The Forgotten Arts, part 7. Do we genuinely approach God with reverence? Is reverence and fear the same thing? And how do we understand ‘the fear of the Lord’, which the Bible affirms as good, with a God who ‘is … Continue reading “Reverence”
The Forgotten Arts, part 6. How do we practice spending time on our own, with God, to deepen our relationship with Him?
The Forgotten Arts, part 5. Taking a day of rest is not just good for us. It is an act of worship, and one that causes transformation in our lives.
The Forgotten Arts, part 4. When we regularly meditate on Scripture, we feed our minds and souls with the thing it needs most. As in Psalm 1 we become like “a tree planted by streams of water”, yeilding fruit and … Continue reading “Scripture”
The Forgotten Arts, part 2. In the words of John Wesley “some have exalted religious fasting beyond all Scripture and reason; and others have utterly disregarded it.” Fasting is very much a forgotten art in 21st Century Britain, but there’s … Continue reading “Fasting”
The Forgotten Arts, part 1. Prayer welcomes us into a place where we start to think the thoughts of God, desire what He desires and love what He loves.
Joy, part 9. Ephesians 5 teaches us to give thanks always and for everything. This is easy when life is good. But doing this when life is hard produces real evidence that God is at work in us.
Joy, part 8. The gospel transforms us from death to life. In this we take off the ‘old self’ and put on the ‘new self’. But how do we go about doing this in our ordinary, everyday lives?
There’s many verses that we’re likely to find on Christian fridge magnets. This probably isn’t one of them: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2).