4 signs your marriage will break up in 5 years

I had a great conversation this week with Allan Mathews from church and a friend who is about to get married. Allan is a trained counsellor and all round wise guy! We ended up speaking about the things that put great strain on a marriage, and the things that lead to a healthy, loving marriage.Continue reading “4 signs your marriage will break up in 5 years”

10 Great Verses on the Holy Spirit to Fire You Up!

OK, here we go… 10 of my favourite verses about the Holy Spirit… 1. Ezekiel 36:26 (in which God promises the gift of the Holy Spirit) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart ofContinue reading “10 Great Verses on the Holy Spirit to Fire You Up!”

Facing the awful stuff in life!

We are starting a new series at Manly Life on the major curveballs that get thrown at us in life. If you are going through or have gone through a relationship bust up, or addictions, or depression or bereavement, or serious illness I hope you will find strength, wisdom and comfort in this series. I also hopeContinue reading “Facing the awful stuff in life!”

Praying like Jesus

At Manly Life Church we are doing a little series on developing healthy spiritual habits that will see us flourish in life. An obvious one is developing our prayer life which I think is universally recognised as crucial to our spiritual health. Some of us are absolute prayer warriors, literally storming the gates of heaven! I remember a friend in LondonContinue reading “Praying like Jesus”

To those who are done with church

I have been reading recently about a new category of people in our society when it comes to religious participation. Beyond the nones (those who have no religion) a new growing category is the dones (those who still have faith but are done with going to church). Interestingly I have also met a number ofContinue reading “To those who are done with church”

Irenaeus of Lyons (120-202) on the Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Originally posted on Charismactivism:
Irenaeus As I mentioned last week I’m reading Jeff Doles’ Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church, and it’s amazing to see what God has been doing continously in His church throughout world history. The book is basically only made up by quotes from older…

Manly Churches Big Day Out 2014

Join us on Sunday the 21st of September at the Manly Churches Big Day Out. After the huge success of last year, the combined churches of Manly are all coming together again to have fun, worship and celebrate! Come to St Patrick’s Estate in Manly (151 Darley Rd – parking available). 2-4pm for a big BBQ, liveContinue reading “Manly Churches Big Day Out 2014”

The Jesus Manifesto

Truly transformational leaders are rare in any field. It is easy to talk a big game, but delivering… well that’s another question. Leaders of all stripes lay out their intentions before campaigns, AGMs, rallies, only to find the reality of compromise, human nature and bureaucratic institutions stifle their best hopes. One man was different. LukeContinue reading “The Jesus Manifesto”