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“Breaching the Chaos of the Church” is the phrase we use regarding the Body of Christ to acknowledge that there is both a problem - a gargantuan one - and a stunningly blessed Hope. If you’re fed up, sick and tired of “church” and “christian spirituality” - and we expect you are - and if you’re also gagging for the Coming King - and we hope you are - this podcast will be a timely prescription for you. Maranatha...Come, Lord Jesus!
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Welcome to the third season of the Into the Pray podcast! Mairi and I needed a wee break from the frenetic activity surrounding podcasting as season two drew to a close just a few days before Christmas. (There are more than 40 other episodes over seasons 1&2 that you can go ahead and listen to, including solid teaching through the book of 1 Corinthians). 2021 has started with an intense sense of spiritual activity surrounding a one day fast as we gratefully said goodbye to 2020. (How much do we have to be grateful for in such an unparalleled year?!).Suffice to say, 12 months ago (before COVID was a thing), the Lord asked us to call every single church in the UK to close its doors. 12 months on we are now recognising more and more why He wanted this to happen and, indeed, why it shouldn't be a reality that we are resisting. Lord willing, we will be producing a short/hard-hitting/provocative film in the early part of February that communicates strongly about where we ourselves have been feeling overwhelmed with the scale and magnitude of what He's been showing us....and we trust that He will also have been showing you too. Look out for this film, our ongoing weekly sessions with Dave Brennan, our continuing Sunday teaching through 1 Corinthians and a new audio book version of Body Zero. We need your help! Please consider supporting this podcast and the wider work that we're pioneering by giving here. You are also more than welcome (especially if you're sick of Facebook) on our free community app, as part of our fledgling JesusCome! community, and you can find out more here, including the community values and etiquette documents that we make no apology for. Come, Lord Jesus!LoveN&M 
In this final episode of the second season of Into the Pray, we're joined by our Mum & Dad, Ant and Pam Franks. We can't think of anyone on the planet who we'd rather talk to at the end of this year as regards to what on Earth is going on with the Church. Don't miss Mum and Dad sharing their own personal testimony, not only over the course of the 2020 mayhem, but, as importantly, over the course of the last 53 years as they've held hands together through the undulating terrains of the Christian "church". Please share this conversation on with others. We pray that this landmark testimony will enable you to also come to the place of recognising what the Lord is surely saying to His people at this time in history: we must adopt a new posture before Him - of long-term, historic repentance and prayer; and, in so doing, look forward to all that would then happen in our lives personally and as a corporate whole. We must repent of wanting revival without repenting. In Great Britain and the West at large, we would also do well to take our lead from ancient Jewish culture that both honours and respects their elders enough to stop and listen carefully to what they're saying. Dear Mum & Dad, we honour you, we love you, we value and trust you. And this Christmas we will miss being with you. To repeat the dedication message in the front of Body Zero: "For Mum & Dad who showed us the way to go."If you would like to help support this podcast and the wider work we're pioneering, we would be very grateful as we increasingly find ourselves at capacity in more ways than one. You can give here. You can also view our review of 2020 in vlog form by clicking here. 
In this week's episode of Into the Pray we meet with Dave Brennan for the last time of 2020. (This is the 4th part of a mini-series introducing the gargantuan issue of abortion.)Shining a spotlight onto this subject - forcing it into the front of our consciousness - rather than leaving it buried in numbness and complicity of our minds, Nick and Dave discuss the root of the problem: idolatry. As you come to listen, be prepared for some straight talk especially regarding much that is acceptable within the Church. The truth is that abortion and related fertility practices such as IVF, are far from acceptable. With thousands of babies aborted every week in the UK, with DIY "pills by post" abortions readily and indiscriminately available, with little babies flushed down the toilet like faeces into the rat-infested sewers below, what else can we pray? Oh, come Lord!If you would like to watch this recorded podcast on YouTube, you can do so here. If you would like to help support this podcast and the wider work we're pioneering, we would be very grateful as we increasingly find ourselves at capacity in more ways than one. You can give here. Come, Lord!Love, N&M x
