All the lonely people

By February 19, 2018 Blog

Loneliness It’s the first thing that God says is ‘Not good….’ and this is before the Fall. Picture it. Adam is in paradise and God has made him king of the world. He has meaningful work to do, the entire animal kingdom to oversee, a world to explore and the Lord to walk with. From the world’s eyes, Adam has it all – yet God looks and says “Not good.” Why? Because the Three-in-One God made us to depend on others. Even …Read More

Fresh eyes

By February 8, 2018 Blog

Feel like everything’s going wrong? Don’t panic… God works through what is unseen.  This means we CAN’T SEE IT. So, when you’re praying for rescue and He hasn’t beamed you up, stay calm.  You’re in safe hands.  Like being on the set of a soap opera.  All around you folks are hurling crockery and howling; but it’s just a story. The real action is behind the camera and every word is scripted. Remember His faithfulness in the past.  The time …Read More

How to stay in love

By January 31, 2018 Blog

Joshua 23:11: “Be very careful to love the LORD your God.”   tell Him what you love about Him make a point of saying thank-you for the big and little things you take for granted sit in silence together keep talking.  Before you go to anyone else, tell Him listen – really listen – to Him. (Don’t assume, limit or caricature Him). remind yourself of why you first fell in love share a good book. eat together. spend time with …Read More

Getting Free

By January 23, 2018 Blog

Imagine a whole nation in slavery. What a terrible situation! Now…imagine that they need to be persuaded to escape. Their rescue is guaranteed by a God who won’t let them down. But still, they waver. There’s a big part of them that doesn’t want freedom. They know their place in Egypt, and there’s comfort in their chains. God says, “Come with me! I’ll set you free!” But they shrink back. Too dangerous.  Too risky. So how does the Lord persuade them …Read More

He’s with Me.

By January 14, 2018 Blog

When you’re feeling battered and squashed, remember Jesus. … Because He is God, He is enthroned above the flood. Because He is Man, He steers us through the storms. Because He is God, the book has been written. Because He is Man, our story is His. Because He is God, He is beyond my understanding. Because He is Man, He is my closest Friend. Because He is God, His future will prevail. Because He is Man, my past will not. …Read More

The time is now

By January 9, 2018 Blog

Forget January 1st.  For the Christian, every day, every moment is a brand new start. It’s a new start that’s the opposite of all the others. Not, ‘I must change if I want to be loved’.  Turn it around. ‘I am already loved. The new is now.’ It’s not that you don’t feel scared. Or sad. Or angry or lonely or anxious. You can still feel these things and more; but God in you is greater. And here’s something wonderful: …Read More

The Lord’s Pray-er

By January 6, 2018 Blog

Joint post from me and Glen… There are many things the Lord’s prayer reminds us about God. He is our Father. He reigns supreme. His goodness and beauty are unparalleled. He is bringing his wonderful reign to earth. He is a kind and consistent provider. He is full of mercy and compassion. He longs to direct me into freedom and fullness. These are massive truths to grasp and hang onto. But let’s look at the other side of the relationship. …Read More

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