his promise isn’t a blind one. It’s right there in his word, all we have to do is read and trust in it. A lot harder than it sounds i understand, but anything worth doing isn’t easy. Continue reading Though i am weak…
The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—
is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the
friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and
all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties
you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no
human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with
heaven, if Christ were not there? Continue reading Word for word: chapter 6 “when you’re in love” (Crazy Love)
So as some of you may have noticed, i didn’t do word for word last week, It’s a series that i love to write and it’ll be resuming this week, but the reason we missed a week is because of what happened on the Sunday.
I was preparing to share my testimony for the first time in a church, in front of a congregation, and to say it was nerve-racking is a huge understatement, and though it wasn’t perfect, it was one of the first times in a while i’ve genuinely proud of myself, i’ll include a link to it at the end if you’re interested. But the main reason i mention this is because i want this to be a show of the works of the lord. Continue reading “I can do all things Through Christ.”
Despite the title, this isn’t another post about a song, nor about music.But more of a personal post. Not to say any of those haven’t come from a very personal place, because i try to be as honest and as up front as i can in every post i publish. Because this blog isn’t just a blog to me. It’s not just a past time, nor a hobby, but a chance to share what the Lord has put on my heart. This blog is one of my favorite things and i pray that this comes across in every post i write, because i’m doing a disservice to every person that reads this if not.
I want to bring this up because of something the Lord has put on my heart as of late. It’s a concern that i have, it’s something that i think others may struggle with. And i hope if this also applies to you this would help you see that, we can do all things through Christ that sustains us. (Philippians 4:13) Continue reading “From the inside out…”
Before i get started, i need to explain something. I’d already written this weeks main life after darkness post before i actually read this chapter, so i had no idea what this chapter would entail. So i have to admit, it’s quite an encouragement from the Lord that he has confirmed the thoughts i had while writing monday’s post (Which you can read here Honest Christianity. ) with this chapter, going so far as using the same passages! Just wanted to clear that up before i started, now on to chapter 5! Continue reading “Word for word: chapter 5 “serving leftovers to a holy God” (crazy love)”
So anyone following my other series “word for word” knows i’m starting with the book “Crazy love” by Francis Chan, If you haven’t read this book yet i couldn’t recommend it enough, it’s a challenging yet encouraging read, i mean the first chapter has the title “stop praying” that should give you an idea of the challenges that lay ahead in this brilliant book.
The reason i bring this up is because the latest chapter entitled “profile of the lukewarm” (and you can read my take on that chapter Here) in short, it’s about what it means for us to lukewarm in our faith and when the fire in our hearts dull and it’s really got me thinking about my faith. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not caused me to doubt the Lord’s goodness, or the saving power of Jesus, or the gift of the spirit. My trust in God is as strong as ever. But it’s got me thinking more about how we as the church portray following Jesus. Continue reading “Honest Christianity.”
So this chapter is a hard verse to write about on its own merits. Not because it’s bad, or extremely complex, but Pretty much the opposite. It’s a very well written, straight forward chapter, with little space for interpretation. So this piece will be more expanding on the problems of lukewarm Christianity. This chapter starts with this quote.
“It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity” Continue reading “Word for word: chapter 4 “profile of the lukewarm” (crazy love)”
So this weekend has been an amazing one. I was at 2017’s Big church day out for the last day, and it was brilliant. As someone who loves to worship through song (see last weeks blog for more on that Music will be my prayer.) it is a must attend event! However it’s what happened there that made me want to write this weeks post. Continue reading “Stepping up and stepping out.”
Leading up to this chapter, i knew that this would be an important one, i mean, if it’s the chapter the books named after i’d hope it’d have some great content, and that it does!