In this week's teaching episode of the Into the Pray series through 1 Corinthians, City of Temples, we dive into the last few verses of chapter 5. What is God saying as 2020 closes? Exactly what He was saying as it opened...If you would like to help support this podcast and the wider work we're pioneering, we would be very grateful as we increasingly find ourselves at capacity in more ways than one. You can give here. CORRECTION: Luther, of course, as legend has it, threw his ink pot at the devil (not the LORD!)
In this week's episode of Into the Pray, we come to our next conversation about the abhorrence of abortion. Words are important and we need to keep using specific words that are vital for us to "get" in our hearts. Abortion is abhorrent and yet we don't feel the abhorrence of it; to us it is just normal. This is where we really need to pray for the power of the Spirit, that the hearts and minds of the redeemed of the Lord (who should "say so") would be set free from this callousing normalisation of child sacrifice and hope again in the power of God. Oftentimes mountains seem immovable to us but we must remember that God is the only One who can shape a mountain, the only One who can move them and the only One who will surely crush the enemy. How will this ever happen? By coming to Him, by acknowledging that we don't really know Him and that, therefore, we don't really love Him as we should.We must remember his beauty and power. Churches must remember, church leaders intimidated into silence by the power of Satan...must remember. This week Nick, Mairi and Dave dive into Psalm 106 at the beginning of the podcast. Please listen prayerfully to the conversation that follows until the end where there is an extended time of prayer. Please consider sharing this with others who need to hear. If you would like to help support this podcast and the wider work we're pioneering, we would be very grateful as we increasingly find ourselves at capacity in more ways than one. You can give here. Come, Lord Jesus!Love in Jesus,Nick & Mairi xx
In this week's teaching session in 1 Corinthians, we dive into chapter 5 and Paul's shocking command to excommunicate the brother from among the Corinthians. However, the shocking reality is that the damage this gross sexual immorality was causing was not only affecting one or two people but, rather, the whole church. When we begin to think about implications for this today - i.e. the consequences of casualness regarding sexual sin on the whole Body - we might start to realise how far away from our distinct witness and testimony we currently are. The Lord wants us to be distinct, just like Moses prayed the Israelites would be in leaving the clutches of Egypt. Is there a "leaving of Egypt" that needs to happen in the Body of Christ today?We think certainly that there is. If you would like to help support this podcast and the wider work we're pioneering, we would be very grateful as we increasingly find ourselves at capacity in more ways than one. You can give here. Until next week: Come, Lord!Np.s. The book by Brant Pier that I refer to - Jesus the Bridegroom - can be found here
In this week's episode of Into the Pray, we deliberately expose ourselves to another dose of abortion's abhorrent arsenic. Since last week's episode, we sat back and watched Amazing Grace, the 2006 film adaptation of William Wilberforce's long-term campaign towards the eventual abolition of the slave trade in Great Britain. The film opens with this text:"By the late 18th century, over 11 million African men, women and children had been taken from Africa to be used as slaves in the West Indies and the American colonies. The slave trade was considered acceptable by all but a few. Of these, even fewer were brave enough to speak against it." It was William Wilberforce who said (of slavery) to Prime Minister, William Pitt, "It's like arsenic: each new tiny dose doubles its effect."Let's keep this very simple:- unless the Lord reveals to our hearts by His Spirit what He sees and feels about abortion (and, most fundamentally, about the Church and the world), then we will waste our time on this planet in varying degrees of apathy and prayerlessness.Rather, let us pray every day that we will see the 'wonderful things' of His heart and His word, (Psalm 119: 18) and that we can be in genuine faith for social reform as part of our "Work for Reformers". Thanks again to Dave Brennan for joining us. If you would like to help support this podcast and the wider work we're pioneering, we would be very grateful as we increasingly find ourselves at capacity in more ways than one. You can give here. 
In this week's stage through the book of 1 Corinthians, we reach the end of chapter 4 and begin to consider what it means to be an imitation-worthy father of the powerful kingdom of God. COVID is a pandemic of little significance compared with the pandemic disaster of absent fathers. If you would like to help support this podcast and the wider work we're pioneering, we would be very grateful as we increasingly find ourselves at capacity in more ways than one. You can give here.
