Inner Beauty

'He will give you the mighty inner strengthening of His Holy Spirit.' Ephesians 3:16 TLB  A lady flew across the country to tell a talk show host how her husband had left her for another woman. The lady, who was young, vibrant and beautiful, pulled out a photograph and said, ‘Just look at her. He ...Read More

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Choose the Right Friends (2)

'Two people are better off than one.' Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT  Take the initiative. Don’t wait to be introduced. Say ‘hello’ and get the other person’s name. If you’re naturally shy, it can be hard taking the first step. But the chances are that the other person feels the same, and when you start talking you’ll ...Read More

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Choose the Right Friends (1)

'Friends sharpen the minds of each other.' Proverbs 27:17 CEV  Author Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones said, ‘You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years…except for the people with whom you associate and the books you read.’ When it comes to choosing friends, Dr Charles Townsend says look for: (1) People who influence you to ...Read More

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Seeing the Hand of God in It

'Friend, do what you came to do.' Matthew 26:50 NCV Jesus looked at Judas in Gethsemane and said, ‘Friend, do what you came to do.’ It’s hard to imagine the Lord calling Judas His ‘friend’. Judas was indeed a disciple and therefore a friend, which made his betrayal all the more sinister. But Jesus knew ...Read More

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Seize the Present

'The Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.' Jonah 3:1 NIV We spend too much of our lives in the junkyard of regret. We focus on what might have been, could have been and should have been. Maybe we think that by replaying it enough we can change the outcome. But we ...Read More

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You’re a ‘Priest’ at Work (3)

'His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.' Isaiah 28:26 NIV  Lottery winners often make the same comment: ‘Winning all that money isn’t going to change my life.’ But it seldom works out that way. Six months later they have left their job and bought a new house. A survey of lottery winners ...Read More

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You’re a ‘Priest’ at Work (2)

'You are a...priesthood.' 1 Peter 2:9 NIV  In his book Habits of the Heart, sociologist Robert N. Bellah described three attitudes people have towards their work. The first group treats it as a job. When you do this, you see it strictly as a way to make money and pay the bills. Like the bumper ...Read More

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You’re a ‘Priest’ at Work (1)

'Be fruitful...multiply...and govern.' Genesis 1:28 NLT   If you want to know God’s original intention for each of us, look at Adam. ‘God created human beings in his own image…Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.”’ (Genesis 1:27–28 NLT) We were created to be productive, to ...Read More

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Getting Them Through the Teenage Years

'Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home.' Proverbs 24:3 CEV   When you’re the parent of a ‘teen in transition’, it’s important to find the right blend of correction, instruction, motivation and praise. Instead of focusing on behaviour you don’t want, praise and reward behaviour you want more of. If your child feels like ...Read More

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Three Things We Owe Each Other

'Encouraged...by...mutual faith.' Romans 1:12 NKJV  Paul talks about three things we owe each other. Let’s look at them: (1) ‘Without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.’(Romans 1:9 NKJV) An unknown poet wrote, ‘I was a poor soul in the depth of despair, who climbed to the heights in answer to prayer.’ ...Read More

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Stressed Out About Money? (2)

'God has not given us a spirit of fear.' 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV  To overcome financial anxiety, you must: (1) Understand where your anxiety comes from.Unless your name is Bill Gates, the chances are that you’ll experience some degree of financial anxiety. But when fear becomes your fixed state of mind, something’s wrong; it’s time ...Read More

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Stressed Out About Money? (1)

'Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.' Psalm 56:3 NKJV   The solution to financial worry isn’t necessarily having more money. Indeed, the more money you have, the more you have to lose. And the thought of losing it can cause you to worry more, not less. It’s a vicious circle. Trying to ...Read More

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Are You Bearing Fruit?

'He came seeking fruit on it and found none.' Luke 13:6 NKJV  Jesus said: ‘A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, “Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this ...Read More

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