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Have you been to a Who’s Bad show lately? A DIRTY new change is here 😏....You asked, we listened. Ask it and you shall receive it! 🎩 ______ www.whosbadmusic.com/tour-dates _________ #Light #TheMichaelJacksonTributeArtist #MichaelJackson #WhosBad #WhosBadMusic #MJFan #Music #Rock #RockAndRoll #Artist #Entertainment #TheUltimateMichaelJacksonExperience #Love #TheLightTrain
“Can you teach me how to Moonwalk?” 😭😭😭😭😭Yes Timothy!!! Hop on the Light Train! 🎩 #Light #TheMichaelJacksonTributeArtist #MichaelJackson #Moonwalk #Moonwalker #WhosBadMusic #KingOfPop #Music #Funk #Soul #Groove #Drums #Rhythm #Love #History #TheLightTrain
🎶🔔 🎩 Hey Lighters! So, most of you that follow me know that I am planning “The Light Train” this year on the 10 year, ya know. In that project I would like to Include YOUR videos! With that said, if you have video content or pictures that you’ve taken of me with -WHO’S BAD ONLY-please post them on Instagram and/or Facebook using my personal tag #TheMichaelJacksonTributeArtist . You may also email your content to TheMichaelJacksonTributeArtist@Gmail.com to be featured. I have an idea and would love to include as many of you all as possible visually, to make this project truly a FAN event and details on that will be forthcoming. From one hardcore lifelong Michael Jackson Fan to all of you, I’m really very very excited for “The Light Train” and I can’t wait for y’all to see it all! Use Tag: #TheMichaelJacksonTributeArtist Light 🎩♥️ #TheMichaelJacksonTributeArtist #TheLightTrain
Sundays are a great blessing to me. Yesterday was another gift of fellowship and time to delight in Jesus! You can read about how it went 😊 (Link in Bio) . #ywmcf #yesterdaywithmychurchfam #asithappened #churchlife #fellowship #jesus #brideofchrist #thelighttrain #thereisloveinsharing #asharedjoyisadoublejoy #christcentered #christianbloggers
Few weeks ago, I was sent a free copy of 'God's Smuggler' from @opendoorsuk . My wife @chanaicorinne read the book and really loves it now 😊 . She has written down her thoughts on it. One of the questions she asked herself is: . "Am I willing to step outside my comfort zone and sacrifice the gifts God has given me to build up the Kingdom of God? Jesus left the comfort of Heaven for me, only to face misery at Calvary and yet here I am clutching onto creature comforts that being raised in the West has afforded me." . You can read her thoughts on the blog! (Link in Bio) . #bookreviews #goodreads #readgood #reflections #thoughts #godssmuggler #brotherandrew #thelighttrain #delightyourselfinthelord #thereisloveinsharing #christianbloggers #christcentered
Yesterday I was delighted to see one of the reasons I’m thankful for my Church Fam on full display; Gospel proclamation. I am very thankful to God for planting me in a Church which boldly declares salvation through Jesus Christ alone and calls everyone to genuine repentance every Sunday. . Testimonies were shared and we had a baptism yesterday! . You can read about it (Link in Bio). . #ywmcf #yesterdaywithmychurchfam #asithappened #churchlife #fellowship #jesus #brideofchrist #thelighttrain #thereisloveinsharing #asharedjoyisadoublejoy #christcentered #christianbloggers
This month, Christian Audio are giving a free audiobook (link in Bio) by Jonathan Edwards titled 'The Religious Affections' which you can download absolutely free and listen to in various formats on your preferred device! . Delight yourself in the Lord! . #christianaudio #freebook #listen #enjoy #jonathanedwards #truth #freebies #thelighttrain #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing #christcentered
In this edition of #YWMCF , I included a recap of the wonderful weekend I had last week! . I went camping and met many lovely folks! We also had Sunday service on the beach! . You can read all about it and my Sunday yesterday 😊 (link in Bio) . #ywmcf #yesterdaywithmychurchfam #asithappened #churchlife #fellowship #jesus #brideofchrist #thelighttrain #thereisloveinsharing #asharedjoyisadoublejoy #christcentered #christianbloggers
Yesterday, my wife and I had another privilege of leading the Kids RBT Sharing. There were 7 kids in attendance. We started off with an activity; we took turns to read a verse each, of Ezekiel 1:4-11. After we read these verses, each of us had pencils and plain sheets of paper to try and illustrate Ezekiel’s vision. . Would you like to see what our drawings look like? You can see them and read what we learnt from this activity as well as other blessings enjoyed through a lovely day with the Church Fam (Link in Bio). . #yesterdaywithmychurchfam #asithappened #fellowship #joy #singing #listening #thelighttrain #christcentered #christianbloggers
Yesterday was packed with lots of blessings! I greatly enjoyed time with my Church Fam. . We sang 10 songs and listened to God speak to us powerfully through both sermons in the morning and evening. . Read about it 😊 (link in Bio) . . #yesterdaywithmychurchfam #asithappened #fellowship #joy #singing #listening #thelighttrain #christcentered #christianbloggers
