Redeemed, Released and Redirected

'...Loose him, and let him go.' John 11:44 KJVWhen Jesus stood at his friend's grave and said, 'Lazarus, come forth,' His friend, who'd been dead for four days, shuffled out, still bound from head to toe in grave clothes. His grave clothes didn't just fall off the minute Jesus spoke to him. No, he needed ...Read More

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‘As Is’

'Bearing with one another...' Colossians 3:13 NASHave you ever been in a discount store where merchandise is labelled 'seconds' or 'purchase as is'? They don't tell you where the flaw is. And once you buy it you can't return it. Well, in case you haven't noticed, we all live in the 'as is' department. Stop ...Read More

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Shake It Off

'But Paul shook the snake off into the fire...' Acts 28:5 NIVThe story's told of a farmer whose mule fell into a well. Since he had no way to get him out, he decided to bury him there. He got a truckload of dirt and dumped it on top of the mule. But instead of ...Read More

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Make Prayer a Habit (3)

'God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.' Psalm 66:19 NIVThe Psalmist wrote: 'If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.' (Psalm 66:18-19 NIV) The character flaws you are working on, and your tendency to stumble from time ...Read More

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Make Prayer a Habit (2)

'...He knelt down...three times [a] day, and prayed...' Daniel 6:10 NKJVPeter, whom God used to help build the church, and John, whom God used to write the book of Revelation, made time in their daily schedule for prayer. 'Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.' ...Read More

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Make Prayer a Habit (1)

'Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.' Luke 5:16 NIVHabits are powerful things. We form our habits, then our habits form us. So this year are you going to stop talking about it, and make it a habit to spend time with God in prayer each day? If your desire is to be like ...Read More

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The Best Gift Ever!

'...Good news...for all the people.' Luke 2:10 NIVFor many people Christmas is a sad time. Author Jon Walker writes: 'I'm sitting in a fast food restaurant observing a young girl celebrating an early Christmas with her mother. Her presents are spread out across the booth and she just said, I miss you, Mommy. I miss ...Read More

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Don’t Miss Christmas

'Where is He who has been born...?' Matthew 2:2 NKJVMatthew records: 'Now after Jesus was born...wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him...when...they saw the young Child with ...Read More

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Growing Into Leadership

'...We are labourers together...' 1 Corinthians 3:9 KJVA cartoon shows an executive sitting forlornly behind a big desk. Standing meekly on the other side of the desk is a man dressed in work clothes who says, 'If it's any comfort to you, it's lonely at the bottom too.' The truth is, you'll meet lonely people ...Read More

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Playing the Lesser Part

'...in humility consider others better than yourselves...' Philippians 2:3 NIVFrances Green was an elderly lady living on a pension. Every year she sent a dollar to the Republican National Convention. One day she received an invitation to meet President Reagan. Not realising the RSVP should include a generous donation, she scraped up every cent she ...Read More

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How to Achieve Financial Security

'The...years of abundance...came to an end.' Genesis 41:53 NIVThe Bible says: 'Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain...The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there ...Read More

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Little Foxes

'Catch...the little foxes that spoil the vines...' Song of Solomon 2:15 NKJVMichelangelo once sculpted a figure out of marble while a friend watched. Later his friend went away on business and when he returned he said, 'I see you haven't worked on your sculpture.' The great artist replied, 'I've been working constantly on it since ...Read More

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It’s Just Part of Life’s Journey (5)

'...God...will...make a way of escape...' 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJVLook at the last part of this verse: '[God] will...make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.' Before the Army sends you into battle it first sends you to boot camp. You're up at dawn running kilometres with a heavy backpack, climbing ...Read More

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