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We Need to Hear the Crowd

Richard Coekin | June 8th 2021

The London Marathon serves as a metaphor for the Christian life. For, while it’s an incredible privilege to know God through Jesus, Christians get weary, face opposition and feel discouraged. We certainly want the everlasting satisfaction, triumph and joy of the finish line in heaven.... continue reading

Should We Look up to Christian "Heroes"?

Bethany McIlrath | March 30th 2021

When you compare Old Testament figures like Sampson or David to Jesus, it’s hard to justify using the same terminology. No human being in the Bible compares to Christ. No Christian who has lived since does either. So is it right to look up to “heroes” discussed in the Bible? Is it helpful? And what about believers who lived long after the canon of Scripture was complete? Or those who live today? Is it right to have Christian heroes at all?... continue reading

Reflections on the Christlike leadership of John Stott

Rico Tice | March 25th 2021

What is John Stott’s legacy in this, the hundredth year since he was born? We could think of his preaching, his writing, his evangelism or his impact on student ministry. But more than any of those, I think his greatest legacy may be his personal godliness.... continue reading

One Year Later: 16 Short Stories of God Working Things for Good Since The Pandemic Began

Bethany McIlrath | March 18th 2021

Throughout the past year, shaped largely by the COVID-19 pandemic, our experiences have been unique by region- and by person, season of life, etc. None of us would say that the pandemic is a good thing, but we can all say that God is working it for our good and his glory, according to his purposes (Romans 8:28.) Here are 16 mini-stories sharing examples of God's faithfulness through this time. ... continue reading

Blessings That Won’t Be Restricted: Adopted By God

James Burstow | February 1st 2021

Our second blessing is adoption: the truth that not only were we chosen before the dawn of time, but we were chosen to be children of God. We could have been made only friends of God—and that would have been great. We would have been more than happy. But the Lord wanted more for us. He wanted us to be his children. He wanted to be our Father. And that is far, far better in so many ways. Here are four!... continue reading

Sample Devotion: Surpassing Knowledge

Tim Chester | January 28th 2021

We will never bottom out Christ’s boundless love. But we need to see more and more of his love. Every time we sin, we need to appreciate afresh this love that welcomes sinners. Every time we suffer, we need to appreciate afresh this love that mysteriously works all things for our good. Every time we face temptation, we need to appreciate afresh this love that captures our hearts.... continue reading

Blessings That Won’t Be Restricted: Being Chosen in Christ

James Burstow | January 25th 2021

As some of our physical blessings are stripped away, let's encourage each other with the reality of this incredible spiritual blessing in the days that lie ahead of us, whatever they may hold.  We are who we are in Christ because before the dawn of time, God chose us and set his affection on us. Which means we are incredibly special; we are part of an eternal story; and our future is absolutely secure.... continue reading

When the Future’s on Hold

Katy Morgan | January 21st 2021

I never noticed before this year how much we shape our lives around plans for the future. We’re always aiming at something: a new job, a new relationship, a big trip abroad, a house extension. So many of those things are gone now. It’s just covid, covid, covid: the ebb and flow of restrictions, the wave upon wave of uncertainty. In many ways it feels like the future is on hold.... continue reading

Strength for Today, No Matter What Today Looks Like

Bethany McIlrath | July 23rd 2020

Philippians 4:13 is the sort of verse you can easily find on coffee mugs, runners’ shirts, jewelry and other memorabilia.... continue reading

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