A Place to Grow

A Place to Grow

Tossing and turning all night, 37-year-old Tim is a troubled soul. Raised in a Christian home Tim’s life has faltered along the way. Not everything has gone as planned and he had ended up taking a detour along the way. Caught stealing at work he not only lost his job, reputation and friends, he lost his faith in God as well. Everything seemed to be

Returning to God

Returning to God

As the manager of a Christian charity shop, I often have conversations about faith that people who meet me soon start. They usually try to make a connection by telling of someone they have known in their family or friends who had a connection to faith, church, and belief. Often it is of a life of dedication and service or a life turned around that

Sorting Self Out

Sorting Self Out

24-year-old Rick is a young man full of life running around town catching up with his buddies. He works full time 5 days a week. He is old enough now to have seen life's up and downs and the consequences of the bad decisions others make. He has also learned from a few of his own mistakes. He realizes it’s time to start sorting himself out. But he k

When Anxiety Strikes at Church

When Anxiety Strikes at Church

It's the silent plague on an exponential increase, or at least it seems that way. Anxiety is the downfall of many when they are least prepared for it. Stressors can trigger an attack or set someone up to be less resilient. Those overwhelming thoughts of not feeling able to cope with a situation unsettle millions each day. It prevents many from hold

Shut-in But Not Shut-out

Shut-in But Not Shut-out

James has been a loyal founding member of his large church family for many decades. For much of that time in the early years, he was the one to check up on missing members who had not been seen for a while. He would try to phone them and send a card if he could not get hold of them.   Now James has fallen ill and unexpectedly he hasn’t bounced