I just received my free copy of 'God's Smuggler' from an organisation called Open Doors, which is committed to helping persecuted Christians all over the world. . If you are in the UK, you can get this book for free including postage! Visit their site to order your free copy 😊 (Link in Bio). . #godssmuggler #opendoors #book #goodreads #thelighttrain #thereisloveinsharing
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. – Psalms 94:19 . Yesterday we had a guest preacher who spoke on Worrying. I was mega blessed by his sermon and the entire day of worship and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Gabalfa Baptist Church. . You can read my account of the joys of yesterday with my church Fam 😊 (link in Bio) . . . #yesterdaywithmychurchfam #asithappened #fellowship #joy #singing #listening #thelighttrain #christcentered #christianbloggers
"Oh what peace that I have found Wherever I may be For all my ways are known to You Hallelujah, they are known to You!" . Great song by @cityalight I love it 😊❤️ . . . #song #music #goodmusic #greattune #cityalight #truth #hallelujah #thelighttrain #thereisloveinsharing #christcentered #christianbloggers #wow #excitingstuff #checkthisout #foryourdelight
I have decided to read a book till the end of the month alongside my daily bible reading and other resources. . It is a book written by Maria Goff, titled ‘Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want’. . Thanks to Christian Audio and their generous habit of giving a free Audio book every month, I will listen to this book absolutely free! You can join me. Let’s do this! . Head on to christianaudio.com and gain free access to this book. . Delight yourself in the Lord! . #book #audiobook #goodreads #readgood #loveliveshere #mariagoff #readwithme #thelighttrain #christcentered #biblical #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing #asharedjoyisadoublejoy #delightyourselfinthelord
I’m back to writing and have found that I do it the best I can, when it comes from a place of overflow. This new blog series is my way of documenting the joys of fellowship and truths received during the time enjoyed with my local church on Sundays. I pray it blesses you and inspires you to deeply engage the entire experience of unrestrained fellowship on Sundays in your local church with your sisters and brothers in Christ. . As this post sets the series in motion, I find it necessary to let you know that I currently attend Gabalfa Baptist Church in Cardiff, which is part of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in the UK. You will get to know a lot more about us as the weeks and months go by. . Yesterday I woke up excited and thirsty for what I have come to expect as a regular sunday at my local church. We have our morning services at 11am and evening service by 6pm. Yesterday was however, no regular Sunday in many ways including the fact that we had a picnic in the park, shortly after the morning service! It was lovely to spend quality time with my church family most of the day, having conversations and receiving truths all round. . Through the day, we sang a couple of songs some of which I was singing for the very first time. I stood beside my wife who sings like a warrior ready for battle! One of the songs we sang was ‘Hallelujah for the Cross’. . “A slave to sin, my life was bound But all my chains fell to the ground When Jesus’ blood came flowing down Hallelujah for the cross!”. . We had the privilege of learning from a young and fine minister-in-training. God spoke through him both in the morning and evening! It was refreshing to hear him boldly declare the gospel especially in the evening, knowing that there were unbelievers among us whom we greatly desire to see come to a saving-knowledge of Jesus. I’ll leave you with a thought which stayed with me from the sermons preached: . We have a stubborn tendency to seek our identity in things such as success, money, intellect etc. rather than live out of a firm sense of identity in Christ Jesus. . Continued in first comment below👇🏾
When disappointment, pain, failure or frustration invade our lives, they press our fragile hearts to follow them to the depths of grief and discontentment. . It is only the reassurance through God's promises that He knows what's best, loves us and is in control, that will keep us strong and help us endure. . The puritans deeply studied this subject they fondly called 'providence'. I first came across profound scriptural teaching on Providence in Thomas Manton's 'A Treatise of Self Denial'. This was the book of the month earlier this year, on the Light Train. . Seneca said, “I yield to providence, not out of necessity, but choice.” It is best because God wills it; if He bless, it is good; if He afflict, it is good. His will is the highest wisdom and reason. . It will do our generation a world of good, if we reconnect with previous generations through their writings and learn all they laboured to understand about God's glorious purpose in the 'unfavourable' seasons and occurrences in our lives. We can know peace and joy in Christ during difficult times. . And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV . #staystrong #allthingsworktogether #godislove #godisincontrol #thelighttrain . ✍🏾 @sonsare . Words in images above are from Sandra McCracken's beautiful song 'Sweet Comfort' on her 'Psalms' album.
