Did I ever tell you how lucky you are?

I regularly walk through the spiritual exercise of counting my blessings, it’s a sure-fire way of dealing with first world problems and the creeping self-centredness that is hard to avoid in 21st century western europe. I’ve discovered that as I count the many good things in my life that gratitude and thankfulness increase and I consider myself blessed. There is the danger here that I might think I deserve these manifold gifts and treasures. Fortunately, for every heads there is a tails and for every poison an antidote. The opposite…

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I don't need a million dollars

So says Randy Alcorn and I believe him. Here’s some powerful words from a man living what he’s talking about. “God was and is the owner of all things. I was and am simply His money manager. He has never revoked his ownership, never surrendered his claim to all riches and treasures. God didn’t die and leave this earth to you and me. He still owns it. The more I thought about it, the more real it became.” And “Do Nanci and I go to bed each night thinking, “It…

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Reasons to be thankful

I’ve been thinking a little bit more about why being thankful is so important and that without it we will inevitably suffer and struggle, we will remain immature. Saying ‘thank you’ to another person is a habit that needs teaching, we’ve been doing that with our two year old son, so that when he receives something he says ‘thank you’. It’s all a bit cutesy but the reasons go much deeper than civility and good manners. There are lessons and disciplines we need to bring into our relationship with God.…

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Contentment and Community

Colin Beavan is No Impact Man, one of the top sustainable living bloggers and recently he’s written a couple of posts that have made me think. This one community and this on contentment. He’s searching for answers yet for some reason the church and the Christian faith don’t hold out much hope to him. That saddens me. Because if its anywhere on this planet where you should find people loving one another and contented with their lot, its in the church of Jesus Christ.

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Consuming Reflections: Crushed to death

One of the projects I’ve set myself this year is to meditate more on what I read in the Bible each day. But I’m no good at just letting it simply swill around in my head which is where blogging comes in, I thought I’d reflect on verses that relate to money, greed, generosity or whatever other issues strike me as related to living authentic Christian lives in a consumer society. In my daily readings I’m in the Book of Job and a fair bit of the discussion relates to…

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what about the goal of our lives being the accumulation of wealth?

It’s my guess (and it is just a guess) that if you asked any evangelical Christian in the UK the question “is the goal of your life the accumulation of wealth?” then I’m confident the answer you would get is ‘no’. When asked straight like that the answer is obvious and clear, same as if you asked whether pornography was wrong or some other blindingly straight forward question. Christians will almost instinctively feel that wealth should not be our goal. We know that following Jesus is the goal of our…

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Money can't buy happiness…

…according to this report on BBC news. Which is, well, not very surprising actually. Instead it shows that the more technology and stuff we have the greater our anxiety and the more likely we are to be depressed. On that note yesterday I kept my laptop switched off all day, and found it hard to do…I think I’m addicted. Alternative ways of passing the time paled in comparison to either working or wasting time on a computer game. So I’ve decided I must have a computer sabbath each week. It’s…

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