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Epic 5-A-Side Win


The king is glad, O Lord, because you gave him strength;
he rejoices because you made him victorious.
You have given him his heart's desire;
you have answered his request. 
Psalm 21:1-2 (GNB)



Back in 2002 our company was hosting its annual national 5-A-Side tournament at the JJB Sports stadium in Derby, and so we decided to enter a team.  As 48 different teams assembled from across the nation for this prestigious competition, I’d only been a Christian for about a year, but already the Holy Spirit was prompting me in subjects for prayer.  On the day I found myself praying for the crowning victory over every other team, and by a long margin too: “Lord, I would LOVE us to be champions! Grant us an epic win!”  I went up and down the coach on the way up there, and gave the whole team my key strategies: stringent man-marking, one-touch passing, catching them on the break, relentless shots on their goal, etc.  We gradually rose up and up the rankings, knocking out team after team.  And then we eventually won it! 
We all got into a huge group and hugged and jumped up and down together for sheer joy!  I got up in church on the following Sunday and shared that I had always wanted to win a sporting competition, that I had prayed and that God had answered my request! 


Click to TWEET: Pursue God relentlessly about the desires of your heart because he loves to grant men epic wins!


Have your heart’s desires changed since you started following Jesus? 


Father God, 
Please grant me all the desires of my heart with your good things! 

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Our men's podcast 'Discipleship For Busy Blokes' has listeners in 37 countries round the world.   Here's a quick synopsis of the episodes so far.  Feel free to dive in and have a listen!  Click the buttons below this section to connect on your favourite podcast platform.

Episode 28: Richard Gamble discusses his amazing and pioneering project, the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer 
Episode 27 Leon Mills on practical compassion and the parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus

Episode 26: Mark, Gordon, Liam & Nick from the MPower national team talk into a key issue facing many men: loneliness.
Episode 25: James Glass on the tensions between cultural and biblical truth and the wisdom and courage needed around truth.

Episode 24: James Aladiran of Prayer Storm on the issues facing blokes in 2021, Moses and Elijah - and our motivations in prayer.
Episode 23: Luca Russo on security in God’s provision, being miraculously healed at 17 from bronchitis and David in the bible.

Episode 22: Mark Ryan on Nehemiah, his book Pastor's Soul Care, and on Saul, David and Absalom and how to deal with insecurity.
Episode 21: Steve Legg on evangelism, escapology, comedy magic and being editor of Sorted Magazine.
Episode 20: Piet Van Waarde a pastor at Shoreline Church in Texas, on the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Episode 19: Mark McClurg pastor of Ards Elim, on his struggle with coronavirus, intervention by Jesus and a viral Twitter video.
Episode 18: Boyd Ratnaraja head of Elim in New Zealand, on family, prayer, faith and a powerful encounter with God as a young man.

Episode 17: Billy Vunipola of Saracens and England on rugby as a team game and the role of his Christian faith at the top level.
Episode 16: Chris Cartwright on managing priorities, handling the burden of leadership and the wisdom in Paul's letters to Timothy.
Episode 15: Maldwyn Jones on men's mental health, suicide, fatherlessness - and God as heavenly Father.
Episode 14: Mark Greenwood on becoming a Christian and an evangelist; and a great chat about the woman at the well in John 4.
Episode 13: Will Neville on coming through addiction and homelessness to recommitting his life to Jesus.

Episode 12: Simon Whittome on life as a 15-year old on lockdown, starting a garden farm, playing music and looking ahead to A-levels.
Episode 11: Gordon Allan on leading a city church during lockdown, what happens to the gospel when the church scatters and rugby.
Episode 10: Danny Easton on getting through a really serious motorbike accident with God's help.
Episode 9: Mark Lyndon-Jones on the amazing new sub-2 hour marathon record, and on forgetting what is behind.
Episode 8: Dammy Awosika on the parable of the Good Samaritan, and building a unlikely friendship with an awkward work colleague.
Episode 7: Chris Fletcher on what being a Christian in the military looks like, and the parallels between faith and the forces.

Episode 6: Gavin Calver on being an activist for faith as a man in your family, his love of Wimbledon AFC and running.
Episode 5: Darren Passmore on his pursuit of God into Theological College, and on trust, identity and confidence in God.
Episode 4: James Chipwete on the book of Jonah, role modelling and whether blokes have a tendency to sulk.
Episode 3: Robbie Alencar on getting through a season of extreme physical pain with the help of prayer.

Episode 2: Liam Husband on mission, outreach to homeless, Church Leadership Academy and rugby.
Episode 1: Mark Lyndon-Jones on men's ministry, isolation, connection, prayer and what to do with worry in the night.
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