Category: Discipleship

November 23, 2022
How Do I Pray the Bible?

In this podcast and short audio transcript, John Piper explains the importance and value of praying from Scripture. He gives a clear explanation of ways to do this using biblical examples. This provides a helpful guide to the practice of praying the Bible. "If we don’t form the habit of praying the Scriptures, our prayers […]

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November 21, 2022
Making the Christian Life More Complicated than it Needs to Be

This short article provides a wise reflection for living each day as a Christian. Tim Challies reminds us that in every situation, whether good or bad, God has purpose for us all. "There is no circumstance in which God has nothing for us to do, no situation in which we cannot be faithful to his […]

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November 1, 2022
Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

As the season of Advent draws near, Adam Ramsey invites us to slow down amid the consumer frenzy and anticipate the true wonder of Christmas. "As we remember God’s promises fulfilled at Christmas, we are reminded of just how intensely the incarnation of Christ shook the world! The meaning of Christmas goes miles deeper than […]

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October 25, 2022
Do Unto Authors

Four Principles for Reading Well In his helpful article, Joe Rigney, pastor, academic scholar and author, uses a familiar biblical reference to illustrate how we can thoughtfully consider the meaning and significance of written texts. "To do this, we must distinguish between what the author meant by his words and the effects of his words on […]

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October 19, 2022
How to read a Christian book

Jean Williams provides a helpful guide to reading, particularly focussed on Christian literature, but which would direct any deeper reading. The section on knowing why we are reading, and how that might influence how we read, such as the genres and titles we choose, is a thoughtful reflection for any Christian to consider, as they […]

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October 19, 2022
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU LOVE JESUS?

"Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me." John 14: 24 The Christian life is a path of discipleship, founded in our response of love to Jesus' love for us. The Bible clearly states that we should not be lukewarm in our faith […]

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October 13, 2022
3 Ways to Stay Focused While Praying

The author of this short article encourages a richer personal prayer time with 3 simple suggestions from D. A. Carson's book, "Praying with Paul : a call to spiritual formation". "Scripture moves me to pray every time I read the words of James, where he reminds us that Elijah had the exact nature as you […]

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October 13, 2022
The First Lesson of Prayer

All Christians at times find it hard to pray. This can be experienced as an awkwardness as we start out on our journey of faith. For the more mature believer, there can be seasons where one feels more distant from God, as well as the occasions when we wonder about our prayers being answered. In […]

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September 24, 2022
The Unbiblical Pursuit of a Trouble-Free Life

In this thought-provoking article, John Piper reminds us that the Christian path is not necessarily an easy one. Whilst we might try to avoid stress and seek comfort and peace, Piper highlights biblical passages that tell us that stress and danger are normal -- "“through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts […]

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September 12, 2022
The Day I Met the Queen (and what it showed me about the King of Kings)

The internet is full of tributes to the Queen, of her self-sacrificial sense of duty, her interest in people, her humility, her faith and so much more. Behind each of these was a dependence on her King and Lord. James Galea had the opportunity to meet the Queen and walked away with a better understanding […]

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August 25, 2022
Four Reasons We Don't Share the Gospel

Steven Lee suggests four obstacles to sharing our faith: namely lack of gospel knowledge, apathy, fear and lack of compassion. Thankfully he reminds us that by working together, we can over come such obstacles. The steps recommended include praying together, recalling and applying the Gospel together, ultimately proving the power of the Gospel together. "We […]

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July 26, 2022
When did not coping become the new normal?

Life can be very topsy-turvy, if not completely overwhelming at times. Yet, despite feeling off balance, as Natasha Moore finds, there can be useful experiences to evaluate, such as recognising that we are all fragile and dependant on others. She shares her perspective here. "Do most of us, post-lockdown, mid-2022, feel a bit like a […]

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