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Ever seen the film Stardust? The hero, feeble, bored Tristan, travels off to the magical land where he was born, discovering his identity. When he comes back, everything’s changed. He’s walking tall. His shoulders are relaxed. He talks with confidence. Since he visited his true home, he found...

God can make us comfortable in some of life’s most uncomfortable places. He can bring us through situations we think we won’t survive, or feel like we’ll be stuck in forever. He can give us peace when we’re under pressure. All of us will experience loss in our lives. Losing things can actually...

Children are dependent on other people. They depend on people for the basics in life: food, a place to sleep, safety…children can’t provide these things for themselves. They simply have to trust that someone else will give them the things that they need. Not only do we need to be like children...

Children trust their parents. They trust that they’ll be looked after and guided to do the right things. As we get older, we can begin to feel differently about direction. We can start to think that we don’t need other people’s help and can view guidance as interference. We want to be...

In Matthew 18, we’re encouraged to ‘become like little children’ otherwise we ‘will never enter the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 18:3 NIV). This is a call for us to be ‘childlike’ not ‘childish’ – there are plenty of times in the Bible where we’re called to be mature and not to act in childish...

Sunday morning at church, you’re ready to worship - and then you remember. Your mate who upset you. Or the row you had with your brother. Just as you’re about to launch into a rousing chorus of How Great Thou Art, the rug shoots out from under your feet. It makes sense that we’d have these...

How peaceful we feel can be dependent on what we’re focusing on. If we’re constantly focusing on our problems, things going on in the world and our own thoughts it’s much harder to feel at peace. The Bible says: ‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you…whose thoughts are fixed on you...

The prophet Jeremiah was instructed by God to ‘go down to the potter’s house’ (Jeremiah 18:2 NIV). God then spoke to him about Israel, using the metaphor of the potter and the clay. That metaphor applies to us too. Isaiah wrote: ‘We are the clay, you are the potter’ (Isaiah 64:8 NIV). God, as...

When we talk about renewing our minds, we often look at how we think about ourselves. But it also applies to how we think about others and our circumstances. When we’re thinking things like ‘I thought they’d change’, ‘no one appreciates me’ or ‘it’s always me who makes the effort in the...

We all know that we shouldn’t lie. Lying can damage relationships by removing trust. Just one lie can cause a wound that takes years to heal, and in some cases is never healed at all. And believing the lies of the enemy has the same effect on our relationship with God. The Bible calls the devil...