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Prayer & Fasting | Friday

  Listen to Friday’s Podcast.   Empowered: Philip moves us on from encountering God to being empowered by Him; empowered to engage with our city. READ: Jeremiah 29:1-7; Acts 4:23-31 PRAY: Pray about what it means for you to live empowered by God to make a difference for His kingdom where you are. Pray for King’s… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting | Tuesday

  Listen to Tuesday’s Podcast.   Encounter: Philip unpacks the parable of the prodigal son. We see how we can so easily play the role of either son and how an encounter with a loving Father awaits us. READ: Luke 15:11-32 PRAY: How do you see yourself in this story? How can you pray in light of… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting | Monday

  Listen to Monday’s Podcast.   Explore: Philip introduces our week of Prayer & Fasting and encourages us to explore the Gospel again. See how the Gospel transforms prayer and what it means to pray. Read: Galatians 4:4-9 Pray: How can you get the most out of this week of Prayer & Fasting? Seek God today. Explore… Read More

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Where’s Your Chair?

Back in May, as part of our ‘Vital Signs’ series, we looked at what it is to ‘Live Nourished’: to have healthy hearts that are regularly fed by time experiencing God speak to us through the Bible. A number of people were impacted by the video clip we showed of American Pastor, Bill Hybels. Hybels… Read More

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Ebenezer Scrooge, a stone and a party

“The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice, bah humbug.” I don’t know about you, but when I think of Ebenezer, I think of Dickens’ vivid description of Ebenezer Scrooge, the cold-hearted miser he so… Read More

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The Journey | Saturday

Listen: Philip takes us through our final podcast, and helpfully reminds us to never mistake the silence of God for the absence of God. Sunday is coming! Listen below or right-click here to download.

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The Journey | Monday

Read | Luke 19:45-48 Jesus Cleanses the Temple 45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’, but you have made it a den of robbers.” 47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests… Read More

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SATURDAY | YOUR WORLD

Today we hear from John Ford & Dave Holden. John leads a church plant out in eastern Europe , planted from King’s a few years ago. Dave leads NEW GROUND, the family of churches that King’s is a part of. The good news of Jesus is spreading around the globe. Dave & John both share… Read More

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FRIDAY | YOUR NATION

Nnamdi reminds us of the important role we play as Christians in our nation. Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read:  ‘First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a… Read More

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THURSDAY | YOUR CHURCH MISSION

Carly shares with us some of the things we’re involved in as a church, our mission and how we can have a greater impact within the borough of Kingston. Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read:  ‘Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service,… Read More

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WEDNESDAY | YOUR CHURCH COMMUNITY

Paul encourages us to engage with church life and to explore what our role might be in serving the local church. Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read: ‘For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so… Read More

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TUESDAY | YOUR FAMILY

Catherine shares with us on praying for our families. How can we show love to those around us? How can you reflect the love of Jesus to your family and as a family? Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall… Read More

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MONDAY | YOU & GOD

Philip helps us centre our hearts on God in gratitude and worship. Envisioning us for the week, he encourages us to explore prayer and fasting in a deeper way. Listen: Listen below or right click here to download. Read: ‘O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Saturday

Today’s Theme: An issue of justice or need globally or more locally Well done for making it through the week! I really hope you have felt God speaking to you in new ways as you have pressed in to deeper relationship with and reliance on him. Thank you for participating so wholeheartedly in this week. To end… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Friday

Today’s Theme: New Ground & Uskudar Life Church, Istanbul Read: ‘After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Thursday

Today’s Theme: King’s Church’s Leaders Read: ‘And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Wednesday

Today’s Theme: You, King’s Church & Kingston Read: ‘You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Tuesday

Today’s Theme: You & King’s Church Read: ‘For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Monday

Today’s Theme: You & God Read: ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him’ Psalm 37:7 ‘Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! … Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!’ Psalm 34:3,8 Pray: Connect with God, give thanks… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting September 2016 | Sunday

