Empowering and Releasing Leaders

We all want and need more leaders at our Churches. But how do we teach and encourage more people to lead? As we look at the different areas in Church through the lens of “are we empowering leaders” and “are we making it easy for people to lead” we can see areas of improvement. There are 4 areas we tend towards when leading, let’s have …

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Are You Ready for New Wine?

All of us have a desire for God to pour out new wine into our lives and Churches. We all want to see God move in a way that we have never seen before. But are we truly ready for new wine? Are we ready to embrace change? Luke 5:37-39 And no one pours new wine into old wine skins. Otherwise, the new wine will …

Starting the Day Well

God creates each day that we get to live. I learnt as a young Christian the importance of starting the day well, and I often talk to my young pastors and leaders about this. (Jeremiah 31:35) This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the …

The Right Word At The Right Time

Discipleship is an ongoing, exciting journey that spans over years. During this time we have many opportunities to encourage, inspire, correct, and coach the people we disciple. There are days however, when the right word from God at the right time can achieve a lot in a moment. Proverbs 15:22-23 (NLT) [22] Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. [23] Everyone …

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Dear Young Pastor

Dear Young Pastor, Tokyo

I have always been a big believer that one of the greatest roles of an experienced or older pastor is to empower young pastors and leaders. In this blog we are going to look at 4 simple things Paul, an older pastor, imparted to Timothy, a young pastor. 2 Tim 4:5 (NIV) 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the …

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Living Out of Our Calling

Living Out of Our Calling-Tokyo Night

We all want to be fruitful. But sometimes we don’t see the the fruit we are believing for. Of course there are many things that can stop us from being fruitful, but I want to talk about one reason today – losing confidence in our calling. Let’s have a look at this powerful scripture on calling. John 15:14-17 (NIV) [14] You are my friends if …

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Truth in Love

Truth and Love - Feature Image

There are so many important biblical truths that need to be in balance with other truths to be life changing. One of these very important balances is between truth and love. Ephesians 4:14-16 (NLT) Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to …

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Discipling with Joy!

Discipling with joy! & jumping with

Jesus was the ultimate disciple maker! If we want to fulfill his command to go make disciples of all nations we should always look to him. In Luke 10, Jesus sent out 72 disciples to go ahead to the towns where Jesus was to go. They came back filled with joy and rejoicing at all the miracles they saw. In verse 21 it talks about …

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Shaking Off Disappointment

Shaking Off Disappointment, picture of Jesus' Feet

When we are living a lifestyle of reaching out to people, we will always have to deal with the fact that not everyone will respond to the message of Jesus. Some people will turn down opportunities to talk with us, to become friends with us, to visit church with us. Others will make it all the way to church and beyond but eventual decide not …

What’s The Mission of the Church?

Whats the Mission of the Church? It's the same mission Jesus had

Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) (9) Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. (10) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” This was a great moment of salvation. Zacchaeus the tax collector turned away from his old way of living and looked to Jesus. I sense the joy …