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Wanting to think through God’s Sovereignty?

Yesterday we saw  that joy in the Lord in the here and now is dependent on believing Him to be sovereign, in control, and just. Do you need to think through the fact of God’s sovereignty a little more so that you can share in this joy? Below are a couple of ways of doing that: Why not spend a bit more…

We need to talk about porn…

The accessibility, affordability and anonymity of the internet mean that porn is getting a grip on, and eating away at the lives of millions every day. While Christians have been saying this for a while, mainstream secular media has also been increasingly highlighting the dangers too. BBC 5live recently hosted a phone in on the topic and several callers shared their own stories of…

How can a God of love get angry?

Or how, as we’ve been asking as we’ve looked at Habakkuk, can God’s love and his justice work together? Tim Keller writes helpfully on this: ‘…if you want a loving God, you have to have an angry God. Please think about it. Loving people can get angry, not in spite of their love but because of it. In fact, the more closely and…

How do you practice hospitality?

‘“You see, you don’t need a big program,” Francis Schaeffer once said to some Christians asking him how they could learn to practice hospitality. “You don’t have to convince your session or board. All you have to do is open your home and begin. And there is no place in God’s world where there are no people who will come and share…

Habakkuk set to music?!

Who’d take on the challenge of setting verses from Habakkuk Chs. 1 & 2  to music? Turns out one of English choral music’s greatest composers – Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Was listening to a CD of his this week and thought I recognised the words. You will too (although he doesn’t cover every verse)… PS – It’s worth persisting past the loud start – the…

Tales of Unexpected Answers to Prayer

Last Sunday we heard how Habakkuk prayed a prayer which brought a rather unexpected answer from his Father God (Habakkuk 1:1-11).  In a hymn he wrote, former slave-trader-turned-vicar John Newton tells of another unexpected answer to prayer: ‘I asked the Lord that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek, more earnestly, His…

Doubting Your Salvation?

‘Sometimes, in bitterness of temptation, when the spirit struggles with a sense of God’s anger, we are apt to think God an enemy. A troubled soul is like troubled water: we can see nothing in it, and, so far as it is not cleansed, it will cast up mire and dirt. It is full of objections about itself, yet for the most…

Doubting God’s Goodness?

‘In time of war in an occupied country, a member of the resistance meets one night a Stranger who deeply impresses him. They spend that night together in conversation. The Stranger tells the partisan that he himself is on the side of the resistance – indeed that he is in command of it, and urges the partisan to have faith in him…