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John Piper recently wrote:

"We are more closely bound to brothers and sisters in Christ in other cultures than we are to our closest unbelieving compatriot in the fatherland."


But I thought i'd adapt it to be more personal:

We are more closely bound to brothers and sisters in Christ from the Irish culture than we are to our closest unbelieving loyalist, British friend.



And on what Biblical basis do i stand on this?

Galatians 3:28



Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1-2 ESV)

So we are out of Europe.
That's fine, because as a Christian my hope doesn't rest upon governments and parliaments but upon the King of kings and Lord of lords.

His Kingdom is much better than the United Kingdom or Europe . . .



I'm not into football, but i'm really enjoying the Euros. Cheering on N. Ireland with friends around was great (even though the team weren't really that good. In our house we cheer for Ireland, England & N. Ireland. And as the competition progresses we'll probably begin cheering for others as well.

Though the circumstances are heartbreaking, it was a huge thing yesterday to see the Irish fans sing at the 24th minute "stand up for the ulster men". For a country so divided that we saw years politically motivated of football violence the hope that moments like this gives towards a new future, or a better way forward is astounding.

Can this be built upon?
Or will it be forgotten in a weeks time at some riot?

This Ulster man, who is married to an Irish girl hopes for better, for more!
The realism in me wants to say that i know that we've no chance of things changing, the optimist leans toward hope.
John Law's appetite for the Bible is perhaps like that of a ravenous hound. Over the years i've met few with as much dedication and commitment to spend lengthy periods of time studying a passage. For this reason it's worth taking note as to how he goes about devotions.


For years I had no 'structure' to my Bible study; I'd open God's Word whenever I felt like it (whenever I had the desire to, which wasn't very often to say the least), and I'd read a random passage, 30 minutes after which I wouldn't have been able to share what I'd just read, never mind answer any questions about it! 
Tim Challies has an excellent post today on why he is not roman catholic.