The art of saying No

Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same…

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The Second David

As a friend remarked as he read through the Bible, “There’s a lot about David!” David is the subject of 1 Samuel through to 2 Kings 2 and from 1 Chronicles 11 through to the end of the book. That is 76 chapters! Add the Psalms attributed to David and you reach over 150 chapters. That is roughly one sixth of the whole Old Testament. His name comes in the…

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Roho Mtakatifu ni nani?

And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2) For a disciple not to have heard about the Holy Spirit is Not A Good Thing. For those of us who want to emphasise (I think rightly) the priority of preaching Christ and him crucified and who see the Spirit’s role…

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Gospel spirit

There’s a very important article by David Gibson on ‘Beginning with Moses’ called ‘Assumed Evangelicalism’.  Gibson starts by retelling the stories of two movements – the Mennonites and the UK Student Christian Movement: The first generation of the Mennonite Brethren movement believed and proclaimed the gospel and thought that there were certain social entailments. The next generation assumed the gospel and advocated the entailments. The third generation denied the gospel…

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The un-wasted, future-focused life

Last Friday – the last day of the Ministry Training Course week – we began with an eternal perspective as Harrison preached through the later chapters of Acts and brought out Paul’s single-mindedness, heavenly focus and willingness to be the grain of  wheat that falls to the ground and dies to bring fruit. I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I…

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Don’t Waste Your Life [Review]

iServe Africa alumna Esther Chebet reviews one of the set books in the iServe Africa apprenticeship year, John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. Many people think that a wasted life is a life of poverty or a life that does not indulge in the pleasures this world has to offer. We should start by asking ourselves why God created us to live in this world for a specific period of time.…

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Faithful and fruitful in mission – MTC1 2016

We have been reminded recently as a staff team from John 15 that we should be aiming not only at faithfulness (as a steward discharging a duty) but also at a joyful, loving, prayerful, Christlike, tangible, supernatural fruitfulness. At the Ministry Training Course last week we were looking at 2 Timothy and Colossians and seeing there faithfulness and fruitfulness. The hardworking farmer expects a harvest (2 Tim. 2:6). There is faithful guarding and preaching…

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Married for God [review]

Reviewed by Daphne Kabeberi: When we were given this book to read, I all but refused to go through it, for fear that it would “arouse love before it so desires” in this single girl’s heart and mind. You can imagine my surprise when it did the exact opposite! It taught me that “marriage” has relatively little to do with the sort of mushy thoughts that I’ve come to associate…

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Induction 2016: The new team

Great time last weekend with the new team of iServe Africa ministry apprentices. Looking forward to a great year of listening again and again to the gospel together, exploring it, living it out, speaking it, enjoying Jesus more. Here are the notes for apprentices… 5 Keys to Personal Support Raising How to write a prayer letter Communication and Prayer God’s Mission & Our Mission The Priority of Preaching Living out…

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Prophecy, power and weakness

We had a good discussion yesterday at Training Wednesday on contemporary prophecy which was followed, interestingly, by a session from Stuart Houghton on two 19th century quasi-prophetic movements: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism. One of the themes that came out was the use of ‘prophecy’ as an instrument of fear, power and authority. But when we looked at the New Testament we found that prophecy, though highly valued for its ability to edify…

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