Walking on Water (4)

'...He walked on the water...to Jesus.' Matthew 14:29 NKJVThere are many good reasons for stepping out of the boat and trying something new, or something you may have failed at before. It's the only way to develop faith, it's the alternative to being average, and it's how you discover your calling. But there's an even ...Read More

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Walking on Water (3)

'...He walked on the water...to Jesus.' Matthew 14:29 NKJVPeter discovered what we all discover in our walk with God: just because you sink doesn't mean you're sunk. Here are two reasons why. First, failing doesn't make you a failure, quitting does. Failure is just a part of learning. Sir Edmund Hillary made several attempts to ...Read More

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Walking on Water (2)

'...He walked on the water...to Jesus.' Matthew 14:29 NKJVWhen Peter was certain it was Jesus who was calling him, he left the security of the boat and entrusted himself to the power of God. So far, so good. 'But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ...Read More

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Walking on Water (1)

'...He walked on the water...to Jesus.' Matthew 14:29 NKJVThe disciples were out fishing one night when a huge storm struck. About 3am they were terrified by a figure approaching them on the water. '...Immediately Jesus spoke... Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid... Peter answered...Lord, if it is You, command me ...Read More

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Serving ‘with Gladness’

'Serve...with gladness...' Psalm 100:2 NKJVAnything God gives you is first a gift to enjoy, then a seed to sow. Do you have a good education? Leadership ability? More money than you need? God has given you seeds, so sow them. There are basically three kinds of people: those who can't see, or refuse to see ...Read More

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Live Between the Steps

'This is the day the Lord has made...' Psalm 118:24 NKJVThere's a built-in danger in goal-setting. What is it? It's believing we'll only be happy when we reach those goals. We tell ourselves, 'When I graduate, get married, have children, own my own home', and so on, so we keep postponing life. A university professor ...Read More

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Scars

'...I will not believe it until I...put my finger where the nails were...' John 20:25 NCVIn The Odyssey, when Odysseus returns home disguised as an old man, his family doesn't know him. Then his childhood nurse sees a scar she remembers from infancy. Until then, even she doesn't recognise him. When Thomas heard Jesus was ...Read More

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You get another shot!

'...Go...tell his disciples...especially Peter...' Mark 16:7 CEVMax Lucado writes, 'I'd read the passage a hundred times, but never seen it. Maybe I'd passed over it in the excitement of the resurrection...the women's surprise when they find the stone moved...that beautiful phrase by the angel He is not here, He is risen. But go a bit ...Read More

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Trust God and Keep Going

'...Gideon...crossed over, exhausted but still in pursuit.' Judges 8:4 NKJVAre you thinking of quitting? You believed you could make a difference until they poured criticism and cold water on you. At that point you decided it was easier to adjust your expectations to their opinion and just keep smiling. Don't do it; God has too ...Read More

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Take the First Step

'...Jesus said...Get up!...' John 5:8 NIVAt the pool of Bethesda Jesus was drawn to a man who'd been physically incapacitated for 38 years and couldn't walk. That's a long time to wait for things to change. Many of us would have given up. 'When Jesus...asked...Do you want to get well?... [he] replied, I have no ...Read More

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Pray for God’s Favour (3)

'...Find favour...in the sight of God and man.' Proverbs 3:4 NKJVGod can give you favour in the most unusual places and through the most unlikely people. Joseph's journey to the throne of Egypt involved being unjustly accused and thrown in prison. Now the prospects of an ex-con becoming your next Prime Minister are not good-unless, ...Read More

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Pray for God’s Favour (2)

'...Find favour...in the sight of God and man.' Proverbs 3:4 NKJVTo see God's favour at work, examine the life of Joseph. 'Now Israel [Jacob] loved Joseph more than all his children... he made him a [coat] of many colours. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him...they hated him... Now Joseph had a ...Read More

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