Why we need confession of sin

15 05 2010

This article by Kevin deYoung called “Why we need confession of sin” is very helpful and I couldn’t agree more.

Confession is something I struggle with especially making it a natural part of my relationship with God. I do try and make it a habit to confess in my daily time with God in the morning but this should spill out into my relationships with others regularly.


Turning knowledge about God into knowledge of God

12 01 2010

“How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? …we turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God….What is meditation?…meditation it the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously preformed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God. Its purpose is to clear one’s mental and spiritual vision of God, and to let his truth make its full and proper impact on one’s mind and heart. It is a matter of talking to oneself about God and oneself, reasoning oneself out of moods of doubt and unbelief into a clear apprehension of God’s power and grace.

Its effect is ever to humble us, as we contemplate God’s greatness and glory, and our own littleness and sinfulness, and to encourage and reassure us – as we contemplate the unsearchable riches of divine mercy displayed in the Lord Jesus Christ…And it is as we enter more and more deeply into this experience of being humbled and exalted that our knowledge of God increases, and with it our peace, our strength and our joy. God help us, then, to put our knowledge about God to this use, that we all may in truth ‘know the Lord’.”   J.I. Packer – Knowing God p.22-23

Adoring Christ: Communion with God

11 01 2010

I recently listened to a lecture by Tim Keller called ‘Adoring Christ: Communion with God’ that captured some of the throughts I have been wrestling with over the last couple of years.

Watch yourself

28 09 2009

A quote from a letter written to Charles Simeon (from Biography by Handley Moule)

“I should recommend your having a watchful eye over yourself, for generally speaking as is the Minister so are the people. If the Minister is enlightened, lively and vigorous, his Word will come with power upon many and make them so; if he is formal the infection will spread among the hearers; if he is lifeless, spiritual death will be visible through the greatest part of the Congregation; therefore if you watch over your own soul you may depend upon it your people will keep pace with you generally, or at least that is the way to blessing.

It is sad that though too common a mistake to be more regardful of others than ourselves, and we must begin at him; many regard watchfully the outward work and disregard that within.”