Control Your Tongue

'...If we could control our tongues, we...could also control ourselves in every other way.' James 3:2 NLTThe saying goes, 'We are like cats; we lick ourselves with our tongues!' When someone spreads gossip, mark that person carefully. Why? Because if they talk to you about somebody else, they'll talk to somebody else about you. The ...Read More

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Deal with the Stumbling Blocks (2)

'Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block...in your brother's way.' Romans 14:13 NIVHere are two more stumbling blocks you need to remove in order to win someone to Christ: (1) Boredom. Jesus isn't boring, but sometimes religion is. The story is told of a lady who fell asleep during the sermon. Pointing ...Read More

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Deal with the Stumbling Blocks (1)

'Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block...in your brother's way.' Romans 14:13 NIVIf you want to win someone to Christ, there are certain stumbling blocks you may have to remove. Let's be honest, people are turned off by religion for a lot of reasons - legitimate ones. Let's look at some: (1) ...Read More

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Your Mission: to Serve

'The Gospel...of which I, Paul, have become a servant.' Colossians 1:23 NIVWho am I? What's my calling? The apostle Paul, who considered himself '...not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles' (2 Corinthians 11:5 NAS), answers simply: 'I am Paul. My role is serving. I am a servant to the Gospel and the ...Read More

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For Heaven’s Sake, Control Yourself!

'A person without self-control...' Proverbs 25:28 NLTThe boy said, 'He made me do it, Dad. He was nasty to me.' Attempting to teach his son responsibility, his father replied, 'Son, you've got to learn that you are the guard at the door of your own life. You're in charge. Nothing gets in or out without ...Read More

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Never Stop Learning

'...You need someone to teach you...' Hebrews 5:12 NIVMarlene LeFever quipped, 'Becoming an effective teacher is simple. You just prepare and prepare until drops of blood appear on your forehead.' In the 1920s Charlie Chaplin was the most famous person in the world. Born into poverty, he worked on the stage to support himself and ...Read More

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Don’t Lose Your Compassionate Edge (3)

'...We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses...' Hebrews 4:15 NKJVDr Joseph Parker told his theology students, 'Preach to the suffering and you will never lack a congregation. There is a broken heart in every pew.' Don't lose your compassionate edge, because you can't heal a broken heart unless you ...Read More

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Don’t Lose Your Compassionate Edge (2)

'...Faith...if it does not have works, is dead.' James 2:17 NKJVMother Teresa said, 'The biggest disease today isn't leprosy or cancer. It's the feeling of being uncared for, unwanted - of being deserted and alone.' As a result, she spent her life rescuing sick babies and giving dignity to the dying. Asked why she did ...Read More

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Don’t Lose Your Compassionate Edge (1)

'...When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them...' Matthew 9:36 NKJVChrist's concern for a hurting world revealed itself in two ways: condemnation towards those who took advantage of others and compassion towards those who couldn't help themselves. One time He took a whip and threw the money changers out of the ...Read More

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Encouragement – It’s a Powerful Thing

'If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.' Romans 12:8 NLTMany a man and woman who quit would have kept going if they had just received a word of encouragement from someone. Encouragement is so vital that the Scriptures rank it up there with gifts like teaching and leadership (Romans 12:6-8). Here are two ...Read More

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Live Till You Die!

'...When he died...his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.' Deuteronomy 34:7 NIV Don't listen to those who tell you you're 'too old'. God's promise is, 'They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh...' (Psalm 92:14 NIV) For 20 to 30 years the century plant spreads out but produces no ...Read More

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What Are You Living For?

'Grey hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life.' Proverbs 16:31 NIVWe all live for something; the question is: what? Ben Patterson writes in The Grand Essentials: 'I have a theory about old age...I believe when life has whittled us down, when joints have failed and skin has wrinkled and ...Read More

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The Loneliness of Leadership

'...That you may not bear it yourself alone.' Numbers 11:17 NKJVMoses said to God, 'Why have You...laid the burden of all these people on me?' (Numbers 11:11 NKJV) God replied, '...Gather to Me seventy men... I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them...that you may not ...Read More

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