I always get a thrill of joy when I read John 1:9-13, particularly verses 12 & 13. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and […]
After many cycles of spiritual growth and dryness in my own life, I have learned the value of ‘banking’ spiritual graces.
Last year my Bible reading went out the window. This was an effect of depression, not the cause, but it did not help. It took huge effort to read even a single chapter, an effort I often could not summon in the midst of depression.
I have used three different Bible translations for my ‘daily’ reading (well, ‘reading most days’!) over the years. However, in retrospect I’m not sure that it is such a wise idea to change translations – I started off reading the NIV, then after about five years changed to the NKJV because it was more literal […]
There are some who consider making a regular ‘quiet time’ habit to be tantamount to legalism. I am far from being legalistic – I am too lazy! But I would argue that not making a regular habit of prayer and Bible reading is effectively spiritual suicide. Going even a couple of days without spending some […]
Getting a spiritually flabby heart into shape is every bit as hard as getting flabby flesh active again.
Whenever a mature Christian comments on how they could have better use their time, it is worth paying attention. Especially if that Christian is still known as a faithful servant of Jesus 200 years after he died. So take note of what John Newton wrote about his own reading habits: Alas, how much time have […]