This week I was doing a little reading on the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He has quite a story.
Though this prayer below is usually attributed to him, it’s fair to say he probably did not pen it. However, it still captures the essence of who he was. It very much spoke into my life and work these days.
Over the last 4 decades, one of the classic books on intercessory prayer has been Rees Howells: Intercessor. While it has maintained its reputation as a helpful text about the practicalities of prayer and intercession, it actually stands as a biography to one specific man called by God in the Welsh revival of 1904-1905 and subsequently used in great works across south Wales – Rees Howells.
But, for those who have read it, you will be aware that the book closes in 1950, at the death of Rees. The Bible College of Wales, which he launched in 1924, was still in existence in Swansea, Wales, and there was still much work to be accomplished in carrying out the vision of reaching ‘every creature’ with the gospel (quoting Mark 16:15 from the KJV).
So what happened following the half-century mark and how did things continue forward? Continue reading →
I have friends here in Brussels that head up the annual European Prayer Breakfast. This gathering is held in early December and is full of varying Christian European diplomats and European pastor-leaders. They mainly come together to hear a stirring talk from a distinguished diplomat and pray for the European Union.
A very similar gathering takes place in Washington DC each year, happening in early February. Of course, this one mainly draws upon American officials and pastor-leaders.
Metaxas begins his talk at the 34-minute mark and ends at the 1-hour and 5-minute mark. It was an absolutely amazing speech, filled with humour and stirring thoughts about the topic of true faith. Also, if interested, Obama follows him up with a short speech as well. Continue reading →
It is good to take some time away, very good, even if it is only for a 24-hour period. And, thus, I am much anticipating this weekend in which our leadership team will draw away to the Ardennes of Belgium for a short, 24-hour period to be together, seek God, hear from God and respond to His leading of our lives and the life of the church we lead.
I pray it is like a refreshing rain during a hot mid-summer’s day.
On Sunday at Cornerstone, we had Gary Benjamin with us to bring the message. Gary and his team head up a house of prayer and worship in the Waterloo area of Belgium. In his message, Gary communicated his deep and passionate heart for prayer. Interestingly, he shared many stirring stories-testimonies of God’s powerful work through prayer and obedience to the voice of God.
As one who believes God still speaks today, in the specific prophetic-revelatory sense (though we don’t need to add it into the Scripture), and that God is still doing miraculous works throughout the whole of the world, I commend this message to you to stir you in prayer and faith for God’s heart to see great things take place in the earth.
You can listen to it by clicking on the icon below, or you can download it from our podcast or from iTunes. For those who would like to know, the message is 39:51 in length.