Sunday, 22 October 2017

Review: The Rhyming Rabbit


The Rhyming Rabbit
by Julia Donaldson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cute story. Although the baby was sumewhat distracted at the time, having woken at 3am. Lovely story though even if it was just me getting to appreciate it. 😊

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Simple Prayer

I'm trying a new style of writing. Using only three sentences I aim to put together short and simple prayers anyone can use. Like the one below (more will appear here and on FB):

The more we see of human depravity, in the news, in our neighbourhoods, in our selves, the more we see the need of your infinite loving grace. Without you O God all is lost. Come into our midst be our salvation. Amen.

Friday, 20 October 2017

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Still time to donate to Teenage Cancer Trust

"My brother Jon is doing a charity cycle of 26 Miles (that's a Marathon only on a bike) around the Beauly Firth for Teenage Cancer Trust. His employers Arnold Clark will double what is raised. Please donate if you can and spread the word. Thanks."

Still time to donate to Edinburgh Children's Hospital

A note from my wife Sarah-Egan:
"Ezra and I did a sponsored walk in Portobello today to raise money for Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity. It would be awesome if you could sponsor us and raise money for an awesome charity."

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Review: Little One's Book of Prayers


Little One's Book of Prayers
by Mabel Lucie Attwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet little book. Lots of cute pictures. The readings are very traditional with some old English occasionally, but that makes it timeless and beautiful. The baby seemed to like the pictures. Especially finding the ducks.

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Review: The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth by Thomas Jefferson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Jesus' words. However, this book cuts and pastes a lot making it no longer flow properly. I like the idea of trying to merge all gospels to get a fuller picture, but just using the words of Jesus primarily and sometimes removing context just confuses things. My opinion: stick with your red letter bible.

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Book Party Tonight At 2030

Join the Facebook event tonight and find some excellent children and youth books. Event organised by my wife Sarah.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Lost and Found

From the Archive. The start of a series of archived posts from my old blogs.

Monday, 2 October 2017

The Heart of the Matter

The more we see of human depravity, in the news, in our neighbourhoods, in our selves, the more we see the need of God's infinite loving grace. Without it all is lost.
The heart of man's problem is the problem of man's heart. "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!" says the preacher. 
Yet, in a world of cruelty and vanity a saviour came. He didn't come like a triumphant war lord, but came as a lamb. He identified with our weakness and suffering and paid the ultimate price to
liberate our souls from the slavery of sin and death. 
He is calling us now to follow him, to take up our cross, to be as he is, liberators.
Liberators challenging the darkness and calling out the light. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Let thy light shine o' God!
- DTH

Sunday, 1 October 2017

How to create a house that touches heaven:

How to create a house that touches heaven.

Seven examples from Cornellious the Centurion convert in Acts 10.

1. He had the fear of God (reverance).
2. He was a man of prayer.
3. He loved the poor.
4. He was a family man.
5. He practiced a culture of honour (e.g. he bowed to Peter).
6. He was a devout man.
7. He wanted to share God with others.

(This post was inspired by a sermon heard at Full Gospel Church, Dalkeith - 1/10/17).

- DTH

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Questions

Why are we here?
Why do the nations rage?
Why do the wicked prosper?
Where do wars come from?
Who am I Lord?
What must I do to be saved?
Revival, how long Lord?
In all our questions you have the answers. 
Help us to keep asking questions.
Help us to listen.
Help us to be still and know that you are God.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Day of the Martyrs

Gathering of light. 
Sacred assembly of love. 
Age of war, hate, and strife. 
The day of the martyrs has just begun. 
Blood stained standing stones. 
Anabaptists’ tears, angels’ song. 
The day of the martyrs has just begun. 
Ice cracks, foe falls. 
Pilgrim saves. 
To burning he must go. 
Stands fast, dies slow, proclaims love for all to know. 
The day of the martyrs has just begun.
- DTH