. Ever heard of Christian Audio? . They have a great number of audio books on their website, which are deeply rooted in a biblical worldview. Healthy stuff for your spiritual growth and nourishment. . Christian Audio also gives a free audio book every month! Super cool! All you have to do is create an account and download their app on your device. . Their free audio book for March 2018 is 'Talking With Your Kids About God' by Natasha Crain. . Explore the website and delight yourself in the Lord! . . . #christianaudio #website #audiobooks #greatresources #soulfood #thelighttrain #christianblog #thereisloveinsharing
Ever heard of hymnal.net? . This wonderful website has a collection of hymns from ages past to contemporary times. It has the sheet music and tunes too! Perfect for a private karaoke session with the Holy Spirit. . You can download the piano rendition of each hymn in various file formats include Mp3! You can also learn the tune of hymns you've never heard. . Explore the website and delight yourself in the Lord dear friend! . #website #hymns #greatresource #soulfood #thelighttrain #christianblog #thereisloveinsharing
. All I am, All I hope for.  Wow. Powerful words! Absolutely love this hymn. . "All My Doubts I Give To Jesus" by J. C. Morgan . #hymn #soulfood #spiritualsongs #deep #profound #jesuscentered #truth #allihave #allihopefor #eternalagesroll #thelighttrain #christianblog #thereisloveinsharing
. "I am no stranger to this instinctive phone grab, but I wanted to see if others shared this pattern, so I surveyed eight thousand Christians about social-media routines. More than half of the respondents (54 percent) admitted to checking a smartphone within minutes of waking. When asked whether they were more likely to check email and social media before or after spiritual disciplines on a typical morning, 73 percent said  before. This reality is especially concerning if the morning is when we prepare our hearts spiritually for the day." - Tony Reinke . These excerpts are from '12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You' by Tony Reinke. It is our book of the month for March 2018. Want to get it? please refer to our first post on it. . #mindyourphone  #bookofthemonth  #goodreads  #readgood  #truth  #scriptural  #christianity  #multidimensional  #findthebalance  #thelighttrain  #christianblog  #christianbloggers  #thereisloveinsharing
[]<>[]<>[]<>[]<>[] . "Following Paul’s words to married couples, we must make it our aim to purge our lives of all unnecessary and unhelpful distractions. Pastor Tim Keller was once asked online: Why do you think young Christian adults struggle most deeply with God as a personal reality in their lives? He replied: “Noise and distraction. It is easier to tweet than pray!” (Said on Twitter, no less!) The ease and immediacy of Twitter is no match for the patient labor of prayer, and the neglect of prayer makes God feel distant in our lives." . "As in every age, God calls his children to stop, study what captures their attention in this world, weigh the consequences, and fight for undistracted hearts before him." . These excerpts are from our book of the month: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke . #mindyourphone  #bookofthemonth  #goodreads  #readgood  #truth  #scriptural  #christianity  #multidimensional  #findthebalance  #thelighttrain  #christianblog  #christianbloggers  #thereisloveinsharing
[]<>[]<>[]<>[]<>[] . "Our smartphones amplify the most unnecessary distractions as they deaden us to the most significant and important “distractions,” the true needs of our families and neighbors." . "My phone conditions me to be a passive observer. My phone can connect me to many friends, but it can also decouple me from an expectation for real-life engagement. When I go into my social media streams, too often I use Facebook to insulate me from the real needs of my friends. Facebook becomes a safe and sanitized room where I can watch the ups and downs of others as an anonymous spectator, with no compulsive impulse to respond and care in any meaningful way. And as I do, I become more and more blind to the flesh and blood around me." . These excerpts are from our book of the month: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke .  #mindyourphone  #bookofthemonth  #goodreads  #readgood  #truth  #scriptural  #christianity  #multidimensional  #findthebalance  #learnfromothers  #thelighttrain  #christianblog  #christianbloggers  #thereisloveinsharing
>>>> . Do You Control Your Phone — Or Does Your Phone Control You? . This is the central question which I invite you to engage through a sound biblical worldview, by reading our book for this month – ‘12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You’ written by Tony Reinke. . Here is what Jackie-Hill Perry (poet, hip-hop artist) said about this book: . “12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You is an incredibly convicting and profoundly insightful read. Smartphones have become a part of our lives, but Tony explores the devastation to the human mind and soul due to devotion to technology. He calls us to examine not merely the use of our smartphones but the motives that inspire it. This is a necessary book for our generation, to remind us that our phone habits will either amplify or get in the way of our most important longing of all: the soul-satisfying glory of our Savior.” . A small portion of this book is available for free on desiringgod.org. You can purchase it on online bookstores and it is currently on Amazon for 10.90 dollars. Alternatively, if you like Audiobooks, you can get it for free on a 1-month trial with Audible.com . Delight yourself in the Lord! . #bookofthemonth #goodreads #readgood #greatbooks #truth #christianbooks #thelighttrain
We need to go out alot more. We need to engage and redeem culture for Jesus. #truth #thelighttrain #mission
>>[]>>[]>>[] . Welcome to the month of March, Dear Friends! . God has been gracious to us; we can rely on him without a shadow of a doubt. . As we continue to abide in Him, may all our hopes and expectations for the month be filtered through his perfect will and met in our Lord Jesus Christ. . I look forward to share some awesome content with you during the month. . God bless! . @sonsare . . #newmonth #march #praisethelord #grace #ourGodonwhomwecanrely #thelighttrain #christianblog #thereisloveinsharing #delightyourselfinthelord #jesusalways
>>[]<>[] . "The life-of-the-mind perspective alone won’t capture the full biblical texture. The Christian life is more than mere intellect. And the angle of feeling—the life of the heart—won’t do justice by itself to the full biblical witness. It’s more than simply passion. And doing isn’t the alone biblical perspective on the Christian life. More is happening than mere deeds. Rather, holistic Christian existence is irreducibly thinking, loving, and doing—mind, heart, and hands." . - David Mathis (Excerpts are from our book of the month (Thinking. Loving. Doing. A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind). . . #thinking  #loving  #doing  #glorifyGod  #heartandmind  #bookofthemonth  #goodreads  #readgood  #truth  #scriptural  #christianity  #multidimensional  #findthebalance  #learnfromothers  #thelighttrain  #christianblog  #christianbloggers  #thereisloveinsharing
