5 things I learned about reading the Bible regularly (The second one will shock you)

My last post explained how reading your Bible regularly doesn’t make you a Christian – or even a good Christian – but it will give you hope, joy and peace, and teach you more about the God you worship. I started using Everyday Devotions in January 2020, and that’s how I developed a daily Bible reading habit for the first time in my life.  So today … Continue reading 5 things I learned about reading the Bible regularly (The second one will shock you)

Here’s why you shouldn’t focus on reading your Bible regularly

…Instead, the focus of your faith should be the God the Bible talks about. But reading the Bible regularly will teach you more about him, so you’ll learn more about what you actually believe and why. Confession: Before Everyday Devotions launched, I had never had a daily Bible reading habit despite having been a Christian for most of my life. Yes, I regularly felt guilty … Continue reading Here’s why you shouldn’t focus on reading your Bible regularly

May the God of hope… (how to endure when life is hard)

My dad died on 7th November 2020. His death was tragic and unexpected. While this is not the first bereavement I have suffered, I have never experienced death feeling so close. So scary. So final. To be honest, it has felt like my life will never move on from its current perpetually sad state. Even if you are not presently enduring an acute moment of … Continue reading May the God of hope… (how to endure when life is hard)

Christmas

I love Christmas! No, really I do. I know for some it is a tough time, but by the grace of God Christmas has always been good to me. Even growing up in a slightly dysfunctional family, I remember Christmas being a time of Joy. When my own children were small I discovered that it really is better to give than to receive and the … Continue reading Christmas

What Is God Teaching Us Through Covid-19? – #2 Sacrifice & Suffering

One of the biggest questions that I keep being asked by people across Everyday Church right now is: What is God teaching us as a church through Covid-19? To answer that question, I’ll be posting a few thoughts over the next few weeks from our conversations together as whole-church elders, but we don’t claim to be the only ones who can answer this question. If you are part … Continue reading What Is God Teaching Us Through Covid-19? – #2 Sacrifice & Suffering

Little Disciples #2 – Children and the Bible

I wish that I could start this post as eloquently as the following quote. But I can’t. So here it is. Tony Reinke, writer (and notorious introductory voice to the Ask Pastor John podcast) says this: “To live an abundant life in this insatiable consumer society, we must plead in prayer for God-given power to turn our eyes away from the gigs of digital garbage … Continue reading Little Disciples #2 – Children and the Bible

Little Disciples #1 – Families, Where Children Become Christians

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Freddos, action songs and “the floor is made of lava” aren’t mentioned in the Bible. Perhaps surprisingly, neither is “kids work”. I wonder how you’d feel if we shut down “Everyday Kids” entirely? Reactions would likely range from “how inconvenient!” to “how dare you!” with every flavour in between. Why am I asking this? Because in the Bible, families are seen as the … Continue reading Little Disciples #1 – Families, Where Children Become Christians

‘To The Choir Master’ #5 In Private

What comes to mind when you think about ‘worship’? Maybe it’s the gathering? Sunday services? A conference?   God sees your heart at all times. Nothing is hidden from God. Your thoughts, your daily battles and your hidden motives are no secret to God. This is an important revelation when we are considering our private life of worship. God the Father, ‘who sees what is … Continue reading ‘To The Choir Master’ #5 In Private