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May the Lord use the wisdom you will come across
in these publications to inspire and envision you afresh.
I love books! I love to read of all the ways in which God has revealed Himself to people, whether that be in the course of our everyday lives, the adventure of pioneer missionaries to remote parts of the world, or of saints who have persevered in the face and under the weight of great persecution and seen the power of God break through into dry and spiritually barren lands.
Being called first and foremost myself as a writer, I have, of course, loved to add my own contributions to this wonderful library of the stories of God’s faithfulness, and to explain and explore many of the ways in which His Holy Spirit delights to lead us. Many of my publications are here for you to read online, or to download and read, or print out, tucked away in stillness, away from all the hum and busyness of being seated at a computer or in front of a mobile device.
With so much noise in the world today, the need to distinguish the voice of God in amongst all the competing opinions and voices has never been greater.
Remembering how the Lord spoke with the astonishingly brave prophet Elijah not in the wind or the earthquake or the fire, but in a Still, Small Voice, I have seen it as a major part of my calling to explore the processes by which He speaks to us and by which we can grow in confidence that it really is the Lord God Almighty who is communing with us.
I wrote Intimacy and Eternity likewise for people who are sensing a call from the Lord to draw them aside to ‘gaze on His beauty and to seek Him in His temple.’ In that sense it makes an introduction to a ‘safe’ path towards the long established and precious art of contemplation. Yet, though we know He is drawing us to know Him better, there are also times when we feel as though He has distanced Himself, when we may even be more aware of His absence than His presence.
If you have found yourself in a wilderness experience of some kind, or are trying to make sense of a ‘dark night of the soul’ experience, I hope this book will bring you comfort and refreshment on your pilgrimage – not least in being able to identify and understand more of God’s purposes in allowing you to go through such experiences.
It may well also be that the Lord has called you to speak out the things He tells you in the secret place. By one means and another, Elijah learned how to do that; in which case you may well find strength and timely inspiration by meditating in Ravens and the Prophet on the ways by which the Lord developed the prophetic gifting that stands out in his life and ministry, and which can do so in our own too.
In the course of your life, you are sure to have suffered loss of various kinds, and know what it is to grieve. You will have been in dark and hurtful places, and, for many of you, have lost companions who once walked alongside but who are no longer there. I have certainly been there. I wrote The Vale of Tears for those who grieve – not just as the result of some literal bereavement, but as the result of many other kinds of loss as well – some of which we may not have fully recognised at the time, and have therefore buried.
Many have understood the work of the grief process, in all its many and often painful forms better as a result of reading this book, and passing it on to others who are similarly afflicted. My prayer is that it will lead us into the Lord’s presence so that even our mourning can become an act of devotion. For that reason, it reads not just as a text book on grief, but as a gateway to bringing our hurts to the Lord and seeking His presence right in the midst of them.
You are welcome to make use of any of the books and articles you find here, provided it be not for monetary gain of course, and with suitable acknowledgments to me as the author and to this website where appropriate. May they enrich and nourish you greatly on your way.
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Still Small Voice
Intimacy and Eternity
Ravens and the Prophet
Vale of Tears
The Still Small Voice
Imagine the Bible shorn of all references to the Lord speaking directly. We would be left with no key to understand why the historical episodes relating to Moses, Joshua, David and the like happened. We would be none the wiser as to who had initiated them or what they were pointing to. Our spiritual understanding would be severely impoverished.
One word from heaven is worth a dozen of our own bright ideas. The whole history of the Bible is of the Lord taking hold of people’s lives and directing them to attempt things they could never have achieved by their own efforts. He loves to speak to His children!
The ‘Still Small Voice’ of God births visions, counteracts unbelief, overcomes prejudices, dispels confusion, restores joy and enables us to find fresh direction – even if we have taken wrong ones in the past.
Martin Luther declared that God only speaks ‘baby talk’ to us because that is all we are capable of understanding. With considerable trepidation, I have set out to show that the Lord can take us beyond ‘baby and toddler speak’ to the point where He can share more of His heart with us.
Does that mean we need to be high flying prophets to hear anything of value? By no means! Even those we look up to in Scripture as giants of faith have their flaws – sometimes gaping ones. Deuteronomy 30:14 reassures us, however, that The word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
The best way to use this book is to take as much time as you can to turn the teaching, as well as the meditations, into prayer. As you do so, may the Still Small Voice refresh your spirits, enlarge your vision, and make your days more and more a heavenly adventure. The urgency of our times and the Lord’s own longing require no less.
Lord, You love to speak,
even without the need for words.
You listen to our inmost thoughts
You bring us to a place of stillness.
One word from You imparts life
and direction to our souls.
Intimacy and Eternity
Let me describe various conditions, and see if they in any way mirror your own experience. You are hungry for God, yet no longer find the fulfilment you once did in the things you used to enjoy so much. You sense a growing dissatisfaction in your spirit. Even worship times have begun to feel shallow and hollow. You are afraid to voice these thoughts in case you sound negative or judgmental – especially since you feel in some ways as though you are bearing less fruit now than you once were. You are at a loss to know why this should be the case, since your desire to meet with the Lord remains as strong as it has ever been.
Be reassured! This longing to know God better, combined with a certain inner discontent, is a necessary prelude to going deeper with Him.
Intimacy and Eternity aims to meet the needs of Christians who are longing to bridge the gap between their desire to be close to the Lord and the comparatively low level of spiritual life they experience most of the time.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God.
And that is what we are! . . .
What we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when He appears,
we shall be like Him,
for we shall see Him as He is.
(1 John 3:1-2)
Vale of Tears
Every one of us will suffer grief at times in our lives, whether through the death of a loved one, or as the result of some other loss or bereavement. And every one of us will find ourselves walking alongside someone who is grieving, whether just for a few hours, or for a lifetime.
Vale of Tears offers an overview of grief and loss both from the perspective of the person who is suffering, and by sharing wisdom for those who are seeking to come alongside them. Deeper still, it explores many aspects of the heart of God Himself in relation to loss and mourning, and provides devotional opportunities for drawing close to Him. It embraces many aspects of grief, extending far beyond literal bereavement, and includes strategies to set the soul free from trauma, as well as devotional prayers and reflections for every step of the journey.
Trail-Blazer and Lord of Hope,
by the rising of your Son
You have removed for all time
the veil between Your world and ours.
Friend and Comforter,
Who alone knows every pain
that torments the human soul,
by the power of Your Holy Spirit,
guide us through this Vale of Tears
until we are filled with the fullness of Your presence
in Jesus’ love,
Ravens and the Prophet
Have you ever wondered how the Lord trained His servants for their hard and difficult callings? So many of the finest Scriptural characters make their appearance on the pages of history ‘fully-fledged’ in their calling. There are tantalisingly few direct pointers to guide us to the hidden processes by which the Lord prepared men such as Amos, Isaiah and Elijah for their demanding ministry. My desire to learn more about the way God equips His people led me to take a closer look at the life of one of the greatest of all the prophets: Elijah the Tishbite.