Editor’s Introduction

Welcome to the first issue of YPS for 2014 and a belated Happy New Year to all of our readers. While I do not sign up to the concept of making New Year resolutions (as we rarely keep them for more than a day or two), I do think that it is good, from time to time, to sit back and review ‘where we are’ and ‘where we think we should be going’. This, of course, should be done prayerfully and with a desire to seek the will of God for our lives. I came across a list of questions recently that prompted me to explore where I am in my walk with God. In the Old Testament, God asked the question through Haggai, ‘Consider your ways!’ Hag. 1. 5. We would be wise to occasionally make a stock check. It seems quite appropriate in the early months of a New Year! It really is an exercise that can be carried out any time and, possibly, the more often we do it the better.

Here are some questions for you to consider:

  1. What is the one thing that you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
  2. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
  3. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
  4. In which spiritual discipline do you want to make most progress this year, and what will you do about it?

There are many more; if you would like the full list email me at [email protected] or contact me through Facebook and I will send them to you.

What are we looking at in this issue? To start with, I need to make an apology. In the November 2013 issue, I attributed an article on Enoch to Paul MacLean of Manchester when it was written by Paul Robinson of Manchester – apologies to both of these brothers. Paul MacLean has an article in this issue on the subject of prayer. Robert Scott Thomson of the USA starts a helpful series on preaching with a tablet. The series on ‘Adventures in Acts’ by Jeremy Singer continues. This is the final article based on one chapter. We are going to cover the rest of the book in sections in later issues. Finally, Andrew Dutton writes to explain the truth of ‘eternal security’ and Paul Coxall of Aberdeen starts the first of four articles on Psalm 139.

Hopefully you will find something that grabs your attention and feeds your soul.

Stephen Baker