Friday, July 30, 2021


Too often it is easy for us to settle down to a comfortable level of living and we opt for the status quo.

When I was a high school student, I had a privileged position in the front row of one class where I had a desk-for-two all to myself.

One day, I was comfortably ensconced with my back leaning against the wall and my feet resting on the seat beside me. My books were spread out over the desk.

The class teacher, a tall swarthy man, approached me, leaned over and asked in a pleasant voice, ‘Are you comfortable, Chant?’

I answered politely, ‘Yes, thank you, sir.’

‘Well, don’t be!’ he roared back at me.

I sat up very quickly. That teacher knew that when we are studying it is possible to be too comfortable for our own good.

This is also true of life. Somebody once said that the good preacher comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. Both are needed from time to time.

If we are to live creatively for God, it will be necessary for us to leave our cosy spiritual security sometimes and take some exciting initiatives for God.

A boat in a storm is hardly comfortable, but Jesus called Peter out of it into something less comfortable still (Matthew 14:29-31).

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.

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Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Hello Barry

    I’m considering on-line study to learn more of The Word, I’ve been reading a number of books… The Mystery of Providence, Historical Theology, The Church in History, The Jewel of Christian Contentment, The Excellency of Christ…
    I’d appreciate your perspective as to whether to consider commencing a degree through Vision College, or maybe an alternative study process, or more extensive reading.
    Im 54, only have 1 adult son still living at home with my wife and I, and would like to be more productive with my time learning of God.

    You may need a little more info. to respond, I’d be pleased to respond by email or phone 0439412740.

    Kind regards

    • Barry Chant says:

      Dear Andrew, Just found your email from last year which I must have overlooked. I guess any response now is much too late. But just in case, here are a few thoughts. Vision College would be fine for what you want. Their distance program is biblical and practical. You could also explore distance studies through Tabor, the College I used to lead. The main office is in Adelaide and you would study from there if you are planning to do so externally.
      Extensive reading is always a wise practice. The advantage of enrolling in a prescribed course is that your reading can be guided and you also have timetables to meet which means you have to keep at it to meet deadlines. I think the discipline of this is helpful. If you want further advice, do contact me again. I suggest this time by using this email address which is regularly monitored: Or you can phone on 0413 733 118. Grace and peace, Barry.

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