=[]=[] . "God rarely leaves us without a communal context in which some biblical purity and unity are simultaneously functioning in small measure (or we wouldn’t have a community), hopefully guiding us in such decisions. Those of us with an acute bent for purity need to hear often from the unifiers, and those of us typically leaning toward unity need the regular perspective of the purifiers." . "As our finitude conspires with our sin, none of us sees any piece of reality from every perspective (as God does), and what we do see, we frequently misappropriate. So we benefit incalculably to know well the perspectives of others and run them through our developing grid of Bible-informed and Spirit-indwelt thinking, loving, and doing." . - David Mathis (Excerpts are from our book of the month (Thinking. Loving. Doing. A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind). . . #thinking  #loving  #doing  #community #ironsharpensiron  #glorifyGod  #heartandmind  #bookofthemonth  #goodreads  #readgood  #truth  #scriptural  #christianity  #multidimensional  #findthebalance  #learnfromothers  #thelighttrain  #christianblog  #christianbloggers  #thereisloveinsharing
>> . "No one cares more for the purity of the gospel—that his central message to humanity not be altered or tainted—than God himself. And, mark this, no one cares more for the unity of his church around her Savior, his own Son, than God himself. God is the great purifier and unifier." . "Some of us have lost the purity impulse altogether. We are happy to say things easy to hear and hard to misinterpret, but none of the tough stuff. We are eager to bring people together—the more the merrier—but we have lost spine enough to speak the difficult, potentially relationship-threatening truths like our Savior does." . "On the other hand, many of us...have repressed the unity impulse. We can spot a supposed theological error from a mile away, and we have no trouble spinning out immediate shaming (and sassy) responses and calculated separations. Anyone different from us, in just about any way, could be a candidate for a verbal beat-down, or at least a relational snub. We have lost the heart to love like our Savior does." . "And a third type creeps in among us reckless sinners: those of us inconsistent enough to swing back and forth between both mistakes, sometimes purifying with no concern for gospel unity, other times uniting without a care for gospel purity. We speak the truth without loving on Monday and love without speaking the truth on Tuesday— all the while falling short of Paul’s simple but nearly impossible challenge for “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15)." - David Mathis . (Excerpts are from our book of the month (Thinking. Loving. Doing. A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind). . . #thinking  #loving  #doing  #glorifyGod #heartandmind  #bookofthemonth #goodreads  #readgood  #truth  #scriptural #christianity  #multidimensional #findthebalance  #learnfromothers #thelighttrain  #christianblog #christianbloggers  #thereisloveinsharing
. Massive throwback right here! Nostalgia all the way through... Look at the passion of the guitarist; absolutely infectious! . When I was a little boy, God used Ron Kenoly to bless my home with a surreal experience of heavenly praises! . It was such a joy to see people of all races and colour from various countries, unite to praise God! . You'll be exalted Oh God! And your kingdom shall not pass away, Oh Ancient of days! . #passionatepraise #nostalgia #ronkenoly #throwback #greatmusic #praisegod 🙏 #thelighttrain #delightyourselfinthelord
>> . I watched this sermon this morning. No distractions, mind fully immersed in what was being said and to the glory of God, I will never be the same by His grace. . Some of us have gone too far on the path to destruction when it comes to sexual desires. We have consistently acted on impulse to the point that our thinking on sex is utterly perverted. It gets to a point where you feel you’ve gone past the point of return such that it’s pointless to restrain yourself. . There’s good news in this teaching for us. Jesus set an impossibly high standard for us humans, but can heal our hearts and enable us attain it through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. In His word he takes us to the heart of the issue – our hearts. What goes on in privacy of our minds which directs our lustful glances and imaginations? A broken and spiritually impaired heart. . I encourage you to find time to watch this, preferably when you are well rested and wide awake so you can flow with the sequence of thoughts and truths being unpacked. . There are people in your life who need this message – both men and women. Share it with your boyfriend, share it with your spouse. May God use it to shine his light into hearts. . Link in Bio. . ✏: @sonsare . . #teaching #sermon #timmackie #sexualdesire #christcentred #heartissues #truth #brokenness #healing #hopeinjesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #thereisloveinsharing #delightyourselfinthelord
Dear friend, we are happy to recommend the 'Exploring My Strange Bible' podcast series to you. . Made by bible teacher Tim Mackie, these podcasts will greatly increase your knowledge of the Bible, enriching you with contextual perspectives from which you will be able to draw practical life lessons. . You can find these podcasts on iTunes or on the Bible Project Website. . Delight yourself in the Lord! . . . #podcast #recommended #mystrangebible #timmackie #jointhebibleproject #soundteaching #scripture #higherlearning #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing #delightyourselfinthelord
"The fullest expression of Christian living is a combination of head, heart, and hands. It involves receiving truth through the head, which ignites new affections in the heart and flows out in action through the hands." - Thabiti Anyabwile . . Excerpt from our book of the month (Thinking. Loving. Doing. A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind). This book is available to download absolutely free! (Link in bio). . . . #thinking  #loving  #doing  #glorifyGod #heartandmind #bookofthemonth #goodreads  #readgood  #truth #scriptural #christianity #multidimensional #findthebalance #learnfromothers #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing
What a precious thing it is to be loved by a Saviour who truly understands and deeply cares for us! Let's be glad and rejoice! . . #bibleverse #psalms #truth #thewordofGod #wonderfulsaviour #Jesus #heknows #hecares #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing
Dear friends, our book of the month on the Light Train this February is: . ‘Thinking. Loving. Doing. A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind.’ It is a wonderfully written, gospel-saturated book by several authors. . We will share excerpts all the way through the month to spark your interest to read the book. Thanks to the awesome @desiringgod , this book is available for free (link in our bio). . Delight yourself in the Lord! . . . . #thinking #loving #doing #glorifyGod #heartandmind #bookofthemonth #goodreads #readgood #truth #scriptural #christianity #multidimensional #findthebalance #learnfromothers #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing
