The Power of Prayer

'Pray without ceasing.' 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJVWhen the Bible says, ‘Pray without ceasing,’ that means pray every day, not just periodically or when you’re in trouble. ‘The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.’ (James 5:16 NKJV) The word ‘fervent’ means passionate, persistent and determined. It’s not the number of our prayers, how ...Read More

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Three All-Important Questions

'So be careful how you live... Make the most of every opportunity...' Ephesians 5:15-16 NLTFollowing a plan is like using a GPS device (Global Positioning System). If it knows where you are, you tell it where you want to go, and it creates a personalised road map. The difference between a GPS and you is ...Read More

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Love Your Pastor

'He...gave some to be...pastors.' Ephesians 4:11 NKJVPastors have a tough job. They get more kicks than kisses. If a pastor is young, he lacks experience; if he’s grey–haired, he’s too old. If he has five kids, he has too many; if he has none, he’s setting a bad example. If his wife sings in the ...Read More

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Get Rid of the Non-Essentials

'Let us lay aside every weight... and let us run.' Hebrews 12:1 NKJVIn the days of the Roman Empire, Olympic runners practised with heavy weights strapped to their bodies. But on the day of the race all the weights were stripped from them; hence we are told in Scripture, ‘Let us lay aside every weight… ...Read More

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Be Strong in the Lord

'Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.' Ephesians 6:10 NIVThe Bible says, ‘Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh–and–blood enemies, but ...Read More

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Be Tenacious

'But none of these things move me.' Acts 20:24 NKJVPaul writes: ‘The Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy.’ (Acts 20:23–24 NKJV).Dr. John Maxwell ...Read More

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The Word from the Top (8)

'You shall not covet.' Exodus 20:17 NIVIn the last of the Ten Commandments, God told His people: ‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s house…[nor] your neighbour’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.’ Coveting means grasping and craving for things that don’t belong to you. ...Read More

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The Word from the Top (7)

'You shall not give false testimony.' Exodus 20:16 NIV The ninth commandment says, ‘You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.’ Why do we lie? For lots of reasons: to escape the consequences of our actions; to avoid paying our dues; to create a false image; to convince others we’re something we’re not. But ...Read More

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The Word from the Top (6)

'You shall not steal.' Exodus 20:15 NIVThe eighth commandment says, ‘You shall not steal.’ Think how strange this commandment must have seemed to the Israelites. As a nomad society, thieving and looting had always been acceptable in their culture—even expected. But God said, ‘That day is over. Stealing distorts your priorities. It makes things more ...Read More

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The Word from the Top (5)

'You shall not commit adultery.' Exodus 20:14 NIV The seventh commandment says, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But Jesus takes it one step further by saying, ‘Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery… in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. ...Read More

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The Word from the Top (4)

'You shall not murder.' Exodus 20:13 NIV The sixth commandment says, ‘You shall not murder.’ Now, most of us don’t need a lecture on murder, so let’s address the real issue: the tongue, which kills by destroying a person’s self–worth and future hopes. Paul writes: ‘All the law is fulfilled in…this: “You shall love your ...Read More

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The Word from the Top (3)

'Honour your father and your mother.' Exodus 20:12 NIVIn the fifth commandment, God says, ‘Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.’ That means children must respect their parents, and parents must prove worthy of respect. Abraham and Lot were ...Read More

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