3 Things Jesus’ Resurrection Means To Us Today

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 The resurrection of Jesus Christ is so much more than a cosy spiritual concept or the assurance of an after life. Of course the spiritual dimension is huge, and while it does guarantee both life after death and a personal resurrection; Jesus’ bodily resurrection has an equally important impact on the way we see the world and live our lives in the here and now. Read more

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3pm, Friday 3rd April, 33AD – The Messiah Died

 

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Just in case you forgot! I know everyday is the Lord’s and we remember Him moment by moment, but I can’t get over this time of year. I mean, God became a man whilst staying God and being man; and then He went on to pull off the most audacious rescue in all eternity. Forget muscly hero bursting in with big guns and clenched fists – this rescue was on a scale and dimension we can only point to. God went to a cross and died.

Jesus is the true passover lamb, and however you end up spending this Good Friday don’t forget to pause for just a moment to remember that God died so that we don’t have to. Once He was on the cross that was it for sin and death…

Talk more on Sunday.

Go well my friends 😀

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Are We Sons or Servants?

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There appears to be a bit of a debate going on about whether Christians are sons and daughters of God or merely servants. It is an important distinction, because how we see ourselves will determine to a large extent how we live and what we will expect from God.

NB When we talk about sons in this context we are speaking of a position rather than a gender. To all the ladies, you can call yourself a son or a daughter – we (and the New Testament) are discussing our standing before God and not our genders.

Before we examine ourselves, how did Jesus view Himself? Well, He did say He came not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28). Paul tells us that Jesus, though God took on the form of a servant and it was through His obedience that Jesus was able to ascend and receive all authority in both heaven and earth (Philippians 2:5-11). Read more

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I Can Reveal The Identity Of The Antichrist.

 

antichrist1Yes it is true, in this article I will reveal the identity of the antichrist once and for all. Of course this mysterious character has been confusing people for years, Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler, President Roosevelt and even Barack Obama have been put forward as candidates. Antichrist has been the subject of endless books, the star of numerous films and the lead character in any number of novels. But, now it is time to pull the wraps off and let everyone know just who or what we are dealing with. By studying the ancient manuscripts preserved in the Scriptures, the secret that was hidden for centuries can be discerned and revealed once and for all.  Read more

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Good News Ghana!

Hi everyone,Children

As some of you may know I have been at a loose end lately, what with my health and changes to our ministry. A week or two ago I asked the Lord whether he wanted me to teach anymore, or if the season was over. Well last week I received two invitations to speak as well as a trip to Ghana in November being confirmed; I guess that means I won’t be retiring just yet.

Ghana is a wide open door for me, the only limit is my energy and finances. I truly believe I have something to share that will strengthen the church in Ghana, and bring greater joy and more freedom to the believers on the ground. For the first part of the trip I will be speaking at a conference organised by a businessman from the USA; he is sponsoring local leaders who will be attending as well as paying for the expenses of the conference. (We did something similar a few years ago). The second week I am there I will be hosting a leaders conference, which last time brought leaders from over fifty churches, and that was with no advertising! On top of this there will be some radio interviews and perhaps some church visits for those with the courage – ‘Grace’ is a dangerous subject… 😉

 

LadyTo be able to serve the poor of this world and offer them the dignity and riches that are only available through the good news of Jesus is a massive privilege; there are many who preach a gospel to the people of Ghana that is not the Gospel, and it is my sincere desire to see the reality of the good news of Jesus, the Messiah, flow through the lives and communities of God’s people in this beautiful country. There are literally thousands of small, poor churches; many of them are plagued by superstition and a lack of knowledge. For that reason, I will spend most of my time with groups of leaders; I want to encourage and influence the influencers, hopefully developing some long term relationships as they get excited about what Jesus has done for us.

In the longer term it is still a dream to start and fund a school in Accra; I don’t want to westernise anyone, but the government schools are very limited and not all the children attend. A Christian school in one of the poorer parts of Accra would not only be a great way to disciple some children, but a proper education can help break the cycle of poverty and injustice.

Of course, none of this is without financial implications, and as I cannot make any demands on the folk in Ghana I am asking those friends,who know of Sandra’s and my calling, to consider helping out financially. You know, as well as I do, that those who give to the poor are actually lending to the Lord, and he promises to repay, which is why I have the boldness to ask for your help. Please do not feel under any sort of compulsion, you need to respond only if you want to; having said that please do pray for the trip whether you can help financially or not.

The budget is going to be something in the region of £2,200 – the lions share of that being flights and lodgings. I need to use hotels when I am in Ghana, not out of some sense of self-importance, but because in most cases it is too much of an imposition to stay with local people; they would be stretched too much financially to keep me. I also like to pay for any fuel, as well as keeping stocked up with bottled water – not even the locals trust the tap water!Boys

Approximate Budget

Return Flights £850
Insurance £50
Visa £100
Vaccinations £100
Board £700
Petrol £100
Venue £150
Refreshments for Delegates £150

If you are able to help please make cheques payable to:

Redemption Ministries’, PO Box 352, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 9AG

Or go online

Account Number 00565494, Sort Code 30-93-05.

Redemption is a registered charity so we can claim tax back on all gifts from employed folk who pay tax; for those who are self employed or directors your gift can be given before tax.

Thanks so much for reading this far 😀

Love always,

 

Mark

 

 

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The Same Sex Marriage Debate

 

There has been a lot of emotions running very high over this debate. In this post I want to put forward the arguments from both sides in as clear a way as I possibly can, hopefully allowing people to see what is what. Because my job is to write in an uncomplicated and as brief a way as possible  (though that has proven difficult in this case)I haven’t included Scripture references or a list of resources; these can be easily found for both sides of the argument if needed.

 A word here to the wise; if you want to comment on this post please be civil and offer well thought out arguments or agreements. Overly emotional, hateful or ignorant comments from either side will be deleted both on my blog and Face Book page. Read more

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Small is the New Big

Church as we know it in the West isn’t working; I don’t mean people don’t enjoy themselves (as that seems to be the main directive), some do. What I am talking about is our prime directive to go into all the world and make disciples, our current understanding of church is most certainly failing in this respect. It was this understanding that caused me to make such a radical shift of direction in my life. Whilst I really don’t have all the answers I feel I am closer to what Jesus had in mind when He said ‘church’ than when I ‘pastoring’.

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The Mythology Of Church Leadership

 

 

Myth – “an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.” Dictionary.com

John Maxwell (who told me that he is my friend) says that “everything rises and falls on leadership”, and you know what? He is absolutely right. Everything from our schools to our homes, from our businesses to our sports teams need to be led – The thing is what should church leadership really look like. Does the Bible give any clues, should we be like a corporation or is that the very opposite of what the Jesus had in mind? Read more

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Don’t Call It Church!

We have all heard it again and again, following Jesus is a relationship and not a religion – To this I say a hearty “amen”. The thing is how does this pan out in our daily living, do we ‘follow Jesus in the way’ or ‘visit Him on a Sunday’? Ironically, the very thing that advertises as being a help can actually be very detrimental to following after the Lord Jesus; I am of course talking about church. Read more

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