Start the New Year right

'...forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another...' Colossians 3:13 NIVTo start the New Year right, you must let go of any old grudges that are weighing you down. Philip Yancey describes forgiveness as an unnatural act and says, 'You don't find dolphins forgiving sharks for eating their playmates. It's a dog-eat-dog world...not a ...Read More

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Put Your Faith to Work (4)

'...Your faith has made you well.' Luke 17:19 NKJVLet's look again at the ten lepers Jesus healed. In the final stages of their disease the flesh wasted away. But notice, Jesus didn't lay hands on them or pray for them. He didn't even address their leprosy. Instead He commanded them to go and show themselves ...Read More

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Put Your Faith to Work (3)

'...Your faith has made you well.' Luke 17:19 NKJVLuke records: 'As He...passed through...Samaria...there met Him ten...lepers, who... lifted up their voices and said, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!' So when He saw them, He said...'Go, show yourselves to the priests.' And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.' (Luke 17:11-14 NKJV) ...Read More

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Put Your Faith to Work (2)

'...Your faith has made you well.' Luke 17:19 NKJVThe Syrian army had surrounded the city of Samaria and its population was dying of starvation. Having lived off scraps of bread that folks threw over the wall each day, four lepers quickly assessed that they were in trouble. They said, 'Why sit here until we die?' ...Read More

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Put Your Faith to Work (1)

'...Your faith has made you well.' Luke 17:19 NKJVWe become so engrossed in what we see, feel and hear, that we operate within our natural senses rather than our spiritual ones. 'Through your faith, God is protecting you by His power.' (1 Peter 1:5 NLT) Your 'faith' is what activates the power of God. Before ...Read More

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Get down on your knees

'Now there were...shepherds...' Luke 2:8 NKJVThe Christmas story goes like this: 'There were...shepherds...keeping watch over their flocks by night. And behold an angel of the Lord stood before them...The angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there ...Read More

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Simeon

'I can die in peace...I have seen the Saviour.' Luke 2:29-30 TLBThe Bible says: 'There was a man named Simeon who lived in Jerusalem. He was a righteous man and very devout...and he eagerly expected the Messiah to come...The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the ...Read More

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The truth of the virgin birth

'The virgin will...give birth to a son...' Matthew 1:23 NIVHeaven announced the birth of Jesus in these words: 'The virgin will...give birth to a son, and...call Him Immanuel-which means, 'God with us.' Isn't it ironic that the first people to question the miracle of the virgin birth were religious leaders? The Pharisees said to Jesus, ...Read More

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Don’t Be Afraid of Failure (4)

'A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again...' Proverbs 24:16 NKJVSolomon writes: 'Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.' (Proverbs 14:4 NLT) If you insist on always having a nice neat stall, you'll have an empty stall. If you want a big harvest, you'll ...Read More

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Don’t Be Afraid of Failure (3)

'A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again...' Proverbs 24:16 NKJVThe Psalmist wrote: 'Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your Word.' (Psalm 119:67 NKJV) By doing it the wrong way, he eventually learned to do it the right way. The truth is, when you fail in one area, ...Read More

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Don’t Be Afraid of Failure (2)

'A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again...' Proverbs 24:16 NKJVStar baseball players only hit the ball about three out of every ten times. How do they live with such a high failure rate? By focusing on the law of averages. They know that if they just keep swinging the bat, they'll get ...Read More

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Don’t Be Afraid of Failure (1)

'A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again...' Proverbs 24:16 NKJVUntil you overcome the fear of failure, you'll be immobilised at the prospect of taking a risk. The important thing to remember when you fail is not to quit. History shows that failure can actually become a bridge to success. In school, Napoleon ...Read More

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Trials

'Consider it all joy...when you encounter various trials.'James 1:2 NASJames writes: 'Consider it all joy...when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance...that you may be perfect and complete.' (vv2-4 NAS) Peter writes: '...don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening ...Read More

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