Today’s Theme: The Quiet Place Read: ‘But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’ Matthew 6:6 Pray: Ask God to help you get into that quiet place. When is a good time for you to get quiet time… Read More

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The Journey – Day 5

It’s Good Friday, the day Jesus has been walking towards all week. I trust the week’s podcasts have helped you to gain a new understanding of Jesus’ determination and resolve to come to this point, the turning point of history. Today’s podcast is by Kristie Rodrigues. If you want to follow along with the Bible reading,… Read More

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The Journey – Day 4

We now reach the final hours of Jesus’ life and, remarkably perhaps, he chooses to begin his final moments sharing a meal with his disciples. But it’s no ordinary meal… My prayer is that these resources will help you to worship, to reflect, to pray and to proclaim this magnificent Gospel. You can listen to… Read More

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The Journey – Day 3

Yesterday we read about Jesus clearing the Temple courts and beginning to teach there. Today Joanna Gill helps us look at one of the parables he used to get his message across. You can listen to the podcast here or through the player below, and if you’d like to follow the reading in your Bible it… Read More

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The Journey – Day 2

Yesterday we read about Jesus clearing the Temple courts and beginning to teach there. Today Joanna Gill helps us look at one of the parables he used to get his message across. You can listen to the podcast here or through the player below, and if you’d like to follow the reading in your Bible it… Read More

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The Journey – Day 1

The podcasts and the opportunities to gather together that we will have through Easter week this year are about helping you to walk the Easter journey alongside Jesus and the disciples. This really was the week, the journey, that transformed the world. It’s the week that the entire Christian faith rests upon. My prayer is that… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting week – Sunday

Today’s theme: Thankfulness and love Read: ‘Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.’ Romans… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting week – Saturday

Today’s theme: An issue of justice or need globally or locally Read: ‘Seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.’ Isaiah 1:17 ‘Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting week – Friday

Today’s theme: New Ground & Middle East church plant Read: 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting week – Thursday

Today’s theme: King’s Church’s leaders Read: Today’s passage was actually written by Paul telling the church in Colossae how he was praying for all of them, but it gives a wonderful structure of the kinds of things we can pray for our leaders. 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting week – Wednesday

Today’s theme: You, King’s Church & Kingston Read: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting week – Tuesday

Today’s theme: You & King’s Church Read: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting Week – Monday

Today’s theme: You & God Read: ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.’ Psalm 37:7 1 I will bless the Lord at all times;     his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;     let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,     and… Read More

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Prayer & Fasting FAQs

We’re looking forward to our week of Prayer & Fasting at the beginning of January. As you begin to prepare for this time, I wanted to answer some common questions and concerns you may have. There are also lots more helpful tips on the International House of Prayer website. Can I fast from something other… Read More

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How could a loving God allow suffering?

When you combine social media, an atheist friend and the enormous question of how a Christian accounts for so much suffering in the light of the dreadful earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year, you have a potentially explosive question! You also have an opportunity: an opportunity to pray, study and live as a follower of… Read More

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The Trial

The courtroom is buzzing. The prosecutor rubs his hands, certain of victory. Justice shall be served. Yet the man in the dock seems oddly assured. Join us on Sunday mornings throughout the autumn for our new sermon series based in the book or Romans, and see how The Trial unfolds. Catch up on the story… Read More

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The Offence of Aslan

“I don’t need anyone to die for me. I’ll take my chances” My friends, family and teammates have various responses to Jesus. Sometimes intrigued, often apathetic, occasionally dismissive. But every now and then there are those who are downright offended. Polly Toynbee is a well known, gifted journalist for The Guardian and one rightly admired… Read More

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Sword, Spade or Staff?

Warrior? Servant? Shepherd? Builder? Gardener? Farmer? Can we sum up what it is to be a Christian man? For some Christian men, especially those in the 18-35 demographic (amongst whom I remain for two more precious years!), the ‘warrior’ concept is appealing and motivating. Others are understandably repelled by either the historical horrors of ‘warrior… Read More