Welcome to the blog!
If you’ve just come across this blog, welcome! I hope you find something to encourage you as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I blog very irregularly; when I post something new it is because
a) I’ve found something that I find interesting;
b) This coincides with having a quiet moment to go online and write it up.
This means that this blog is a hopeless guide to my main interests and passions. For that you’ll have to get to know me! I love hiking, with fond memories of damp tents on Dartmoor. I’d be very excited if I could do some caving again (last time was October 1999, yes I’m counting the months and years). I’ll read anything, especially by Tom Clancy. I tinker with computers and think you should ditch Windows and replace it with Linux Mint. On Tuesday night you’ll find me at my local Wetherspoons with some guys from church, and when I was thinking about St Bartholomew, Wednesbury, I was delighted to see there’s a Wetherspoons just across the road!
How about I give you some of my favourite Bible verses?
“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colosians 2:2)
Here Paul’s passion is my own as well. People may be Christian, or may not be a follower of Jesus, but I can guarantee that they need to discover more of the riches that are in Jesus Christ. Nothing compares to him. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in him, and no-where else.
“On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.
In that day they will say: “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” ” (Isaiah 25:6-9)
What a glorious description of the New Heavens and the New Earth that Jesus will bring when he returns! That is our hope. When we truly know this to be our future, through faith in Jesus, it sets our heart free from making this life our ultimate goal, releasing us to serve and love others, no matter the cost.
I could give many others. How about Numbers 14:14 – and ask yourself, “Who is the LORD who has been seen ‘eye-to-eye’ (literally)?” Can’t work it out? John 1:18 and Colossians 1:15 might help. Or what about Ephesians – one of the best places to see what Church really is all about.
Enjoy the blog. If you’re interested in more, I’ll be in Stone until May and in Wednesbury from June 16th onwards! And, as I’ve said many other times, if you really want some food for the soul, check out Christ The Truth, or A Spreading Goodness.