In Spite of Yourself

'...The Good Shepherd...lays down His...life for the sheep.' John 10:11 AMP There are two ways in which we are like sheep: (1) Without a shepherd to guide us, we get into stuff that hurts us. God has no 'super-sheep'. The Bible says: 'All of us, like sheep, have strayed...We have left God's paths to follow ...Read More

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Henry John Heinz

'Her children rise up and call her blessed...' Proverbs 31:28 NKJV At age six, Henry John Heinz began helping his mother tend the small garden behind their family home. At twelve, he was working one and a half hectares of garden, using a horse and cart for his three-times-a-week deliveries to grocery stores throughout the ...Read More

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Why You Need Courage (3)

'Be strong and of good courage, and do it...' 1 Chronicles 28:20 NKJV In 1955 Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama for refusing to give her seat on the bus to a white man. Boycotts and bloodshed followed until the US Supreme Court ruled segregation unconstitutional. Later Rosa wrote: 'Knowing what must be done does ...Read More

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Why You Need Courage (2)

'Be strong and of good courage...' Joshua 1:6 NKJV Joshua discovered four reasons why you need to be strong and demonstrate courage. Yesterday we looked at the first two. Today let's look at the next two: (3) For the sake of others. People are watching you. They want to know if you'll face the situation ...Read More

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Why You Need Courage (1)

'Be strong and of good courage...' Joshua 1:6 NKJV Why did God say to Joshua, 'Be strong and of good courage'? For four reasons: (1) For Joshua's own sake. God had a lot invested in Joshua; the future of an entire nation rested on his shoulders. And since God has a lot invested in you ...Read More

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Christ Can Set Us Free

'Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored...' Lamentations 5:21 NKJVAny habit you cannot break, or that you refuse to break, is a habit that has the power to break you. Are you dealing with appetites that are out of control? Do you struggle with compulsions that bring moments of pleasure ...Read More

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You’ve Got to Pay Full Price

'I insist on paying the full price...' 1 Chronicles 21:24 NIV Dale Winbrow wrote: 'When you get what you want in the struggle for self, and the world makes you king for a day; just go to the mirror and look at yourself, and see what that man has to say. For it isn't your ...Read More

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Stay Focused on What’s Important

'...he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.' Hebrews 11:27 NIVWhen you have a dream, there are certain things you must be willing to give up. You can't keep all your options open; you have to narrow your focus to what's most important. John Maxwell says: 'Many people do the opposite. Rather than focus ...Read More

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Get Going!

'Why are you crying out...Tell the Israelites to move on.' Exodus 14:15 NIVImagine yourself undertaking an important assignment. Things go well and God blesses your efforts. Then circumstances change, you face difficulties, discouragement sets in, those you counted on start blaming you, and now you wish you'd never undertaken the project. Welcome to Moses' world! ...Read More

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Conformed or Transformed? (4)

'Do not be conformed...but be transformed...' Romans 12:2 NKJVEach time we offer our bodies as 'living sacrifices' to God, our stubborn nature will rebel. But with Christ in control we can break its grip. 'Do not conform...to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.' (NIV) We have the ...Read More

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Conformed or Transformed? (3)

'Do not be conformed...but be transformed...' Romans 12:2 NKJVWhat does it mean to give yourself fully to God? (1) It's an act of worship. 'Offer your bodies...this is your spiritual act of worship.' (v1 NIV) Worship isn't just attending Sunday service, singing praises and saying prayers. '...this people...honour Me with their lip service, but they ...Read More

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Conformed or Transformed? (2)

'Do not be conformed...but be transformed...' Romans 12:2 NKJVTransformation: (1) Requires personal sacrifice. It's not easy, natural or automatic. It calls for becoming a 'living sacrifice'. The problem with 'living' sacrifices is their tendency to keep escaping the altar, having to be led back repeatedly to be sacrificed again and again. Salvation is an instant, ...Read More

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Conformed or Transformed? (1)

'Do not be conformed...but be transformed...' Romans 12:2 NKJVChuck Swindoll said, 'We like to imagine ourselves a race of rugged individuals-the Patrick Henrys, Davy Crocketts and Lone Rangers. The truth is, we hate to appear different lest we be ostracised, branded fanatics and rejected. So, we conform. You'll see it in the child eager to ...Read More

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