“The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life” (Rev 2:8)
If we are honest, we don’t really understand what this means. Why do I say that? Well it is not to do with our cognitive abilities, because it is quite straight forward in that regard. No, the issue is our context, our horizons. Most of us reading this will be from a predominantly western background and in reality don’t have much experience of suffering for the gospel, if any. Continue reading
“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31)
How well do we rest? It seems that God understands that there is a deep, internal struggle within each person; they do not want to accept their limited capacity. We all agree that rest is good and important, but do we do it? Continue reading
When I was a child one of my favourite things to do was to help plant trees, flowers and assorted growing things in the garden. This involved a lot of digging. You needed to prepare the ground ready to plant. The correct tools were essential. Finding the right place to start digging was another key factor (at age 5 I always had guidance). Digging was sometimes hard work, it was often messy but it was always rewarding.
I don’t know about you but I find reading Christian biography a great privilege. It allows me a window through which to view some of the most important and influential moments and experiences of someones life of faith. Not only that, I find that as I
read more of the sovereign, kingly rule of Christ is displayed and it has a staggering capacity to draw praise from my heart and soul. Continue reading
Life can be hard at some points and there will be ups and downs along the way. This is a simple fact which affects all humans indiscriminately. We will all face difficulties and the severity of them will differ from person to person. So what keeps the Christian focused in these times? Or to put it another way, how do we remain faithful to Christ through trials without becoming jaded or cold? Continue reading
It can be easy for Christians in western nations to forget that there are many people who have still never heard the good news of Jesus. More than this, that they have not even heard that the man Jesus existed in the first place. All to quickly we become complacent about the gospel of Christ. We get more caught up with the important issues of life like the next episode of Made in Chelsea or the next major sporting event. Continue reading
It was great to join together with other Christians last weekend at the OMF Scottish conference through in Arbroath. We (Myself and Jennifer) had an early rise to make it through in time for the day, but it was well worth the quick breakfast. A brief word for those who don’t know of OMF. They are an international missions organisation which sends out overseas workers to various nations in East Asia. From its inception 150 years ago they have been seeking to bring the good news of Jesus to the various people groups of that region.