We are working on creating a library of resources to help you on grow and thrive on your Christian journey. In the mean time, here are some helpful links to online material that supports our current sermon series Recover you life.
Manage your energy not your time - This article by Carey Nieuwhof is written for leaders who are in danger of burn-out, but it contains excellent advice for anyone who is feeling exhausted and that they are losing the battle with their to-do list. We recommend:
Ideas for enjoying Sabbath rest - Following on from his talk on rest, Tim Williams compiled a number of ideas for enjoying Sabbath rest. They are grouped according to life stage, for example there are ideas you could try out if you have a young family. There are other ideas for people who are single or those facing an empty nest as older children leave home. We recommend:
The title of the September issue of the magazine was Reflect. It is full of articles linking into the topic of Recover your Life. For example, take a look at Esther's article on The Joy of Simplicity or Phil Andrew's writing on Dine out with God.
You can read it here or download it to your device
One of the first things you notice about Jesus is that he is rarely in a hurry. In his book The Ruthless Elimiination of Hurry John Mark Comer looks at the example Jesus sets us in living life at a healthy and sustainable case. For a taste of his teaching watch this YouTube video Jesus People with John Mark Comer.
Like what you see? Then buy the book - available at many online bookstores - and dig into this feast of wise advice. We recommend:
1. Reading this book slowly - perhaps keep a jourmal to record your thoughts and feelings
2. As you read note the things that challenge you to change your current lifestyle. Commit to making one small change at a time. Don't try to overhaul your whole life at once. As each small change becomes a new healthier habit you can build in the next.
3. Share what you are doing with your friends and family. Can you encourage them to join in?
Also take a look at:
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Pete Scazzero- Recommended by Tim Williams
What Are You Missing? Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Even though Pete was pastor of a rapidly growing church, he did what most people do: * avoid conflict in the name of Christianity * ignore his anger, sadness, and fear * use God to run from God * live without boundaries Eventually God awakened him to a biblical integration of emotional health, a profound relationship with Jesus, and the historical practices of contemplative spirituality. It created nothing short of a spiritual revolution, utterly transforming him and his church. In this best-selling book Pete outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you.
The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People – John Ortberguu - Recommended by Tim Williams
The Life You've Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But it is more than just a book about things to do to be a good Christian. It's a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the person at the journey's end--Jesus Christ.
As with a marathon runner, the secret to finishing a race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistently--training with the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor ends in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spirit--joy, peace, kindness, etc.--are the signposts along the way.
Paved with humor and sparkling anecdotes, The Life You've Always Wanted is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that's worth living--a life on the edge that fills an ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and joy.
Subversive Sabbath – A.J Swoboda - Recommended by Tim Williams
We live in a 24/7 culture of endless productivity, workaholism, distraction, burnout, and anxiety--a way of life to which we've sadly grown accustomed. This tired system of "life" ultimately destroys our souls, our bodies, our relationships, our society, and the rest of God's creation. The whole world grows exhausted because humanity has forgotten to enter into God's rest.
This book pioneers a creative path to an alternative way of existing. Combining creative storytelling, pastoral sensitivity, practical insight, and relevant academic research, Subversive Sabbath offers a unique invitation to personal Sabbath-keeping that leads to fuller and more joyful lives. A. J. Swoboda demonstrates that Sabbath is both a spiritual discipline and a form of social justice, connects Sabbath-keeping to local communities, and explains how God may actually do more when we do less. He shows that the biblical practice of Sabbath-keeping is God's plan for the restoration and healing of all creation.