Contemplative Prayer, Tarrying, Waiting, Soaking & Marinating – Part 1

Author: Gareth Duffty

Over my thirty years journey of faith, I have grown more and more aware of certain characteristics that I must hold on to with all my strength, never letting go, and must refresh constantly. One of these characteristics is to keep being a pupil and to never stop learning; it was once said that the day you give up being taught is the day you vacate your place of influence. We all influence someone, it may one and it may be many. The challenge of being an influencer is how is it wielded for better or for worse, the choice is ours.

In keeping my attitude of learning alive and at the forefront of my adventure it brings with it certain choices; the choice of how to greet and deal with changing experiences, culture, revelation, how I address my thinking and actions and the advances the Spirit bring my way.

Today I am more convinced than ever that there is a move of God underway and it is heralding an encounter with the Father; I believe it is introducing us to a deeper and a more devotional experience with the Father. Wherever we are and wherever we go the evidence of the weight of his presence is wonderful.

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What on earth is happening in the church?

Author: Gareth Duffty

What is God doing? What is God saying?

These are age old questions, ones that have been asked, and will continue to be asked I am sure, throughout the ages until Jesus returns. The only challenge I have with these kinds of questions is that as I read the scriptures I find that God very rarely says one thing. For instance, in the opening pages of the book of Revelation, that book of the blessings, He speaks to 7 churches with 7 different words.

So it begs the question, does God say only one thing, or is it more important that we have ears to hear what He is saying overall?

So what is He saying today? I believe He is saying many things around the globe. Whatever way I look at it, whenever I hear the Word of the Lord I am convinced of these two facts:

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Revelation

Author: Geoff Newton

Do not worry, this is not an article about the beast, 666 or the rapture – it is about hope, not defeat.

In 1 Corinthians 2 v 9 it states ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him’. Many people stop there in their quoting, even songs have been written about verse 9, but I like verse 10 the best, which states, ‘But God has revealed it to us, by His Spirit’.

God has prepared wonderful things to make us successful in this life, and the next. He does not want them to be shrouded, but revealed to us, the children of His love – that’s good, isn’t it? The Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal the good things of the Word to us. But more than that, to reveal Jesus in the Word to us, for He is the goodness or glory of God. The apostle Paul in Galatians 1 v 15 – 16 states that ‘God was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him…’. God has no favourites, if God was pleased to have His Son revealed in Paul then you can guarantee that God is pleased to reveal His Son in you and me as well – that’s amazing, and more than just being amazing, it’s Biblical! In Colossians 1 v 25 - 27 Paul says that his whole commission was to present the will of God in its fullness, ‘I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the Word of God in its fullness – the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches, which is Christ in you, the hope (inner image) of glory.’

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