In this week's episode of Into the Pray, Mairi and Nick are joined again by Dave Brennan for the second podcast in a long, trailing conversation about the abhorrence of abortion.Please listen to these podcasts with an open heart and a willingness for the Lord to bring you into a new realm of sensitivity to His heart regarding such matters. If you don't follow Mairi's Instagram account - My Heart Notes - you can do so here. We'd encourage you, especially, to prayerfully read the related collection of Bible verses that will cut us to the core...if we will allow them to. This is what this is all about, guys! We're calling this season on the podcast, as you'll know, "Work for Reformers", and this issue of the gift of prophecy is so pivotal for us to not waste our lives in the arrhythmias of "church business as usual". May we all think, speak and feel an awful lot more about these hard realities. Thank you to Dave Brennan of Brephos and CBR UK for partnering with us on these podcasts. If you would like to help support this podcast and the wider work we're pioneering, we would be very grateful as we increasingly find ourselves at capacity in more ways than one. You can give here. Until next week, let's continue to pray, "Come, Lord!". in Jesus' Name, LoveN&M xx
Hello everyone![CORRECTION: At the end of the episode Nick refers to a Messianic Psalm... this is Psalm 22 not Psalm 24. Also, the prophetic passage describing Jesus’ suffering is in Isaiah 52 & 53]This is a special episode of the Into the Pray podcast specifically with our Edinburgh neighbours in mind! Thank you for making the effort to come through to listen to this episode and we hope that we've managed to strike the right balance in both how and what we discuss. Thanks also to Gareth Hides for joining Nick to make this episode happen. Our priority in this podcast as a whole is to address the "chaos of the Church" - and the Church is more chaotic that any of us are currently able to see. (We've discussed this at length in the early parts of season 1).This chaotic landscape, (ie one church saying one thing, another church saying something very different, a lack of unity around the things that Jesus actually said), probably means that you're not interested in attending any of the 300+ churches in the city of Edinburgh. We completely understand that. We understand that there is often hypocrisy, contradiction, confusion and compromise regarding what the Church stands for (and doesn't stand for);  we understand that there is often no real substance or power to what is currently understood to be "the Church".We are so sorry that this is the way it has become, especially in recent decades in Britain. As such, as part of the Church ourselves, we apologise unreservedly on behalf of the Church. However, there also remains spectacularly, (incomparably!) good news that will never spoil or fade...What is the core of the gospel message, really? - That Jesus Christ, the Messiah, lived, was crucified, was resurrected to life on the third day and is returning to redeem a people who will be ready for Him... just as a Bride is made ready for a Bridegroom. Once again, the gospel integrally includes the urgency of the Second Coming firmly, daily, in mind. - That forgiveness for sin - any sin, absolutely any sin, once and for all - is immediately available by trusting in the name of Jesus, by believing in His "atoning" sacrifice on the cross, by believing in your heart that He is Lord and by confessing with your mouth that, by faith, He is yours.Why is this different from any other message on the earth?Grace is uniquely Christian. Only Jesus offers eternal salvation as a gift and that to receive this gift we need not do anything other than believe. Grace is the "unmerited favour" of God and there is nothing that any of us can do to make God love us more or less than He already does. This is very, very good news!We don't have all the answers but we do want to boldly give the most important answer of all: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). In what is arguably the most uncertain period of modern history, it is our obligation (and privilege!) to point you clearly in the right direction - to Jesus Christ, "...the way, the truth and the life..." and "...the only way to the Father".Please take our word for it: the Church is the problem, not God!Please feel free to drop us any questions or knock on our front door; we'd love to hear from you. in Jesus' Name, Nick & Mairi xx
This week on Into the Pray, we are delighted to be joined from the very beautiful Dartmoor in Devon by Ann Widdecombe (MEP).You may know of Ann from her time in government, from her leadership with Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party in recent years or even from her appearances in Strictly Come Dancing!It was a privilege to talk with Ann this week as, together, we broached the subject of what it really means to be a Christian with responsibility to witness to others in an increasingly cowardly church scene.What responsibility do we have to speak out, to intercede and, as Ann says, to take regular risks? We very much appreciate Ann's willingness to lift her voice and say it as it is!Ann's book, Sackcloth and Ashes, can be found here.  Ann, if you're reading/listening, thank you very much again for your time. You can also watch the video recording of this podcast via Nick's YouTube channel here. And for everyone else listening and tracking with this podcast each week, thank you very much for doing so! Please consider sending a link to someone who you think might appreciate listening to our guest conversations or, indeed, the teaching series - City of Temples - on Sunday mornings. Until next week, "Come, Lord Jesus!"LoveN&M xx
1 Corinthians (part 9)

