People try hard to change their ways, they make vows/resolutions, try to crucify the Flesh, pray more, believe more, stand on the promises, bind the devil, etc.. but very often with little effect. Why? It's not for want of good intentions. The reason more often than not lies in the affections, there hasn't been a … Continue reading Spiritual formation – the power of a new affection
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
What a story, every time I read it or hear it it never ceases to amaze me. We stagger at the incarnation, but this parrellels and transcends that part of the story. In the incarnation we see God taking on human flesh, yes, real flesh and blood, and living here in the confines of our … Continue reading Encountering the risen Christ
Love is frequently viewed as something that is earned - do well, respond to me in the right way and I will love you. Frequently that is pushed over onto God, and so people both non-Christian and Christian ending up trying to earn the love of God. But that's not how the Bible tells it. … Continue reading Living Loved
We all know what it is to be frustrated, whether a puncture, computer virus, overlaying and being late for work etc.. very often we are frustrated by things that mess with our agenda and impede our progress. Now, I wonder whether you have ever thought whether you could frustrate the grace of God in your … Continue reading Not Frustrating the Grace of God
Just recently I was involved in running a module on the history of the church, and in doing so I was struck by the dynamic history of the church and it's far reaching impact upon the world - yes there are the bad bits, the bits that the atheist will be quick to point to … Continue reading His Church is Marching On
We've been looking at how we grow as Christians, or more particularly why we might not be. One of the reasons is we frequently fail to notice the early warning lights, the red lights in our lives. They are like the red lights on a car's dashboard - they are there for a reason, and … Continue reading Are You Ignoring The Red Lights?