Spend Yourself

All too often in Christian and Church circles, I think we tend to have an automatic assumption of what giving is. We assume it to be financial. Perhaps however it is a little more multi-faceted than this. Bear with me, as I share some thoughts and personal experiences of giving.

Fire Extinguisher Needed

Social media – choose your weapon, there are numerous different platforms that suit different needs and ages – can be a wonderful tool. Social media is certainly a two-edged sword and should be wielded with careful consideration and, preferably, with some training....

Rich Young Ruler

Some obstacles are easy to see – like a closed door or a roadblock. It’s often easier to identify someone else’s obstacles or shortcomings than your own (one of the reasons we are all so good at giving unsolicited advice!) But has it ever occurred to you that your personal dreams and aspirations could be your biggest obstacle?

Blessed To Be A Blessing

We're not called to love conditionally. We're not called to give conditionally. We're not called to forgive conditionally. We're not called to practice selective benevolence. God doesn't. And far from having a special heart for those with picture-perfect lives (you...

Yours Sincerely

Connecting with others in the life of the church is a must and there are no shortage of opportunities to create meaningful friendships, with groups abounding in variety and size. It’s what you do when you get there that matters most!

CityHill Together

In my leadership journey, one of the key things I've had to figure out is how to truly believe in people's dreams and why that is so important. The reality is that none of us achieves anything alone - there are always others playing a critical part in inspiring us to...

Mother Teresa

It was Mother Teresa who said: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
These aren’t idle words.

Re Calculating

I had known that this was coming and I thought that I was well prepared spiritually, emotionally and financially but nevertheless, it was still a big thought to get my head around – unemployed at 40! I never realised just how much of a challenge it would be and what...

Cinnamon Roast

Being a tea-drinker, I never really understood the attraction to coffee until I tasted a certain brand that came in a white & green paper cup. That particular blend worked on my palate and I have looked out for it ever since.

Coffee comes in many forms and flavours but they all start out the same. As beans. The roasting, grinding and filtering are what changes the strength. The life of a coffee bean sounds a bit traumatic. Coffee “cherries” are harvested and in order to get to the bean, they need to have the fleshy outer removed by either a wet or dry process. The wet process soaks the outer layers off through a series of processes (one is called aquapulping. Ouch!) The dry process requires the coffee cherries to be dried for up to 4 weeks before being hulled. Once the coffee beans have been collected they are polished, cleaned, sorted and graded. That is only the start! From there they are roasted, cooled and packaged. The length of the roasting is what really alters the taste.

A Woman And Her Silver Coins

The number ten in the Bible is considered by some to signify a completed course of time or completeness in divine order. Here are some places where the number 10 appears in the Bible - in the creation story the term ‘God said’ appears 10 times in Genesis chapter 1;...