God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power
come & see
The church is much larger and more diverse than we might think on a Sunday morning.
i have decided
My problem is that I have picked up so many patterns of behaviour and ways of thinking, idols even, that are holding me back
It is the Risen Lord who is our security, who makes us experience profound peace even in the midst of life’s storms
the reality is
I am buffeted about by the expectations of others, and by my own disordered internal motivations
ready & willing
my work with FFF is now able to be more focussed on content and creating new resources
We have realised that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented,
had enough ?
But remember where the chapter began: Elijah praying: Lord, “I have had enough. Take my life”
I often hear people comment that their faith is weak, or that they have little faith. I often feel the same way.
A few years ago I discovered the wonderful way that God uses my imagination in my prayer.
Such openness to imagination when seeking God does not take us away from reality into fantasy but instead brings me into what is most real and inescapably personal and intimate.
A couple of thousand years ago, a young Jewish woman was going about her normal morning routines, perhaps with a mixture of house and garden work, chatting with parents and neighbours, aware of the local drought, the sickness of a neighbour and annoyed by the neighbourhood’s lack of sleep caused by the Romans’ noisy party the night before, when God broke into her routine and entered her life in a new and powerful way.
the real centre
Over the last month I have had the opportunity to work with many people across Aotearoa and further afield. In every retreat and seminar I have been with committed and faith-filled people who often feel as though they are on the periphery of the Church
It’s easy to make the mistake of seeing life as a treadmill, day after day ups and downs, a movement through time from youth to old age, then death and beyond.
Too often if feels as if we are helplessly captive carried along by the momentum of all that is expected of us and demanded from us, and we risk falling into an existence mode, a daily rhythm of survival, enduring, coping and so the treadmill rolls on.
the bigger picture
Over the years, and even in recent months, weeks and days, I’ve prayed many prayers which have not been answered as I had hoped.
You’ve probably had the same experience: praying and wondering if and when or how your prayer will be answered.