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Archive for March, 2011

The death of religion…

A very interesting article published today by the BBC.

I, for one, long for the demise of religion. It stinks!


CCK Shoreham – Prayer/Fast Day #3

Top work if you’ve pushed through this far!

In fact, whatever you’ve managed, I’ve really appreciated the act of joint prayer and the sense of togetherness over these few days.  I know many of you have hooked up for mutual encouragement and trust that it’s been of benefit on many levels.

The reality is, the whole church are involved in this next phase of church life.  Retaining our identity as ‘one church’ will have it’s challenges, but we must fight for it.  ‘Strengthening and lengthening’ is what we are doing.

Ok, here is what to go for in prayer today………

~ for God to provide us with the perfect venue that meets all our needs and exceeds our expectations.  This is HUGE!  Please feel every permission to dream!

~ for a great few joint Zone gatherings together (1st one planned for May @ the Ropetackle) 

Thanks for ‘co-labouring’ in this short but valuable fast.  What’s next?  Lots of momentum building between now and the Autumn.  We’ll keep you posted on all the news…

And today?  Keep praying, get to your Zone meeting tonight (Adur or Harbour), enjoy God and each other, and expect Him to speak and show us favour.

It’s what He does for His people!

CCK Shoreham – Prayer/Fast Day #2

Good morning!  Trusting you had a fruitful day #1!

Praying and fasting corporately is fun!  That’s the verdict after day 1 alone.  It was great to get phone calls and emails about things that God had impressed on people’s hearts and minds yesterday, and as we push through together we can expect action on all sorts of levels.

My flesh has been complaining bitterly today already, and I was reminded of the following scripture….

But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

When we acknowledge our weaknesses, that’s like an open door for God to rush in and act.  That’s what I want for us out West.  Seeing our new Sunday venue established in ways that cause us (and others!) to point confidently at the hand of a strong God!

Here’s a little story that’ll make you chuckle….

Yesterday lunchtime, I was really having a tough time with my fast.  I was driving past an advertising hoarding and on it was a picture of a steaming pizza just coming out of the oven!  You could practically smell the sauce and melted mozarella!  My stomach immediately began to growl.  At first, I started to complain and whinge towards God (my normal reaction!).  But then I began to thank Him for the grace to fast.

Immediately, the thought hit me that fasting does for our spirit, that which ‘supersizing’ at McDonald’s does for our stomach!  (Don’t do it by the way…bad idea!)  In otherwords, fasting enlarges my capacity for God’s presence, more of His Spirit, more of His influence.  I thanked Him for that insight, drank some more water and felt encouraged to continue my fast.

For guidance and focus, here’s what to pray for today………….

~ for favour in the area with people of influence, friends & neighbours

~ for increased strength & unity to come to our two Zones

Keep pressing in……see you tomorrow!

CCK Shoreham – Prayer/Fast Day #1

This is the first of 3 brief daily posts of encouragement as we pray and fast together for the successful launch of CCK Shoreham in the Autumn, the first new site in our change to becoming a multi-site church.

Fasting is always a challenge to my flesh AND always a blessing to my whole being!  Let me encourage you……….I don’t find this easy at all, but the spiritual discipline of fasting is one which is worth pursuing.

Firstly, what do I mean by fasting?

Spiritually speaking….

~ Fasting must first and foremost be towards God.  Receiving from Him or seeing situations changed are secondary matters.  Check that your motives are right as you enter into your fast.

~ Schedule in time to pray and read the Word.  If you don’t you will miss awesome opportunities to hear from God.

~ Be prepared for opposition!  It comes in surprising forms. It will also come from your own body, which is used to having three meals a day!  You may also find that well meaning friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues etc. will actively encourage you to stop.

~ Expect to hear God in dreams, visions, revelations and through the Word in new and unusual ways.

~ Do not listen to the lie that nothing is happening.  Fasting is a discipline that God has instigated, and He blesses the obedient.

Practically speaking….

~ You need to exercise wisdom.  A ‘water only’ fast is no good if you are doing a physically demanding job during the day.  If this is the case for you, try missing lunch as your ‘fast’, or perhaps just do breakfast instead.

~ If you have any medical conditions, don’t take risks, seek the advice of your GP.

~ By the way, this is not a ‘diet unto the Lord’ either!

Ultimately, we are doing this together as a local people in the Adur & Harbour Zones of CCK and the surrounding area, but the whole church will get behind us as we launch.  Momentum will build.

Let me get to the point. Here’s what to pray for today….

– for yourself, that you would personally know God’s appointment in this challenge together

– for wisdom for the eldership team as we plan & prepare

Enjoy your day……see you tomorrow!

Multi-Site musings #2…

In the Autumn of this year, CCK goes multi-site.  Here’s where we’re at…