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Easter

Easter Day celebrations are the best and truest. To join with others. To be caught up in the joy of Jesus is the best thing! And here’s a prayer written for our Easter Day, evening worship…. “When everything was dark and it seemed that the sun would never shine again, your love broke through. Christ […]

five on Friday

“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.” N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope 1 Ten joy stealers in pastoral ministry. Indeed.  2 The church of TED. […]

five on Friday

“The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain. This is all God asks us to give our attention to and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.” Oswald Chambers 1 I’m sure you’ve seen it: the 5-isms of insecure leadership. Indeed.  2 Five characteristics of incredibly resilient […]

the most joyful book

I’ve been challenged to ‘pursue joy’ ever since 2012….. some weekend reading, has been calling me back to the book of joy, again. ”Christianity has been named, sometimes patronizingly, sometimes sentimentally, sometimes honestly enough, the religion of sorrow; but there never was a more complete misnomer.  It is not the religion of sorrow, but the religion […]

so…

What is it you do? What is your routine with God? We’ve all known the guilt, and pressure and duty in those ‘quiet-time’ routines. Someone I met this week, courageously spoke of reading the bible in ninety days. Years ago I would have felt a crippling sense of inferiority! I’m really not that kind of reader, I’d fail miserably days into […]

blessing

May the love of the Lord Jesus draw you to Himself; the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in His service; May the unstealable joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts; And may you discover in a new way His unfailing peace. and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and […]

bigger

death, failure and struggle! These would not make a compelling conference title?! Right. Yet its the unavoidable way of the New Testament. It’s the fruit of Easter-life. That death proceeds life, that yielding gives way to glory. Maybe we don’t need a turnaround church. A prevailing this, or a successful that. Maybe we need a dying […]

lenten life

….sobriety is killing… it’s a stunning truth! It’s all too painfully visible at times….. so go-on…… I dare you behave as a child, this lenten season. Jesus says that children are at home in the kingdom of God. And so He wants adults to be childlike. What could be more fun than that! This is your […]

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