Christian Living 

Devotional: Rejoice

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice. Philippians 4:4 Finally my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me and it is a safeguard for you. Philippians 3:1 If you’re rejoicing, you can’t be complaining, it’s almost impossible to do both. You can see it in little children. They might get grumpy over something and begin to whine, but if you can coax a smile, or a giggle, or even a laugh out of them, then the grump is…

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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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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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Thankfulness

Sometimes, every now and then, I spot themes in the blogs I read that connect with events in my life. It seems a small providence as God raises an issue above the blog line for me to spot, listen and respond to. It’s an opportunity not just to be interested but to genuinely learn from. The highlighted theme of the moment is thankfulness. First I read this story and then I came across this article about struggling with thankfulness in ministry and this comment struck home, “I think the problem…

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