Articles from Darrel Hofland's Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces 503 – The hungry man and Jesus

Sacred Spaces 503 – The hungry man and Jesus Perhaps you know that saying (or some version of it): “A hungry man doesn’t care about Jesus until you feed him.  Deal with his hunger then perhaps he will be ready to listen.” (Picture source: http://religionnews.com/2015/09/24/pope-francis-embraces-washingtons-hun...) Youth ministry today is far different to what it was 10 […]

Sacred Spaces 502 – In my garden…

I am totally enjoying the approaching spring and the signs of life in our garden.  I made this make-shift bird feeder: And I love seeing the birds come and visit it, every morning now, since it’s been up… Our visitors include house sparrows, weavers and doves. I think of this: Jesus said “see the birds […]

Sacred Spaces 500 – Simple. Centre

(Disclaimer.  Can’t believe I have written 500 of these since I started back in 2004. I hope God has used these words along the way.) Sacred Spaces 500 – Simple. Centre (The photo is not mine.  But I like the imagery it captures.) I was thinking recently, How I make “life with You” so complicated. […]

Sacred Spaces 499 – A Quiet Life

There is something so appealing about this verse from 1 Thessalonians 4: 11 “…and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you” There are too many people,  too many Christians who are in other people’s business.  We’re […]

Sacred Spaces 498 – The “Quiet” Disciples

I read this passage the other day: Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil[a] spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. 2 Here are the names of the twelve apostles: First, Simon (also called Peter), then Andrew (Peter’s brother), James (son of Zebedee), John (James’s brother), […]

Sacred Spaces 497 – You are and things are what you “think” … so…

Change your thoughts!!! How often are we crippled by our own thought-life? And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4: 8 Now that’s quite a […]

Sacred Spaces 496 – Raw Worship

I confess this past Sunday I was a coward. (I lacked the confidence to lead worship in our church.  It would have been just me and my guitar.  But I “heard the voices” from the past of Christian folk who said “I can’t sing” and “I can’t keep a rhythm” – isn’t it funny… how […]

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