Here is a simple Prodigal Son craft activity that my wife came up with. One of the things I really like about it is that it teaches something of the point of the story rather than just information about the story. … Continue reading
The term Redshirt comes from the original Star Trek series. The stars of the show often beamed down to the planet with someone wearing a red shirt and everyone watching knew that the red shirted character was not going to … Continue reading
I was looking through some photos of storm Doris in action and I noticed the two plants in this picture. They were planted at the same time and have received the same care but they look very different. What can … Continue reading
Posted in encouragement, Faith, Life experiences, Life in all it's fullness, Treat one another the way you want to be treated
Tagged building one another up, building up or tearing down, encourage, encourage one another, encouragement, what are we building on, who can you encourage?
We had started the conference by laying stones down as a symbol of us letting go of the burdens we were carrying and at the end of our time together we encouraged everyone to take away one of the stones … Continue reading
Posted in Blessed to be a blessing, encouragement, Faith, God is with us, Holy Spirit, Life experiences, Power of God, Relationship with God
Tagged EBA, EBA ministers conference, empowered by the Holy Spirit, prayer
As I shared communion tonight, I looked up and saw these words on the screen: survive & thrive The words immediately felt ironic and inappropriate because we were focusing on the death of Jesus on the cross. After all: Jesus … Continue reading
Posted in acceptance, communion, Faith, Following Jesus, God loves us, Life experiences, Life in all it's fullness, Relationship with God, salvation, Saved by Jesus
Tagged Eastern Baptist Association, freedom in christ, freedom in Jesus, Hebrews 12 1-3, jesus died for us, life in all its fullness, new lif in jesus, new life in Jesus, why did Jesus die?
Today, I led the opening session at the EBA Ministers Conference and as I prayed and prepared I felt it was right to come prepared give everyone a large stone to symbolize their burdens. When I arrived at the venue, … Continue reading
I was recently on holiday and I ended up preaching at the church that my family and I were visiting. The two main things people said to me after the service were ‘that was really good/helpful/challenging’ and ‘I’m sorry that … Continue reading
Posted in Blessed to be a blessing, change, Faith, Life experiences, Relationship with God, Who am I
Tagged God has not finished with me yet, God is at work in our everyday lives, God transforms, I didn't come up here to forget who I am, identity, life experiences, Moses and the burning bush, what has made me the way I am, who am I, who did God make me to be?
Although I have so much to get done and there so many possible things that could occupy my time, over these next few days I’m taking some time to pause and reflect. It started this morning with a gathering to reflect … Continue reading
Posted in Faith, Life experiences, Life in all it's fullness, rest
Tagged busyness, God has the best perspective on life, how do we rest?, john 4, making time for what is important, over busy, pause, perspective, rest, time to stop, too busy, work from a place of rest, working from a place of rest
Whilst I was helping to run a prayer space recently I was given these three stickers. It started with someone giving me the one that says Graeme and this was closely followed by my daughter giving me the crazy man … Continue reading
Posted in encouragement, Everyone is valuable, Faith, Life experiences, Loving one another, self worth, Treat one another the way you want to be treated
Tagged building one another up, building up or tearing down, don't label people, encourage, encourage one another, encouragement, everyone is valuable, label jars not people, life experiences, love one another, one anothering, our value comes from God and not what we do, tell someone what they mean to you, treat one another well, who can you encourage?, words hurt, you are valuable
I recently came across the picture ‘Love that Lifts a Child’ by Kristi Valiant which is I think is a beautiful image and illustration of true love. The picture is inspired by the story of the Prodigal son in which a son asked for … Continue reading
Posted in acceptance, Faith, forgiveness, God is our father, God loves us, Life experiences
Tagged father God, loved by God, loving father, luke 15, prodigal son, true love, valentines day, you are my beloved son well pleased