Spiritual formation – open to the Spirit

There can be no spiritual formation without engagement with the Spirit. To attempt to do otherwise makes for a hard life, a miserable experience where the flesh gets the upper hand and joy eludes us and defeat is our constant companion. The transformed life we are called to cannot come about by the mere application … Continue reading Spiritual formation – open to the Spirit

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Kingdom Loving – part 1

Love as the song says, makes the world go round… The airwaves are filled with songs about love, the genre of romantic novels abounds with love stories, social and political drama’s frequently have a sub story of a couple falling in love, yet love in our world so often has parameters around it, I’ll love … Continue reading Kingdom Loving – part 1

Laying hold of God’s purpose

Vision without action is nothing more than day dreaming. Day dreaming is thinking about nice things that simply transport us out of the present and provide some momentary relief. Vision is more than a few nice thoughts that relieve our uninspiring present. Vision is something that grabs us and inspires, and calls us from where … Continue reading Laying hold of God’s purpose

What’s in a Season?

I grew up in the country, I love seasons,  and my what a glorious autumn we have had. As nature has begun slowing down, and begun it's preparation for winter, what colours, contrasts and beauty. No artist can match it. Soon it will be gone and winter will be here. Seasons come and seasons go. … Continue reading What’s in a Season?

My Father’s World

I love seasons, I thank God for seasons, life is made up of seasons. In the last week or so we have seen the change from summer to autumn taking place (whilst borders have had a second lease of life), and this year in England we have been experiencing New England scenes as the natural … Continue reading My Father’s World

It’s not over

Christmas is past, the New Year is in, and we've moved on, but the incarnation hasn't! The incarnation didn't stop at Christmas, Jesus didn't grow out of it. Neither did the incarnation stop when Jesus left the earth, He didn't ascend out of it. No it continues, an amazing, glorious truth we'd do well to … Continue reading It’s not over

There’s no magic to Christmas

'Magical,' the 'magic of Christmas,' are words and phrases that are used to describe Christmas. Strange really that a world that wants to get rid of God wants to retain the idea of something being 'other,' something being magical. And it doesn't just crop up at Christmas, there's a fascination for it all year round, … Continue reading There’s no magic to Christmas