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

Living at odds with this world

I’m currently reading through Daniel. Today I was focusing on these amazing and deeply challenging words from chapter 3: “But even if he does not [save Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnance], we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image you have set up.” (3:18)   Nate Saint (1923-56) who was eventually martyred … Continue reading Living at odds with this world

The Saint’s Separation

Phil 1:1 “… To all God’s holy people (Saints) in Christ Jesus at Philippi…” “But the heart of the matter is this: the saint’s separation is not a reaction against but a response to; not a more determination to be different from the world but a whole-hearted determination to be like God by obeying his word.” Alec Moyter   Here in this wonderful definition of … Continue reading The Saint’s Separation