Spiritual formation – the power of a new affection

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

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

Encountering the risen Christ

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

Living Loved

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

Not Frustrating the Grace of God

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