No Christian I know, myself included, finds prayer easy. We struggle with distraction, lack of motivation and lack of conviction about the value of prayer. We need constant encouragement to keep praying and grow as pray-ers. Which is why I was so pleased find this book by Tim Chester: You Can Pray.
Smartphones are great. I use mine for all sorts of things and can barely remember looking at a physical map or using a camera with film. However, we’re all aware of the intrusive nature of our phones. Here’s a function I’ve discovered recently and that I think we need to use more:
There’s nothing better than being forgiven – that sense of relief when someone overlooks your hurtful words, or covers the cost of a breakage themselves, or gives you a hug after you’ve been unkind. Forgiveness is like the sun coming out through the clouds after a dark storm. Forgiveness, though, is not just something to be enjoyed. For the Christian, forgiveness is something to be understood, appreciated and expressed. It is a significant biblical doctrine and an essential virtue with real warnings for us if it is absent from our lives. The chances are that this is an area you (and I) can grow in, so read on for more. Continue reading “Forgiveness”
It’s always worth looking into ideas for keeping your Bible reading fresh. One thing I like to try is reading a different Bible version. In this post I’ll share which versions I cycle through and why it’s worth a try.
It can be hard to get going in ministry at the start of the year. I wrote an article for GoThereFor about how to stay fresh. I’m genuinely trying to put these ideas into practice myself!
Find it here: Stay Fresh as you Serve
Christmas is a relentless torrent of consumerism but it’s still possible to keep the birth of Jesus central in your family. One strategy is to add short Bible readings to your Advent Calendar. Here’s what we do (plus the list of 24 verses/passages):
Do you deserve your place on God’s team? Do you belong? We’re used to thinking about whether someone belongs on a team in terms of merit. Whether that’s a sporting team, work team or committee we naturally think and talk in the language of merit: “they earned their place”, “they’re a valued member of the team”, “they bring something special” etc. But does this apply to being part of God’s team? Romans 5:2 answers that question and the implications are brilliant. Continue reading ““This grace in which we now stand””