Releasing the Spirit of Prophecy : Bill Johnson – Book Review – June 2018

Releasing the Spirit of Prophecy : Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson may be known by some as the senior Pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California. However, He is also the author of many books and is known for leading a church that focuses on the pursuit of the Holy Spirit gifts. Who is and should be living and active in and through our everyday.


The book itself is only 9 chapters in length and as it’s dedication suggests. It is to serve as a testimony of the works/ miracles of God. That they are not just events that happened in the Biblical time but, that God is living and active today.

Bill’s writing style is very easy going and at points it’s hard to put down. As the reader is taken on a journey where God reveals himself, his nature and his person as the Good, Good Father.

Bill shares personal testimonies of How God can move and encourages each believer not only to read the testimony. But, to believe that of God can do something for others he is more than capable of breaking through our circumstances too!!

Throughout the chapters Bill is careful to direct the reader not to himself. Rather, to the one whom the miracles, signs and wonders are pointing to! Almost echoing the famous Matt Redman song : The heart of worship.

“It’s all about you Jesus”

This book is simplistic in its design and content. Reinforcing, that when we declare/ testify to the works of God in our lives, he releases faith and power both to us and our hearers.

As Christians we are not so quick to share the God interventions in our lives and yet when we do, kingdom is proclaimed, breakthrough is brought and a truth encounter is released.

Transformation begins as we start to believe what our God can do (Big or small). Enabling us to go further in our trusting relationship with Him. In turn this should inspire others to go deeper, further into the things of God – producing a legacy, where people encounter the loving God.

“Our great responsibility is to know God and make him known”

A great little book which not only releases faith through testimony but also encourages and urges us to go deeper!

by C Tuck

Israel trip April 2019

We are running a trip to Israel in 2019 come and walk the land Jesus walked. Take the pilgrimage of a lifetime. Ten days in Jerusalem and Galilee and Tel a viv. Hotels are 5* and all the excursions are included in the price as are airport tax and flights. For more details please Dr Cooke.

That’s Just Your Interpretation : Paul Copan : Book Review – May 2018

That’s Just Your Interpretation : Paul Copan

The book is more of a reference or one that you dip in when you have a similar question to the chapter names.


It is split into three sections :

  1. Challenges related to truth and reality
  2. Challenges related to world views
  3. Challenges related to Christianity

Within these sections are argument and counter argument to common challenges Christians face with regard to sharing faith, doctrine and theology in general.

Paul Copan looks throughout history at philosophers like Plato, Aristotle and also looks forward at the great revelations of modern science. Showing that as believers we don’t need to be scared of these but actually using the Truth of the Word we great thinkers fail and science confirm the truths in the Bible.

For example,

Some of the questions relate to the trinity, why did Jesus have to be- come a man, the creation story and others such as slavery, reincarnation, who cre- ated God and the reality of Hell.

I found this book to certainly ‘tickle’ the grey cells and I’m sure I will revisit at points in the future.

I especially like the fact that the author, Paul Copan, summarises each chapter and also at the conclusion of the book ex- plains that he his not the complete authority about any of the subjects discussed. As these topics could go on forever.


However, I found that the way the book is laid out and the way Paul Copan logically answers each topic. Certainly gives the reader food for thought about what we actually believe. It also shows how Great our God is to have the answers within his Book – Bible and modern thinkers, science is only just the scratching the surface – revealing the Bible truths.

From C Tuck

The Hammer of Judgement: Dr E Cooke Book Review – April 18

The Hammer of Judgement by Dr. E Cooke Victory through Christ

“Put on the whole amour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” Ephesians 6:11 ESV

Although I love reading, it isn’t a hidden fact that I am a terribly slow reader. It’s not that I am disinterested in the novel if find myself reading in that particular moment; i just like to take my time reading each and every detail a book has to offer. On knowing this, I was extremely surprised to find that I flew through ‘The Hammer of Judgement’ like there was no tomorrow; it captured my imagination and attention greatly. Being able to put the book down was a task I found hard to complete.


‘The Hammer of Judgement’ focuses on a small town church and it’s struggle with the enemy. With the power of the enemy stirring up destruction and dissension, and the Church ever growing in strength and numbers; the battle for Christ and victory begins.