From all of the chapters i’ve read thus far, this is the one that i relate to the most. I’ve always struggled to understand why God would love someone like me, why Jesus would die for someone like me. My head understands it, but my heart struggles to accept it sometimes. So hearing about an author that i respect talk about this does mean a lot to me. Continue reading “Word for Word: chapter 3 “Crazy Love””
Music, along with writing, is my way to worship. There’s very things in this life that i love more than music. As one of my favorite bands once sang “Music the great communicator” (i’m very happy if you what song that’s from!) and i really think this has more truth than we give it credit for.
If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’d know about my love for music, the post that’s gotten the most attention on this blog is my piece on why i think that the song “a prayer” by kings kaleidoscope is a turning point in worship music, i’ve written about songs that have touched me in a way that not many things can, songs like “in Christ alone” “Before the throne” and so many more. But why is that? Why does music have such a profound effect on us as followers of Christ? Well i think i might have an answer. Continue reading “Music will be my prayer.”
The more of this book i read, the more i think this may become my favorite book. The more i read, the more i feel not only challenged in my walk with God. But in my mindset in everyday life. i doubt my analysis of this chapter will be as blow-by-blow as it was for the first chapter (which you can find a link to here: Word for Word: chapter 1 “Stop Praying” (Crazy love) ) because this topic is not only a powerful one, but an extremely vast one. Continue reading “Word for word: chapter 2 “you may not finish this chapter” (Crazy love)”
I have no idea why, but something has changed in me this past week. I know the Lord has been in this change, as it’s nothing but good, my confidence is through the roof, i’m moving on into the role that the lord has called me into, and even if i’m not perfect (which i’m far from) i’m happy being me for the first time in a long time! And there’s a reason for this.
A topic i’ve spoken a lot about on this blog is the idea that we must die to ourselves in order to truly live for God. What if i told you that’s more than just giving up on our own desires? And it includes how we perceive ourselves? This is the very notion that i was challenged with after a meeting last monday night. Continue reading “Death to self… loathing.”
This weekend has been challenging in the best possible way. On Saturday a good friend and i helped lead worship at a community event, and though it was stressful, the Lord was really with us in that time of trial. And on sunday, i ended up going to 3 church services in the space of a few hours. While this may not seem challenging on its own, i was leading worship and doing the prayers of intercession in one of these services, and doing the talk for one of the latter ones. In doing these things which i love to be a part of and am proud to be able to do with the love of God in my heart, it has got me looking back over the past year, not just in where i am with my faith, but where i am with my mental health, and what better time than in this week of mental health awareness to push into this issue. Continue reading “The sinner and the savior (mental health awareness week)”
There’s been a lot going on in the best few weeks. Some of it not great (the issues with the laptop for example, but it seems to be working somewhat well now) some of it amazing (i was confirmed last weekend in front of my good friends and family) but all of it needed. See i’m a firm believer of having the good with the bad, though God doesn’t want us to go through the darkness, he uses it to show us the light. And that hasn’t been more apparent in my life than right now.
I had another setback on my recovery, and though i’m not proud of it, i made a promise to always be honest on this page. A number of weeks back, i fell back into my old ways, of shutting out my friends, and honestly wondering if there was a reason to keep pushing on, i knew God was there, it’s never been a doubt of faith, but more a doubt of my salvation. Why would the price of glory, the one that bridged the gap between the sinners and the kingdom of the Lord most high, die for someone like me? How can i keep pushing on, what reason do i have to keep going? Little did i know my answer would come in a small church two weeks later. Continue reading “Because he lives.”
One year ago today, i started this blog. And honestly it’s been quite a journey, I’ve gone from not having the confidence to share my thoughts in this way to having a somewhat large following. My goal for readership when i started this blog was 10. one year later there’s over 80 people following this blog, and i have no idea how to thank you all. You’ve made a working class young man feel like so much more. So even with my laptop issues, i knew that i’d have to do something special for this day. So I’ve decided to share my story of how the living God took a lost young man, and lifted him from the depths of depression. Continue reading “The testimony of Luke H (one year anniversary special)”
It’s been two weeks since my last post on this blog, and with my laptop somewhat working now in short bursts (still looking for a new one mind you) I may be able to start posting again. But God provides and my good friend Ian has stepped up and allowed me to provide some content for you wonderful in the form of this amazing piece on his faith. Hope you find it as helpful as i have, a link to his blog can be found Here hope you enjoy as much as i did and May God Bless you.
