Confidence Before God

'...Your sins are forgiven.' Matthew 9:2 NASJesus said to a quadriplegic lying on a bed, 'Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.' Perhaps you're asking, 'What sins could a quadriplegic commit?' There are three ways to sin: (1) Commission: the things we do. (2) Omission: the good we fail to do. (3) Disposition: our wrong ...Read More

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Don’t Rush into this Relationship (2)

'No one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again...' John 4:14 CEVWe all want to be loved and appreciated for who we are. And when it doesn't happen on our timetable, it's tempting to rush into another relationship hoping it'll make everything better. The last couple to 'live happily ever after' ...Read More

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Don’t Live in Regret

'Godly sorrow brings repentance...and leaves no regret...' 2 Corinthians 7:10 NIVThere's the kind of regret that leads to despair because you don't think God's grace is sufficient to cover your sins. Then there's 'sadness...used by God [which] brings a change of heart...and...no regret.' (2 Corinthians 7:10 GNT) This kind draws you closer and makes you ...Read More

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Home Group – Malachi Pt 2

Malachi (Mal’a’khee) Pt 2 Just a quick recap from last week…the situation in Israel during the ministry years of the prophet Malachi was that about 50,000 Jews returned from Babylon to re-establish the city of Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple which they did and the Temple service had been re-established and the priesthood was once ...Read More

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‘Faith Is’

'...Lord, "Increase our faith."' Luke 17:5 NKJVFaith answers the question, 'How?' with one word: 'God!' The Bible says, 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) Notice: (1) Faith is a 'substance'. Some people see faith as something ethereal and 'otherworldly'. But it's not; we use ...Read More

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Earning the Right to Lead (2)

'...If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously...' Romans 12:8 NLTEarning the right to lead calls for asking yourself: (1) Can I live with the results of this decision? Before you launch into something be sure you have what it takes to handle it. If you can barely cope now, how will ...Read More

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Earning the Right to Lead (1)

'Don't begin until you count the cost...' Luke 14:28 NLTEarning the right to lead calls for the following things: (1) Prayerfully evaluating before you act. The very thing that makes leading others so appealing to your ego makes you vulnerable to their pressures and praise. 'When Jesus perceived that they were about to...make Him king, ...Read More

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God’s Disaster-Preparedness Kit

'...In the day of my disaster...the Lord was my support.' 2 Samuel 22:19 NIV A phone call in the small hours, a malignant tumour, a police officer at your door, a child addicted to drugs - if you live long enough you'll be confronted with 'the day of disaster'. And it's the strength of your ...Read More

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God is Committed to You

'...So we might be the most important of all the things He made.' James 1:18 NCVBe careful around people who don't value themselves, because they're incapable of valuing you. Look for those who enhance you, not inhibit you, who fertilise your mind and fortify your faith. When you're around them, you'll see your best qualities ...Read More

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Caring for Those God Cares About

'Look after...widows...' James 1:27 NIVMiriam Neff says: 'With [my husband] Bob's exit to Heaven...life changed: my calendar, my chequebook...what's in my frig...the look in my children's eyes when they step through the door on holidays. My living space is more cluttered. I seldom use make-up...there are other changes so personal they can't be shared. Loneliness ...Read More

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Debbie Russell

SoulFood: Ezek 46-48, Luke 1:57-66, Ps 139:7-12, Pr 15:28-30Debbie, a radiant 37-year-old who worked at The Word For You Today in Atlanta, died after battling cancer. People everywhere prayed for her healing, including the elders at Northpoint Church. Some of those who attended her funeral wondered, 'Why?' The truth is, sometimes God heals us in ...Read More

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Know When to Be Quiet!

'Fools vent...the wise quietly hold it back.' Proverbs 29:11 NLTCarol Kuykendall writes: 'My very pregnant daughter got her hair cut...from long to stylishly short. She was trying to get used to her new look when we ran into one of her friends. "Oh no!" her friend wailed..."I don't like it!" Then as if to rationalise ...Read More

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