Turning 20: age and calling

Turning 20: age and calling

So in a few days, i’ll be 20. That to me is madness, the last couple of years have gone by so fast. It was two years ago i left education in a course i hated to take up an offer of an internship of my local church. Looking back i never thought i’d be doing anything like this, I had no idea what God wanted me to do in life, or in general for that matter, and looking forward i still don’t have much of a plan. But I know the good Lord does.

Thinking about my birthday has got me thinking a lot about age and how it relates to the calling that God has on our lives. Does age matter when God puts a calling on our lives? Is there a certain age for some of us where God begins the process of us growing into his will? My answer? Yes and no. Allow me to explain. Continue reading “Turning 20: age and calling”

Questions are important, but so is faith.

Questions are important, but so is faith.

Well this is something I’ve been working up to writing about for a while. And honestly, the main reason i haven’t written about this till now is because i’ve been in two minds about actually getting this out there without misrepresenting the point i’m trying to make.

I’m going to be 100% honest, i really struggle with some of the word sometimes, but to be clear, i am NOT saying that the bible is wrong, by no means is that what i’m saying, but i’d be lying if i said that i understood everything inside the bible. But this is what i want to tackle today, that is in fact okay to have questions about your faith, about the content of the bible and the context of some of the events. Continue reading “Questions are important, but so is faith.”

United in love.

United in love.

As we begin the year of 2017, I can’t help but reflect on last year. In all honesty, it was a rough year on a personal level, I had huge struggles with my mental health, really struggled with my faith and made an effort to cut off those that tried to support me, but the good Lord kept me on track with him, he helped me see the error of my ways, in my mind and in my heart, and slowly, helping me make amends to those I hurt while I was in that mindset. But this weeks post isn’t about me, but the love that our God shows to all of us. Continue reading “United in love.”

God himself will provide the lamb.

God himself will provide the lamb.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, I really do love this time of year as I’ve stated many times before at this point. Another thing I love about this month where we remember the birth of Christ, and the sacrifice he made for us, is it allows me a chance to wrestle with some parts of the word that i struggle with, and until last night, there was a very specific part of genesis that I had trouble comprehending. That part is Abraham and Issac. Continue reading “God himself will provide the lamb.”

Christmas:His life as well as birth.

Christmas:His life as well as birth.

This is more than likely to be the last post I write before Christmas, at the time of writing it’ll be 6 days till one of the important days in the Christian faith, the day where we celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. As I said last week, (The present of his presence.) I love Christmas, like a lot, for a number of different reasons. So it only stands to reason that I would go to pretty much every church service I can at the wonderful churches that I attend. And the service I attended last night really changed my perspective on the story of Jesus’ birth.

At our church, we have a wonderful yearly tradition of “Curry and carols” when a number of wonderful people will cook some curries and we come together as a church in fellowship to eat, sing some carols and learn more about the birth of our way to salvation. And last night was no different, it was an amazing night of fellowship. And I was glad to be a part of it. One segment was done by our churches youth group, and that’s what i want to write about today. Because it was a huge challenge to us as the body of Christ. Continue reading “Christmas:His life as well as birth.”

The present of his presence.

The present of his presence.

At the time of writing, it’ll be just under two weeks to Christmas. I love Christmas, its honestly one of my favorite times of the year, Of course I love it for being the time where we celebrate the birth of our savor Jesus Christ, however i tend to find smaller things that i also love along with this amazing event. I love the atmosphere, I love the lights, I love the gingerbread lattes that only really get sold at this time of year! But one of the biggest reasons I love this time of year is a simple one. It’s a time of year where not only is everyone seems to be a lot more open to the love of God. Continue reading “The present of his presence.”

Broken people made whole as one

Broken people made whole as one

Wow, I really can’t believe it’s December already, this year has gone so quickly! Looking back to just a months ago shows me the wonders that our God is able to do in such a short amount of time,  not just in my life, but the lives of those around me. I’ve been able to witness a number of changes in my day-to-day life, in my church and in our church family. But in seeing these changes, it gives a new perspective on us as the church of Christ. Continue reading “Broken people made whole as one”

Gifts from God.

Gifts from God.

I’ve really struggled to keep to my schedule of writing these posts as of late, this isn’t due to a lack of passion, nor a lack of time, but a struggle with my self. As I’ve probably stated before, I struggle with my own self worth, I very rarely feel that how I feel, or what I think actually matters. So after my latest post (Reflection/Resurrection) I was feeling pretty venerable honestly, as that’s the first time I’d wrote about that subject since returning to my hometown, and it’s still a sensitive issue for me, and I convinced myself that this is something that not many people would be interested, so the positive reception it received is really encouraging. So thank you to everyone that’s given that piece a read, it means a lot to me.

I know this is a strange paragraph to start with, but I thought it’d provide some context to today’s topic. I’m not an extremely confident person by nature, don’t get me wrong, I’m more than willing to speak out against what I feel is wrong, I talk to people I don’t know about the love of God, but in terms seeing myself as worthwhile, well that’s a struggle for me honestly. and I know it is for a lot of people. Even though we know the love that the lord of all has for us, it can be hard to take complements, or to accept praise when we’ve done something well. We see ourselves as somewhat incapable of taking credit for the things we do. Continue reading “Gifts from God.”

