I will not cheat

Each week I am writing a short blog in summary of what we are looking at in our Codelife Men’s Smallgroup. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– I will not cheat in anything personal or professional. When I think of cheating my mind goes straight to my 11 year old self, huddled over my maths exam to stop the prying eyes of the girl next to me from seeing my answer to “One train leaves Manchester for London at 100 miles per hour. The journey is 200 miles. How many hours will it take?” I remember that she felt my leg to try and convince me. … Continue reading I will not cheat

I am not ashamed.

`I will unashamedly make Him known through my words and actions.” In the first chapter of Romans Paul writes, with what reads like a loud voice, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.’ I’ve read that verse many times. My eyes have always been drawn to the promise of the verse, that the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of all. I’ve also always read the first words, I AM NOT ASHAMED, as some sort of chest beating moment of masculinity. Paul, in … Continue reading I am not ashamed.

Young leaders can be draining.

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I grew up through Sunday school and youth groups. I remember the first time we started a youth worship band, (although it was called praise music back then. I am not sure when we made the switch). We were pretty terrible, I played guitar which always involved awkward silences between the chords. That was around 20 years ago and the result is that to my knowledge most of the people in that band are still involved in music teams today. A small investment in a few young people with some potential and limited ability has led to involvement in churches later on. I remember at the time thinking we should be leading the church songs every week. We were cooler than the older people. I even quoted a verse, you can probably guess. 1 Timothy 4:12, ‘ don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.’ Continue reading “Young leaders can be draining.”