August 23, 2018

Suffering will come at some stage in every Christian’s life. It will either drive you deeper in your relationship with God or turn you away from him. Your call which…   As part of Blood Cancer Awareness Month I am supporting Leukaemia Care’s Spot Leukaemia campaign and talking about the need to recognise symptoms in yourself and get help early, as well as my experiences as a Christian going through it. In a raw and open half an hour interview… Read more

August 19, 2018

As far as I knew my condition was relatively stable back in April, when I posted about my first year of being diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL). One year in I had just about got used to the new normal. Little did I know then that like the path in this photo I took of the South Downs, my journey was about to take a detour. I have been living in what some people call “CLL  purgatory”.  I was… Read more

August 16, 2018

Last Sunday, my dear friend and pastor Tope Koleoso preached the second part in a series on Loving God which was kicked off the previous week by one of our other pastors. Tope opened up much more than he typically does, and shared personal stories which helped illustrate his point that LOVING God is absolutely central to everything in the Christian life. I urge you to watch it, since although you may think you know all there is to know… Read more

August 2, 2018

Can I be sure I am going to Heaven? In one of my recent articles, a pastor from the 1600s offered the suffering Christian the encouragement that whatever they are suffering here on earth is “all the hell you shall ever know.” A commentator on that post asked “can a Christian lose their salvation?” Lets make this personal: What if I slip up and fall? What if I commit a big sin? What if I ‘backslide’ on my faith, perhaps even… Read more

July 30, 2018

  Jesus clearly promises that he will send the Holy Spirit and commanded us to receive Him. Yet this clear instruction is left off many lists of Jesus commands. Perhaps it is ommitted because we cannot fill ourselves Holy Spirit. Yet if we have been paying attention throughout this series so far we will have seen that  by ourselves we cannot obey most of the commands of Jesus. In the verses below we see that the Holy Spirit is sent… Read more

July 25, 2018

There is a little book called “The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod.” written by Thomas Brooks in the 1600s which speaks about how suffering can be seen in some senses as God’s loving discipline for us. Of course it was written in an era, unlike ours, of great suffering. I commend this little book to you which I have read this morning thanks to one of my readers recommending it in a comment on my Preparing for Unexpected Suffering post. The… Read more

July 17, 2018

Desiring God Ministries have just published an article I’ve written on preparing for sickness and other forms of suffering. We will ALL experience suffering at some point in our lives. It often comes with no warning, and may come to us sooner than we expect. Without becoming riddled with fear, we would be wise to prepare for the unexpected. Like most who read this article, I live in a historical anomaly when it comes to suffering. I have access to clean… Read more

July 6, 2018

When God delivered the Israelites, Samuel didn’t want them to forget what had happened as we so often do even today. So he set up a stone, the Ebenezer stone.  Which means ‘stone of help’.  And as he did so, Samuel said “Up to this point the LORD has helped us!” (1 Samuel 7:12, NLT). I have had plenty of opportunity since becoming unwell to reminisce, and look back over my own life. I really do have a lot to be… Read more

June 12, 2018

In our fast-paced world, where every second is filled by something, is it any wonder we don’t have time to hear the voice of God? In the hurry to get tasks done, we neglect the glorious calling to direct our gaze heavenwards. Even the ‘quiet time’ can degenerate into one more task to tick off our list, rather than a time to linger in God’s presence, and hear him in his Word. On a diet of tweets and soundbites we… Read more

May 22, 2018

Who or what do you worship? Yourself? The idea of having a perfect partner? Money? Success? Power? Happiness? Jesus commands us to worship only God: Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” (Luke 4:8) As John Piper puts it: Everyone in the world worships something. From the most religious to the most secular, all people value something high enough to build their lives around it. It may be… Read more

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