Walking

When I was younger I didn’t always like walking.  I found it rather pointless, putting on layers, boots, driving somewhere, walking around. Then, at a certain age, it didn’t seem so bad – there might be a pub involved with a welcoming fire, tasty food and refreshing drink.

Belonging

Modern society guarantees all of us two certificates - a birth certificate and a death certificate. What happens in between (our life!) is up to us.

“If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”

Giving Account

The thought of standing in front of Jesus and giving an account for what we have done in our lives can seem like a daunting proposition. The questions begin to run through our minds as we think about what we might say to him. How will we ever justify our actions and our thoughts.

Creation

After trekking up a mountain, there's a particular feeling you get when you finally stand at the top and take in the view. It’s the same feeling when you see the ocean spreading out beyond the horizon, or when lying back on a clear night to see the endless stars shining down. You can't help but stop and stare at the earth, sea and sky and their phenomenal beauty. The feeling they evoke is a simultaneous mix of awe and humility – the vastness and scale accentuates our own smallness. These experiences reinforce the idea that there is something or someone bigger and greater than us.

Rest

Life can be stressful, busy and tiring. The idea of rest is very appealing, something all of us could benefit from. At the beginning of the Bible God introduces the concept of rest and it is a theme that runs throughout the entire book.

Angels - God's messengers

It’s that time of year again. It’s cold outside, it’s dark in the afternoon and the festive season is upon us. As you read this, people will be adorning their homes with lights and putting up this year's tree, eagerly anticipating December 25th. It’s a time for family, for carols, for sharing and for rejoicing.

Finding balance

Do you live a balanced life? Do you ever consider the things that really matter, the things that are long standing and eternal? Soon Jesus will return to the earth to set up his everlasting kingdom, a kingdom of peace, justice and joy. Getting the balance right now, will help you be there.

God in control

Life has a habit of running away with itself. There are times when the day seems to be nothing more than endless dashing from one thing to another, leaving us barely able to catch breath. We like to think we have things in control, but the reality is we are often just reacting to events, or lurching from one panic to another.

Light

If we choose to follow Jesus, to be like Jesus, to love each other like Jesus loves us, we will be in the light. We will shine in the darkness, we will not be overcome. “Let there be light” is a call to action for us all each and every day. 

New Life

Spring is fast approaching. This sleepy winter is coming to an end and the earth is waking up. Days are lengthening, and the sun shines brighter. Winter boots, hats and gloves are being abandoned, pushed to the back of the closet ready for next year.

Love

Valentines Day can be summed up in the famous saying: ‘the greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and to be loved in return’. Valentines Day is only one day, it promises one day of love. Thankfully God’s love is not so fickle. It is eternal.