Welcome to the month of February Dear Friends!! . May this month be a testimony of God’s faithfulness and victory in our lives and a deeply satisfying thirst after righteousness all the way through. . Delight yourself in the Lord! . . . #happynewmonth #february #praiseJesus #thankGod #gratitude #reflections #committedtoChrist #victoriousliving #selfdenial #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #thereisloveinsharing
When a vessel is much shaken, it is apt to splash over; and so usually we give vent to strong passions, and to the grievances of the mind, by murmuring and complaining. There is quick communication between the heart and the tongue: when the heart is burdened and overcharged, it seeks ease and vent by the tongue. The first degree then of the patience of the children of God is to keep silence. . David says, “I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it” (Psa 39:9). It is God, and therefore the least complaining thought must not be allowed. When he saw God in the providence, he durst not speak one word that might savour of discontent. When Aaron had two children taken away by a judgment and a strange stroke of God’s providence, it is said, “Aaron held his peace” (Lev. 10:3). . There must be a quiet contentment of the mind and submission of the heart, howsoever grievous the affliction may be. A stormy mind is as bad, though not as scandalous, as a virulent tongue. You must be contented in your very souls. You should not dare to quarrel with God, nor enter a plea against providence. Thoughts are as words with God; therefore, take heed of private arguments against Him. We must obey God with silence and quietness. Believing will give us ease when arguing cannot. . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
But when you are brought to an actual choice, either of duty or sin—when duty is left without sensible encouragement, or loaded with sensible discouragement—what will you do then? Which will you prefer? . “They loved not their lives unto the death” (Rev 12:11) when it came to the crisis. . A temptation, represented in imagination and speculation, is nothing so terrible as it is in its actual appearance. We may be of great confidence in our own imaginations, as Peter was; but when we are called out to death itself, then not to love our friends or lives, to risk the frowns of a father, the familiarity of kindred, provisions for your children—is a sign your love to God is real. . It is true, in such a case as this, a child of God may be overcome by the violence of such a temptation, but speedily he repents. Here is the great trial: when we are called out to break a law or risk an interest (as we will be sooner or later), to please men or to please God, then we are tested to see if we will deny ourselves or Christ. . The high priest under the Law had the names of the tribes upon his breast, but the name of God on his front or forehead (Exo 28:29, 36-38)...An emblem of every Christian should be this: if his relations be on his breast, yet the honour of God must be on his forehead. That interest must be chief and predominant. When we can habitually venture upon the displeasure of God to gratify our interest, this is to love ourselves more than God. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
Consider how you will be able to look Jesus Christ in the face on the day of recompenses, when you have such cheap and low thoughts of Him for trifles, when you are content to part with God and Christ, and all the comfort and hope of the Spirit, for a trifle, for worldly concerns, for base and worthless pleasures. . The Day of Judgment is one of the enforcements of self-denial. When Christ laid down this doctrine of self-denial, He said, “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Mat 16:27) . Because you would forsake Christ upon so small a temptation, and would sell all the excellent things of religion for a toy, a matter of nothing, how will you look the blessed companions of Christ in the face: angels and those self-denying saints who could give up every concern and count not their lives dear? You will become the scorn of saints and angels, “Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness” (Psa 52:7). This is the man that would not make God his portion, that preferred his body before his soul, and his wealth and pleasure before Christ; this is he that would not part with a little comfort in the world for Christ’s sake! . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
The greatest self-seeking may be carried on under the colour of self-denial. As the Gibeonites put on old shoes and old garments to make a league with Joshua (Jsh 9:3-6), so too many pretend mortification and self-denial to endear themselves to others, for worldly profit and advantage. Carnal designs of men have been carried on under a pretence and veil of religion. . Herod pretended to worship, but afterward sought to have Christ destroyed (Mat 2:8-16); Jezebel proclaimed a fast to destroy Naboth (1Ki 21:9-10); and Simeon and Levi pressed the Shechemites to be circumcised out of revenge (Gen 34:13-29). A crocodile weeps and then catches a prey. Carnal ends are often shrouded under religious pretences. . To deny self-seeking is a difficult and hard piece of self-denial. Self-seeking is natural to us: “All seek their own” (Phi 2:21). All our aims, naturally, are at our own profit or credit. Self-seeking is laid aside with great difficulty, for base and unworthy desires are very persistent, and recoil upon us even after mortification and after resolutions to the contrary. We often find that we begin well. We aim at the glory of God; it is our habitual aim. But then thoughts of pride grow upon us in the very middle of the action, or else after it is ended. It is an impudent sin that will assault us again and again. . To remedy this evil by way of practice, be more frequent in prayer and praise. Be frequent in prayer in order to be purged from self-seeking and wrong motives; carnal affection will be persistent. Then for praises, cast the honour upon God Himself. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #truths #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
When we make pleasures to be the business of our lives, and are motivated to them with great affection, but are cold and careless in the service of God, this is to love pleasures more than God (2 Tim. 3:4). It is a sin that does not deserve to be stroked with only a gentle censure. . There is much irreverence shown when duty and pleasure come in competition, and when we cannot find any contentment in communion with God, but can part with it to gratify the senses. The temptation is so low, that the sin rises the higher. When the consolations of God are exchanged for the pleasures of sin, it is a sorry exchange, like Esau’s selling his birthright for a mess of pottage (Heb 12:16). . When the temptation is small, and yet prevalent, it is a sign the natural inclinations are very great. They are carried downwards by their own weight, as heavy bodies; they are not forced, but inclined. A little sinful delight and satisfaction draws them out of the way and makes them risk the love of God, the consolations of the Spirit, and whatever is dear and precious to Christ. Now this is aggravated when, upon serious debates and struggles of conscience, men do not do what is best, but what is sweetest. It is a very dangerous symptom of this evil, because debate argues something of choice and full consent—not only doing evil, but preferring it! . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #truths #JesusisLord #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
