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The Rainbow: Mephibosheth

Favour Ain’t Fair.  This is part 2 of the Rainbow series. When Abraham was asked to cut 3 animals in half and place the halves opposite each other, he was setting up a mysterious covenant where the halves on the left would represent himself and the halves on the right

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The Rainbow – Signs from Heaven to Earth

The question why do bad things happen to good people comes from an over exaggeration of our own goodness. We’ve placed ourselves miles too high on the Scale of Good. You know you better than anyone so it’s not a surprise to know that you’re not really that good at

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Mountain Men

A man without a mountain is only half a man. Every man was born for near misses, desperate challenges and traversing trouble. And when he does it for the protection and provision of others that man becomes a brother, a husband, a father. The bible tells us, ‘How beautiful  on

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The God of Reduction

This leadership message, shared at Lead Summit in England by Dave Gilpin, looks at the ‘peril’ of everything that moves- it has to lose something to gain something. For Abraham he ‘lost’ his son, for Gideon he lost almost all his men, for Joseph he lost his reputation. You may

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Future Proof

This message takes the listener through the 7 things upon which your future depends and lands on- ‘The dreams you declare will never die’. On this point Dave Gilpin digresses and outlines the plans for the future Hope City Complex in a suburb called Waverley near junction 33 on the

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Middle Child Syndrome – Why People Leave Church

Have you ever seen the comic sketch, ‘The Only Gay in the Village’? This famous Little Britain sketch is one of the most powerful observations of human nature ever to be broadcast on TV. The psychology that surrounds it is one of the biggest reasons why people leave your church

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How To Have A Slightly Better Marriage

The pressure to have a brilliant marriage has caused a lot of marriages to go backwards and not forwards. When Ken and Barbie talk about their perfect marriage, they omit to tell you how imperfect it actually is! In this message, Pastor Dave Gilpin looks at 5 keys to have

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The Anatomy of Church Growth Pt 2

It’s time that ‘Healthy things grow’, yet there’s a point that a tree stops growing vertically, yet never stops reproducing laterally. To judge a tree by its height only and not by its ability to spread or shade is to make a wrong judgement. In forever comparing your church’s attractiveness

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The Anatomy of Church Growth

‘Healthy things grow’ is a slogan all of us have grown up with and while the gist of it is true, the application of it can get us all caught up in either mild panic or a mire of condemnation. There are two kinds of growing Churches in the world

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Beat the Blag: the 7 greatest lies in church life

When does a blag become a lie? We live in a world of blagging. We all do it. It’s the art of spin. It’s when truth is either stretched or omitted to create an impression that is no longer true! And it’s in epidemic proportions across our culture. Yet, spin

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Why Love Languages Don’t Work

Usually, depending upon our personality type, each of us has a ‘love language’ that means the world to us. It’s a way of communicating, not necessarily through words, that leaves us feeling valued and incredibly special. However, it’s when your demand for your ‘loved one’ to speak your own particular love language increases that the relationship usually begins to unravel rather than strengthen.

Think Big Act Small

Behind every breakthrough you’ll often find a breakdown. It’s the place of divine exchange. Dave Gilpin shares intimately from his wife Jenny’s personal journals where in the midst of despair she attempted to thing big yet act small, leading to one of the greatest victories Hope City Church has ever seen.

Middle Child Syndrome

Get ready. You’re about to experience MCS – Middle Child Syndrome! Something or someone is about to enter into your world that will deflect all of the attention off you and onto them. It may be a new church in your city, a younger song leader or songwriter or a new whizz kid who does things ‘better’ than you.

The Third Culture

Our churches are filled with Third Culture People – people who grew up in a different culture to the one which their parents grew up in. Third Culture Kids (3CKs) share a sense of not quite belonging to any place – when asked ‘Where do you come from?’, their answer is always: ‘Then we moved to…then we moved to…’. This is about their journey, their fight, their future. This is about every church in every city all over the world.