If you're going to listen to my songs, you have a right to know what I believe...

I believe the Bible is God's Word in its entirety and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ (as presented in the pages of scripture) is the only way to be redeemed from the curse of sin and death, and to be made right once again with our Creator. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me" (John 14:6). This exclusive and definitive claim is outrageous to the ears of postmodern westerners, yet I have come to discover in my own life that Jesus Christ really is the only way, truth and life. I have come to trust him and love him as my closest friend. But where did this all begin for me?

When I was 19 years old, as I read my Bible, I sensed Jesus asking me one morning, "Claire, can I have your whole life?" I knew in that moment this was no small request; that if I said yes he could ask anything of me, and in turning my life over to him I would lose my sense of being-in-control. But then I thought of the Apostle Peter, and his words to Jesus when faced with the decision to follow Jesus or leave him... Peter said to Jesus "Lord you have the words of eternal life, to whom else could we go?" (John 6:68). And that morning I reached the same conclusion as Peter did two thousand years ago. I said "yes".

Since then my life has been difficult. Very difficult. There has been so much pride and self-centredness and stupidity to refine out of me. It hasn't been easy. Christianity is not for the faint of heart. I have discovered that God does not promise christians better life circumstances, but he promises them a better life. God has promised that he will never leave us when we hand our lives over to him, and it's his constant companionship which is the greatest treasure I have found in this life.

And, very importantly, Jesus has also promised that one day he will return to this earth to judge the living and the dead. The Bible is clear there really is a place called hell, and there will, on that final day, be a new heaven and a new earth made, and christians will be given resurrection bodies and live in this new heaven and earth. I'm not a preacher, and it's not my job to convince you of these things, but this is my faith position, and I thought if you're going to listen to my songs, you have a right to know what I believe. Find out more about what it means to follow Jesus.

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Christianity is not for the faint of heart”

— Christians throughout the ages

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Digital resources I have found helpful...

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After the Bible itself, Tim Keller's teaching has had more influence on me than the sum of all the other books I have read and sermons I have heard”

— Claire Hazzard, Singer Songwriter

I respect what The Gospel Coalition are trying to do - to defend the Gospel against false teaching and its gradual watering down.

I respect what The Gospel Coalition are trying to do - to defend the Gospel against false teaching and its gradual watering down.

These videos are incredible. The Bible illustrated and explained in stunning animation.

These videos are incredible. The Bible illustrated and explained in stunning animation.

An interesting and sometimes controversial blog, but I have found it worth reading for the most part.

An interesting and sometimes controversial blog, but I have found it worth reading for the most part.

Books and music which have impacted me...

This had a huge impact on my in my late teens and really shaped my journey into songwriting.

This had a huge impact on my in my late teens and really shaped my journey into songwriting.

Hilarious, insightful and full of important truths about the spiritual battle we are in. All of C. S. Lewis' work is fantastic, but this is my favourite.

Hilarious, insightful and full of important truths about the spiritual battle we are in. All of C. S. Lewis' work is fantastic, but this is my favourite.

This is my favourite parenting book. Anecdotal, light-hearted and not written from a christian perspective, but I believe the basic premise of the book (the cadre) is very biblical, and much needed for many mums.

This is my favourite parenting book. Anecdotal, light-hearted and not written from a christian perspective, but I believe the basic premise of the book (the cadre) is very biblical, and much needed for many mums.

Steven Curtis Chapman's music has had a huge impact on my life, particularly during my twenties and early thirties. His lyrics are like beautiful treasure chests of truth and encouragement.

Steven Curtis Chapman's music has had a huge impact on my life, particularly during my twenties and early thirties. His lyrics are like beautiful treasure chests of truth and encouragement.

This is the first book that deeply, radically began a process of change in my life. I honestly can't remember much about its contents now, as I read it so many years ago, only that God moved in my life through this book. Out of print and difficult to get your hands on a copy, but worth the effort.

This is the first book that deeply, radically began a process of change in my life. I honestly can't remember much about its contents now, as I read it so many years ago, only that God moved in my life through this book. Out of print and difficult to get your hands on a copy, but worth the effort.

I read this book once a year for several years running, so much did I need to learn the truths in here. I don't always agree with Joyce Meyer's teaching, but I respect her and I am thankful for this book.

I read this book once a year for several years running, so much did I need to learn the truths in here. I don't always agree with Joyce Meyer's teaching, but I respect her and I am thankful for this book.

Sooo politically incorrect and a bit of a daggy cover, but a great read full of irritatingly true truths. Please note, this book is only applicable in non-abusive marriages.

Sooo politically incorrect and a bit of a daggy cover, but a great read full of irritatingly true truths. Please note, this book is only applicable in non-abusive marriages.

Keith Green's music had a life-changing impact on me in my late teens and early twenties. Listening to his music gave me the courage to be bold in my own lyric writing.

Keith Green's music had a life-changing impact on me in my late teens and early twenties. Listening to his music gave me the courage to be bold in my own lyric writing.

This book has been life-changing for me, and I have referred to it time and again over two decades. Knowing who we are in Christ.

This book has been life-changing for me, and I have referred to it time and again over two decades. Knowing who we are in Christ.

If you're a western christian, you probably need to read this ; )

If you're a western christian, you probably need to read this ; )

A much-needed resource for Christians who want to act biblically in destructive or abusive marriages. The author has attempted to thoroughly address this difficult topic biblically and practically.

A much-needed resource for Christians who want to act biblically in destructive or abusive marriages. The author has attempted to thoroughly address this difficult topic biblically and practically.

This novel, which I read in my 20s, challenged my faith and character very deeply. I very rarely read a novel, but this book is brilliant and full of challenging truth.

This novel, which I read in my 20s, challenged my faith and character very deeply. I very rarely read a novel, but this book is brilliant and full of challenging truth.

Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, 
Maker of heaven and earth, 
and in Jesus Christ, 
His only Son, our Lord: 
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 
born of the Virgin Mary, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried. 
He descended into hell. 
On the third day He rose again from the dead. 
He ascended into heaven 
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, 
from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. 
I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the Holy Christian Church, 
the communion of saints, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting. 
Amen.

Click the image for a simple explanation of the Apostle's Creed.

Click the image for a simple explanation of the Apostle's Creed.

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