Tuesday, December 1

Tag: The Journey Begins

Personal Life

Baptism from The Journey Begins

Exert from my book - 'The Journey Begins' - a chapter on baptism.  It has been a joy seeing so many new Christians helped by it.  If you have a story of how it has helped you please let me know. If you want to take a look at the English or the Dutch version click here.  Or if you would like more info contact me here. Then Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people. John 3:22 I was watching a father walking into the hairdressers a few days ago with a strident walk. A young boy followed, he had exactly the same walk, in miniature form. It didn’t take a moment of genius to deduce that he was the son! There’s something about family traits. The glance of an eye, turn of phrase, a walk or some ot
Personal Life

The Power of Following

Jesus told us not simply to go and make converts but to go and make disciples.  A disciple is a follower.  Paul here reiterates the same concept directly to the Christians in Colosse. There is a huge revolution that takes place in your heart when you first receive Christ, the old life is gone, the new has come, salvation becomes ours.  However, for a revolution to continue we must continue to follow. Two things are needed in order for us to be following:  we need a leader (otherwise who or what are we following) and we need to take steps (otherwise we fall behind and can no longer see the leader). WE NEED A LEADER Paul said "Imitate me as I imitate Christ".  That means that whilst disciplers are extremely important in our lives, their role is still to help us imitate Christ,
Commentary, Personal Life

The Journey Begins

An exert from my new book 'The Journey Begins'.  I have written the book to help new Christians in their first and most significant steps in following Christ.  The centre pages are the Gospel of John in the easy to read New Living Translation. "Welcome to ‘Your New Life’. In many ways calling it a ‘new life’ is strange because when you connect with God you actually discover the original purpose for which you were made. You have simply found yourself back on the route you were always meant to take. In the city suburb I live in there are a large number of roundabouts positioned more as speed control obstructions than as roundabouts. For this reason most people go around the roundabout the most expedient way – usually clockwise. This has become custom and practice. For a new person