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Does God's Word Look Big In This?

Great new "fresh words" from John Piper this evening: Minimizing The Bible?. This is pointed in the direction of seeker-sensitivity, but as Piper admits that might not be a true charge. Nonetheless it is something we all need to watch for... am I minimizing the Bible? Do I feed those I serve with God's word or my words?

FAQ: What's wrong with going out with a non-Christian?

Let's just be clear what we're talking about. This is a question asked by Christians. The issue at stake is can they "go out with" someone who isn't a Christian.

By "going out" we're talking about a temporary relationship. Going out is not a permanent state of human relationship. A couple either marries or breaks up. Its not a state of relationship we can find in the Bible and it is true that there is no direct command in scripture about this....

What we need to do then is see what markers we are given in this area.

Marriage is God's permanant state of relationship for a man and woman to enter into. It is not for everyone but it is a provision from God for some. Genesis 2 tells us that in God's very good creation there was something that was not good. The

Man was alone. Not lonely but in need of a helper. The man needed someone suitable to help him - literally a like-opposite. Animals are not able to do this, and so God creates Woman, from Man.

T…

Study Skill 03: Context & Plain Meaning

A short series of posts about how we read the Bible

“... it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God....” Luke 18v24.

Its a well known saying. Part of our language. And yet time and again people seem to fall over themselves trying to interpret it. What is going on? What is Jesus talking about? Context, as always, provides the solution to finding the plain meaning of the text.

The context is a conversation between Jesus and a ruler.

The Context – v18-27.
V18 And a ruler asked him “Good teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
v19 And Jesus said to him “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
V20 You know the commandments, do not commite adultery, do not muder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honour your father and mother.
V21 And he said “all these i have kept from my youth”
v22 When Jesus heard this he said to him “one thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, …

Christian Students Mental Health (blog)

RelayChick writes:
"A recent survey from the Association of University and College Counsellors shows that the proportion of students with serious or severe mental illness has risen substantially over the last few years in some sectors of higher education. The mental health of students is thought to be worse than that of the general population: some studies estimate that 30% to 50% of students suffer from varying levels of anxiety and depression."She writes out of her own experience of depression throughout university. Lots of good articles and testimony and only just starting out. Helpful articles provided, more to come. This blog is well worth being aware of.

http://christianstudentsmentalhealth.blogspot.com/

100-minute-bible...

So, last week a 20,000 word version of the Bible was launched (I did mean to blog this last week): The 100-Minute Bible reduced from 780,000 words for a generation who can't be bothered to read anymore... On the one hand I can see the value of trying to get people to begin reading the Bible. But, I don't think this is the way to do it!

It is true today that Biblical Illiteracy is widespread, not least in the church. This is a tragic indictment on us. People simply don't read the Bible. I was never encouraged to until I was 18 years old - and in my first days as a Christian Union leader. It probably ought to have seemed an obvious thing to do, but it wasn't. I didn't know where to start. Until my Christian Union Staffworker got me to buy a copy of Search the Scriptures and start reading Luke's gospel. That was about six and half year ago... still going.

Problem is that the Bible is the Word of God. Its not just some ordinary book to be reduced to a digest version…

GIRL TALK

I've been linking this one for a while...
Now it's the latest blog to recieve a Warnie so go take a look: Girl Talk
from the women of C.J. Mahaney's family...

Warnies Aggregator

Study Skill 02: Context & Connections

A short series of posts about how we read the Bible

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” Matt 18v20.

Is this a mandate for quiet times? Is this a message to tell you to go and pray with those 1-2 friends you've not seen for a while... Context is key! Politicians don't like to be taken out of context – neither does God.

It is part of a section from v15-20, and this within a wider context in chapter 18 about relationships between God's people.

V15 – If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
V16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
V17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.
And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
V18 Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall b…

Jollyblogging

Two great posts from Jollyblogger caught my eye this afternoon:Calvin on why not to sin
Original glory & Original sin
Also today I found myself reminded that our teaching about the nature of God's word is really, really important. What do we have without God's authoritative true word? We're left with no direction. We're left with only our ideas. That's not a good place to be.

