When God wants to change the world…

N.T. Wright on the beatitudes. Just stunning! “When God wants to change the world, he dosn’t launch missiles. Instead, he sends in the meek, the mourners, and the merciful. When God wants to put things right, he dosn’t scramble combat jets; he calls people to love and do justice. Through these kinds of people the blessings of God’s reign begin to appear in the world.” Continue reading When God wants to change the world…

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

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

What is controlling your meditation

In these unusual times, I thought it would be helpful to quote Paul David Tripp, on the importance of getting control of what you meditate on:   “What controls your meditation will control your thoughts about God, yourself, others, your situation, and even the nature of life itself. And as you mediate on what you are suffering, your joy wanes, your hope fades, and God … Continue reading What is controlling your meditation

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