Take the world, but give me Jesus

Take the world, but give me Jesus

There’s a phrase I read a while back, and it wasn’t till much later on that I found out it was a hymn (I really need to do a better job when it comes to knowing  hymns!) but as soon as I saw it, I knew it would become a topic for this blog, and that quote is “Take the world, but give me Jesus”
This is a powerful statement, and challenge to us as people of Christ. We are taught our whole lives that it’s what we own that defines us, that decides our worth, it’s how much money we make that shows everyone how important we are, it’s how many people know our name that decides how “blessed” we are. And one of our callings as people of God is to turn down the temptation of this culture of artificial self-worth, and phony accomplishment. Continue reading “Take the world, but give me Jesus”

The prince of preachers part 2: humble in pain, hopeful in depression.

The prince of preachers part 2: humble in pain, hopeful in depression.

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece on a man named Charles Spurgeon, and why i feel that his story is an inspiration to our young people of the church of Christ (you can read that piece here The Prince of Preachers part 1: A message for the youth. ) where this part is more focused around the depression and other afflictions that Mr Spurgeon suffered in his life.

Before I start, while I was researching his battle with bouts of depression, i found this quote from him, and this really has got me thinking about why i started this blog, why i keep pushing through the darkness of depression.

“I would go into the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.” Continue reading “The prince of preachers part 2: humble in pain, hopeful in depression.”

Shield of Faith

Shield of Faith

Last Friday, me and a couple of good friends of mine were invited to a bloggers event in Ashford, Kent. The idea behind it is to get more eyes on the wonderful town. And for me at least, it was an amazing experience that got me to see how far the town has come since i last visited it a number of years ago. But today’s post is based on something else that happened that before our day really got into the swing of things and how it can apply to those that are struggling with their faith in God. Continue reading “Shield of Faith”

The importance of rebuking in love.

The importance of rebuking in love.

Something that’s an important part of being a part of the body of Christ, to me at least, is being able to rebuke our brothers and sisters in Christ when they sin. Now what is it to rebuke?

Rebuke

(verb) Express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions

( Noun) An expression of sharp disapproval or criticism. Continue reading “The importance of rebuking in love.”

Made for God, made for community.

Made for God, made for community.

Before I start today’s blog I just want to say, God is good, all the time. I’ve been struggling in my battle with anxiety more than depression this week, so I’ve been trying to keep myself shut away, to avoid spending time with my friends and family at the risk of feeling like I’m getting in their way, and through this God has given me a constant theme this week, “Man was not made to be alone” and how important community is to the Christian faith.  Continue reading “Made for God, made for community.”

Everyday worship: “what if i do?” by the foo fighters.

Everyday worship: “what if i do?” by the foo fighters.

Well this is an idea I’ve been sitting on for a while! I mentioned this a few weeks ago in( Days will come and go no matter what i say(your will be done) ) and i recommend you give that post a read before you go any further with this one as it will give you an idea of what I’m aiming for with this post!

Welcome to this new series of blogs I’m going to call for the time being (Till I can think of a better name or someone suggests one!)  “Everyday worship” The idea of this series is to go into detail with non christian songs in order to find ways to apply them to a Christian lifestyle while sharing some of my favorite songs in the process! I’m going to be starting with a relatively easy song for the first post, and that song is “What if i do? By the foo fighters. Continue reading “Everyday worship: “what if i do?” by the foo fighters.”

Breaking the glass ceiling of Faith.

Breaking the glass ceiling of Faith.

Today’s topic is one I’ve been thinking long and hard about. It’s one that from my experience, a lot of Christians struggle with, it’s a subject that has more than one right answer, but this is my perspective. The subject I’ll be writing about today is the proverbial glass ceiling in our faith, and the fact that All things are possible through God, doesn’t mean we will always get what we want. Continue reading “Breaking the glass ceiling of Faith.”

Days will come and go no matter what i say(your will be done)

Days will come and go no matter what i say(your will be done)

One of my favorite bands ever is Foo fighters. I don’t really mention my taste in music all that much on this blog, but this is relevant for this weeks post. As it was a foo fighters song that has got me thinking about how i approach my actions when trying to live for Jesus, and managed to bring me back to one of the most well-known prayers of the Christian Faith, the lords prayer. Continue reading “Days will come and go no matter what i say(your will be done)”

Fighting depression in the army of Christ

Fighting depression in the army of Christ

I just want to start this post off by saying God is good. even when everything seems to be crumbling around you, it’s only so he can build something better. Our God is a God of love, and a God of grace. He knows what ever you’re going through right now, and he feels your hurt, and he will stand beside you and be there for you as long as you’re willing to turn to him. Continue reading “Fighting depression in the army of Christ”

Free from sin, but not sinless

Free from sin, but not sinless

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the sacrifice of Jesus, who died for the sins of the world, and what that means for us as followers of Christ. And a verse i saw earlier this week cemented this weeks blog being about this idea, the verse in question?

