99.Do you weep with those that weep?

I don’t remember crying much in my early years – apart from when my brother would tease me, as most older brothers do. There is a classic picture of me when I am small, sitting on the edge of a bench not wanting to be in a family picture – of course they are all smiling at the other end of the bench. I, on the other hand, was grizzling – a lovely English term Read more about 99.Do you weep with those that weep?[…]

96. Do you have a seat at the table?

As a young child, I was brought up to always eat my meals around the table and on Sundays and special occasions I would often help in setting the table. I have always enjoyed the aesthetics of a beautifully ordained table, almost as much as eating the flavourful food on it. But tables are more than just food servers, tables are all about expressing love. John Ortberg in his new book, ‘I’d like you more Read more about 96. Do you have a seat at the table?[…]

88. Are you a shepherd warrior?

We have a constant flow of leaders through the retreat centre who share their stories with us.  They are all doing incredible work but at the same time facing huge challenges.  We find there is an amazing energy and drive among the leaders we meet, to do great exploits for the Lord and they are passionate about accomplishing the great commission in their specific aspect of ministry – leading teams and bases, reaching families, working Read more about 88. Are you a shepherd warrior?[…]

81. Had your buttons pushed lately?

For those who don’t know the expression, if you have your button pushed, you havea strong emotional reaction to what someone says or does. The reaction can be withdrawal or explosion or somewhere in-between but there is a strong emotional response. We all have a dash board with an array of buttons – the question is what happens when someone pushes one of them: I have an older brother who knew just how to bring a Read more about 81. Had your buttons pushed lately?[…]

80. Enjoying close relationships?

Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. John 21:20 A metaphor for our walk with God that I relate to well, is that of being on a journey.  The phase in the journey of sanctification or becoming like Christ doesn’t have set formulas and routes but is a journey that follows the steps and person of Jesus for our personal transformation.  That transformation involves a change of behaviour which Read more about 80. Enjoying close relationships?[…]

71. Enjoying a climate of trust?

I have had the privilege of involvement in some wonderful teams over the years where there has been a solid set of positive values and beliefs that were lived out.  Teams where there was the opportunity of sharing opinions and making decisions together. Teams where I was believed in and trusted and where it was safe enough to fail and know that it wouldn’t be the end of the world!  We all want to live and Read more about 71. Enjoying a climate of trust?[…]

66. Making the most of meals?

If you are like me, you look forward to Christmas partly because of the delicious food that is connected with it.  Like so many Brits, I love Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mince pies and of course turkey & stuffing, cranberry sauce and about 10 vegetables to go with it!  There’s nothing quite like it.  I guess the bottom line is, I love eating, I love the variety of cuisine, I love the tastes and I Read more about 66. Making the most of meals?[…]

61. Do you feel indispensable?

When you have been leading something for a long time, it’s easy to feel like the ministry couldn’t continue without you!  Actually that may be true – especially if you haven’t trained anyone up to take it on from you.  However, generally, we are far less indispensable than we think!  So this letter is about the importance of delegation. On the one hand, I have made my worst mistakes in delegating poorly to the wrong people Read more about 61. Do you feel indispensable?[…]

58. Do you eat last?

What an amazing 60th birthday celebration I have had!  The joy of meeting with our grown up kids and their spouses from around the world and receiving so many birthday wishes and affirmations from my YWAM family have been overwhelming.  I feel humbled, encouraged, blessed and privileged to have been able to serve in the mission for these 38 years with such a wonderful bunch of people.  I have been surrounded by such teachable, open Read more about 58. Do you eat last?[…]

55. Stepping up with coaching?

Two disciples were on the road to Emmaus and Jesus approached them and asked, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” Luke 24:17-19 Jesus wanted to find Read more about 55. Stepping up with coaching?[…]

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