True giving (2)

'...see that you also excel in this grace of giving.' 2 Corinthians 8:7 NIVOur giving should be regulated and motivated by gratitude for what Christ has done for us. Paul writes: '...though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.' (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV) ...Read More

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True giving (1)

'...see that you also excel in this grace of giving.' 2 Corinthians 8:7 NIVPaul tells the Corinthians: '...see that you also excel in this grace of giving.' (2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV) Then he challenges them with the example of the givers in Macedonia: '...we must tell you about the grace...given to the Macedonian churches. Somehow, ...Read More

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When a Believer Dies (4)

'...To go and be with Christ, which would be far better...' Philippians 1:23 NLT No matter how much you enjoy where you are living at present, there's always a longing in your heart for the place you call 'home'. And how much more so for those who have been born again into God's redeemed family! ...Read More

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When a Believer Dies (3)

'We tell you this directly from the Lord...' 1 Thessalonians 4:15 NLTWhat Paul wrote about death, he heard straight from the Lord: 'We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet Him ahead of those who have died.' The Lord reserves this high privilege ...Read More

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When a Believer Dies (2)

'...God will bring back with [Jesus] the believers who have died.' 1 Thessalonians 4:14 NLTDealing with death separates us into two categories: the hopeless and the hopeful. The hopeless believe that they have nothing to look forward to. Their losses feel permanent - the end of life and all that's good. But the hopeful have ...Read More

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When a Believer Dies (1)

'...You will not grieve like people who have no hope.' 1 Thessalonians 4:13 NLTOur culture makes death a subject to avoid or to speak of with gloom. When the subject comes up, even Christians try to dodge the bullet by escaping into vague, irrelevant-sounding metaphors. But God's Word makes death clear and unthreatening for those ...Read More

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Gratitude – It’s Contagious!

'In everything give thanks...' 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJVAuthor Barbara Johnson was frazzled; she was running late, and on the bus to work she had to stand. Her attitude was going downhill fast when a cheery voice from the front of the bus announced, 'Beautiful day, isn't it?' She couldn't see the man, but she listened ...Read More

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You Are Special

'...My unfailing love for you will not be shaken...' Isaiah 54:10 NIV Chinese missionary John Bentley distributed a book written by Max Lucado, entitled You Are Special, to children who lived in a Chinese orphanage. In China, male children are favoured over female ones. Healthy babies outrank impaired ones. Indeed, children who cannot speak or hear ...Read More

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Who Are You Trying to Please?

'Let my words and...thoughts be pleasing to You, Lord...' Psalm 19:14 CEVAre you afraid to speak up in case you encounter disapproval? The Bible says, 'Fearing people is a dangerous trap...' (Proverbs 29:25 NLT) And fear is common among people-pleasers. Kristin Armstrong writes: 'A pleaser daughter is one who, at any age, still tries to ...Read More

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Thinking For A Change

'The plans of the diligent lead to profit...' Proverbs 21:5 NIVIn his book, Thinking for a Change, Dr. John Maxwell says, 'The right thought, plus the right people, in the right environment, at the right time, for the right reason, always produces the right result.' Let's take a minute and break those words down: (1) ...Read More

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Tap into Your Creativity

'God created man in His own image...' Genesis 1:27 NIVThe Bible says: 'God created man in His own image...male and female He created them. God blessed them and said... "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over...every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give ...Read More

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Imagination and Freedom of Choice

'...The world and all that is in it is Mine...' Psalm 50:12 NRSThe Bible says, '...God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.' (Genesis 2:7 NKJV) Until then, we were just inanimate lumps of clay in human form. At ...Read More

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