Friday, 22 February 2013

Good Works.

Christ died to make us 'zealous for good works'. Zeal means passion. Christ did not die to make good works merely possible or to produce a half-hearted pursuit. He died to produce in us a passion for good deeds. Christian purity is not the mere avoidance of evil, but the pursuit of good.

John Piper


For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Friday, 8 February 2013

Sweet! Jesus? or Sweet Jesus!


'Some people encounter Jesus & say, "Sweet! Jesus, do You want to join the party of my life w/ this sin, that addiction, this destructive relationship, & we'll all just coexist together?"

But repentance means saying, "Sweet Jesus, You are the best thing that has ever happened to me! I want to turn from all the sin & selfishness that rules me. I want to let it go & walk with You. Only You. You are my life now. Help me to walk away from the enslaving, worthless things in life."'

- Francis Chan "Forgotten God"

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Risen For You.

CONTINUALLY have I spoken to the reader concerning Christ crucified, who is the great hope of the guilty; but it is our wisdom to remember that our Lord has risen from the dead and lives eternally. You are not asked to trust in a dead Jesus, but in One who, though He died for our sins, has risen again for our justification. You may go to Jesus at once as to a living and present friend. He is not a mere memory, but a continually existent Person who will hear your prayers and answer them. He lives on purpose to carry on the work for which He once laid down His life. He is interceding for sinners at the right hand of the Father, and for this reason He is able to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by Him. Come and try this living Saviour, if you have never done so before.

All Of Grace. Charles Spurgeon.

Friday, 18 January 2013

SNOW.

We have had snow here in the UK this week (especially today) like never before. Today I watched the snow for hours as it fell in the most serene and amazing ways. Snow on snow on snow. Big snowflakes, small snowflakes. Being blown up, down, left, right and every other direction. Settling, melting, disappearing..

I thought i'd do a study into how snow is used in the Bible. As God uses so much of his creation and nature in His word to show us what He's like, what He can do, what His world is like.. snow falls on many of the books! Here are some random ones I find really encouraging, and i'm also amazed at how even Jesus' head, hair and clothes are described as 'white as snow' after His resurrection. So here we go, and a little photo I took in my back garden.

Psalm 51:7

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Job 37:6

He says to the snow,(A) ‘Fall on the earth,’
    and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

Isaiah 1:18


18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.

Revelation 1:14

14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
    



Monday, 24 October 2011

A W Pink

Just starting the book 'The Sovereignty of God' by fellow Notts-boy A.W.Pink. Although this is an extra read to Relay stoofs, I was struck by a sentence in the introduction about Pink's life, on the subject of the doctrine of Scripture (which was a large part of the beginning of my relay studies).

"However strongly he insists on the doctrines of Scripture, he never views correct doctrine as an end in itself, but rather as a means to a greater end - the glory of God in the salvation and sanctification of sinners"

BOOM. Feel the challenge.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Horatius B.

Upon a life I did not live,
Upon a death I did not die –
Another’s life, Another’s death
– I stake my whole eternity.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

iPray.

God doesn't have a Blackberry or an iPhone, but He is my favorite contact. He doesn't have Facebook, but He is my best friend. He doesn't have Twitter, but I follow Him, and He doesn't have internet, but I am connected to Him. And even if He has a great communication service, his customer service never puts me on hold. That's why iPray.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Toolpool

Something we do at our homechurch. Think of any other ways you can serve your church family + save money? Lets share the wealth and blessings God's given us!

Monday, 10 January 2011

It Is Well With My Soul.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.