Xcel Church: Thoughts

Loved this weekend. What a great time we have had.

Kicking of with NBAU with Dave Gilpin. Messing with your thinking. Getting us to recreate the landscape of our minds.

Then we had the Xcel Darlington team round. They are just superb. They do such an amazing job making Church happen every Sunday morning at the Dolphin Centre. If you are reading this…you are my heroes. Could not do it without you!!

Then Sunday hit hard! Wow. Pastor Dave Gilpin talked about faith. One step at a time. Great teaching. Great challenging again to the way you live the Christian life. Loving that over 90 people in the building, worship was amazing, the presence of God was making a difference in peoples lives. You Darlo guys rock! Love being your Pastor.

Then across to Aycliffe for United Night. All 3 locations coming together. Real sense of momentum about Xcel Church at the moment. Sense of expectancy. It makes Church so much more fun. Dave spoke about the four acceptable faces of a champion church. Not the long face or the face of thunder. Too much of that in Church already. These were the faces of people who will change a generation. Who will do great things for God.

Pick up your towel. Get involved. Be the person who says I can and I will.

A word in season I’m sure. It certainly sets the tone for the future and what God has in store for Xcel Church. One thing Dave said to my wife & I when we were talking…

…when the Israelites dug the wells again which had been filled up, the next day they were full of water. The beauty of this is that God had already made it start raining in the mountains even before they had started digging the wells. He knows what you will need and is already working on it.

God is awesome. Love Him. Got to trust Him. Got to live by faith, knowing God is more than able to supply all my needs according to His riches in glory.

Have a great week.

Staying in the Right Place

It’s a challenge.

I know some people will say it’s easy for me, I’m a Pastor. Come on, let’s be real. I share many of the same struggles that everyone else struggles with. This week has been no exception.

I should know better. Keeping my basic spiritual disciplines is essential. It’s so easy to be distracted, become complacent or just plain lazy. I must pray. I must read the Word. Without them, I am all at sea, I become a little fuzzy.

God has definitely been nudging me these last couple of days. Reminding me how important it is to get time alone with Him. Regular time with Him keeps me sane. I need to hear what He has to say.

‘Those who sow to the flesh, reap of the flesh. Those that sow to the spirit, reap spiritual things.’ Spending time with God keeps my spiritual levels up. Then the flesh doesn’t rule quite so much.

Here’s a call to all Christians…you cannot get by without the Holy Spirit. Get filled. Be continually filled. Be led by the Spirit, not by your fleshly desires. If you don’t then you’ll discover life getting somewhat wobbly, you’ll think God isn’t working for you when in reality it’s not God, it’s you. Keep the main thing, the main thing….keep your eyes focused on Jesus. It can’t do you wrong.


Just had a stretch in the thinking by Dave Gilpin at Not Business As Usual. The mind is a city, thinking is the key. Getting and staying on the right tracks keep me from travelling to places in my thinking that are just not good for me. I need to own it, I need to take responsibility for my mind. I cannot blame anyone or anything else. I must keep travelling the right road, doing the right things.


Looking forward to a great day tomorrow in Church. Hope to see you at Xcel Darlington in the morning. 11am. Dolphin Centre. Ready to give God your best. Expectant. Ready for anything.

Pastor Dave Gilpin…Coming to Xcel Darlington

Actually he is coming to Xcel Darlington in the morning – Dolphin Centre at 11am, plus he is coming to Xcel Aycliffe too for the evening meeting.

Hope you are going to give us a look. Really believing God for a great time. My heart is just to see lives changed, transformed by the amazing love of God. I know that being a Christian doesn’t change the circumstances but it certainly helps you on the travels. God loves me. God loves you too.

Pastor Dave Gilpin is one of the best communicators I know. He is slightly off the wall, but that just makes him even more incredible. He lives out the God journey with absolute confidence in his God.

So why not? Come to Xcel Church on Sunday. You never know, you might have to admit that you enjoy it.