Big Changes Start with Small Steps

It’s January and the shops are selling gym equipment, the gyms are selling fitness classes, the bookshops are selling diet books and the supermarkets are selling low calorie celery! Whether you call it Dry January or Red January, the start of the New Year is often a time of change

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Catching a glimpse of Mary

As I spend this festive period utterly exhausted running round after an energetic toddler, I am often finding my thoughts turning to Mary. Time and again I’ve found myself coming back to consider this courageous follower of God who once chased round on hands and knees after a toddler named

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Blessed to be a Blessing

I have just returned from an amazing adventure in Rwanda and Uganda. I had to almost pinch myself many times as I did so many things that I have dreamt of doing since I was much younger. God has surprised me with many unexpected blessings as I have grown older.

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Must there be more?!

Last week, I had a conversation with a friend who told me stories of what her dad had encountered in Columbia. He visited a Church, like many others around the world, who had had experience in seeing God’s power move dramatically and miraculously here on earth. She described it as

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אתה אוהב ירקות ואני אוהב ירקוית

The Hebrew scholars amongst you will instantly recognise the words of this old Jewish writer, but for those only know Greek, I’ve helpfully included the translation:   σου αρέσουν οι πατάτες και μου αρέσουν οι πατατες   The text speaks of the fallout from disagreement. How, when we let secondary

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You’re My Favourite

I loved the conference last week and especially the teaching from Christy and Paul. One of Paul’s humorous little illustrations was of an imaginary conversation that he has every January with God where God tells him “You’re my favourite and you are fantastic but there is just 10% of you

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Results Day

As I write, this week sees my last ever Results Day. Have my students passed? Have they failed? Have they got what they deserved? As a teacher I have seen every response from tears of joy to utter despair. One student told me, through her sobs, “This is the worst

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Succession isn’t failure

It can be hard to admit sometimes that we’re not the man or woman for the job! Perhaps we’ve done all we can do, reached the limit of our influence, skill set or energy in a particular role or position. Perhaps we just aren’t operating within our natural strengths, or

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What Gorgeous Weather!

The other evening I sat with our Connect Group in the garden as the sun was going down over the fields. We were chatting through the issues raised by the message given on Sunday at Freedom Church, and it dawned on what a great time we were having, enhanced by

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Being a Follower

I have a confession… I don’t like football. Whilst the rest of country are enjoying the crazy heights of the World Cup, I remain baffled and at worse, bored at the prospect of yet another football game. Now don’t me wrong I’ve read the statistics, I watched the news and

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