brianingraham.com | ASPIRE » Uncategorized http://www.brianingraham.com Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.3 Our Team(s) /?p=691 /?p=691#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 brian /?p=691
Pictured:  Our CRM missionary team, the Re:Hope staff team, the Re:Hope Elders, and the Re:Hope Directors and spouses.
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Needfully Vague /?p=677 /?p=677#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 08:39:43 +0000 brian /?p=677 I could use an extra amount of prayer this week.

2 major decisions to make, both pertaining to Re:Hope staff team structure and our church’s future.

Thank you.

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Lisa Clarke /?p=678 /?p=678#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 17:13:30 +0000 brian /?p=678 Continue reading ]]> There is something so right about baptizing people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

On Sunday I had the joy of baptizing Lisa Clarke who has been an intern, our creche director and has joyfully served the church in countless different ways the past 2+ years.

I love baptisms!

(photo from Monica Burn’s Facebook page)

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Quick Prayer Encouragement /?p=650 /?p=650#comments Sat, 30 Oct 2010 10:51:22 +0000 brian /?p=650 Continue reading ]]> I just want to encourage you all to join me in being especially diligent in prayer for this Sunday.

It is halloween. Clocks change here in the UK. We had a powerful retreat last weekend and the enemy would love to strike back.

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What A Night! /?p=651 /?p=651#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:40:18 +0000 brian /?p=651 Continue reading ]]>

Last night was unusual and extraordinary.

Monday, I received an email reminding me that I was scheduled to speak Wednesday night at the Glasgow University Christian Union (like Campus Crusade in the USA).  I reopened all my old emails and read through the passage in Ephesians they were requesting.

I would not have chosen to speak on that particular passage as it has difficult content and addresses sin issue after sin issue.  But the leadership assigned it to me and it seemed like this is what God wanted.

Seeing the topics that had to be addressed, I invited some people from our church to come with me and be available to pray with people afterward.  The timing could not have been more perfect.  This past weekend, at our retreat, Barry and Mary Kissell had been teaching us how to pray for each other.

Now, I was a bit nervous for two reasons.  I knew the topic was going to be hard, and I also knew what needed to happen after the message was out of the ordinary.  But I felt the Spirit saying, “Do this.” So we did.

I called people to be lights on their university campus by NO LONGER living like the unbelievers do (Eph 4:17).  In that passage Paul confronts what we talk about (gossip, lying, course joking…), not sinning in our anger, forgiving those who have sinned against us, drunkenness, and sexual immorality.  Basically it was a call to holiness.

After preaching, I lead people through confession and repentance prayers, recommitting their lives to Jesus and his ways.  If anyone felt completely stuck or trapped in a sin, or were struggling with unforgiveness, I invited them over to be prayed with.

I figured since they hadn’t done this before only a few would be brave enough to go for prayer, but the response was overwhelming.  God’s Spirit had moved in a powerful way and brought about deep conviction of sin and a real desire to get right with God.  You can’t manufacture this stuff.  God was moving and his people were repenting and responding.  A truly powerful night.  It felt like the beginnings of a wee revival.

May God continue to reawaken His people in Glasgow and in Scotland!

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More Aggressive Boldness /?p=637 /?p=637#comments Sat, 16 Oct 2010 14:08:03 +0000 brian /?p=637 Continue reading ]]>

Funny thing about this…

We were strategizing at staff meeting a few weeks ago and Wade Thompson came up with this crazy idea.  ”Why don’t we see how much a super huge add would cost at the Hillhead underground station.”

Not wanting to shoot down his ‘way too expensive and crazy idea’ I said, “Look into it and see how much it would cost.”

It “just so happened” (insert God obviously at work here) that there was an open spot at Hillhead that very next week, and since they had no one for the next two weeks they would cut us a screaming deal if we could get them the artwork in 24 hours.

In the next few hours Wade found an incredibly talented artist (Dave Morrow – www.nervousdave.co.uk) and approval for the expenditure.   Crazy.  Along with the big add at Hillhead they were going to throw in a billboard size ad for two weeks at Kelvinbridge (where our church is located.)