Study Skill 01: It's not about you

A short series of posts about how we read the Bible

What is the point of the temptation of Jesus?
Almost instinctively we say, to show us how to face temptation.
And how do we do that? We use the Bible...

The problem is that this comes from us reading the Bible out of context and under the assumption that it is a book about us. The Bible is not a book about us or written to us, on the whole. It is for us. But we are not its main character.

The temptation of Jesus - Matthew 4v1-11.
It is true that as Jesus faces temptation he uses the Word of God to counter satan's temptations. It is also true that Jesus sucessfully stands against these temptations.

But.

1.Context – Matthew 3v12-17. This is Jesus who v15: fulfils all righteousness, and v17, immediately before temptation is declared to be God's son.

2.Notice Jesus is God's son. You are not. So, odds on you can't do everything Jesus can do.

3.Jesus quotes repeatedly from Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy tells of Israel's failure to st…

God is the Gospel

Adrian Warnock is very positive about John Piper's new book: God is the Gospel. Mike at Eternal Perspectives, isn't. I've not read more than an extract... From sermons (like this one: text, audio) I think Piper's probably right, but I'll wait to read the book in full... on which I was glad to notice that our publishing house IVP are publishing it in the UK very soon! (along with the new Seeing & Savouring Jesus Christ, Don't Waste Your Life and When I Don't Desire God.

Keep Sunday Special?

I'm preparing a talk on Genesis 2v2,3 for a few weeks time. Here's two articles that have been helpful thus far...Andrew Shead on Sabbath
Joshua Ng on Sabbath
(both published at beginningwithmoses.org)

Starting to see that perhaps Sunday isn't quite so special... how amazing to be welcomed into rest with Jesus everyday... thoughts, comments, advice, quotes and questions very welcome.

Blogwatch

Some stuff I've spotted recently...The Reluctant Puritan on Why he's not Wild at Heart...
Adrian Warnock picks up Piper on Baptism in the Spirit
Phil Johnson brings us John MacArthur on Essential (not mere) Christianity
Paul Huxley reflects on God-centred salvation.
Dan Cruver quotes Jerry Bridges on Gospel-driven sanctification
Scott Mackay on God's glory displayed in Christian Service
Milton Stanley considers the best of both worlds
One Salient Oversight and Internet Monk pursue the question of Al Mohler and alcohol prohibition in the SBC (much more interesting and relevant than it sounds)

FORUM 2005 Talks, Online

Speaking of Romans 5-7...
Terry Virgo's talks at FORUM 2005 are now available to download. Along with two from Vaughan Roberts, one from Gareth Davies and one from Richard Cunningham...

REVIEW: Humility: True Greatness

HUMILITY: TRUE GREATNESS
C.J. Mahaney. (Multnomah, October 2005)

Before reading this book I knew that it would be helpful. I'd encountered CJ Mahaney's self-effacing humour at the NewFrontiers conference in July. I knew the story of how CJ had handed over his church to Joshua Harris. I knew that it was a book I needed to read. I still remember briefly declaring myself humble after nine months of being a Christian. I knew that CJ, like everything else I've encountered from Sovereign Grace Ministries, is committed to a gospel-centred, cross-centred response to sin.

This short book comes in three parts. Firstly identifying Humility and its rival, pride. Pride is ignorant of age or vocation, CJ tells us, it lurks as a great enemy. Self-dependence and self-exaltation are deep rooted problems, infecting even apparent godliness. He then identifies humility was an honest assessment of ourselves in the light of God's holiness and our sinfulness.... a definition sure to lead us to…

Freshers Week at University of Surrey

Spoke at Surrey University Christian Union Freshers meeting last night: God's Good News about Jesus: Grace for God's Sake

I wonder why you're here? Some might be here because you'd call yourself a Christian and you want to partner with the Christian Union in your time at Surrey. Welcome!

Maybe friends or family strongly recommended you come here in your first week? Welcome!

