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Ransomed, Redeemed, Restored!

'He provided redemption for His people.' Psalm 111:9 NIVEver been to a pawnshop? The idea is simple; if you need money, you take a valuable item like jewellery or a musical instrument to the shop where the pawnbroker appraises it and gives you cash. But if you don't return within the specified time to redeem [...]

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Operating in Your God-Given Strength

'There are diversities of gifts...' 1 Corinthians 12:4 NKJVPaul writes, 'There are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit.' Successful people invest their time, energy and resources into their core strengths. Why? Because that is where they get their highest return! They occasionally depart from that approach, as Colin Salmon did when he took time [...]

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Touching Jesus

'If I can just touch [Him], I will be healed.' Mark 5:28 NLTMark records the story of a woman who'd haemorrhaged for twelve years and spent every cent she had on doctors, but to no avail. What western culture discreetly refers to as 'a female condition' had devastated this Jewish lady's life. Sexually, she couldn't [...]

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Develop a Passion for Your Work

'...he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.' Colossians 3:25 NKJVJohn Ortberg writes: 'My friend Andy Chan headed up the placement office for Stanford School of Business, helping graduates find work. He says that some day he wants to write a book called The Myth of [...]

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The Power of Togetherness (2)

'In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.' Romans 12:5 NIVAn American veteran who was part of the D-Day invasion described meeting Churchill prior to the launch of that bloody offensive against the forces of Nazism. He said D-Day was the most frightening experience of his [...]

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The Power of Togetherness (1)

'Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!' Psalm 133:1 AMPThe word 'synergy' pictures a group of people working together in a great cause, each functioning at their highest level and enjoying it. John Wooden, former coach of the championship UCLA basketball team, said: 'During my coaching years [...]

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Come to God’s City of Refuge

'Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge...' Joshua 20:2 NIVIn Old Testament times, if you killed someone by accident, their family had the right to take your life in return. So God arranged six 'cities of refuge', three on either side of the Jordan River so that, no matter where you were, you [...]

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P B P G I N F W M Y

'But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work...' James 1:4 AMPLife is lived in seasons; if you don't understand that, you'll be constantly frustrated. Some seasons are for sowing, some for waiting and some for reaping. Sometimes you have a short, intense burst of growth followed by a [...]

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How to Succeed Where It Matters Most

'...I focus on this one thing...' Philippians 3:13 NLTProfessor Howard Hendricks mentored hundreds of pastors and leaders. He writes: 'As a young leader, my biggest mistake was allowing my time to be eaten up with things outside my core competencies. I wanted to set the pace for others, to demonstrate that nothing was beneath me, [...]

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Show Your Love

'...He has commanded us to love one another...' 2 John 1:6 NLTBecause the very essence and nature of God is love, it's in loving others that we are most like Him. Paul writes, 'And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,and though I give my body to be burned, but have not [...]

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