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Jonathan Goforth—filled with the Spirit

Jonathan Goforth was a missionary to China in the late 1800′s early 1900′s.  In Wesley Deuwel’s Heroes of a Holy Life, Deuwel records some of the words by Dr John Inkster at Goforth’s funeral. He was a God-intoxicated man—fully surrendered and consecrated. Above all, he was humble. He was baptised with the Holy Ghost and with fire. He was filled with the Spirit because he was emptied of self—therefore he had power which prevailed with God and man. Heroes of a Holy Life, 64.  What a legacy!—All the best of the Journey! Gavin...
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Soul Care

If you have not become familiar with Mindy Caliguire’s site on Soul Care, it is worth a look. Soul care is a more focused area of spiritual formation that examines the heath of our inner life. She explains: So what makes a soul healthy? Quite simply, a soul is healthy to the extent that it experiences a strong connection to and receptivity to God. Jesus was clear: “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5, TNIV). However, connecting this spiritual reality to how we...
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Video: House of Prayer

Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York, believes prayer is the barometer of the church’s success. It’s not how many people who show up to services that count, but how many come to pray. In this 50min video, Cymbala presents his vision of a praying church and tells the story of how the Brooklyn Tabernacle grew from literally a handful to having 1500 turn up at prayer meeting. Very inspiring. Best wishes for the journey, Gavin....
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Scougal on religion

Henry Scougal (1650-1678) wrote a book entitled, The Life of God in the Soul of Man, and it was reading this book that brought about a deep conversion in George Whitefield. At the beginning, Scougal defines religion and those that practice it as follows: They know by experience that true religion is a union of the soul with God, a real participation of the divine nature, the very image of God drawn upon the soul, or, in the apostle’s phrase, “It is Christ formed within us.” . . . . . . . . religion being a resemblance of the...
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“All men watch porn” scientists find

In today’s Daily Telegraph, Jonathan Liew reports on some research at the University of Montreal on porn. As I posted about some time ago, I think such findings have serious implications for parents and poses challenges for the discipling of our church members. By Jonathan Liew Researchers were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users. But their project stumbled at the first hurdle when they failed to find a single man who had not been seen it. “We started our research seeking men in their 20s...
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Sexual Addiction

Recently at Andrews University, we had a visit from the leading Christian writer and speaker on sexual addiction, Mark Laaser. Before his visit, I had no idea how pervasive sexual addictions are, not only within culture, but within the Christian community. If sexual addiction is as bad as the statistics below suggest, this raises huge implications for discipleship training, because if we are not addressing sexual addictions and pornography at church, but at the same time trying to teach discipleship, we will probably make little impact. Here are some of the statistics from the website of  http://www.freedombeginshere.org/ • Sex is...
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