Maybe you picked up a flyer and thought you'd come. Welcome!
Whoever and whyever. Welcome!

At the same time, did you ever think that it's a bit strange to be here? I say that of myself – as someone working full time with University Christian Unions.... we're a bit of a minority.... we're flying the face of popular opinion and popular choice of places to be tonight....

Professor Johnjoe McFadden of Surrey Uni wrote recently in The Guardian how terrible it would be if God were allowed back into scientific thinking.... God invented science, and yet the scientific community... and one of you…

Freshers Fayre

Heading off to Uni?

The WHSmith guide suggests that you 1. Sleep with as many people as you can before Christmas
2. Avoid evangelical Christians and their free foodLet me suggest a few things.

1. Consider Jesus. Take your time at University to at least read the Bible and see who Jesus is. And get some help from the Christian Union to do that.

2. Get connected with your Christian Union and live for Jesus and speak for Jesus together.

3. Get accused of preaching lawlessness. Seriously.

4. Consider doing missions when dying is gain - Christ trumps everything anyone could offer you.

5. Get committed to one local church as soon as possible... and consider Joshua Harris' advice on choosing a church (fleshed out in Stop Dating the Church)Is this a church where God’s word is faithfully taught?
Is this a church where sound doctrine matters?
Is this a church in which the gospel is cherished and clearly proclaimed?
Is this a church that is committed to reaching non-Christians with the gospel?
Is th…

UCCF South East 2005/6

Photos from our South East Team Days. Forgot to take a picture of our esteemed team leader, Gareth... but here's everyone else.

Seven times a year we get together for 48 hours to be encouraged and taught, to share ideas and struggles and to pray. We then head our separate ways to equip students to live for Jesus & speak for Jesus

This was our first time together this year - thinking about the priority of prayer. I was particularly struck that the apostles set themselves apart for prayer and the ministry of the word. I easily embrace the latter but often disregard the former... perhaps some get it the other way round. But I count myself rebuked by God's word, and wanting to change the way I work.



Individual Staff with their Relay.
Jonny, Kath & Sam
Debs, Dave & Dave
Dan, Nay & Ben


What's my legalism?

I'm slightly cautious about drawing attention to Steve McCoy's post on Alcohol & Legalism, because this looks like a church discipline issue [edit: by which I mean, when a believer sins they should be confronted privately first, and then failing that, publicly] and I don't know the parties involved.

So, from the otherside of the Atlantic, personally it challenges me again to ask - where might I be adding to the gospel? Where might I be denying my freedom and joy in the Lord? I don't think the alcohol one is big over here in the UK, but I'm sure we have our equivilants...

[see also Marcus Honeysett: Finding Joy]

Wise words from the Doctor

"People who say they do not hold to any particular system, and that they are 'just biblical,' are simply confessing that they have never really understood the teaching of the Bible."
(D.Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Romans 7:1-8:4, p. 178).I remember coming across a student a while back who pleaded that we just needed to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and forget about doctrine.... Many thanks to Phil Johnson for highlighting this. Still processing Terry Virgo's preaching on Romans 7, which he admits is very influenced by Lloyd-Jones. Must take Terry's advice and get some more of that Romans series (since I only have The Righteous Judgement of God: Romans 2:1-3:20 at the moment).

Off-road with the God who speaks

Over the last few months I've come back to this book several times. Earlier this year I blogged my journey through the minor prophets, and the attraction here follows that journey.

I enjoy getting off the beaten track in God's word and Barry Webb's Five Festal Garments is a great companion on the road. Webb provides Christian reflections on The Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther. Not so much a detailed commentary but something of a road map - helping us find a way through diverse books and connecting them to the bigger story of God.

This book is the tenth in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series and is among the best. Some are a little too academic for my untrained mind, but this certainly provides superb help for the ordinary Christian longing to hear God's voice clearly. Peter Adam's Hearing God's Word is another notably helpful book, drawing us into God's word to develop a Biblical spirituality.

