“Place me like a seal over your heart”

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Our engagement with Scripture includes both taking in and understanding significant sections of Scripture and focusing on the small details.  It’s about studying God’s Word and thinking it through but it is also about applying it practically. A crucial part of this is meditation.  Christian meditation is not about emptying your mind or even focusing… Continue reading “Place me like a seal over your heart”

2023 daily devotionals

I’ve tried to include some form of regular devotional piece on Faithroots over the past few years. I hope this is useful for those looking for something to assist with their daily meditation. This has include #DailyDose audio podcasts and through last year, an article most days taking us into a little more detail in… Continue reading 2023 daily devotionals

How can we help people to let Christ’s word dwell in them richly?

My friend Steve Kneale has frequently pointed out that we are not commanded to “read the Bible every day.”  That’s a shock for a lot of us evangelicals because we grew up believing that was the command. That’s not to say that reading the Bible isn’t a good, helpful and enjoyable thing for many. Nor… Continue reading How can we help people to let Christ’s word dwell in them richly?

Which five Bible books have drawn you closer to Christ and encouraged you on in faith the most?

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Ray Ortlund asked this question on Twitter the other day. We of course know that All Scripture is God breathed but I agree with Ray that in our experience most of us will find that there are specific books of the Bible that have particularly stood out for us and ones which we find ourselves… Continue reading Which five Bible books have drawn you closer to Christ and encouraged you on in faith the most?

The Valley of Vision

So, here is something new for you.  You may have come across a beautiful collection of prayers by some of the Puritans under the title “The Valley of Vision.” The Puritans were both deep thinkers about God’s Word and firm believers in the conviction that faith in Christ should lead to radical heart and life… Continue reading The Valley of Vision

One thing I ask (Psalm 27)

I love these words from Psalm 27 “One thing have I asked of the Lord,    that will I seek after:that I may dwell in the house of the Lord    all the days of my life,to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord    and to inquire[c] in his temple.”[1] They stick in my head but it is important to not miss the context.  David is… Continue reading One thing I ask (Psalm 27)

The happy person (Psalm 1)

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I have been spending a lot of time in the Psalm’s recently. A few days back I wrote up a short meditation on Psalm 1. Here is a longer sermon I preached this morning. How do you stay happy throughout relentless suffering ?  I’m writing this as we come to the end of a year… Continue reading The happy person (Psalm 1)