brianingraham.com | ASPIRE » Spiritual Musings http://www.brianingraham.com Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.3 Milestone /?p=276 /?p=276#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2007 19:54:13 +0000 brian /?p=276 Continue reading ]]> 111.jpg

This past Sunday was a big milestone for our church. It was our first time to break the 100 person barrier. The exact number was one hundred eleven.

These last couple years have seen daunting obstacles and significant milestones. They have seen times of incredible discouragement, and times of amazement at what God was doing as he called us into existence.

I am convinced that the single most determining factor of our obvious headway (especially these past 25 months) in comparison to so many others facing defeat is the hundreds of people in Scotland and across the world praying our little church into existence. I am also convinced that if that prayer cover were removed we would be swamped by a flood of darkness currently held off by God in answer to your prayers.

Join with us in giving thanks to God who has proven over and over that He still hears prayers and that He is still moving.

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The Fast /?p=271 /?p=271#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2007 13:08:33 +0000 brian /?p=271 Continue reading ]]> fasting.jpg

Tonight begins our churches 24 hour fast. We are fasting and praying specifically over the remaining obstacles to purchasing this building. Yesterday we received confirmation that the owners are attempting to have our church building turned into flats (cause of delay). It is in the government’s hands. I think it unlikely that this will be approved but it is worth a million pounds ($2m USD) to them if it does get approved.

Join us in prayer that this will be rejected quickly, so that we can purchase this building before winter sets in. I am praying that we will own this building by December 31st.

Pray that we will have spiritual confirmation this week about our path forward. If you pray and hear something (or wonder if you might have), please send me an email (brian (at) rehope.co.uk).

Thank you for interceding!

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Burgers for Jesus:-) /?p=255 /?p=255#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2007 16:04:10 +0000 brian /?p=255 Continue reading ]]> DSC00077.JPG

What a huge week! Thursday and Friday found our church working with 5 other churches and the Christian Union at the University of Glasgow cooking up burgers for hundreds of Students. You may say, we have done outreach BBQ’s before. Yes, but not like this. Previously we were on the street, this time we were right in the heart of the university campus. The two days were amazing, there were speakers, music, free food and a Ceilidh. Here are some pictures…

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Mountain Rain /?p=241 /?p=241#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2007 08:15:07 +0000 brian /?p=241 Continue reading ]]> rain.jpg

In Northern Ireland I met an old Baptist pastor named Alistair (we were seated next to each other during a wedding reception.) During our conversation it surfaced that we had a common passion for missionary biographies, specifically on ‘men of prayer.’ His personal favourite is called “Mountain Rain: A biography of James. O. Fraser” by Eileen Crossman. He tells me it is “his book,” the most influential book he has ever read, and that he rereads it yearly.

With such a strong recommendation I had no choice but to read it. It really is great. It is the story of a young man, growing up in the church of the west, going to a tribal people in China and his realization how much he underestimated the spiritual forces of evil, and how underdeveloped he was in the area of prayer. Fantastic.

It has already affected me in how I pray for people who are sick. I know the bible says that church leaders are to pray for the sick but that is done so many different ways. Some, it feels to me, are trying to strong arm God into healing; others seem to think their prayer is a bother to God giving him every reason they understand why He wouldn’t heal.

James talks about praying in faith differently than I have heard before. First, he prays for discernment, then, after getting direction, he can pray with confidence (faith) that he is praying God’s will.

If that makes no sense, or if you want to hear more, pick up “Mountain Rain” and prepare to both learn and be inspired.

PS. Choose well the books you read.

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Moving Forward—> /?p=236 /?p=236#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:26:07 +0000 brian /?p=236 Continue reading ]]> DSC00097.JPG

Well, thanks to Doug Crozier and the folks at Church Development Fund, we finally have what we need to have a first meeting with our solicitor (US- think real estate agent.) Our official meeting is scheduled for Monday afternoon. I had a brief chat with him today about the building and he is going to have initial chats with the selling agent between now and then.

Why now is a good time to pray:

  • These early discussions have a large impact on final price zone… pray for cheap.
  • We are still attempting to raise a bit more monies for our down payment.
  • Things are moving… a good time to praise and be thankful.

If you are interested in giving towards the building you can give by clicking HERE.

I am so excited to see what God will do…

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Yesterday’s Journal /?p=192 /?p=192#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2007 10:25:33 +0000 brian /?p=192 Continue reading ]]> church.jpg

I woke up yesterday morning having not heard anything about the Red Church building since our bid was rejected last October. All I knew when I woke up yesterday was that I still wanted God to let us be in that building. Around 2:15 yesterday I wrote this in my journal:

“Father, I am asking for a building I cannot afford. A building that is not for sale. A building whose owner has different plans for it.

Father, I ask for this building as a testimony to Yourself that…

  1. You still hear prayer
  2. You are still moving
  3. You are the provider
  4. You are powerfully at work with our church.

