How God Has Carried Our Family Through Cancer
In the summer of 2016, our two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. From that day until now, we have experienced like never before what it means to be cared for by our church family in the midst of trial. We can say of our local church what the apostle Paul said of the church in […]
What if God doesn’t heal you?
Weeks of chemotherapy eroded the lining of her mouth, mangled her immune system, and culminated in an hours-long surgery to carve out a tumor the size of a grapefruit. Throughout, friends and loved ones lifted up a heartfelt but singular prayer: Heal her, Lord. She wrapped herself in their words as if girding herself in […]
Under the shadow of His wings – from the Middle East
People kept saying to me, “Why would you go to the Middle East, it’s not safe over there?” Why do I want to go, I asked myself. I was presented with a wonderful opportunity and I wanted to experience the ancient history of some of those nations, plus I have a great sense of adventure. […]
The #1 trait you need if you dare to dream
Over many years I have read lots of business articles. As a businessperson myself, I have tried to tap into what makes other people tick. Naturally there are a range of factors that may come into play as to what makes someone make it. I’m also interested though in sports people, actors… anyone who has […]
What If My Worst Fears Come True?
What does it mean that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” so much so that “we will not fear” (Psalm 46:1–2)? More poignantly, what do you believe it means? That’s where the rubber of your faith meets the road of your real life. Crises of faith occur where the […]
Are You Done With The Fear Of Failure?
Yes. My spelling and grammar are actually terrible. And as a author, that spells fear of failure. I have two computer programs for corrections. But bless them, if the original word is so badly spelled that they can’t even correct it correctly, then what can they do? I feel sorry for my two programs. And for my […]
‘I wish I had’, or ‘I’m glad I did’: Which will it be?
Over the Christmas break I have been reading Zig Ziglar’s amazing book, Over The Top. It’s not my copy, but is in the house where we are staying for our ten day break. One of Zig’s key statements is related to how you want to live your life. Will it be ‘I wish I had’, […]
Jesus’ Disappointing Christmas Message
Part of the Christmas story tells us the reason why Jesus came: “you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” To us this seems like a pretty awesome message and yet, to the original hearers, it would have been like rubbing salt into their wounds. Consider […]
God and our turbulent times
Many of us are still adjusting to the second great political upheaval of the year. For some it is a time of delight and for others one of dismay. Although there will be deeper and wiser analysis of these events, one obvious common feature of the Brexit referendum and the US presidential election is that […]
When God Calls You To Discomfort
God has a longstanding habit of calling those he loves into difficult situations. He called Abraham to leave his home and wander around in foreign lands among strangers who, as far as he knew, might kill him on sight. He called meek ole’ Moses and his cowardly big brother to stand before the most powerful […]