The Scent of Christ

'...We are...the aroma of Christ...' 2 Corinthians 2:15 NIV‘We are…the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved, and those who are perishing. To one, we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life…’ (2 Corinthians 2:15–16 NIV) When the Roman army won in battle, they paraded their ...Read More

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Be Open to Correction

'...They did not respond to correction...' Jeremiah 2:30 NIVHow do you respond to correction? By taking offence? By interpreting it as rejection? By getting defensive? By shooting the bearer of bad news and making sure they never get to you again? By keeping score and saying, ‘In comparison to what I’ve accomplished in life, you’ve ...Read More

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Joseph’s Story, and Yours

'...God intended it...to accomplish...the saving of many lives.' Genesis 50:20 NIVHere’s Joseph’s story in a nutshell: his brothers put him in a pit, his boss put him in a prison, but God put him on a throne. And here’s what we learn: (1) Your dream may work out differently from what you thought. As a ...Read More

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The Holy Spirit (4)

'These little troubles are getting us ready...' 2 Corinthians 4:17 CEV Everything Jesus did for His followers, the Holy Spirit does for you. Jesus taught; the Holy Spirit teaches us. Jesus healed; the Holy Spirit heals us. Jesus comforted; the Holy Spirit comforts us. Jesus sends us into new seasons, and He sends His Counsellor ...Read More

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The Holy Spirit (3)

'...The Holy Spirit--He will teach you everything...' John 14:26 NLT As a departing teacher might introduce the pupils to his or her replacement, so Jesus introduces us to the Holy Spirit. And what a ringing endorsement He gives Him! He calls the Holy Spirit His ‘representative’. The Holy Spirit within you comes in the name ...Read More

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The Holy Spirit (2)

'...He will give you another...Counsellor.' John 14:16 AMPIn the Bible, Solomon lists 28 different seasons in life. Here they are: ‘A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a ...Read More

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The Holy Spirit (1)

'I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind...' John 14:27 NLTLife comes with surprises. Some of them you welcome, and some of them you don’t. One summer you take a trip to the beach, next summer the beach is covered with oil. One month your stocks are soaring and your investments are growing, then ...Read More

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Learn to ‘Wait’ On God

'...those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength...' Isaiah 40:31 NIVThe prophet Isaiah tells us God ‘…gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar…like eagles; they will run and not ...Read More

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Bring Them to Jesus

'Arise, take up your bed...' Mark 2:9 NKJVThey came to Him, bringing a paralytic, who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was ...Read More

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Before You Date Someone

'...Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.' Hebrews 10:24 NIVHere’s some advice for making your dating experiences something you can feel good about afterwards: (1) Be spiritually prepared. Talk to God while you’re getting ready. Time spent before the mirror is important, but time spent with God is all–important. This is never more ...Read More

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Don’t Be So Controlling

'Love...does not demand its own way...' 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLTSome kids at a summer camp were discussing creation, and one asked, ‘If everything has a purpose, how come God made poison ivy?’ Another replied, ‘Because He knows there are some things we should keep our hands off!’ But keeping your hands off things isn’t easy ...Read More

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Living Your Fullest Life

'My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.' John 10:10 TLBLiving your fullest life requires three things: (1) A good mentor. Paul writes: ‘Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine.’ (Philippians 3:17 NLT) Good mentors lead by example; they know that in order to be followed they must first be respected. ...Read More

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God’s Will for You (4)

'...How different from this way of faith is the way of law...' Galatians 3:12 NLTTo fulfil God’s will for your life and become the person He wants you to be, you must deal with the ‘me’ you’re afraid God wants you to be. Most people equate spiritual maturity with trying hard to follow the rules ...Read More

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