Truth that holds in the storms

Storms rage, waves crash and the future seems bleak. I’m not talking about literal storms, but the storms that rage in our lives regularly. Maybe for you it was a doctor’s diagnosis. Maybe it was the death of a loved one. Maybe it’s the constant pain of poor mental health. Whatever your storm is, you need truth that anchors you to the Rock that cannot be shaken to moved. Here is one of my storms…

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I’m Praying for You

We all know that familiar saying “I’m praying for you”. Walk through church halls and you’ll hear it a lot. It’s shows up at the end of text messages, and in cards that come through the post. But how much does it really happen? It’s an easy phrase to roll off the tip of the tongue, but it’s also an easy promise to not follow through with. On top of that, it isn’t always easy to know how to pray for people. Here’s something that will help.

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Saturday Snippets (May 15)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…

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Shears in the Hands Of A Good God

I used to live with a vine right outside my front door. In the summer it produced shade from the sun and sweet juice, but in the winter it appeared fragile, cut back and almost lifeless. No leaves in sight. No sign of life to the uneducated eye. All because in autumn the shears came out and the pruning took place. Each year the vine went through a transformation; the grapes were harvested and the vine was pruned. Each year I wondered if we’d cut too much. Maybe this time, just maybe, we’d gone too far. But each summer the leaves grew and the grapes came back. The pruning was a necessary pain that produced good for the vine.

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Mental Health Awareness

This week is Mental Health Awareness week (May 10th – 16th 2021). Mental health is a very relevant topic for people to be thinking about, especially after the year we’ve had and all of the challenges that COVID has thrown our way. But, simply raising awareness of mental health isn’t really enough. People need to be more informed about mental health and be more equipped to understand those who suffer from poor mental health.

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Saturday Snippets (May 8)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…

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Teenager, put down the screen

Kids, pre-teens and teenagers spend so much time on screens. I’m not condemning screen time at all, I’m also in front of a screen a lot of the time. Over the past year that scree time has just gone up, especially for kids and teenagers. School went online. I’m assuming that gaming time went up. More time was spend in front of a screen, for a number of activities and reasons. So, here are some resources for pre-teens and teens that will hopefully peak their interest and give their eyes a break from the screens. If we want our teenagers to be equipped and strong Christians then we need to invest time in that. Here are some apologetics books, specifically written for pre-teens and teens, and stories of Christian from the past that they can learn from…

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Couch Companions…

It is an absolute joy to write book reviews for a number of publishers and authors. I regularly get sent books that I wish I could go into great depth about and share with you all. But, time is not on my side. Because of that lack of time, and the ever growing ‘to read’ shelf, once in a while I do a slightly longer post with shorter reviews. These are designed to give you a summary or overview of each title so that you can decide if you want to buy it or not. So, here are 11 short book reviews for you of books that I’ve recently read. Read on and hopefully you’ll find a title or two that you can enjoy whilst sitting on the couch…

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Saturday Snippets (May 1)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers…

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