It’s rare that we get a chance to look back at all the things God has done for us throughout our walk with Him. It’s also rare that we get to sit down with other believers who can share their experiences – especially ones who have perhaps been walking their faith for a bit longer. I thought it could be really helpful and encouraging to have a question and answer session that facilitates just that. I asked my good friend Luke what questions he might have for someone who’s a bit older, he provided some great ones and I’ve tried to answer them as best I can! Continue reading “Reflections on a Decade of Faith. (Guest Blog)”
So this isn’t going to be a full blog but more of an update and there’s a reason behind that. … Continue reading goodbye for now… (update)
God is good my friends, all the time. So much has happened in the last few weeks, and i’m so grateful for that. One of these events was being able to join with our brothers and sisters in Christ for a lent breakfast and a study on the concept of life shapes. Our discussion went on to the subject of the world and that’s what i want to focus on here today.
The Lord gave me some clarity on this last week, because i’ve always found it a hard balance to maintain when it comes to being able to separate the sinner from his sin. Allow me to explain. Continue reading “Love the sinner…”
“We as a society, use the gifts that the Lord has blessed us with, and the progression we’ve made as a society, to denounce his existence. But this is exactly why, as the people of the living God, we need to use this amazing gift of communication to spread our stories of how God has been active in our lives.” Continue reading The power of the online testimony.
This has been a truly blessed week. Not only has the Lord put in the foundations for his plans for my future and my life, but he has allowed me to reflect on where i was a year ago and helped me see how the bad is used for his good. God is good my friends, all the time! But today’s blog isn’t about me, but about the three words that make all things possible, the three words that we as Christians should live by. Those words are “In Christ Alone” Continue reading “In Christ Alone.”
So last week, i wrote about the slip up i had in terms of my depression and my mindset. (A moment of kindness…) See, the root of my problem is an inherent lack of self-esteem. It was a revelation to say the lest, that maybe the reason i’m struggling to overcome the darkness that plays out in my mind is because i don’t feel worthy of overcoming it. I’m sharing this not as a means of attention grabbing, or as a plea for sympathy, but as an attempt at transparency. Continue reading “A new tactic… (doubts in identity)”
So this one has been a long time coming. I’ve been holding off on this one for a while because i wanted to pray and think about my wording here and i want to be clear on something before i start.
I am NOT against anyone in the church being paid for their service, in fact, it’s biblical for them to be according to 1 Timothy 5:17-18 (The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain, and “The worker deserves his wages.) And 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 (Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.) Some of us are called to make our wages and our living from the word and that’s brilliant. But that’s not prosperity ministry. So what is prosperity ministry? Continue reading “My three biggest issues with prosperity ministry”
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”
” Anything worth doing isn’t easy, we are called to carry our crosses and Jesus never said that cross would be light, even if his burden is and his yoke is easy. We will struggle, we are human, we will stumble, we are broken, we will rise, in him we are whole.” Continue reading Why it’s okay to stumble.
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.”
So this has become a mini series of its own, which was never the intention, but God has been putting these things on my heart, and as such I’ve been putting them here. Today’s topic at a glance sounds like a pretty simple one true, but I feel there’s a lot more to it than just a fashion statement or a signal of faith. Continue reading “Why i wear a cross.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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”
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.”
As we draw ever closer to the end of the year, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the things that have happened over the past year. This has been both one of the best and worst years of my life so far, for so many reasons. But the one constant of this year is that God has been with me through all of it. Continue reading “Reflection/Resurrection”
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”
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.”
