Matt Redman: The Irreplaceable Quality of Humility

One of the ancient Desert Fathers once noted that “Humans need humility and the fear of God, like the breath that issues from their nostrils.” And when it comes to being a lead worshipper, the heart standard of humility is just as irreplaceable a quality.

The heart posture of humility recognises that God alone can do powerful and meaningful things. By His grace we may get involved with such ministry, but we are ever the carriers and never the cause. The humble heart recognises the difference between entrustment and achievement. Continue reading “Matt Redman: The Irreplaceable Quality of Humility”

Ern Baxter: Life on Wings

A transcript of a sermon by Ern Baxter (1914-1993):

newwinemagazine-eb4Since the beginning of man’s record of himself, the challenge of flight has captured his imagination. The conquering of the air in our own generation has produced a wave of awe and romance unequaled in the annuals of man’s existence. Somehow the ability to fly has epitomised the longing of man to rise above the natural limitations of earth-bound mortals and soar into the realm of the supernatural.

God has made provision in His Kingdom for man to have this spiritual need met, and yet few believers ever find the satisfaction of knowing fully what God has allotted to them. How can a man break into the realm of the supernatural in his walk with God?   Continue reading “Ern Baxter: Life on Wings”

Dear Lord and Father of mankind

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Aled Jones, writes:

This has to be one of the most beautiful hymns anywhere in the world. Hearing it always takes me back to Friday-night rehearsals at Bangor Cathedral when I was a choirboy, scared of getting anything wrong! Its tune was written by the Englishman C Hubert H Parry (1848-1918), who also composed Jerusalem. The hymn was adapted from a poem by the Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92), about the drinking of soma, a healing potion drunk by Vedic priests thousands of years ago. The words and music just go together perfectly.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise;
in deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard, Continue reading “Dear Lord and Father of mankind”

Simple Pursuit

Simple Pursuit, a song written by Matt Redman, Sam Bailey, Ben Cantelon and Nick Herbert.  

God take us back, the place we began
The simple pursuit of nothing but you
The innocence of a heart in your hands
God take us back, oh God, take us back
To an unswerving faith in the power of your name
A heart beating for your kingdom to reign
A church that is known for your presence again
God take us back
Nothing and no one comes close to you
Nothing could ever come close
Nothing and no one, it’s you, and you only
Nothing could ever come close
Keep our hearts real, keep your grace close
You’re bringing us back
You’re bringing us home
To an unswerving faith in the power of your name
A heart beating for your kingdom to reign
A church that is known for your presence again
God take us back
Nothing and no one comes close to you
Nothing could ever come close
Nothing and no one, it’s you, and you only
Nothing could ever come close