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Looking forward to Heaven: Restored Bodies!

I wouldn’t agree with everything the former Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, says but I think he’s on the money here as he reflects on what Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4 & 5. ‘What Paul is asking us to imagine is that there will be a new mode of physicality which stands in relation to our present body as our present…

CS Lewis at Bargain Prices!

So on Sunday we’re encouraged to read more CS Lewis and on Tuesday our friends at 10ofthose offer a pack of 4 of his greatest books for just under £10 (Mere Christianity, Miracles, Four Loves and The Screwtape Letters). They must have been listening… Details are: here. Buy them to read yourself, and then pass them onto friends – Mere Christianity remains one of the best introductions to…

Looking forward to Heaven: Contemplate Beauty!

Off the back of Sunday’s sermon I’m going to post a few of my favourite quotes on heaven, our eternal inheritance in Christ, over the next week. Here’s the one I read at Westbury last night to kick us off: ‘Almost everyone, at least at some level, thinks that this world is more appealing that the world to come. It is because…

Free audio book

You can download ‘Trusting God’ by Jerry Bridges for free at the moment from Christianaudio.comEd Shaw says:“Any book by Jerry Bridges is worth reading and this one comes with three added advantages – 1) It’s free! 2) It’s read to you! 3) It ties in nicely with some of the big ideas of 1 Peter that we’re looking at in our current sermon series! It would…

Isn’t forcing yourself to read the Bible when you don’t feel like it basically legalism?

No! John Piper blogs: You are reading out of desperation for the effects of this heavenly medicine. Bible reading is not a cure for a bad conscience; it’s chemo for your cancer. Legalists feel better because the box is checked. Saints feel better when their blindness lifts, and they see Jesus in the word. Let’s get real. We are desperately sick with worldliness,…

Looking forward to heaven…

As we looked at 1 Peter 1:1-12 together yesterday there was some surprise at part of our future inheritance as Christians being God giving praise, glory and honour to us (see v.7). But this is a much-repeated Biblical truth (Romans 2:29; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Peter 5:4) that we should not ignore – it certainly motivated the apostle Paul (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20).…

Bible Biology

(as first seen on The Friday Fought) If the goal of Bible study is homage, its foundation is observation. There simply is no subsitute for time in the text. “Too often students of the Bible rely on second-hand, derivative knowledge, acquired from pastors, teachers, parents, books about the Bible, or other secondary sources. While all of these have their place, there is…

Bible reading notes straight to your phone

I’ve just been trying out the new app from The Good Book Company, which gives you Explore Bible reading notes straight to your device – it’s really good. It’s free to download with a month’s worth of material on it, and then you can buy more content as you need it. Apple users can download it in the app store or for android get…