“The battle is the Lords”

As I read through each page, I found myself being drawn in, so much so, that I felt apart of this battle; that I was apart of this congregation, that I was experiencing the situations faced. It was so well written, that there was no need to ‘try and image’ – you were al- ready there. We can experience so much empowerment through pray and trust in our Lord, that although it seems that the battle with the enemy is like a never ending corri- dor; victory is always at hand.

Jesus has the victory

This book is not only a reflection of the real evils out there in this world we live in and we, as Christians, must be on guard; but it is a reflection of the power of God; of His love, His grace, His mercy and His VICTORY.It all boils down to the victory – for it IS the Lord’s. Whether this is reflected in a piece of fiction or in the Bible – it is TRUE. I thank God, after reading this book, that I too have the victory in Christ and that Satan; he doesn’t stand a chance.

By N Clarke

March Book Review – Paul Tsika : The Overcomer’s Edge

The Overcomer’s Edge is all about looking at the very real struggles that all of us face in this life. Ranging from quitting to the feelings of frustration. Paul uses his experience and a biblical foundation to outline some keys on how to live a more victorious life in and through Christ.

Some of the topics are :

  • Overcoming the temptation to quit
  • Overcoming difficult relationships
  • Overcoming the fear of losing your dream
  • And the other 10….

Paul speaks from personal experience as someone who has been through these personally and also using his experience as a pastor, helping others to practically become overcomer’s in their lives.

You can continue to read the Book review by clicking here.


Advent challenge day 2

Well a little trip to the hospital meant that day 2 was delayed or maybe not….:

2nd stop: Temple, Jerusalem, 2–1 BC

‘But the angel said to him, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son. You are to name him John.’ Luke 1.13

It was a big year for Zechariah. He’d been chosen to be the High Priest – the very person to enter the holiest place in the temple to meet with God. There he received a big surprise: he was told he would have a son, something he thought impossible! Sometimes God can surprise us. Your challenge today is to embrace the unexpected.

I couldn’t believe my eyes! A trip to the hospital was unexpected for us but not for God! He knew it would happen! Then He provided me opportunity to accomplish my challenge for the day (pay3 compliments to people) in the form of the church Christmas meal!

A whole lot of food, impromptu carolling and a game of taskmaster later, I had done it! Nothing takes God by surprise!

Advent challenge day 1

I am doing the Bible Society’s advent challenge……

1st stop: Judah, c. 750 BC‘The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.”’ Micah 5.2
Hundreds of years before Jesus arrived on earth, his birth was promised through the prophets, like in these words from Micah, who listened to what God was saying and shared with the people. The Bible tells us Jesus fulfilled 353 prophecies of the Old Testament. Sometimes we have to wait for things. As Advent begins, your first challenge is to exercise patience. You can do this however you want but I am doing this by allowing people in front of me in traffic! – Helen

Money Matters part 3

Christmas is always a tough time financially, however, Retailers are pumping out deals thick and fast ahead of Black Friday (24th November), with thousands of items expected to be discounted across major high street stores and at online retailers until midnight on Cyber Monday (27th November).

If there’s anything you’ve been planning to buy and it comes down in price, this may be the best time to pounce. However, there are always lots of duds spread in with the hot discounts so always do some online comparisons.

Currently, some of the great deals are listed below and if you sign up for Amazon Prime 30 day free trial you also get free next day delivery just remember to cancel.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player

All-New Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Black

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black

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Introducing Echo Plus – With built-in smart home hub (Silver) – Includes Philips Hue White E27 Edison Screw Light Bulb

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Bizarre Bible stories

WWE Bible style
If you ever had an argument about your daddy beating someone else’s in a fight then this is the all time champion. The Angel of The Lord aka pre incarnate Jesus finds Jacob in the desert and Jacob wants a blessing so he wrestles with Jesus. He literally fights with him all night long. I must be honest here, a ten minute fight to get into a chocolate bar tires me out ! But fair play to Jacob who manages to hang on to God still asking for a blessing! Now by this point you are probably quite willing to give Jacob the ultimate blessing (heaven)! God, however has a different plan and in what some might call foul play, puts Jacobs hip out of joint! God wins but Jacob gets a blessing. The moral of this story? If God is wrestling with you, then let Him bless you His way so you don’t end up limping!

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