Christmas: still good news

By December 13, 2017 Blog

The radio’s playing Christmas carols.  But perhaps you’re not feeling it. Less comfort and joy; more tired and fed-up. Less ho-ho-ho, more low, low, low. Christmas can be hard.  If you’re depressed; or anxious; or alone.  If you’ve got money problems; or don’t have work. If you’re alone; or with folks you don’t get on with. If you’re not where you want to be.  Or maybe you are – but inside you feel dark. Switch on the television. Celebrities tell us …Read More

Help for helpers

By December 7, 2017 Blog

If you’re caring for someone who’s struggling… Don’t try to be the Messiah, (that job’s taken).  You can’t make it all better. But you can reach out as a friend – someone with your own struggles; who wants to walk alongside them, not pat them on their head. Count the cost.  If you want to help someone long-term, what will that mean for you?  What boundaries do you need to set?  What can you provide and what support do you …Read More

The Gospel: Good For (Mental) Health

By November 29, 2017 Blog

I have a loving Father who promises to keep me to the end; a Spirit who helps me in my pain; a Saviour who loves me to death; and leads me step by step. Therefore what I do now matters. I am here for a purpose. It’s not just that Jesus saves me at the beginning.  Every single day of our Christian life, whether that’s five days or fifty years, He’s the same.  Every day He carries me; every day He …Read More

God With Us.

By November 24, 2017 Blog

Son of Man.  Saviour.  Redeemer.  Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  Bright Morning Star. Ancient of Days. Friend of Sinners. King of Kings, Author and Perfector of our Faith. Judge. Good Shepherd. Great High Priest, Almighty One, Advocate, Champion. Bread of Life. Cornerstone, Strong Tower; Deliverer.  Doctor for the Sick. Suffering Servant, Prophet, First and the Last. Faithful and True.  Living Word.  Our Rock.  The Resurrection and the Life. Prince of Peace.  I Am. Mighty Fortress.  Our Atonement.  The Lamb …Read More

Meet The Nativity

By November 23, 2017 Blog

Launching on Monday… Glen’s latest video-venture. Like on Facebook to be the first to watch!   Share…

From broken to beautiful

By November 16, 2017 Blog

When you’re in pieces know that God is here – with you – and He is holding them.  In fact, there’s a good chance he allowed the breaking. It hurts; but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.  You’re dying to what you were; and maybe what you want to be. But amidst the chaos, something new is forming. Something beautiful, that nothing can break. There’s a kind of breaking that’s demanded of all of us. A scattering; so that we can …Read More

Free to be

By November 7, 2017 Blog

If you and your children were placed in terrible danger and your partner ran away, how would you cope? I’ve been thinking about this after watching a film called Force Majeure.  In it, a family go on holiday and experience a near miss with an avalanche. The husband flees with no thought for his wife and two children. They survive… and he tries to pretend that nothing has happened. But everything has changed. At first he tries to shrug it off. Then he …Read More

Silencing Satan

By October 31, 2017 Blog

Christians believe in the devil. We’re meant to, at least. But we can fall into extremes when thinking about him. Either he’s not there at all (and a bit of a joke), or he’s everywhere – to blame for our ingrowing toenails and lost socks. However we think of him, the devil is there and he’s deadly serious. He’s there when we lose our temper and lash out. He’s there when depression sucks us down and we feel we can’t go …Read More

My Mighty Son: Guest Post

By October 23, 2017 Blog

An incredible family – and an incredible story.  Thank you James and Virag.   “I received an email recently, with the subject “the words no parent ever wants to hear”. When I opened the email, to find the sender was a healthcare company making a trivial point about the suprise of running out of nappies, I was rather exasperated. Over the past three and a half years, I have heard too many things that no parent ever wants to hear. …Read More

Why Your Story Matters

By October 19, 2017 Blog

Your story is unique. God is up to something in your life that He’s not up to in any other life. You don’t need to feel this for it to be true. Perhaps you’ve lost someone you love; and friends have too.  It looks like the same experience; but it’s not. Their mum is not your mum and their feelings will not be the same.  No-one else can speak your life; and it’s a story that’s written to be told. …Read More