If a Christian were wise, he might give God all his time, not only that which he spends in the closet, but that which he spends in the shop—as when you go about your worldly business with a heavenly mind, and do it as God’s work for His glory. . Those that live by manual labour must work not merely to sustain themselves, but to glorify God and do good to their neighbours. “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Eph 4:28). . Grace works in our vocational callings; it keeps the heart right in worldly employments. And grace keeps the heart right in duties of worship. This is so that in worldly business we may have a heavenly mind, and that in spiritual business we may not have carnal minds—that now and then in your vocation you may send a glance to heaven, and in your spiritual duties you may not wander into the world. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth  #grace #truths #oldbutgold  #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself  #thelighttrain  #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
Christ says, “If any man,” to show that the duty is of an unlimited application. It involves all, whosoever will enter themselves in Christ’s school, or enlist themselves in His flock or company. It does not concern only a few who are called out to be champions for His cause, and to expose their bodies to the cruel flames, but “if any will come after me.” . “If any man will come” (Greek, thelei): the word is emphatic, it notes the full purpose and consent of the will—whosoever  is firmly resolved. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial  #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless  #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing  #christianblog
No creature can be at his own power and disposal. Riches are not your own, but they are God’s bounty to you. . Goods must be laid out according to the owner’s will, or else it is robbery. Now, all that you have is God’s; therefore you are to part with every interest and concern of your own, for His glory. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
Consider, your happiness does not lie within yourselves, nor in any other creature, but in God alone. God in Himself is much better than God in the creature. Carnal men prize God’s work in the creature, but not God in Himself. . And therefore the first thing we must depend upon is that God is an all-sufficient God in Himself; not God in friends, not God in wealth, but God in Himself. . We cannot see how it can be well without friends, wealth, and liberty; therefore, our hearts are glued to them. Oh, take heed of this! All these things are but several conduits to deliver and convey to us the influence of the supreme cause. Therefore, still prize God in Himself before God in the creature. . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
When anything begins to sit too close and too near the heart, it is good for a Christian then to be wary, and ask this question: “How shall I deny this for God?” “I would not be brought under the power of anything” (see 1 Cor. 6:12). . Though the objects you make use of be lawful, yet when they encroach upon your spirit, then you must deny them. . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
If you would deny yourself, resolve to please God even in the worst circumstances, though it may be with the displeasure of yourself and all the world. Usually, we do not sit down and count the costs; we do not make our resolve large enough. When we take up the profession of religion, we look for but little trouble, and therefore we are soon discouraged. . Usually we give God but a small portion of our lives. When we take religion upon us, we do not carry our lives and our estates in our hands, as we should, in order to give them away. A man never comes to Christ rightly unless he gives up himself and his friends, and bids Christ take all. . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #countthecost #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
If you would deny yourself, often exercise faith and look within the veil. Send your thoughts as spies and messengers into the land of promise. . A man more easily will quit what he has upon earth when he has strong expectations of heaven (Rom 8:18). When a man sees that God has laid up a more excellent glory for him, he will reckon these things are not to be named the same day. . For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. (2Co 4:16-18). . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio). . . #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
If you would deny yourselves, everyone must observe his temperament and the particular constitution of his own soul. . There are several ways of sinning; let everyone look to his own way (Isa 53:6). God knows that we are all out of the way, but usually there is some particular way of sin into which our hearts wander and digress. Now, when God tries any man, He tries him in his particular “Isaac,” just as He tried Abraham (Gen 22:1- 2). . Therefore, self-denial must be considered according to the kind of self-love particular to each person, which way self-love most bends and inclines his soul. . This observation is necessary because there may be a kind of shadow of self-denial in carnal men. Lusts are obstinate, and because their opposition will not give way to another, for the convenience of a bigger lust, a man may deny himself in something else. A covetous man may deprive his soul of good, and may be harsh and disobliging to his nature, yet he may not really deny himself. He may deny himself of pleasure, but not of worldly profit. Others who are of a sensual constitution of spirit may be slight as to worldly profit, when their hearts are caught by another snare; “I kept myself from mine iniquity” (Psa 18:23). . Usually there is some special sin that we may, by the frequency of temptation and by our desires that run that way, call “our sin.” Now herein is our uprightness tried, when we can deny that particular sin. . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton (download this book for free! Direct link to PDF in bio) #atreatiseofselfdenial #bookofthemonth #oldbutgold #timeless #thomasmanton #denyyourself #thelighttrain #delightfuldiscoveries #thereisloveinsharing #christianblog
As I read through the richly inspired words of Thomas Manton's book, I appreciate one of my favourite hymns a lot more. . 'O Jesus I have promised' written by John E. Bode has words which reflect the yearning in my heart as I explore the topic of self-denial. . Many times in the past, I have failed to hear God speak amidst the 'storms of passion' and the 'murmurs of self-will'. It's hard. We need to seek God's help and strength much more than we know or even do. Lean in to God ever so desperately, dear friend! . . . Writer: @sonsare . #hymn #ojesusihavepromised #jesusisafaithfulfriend #reflections #selfdenial #weneedjesusdesperately #jesuscentered #thelighttrain #christianblog
