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15 Lessons From My Social Media Sabbatical


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  1. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram are not worthy of more than a little of my time.
  2. Always bless those who persecute & don’t curse (lash back at) them in response. (Romans 12:14).
  3. Sharing compulsively via social media is a huge enemy of prayer.
  4. Speaking/writing remains absolutely essential. (Jeremiah 20:9).
  5. Expect misunderstanding and judgment especially from nominal, lukewarm, denominationally-blinkered Christians. (John 15:18-19).
  6. Love will always seem harsh & unloving to some.
  7. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs or feel like you need to explain yourself to those unsettled by what God is doing in your life. Pigs sometimes wallow in the Church too.
  8. Fear of man is a snare as much in the Church as it is on the streets (Proverbs 29:25).
  9. Read more, especially complex texts first thing in the morning and devotional material last thing at night.
  10. Divine Pathos explains everything.
  11. The Holy Spirit doesn’t care about my popularity or CV.
  12. Persistent emphases of my heart over decades are the fingerprints of the One who made me.
  13. Relational peace isn’t always possible – Jesus didn’t come to make us all best friends or even friends at all.
  14. Some people see things radically different from me. That doesn’t make them bad people but it does limit relational proximity.
  15. At no point in eternity will I ever feel like I was too intense about the second coming of Christ.

For those of you who follow my material, you may be interested to know that I’ve been working on a new manuscript due for completion at the end of January 2019. Check in on the blog for updates into February 2019. 

 

 

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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Let’s Remember Them


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Living as a Christian in 21st Century England is easy. It might not always feel easy, but it really is. There are no laws prohibiting Bible reading or praying to Jesus or talking about Him in public places. There aren’t any government-sent army soldiers knocking on the door of your life-group to demand you stop worshipping Yeshua or pulling you off to a prison cell when you don’t.

  These realities are so far from our experience as Christians in the UK that we forget they are happening every day for a sizeable chunk of our Christian family around the earth. We forget. We forget what it really costs some to stand for the gospel and to bear the Name.

 

 

http://www.csw.org.uk/idop.htm

 Peter writes of trials that come to believers like this: “These have come so that your faith…may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor…” (1 Pet. 1:7)

In the absence of ‘life or death’ or ‘freedom or prison’ realities for us here, we should still remember that our own trials are still ‘proving’ our faith in our lives. Part of the high, high privilege of having a soft heart is the process of the maturing of our faith in Christ…a faith growing in wisdom. 
Whatever trial you’re in now consider it’s effect on your faith as one of proving and maturing. Trials mature us. Trials produce wiser faith….which is worth far more than gold, (1 Pet. 1).
 
Come on, let’s pray! Father, we pray now for every brother and sister around the globe caught in persecution. We pray you’d bless them. Keep them, protect and deliver them, and may their faith be shown to be genuine. Please strenghten their faith to the praise of Your Name – may your Name be known.
And for the trials in our lives, here in the Western world. Help us to respond well. Would you give us a wiser faith as a result, and that You’d be glorified – that is, known as the glorious One that You are. We pray too for subtle, governmental laws that persecute followers of Christ in the UK – in the midst of these cause Your gospel to shine. 
 
Amen