Fair-weather Christians

It is easy to be a Christian when life is good, when the sun is shining down on us, when everything is going right. But we need to keep firm in faith when the storms come, for they will come. And God promises to never let go of us. He walks the dark valley with…

(Sledge)Hammer Time

There is a dam, and behind it is a huge reservoir of love and mercy and grace that God longs to flood us with. But we need to take a sledgehammer to that dam, breaking down the walls we put in place, walls of fear and doubt and coolness and popularity and respect and safety…

Brick Walls

Ever feel like every time you try something there is a huge brick wall blocking your path? Every time you try to make a difference there is some sort of obstacle? Every time you want to try something fresh something gets in your way? So often it seems like just when we are all fired…

Bunk bed railings

I spent the summer sleeping in what was essentially the top bunk of a bunk bed (it didn’t have a bottom bunk, that was a general storage area for all my stuff.) The bed would have been a good 1.5m or so off the ground, which was solid concrete. I was living in a cabin…

Who could ever stop us?

“And if our God is for us then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?” ~ Our God – Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman “That is why we can say with confidence, “The lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere…

Rise

As I’ve mentioned once or twice I spend my summers working as a counsellor at a Christian youth camp in New York. And as part of that every day we had a couple of worship sessions. One evening this summer as that was going on the worship leader Shannon instructed us to just close our…

Leaving 99

I get discouraged easily. When I post something up on All4God and nobody comments on it or ‘likes’ it on Facebook I start to wonder if anyone has read it, if it has made an impact, if it was worth my time. And when I look at the number of comments on articles on other…

Total Control

“In my heart and my soul, I give you control, Consume me from the inside out Lord” ~ Hillsong – From the inside out Giving Jesus total control is tough. We want to hold on to the reigns. We want to keep some control ourselves. We can’t imagine surrendering everything to him. But we must…

Holy friend

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Revelation 4:8 That is the song the angels in heaven were singing in John’s vision, and it is a powerful reminder that the God we worship is a Holy, almighty being. When something…

Jesus behind the window

“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:2 One day over the summer I was cleaning windows with some high school students at a discipleship camp as a service project (because following God means doing things to serve His people). These windows were super…