Currently reading: Lamentation…

Preaching Priests

This weekend, Surrey University, Christian Union pre-freshers weekend in Farnham. Phil Evans and I shared the speaking, with some input from Marika Tozer and Mark Thomas.

We began in Psalm 67, looking at the big picture - God's global purpose for a blessed people - justified by faith in Jesus. It was good to remember that God is gracious to people in Christ! That that grace is for God's global fame.... and to look at authentic Christianity in v3-5 - Praise, Joy and Gladness... founded on God's rule over us.

On Saturday morning Phil gave us an excellent talk from 1 Timothy 2v3-6, considering what we have been saved from - from God's wrath by the death of Jesus the great mediator between man and God.

Later he completed this looking at what we're saved for, to live as God's priests - re-presenting God to the world, and the world to God. He took us to Romans 15 which I found especially helpful..."...a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly dut…

Finding Joy

A radical rediscovery of grace

What motivates you to serve Christ? Is it a sense of nagging obligation as you struggle to achieve a host of impossible targets? Or is it a heart full of joy? God’s grace is neither earned nor deserved. We receive grace, and with it the blessings of forgiveness, peace, hope, security, rescue, reconciliation and eternal life. God’s grace needs no additions, no subtractions. Yet it’s so easy, so tempting, like the Galatians in the New Testament, to slip back into a legalistic mindset. We want to build on what God has done; we want to make ourselves more attractive and acceptable. Marcus Honeysett challenges us to live as sons and daughters of God, not as slaves. He helps us to understand the law and its place in the Old and New Testaments. He accompanies us as we go joy-spotting in Philippians. Joy should be the hallmark of our Christian service. Understanding God’s grace is the foundation to releasing that joy.
‘A precise and life-transforming book that is…

Pyromania

Phil Johnson subtitles his blog with Jeremiah 23v29 - Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD..." "Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, 'I have dreamed, I have dreamed!' How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, who think to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, even as their fathers forgot my name for Baal? Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the LORD. Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares…

Tea & Sympathy

Time for my first break of the day. Time for some coffee... "good coffee, strong coffee" as the Jars of Clay song prescribes. Just spotted this in the paper...
Coffee Trail - Today Britons will drink more than 70 million cups of coffee, but a remarkable story lies behind each one. To unravel it, Benjamin Joffe-Walt and Oliver Burkeman followed a bean from the Ethiopian village where caffeine's stimulant qualities were first discovered to a coffee shop in south London

...in other news Student Extremist Groups are being highlighted. Thankfully, for now, Christian Unions aren't yet in that bracket. Hopefully it will be observed, that whilst we are advocating some extremely counter-cultural beliefs, we seek only to save lives not take them. Along these lines I notice that one of the Christian Unions I work with will be running an event on the topic of: "Is strong religious passion a cause for terrorism?"

Christian Theism

Rick Phillips at Reformation 21 has some interesting thoughts on the difference between non-Christian Theism and Christian Theism as a world view...
"I am afraid that many believers also need to shed the non-Christian theism from their worldviews.... I would define a non-Christian theism as a God-centered worldview that is not Christ- and cross-centered. You get this in all sorts of "Christian" literature where the focus is on God's glory in abstract and on the supremacy of godliness without much thought for redemption."

Sheep without a shepherd?

We live in leafy Wokingham district... the least deprived district in the country. Since the weekend the area has had to face up to a double murder on its doorstep. Such things just don't happen here.... how do we deal with this?

Two hundred and fifty people attended a prayer/reflection service at our church this evening. Afterwards, at our monthly church prayer meeting our church leader reflected on Jesus' words in Matthew 9v35-39. As Jesus preached the gospel he had compsssion on the crowds, harrassed and helpless... sheep without a shepherd.... people who simply didn't know where to do..... people desperately searching for answers, for life, for direction.

And Jesus says - its like a harvest field, ready for harvest.... so ask God for workers to bring them in. Jesus full of compassion cries out for them...... oh that we would find the way to sensitively, and carefully show people Jesus in the coming days.

