Are You Called To Ministry?

I once had to answer this question as part of a ‘ministry review’ for a current ministry ‘position’. I’m uncomfortable with the baggage of this question because it tends to mean “Are you called to a paid church position of leadership?”. It comes at a time when I’m really challenged about Missional Leadership in a [...]

When life gets tough always remember…

What will you do when life feels impossible?

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I was talking with my son yesterday and he was feeling disappointed about a 100m race he participated in. He’s been running for a while now and was doing really well, but last month he changed age bracket, from under-12s to under-15s. He’s now racing against The Flash, Usain Bolt and a teenage gorilla wearing Nikes! At least that’s how he feels. He’s aware that he’s younger, smaller, slower and has hit a turning point in his ‘running career’. It’s the point where he needs to choose either P or Q:

Option Q = QuitImage result for gorilla wearing nikes

Option P = Persevere

He’s talking about quitting. We talked about it and he really does think he will not be as good as they are – he was 2 seconds behind the winner – that’s a lot for a 12 year old when you’re only moving 100 metres! For him it is make or…

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Confidence (in God and His Word)

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Have you ever been asked to do something that you just have no confidence to do? I’m generally a confident person – at least that’s the image of me that people perceive. I had this job selling computer software. the product was brilliant – I wanted to buy it and was sure a lot of people would want to buy it too! My manager explained that to meet the sales targets I would have to manipulate clients into making a sale. This method of sales compromised my faith and I lost my confidence to sell the product. When I made phone calls I did it half-heartedly. I could not do it and I VERY quickly lost confidence in the company – I was now not confident. Needless to say I quit after one week!!

If we are do anything well, and with Godly integrity, we need to be confident that…

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Prayer, peace and the presence of storms

Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me Comfort. We all want to be in this state, yet often we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. Jesus was aware of this and when his disciples were troubled in heart he advised them with the statement above. As I read the [...]