God’s Plan for Spiritual Renewal

'...He sought his God...and so he prospered.' 2 Chronicles 31:21 NIV The conditions in our country today are similar to those in ancient Israel. In spite of all God's blessings, the people had turned their back on Him. So when Hezekiah, a man of integrity, came to the throne, he set his heart on restoring ...Read More

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Grace at Home (2)

'If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation...' 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV Here are three more steps to treating your spouse with grace: (1) See them as God created them to be. Focusing on your partner's flaws doesn't help either of you. The Pharisees saw only the worst in the woman caught in ...Read More

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Grace at Home (1)

'...But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.' Romans 5:20 NIVYou need a lot of grace in marriage. Even in the best of relationships, things happen that cause misunderstanding and hurt. Speaking about his marriage, therapist Michael Sytsma says: 'Before I was married, God said, "Mike, you have some rough edges. To help you ...Read More

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Speak Words of Life and Health

'Gentle words cause life and health...' Proverbs 15:4 TLBJames writes, 'If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.' (James 1:26 NIV) The poet wrote, 'Oh I say the things that I never should, just want to be heard or ...Read More

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How Quickly They Grow!

'...Make every minute count.' Ephesians 5:16 CEVDo you remember wishing your children were grown up? Suddenly you're amazed at how quickly it's happening. The truth is, they'll soon be gone, leaving the place feeling deserted and quiet. Bob Benson puts it poignantly: 'I pass a lot of houses on my way home; some pretty, some ...Read More

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (2)

'Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous...' Psalm 139:14 NLTSo, how should you view the role of your physical appearance? (1) With gratitude. Thank God for the unique person He created you to be. You're not the result of random genetics. You're a genuine 'one-off', designed by God to fill ...Read More

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (1)

'...The clay doesn't ask, "Why did you make me this way?"...' Isaiah 45:9 CEVA lot of us are unhappy with what we see in the mirror. Indeed, some of us are so unhappy that we spend a fortune to change it. And while it's good to look your best, God never intended our looks as ...Read More

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Facing Your Biggest Fears in Prayer

'...Father...take this cup away from Me...' Mark 14:36 NKJVThe next time you drink from the communion cup in church, stop and recall what was in the cup Jesus drank from in Gethsemane on the night before He was crucified. You can drink from the cup with assurance because He first drank from the cup in ...Read More

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Samson and Joseph (2)

'These things happened to them as examples...for us...' 1 Corinthians 10:11 NIVWhile Samson had everything going for him, Joseph had everything going against him. Notice: (1) He was badly treated by the people of God. Joseph's brothers resented the vision God gave him and the favour that was upon his life, so they sold him ...Read More

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Samson and Joseph (1)

'These things happened to them as examples...for us...' 1 Corinthians 10:11 NIVSamson was a loser, Joseph was a winner. Samson had everything going for him. He was the product of a miracle birth, raised by godly parents, and given supernatural strength. Yet he failed miserably. Why? (1) He did not pray. The only time we ...Read More

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Whose ‘Report’ Will You Believe?

'Who has believed our report?...' Isaiah 53:1 NKJVAn oil spill pollutes the Gulf of Mexico, devastating marine life and the livelihood of millions of people. Day after day we watch it on TV, in real time. An earthquake hits Haiti, 200,000 die, and the world's poorest people are left hungry and homeless. An American-born terrorist ...Read More

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Midnight Madness (2)

'While the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered...' Matthew 25:5 NKJVLet's look at these ten virgins and see what else we can learn from them. Observe three things: (1) The midnight crowd. 'While the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.' Who slept? The wise as well as the foolish; the world as well ...Read More

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Midnight Madness (1)

'And at midnight a cry was heard...' Matthew 25:6 NKJVYou've probably heard the story of the five wise virgins and the five foolish ones. Jesus told it. In those days a requirement for being allowed to participate in a wedding was that your lamp had to be burning. But when the bridegroom showed up five ...Read More

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