Posts from January 2021

Posts from January 2021

5 Poems for Troubled Times

I Cannot But God Can I cannot but God can, Oh balm for all my care! The burden that I drop, His hand will lift and bear. Though eagle pinions tire, I walk where I once ran, This is my strength to know, I cannot, but He can. I see not but God sees; Oh all sufficient light! My dark and hidden way to Him is always bright. My strained and peering eyes may close in restful ease, And I…

How George Muller Started His Day

George Muller (1805-1898), one of the best known Christians of all time, was married Mary Groves, sister of the outstanding pioneer missionary Anthony Norris Groves (1795-1853). The story of the Mullers’ life’s work in feeding, clothing and evangelising thousands of orphans in Bristol, England, depending entirely on the Lord to provide the funds, remains hugely inspirational and deeply challenging. When George Muller died the Daily Telegraph’s obituary said he “had robbed the cruel streets [of Victorian England] of thousands of…

A Simple Request – “This Do in Remembrance of Me”

The request is about as simple as it could be. There’s no deep theology to ponder; there’s no ambiguity to make us wonder. The Lord Jesus plainly said, “This do in remembrance of Me.” Yet as simple as the request is, is it equally as simple to do? Can a believer come each Lord’s Day, meeting with the local assembly where they are in fellowship, and take part honourably at the Lord’s Supper by simply “showing up”? And having done…

Are Women to be Silent in Local Church Meetings?

In our secular, western world, any restrictions upon women suggests the worst sort of misogyny and sexism. The radical feminist movement and other equal rights advocates argue that any form of gender discrimination in leadership or public participation is both morally wrong and potentially illegal. And in the environment of a church, as a symbol of morality and righteousness, this burden, they argue, is particularly acute. But God’s assembly is not just any society or any church. It is a…

Fret Not

I have a confession to make. There is a Bible word I have read many times without actually knowing what it meant. How can it be, you ask, that having spent somewhat more than 45 years on this planet (give or take a few months) I am just now learning the meaning of this word? It’s not that I glossed over it, uninterested in its meaning. It’s that I read it, thought I knew what it meant, and consequently missed its application…

Hold the Fort, for I am Coming!

It was October 5, 1864. The US Civil War was raging and Union Major General William T. Sherman was determined to end it as early as possible by crushing resistance in the southern state of Georgia. Storing vital supplies at a Federal Garrison near Cartersville, Georgia, Sherman left Brigadier General John M. Corse in charge of protecting these provisions. Confederate Major General Samuel G. French, realizing the importance of the supplies to the Union cause, and determined to hinder Sherman’s…