“Dear Friends”

When was the last time you read First John? One of the remarkable things about this short letter is the relational potency to John’s writing. He uses phrases such as: Dear friends Dear children Fathers Young men This letter drips with family culture. The question that must be asked, when we see this relational topography to this letter is, does my life, ministry and church … Continue reading “Dear Friends”

The many little deaths in serving others

Richard Foster in his excellent book Celebration of Discipline (pg 110) writes:   “In some ways we would prefer to hear Jesus’ call to deny father and mother, houses and land for the sake of the gospel than his word to wash feet. Radical self-denial gives the feel of adventure. … But in service, we much experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. … Continue reading The many little deaths in serving others

JOSHUA 16: THEY DID NOT DISLODGE THEM

This article was first published on our church website. READ “They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people …” (Josh 16:10) THINK A throwaway line at the end of a chapter that may interest government officers involved in boundary changes but not the rest of us. Right? This apparently incidental statement about how the Ephraimites … Continue reading JOSHUA 16: THEY DID NOT DISLODGE THEM

What to do when the unexpected happens

The following article was first published on our church website.   READ “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you … Continue reading What to do when the unexpected happens

Reasons to sing when the wind is howling

Psalm 95 1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;     let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving     and extol him with music and song. 3 For the Lord is the great God,     the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,     and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it,     and his hands … Continue reading Reasons to sing when the wind is howling

Opening our eyes to the real world

Today I’ve been studying Daniel 10. It is an amazing chapter about the intersection of prayer, spiritual conflict and the advancement of God’s plans and purposes.   Two quotes that really help us grasp the impact of this chapter: “If once the curtain were pulled back, and the spiritual world behind it came to view, it would expose to our spiritual vision a struggle so … Continue reading Opening our eyes to the real world

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come…

Here are some wonderful lyrics from Isaac Watts (1674-1748), for days like today: “Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her form, from everlasting Thou art God, to endless years the same. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, be thou our guard while life shall last, And our eternal home.” Continue reading O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come…

Finding my calling in a self-obsessed world

I’m so glad that I finally got round to reading ‘Serious Times‘ by James Emery White. His chapter on vocation is just brilliant! Here is a rather long extract, but it is worth reading all of it!   “As I approached forty, I knew I was entering a new season of life and ministry, so I committed myself anew to finding what I was to … Continue reading Finding my calling in a self-obsessed world