Meet My Relay: Debbie Cordle & Dave "Hoops" Hooper

My Relay Fellowship Group

Notes from a Circus Tent

Ed is writing up his notes from Terry Virgo's superb talks on Romans Ed's Fallible Thoughts

Meanwhile, time to confess that I bought theguardian today. Mostly out of curiosity (normally I prefer the times...). I do like the new berliner size, I like the paper quality and the colour. The content has yet to win me over, though there was some good stuff there.

Surrey Uni lecturer Johnjoe McFadden's article A tweak of God's knobs was quite interesting. He's convinced that biology explains everything. Chatting at the weekend with Tim Silk at church we commented that the battle with God seems mostly fought in the philosphy department these days.... Science fights back.

God is for us...

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[h] against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" Romans 8v31-32

Christians often say that "God is good", when a day has gone well... but surely the reality is that, its not in our circumstances that we see God is good - but in the giving of Jesus for us. That is evidence and testimony enough!

(See Sinclair Ferguson, 4th September 2005 - The Heart of the Gospel)

Humility: True Greatness

CJ Mahaney took a bit of time at the New Frontiers conference in July to talk about his new book Humility: True Greatness, somewhat embarressed that he'd been asked to write about the topic. Who doesn't struggle with this?

Read Chapter 1 of Humility: True Greatness by CJ Mahaney

Free Copies of this book for Bloggers

Justin Taylor interviews CJ Mahaney about this book

...and looking forward to Living the Cross Centered Life (Feb 2006)

Mission's Flame

Events Occur in Real Time

I picked up a copy of Faster, by James Gleick in FOPP for a couple of quid a while back. His previous book was about Chaos theory, and I failed to finish that while I was at University studying Chaos (among other things)...I suppose I ran out of time....

Gleick traces the history of time and our changing attitudes towards it. Measures that once served us now crack the whip. Time is the one thing we can't save. It passes through our fingers irrevocably.... and the dream of regaining it still fascinates. Back to the Future is still one of my favourite films... Time is precious. Time is money. Time is something we can give each other. Yet the more accurately we can measure it, the less time we seem to have available for anything...

It struck me while preparing to speak on Genesis 1v27 last week that one of the key points in the much disputed Genesis 1 is TIME. People argue over the definition of "day"... but whatever it means - surely it tells us that God is the one who creat…

South Central MTC

Something our church is involved in...
South Central Ministry Training Course.
Bible teachers who rightly handle the Word of God are essential in today’s Church. Within the congregation, home group, children’s club, youth group and amongst the elderly – indeed wherever the Bible is taught – we need people who can teach God’s Word in the power of the Spirit.
Biblical Theology, Doctrine, Bible Books, Practical Ministry... my only hope is that it also includes stuff on keeping spiritually alive... that it is APPLIED. There's more to ministry than understanding and skills.... My involvement with our RELAY discipleship training programme has shown me that. Above all we teach grace, grace and more grace... working hard to see God's grace applied to all of life. Sure there is doctrine to explain. Sure there are practical skills to learn. We need training. And we need it applied to life in Christ.

See also:
Cornhill Training Course (London)
Northern Training Course
NW Training Course
Network …

In the Image of God

So God created man in his own image,
       in the image of God he created him;
       male and female he created them.
Genesis 1v27


Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid 21st Century. Like all the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to The Island... reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet... until he makes a terrible discovery that everything about his existence is a lie... and that he is actually more valuable dead than alive...

The Island, one of this summers big blockbuster films. Its fairly mindless action, but there are some interesting ideas at work. Cloned beings, kept alive to be used as resources from which real people can draw at their time of need. A body that you can dip into for a spare kidney or an arm or a leg....

A world in which man plays god like never before... How did we get here? What are we? Are we here by chance? Are we the result of millions of year…

Pure Sex

One of the exciting developments at FORUM2005 was the launch of PURE, a great new resource on sexuality by our own Linda Marshall. (Note, Linda is from Northern Ireland so it's prononouced something like P-yuuurrr)

It's published in a stylish hardback by the Christian Unions publishing house IVP Books who are making all the other course resources freely available on their website. The first course was at Nottingham CU a few years back when over 90 students gathered at 7.30am on a Monday morning for the first session...

