There isn’t a greater healing possible than that of the human heart. Not a healing from angina, leaky valve problems, left ventricular hypertrophy or some other kind of disease, but healing from the unbelieving, human spirit condition of hard-heartedness, common to us all. (more…)
For several years I have been struggling to forgive a very serious series of incidents that have had a major impact on my heart and mind as well as Mairi’s. Detail is unnecessary. But, suffice to say, I have been wrestling with the cognitive wisdom of ‘knowing’ that forgiveness was needed, for my own sake, but not quite knowing how to get my heart there. (more…)
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Your Name
Your kingdom come, Your will be done
On Earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who’ve sinned against us
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory
Forever and ever
According to PM David Cameron in his 2015 Easter speech that most of us have heard, the UK remains a Christian country because the government help to repair Cathedrals and older church buildings that, supposedly, represent the ‘living active force’ who are the local church.
Mr Cameron also pointed to the phenomenal welfare efforts of the church in specific terms of homelessness and poverty relief.
Spotlight on this Living Active Force
Here are just two specific examples of this living active Christian force that meet many needs in our fractured society but who are not necessarily synonymous with Cathedrals or dilapidated church buildings. (more…)
Mairi and I were privileged to be invited to the 10th Anniversary celebrations of Mercy Ministries UK last weekend. Good friends of ours are part of the team from Bradford and so we sat back and lapped up the goodness of God that was being celebrated in front of us. You can find out more about Mercy Ministries UK by clicking here.
This one word sums up the only impulse for our continuing prayer and love for God that sometimes may seem to flicker rather than blaze. Like a heart that only beats because it was created to be myogenic.
When you feel as though you don’t desire God as you should, as you want to, remember that you only have any desire in the first place because He first moved toward you! It’s His grip on you…
It’s this specific aspect of the nature of God, of Jesus, of Holy Spirit, that never ceases to amaze me or communicate deep comfort to my heart.
APART FROM THE SHEER, UNIMAGINABLE MERCY OF CALVARY, HAVING ANY *ONGOING* DESIRE FOR JESUS, WHATSOEVER, IS THE GREATEST GRACE AND MERCY I THINK I CAN IMAGINE
A W Tozer says it like this:
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,” and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the out working of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: “Thy right hand upholdeth me.”
Excerpt from The Pursuit of God
Occasionally I’ll hear a lyric in a song of worship that will make me wince. Brooke Fraser’s bridge section from Hosanna is a good example of this where she pens,
“Heal my heart and make it clean…break my heart for what breaks Yours”.
We sing, we follow suit, we play…but, really? Break my heart – really? Lord, I want to feel deep heart-break…really?
I winced recently when I heard a lyric clearly from the costly, private world of Matt Crocker and Joel Houston from the Zion track Mercy Mercy – and I wince every time I hear it and wince even more when I have the courage to sing it.