Life circumstances have a way of knocking us down. It can be relentless sometimes. Money issues, redundancy, the school bully, or the daily grind. We all get knocked down at some point. What knocks you down? What makes you not want to get up again? There’s this story of a father who comes to Jesus … Continue reading
Two weeks till Christmas Day. We can adore Jesus any day, but there’s something special about remembering the coming of Jesus as a vulnerable baby. King Herod was out to kill him. The wise men (rich dudes) came to honour him. The shepherds (poor and marginalised of society) came to worship him. In the lead … Continue reading Adore him if you want
There is a lie we believe about joy. We are told or taught, or somehow come to believe that joy is based solely on our circumstances. I don’t know where this notion comes from, but I know it’s not true in the experiences of many people. Watch any movie and you will notice moments of … Continue reading Finding joy isn’t dependent upon your circumstances
This is a very short talk I recorded for our local ‘online kids club’. The story is from the Gospels in the Bible. Can you spot the little error I made?
Jesus invites us to follow him and to receive his love, but He will all challenge us to live as forgiven people. Looking at many churches today you might think salvation is for the talented, the hipster and the Uber-religious. It's understandable to think so, but it's still not true. For Jesus ALL ARE INVITED … Continue reading God loves you even if you’re living in the margins
We all carry scars with us. But do we remember the pain, or have we received Gods great unconditional love. Whatever you’ve been through, God carries you. We need to see our scars through a new light. The invisible scars of our painful experiences don’t exclude us from receiving God’s love - his grace is … Continue reading your scars bring you closer to God
Ever felt like you are stuck in a dark place? Then this post is written just for you.... Gods first words in the human story were words spoke in the darkness - words from the darkness. Spoken by God. Spoken to breathe life into the darkness. Out of the darkness these words were uttered: “Let... … Continue reading A voice in the darkness
Did you know that today is Good Friday? Arguably the most important day in the Christian calendar! Strange then that I have found myself thinking about optimism when my faith path leads me to the crucifixion today. Perhaps this is not as strange as you might think. Optimists get a hard time these days: we … Continue reading 017 Optimism and the Death of a good man
How can we ever know that the Gospel of Jesus and the words of the bible are really true? I mean, they were written thousands of years ago in a culture that is so different from ours – no phones, no bank accounts, no McDonalds! It was orally passed down before it was written down! … Continue reading Can we have Certain faith in an uncertain world?
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,” - Colossians 2:6 ESV It isn’t enough to just receive Christ - true Christians will walk in Christ. What does this mean? A disciple of Jesus will stay close to his teaching A disciple of Jesus will allow that teaching to permeate their … Continue reading Walk with Jesus closely