Mind Your Mouth! (2)

'Of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks...' Luke 6:45 NKJV Let's answer some communication questions: (1) What is good communication? It's honest, positively intended, two-way sharing. It isn't 'dumping' or giving someone a piece of your mind! The first law of verbal ecology is: garbage is not biodegradable! It recycles, festering with time. ...Read More

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Mind Your Mouth! (1)

'Of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks...' Luke 6:45 NKJV 'Oh, it was just a bunch of meaningless words. No big deal!' Wrong! Our words are a big deal and they do mean a lot! 'A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man ...Read More

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Pour Out Your Heart to God!

'...I pour out my complaint before Him...' Psalm 142:2 NIV Learn to pray the Psalms. They run the gamut of human emotion from thanksgiving, to anger, to fear, to loneliness, to grief. The Psalmist doesn't miss a beat when it comes to life. Not life as we wish it was, but life as it is: ...Read More

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Trust God! Trust God! Trust God!

'You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living...' Psalm 142:5 NKJV Hard times energise some people, yet paralyse others. Look at David. Everything he touched turned to gold: Samuel anointed him to be king; he defeated Goliath; Saul chose him as a musician and warrior; the army loved him and wrote ...Read More

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Settle Your Disagreement

'...Please...settle your disagreement...' Philippians 4:2 NLT Euodia and Syntyche were two women who worked hand in hand with Paul in building the church. Yet sadly, the only mention of them in Scripture is that they couldn't get along with one another. That's not good because God's blessing is predicated upon our willingness to forgive and ...Read More

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Naaman (4)

'...He was...a mighty man...but a leper...' 2 Kings 5:1 NKJV Before leaving the story of Naaman, let's observe two more things: (1) Everybody needs help. Not just the down-'n'-outers, but the up-'n'-outers. Being a five-star general doesn't mean a thing when someone's dying of leprosy. 'But they wouldn't listen to someone like me,' you say. ...Read More

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Naaman (3)

'...He was...a mighty man...but a leper...' 2 Kings 5:1 NKJV When God gives you an answer, don't argue and don't rationalise. Just do what He tells you-and you'll come up clean. Naaman's pride almost cost him his life. When he left Elisha's house he was angry because Elisha hadn't come out to speak with him ...Read More

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Naaman (2)

'...He was...a mighty man...but a leper...' 2 Kings 5:1 NKJV Naaman had a problem; a unique one. In recalling this story Jesus said, '...Many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman...' (Luke 4:27 NKJV). It's easier to believe God for something you've seen ...Read More

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Naaman (1)

'...He was...a mighty man...but a leper...' 2 Kings 5:1 NKJV In examining the story of Naaman the leper, we begin by looking at his condition. 'Naaman, commander of the army of...Syria, was a great...man...but a leper.' (2 Kings 5:1 NKJV ) In spite of his past victories and present honours, he had a hidden problem ...Read More

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In Harness with Jesus

'Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me...' Matthew 11:29 NKJV Some of us find it easy to trust God for health, yet we stay awake all night worrying about finances. Or we trust Him for finances, but not to direct our steps. Jesus says, 'Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me.' ...Read More

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Spiritual Distance

'...The people stood afar off, but Moses drew near...where God was.' Exodus 20:21 NKJV Moses alone knew what God's presence felt like, what His voice sounded like and what His radiant glory looked like. And apparently the people of Israel were happy to leave it that way. They said to Moses, 'You speak with us...but ...Read More

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Are You Feeling Inadequate?

'...Our sufficiency is from God.' 2 Corinthians 3:5 NKJV God will never give you an assignment that does not require His involvement. He calls us: '...Not according to our works [ability], but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus...' (2 Timothy 1:9 NKJV) When God gives you ...Read More

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The Blood of Jesus

'...The blood...makes atonement for the soul...' Leviticus 17:11 NKJV Jeffrey Ebert says: 'When I was five years old, before factory-installed seat belts and automobile airbags, my family was driving home at night on a two-lane country road. I was sitting on my mother's lap when another car driven by a drunk driver swerved into our ...Read More

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