Our church has just started the Freedom in Christ course. At the first session during the group time, we were …
Finding your way as a Christian is no different. If you don’t know where you are now then how can you work out where you are going? Christian life is a journey. It has a beginning, but this is where many choose to sit and go no further.
Similarly I’m often paralysed by the size of the task before us as Christians. I look around at the world, in fact even just Scarborough, and I struggle to see how these people are ever going to accept God, I just don’t see how they will ever change.
Sinking into quicksand is not a pleasant experience. As part of fieldwork while at university we used to play around …
I was pointing my boney, little index finger at Father and questioning His will with my own reasoning. “God, I’ve being praying and fasting about this… I was serious – very serious… and all You can say in return is ‘no’?”
Traditionally we preach that if you come to Him you can be forgiven, but how do people who don’t recognise a need to be forgiven relate to this? Is now the time to focus on other aspects of God that may appeal more? Is there a correct order for coming to Christ? Is it ok for people to realise they need forgiveness after accepting Christ?
To be honest I didn’t and I don’t want to know why, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life trying to come up with reasons why this may have happened, as I fear it is risking insanity. Also I cannot ignore how God responded to Job when he asked why after grief far greater than mine. So I don’t ask why, but I do feel the temptation to sink.
Four years ago Anna and I started trying for a baby. It didn’t happen and in August 2008, just before my 28th birthday, our worst fears were confirmed – an operation I’d had as a child had left me with a dramatically reduced sperm count. The first Doctor to inform us was obviously not to practised at giving bad news and muttered something about an occasional sperm without looking away from his computer screen, while my world fell apart.
It is very easy to feel rejected. There can be many causes. Some trivial, some not. As a three-year old …
A bonus post for you this Monday the link below will take you to the talk I delivered at church last night it’s only a link at present but I will try and embed it soon! So if you fancy listening to my thoughts rather than just reading them and you have a spare 30 minutes (sorry a little bit too long!) hit the link: