When my enemies attack (Psalm 3)

Our 930 and 1115 Congregations are currently exploring 2 Samuel 14-24. These chapters tell the story of Absalom’s rebellion against David. Alongside the main teaching, we are encouraging people to reflect on some of the Psalms providing reflection, commentary and response on the events. Our preacher on Sunday picked up on Psalm 3 which David wrote about the time when he was on the run from Absalom. Continue reading

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Night and Day – Special Revelation, Spiritual Gifts and Revelation

I am not a cessationist. This means I believe that the types of spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 are available to the church today.  However, we often have a problem about what to do with gifts like prophecy, visions and dreams.  These are revelatory gifts but we believe that Scripture is God’s full and sufficient revelation. Continue reading

The Art of Meditation

One of our elders prayed on Sunday night that people would be able to anchor their lives in reality. How do we do that in a world of fake news? How do we do that in church when it is so tempting to suspect and think the worst of others? How do we do that in the storms and chaos of life? How do we do that in the face of the devil’s lies?

We consistently talk on faithroots.net about the importance of replacing lies with truth. The simplest way of doing that is found in Psalm 1:2 which says of the righteous or blessed person that

Their delight is in the Law of the Lord, they mediate on it day and night.

We replace lies with truth when we meditate on God’s Word. What does it mean to meditate? Biblical meditation is not about emptying your mind and thinking about nothing. It is about choosing to focus on the truth of Scripture.

Here are some practical ways of doing this. Continue reading

Peace of Mind (Psalm 42)

I love Chinese takeaway. There’s only one problem. It tends to lead to a raging thirst.  That’s okay when water is readily available but what if it isn’t, or what if you pick up a drink and it fails to quench your thirst. Have you ever been that thirsty? Continue reading