How to Avoid Burnout

'...the bush burned...yet was not consumed.' Exodus 3:2 AMPRemember the story of the burning bush? It burned, but it didn't burn out. Some people who once burned for God have burned out. Loyal workers in the church for years, suddenly they vanish. Herbert J. Freudenberger, a psychologist, describes burnout as 'fatigue brought about by devotion ...Read More

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Living without Regret

'...that I may finish my race with joy...' Acts 20:24 NKJVImagine your life is over and you're standing in front of a big DVD player. God inserts a disc with your name on it labelled: 'What might have been'. It details everything He wanted to accomplish through you: how He wanted to bless you financially, ...Read More

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Do You Know Why You’re Living?

'...for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world...' John 18:37 NIVJesus knew exactly why He lived: 'For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.' That's what He thought about, prayed about, planned for, worked towards, sacrificed for, died ...Read More

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Getting Out of a Spiritual Slump (1)

'As soon as they began singing...' 2 Chronicles 20:22 CEV Here's a simple but effective formula for handling a spiritual slump. Praise your way out! David starts Psalm 22 by asking, 'God, why have You forsaken me?' and goes on, '...You...dwell...[where]...praises...[are offered].' (Psalm 22:3 AMP) You won't always feel like praising God-that's why it's called ...Read More

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Tell ‘The Whole Truth’

'...we will hold to the truth in love...' Ephesians 4:15 NLT A teenager who'd just obtained his driver's licence told his parents he was meeting his friends at a restaurant. But this particular restaurant had several locations and his friends were at one 100 km away. They say, 'What you don't expose, will expose you.' ...Read More

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Use Your Time Wisely

'Making the most of your time...' Ephesians 5:16 NAS If you're wise you'll stop frequently and think about how you're spending your time. Charles Swindoll writes, 'In a book I read, The Time Trap, I came upon a list of the most popular time wasters. It helped to pinpoint some specific areas of inefficiency I ...Read More

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‘Lord, Help Us to See’

'...think of what you were when you were called...' 1 Corinthians 1:26 NIV Jesus didn't see people as losers, but as potential winners who'd lost their way. He '...was moved with compassion for them...' (Mark 6:34 NKJV) He saw them through God's eyes: not weeds, but potential roses. And His perspective, which is often different ...Read More

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Do You Need Direction?

'The Lord watches over the path of the godly...' Psalm 1:6 NLTGod will speak to you through relationships. Sometimes He will give you direct revelation, but often He will speak to you through relationships. His Word says, 'Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you...' (Hebrews 13:7 NIV) Who speaks into your ...Read More

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When Someone Stumbles, Help Them (3)

'...restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness...' Galatians 6:1 NAS Why is restoration necessary? To preserve their life. '...Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death...' (James 5:20 NIV) When someone you love is sinning, they're literally killing themselves. If you care, you won't be able ...Read More

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When Someone Stumbles, Help Them (2)

'...restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness...' Galatians 6:1 NASWhat is the 'spirit' in which we are to restore someone? The spirit of gentleness. 'If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.' More than likely, the person is already hurting and ...Read More

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When Someone Stumbles, Help Them (1)

'...if anyone is caught in any trespass...' Galatians 6:1 NASPaul writes, 'If anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.' Note the word 'caught'. Most of us who stumble thought at one time, 'That will never happen to me.' But it did. In a ...Read More

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Let Jesus Solve Your Problem

'...the mother of Jesus said..."They have no wine."' John 2:3 NKJVIn Biblical times offering wine to your guests at a wedding was an expected courtesy. It was also a sign of respect, so running out of it would have been considered a social disaster. But observe how Mary handled it. Instead of looking for someone ...Read More

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