I think rejection effects most of us on lots of different levels to different degrees. Rejection and its effects can last a lifetime, creating a new lifestyle for us and so its presence will definitely affect our relationships with each other. I guess we should start with the question: "What is rejection?" We experience a... Continue Reading →
Fear is one of the greatest enemies of deep, meaningful and developing relationships between human beings and it manifests itself in a number of ways. When we're afraid in dangerous situations, we instinctively do things to protect ourselves and the parts of us that will feel the most pain. We either become defensive or we... Continue Reading →
Continuing on the theme of people in the Church being real with each other, I'd like to bring up another issue that I've noticed in myself that keeps me from growing and perhaps someone else will be able to relate. I'm finding that if someone challenges me on something I do or say,... Continue Reading →
John 1:14 - "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." Proverbs 16:24 - "Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." I'm trying to think of a... Continue Reading →
This is a big deal for Christians in the age of opinion-empowering social media!
The church is not perfect. Never has been. Never will be. Not in this life.
As I’ve written before, experiencing a season of cynicism can actually bring forth a renewed vision of the church and a deeper commitment to the gospel if we are willing to let the Spirit transform our hearts. I’ve been there.
Are you upset at the hypocrisy and nominalism in the church? Are you tired of judgmental Christians who look more like the Pharisees than the Messiah from Nazareth? Fed up? Angry? Cynical? I get it. I really do.
So if this describes you, please allow me to speak very candidly.
I understand the cyclone of cynicism has blown through your life. But hear me… please. There is simply no excuse for isolating yourself from the saints and making yourself…
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[I use a lot of parallel examples in this post so to avoid confusion, let me please clarify that I'm not talking about miraculous physical healing but emotional healing that is led by the Holy Spirit] Even though there is so much to celebrate, so much to be thankful for and so much to enjoy,... Continue Reading →
[I use a lot of parallel examples in this post so, to avoid confusion, let me please clarify that I'm not talking about miraculous physical healing but emotional healing that is led by the Holy Spirit] You DEFINITELY need to read Part 1 first... Knowing our problems is not the same as no longer having them. Sometimes... Continue Reading →
It's not really a secret... In Ephesians 4 : 1-6, Paul charges the Church in Ephesus to prioritise their unity through love and patience by the power of the Spirit in order to produce peace. We've all witnessed the need for Paul to say something like that. During my time at Bible school I realised... Continue Reading →
(If you're not much of a reader but are interested in this topic, this series has been condensed into a 43min sermon that I was privileged to share with my church family in Manchester earlier this year. Click here.) Let me share something with you that changed my life. In Matthew 6 Jesus puts some... Continue Reading →