Finding joy isn’t dependent upon your circumstances

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 ofContinue reading “Finding joy isn’t dependent upon your circumstances”

God loves you even if you’re living in the margins

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 INVITEDContinue reading “God loves you even if you’re living in the margins”

your scars bring you closer to God

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 isContinue reading “your scars bring you closer to God”

A voice in the darkness

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”

017 Optimism and the Death of a good man

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: weContinue reading “017 Optimism and the Death of a good man”

Can we have Certain faith in an uncertain world?

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?”

Walk with Jesus closely

“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 theirContinue reading “Walk with Jesus closely”

The Gospel is difficult for us to receive

Sometimes the simplest of truths are the most difficult for us to get to grips with. For some reason we as humans often struggle to realise that we are truly and unconditionally loved by God. The image below highlights lyrics from an old children’s chorus which articulates a child-like faith that we are loved byContinue reading “The Gospel is difficult for us to receive”

Disciples of Jesus L.A.S.T.

Following Jesus is HARD work! If you’ve been on the road with Jesus for a while you know I’m telling the truth, and if you’re just starting out… Don’t worry, it’s worth it 🙂 I have seen many friends (and some family too) starting out with Jesus and giving up when the going got tough.Continue reading “Disciples of Jesus L.A.S.T.”