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Rewind and Repeat

The first week in March marked the first anniversary of my move to Stanford-le-Hope. Looking back on what the past 12 months have brought my way is slightly awe-inspiring. I do recognise the usual admission of ‘it seems like only yesterday…’ but more truthfully, noting all that has happened, and all I’ve done, it seems to add up to more than a year’s worth. Continue reading

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Dreams

There is something powerful about having a dream.

Take Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech, ‘I Have A Dream’. It was not simply that he talked a good talk (and indeed walked the walk), but the inspiration and hopefulness of his words was and continues to be incredibly influential for millions of people in many different ways. Continue reading

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Digging In: Growth and Hope

I think the past week or so has made me realise I’m in Stanford-le-Hope for the ‘long haul’, so to speak. This doesn’t determine the length of time that I’ll spend here, even though that has recently increased. It’s more to do with my understanding of the journey. Continue reading

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Time well spent

man sitting in front of citySomething I expected moving to be with the Stanford Boiler Room community was getting lots of time and opportunity to pray. Doing the school prayer space on a Monday and cafe on a Thursday involves praying in the morning, just before starting, and afterwards. And with all the other things we do, prayer is always a part of it. Not to mention having my own time during the week to pray. Continue reading

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Here I am Lord, send someone else

As well as getting to know the city and meeting people from the church, we have also spent time in prayer and worship here in Thessaloniki, and there is a song written by Worship Central we sung recently called ‘Spirit Break Out’. It’s a passionate song about God’s presence ‘breaking out’ and I love it for two reasons. Firstly because it reminds me of the words in the Lord’s prayer, which I have found myself praying more and more recently, as it is part of the 24-7 Prayer daily rhythm. Continue reading

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The notebook

Do you know what is one of the best things I have done recently?

I’ve had a Book of Prayers for a number of years, though neglected to use it very much. It’s essentially a notebook where I write down short prayers for other people, including the date I prayed for them. I resurrected it about a month ago after some teaching we had on prayer by Pete Greig. He encouraged us to write down our prayers in some way so that we would remember to be more thankful for what God had done. Continue reading

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Aufstehen oder sich knien? Part II

Still wondering what the rest of the title says? Here’s your answer. It translates as, ‘stand up or kneel down?’

The recent days in Chichester visiting Revelation Church gave us some hours in their prayer room, not simply in-between activities but as a part of our schedule there. The opportunity to intentionally spend time praying there was a lesson in itself. The first two days we had time in there I found it easy to pray. Talking to God about what was on my heart felt natural and instinctive. Continue reading

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Aufstehen oder sich knien? Part 1

A change of environment often helps to bring us a new perspective, and makes us see more clearly what we have.


We have been in Frankfurt recently, where the European gathering of 24-7 Prayer took place. The name of the event was ‘Aufstehen’ which means ‘stand up’. It was a good few days (bookended by some long drives!) for me to see a bit more of who the wider 24-7 family is. Continue reading

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An encouragement to pray

How do we show we believe God is powerful and able to change things?
How do we show we believe God loves us and loves to spend time with us?
How can we show we depend on him for everything we have, even our very breath?

We can show all these things in the act of prayer.

When we cry out for God to change the hearts of our family.
When we sit in awe-filled silence in his presence.
When we thank God for the food on our tables.

Breathe in.

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Putting pins in the map

Welcomed/Challenged/Fed/Commissioned/Awakened/United

I can’t convey all the details of what I’m doing here, as it would take far too long. And I’m also unable to fully describe the feeling and atmosphere here, but I know I have friends and family that want to know how and what I’m doing, so these are the snippets that will hopefully give a fair impression. Continue reading

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