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

To the Ground

He falls to the ground. 
Hands over his eyes, he weeps bitter tears of great pain. 
How had things come to this? 
Wiping the blood and tears from his face, he does something he hasn’t done for a long time—he prays. 
With his rifle finally laid to rest, the young soldier looks to the heavens and then across a field of corpses. 
Among the dead he sees a child he killed in the heat of battle. 
The soldier’s words echo in the valley of death, “God forgive us.” 
Forgive us all, sweet Jesus, forgive us. 
To the ground the soldier falls. 
- DTH

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Collateral Damage

You are someone’s baby, someone’s child; 
But they call you collateral damage. 
You are someone’s son, someone’s daughter; 
But they call you collateral damage. 
You are someone’s brother, someone’s sister; 
But they call you collateral damage. 
You are someone’s father, someone’s mother; 
But they call you collateral damage.
They call you collateral damage— For they know not what spirit they are of.
- DTH

Monday, 25 September 2017

Victory

Father, true and merciful
Thank you for saving a prodigal.
Your heart of love shines through
You give life fresh and new.
In hope I thirst for more
Christ is the only victory in this war.
The tempter comes knocking
How can one as I stop falling?
Only by you my rock and shield
In your pams my destiny is sealed.
Hallelujah my king
My heart shall ever sing.
Glory and honour to your name
Your Salvation is my claim.
Amen

- DTH

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Celtic Cross

Tall, dark, towering, decorated with curves and angles.
Sign of the people, the passion, and the place.
The circle of life and resurrection.
Hands once held there, feet once nailed.
The inscription “King of the Jews”
The reality “King of all kings.”
The King of the Celts died here.
Slain to reconcile man to God.
Art and heritage combine.
The story unfolds as it is retold.
God of our fathers bless us.
Bless us in the shadow of thy cross.
- DTH

Friday, 22 September 2017

It is Finished

Finished 
Bloody Palms 
Bloody Crown 
Bloody Ground 
Bloody Nails 
Radiant Light 
Third Day Rising
Finished, but Just Begun
- DTH

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hope for Joe, Hope for us

The story of Joseph: The seemingly arogant self-centred Joe is put in a pit, sold as a slave, falsely accused, imprisoned. In jail he learns to interpret dreams to the point of getting famous. Pharaoh calls on him. He interprets successfully. Pharaoh makes Joe PM of Egypt with full pardon. Joe saves Israel and Egypt from famine and is reunited with family. He ends up humble and God and other people focused. 'You meant it for evil, God meant it for good.' What I'm trying to say is even the negatives work out for the greater good in the end. There is hope!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Love Wins!

Love will win in the end, dear friends.
Love will win.
There are whispers of a word.
Amidst the chaos and confusion of a dark and angry world, it echoes through the mist.
My heart heard this misunderstood little word.
It heard and was blessed.
The word ‘love’ caused my heart to skip a beat and my soul to become merry.
Could it be that even in man’s darkest hours, love still lives?
Indeed it lives and breaths all things pure.
But what is the meaning of such a word?
Could it be the joy of babes playing a merry little din?
Is it the splendour of a spring morning?
Or the beauty of a maiden’s face basked in sunlight?
Or perhaps it’s just a word we use in season to gain something in return?
Maybe it’s just a word the poets like to write?
Nay, it is more.
Surely true love is self-sacrifice.
It’s the laying down of one’s life for a friend.
Even an enemy.
It’s the will to bless those who curse us
To love our haters
To forgive our debtors as Jesus forgives his.
Love is not some superficial myth, but a dream of things better.
It was love that allowed God’s own Son to give himself into man’s angry hands.
It was love that sent him beyond this realm to prepare a peaceful place for us.
Our Promised Land, our Paradise.
Yes, behold, it is love that is the greatest thing! 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Please Support my Brother's Cycle for Teenage Cancer Trust

My brother Jon is doing a charity cycle of 26 Miles (that's a Marathon only on a bike) around the Beauly Firth for Teenage Cancer Trust. His employers Arnold Clark will double what is raised. Please donate if you can and spread the word. Thanks.