growth Movement. This is undoubtedly the strategy for getting the pastoral cash tills ringing.  

Not that I can ever provide the questioner with any kind of a definitive answer, you understand

In fact, it always appears to me that the person who raises the query is already quite familiar with this rather strange and exotic area of bible knowledge, and probably knows rather more about than I do.