"Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised."
Many years ago, just before we got married, we lived in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK. Martyn had begun teaching and Linda was still at college training to be a teacher. We had both found out via different… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on July 12, 2017 at 5:30pm —
Ekklesia in History
In the 1600’s the early Quakers applied this format to their meetings (based on the practises of a group of dissenters called the ‘Westmoreland Seekers’). This started a spiritual awakening in England which spread all over the world. They met in silence and waited on the Lord - only speaking when prompted by the Holy Spirit. This carried on until the late 1900’s when they adopted a more traditional church format.
Then in the 18th Century the early Methodists… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on February 13, 2017 at 2:30am —
These are rife at the moment - accusations back and forth about who's done this, that or the other. What we're seeing as we look at church history is that there's been a different kind of conspiracy taking place and it goes right back to the Third Century when Constantine adopted Christianity as the state religion. By making it the state religion he imposed a structure on the church that it was never supposed to come under. He knew that he was never going to… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on February 9, 2017 at 2:30am —
What should a disciple look like? We know we’re all called to persevere, to continue in the word - all the important things Jesus said to his followers. But there seems to be one element that we ignore to our peril. In John 13, Jesus states in no uncertain terms what he’s looking for:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on February 6, 2017 at 2:54am —
We read in Zephaniah 3:17: Continue
"The Lord . . . will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
I wanted to tell you about an incident that happened the morning after the AzusaNow event in Los Angeles. I was driving to pick up a friend for breakfast before going together to the Anaheim Vineyard Church. It was about a 45-minute drive and I wasn't entirely sure where his hotel was so I had set my SatNav to take me there.…
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on June 20, 2016 at 10:00am —
Albert Einstein quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.
In 1982 Mike Bickle was in Cairo, Egypt and the Lord told him that it was his intention to, “. . . change the understanding and expression of church in one generation.” If that is the case, what will it mean to, "do church differently?” The strap-line of Kingdom Enterprise (the ministry we lead) is… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on June 13, 2016 at 9:30am —
A few years ago a good friend showed us a short movie called “The Butterfly Circus”. It’s a 20-minute parable about being liberated from our despair by grace and hope and it has something to say at a number of levels. In a world where exploitation and bullying are all too common, The Butterfly Circus tells a story about what it means to recognise that you are were made for a reason.…
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on June 6, 2016 at 9:30am —
God is wanting to show his character and nature through us to the world.There are dangeroustimes ahead for the body of Christ and its Church and it's only through weakness that God will show his strength and power andenable usto enduring andpersevere these difficult times. The coming together in relationships,centred on the same goalis the sign of the body of Christ joining together to weather the storm. Continue
Christ is raising up his church - to form a partnership - for an awakening…
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on May 30, 2016 at 9:30am —
A friend recently sent us a prophetic word from the Elijah List with an encouragement for the beginning of this year - it made a very important point: Continue
“Learn to move by the vibrations of the sound coming up through your feet. This is how I will move My people into place in days ahead! You will not move by the thoughts of your mind, but by the sounds of Heaven vibrating the ground and causing your feet to sense what I'm saying so you can move into place for the future.…
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on May 23, 2016 at 9:30am —
Missionary Jim Elliot arrived in Ecuador in February 1952, with the purpose of evangelising Ecuador's Auca Indians. Towards the end of 1955, he and four other missionaries made contact from their aeroplane with the Huaorani Indians using a loudspeaker and a basket to pass down gifts. After several months, the men decided to build a base a short distance from the Indian village, along the Curaray River. There they were approached one time by a small group of Indians and even gave an aeroplane… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on May 21, 2016 at 9:30am —
Some years ago a Christian singer/songwriter called Paul Field wrote a song “All That Matters” - it’s a song about that fact that, at the end of the day, if we haven’t learned to love we have nothing - that love is all that matters. It was recorded by Cliff Richard on Princess Diana’s tribute album after she died and he also, ironically, sang it on the National Lottery program on TV! You can see Cliff singing this song if you… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on October 4, 2014 at 11:30am —
Paul had some very arrogant opponents at Corinth. But he was confident that there was no kingdom power in their arrogance. So he says in 1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” This raises two questions we will need to consider.
The Nature of the Kingdom of God
First, what is the nature of the kingdom of God?
Here it seems to be a present demonstration of power. But two chapters later in 1 Corinthians 6:9 it… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on October 2, 2014 at 10:00am —
The God Who Seeks
The interesting element in Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom is paralleled by a new element in his teaching about God, that God is the seeking God. While the God of the prophets was active in history, the God of Judaism of Jesus’ day had withdrawn from the evil world and was no longer redemptively working in history.
Jesus’ message of the Kingdom is that God not only will finally act but that God was now again acting redemptively in history.… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on September 30, 2014 at 10:00am —
“Then Jesus said, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’ When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, ‘The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”
Mark quotes this to summarise… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on September 27, 2014 at 10:00am —
“Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than they love the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest and sacrificial. God hates this wishful dreaming because it makes the dreamer proud and pretentious. Those who dream of this idolised community demand that it be fulfilled by God, by others and by themselves. They enter the community of Christians with their… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on September 25, 2014 at 10:00am —
Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Saviour; there is none but me.
There’s a lot happening in our nation and the rest of the world right now. So much so, that there is an urgency for the body of Christ to rise up and pray for…
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on September 23, 2014 at 10:00am —
The Church in the 21st Century
As we look at what has happened in the Church over the past 2,000 years, we can see that in many ways the world has invaded our lifestyles and softened the gospel of Jesus. For the most part, it has turned the church that was birthed in the midst the of burning flames of revival into buildings full of slumbering, sleeping saints. Jesus spoke of our day in the parable of the “10 Bridesmaids” in Matthew…
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on April 25, 2013 at 6:52pm —
I woke up from a dream at 5:55 the other Sunday morning - 5 is the number of grace so it seems that if grace is mentioned three times, then the dream I woke up from is very important.
In the dream I walked into the Prayer Room at the Yalta Prayer Base in Ukraine (a place we've ministered in a number of times) and I could see that there was no band at the front; instead, Jesus stood there in front of the chairs but not on the stage. The band was lined up behind him - all… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on April 4, 2013 at 5:00am —
Hezekiah made a radical difference when he came to power as King of Judah in 715BC. He really turned the nation upside down. The House of Prayer (the Temple) had been closed for 16 years; the doors had literally been nailed shut. 2 Chronicles 29 tells the story of the cleansing and rededication of The Temple, but chapters 29 to 31 give us a description of an incredible revival that took place in the Nation. The reason this is of enormous interest to us is that the church carries a pattern of… Continue
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on March 28, 2013 at 5:00am —
Jesus modelled perfect intimacy with his Father – he even implied that intimacy was the basis of his ministry and his ability to see what the Father was doing:
John 5:19-20 “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.”
He not only modelled…
Added by Martyn & Linda Smith on March 21, 2013 at 11:30am —