There are none that condemn themselves more severely than do the children of God when they have sinned against God; they need no other judge than their own consciences to pass a sentence upon them. . Men naturally are apt to favour themselves; they are slight in self-humiliation and deep in censure of others. With indignation they reflect upon the sins of others, but with indulgence upon their own. As Judah, when it was told him, “Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt” (Gen 38:24). But when she showed him the evidence that he had been the one who defiled her, then he was calm enough. . It is otherwise with God’s children; there are no sins so odious to them as their own. “Jesus Christ came...to save sinners, of whom I am chief ” (1Tim. 1:15). Paul in effect says, “Oh, there is no such sinner in the world as I am.” . . Excerpts from 'A Treatise Of Self Denial' by Thomas Manton . #selfdenial #thomasmanton #botm #profound #reflections #goodreads #readgood #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
"We are so troubled to part with things, therefore, because our hearts are too much set upon them. We enlarge the things of the world in our esteem and affection; then it is a trouble to part with them for Christ’s sake. Alas! All these outward things serve but to prop up a tabernacle that is always falling." - Thomas Manton . . #excerpts #greatbooks #oldbutnew #oldbutgold #alwaysrelevant #selfdenial #thomasmanton #thelighttrain
Seneca says, “A magnanimous man cares not, does not look, where he may live most safely, but most honestly.” In the disposal of his affairs, a child of God looks where he may have most work and do most service, and not merely to provide for ease and safety. . When two ways are proposed to a traveller, one pleasant and the other very craggy and dangerous, he looks not to which way is most pleasant, but which way best brings him to his journey’s end. . Excerpts from - A Treatise of Self-Denial by Thomas Manton . . . #excerpts #truth #goodreads #readgood #bookofthemonth #selfdenial #thomasmanton #thelighttrain #jesuscentered #christianblog #christianbloggers #christianwriters
In connection with my New Year Resolution which is to deny myself for God's glory, I invite you to join me on a reading journey. Let’s go ‘old skool’ this New Year, as we reflect on the profound thoughts and rigorous studies of a Puritan called Thomas Manton. The title of our book of the month for January is: ‘A Treatise of Self Denial.’ . This book is available for free in digital format (Link in Bio). . Excerpts will be shared across our platforms throughout the month, and a review at the end of the month by God’s grace. . Please share your thoughts at any time and let us know how the book impacts you by commenting on our posts or you can send an email: chat@thelighttrain.com. . Delight yourself in the Lord! . . . Writer: @sonsare . #bookofthemonth #goodreads #readgood #oldbutgold #profound #truths #denyself #jesus #charge #christian #thelighttrain #christianblog
Have you made any resolutions for 2018? Surely, there are goals you would love to achieve this year. Perhaps you are scared to verbalize them because you are like me. . I have made many resolutions in past years which I failed to follow through. This year, I almost succumbed to the feeling that it would be pointless to make any resolutions. Some of you can relate to this but hey, let’s do a Philippians 4:13 on any feelings of defeat. Also, let’s ask ourselves some crucial questions: . . In whom did we put our trust to enable us achieve our past resolutions? . Were our past resolutions primarily devised for our glory? . What do our past resolutions tell us about where our hearts are? . . I found these questions helpful in forging my New Year resolution for 2018. In fact, my 2017 made 2018’s resolution obvious and necessary. . So, what is my New Year resolution? It is inspired by Matthew 16:24. Sounds super spiritual right? It’d better be, because one lesson is clear from all my past years: I am incapable of achieving resolutions without the grace of God empowering me. . This year, I have resolved to: Deny Myself for God’s Glory. This general resolution if empowered by God’s grace will cascade into all areas of my life: prayer, eating habits, giving, forgiving, serving others, sharing the good news, persevering, working hard, etc. . How about you? . . . Writer: Sonsare Zabadi . #newyear #twentyeighteen #resolutions #yesorno #phillipians413 #shundefeat #victoryinchrist #resolve #solideogloria #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
A very happy New Year to you!! . . One thing I love about each New Year is the undeniable sense of newness it brings. I get to refresh my resolve to live for things that truly matter and approach the future with hopes and expectations anchored in Jesus. . . What will 2018 bring? I don’t know. Although the specifics lie in the realm of uncertainty, I am greatly encouraged that God lives and His promises are certain. He will never leave me nor forsake me. The pleasant and bitter experiences which await me this year will all work together for my good, in Christ Jesus. . . Have you made any resolutions? What are they? . . . . #newyear #newbeginnings #gift #christwillneverleaveusnorforsakeus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers . . Writer: Sonsare Zabadi
Jesus wants us to embrace the true prosperity gospel. He wants us to have real “treasure in heaven” (Mark 10:21), the gift of “pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11). _______________________________________________So when Jesus calls us, he often asks us to leave homes, land, family, and vocations for his sake and the gospel’s (Mark 10:29). He requires us to deny ourselves and take up our cross (Matt. 16:24). Because, like Paul described, when for Christ’s sake we are willing to abandon those things that the world considers the only gain worth having, it shows that Christ is truly gain to us (Phil. 3:8). _______________________________________________It is also why, when God disciplines us (Heb. 12:5–6) to conform us to the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29), he will, like Job, take away earthly things that are precious to us. The affections of our hearts, both sinful and righteous, that were more concealed in the having are more revealed in the losing. The sin that is revealed he seeks to mortify; the righteousness of faith that is revealed he seeks to display for us and for the watching world. ______________________________________________ Excerpts from - ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ By JON BLOOM #excerpt #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #desiringgod .ord #readgood #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Is this a daily request you take up in prayer? Are you living with a sense of mission to be like Jesus to those around you and beyond? #goodmusic #lyrics #mission #thelighttrain #christianblogger
