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3 Simple Checks For A Healthy Heart This Week

When you realise that God sets our lives right by setting our hearts right, then you realize just how important it is to have a right and healthy heart.  It’s basically as simple as saying that our lives will never be right if our hearts are not right. Having a healthy heart is not just a destination that we arrive, it’s a direction and journey that we continue to push in as we deal with new variables of life every…

Three Simple Ways To Become More Valuable This Week

I can bet that you would love to be a valuable person in your world.  Whether it’s with a team at work or with school; whether it’s as a business owner or as a customer, as an employee or employer, or even in my neighbourhood- I want to bring positive value to the table in my world this week. I don’t want to be that team member that is a prayer point for every other team member- or well, let’s…

Four Tips For Greater Productivity This Week

How do you like to cook? Are you one of those people that believe that there’s a different taste when the pepper for stew is ground with hand stones rather than when it’s blended with a blender? Or are you one of those cooks who believe that ‘sweat and human moisture’ is a secret ingredient for good pounded yam- as far as you’re concerned, machine-made-pounded yam is a heresy! Did you know that a wooden stick placed on a boiling…

Are You Burning Out?

Have you ever felt like you’re burning out? There are different levels to that though: There’s the Moses burning bush type, where you’re burning but are not consumed. But there’s the type that goes beyond that. You really feel like you’re losing yourself. If we’re honest, the generational pressure with which we live- and maybe especially the way things are set up in some places- makes you actually start reconsidering how we define some words.  In some sense and settings,…

Are You Actually Building?

Leadership is all about building up, not destroying.  More than that, it is about building up, not merely sustaining or maintaining status quos. Leaders are builders. Everything committed into your hands as a leader should be built up. God doesn’t just call us to be faithful, he also calls us to be fruitful. As a leader, you must be passionate and overwhelmed with a contagious drive to see things built up from their current state. You must inspire a vision in people…

The Power Of A Yes-The Heart Behind The Song ‘You Have My Yes’

I woke up one morning to find a very complete song (two verses, two different pre-choruses, even two different bridges and a chorus) all forwarded to me before 4 am. Somewhere in the middle of the night, ‘pops’ (that’s what I call Pastor Tolu) had stayed awake, working on these lyrics (and I’m wondering why it couldn’t wait till the next morning?) But on the flip side actually, about two weeks before then, right after a Sycamore Surge Prayer Hangout that…

When The Heat is On- The Story Behind The Song ‘Furnace Faith’

I remember having to concede that it was actually really happening- each one of the dreaded COVID symptoms was no longer just on lists on the TV or the internet; I was now ticking them all in my body in quick succession. And right about then, my wife’s body too. And some of the closest people to me, who were at my house at the time. Have you had any of those moments of checking yourself in line with the…

The heart Behind the Song Story Of Grace

I remember the first Sunday we did the song, Story of Grace in church.  A little background to that though: I closed out our second service the previous Sunday with what I would later find to be an absolutely Holy-Spirit inspired ‘announcement’ that Sycamore Worship had some new stuff they were about releasing. It honestly wasn’t pre-meditated. If it was, I probably wouldn’t have dared say it- at least not in front of the several people in church. I’ve learnt…

Stories & moments: What We Learnt Writing Grave-Breaker

When ‘Loni and I were tidying up working on Grave-Breaker, and thought to take a moment to pray around what the Lord was birthing, I particularly felt the Lord remind me of a particular day some five years prior.  ‘Loni is easily one of my favourite people and we’ve had some very memorable and special God-moments over the several years that we’ve known.  But there was this particular day when we were hanging out in my office. I thought we…