Im not a great reader but each year I attempt to read 1-2 books a month. Here are my top ten reads from 2019 in no particular order.
They began to celebrate what C. S. Lewis calls ‘the grandest miracle of all time’, the incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas was birthed out of a pagan context but it was not pagan. It was Christian. Christians decided to Redeem a date, 25th of December and honour the birth of our saviour, not Mithras or any other pagan God. Christmas was sacred not secular.
In western cultural terms, Kanye is a big deal. He’s famous. He’s rich. He’s an influencer, and now he’s a self-proclaimed Christian, something that has split the Christian community. this is not a post relating to his music or theologically musings. It’s a post regarding how we as Christians should respond when a celebrity figure publicises their faith in Jesus.
We are called to live like Jesus, the one who was full of ‘grace and truth’ (John 1:14-17). We are to live within the difficult tension of being faithful to Christ while sharing that truth of our hope in Christ with gentleness and respect.
Use whatever God places in your hands, to serve those he puts in your life.
However you and your family decide to participate this weekend. Please prayerfully consider all aspects of the Christian faith and how you can love your neighbour, be a great witness and bring glory to God.
Our God is the same he never changes. Our mission is the same it never changes. We are to make disciples of Jesus proclaiming the truth of the gospel, courageously yet with gentleness and respect.
My daughter is longing for this world. Every time she gets a glimpse of it her heart springs forward as for a brief moment as she encounters God’s true kingdom… It’s there in the sunset. It’s there at the dinner table filled with friends and family. It’s there at the park as the breeze whistles through the trees. It’s there when she laughs, when she cries and when she lays down her head to rest at night. God’s kingdom is here and it’s all around her, everyday, in everything and it’s all pointing to her great God that loves her and promises that he’ll bring her into that kingdom with all the colour, with all the life, beauty and joy. On that day her heart will rejoice and behold like no other.
However you define it, mental health is paramount to one’s quality of life. When someone suffers with any type of condition and to any degree it has the ability to affect his or her whole life. According to Beyond Blue over 3 million Australians are currently suffering with some form of anxiety or depression. That’s a large number of our fellow countrymen and women struggling with their quality of life.
If you don’t prioritise your life someone else will. Your boss, your customers, your kids, your friends. Everyone wants a piece of your life. Every time you say yes to something you say no to something else.