• Thoughts on Faith

    Why I Haven’t Given Up on Christ, Christianity and the Church

    I was just reading an article on The Gospel Coalition called The Perils of Falling for a ‘Fyre’-Style Faith. Personally I know nothing about the Fyre Festival or its documentary on Netflix. I would never have clicked on this post, I just happened to read it because I follow TGC on on Feedly and so it was the next article in my feed. The article discussed how we as Christians sometimes try and oversell Christianity and a fantasy faith. This often results in a bunch of so called “conversions” to Christianity and then a bunch of new converts who feel that they haven’t received what they were promised (like the…

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    The Blessing of Simple Bible Reading

    As a Bible student I spend a lot of time studying certain topics in the Bible in depth. I’ll focus on specific passages or specific doctrines and do a lot of studying and learn a lot about that singular thing. The problem is that sometimes I land up feeling like I am losing grasp on the Bible as a whole. I get so bogged down on the particulars of the story that I forget about what the story tells me from a simple read through. Today, while I was at a young adults Bible conference, I had the privilege of going through God’s word with a group of like-minded people…

  • Thoughts on Life

    Happy Moments

    Today was a fun day as I got to take my cousins to a theme park for the day. We rode many rides and it was their first time on proper roller coasters. I loved soaking up the sun and realizing that summer is on its way. As I sit in bed I am tired and my feet are sore from having walked more than 8 kilometers but I am grateful for the happy moments.

  • Thoughts on Books

    Finding Just the Right Book

    I am one of those people that is willing to read just about anything. I will try any genre at least once and I am usually not annoyed by clichés. I can enjoy books with bad writing if there is good plot or characters, books with underdeveloped if there is good writing or plot. Basically I am very easy going when it comes to reading. However, there are times in my life where I will come up with exactly the type of book I want to read and nothing else will do. This happened recently. I wanted a book that was fairly easy to read, with some feel good moments,…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Run to Jesus

    “That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord he put on his outer garment for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.” – John 21:7, ESV After Jesus’ death he appeared to the disciples. In this verse we see how Peter reacted to seeing Christ again. He threw himself into the sea to get to Jesus as fast as possible. I think this is a great picture of how I need to react towards Christ. I need to be ready to fling myself into His open arms. My love for Him should…

  • Thoughts on Writing

    Bad Writing is Better Than No Writing

    I knew this would happen when I committed to blogging for 100 days. I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. It’s not that I’m out of ideas, I still have plenty roaming around in my head, it’s just that I’m out of the motivation or inspiration to put them on my page. Today I am writing and publishing a blog post. It’s not a good one but it means that I am still writing, and that’s better than not writing.

  • Thoughts on Life

    Encourage One Another

    Compliments are a big deal to me. Although words of affirmation aren’t one of my top love languages I still love receiving words of encouragement and affirmation from others. I think all of us do if we’re honest. Words can build up or they can tear down and we often don’t realise the length of impact our words can have, whether positive or negative. In fact, being a person who encourages others can go far in being a light to the world. People are attracted to positive, encouraging, joyful people. In following the biblical principle of putting off something and putting on another to replace it, we should be replacing…

  • Thoughts on Faith

    Lord Use My Personality

    I was sitting at the table at my friends house, old enough now to be considered one of the adults but not quite old enough to be part of the central conversation. I was on my best behaviour, because my friend just happens to be the pastor’s daughter and her guests just happened to be missionaries who were visiting for lunch. In the middle of dessert, the missionary wife turned to my friend and complimented her on her gentle and quiet spirit and how she had such a calm way about her. I smiled, all the while thinking two things: 1. that was such a missionary thing to say, no…

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    Follow Me as I Follow Christ

    When I was 14 years old I went on a camp that I didn’t want to go on. It was a Christian camp with a bunch of people I didn’t know. I had been saved for several years by that stage but had just begrudgingly moved to a new church and was not very happy with God. I went on the camp to please my parents but I was completely determined to not have fun. On the fourth night of the five day camp I dedicated my life to the Lord and it changed me. I made the commitment that whatever God wanted me to do with my life I…

  • Thoughts on Life

    Elijah and Self Care

    When I was in Bible college one of my professors read us the following passage of Scripture: “(Elijah) went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, ’It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life for I am no better than my fathers’. And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Arise and eat’. And he looked, and behold, there at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay…

  • Thoughts on Books

    Audiobooks and How I Reach My Reading Goals

    I have always been an avid reader. In fact, I have no recollection of not being able to read. By the time I was four I could read picture books with ease and by the time I was six I was visiting the library daily. When I was 14 years old, I dislocated my elbow and I was unable to hold up a book. During that time, someone was kind enough to recommend the free audiobook service Librivox to me. Librivox is an audiobook service for books in the public domain. I listened to Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Jack and Jill, Little Women, Pollyanna, Pollyanna Grows Up, Sense and…