Be a Peacemaker

'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.' Matthew 5:9 NKJVJesus spent much of His ministry tearing down barriers and building bridges. He did it through acts of love such as washing the feet of those who would fail and betray Him, eating with a tax collector everybody in town despised, ...Read More

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Don’t Act on Impulse!

'Whoever believes will not be in haste.' Isaiah 28:16 ESVAs twins go, Jacob and Esau were very different. But they quickly learned to negotiate. Have you ever watched children make a deal that favoured one over the other? For example, one offers the other a candy bar in exchange for an expensive video game. Well, ...Read More

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Simply Serving (5)

'Through love serve one another.' Galatians 5:13 NKJVSimply Serving (5)In his book The Pursuit of Excellence, Ted Engstrom writes: ‘I was cleaning out a desk drawer when I found a flashlight I hadn’t used in over a year. I flipped the switch but wasn’t surprised when it gave no light. I unscrewed it and shook ...Read More

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Simply Serving (4)

'...give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord.' 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIVPaul writes, ‘Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?… If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.’ (Galatians 1:10 NIV) A true servant of God is content to work ...Read More

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Simply Serving (3)

'If you think you are too important to help... you are only fooling yourself.' Galatians 6:3 NLT Author of Swim with the Sharks, Harvey Mackay, wrote in his column about Philip Pillsbury of the famous Pillsbury milling family: 'The tips of three of his fingers were missing... the unmistakable mark of a journeyman grain miller, ...Read More

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Simply Serving (2)

'Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.' Mark 10:43 NKJV Pontius Pilate had an opportunity to acquit Jesus of any wrongdoing, but instead he called for a basin and washed his hands of the entire matter. His attitude was, 'I'm not getting involved.' And a lot of people have that same ...Read More

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Simply Serving (1)

'Through love serve one another.' Galatians 5:13 NKJVBill Wilson builds Sunday schools in some of New York City’s worst areas. He has been stabbed and shot, and had team members killed. A Puerto Rican lady who could barely speak English said to him one day, ‘I want to do something for God, please.’ Bill said, ...Read More

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Dealing with Church Conflict

'God blesses those who work for peace.' Matthew 5:9 NLTDr Gary Fenton says church conflict is a lot like championship wrestling - not nearly as painful as it looks! As a leader, you need to recognise the difference between: (1) Disagreement and conflict. Conflict exists when a group is stuck and can't make a decision. ...Read More

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Walk in Forgiveness

'The merciful... will be shown mercy.' Matthew 5:7 NIVThe German philosopher Schopenhauer compared the human race to porcupines huddled together on a winter night: 'The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle together for warmth. But the closer we get...the more we hurt one another with our sharp quills. And in the lonely night ...Read More

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Pray About It

'Why is this happening to me?' Genesis 25:22 NIVThe Bible says: 'The Lord answered [Isaac's] prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, "Why is this happening to me?" So she went to enquire of the Lord. The Lord said to her, "Two nations are in ...Read More

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Are You Jealous?

'Jealousy is like cancer in the bones.' Proverbs 14:30 NLTChristian educator Henrietta Mears said, 'The man who keeps busy helping the man below him, won't have time to envy the man above him.' Doctor Seuss wrote hundreds of children's stories. One of his most famous is about the Grinch, a cartoon character who gets so ...Read More

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Change Your Response!

'The... Lord is my strength... He enables me to [go on].' Habakkuk 3:19 NIVAre things in your life falling apart? Your finances look uncertain, the career you worked to build is floundering, your health is failing, the people you trusted have let you down. Nobody enjoys such times, but if you live long enough you'll ...Read More

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Listen More, Say Less

'Be...[a ready listener].' James 1:19 AMPTalking instead of listening will get you into trouble. Two geese were preparing to fly south when a frog asked if he could go along. They questioned how he could do it. 'Easy,' he said. 'You guys hold a stick between your beaks and I'll hang on with my mouth.' ...Read More

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