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November 10, 2019

The heart of the gospel is Adoption; it gives us a new everlasting identity and place in God’s family.

Adoption is what redemption is all about, for once we were all ‘Prodigals’. As the Prodigal’s father longed to receive his son back, so our heavenly father longs for u...

October 5, 2019

Luke 8:43-48

‘A Woman with the Issue of Blood’

A woman had suffered blood loss for 12 years, she was physically and mentally exhausted, and had used all her money on treatments. Isolated from her family and society she may have been left by her husband, probably barren,...

September 1, 2019

Identity is concerned with who we are in relationship with the world, others and ourselves.

Our identity is formed by our culture, race, talents, religion, social media and so much more. Our home and family continue to shape us even when we have left them many years ago...

July 7, 2019

‘The work of the cross’ is a familiar Christian term, but what does it actually mean?

It means the ultimate example of Christ’s sacrifice, paying the debt we could not pay, and the work that carries on through us. This work is so vital that Jesus’ last conversation on t...

July 6, 2019

Why forgive?

Because it is good for us and we matter to God!

The burden of carrying around resentments and unforgiveness is like a cancer, which will crush our body, our soul and our spirit. It is we who will suffer; indeed, the instigator of our pain may not even know t...

May 13, 2019

Romans 8:1 states ‘Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’.

Condemnation means: blame, conviction, damnation, judgement, doom, sentence.

Some seriously scary words and we might well deserve them, if it wasn’t for Gods forgiveness for us...

April 7, 2019

Jesus takes forgiveness seriously, as in the parable of the ‘Unforgiving Servant’ Matthew 18:23-35. Unforgiveness, if not dealt with, can have dramatic consequences in our lives.

By not forgiving, we are in an inner prison, held there by bitterness and resentment, and i...

March 1, 2019

Perspectives on mental health and its treatment can vary within the church, and Christians can get it wrong.

When we fracture a leg, we seek treatment from surgeons, physicians, physiotherapists and medication. So it is with a fractured mind.

When we look at the ‘healing...