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

I said I was Fine…

By December 6, 2016 Blog

But here’s what I mean… I’m in a rush I think I’m going to cry but don’t know you well enough to say so I’m not sure how I feel, and I’m too knackered to figure it out I’m English I’m filtering: are you interested enough to keep asking? I don’t want to burden you I want you to read my mind I don’t know how to ask for help I feel I ought to be fine I’m ashamed of being needy This is …Read More

Doing Church When You’re Not Feeling It

By November 30, 2016 Blog

Be honest.  If you find social events difficult, say so. If large groups make you panic, share it.  Don’t just shut up and shut down. People can’t help or empathise if they don’t know how you’re feeling. Don’t cut out relationships because you sometimes find them tricky.  Yes, you like time by yourself.  But you’re human – so you need other people. Instead of spreading yourself thin with everyone, focus on going deep with a few folks you trust. If a whole room …Read More

Why Christianity is better than Cryonics

By November 24, 2016 Blog

This week, a 14 year-old girl who died of cancer, won a legal battle to have her body frozen.  This is part of a process called cryonics, which tries to stop the decaying process, by freezing the body at it is at the point of death. It’s a heart-breaking situation; for a 14 year old who has to consider her own death; and for those left behind. In a letter to the court, she wrote this: “I have been asked to explain why I want this …Read More

Some helps for when you’re sinking

By November 16, 2016 Blog

Nothing very profound.  But when you feel rubbish, small things can help. ask a friend to come and be with you.  Not with heavy chats (unless you want them). No expectation to be sociable or entertain. Just a comforting presence; someone to watch TV with and a way of connecting safely with the world outside. stick to a routine.  If you normally get up at 7, keep getting up at 7.  If you usually take the dog for a walk, keep going. There may be things (like work) that …Read More

Joy is what you fight for

By November 7, 2016 Blog

“Choose happiness.” It’s an easy phrase, isn’t it?  Catchy.  Scratch it over a sunset and hang it on the wall.  A simple decision.  Today, I choose to be happy. Bang; and it’s done. This is what I’m told. The reality can be very different.  It’s all well and good when you’re well and good…but when you’re not, – well.  Positive thinking doesn’t make it any better. Happiness happens to you. It’s there or it’s not. It’s your situation. The home you’ve dreamed …Read More

Fearless

By October 31, 2016 Blog

Today, on Halloween, we celebrate “things that go bump in the night.” If you’re like me, though, every day is a battle with fears. I’ve been anxious since I can remember. As a child, I thought it was how everyone felt. I thought that everyone lay awake at night, gripped with a sick cold fear, tugging at the corners. A whisper that got louder as the lights got dimmer, “There’s a bad thing about to happen and it’s going to get you …Read More