1 Corinthians (part 9)

2020-11-1501:00:31

In this week's study episode of Into the Pray, we're fast approaching the 1/3rd way point of the book of 1 Corinthians, dealing with the fist section in chapter 4. - How should we view Christian leaders? - What is the place of conscience within our peace? - What did Plato and Seneca say about this; what does Paul say about this? - Are we "judgmental" when we speak boldly about the disgrace in the Church? Please find discussion on our Instagram channel here, as well on our JesusCome! community app here. As we continue to embark on this "Work for Reformers" we are increasingly finding ourselves out of our depth in terms of space, capacity and time. Therefore, if you're interested in helping to regularly support what we're doing, please consider regular giving here.  Thank you!Come, Lord!Amen?LoveN&M xx
In this week's episode of Into the Pray, we speak with Dave Brennan of Brephos, a Christian (not Catholic) organisation heralding the plight of unborn babies. (Correction to the podcast: “Brephos” is the Greek word for “baby” not “breath”).“They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. ..Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage.” (Psalm 106: 37-38, 40).Dave helps us with the conviction that we all need be having conversations about this in an ongoing, increasing way and, as such, a new weekly episode of this podcast will now be dedicated to this worthy conversation.  (More info to follow).Suffice to say, we need much more Christian action and much less Christian apathy/ignorance.How many people were killed during WW1 and WW2, combined? Do you know? Do you know how many people were killed in the last century through the abhorrence of abortion? As Dave begins to help us all to understand, this issue of babies being killed on an industrial scale is nothing short of "normalised" genocide and yet tantamount to many, many in our sick society today with merely personal hygiene choices - after all, "It's MY body!", right? We will all very soon stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ with this incomparable injustice firmly in His view - what will He say to us; what will we say to Him? More information regarding Dave Brennan & Brephos here, as well as the wider work of CBRUK here. As well as our regular Friday episodes (featuring guests/book reviews etc) we also have a dedicated Sunday morning session for solid biblical teaching. As we continue to embark on this "Work for Reformers" we are increasingly finding ourselves out of our depth in terms of space, capacity and time. Therefore, if you're interested in helping to regularly support what we're doing, please consider regular giving here.  Thank you.Come, Lord!in JesusNick & Mairi xx
1 Corinthians (part 8)

1 Corinthians (part 8)

2020-11-0859:01

This is the eighth part of our study through the book of 1 Corinthians.This week, Nick finishes chapter 3. By exploring the title of this study series, “City of Temples”, we look at the significance of verse 16 cf. chapter 6 verse 19...arguably the two key verses in the entire book!Catch up on all episodes and please share with someone who you think will benefit.Thank you for listening.Come, Lord!loveN&M xx
This week on Into the Pray, we are joined by Melvin Tinker, author of multiple books including a recent updated version of That Hideous Strength, a work based on C.S.Lewis' work of the same title. Melvin was a church minister in the Church of England for over twenty years but, in recent months, has set up a new network of churches separate to the Church of England. Melvin is a good example of a church leader with a God-given "conscription of conscience". Please see here for more info on what we mean by that. Sit back and listen to Melvin who helps us delve into and understand the dark, demonic cultural agendas that we are living in. In short, by the end of this podcast, you will have an understanding of cultural marxism and how this is something we should be resisting and exposing with every fibre (and prayer) of our being. Because this is a longer conversation this week, Mairi and I only have a short introduction at the beginning but an important one nonetheless. Please check out our friend, Steve Buckley's, podcast that he published yesterday. Personally speaking (Nick), it made me realise how easily compliant we can become with things that we shouldn't be. You can listen to Steve's podcast here.Don't miss the eighth part of our study through the book of 1 Corinthians (The City of Temples) this coming Sunday - we'll be completing chapter 3. As ever, please get in touch, including via Instagram, tell a friend and consider supporting this podcast (and the other content we produce) but seeing our website here.Until next week, Come, Lord Jesus!LoveN&M x
1 Corinthians (part 7)