IVP Pure Page

If you asked an evangelical Christian “Should the gospel affect every area of your life?”, they would undoubtedly reply “Yes!” … but in practice many young Christians aren’t sure about what this looks like in practice. In the area of sex and relationships, many are aware of “what they should and shouldn’t do” but actually aren’t very sure exactly why they should or shouldn’t. Pure aims to clearly show the reasoning why by starting from what God says i…

It's great to be a Christian!

Hello!

Home from RELAY and FORUM2005, the first a week in the depths of God's grace for discipleship in Colossians with 50 new Relay workers, and the second delving into Romans 5-7 with New Frontier's Terry Virgo - what freedom we have in Christ! Free from sin! Free from law! Much more to follow on that as I begin to digest it...

Meanwhile, thanks muchly to Trainspotter & Songbird for posting in my absence, I'll retain their able services for a while yet I think.

New Blog Spotted - Welsh Girl

Essential: UCCF FORUM 2005 Blogged:
It's Great to be a Christian! @inthesoure
It's been a while @edsfalliblethoughts
Forum 2005 @ cymraesbach

Don't be bible teachers

I heard something very wise today when our church minister told me that the whole way he thought about his work changed when he realised he deeply loved the people in his church.

From that moment on he ceased to be a bible teacher, but a pastor who teaches the bible. A true shepherd, a lover of his flock who wants the best for them. A man who sees people, not projects and whose love drives him to serve them the best he could.

That kind of attitude reminds me more of Jesus and, sadly, less of myself. Why do I teach the bible? What is my motivation?

Let's not be bible teachers, but pastors who teach the bible.

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Looking for the good

Football doesn't get too many mentions on this blog, but England surely hit a new low tonight at Windsor Park. Congratulations to Northern Ireland who deserved their win and I'm off to look for the good wherever I find it. And as they say, if I don't find anything good, I'll look harder...

dzein dobre!

I had my first experience of year seven this year yesterday... One class were really dreamy saying please and thank you. The other year 7 group were barking!!!
There was one boy there from Poland who could only say yes, no and go home?!!! There were two girls who could not spell their own names and a boy who got up and started wandering around making loopy comments because he was struggling with work!!

Well I'm there for the duration to help these kids, whether they can speak, write, or understand...

Those that can't teach...

Engaging culture - Elizabethan style

Shakespeare famously said 'all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players'. But if he's right, what kind of show is going on?

Is it more like 'Who's line is it anyway?' where the LCive Anderson assigned the actors a particular scene and the actors ad libbed their way to wherever they want to go until Clive rang his bell to bring it to a swift end?

Or is it more like a Gilbert and Sullivan musical, where it was imperative that the actors did exactly as the direction said and stuck to the script else it wouldn't work as it was intended, as every word had a gravitas of its own and necessitated the its rhyme, on the next line, in correct time?

Hmmm

#The wheels on the car go round and round...#

...Not when you are travelling on the M4 east at 7pm at night...I was in traffic for two hours because of an accident...my first real traffic jam, talking of Jam, i was called Treacle by a group of people in a car on the far side lane... I am sure that i didn't taste that sweet when i told them i was married...and in no uncertain terms that i was not available to be called anyone's treacle blondie...

I enjoyed listening to my chick music though and being almost inspired to write a song about impatience and sweet sickly substances....

Habakkuk's got it!

My great relationship with a man who has been with Jesus for the best part of 2700 years began a few years ago when I was asked to speak on something from the Old Testament. I had quite a choice but in order to narrow it down I enquired of the erstwhile Mr. Bish to see what he thought might be a good idea. I wasn't dissapointed, as a day or so later a brief (and very good) outline of Habakkuk arrived in my inbox. And I was hooked! But there is one thing particularly that stuck out in my mind. We pick up Habakkuk speaking in 3vv17-19 (ESV)

"Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor the fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's he makes me tread on high my places"
I found in these verses something amazing, an attitude I didn't…