Yeah, God, of course Job “fears” you when his life is full of blessings. But take away the blessings, and his trust will turn to cursing. Note the irony here. In this manipulative moment, Satan inadvertently pointed out the core error of prosperity theology: prosperity obscures rather than reveals how much fallen humans love God. “Blessings” easily turn into curses as sinners subtly (or not so subtly) come to love and trust the blessings more than the bless-er. Satan knew this by experience. He was so confident that Job would curse God if the blessings were removed because he had seen it occur thousand and thousands of times in others. Satan knew that the taking away more than the giving would reveal the truth—what Job really trusted and loved. So did God. So God gave Satan permission to take away Job’s children, wealth, health, and reputation—all that most men place their hope in during life. Satan gets no pleasure out of humans enjoying real pleasure. He would prefer to kill, maim, steal, destroy, and deprive, if doing so doesn’t push someone toward faith in God (John 10:10). But he also knows that a consistently effective tool to weaken, impede, and disease the church is to let her prosper. Prosperity has a greater tendency to conceal idolatry and false faith. So, like he tried with Jesus, Satan sometimes will offer us the world (Luke 4:5–7). He would rather us be faithlessly prosperous than afflicted and faithful. __________________________________________________________________________ Excerpts from - ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ By JON BLOOM __________________________________________________________________________ #excerpt #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #desiringgod .ord #readgood #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Despite the abundance of wonderful books we could have chosen as book of the month for December 2017, we have decided to camp in this book for another month and we could not have made a better decision. Jon Bloom's "Don't Follow Your Heart" is a collection of truths from the Bible interwoven with practical examples and relatable experiences which will plant deep convictions in your heart. This book is absolutely free for you to download (link in Bio) and read with us. We will be sharing more excerpts through the month. Delight yourself in the Lord! #goodreads #readgood #jonbloom #desiringgod #deeptruths #dontfollowyourheart #relatable #practical #jesusisking #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
All praise and glory be to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! . The months flew fast! December is here and we know that there isn't a better person to spend it with, than Jesus. As we enjoy holidays with our families and reflect on the time God the Father gave us his Son as a precious gift, resist the pressure from the world, to water down the significance of Jesus as the reason for the season . . God bless you 😊 #december #praisebetojesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #jesuslovers
This here is a poem penned by an elementary school teacher on forgiveness: He came to my desk with a quivering lip, the lesson was done. “Have you a new sheet for me, dear teacher? I’ve spoiled this one.” I took his sheet, all soiled and blotted and gave him a new one all unspotted. And into his tired heart I cried, “Do better now, my child.” I came to the throne with a trembling heart; the day was done. “Have you a new day for me, dear Master? I’ve spoiled this one.” He took my day, all soiled and blotted and gave me a new one all unspotted. And into my tired heart he cried, “Do better now, my child.” Writer: 'Seun Akappo #forgiveness #poem #experience #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
There's a lovely band called 'Kings Kaleidoscope'. We are happy to share a song they made, called 'Safe Retreat' featuring christian rap artist Braille. . . "When the storm clouds rise And the sky is dark And I'm pressed with anxious care I have a safe retreat in the strong, high tower For no ill can harm me there." Enjoy!! #lovelysong #musicforthesoul #goodvibes #kingskaleidoscope #saferetreat #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers #jesusbethecentre
The unexpected, unexplained twists and turns our lives take create all kinds of apparent uncertainties for us. And the profound pain we endure can be so perplexing. There is so much God doesn’t tell us—so much we think we would really like to know. But as Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever.” This means that as creatures we must learn to live contentedly with what God intends to be mysterious to us and grab hold of the revealed things with everything we have. Excerpt from - ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ by Jon Bloom #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #goodreads #readgood #desiringgod #gospel #truths #jesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
[...in order to handle the knowledge of good and evil, a person must possess (1) the ability to completely comprehend all possible options and contingencies (omniscience); (2) the righteousness and wisdom to choose the right course; and (3) the power to make reality conform to the right course (omnipotence). In other words, only God can handle such knowledge. What this means is that it is not the one who trusts in the Lord who is irrational, but the one who leans on his or her own understanding. It is insane to trust such pitifully limited understanding when one can trust the unlimited understanding of God.] Excerpt from - ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ by Jon Bloom #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #goodreads #readgood #desiringgod #gospel #truths #jesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Love this Hymn so much!! Grateful to have a Saviour who holds us fast in his love. #hymns #truth #jesus #thelighttrain #christianbloggers
"Remember, your heart only tells you what you want, not where you should go. So only listen to it to note what it’s telling you about what you want, and then take your wants, both good and evil, to Jesus as requests and confessions." Excerpt from page 7 ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart - God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways’ By Jon Bloom #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #goodreads #readgood #desiringgod #gospel #truths #jesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
We've added this great exhortation to the 'Sermons' section on our website 😊 Dedicate a meaningful hour to listen and grow. Delight yourself in the Lord dear friend. #sermons #jesusbethecentre #timmackie #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
Our Book of the month is available for free on desiringgod.org (direct download link in our bio). You can read a chapter of this book every day. Each chapter is short and refreshing! Delight yourself in the Lord Jesus Christ. #bookofthemonth #dontfollowyourheart #jonbloom #goodreads #readgood #desiringgod #gospel #truths #jesus #thelighttrain #christianblog #christianbloggers
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