Exposing Offence: What It Is & How To Break It

What Is Offence? Offence today is politically and socially loaded. It is an increasing currency we display, trade and use as a weapon in defence and attack. It has also become a tool used to control people. We either tiptoe around unwilling to speak truth because we fear offending someone; or singly or collectively we beat our truth into each other no matter if it’s appropriate, timely, helpful and Godly or not. We all know offence produces a high emotional charge, but what is it really? Offence is an extreme form of highlighting for us where change is needed. It happens when something within me is being challenged to change. My world view, my personal ideology, my theology, my attitude, my

Practicing The Presence: The Power Of Rest

Humans have a tendency to look for short-cuts. We prefer to find the quick way, the most efficient and effective way. The long way round doesn’t suit us past the first time; a pioneer might thrive on doing the hard yards, but even a pioneer doesn’t want to do the hard way the second time through if a short cut can be found- Speaking from experience! The difficulty we face on The Narrow Way is God is not too interested in short cuts. He wants our attention, and relationships aren’t about doing things the short way around. On the Narrow Way, the most powerful place to live from is complete stillness; peace and rest. It is the hardest place to learn to live in, the most difficult to maintain,

Stewarding Small Things Is The Key To Promotion

When I was in primary school, I remember a fable printed in our pew sheets one Sunday about stewardship. It was about a child who wanted a horse or a dog or some other large animal pet that took lots of care. After a lot of begging and pleading, the kids’ grandfather gave them a pet mouse in a box with a wheel and all the accoutrement that go with pet mice. The grandfather checked in weekly with the child about how the mouse was going. The child was interested in the mouse but completely disappointed and while they started out looking after it well enough, interest lost out to life and in the way of these things, the health of the mouse suffered until it eventually passed away. When the gran

Structuring The New Year For Success

How do we enter a new year with the best foundation structured around us for success? It is not in our resolve, resolution, goal or determination. Instead it is in our acknowledgement and our choices. Our understanding of what is most important, what stands underneath all things, what makes up our foundation and what we choose to do about it. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV) Whatever we hope for this new year, whatever goals we set, whatever prize we run towards, our Father must be the first thing in all our endeavours. From the first thou

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