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Think of that mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The wicked Queen looked into it, asked who was the fairest of them all and got a reply along the lines of ‘Know that step daughter of yours – the one without the tan? The one who you never really liked anyway? She’s way...

Create rigid boundaries and you’ll miss out. Have no boundaries and you’ll flip out. What’s the solution? Flexible boundaries!
 
The apostle Paul came to understand what this means. He was rooted in His relationship with God and everything else he did flowed...

Psychologists experimented with school children to see how they reacted when boundaries were taken away from their playground at break time. They’d normally play happily, lining the fences having fun and playing freely. But when the fences were removed, the children huddled in the middle...

Whilst you’re taking a good look at the areas of your life that drain you, be careful not to leap back in horror and jump right to the other extreme, holding off your friends and class/work-mates like a madman with a bargepole.
 
We were made for relationships, to live...

When does ‘a good thing’ become ‘too much’? You’re helping out a friend-in-need, but it’s starting to take the life out of you too… Or you’re that person in trouble, and you aren’t sure if your mates have got your back…
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If you tell your mate that you’ve become a Christian, they might dismiss it (or – shock, horror – you), saying you’ve ‘got into religion’  If they haven’t walked away by then, you might have the chance to gently explain it’s more about living...

‘All these years I’ve worked hard for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to; and in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after spending your money on prostitutes, you celebrate...

The word encouragement basically means to ‘put in courage’. We’re willing to make a safe bet that you’re well aware of the punctures that the everyday stresses and strains of life can create in people. Jesus knows exactly how it is – He walked the earth and plainly...

The final Beatitude! And here, at the end of it all, Jesus is saying it’s a good thing when you get a hard time for doing the right thing?! Doesn’t really sound like a great incentive does it? But that’s the topsy-turvy kingdom Jesus came to establish that goes in the opposite...

Albert Einstein won the Nobel peace price for physics in 1921 and was clearly a bit of a clever bod. In one of his lectures in 1948, he commented on the threat of nuclear warfare: 'It is not a physical problem, but an ethical one. What terrifies us is not the explosive force of the atomic...