Well, they made a mistake, and put our ad at the wrong location.  Instead of Hillhead they put it at the busiest underground station in Glasgow, Buchanan Street.  And now it looks like there may be even more of a blessing.  It seems they are going to try and make their mistake right……… I think this story is on its way to getting even more incredible.

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Renovation Time! /?p=1 /?p=1#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 17:11:44 +0000 brian /?p=1 I’m doing some renovations to my blog… bear with me and hopefully we’ll be up and running soon.

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An amazing weekend! /?p=609 /?p=609#comments Wed, 26 May 2010 08:23:11 +0000 brian /?p=609 Continue reading ]]> For a while weve been talking about finding a way to show our appreciation for the people in our church who sacrifice significant amounts of their time and energy to serve God and the church by working with the Kids Program, setting up for each service, playing in the worship band, preparing tea + coffee etc etc etc. So on Saturday we held a volunteer appreciation dinner in KSM. It was brilliant to see 50 people there – more than the total of Re:Hope goers only a few yeas ago. The feedback has been incredible – people have been amazed by the amount of effort that went into organising and decorating and the quality of the food (…not only were there three courses but the food was served hot!). Once again Wade is to be thanked for the high culinary standards, as are the rest of the full-time staff who served with humility and, if I may say so myself, panache… I think its safe to say that a good night was had by all!

The next day on Pentecost Sunday we followed our afternoon service with a free BBQ. The sun was shining (an answer to prayer in itself) which allowed us to open the side gates and spill out onto the road.

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The weather was amazing, the home-made burgers and home-made cookies were amazing, as was the chat and sheer number of people that turned up… the whole thing was amazing!

When I see so many people worshipping together in an atmosphere of genuine love and a desire to grow together and to bring glory to God, I cant help but think back to only 3 or 4 years ago when we were gathering together in a group that was smaller than our pre-service prayer group now is. I dont think for a second that numbers indicate a healthy church – I would rather see 10 people strive for true godliness and to glorify Him in everything they do, than to see a church of 1000 luke-warm Christians. However it is clear that God is moving in Glasgow and in Re:Hope and the same Spirit of God that stirred in the upper room of believers almost 1,977 years ago, is still very present and active today!

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Prevailing Prayer /?p=606 /?p=606#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 14:10:07 +0000 brian /?p=606 Continue reading ]]> Photo on 2010-05-19 at 08.jpg

While rereading A.T. Piersons book George Muller: All Things are Possible. I stumbled upon this great section on prevailing prayer.

Five grand conditions of prevailing prayer were ever before his [George Mullers] mind:

1. Entire dependence upon the merits and meditation of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the only ground of any claim for blessing. (See John xiv. 13,14; xv. 16, etc.)

2. Separation from all known sin (Psalm lxvi. 18)

3. Faith in Gods word of promise as confirmed by His oath. Not to believe Him is to make Him both a liar and perjurer. (Hebrews xi. 6; vi. 13-20)

4. Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly: we must not seek any gift of God to consume it upon our own lusts. (1 John v. 13; James iv. 3)

5. Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. ( James v. 7; Luke xviii. 1-10)

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Staff Retreat, May ’10 /?p=602 /?p=602#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 12:33:00 +0000 brian /?p=602 Continue reading ]]> It’s absolutely vital for Re:Hope that our leadership is healthy, fresh and joy-filled in order to be working at full effectiveness for Christ. So, last weekend we had a staff retreat at a cottage in the highlands of Scotland. To escape the often spiritual darkness of the city is a huge relief. The cottage itself is set beside a resevoir in the middle of nowhere – no phone signal/internet/neighbours in sight. It was such a perfect location to ‘retreat’ to and spend time in the word, prayer and worship, cut off from the outside world.

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As well as structured and unstructured time with God, there was plenty of opportunity just to hang out, eat like kings and enjoy being in each others’ company. Already I can’t wait for the next one…

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