Gritty Love

By February 22, 2017 Blog

Real love is not in the grand gestures, the dazzling diamond or the flourish of flowers. It’s not a stunning white dress a first dance or a heart carved into wood. Real love is not wet-eyed sentiment; a puppy or a perfect child. It’s messy and painful; not scented or neat. Real love is wiping up Weetabix and changing dirty sheets. It’s a series of tiny moments a hand on the shoulder serving, even when you’re tired It’s a smile – but also a …Read More

Forked Tongue

By February 15, 2017 Blog

Satan whispers, “Don’t worry about that sin, that pattern, that temptation. It’s no big deal.’ Then when you fall for it, he shouts, “You’ve blown it! What a wretch you are! God won’t want to hear from you now, not for another fortnight at least. Not till you’ve made it all better.” But you can’t make it better. And the whispers start again. … ‘Stuck eh? Well what do you expect? Sin is in your genes – unavoidable, no matter how …Read More

Our Champion

By February 7, 2017 Blog

My alarm rings and I’m up like a shot.  Well, a slow shot.  I’m excited about the day ahead and the challenges that God has in store.  I’m confident of His goodness, open to His leading and flexible enough to roll with whatever He has planned. It’s gonna be a glorious day. … The alarm really goes off and this time I’m not dreaming. I crawl out of bed, croaking for caffeine.  I’m daunted by the day ahead and all …Read More

Not for Nothing

By January 30, 2017 Blog

I want you to know that I see you. Not just the bright smile you share with strangers. Not just the bent shoulders, picking up toys.   Not just the coper, who gets it all done. Not just the shiny bits; the triumphs and successes. Not just the qualifications or the clipboard or desk.   I see when you stumble I see when you sleep I see when you fall and I see when you weep.   I see it all.  And I see all of …Read More

Keep Knocking

By January 25, 2017 Blog

Ever feel like you’re shouting into the darkness? You’re praying, really praying.  You have faith. You’re eaten up with wanting and with waiting. Lord, save my family. Lord, heal my friend. Give me victory over this struggle. Stop my loved one drinking. Lift my depression. Take me out of this situation.   For weeks and months and years.  Please Lord, help.  Please Lord, hear. You pray and you pray and you pray.  But the situation doesn’t change. The sickness doesn’t heal.  And the …Read More

This Lord

By January 17, 2017 Blog

When life is overwhelming, instead of running to Jesus, I sometimes battle on, alone.   I know what the Bible says…but what I need is busyness.  I’m building a wall against chaos, and every task is another brick. What are you facing at the moment?  What is it that feels “too much?” A stressful job – or no job.  Screaming children – or no children.   Your health.  Your bank balance.  YOU.  Too tired to keep going; too weak to stop. As Christians, if we feel overwhelmed, …Read More

Putting Prayer In Context

By January 12, 2017 Blog

By Glen Prayer is… To God the Father… I’m not praying to a distant Power or an impersonal Force. I’m coming as a child before my heavenly Father. Nothing transforms my prayers more than reminding myself of Matthew 18:3, “Unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” I don’t come to God as a battle-weary soldier approaching a Sergeant Major. I approach God as a little child with an omnipotently gracious Dad.   Through God …Read More

Forwards!

By January 1, 2017 Blog

I’m a creature of habit.  I find solace in routine; and I’m frightened by change. But like it or not, change is here to stay.  And in the Lord’s providence, change is good – especially when it’s scary. Adam and Eve wanted to go back to the trees but no… they’re driven out east of Eden. The wilderness wanderers wanted to go back to Egypt but no… on through the desert to Canaan. The Israelites wanted to cling onto their old ways but no… exiled to …Read More

Happy Christmas

By December 21, 2016 Blog

    What wonderful news.  So happy Christmas –  and thanks so much for reading this year. Share…

To keep the faith, doubt your doubt

By December 14, 2016 Blog

One of the hardest things about doubt is admitting it’s there. Like inviting a flood; if I don’t believe this, then what about this and this and this?  Does God hear my prayers? Does He care?  Is He even there? It’s all well and good if you’re a self-proclaimed atheist.  In this situation, the only way is up.  But what if you’re the leader of a home group?  What if you teach the children Sunday school? What if you’re employed …Read More