1 Corinthians (part 7)

2020-11-0156:28

This is the seventh part of our study through the extremely relevant book of 1 Corinthians. The focus of this week is chapter 3 with specific attention to the defining issue of Christian maturity. Please be in touch via our instagram account here or via our brand-new community app here. Come, Lord. Love in Jesus, N&M xx
*Apologies that there was a slight technical problem with the podcast recording this morning. This is now sorted and you can download the track again directly from http://podcast.firebrandnotes.com/This week on Into the Pray  we are very grateful to talk with David Robertson (aka The Wee Flea), former senior minister of St. Peter's Church in Dundee and now Director of Third Space  in Australia.  David and Nick produced some videos a couple of years back about some critically important issues relating to both the Church and the socio-cultural disintegration that we are all witnessing today. (You can find those via Nick's YouTube channel). In today's podcast, David says, "Scotland has descended and secularised quicker than any nation in history."If this is true - and it may well be - the British Church need to recognise that a proportional response of humility, repentance and prayer is the gracious, God-given order of the day, not harking back to previous times in our history where a genuine call to repentance may or may not have been issued or nationally observed. During the reign of King George 73 years ago, marriage still meant in British law what God says it means, millions of people hadn't been torn limb from limb via the horrors of abortion and our children weren't being told that they could select their gender or experiment safely with pornography - we have to get real!David and Nick may not quite see eye to eye on the place and responsibility of the Church in this particular conversation but they do both agree that until we corporately "come to the end of ourselves" (the exact focus of the book, Body Zero) there can be no hope for reformation, renewal or revival. You can read David's blog here: https://theweeflea.com You can find our more about Third Space here: https://thirdspace.org.au/third-space/about-usPlease let us know what you think!Until next week, Come, Lord!Love in Jesus, N&M xp.s. The JesusCome! App is now available from Apple and Google stores. p.p.s. Don't miss part 7 of our study through 1 Corinthians this Sunday morning.  
This week we finish chapter two of 1 Corinthians. Please leave any thoughts/comments/questions via https://www.instagram.com/intothepray/ or the JesusCome! community app, more info for which is via https://firebrandnotes.comWe'll be away next week but excited to return as normal on November 1st with tag-teaming through some of the teaching sessions (Mairi and Nick discussing the passages). The implications of Paul’s estimation of the Corinthian church in the opening verses of our next session (chapter 3) should be alarming for us today.Please make sure that you listen to Nick’s conversation with Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, and please also consider sharing with someone who might be encouraged.For further reading, please find Matthew Henry’s commentary here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/matthew-henry/toc/Thank you for listening.Come, Lord!Love in Jesus, N&M xP.s. One afterthought re the teaching point in this episode regarding 2:15: our being spiritual (cf. the unspiritual person) is not something to feel superior about but, rather, quite the opposite. This reality of our knowing the secret wisdom of God, and the Person of Jesus, should make us meek and mild, bearing with those who do not understand and ultimately making us pray, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do...”
This week on Into the Pray, we're delighted to be joined by Andrea Williams, founder/CEO of Christian Concern.The Christian Concern team are arguably the sharpest point of the primary spearhead of the kingdom of heaven in British society today. Please take some time to review their great work by visiting their website https://christianconcern.comIt was a real privilege to chat with Andrea about the Church, the ones that, in Psalm 16, David describes as, "...the saints who are in the earth...the majestic ones in whom is all my delight." (NASB).Like a mouth thawing after dentistry, the solemn, dawning reality is that there are many in the land who claim love, affection and allegiance to Jesus but who also want to argue with what He says. This isn't love; this is idolatry. Do you love Jesus? If you do, He’ll compel you.Faithfulness today will sound shrill to an anti-Christ world. But that’s OK. Political correctness and prophetic correctness will never be compatible this side of His return. Please sit back and listen with a heart that's prepared to "do whatever it takes....". More free resources, including information about a new community app as an alternative to Facebook, here: https://firebrandnotes.comWe salute and pray for you, Christian Concern.Thank you again, Andrea; it was a joy. Maranatha,N&M x
Here we are continuing in our study series through the book of 1 Corinthians. This is the fifth part looking closely at chapter 2 verses 6-10. Next Sunday, we'll pick back up from verse 10 to the end of the chapter and get ready for chapter 3!Please let us know your thoughts. You can find our Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/intothepray/Come, Lord JesusLove in Jesus, N&M x
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saras neethu

If you need any singing assistance in praise and worship please let me know.

Apr 13th
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saras neethu

How do we prepare for Jesus' coming? Is there a specific bible verse we need to be aware of?

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