“It will take time, as all great things do, but if we truly want to bring the Kingdom of our almighty Lord to earth, then we need we help the next generation find their place in the body of Christ” Continue reading The Prince of Preachers part 1: A message for the youth.
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”
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?
(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.”
So this has been a pretty big week for me. Friday me and some of my dear friends from our church band went out on to the streets of our hometown, and we really seemed to connect with those around us, we managed to have a number of good conversations with those around us, and i really felt that God called us and used us to touch the hearts of the people of our town that night. It was an amazing night and i can’t remember the last time i felt that in touch with God’s calling on my life and i can’t wait to see what’s next! But it’s got me thinking, is there a point in our faith that we become content with where we are in our walk with the Lord? Where the wonder of his love doesn’t seem so awe-inspiring? Continue reading “Content with life’s content, expectant of God’s excellence”
So a few people wanted this follow-up/ expansion on the idea of being in a community and why, to me … Continue reading 3 positives of being in the community (Made for God, Made for community follow up)
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.”
“A fear of the lord to me at least, is a respect of the power that he has over our lives, it’s not to live in fear as such, but to be in awe of him.”
Something that’s been a reoccurring theme through this week is the idea of “the fear of God.” and it’s something that’s not really talked about as much as it should in current christian climate. So Today we’re going to be looking at another verse from what may be my favorite book in the bible, (beside the gospels) proverbs 1:7 and my take on what it is to fear God. Continue reading “What it means to me to “fear God””
It’s been a strange week for me. Last Tuesday I finished my last session of therapy, which to me at least, is a pretty big deal, it’s really got me thinking about the place i was in when i first started this blog at the end of may. For anyone that has been reading these for a while (Thank you if you have) You notice a number of changes this blog has gone through. From writing style to format, a lot has changed, which is pretty much the message of my life this year. Continue reading “3 months ago (living in the light)”
Okay, so, this is going to be a hard post for me to write, I’m terrified to write this, it’s a topic that I’ve brought up on this blog a few times, but it’s a topic I’ve not really gone into detail about it, But with me being cleared from my therapy this week, and it being World suicide prevention day at the time of publishing, I think it’s a good time to talk about it. If you decide to skip this post, that’s fine, I’ll be back to my normal posts on Monday, but to me at least, this is an important issue. Continue reading “My battle with suicidal thoughts and the healing of Jesus (World suicide prevention day)”
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.”
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.”
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)”
So, I took a mini vacation to the northern city of Sheffield. As a man from the south of England that’s never left the south, it’s a shock to the system in the best way. Now after spending a weekend away, and seeing a good friend of mine. (https://ardentword.wordpress.com/ if you haven’t checked out his stuff already, I highly recommend it!) I’m refreashed and ready to get back to doing what i love, writing, and allowed me to think about this weeks topic.
I was walking from my hotel around the centre of town, I had a chance to reflect on the past few years since I became a follower of Jesus, how I’ve changed as a person, how my confidence has improved, and how my faith in God has grown. Continue reading “The importance of the church family.”
“Lord, I will put my trust in you, I’m sorry for the times I’ve tried to be in control, the love you have for me is beyond compare, your love is the sweetest, your will is the strongest, and your way is righteous. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the coming years but I know as long as you’re with me, your power will overcome all that stands against me, for I am a child of God, I know I’m not perfect, but you love me all the same, and I love you Jesus, the pain in the night is nothing compared to the joy in the morning, I won’t claim to know your plans, but I know they’re right and just. May your will be mine too, I’ve come so far already and let me continue to walk in your light and name lord. You always provide and God I need your help now. Please provide me with what I need in your name lord.
Thank you for the days I’ve spent with you, may your kingdom reign for evermore
This is a piece i wrote nearly a year ago, based on Ephesians 6 10-20, otherwise known as the armor of God, and this is the piece that inspired this weeks post, which you can find here (Fighting depression in the army of Christ ) , it’s not a long piece but i hope you enjoy, and thank you for reading, may God bless you Continue reading “War of love (poem)”