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Bible, Creativity, Prayer, psalms, writing

A Normal Oblivion


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Imagine being woken up tomorrow morning by voices in your head, or voices that you thought were in your head. Imagine groggily coming round, sick in your stomach, disoriented by fear because of the sonic traffic that the voices in your head were creating: unfamiliar tones, unrecognisable expressions – a mystifying medley of unearthly voice. Imagine waking tomorrow morning to experience something akin to a dream and yet that was not a dream; something understandable and yet utterly bewildering.

You would be afraid. (more…)

Addiction, Exercise and Health, Prayer, spirituality

Dependence


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Did you know that it’s possible to be addicted to exercise? In fact, exercise dependence is widely recognised as a form of compulsive behavioural addiction – a psychological state that is damaging to physical, mental and social health.

The basic principle of establishing whether you’re addicted to exercise, or not, (or to what extent), is to answer a series of questions which pumps out an overall score of your psycological state.

*Google: exercise dependence and HAD test.

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emotions, forgiveness, grace, mercy

The Mystery of the Spectacular Ordinary 


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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…)

Bible, Hosea, Marriage, Theology

Hewn Husband: “Come back!”


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It’s impossible to journey through the book of Hosea in a casual way. You would never slip into your favourite flip flops to start an ascent of Arthur’s Seat and neither can we receive from this book what we’re meant to receive without the serious footwear of meditation and prayer.

There are many lows in this book. Imagine the lows from Hosea’s perspective as he discovers that his wife, Gomer, has been unfaithful to him yet again. Imagine his heart sickness.

But God has also been on display as the One moving behind the scenes and also the One moving the scenes He’s behind. He’s in the grandeur and He’s in the infinitesimal.

Hosea and Ezekiel

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Culture, Poverty, Theology, Welfare

Mr Cameron, Please Take Note


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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…)

24-7 Prayer, Prayer, scotland

Crystal’s 24-7 Prayer Journey To Scotland


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Mairi and I have only known Crystal for about a year but have had the privilege of hosting her on a few occasions in our home. We connected via a legendary mutual friend, (famous for his excessive coffee consumption and beard), and hit it off immediately.

One of the reasons we connected was because of our shared passion for Jesus, prayer and gospel-centred mission.

Crystal is now heading up 24-7 prayer across Scotland, based in Edinburgh, and I wanted to invtite her to share her story to prime some more full-on excitement about what God can do with a life laid down in fanning our primal passions for committed prayer! (more…)

Bible, Prayer

If Your Presence Does Not Go With Us…


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Moses said to the LORD, ‘You have been telling me. “Lead these people,” but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, “I know you by name and you have found favour with me.” If you are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favour with You. Remember that this Nation is Your people.

The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Then Moses said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.

Exodus 33: 12-15

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Bible, Jesus

Look at the Lamb (Day 17)


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Day 17 – Nick

Summary of Chapter 17

Verses 1-5: It’s good to continue to hear the echo of 16:33 as we start with 17:1 because this unique window into Jesus’ prayer life starts with,

After Jesus *said this*, he looked towards heaven and prayed…

The ‘said this’ is of course the knock-out verse from the previous verse and chapter,

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

This short section teaches us to have a faith-filled confidence in the completed work of Christ when we approach God in prayer, a victory that demolishes any trouble that Satan, or any evil group, can muster. (more…)