I am confident that as You lead us into this building, You will make yourself look amazing by…

  1. Providing the funds that we don’t have to purchase/rent a building we can’t afford.
  2. Leading the owners to entrust us with this building.
  3. Not only provide the funds to be there for now but also to maintain the old building.

I will not doubt the ability of an infinitely rich God to provide for His Son’s bride.

Make Yourself shine though Your workings!
We trust in Your power and wisdom!
In Jesus Name, Amen.

90 minutes later, after not hearing anything for months, the new owner called to set up a meeting about us purchasing the building. She seems unimpressed with how much we have to spend. There is a business and a theatre group also interested. Yet, today I am filled with peace. Let God be God. Let God make a name for Himself or choose not to. I am not able to bring this together and everything should fall apart today, except for the single fact that God is aware of what is happening and who knows… maybe He is intervening on our behalf to make a name for Himself again! It is a good place to be. Keep praying with us I know He is hearing our prayers!

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John Knox /?p=148 /?p=148#comments Mon, 13 Nov 2006 19:27:39 +0000 brian /?p=148 Continue reading ]]> Knoxweb.JPG
My In-laws sent me Iain Murry’s new book, “A Scottish Christian Heritage.” Although I was anticipating quazi-interesting, highly informative read; I have found the book to be shockingly enthralling, gripping, and encouraging.

The first chapter was a brief look at the highly controversial figure of John Knox, the most prominent figure in championing the protestant reformation in Scotland. I was surprised to see that like Patrick (St. Patrick) he had been enslaved for an extended season which God used to shape him into a man of prayer. I am sure there are many things about Knox not worth imitating but these I found excellent.

  • John was a man of prayer.
  • Continually lived reliant on God’s Spirit for power.
  • He was an internationally shaped Christian. (Historically speaking people who spend significant years in other nations are better aware of the ruts both nations may be unknowingly trapped in.)
  • He was a man of great courage and tenacity.
    • When all his work seemed to be falling apart.
    • When many false charges were brought against him.
    • When he was enslaved.
    • When he was at the heart of religious persecution.
    • When his friends and companions turned on him and away from their dream.
  • A man championing bible reading and sound teaching.
  • A man who lived constantly aware that his real enemy was the devil and the spiritual forces of evil.

That was just the first section I can’t wait to get to the rest of the book. That first chapter does beg the question… Where will the John Knox’s in our generation come from? Who will endure what needs to be endured to call our generation out of its present darkness?

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IT’S TIME!!! /?p=126 /?p=126#comments Thu, 21 Sep 2006 11:39:36 +0000 brian /?p=126 Continue reading ]]> prayer.jpg

I always knew when this moment finally came, it would rank as one of the most scary moments of my life. Today the building was approved to be placed on the market.

I wish I had a Gideon like experience. When Gideon snuck down to the enemy camp, he heard the people saying encouraging things about how Gideon was going to win. My experience was opposite. I heard others saying how interested they are in purchasing the building.

It is a time for prayer and a time for trust. Pray that God moves and we get the building in such a way that only points to His obvious involvement. Let us trust that the God who has guided us through all our troubles will sovereignly guide us through this moment where so much of our hopes hang on the line.

Who will pray with us?

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ZITS… /?p=72 /?p=72#comments Fri, 02 Jun 2006 13:41:38 +0000 brian /?p=72 Continue reading ]]> DSCN2670.JPG
I have a zit. For me, a zit is the outward sign of an inward reality. It is the result of prolonged inner tension that lingers long enough to express itself on my face for the world to see.

I have been thinking about why I am stressed out. Am I anxious that the church will fall apart if we don’t get this building? No. Many churches have survived worse. Am I stressed because our ability to purchase the building is entirely out of my control and is exclusively in the hands of God? Maybe. Ultimately, I think I’m torn on the inside because of love and hope.

Love. I love the building we are meeting in. I love its location and potential. Since we first started renting it I dreamed of what we could do if we owned it someday. I love it.

Hope. I have what some might say is an ‘unreasonable’ amount of hope in God that he is giving us this building. I see things coming together in perfect timing and always in the right direction for us. Although we have no money and no credit history, my hope is that God will continue to bring things together so that we can buy it.

Love and hope are killing me when weighed against things possibly not working out in the end. I hope that God will bring things together so that we can continue to worship and minister in the building I love. But in the end, God may have a different plan for us. And so we pray, surrender and dare to hope.

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‘On The Move’ BBQ /?p=51 /?p=51#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2006 07:48:35 +0000 brian /?p=51 Continue reading ]]> bbq2.jpegbbq1.jpeg

For the last two years, on Easter weekend, our church has joined with 3 other churches in the area to do a free BBQ for the people in the area. It is fantastic to work with such great church leaders. I have such respect for the leadership of Partick Trinity (Church of Scotland,) Whiteinch (Church of Scotland,) and St. Silas (Episcopal.) All four of our churches have vastly different styles but are lead by, and full of, truly godly people.

My role was to play live worship on the street during the BBQ. It was very special to just sing about the greatness of God and the hope of Jesus for two straight hours in Glasgow's west end. What a joy!!!

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