1 John 1:8 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves”

This verse fascinates me. it’s something I feel like a lot of Christians, including myself, don’t really think about, this idea that just because we’re saved from the pit that is sin, doesn’t mean we can’t sin. Continue reading “Free from sin, but not sinless”

Neither poverty nor riches

Neither poverty nor riches

In last weeks post, I wrote about proverbs 21:3 “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice” and how important it is to keep in this in mind when we are living for Jesus (you can find that post here Justice & righteousness over sacrifice ) and once again I was reading through proverbs and these verses really struck me from this book of wisdom. Continue reading “Neither poverty nor riches”

Guest Blog: And now, Why do you wait?

Guest Blog: And now, Why do you wait?

Hi everyone, this is something a little bit different, but my good friend ( https://ardentword.wordpress.com/ ) Wrote something for the page and i personally love this piece, i hope you enjoy it as much as i have. Thank you and may God bless you!

And now, why do you wait?

Paul once called himself the chief among sinners, and he believed it. The more I read the Bible, the more I see the people behind the verses; how they must have thought and felt, not mere characters in a tale but people who lived and breathed as we do. The person of Paul is perhaps the most vivid; we see so much of his writing in the New Testament, so much of his personality transferred to those pages. Think on all the revelation Paul had; how highly he saw Christ, how mightily he saw God move, how he saw the Body of Christ find being in the world as the Church took shape. He knew with utter certainty that Christ and His Body, the Church, were alive and real. Yet before his eyes, always, was the man Saul. The man who put to death the followers of Christ, who zealously repressed the Gospel. The man who sought to destroy the one thing that he now held as the most precious thing imaginable. Paul certainly believed that among sinners, he was greatest.

How do you feel when you consider your sins? If you’re anything like me, in that moment you probably feel like you’ve let God down again, that you’ve took steps backward and need to make up for it. Those feelings draw you away from God and rather that seeing Him as He is, you retreat into your own guilt, hide away, hope that next time will be better. This isn’t how it should be.

Think, what did Paul do, knowing the worth of God and knowing the extent of his own sin? He did not hide from God in shame. Ananias, the brother who restored Paul’s sight, said to him: “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16). With that, Paul rose, and he began a ministry that changed the world. Paul did not allow fear and shame to rule over him, rather he saw the depth of God’s love and mercy and gave his entire life to His cause. In Philippians 3:8-9 the immensity of God’s mercy and the covering of his old life was surely stark in Paul’s mind as he wrote “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ…”

Read that quote again, and truly consider it. The surpassing worth of knowing Christ, Paul says, makes anything else loss. That includes your pride. That includes your shame. That includes all things that distract you and detract from you knowing Christ Jesus as your Lord. There is no room in Paul’s world for self-pity or self-doubt; there is only Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). The man Saul was blind, and in his place rose Paul, given new sight. He spread the Gospel of Christ to thousands, travelled hundreds of miles by land and sea, and in the end this chief among sinners proclaimed boldly: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) All because he knew his God, and saw all else as loss.

Christ has made us righteous. Moment by moment we are before Him and sanctified through Him, if we know Him. We have no need to hide or doubt. The message is clear; “And now why do you wait? Rise, for you have been baptized and your sins are washed away. Call upon His Name.” God saved Saul; He is more than capable of saving you. Have you fell into sin again? Is your life not where you expected it to be? Still in the old habits, still not seeing breakthrough, God still so very distant? Rise. Call upon His Name. God is surely faithful, and you are not too lost to be saved. To those who are weak God says “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6) and “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

The only thing God asks of us is that we trust His promises. Don’t turn away in the trial. Even when the walk is long and dry and God seems a thousand miles away, know that His promises stand true. Paul gives testimony that the harshest trials can lead to the greatest love. Know the surpassing worth of Christ, that all else may be loss. Be encouraged today – we have a God who can turn the chief of sinners into the chief Apostle. Trust that He is capable of doing the same in your life. God bless and keep you.

Continue reading “Guest Blog: And now, Why do you wait?”

A moment of kindness…

A moment of kindness…

I’m going to be completely honest right now, i had a bit of a slip up yesterday. I was having a great day out with some good friends and i let my depression get the better of me. I’m truly blessed to have the friends that i have, because they tried their hardest to snap me out of it, and i wish that i could have continued in the strength that i’ve had the past few months, but i slipped up and went back into the shell i create to escape from the feeling of numbness that overtakes me from time to time. However, i’m going to be trying to use the good of the day to highlight the blessing that the Lord places on our lives in our time of need, even if we don’t see it at first. Continue reading “A moment of kindness…”

What worship is to me.

What worship is to me.

Anyone that knows me knows about my love for worship, I love worship music, spoken word, writing, and all the other amazing ways our lord allows us to honor him. And as of late, he’s really been putting the importance of worship on my heart, not only through activities like music and prayer, but in our everyday lives. But this asks the question what is it worship, and what does it mean to live in worship? Continue reading “What worship is to me.”