Sunday, December 5

Personal Life

BE ONE!
Family Life, Leadership, Personal Life, Work Life

BE ONE!

Just as peace is not simply the absence of conflict, it is a substance and behaviour all in its' own right; and likewise joy is not defined as the absence of sadness, so unity is not defined as the absence of disunity. Clearly there is an absence of disunity when there is unity but this is not the purpose or the definition. Light is not the absence of darkness. Quite the opposite - darkness is the absence of light. Light is the quality not darkness. Unity is a substance all on its own - therefore it is an action - it’s tangible. BE ONE Let’s talk about unity. There is a general acceptance and belief that unity matters.  In fact unity is essential for overcoming any challenging situation.   How many times have we heard the speeches of great leaders starting with
How to build community in an isolated society
Family Life, Personal Life

How to build community in an isolated society

Take a few moments to read this extremely helpful advice from one of our team - Jamie Baker (instagram: jamiedbaker) : These last few days and weeks have been somewhat of a rollercoaster. Many of you likely feel how I do: baffled by the measures we’ve had to go to in order to contain the coronavirus pandemic; concerned by how many different people I have contact with every day who could leave me infected; confident that, being young, healthy, and faith-filled, this will not end badly; and slightly overwhelmed by toilet roll-related memes. Different countries appear to be at varying stages of lock-down, but it seems almost the entire church globally has been forced to branch out online. For some, this is mandated by government restrictions, for others, it’s sheer wisdom. But
Peace in a Storm
Health Life, Personal Life

Peace in a Storm

I may not be able to control the storm, but I can determine whether it controls me.  I choose peace to fill my mind, not the storm clouds.  So be anxious for nothing! I first published this blog at the end of last year, but it seems worth re-publishing given our global current circumstances. It is so important to keep everything in perspective, to use calming language, not alarmist language, but of course we can best do this if our internal world is experiencing peace. Please read on .... Philippians 4:6,7 NIVDo not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. How com...
Personal Life, Uncategorized

I’ve got a control issue!

Ever wondered why you like to be in control? You may not be a 'control freak' but if you don't have somewhat of a control issue then you are probably not fully human! We have an innate desire to control our environment, our lives, relationships and, well, pretty much everything! In turn we fall in the trap of things controlling us; our money, our performance, habits, desires and, well, pretty much anything! Yet, if we could resist the slightly freakish internal control demand for a moment we might discover some powerful tools that will break this control issue. In the words of Clay Scroggins in his book ‘How to Lead in a World of Distraction’ you need to ‘Turn down the noise long enough to be curious about what’s inside of you.’ As we turn down the distracting white noises ar