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The need for connectedness (2)

‘They shared everything they had.’ Acts 4:32 NIV When you read the story of the New Testament Church, you tend to get caught up in its amazing miracles. But here’s a component you shouldn’t miss: ‘No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had… There were no needy persons [...]

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Courageous: 1

‘Be strong and of good courage.’ Joshua 1:9 NKJV Knowing the battles Joshua would have to fight in order to conquer the Promised Land, God told him three times: ‘Be strong and of good courage.’ Anytime you move forward, obstacles will block your path. Count on it! But adversity can be your friend—even when it feels like [...]

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Say No To Sin

‘You live under the freedom of God’s grace.’ Romans 6:14 NLT If you want to grow roses, you must declare war on weeds; otherwise, they will invade your garden and take over. There is a spiritual parallel at work here, and it’s this: unless you deal decisively with sin, it will take over your life. Paul tells [...]

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The need for connectedness (1)

‘It is not good for the man to be alone.’ Genesis 2:18 NIV At creation, God looked at everything He had made and said, ‘That’s good.’ Then there came a time when He realised man was lonely, unfulfilled, and incomplete. That’s when He said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone,’ and He made [...]

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Choose Peace

‘When the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace.’ Galatians 5:22 TLB Panic and anxiety are often our first reactions to conflict and problems. In those initial moments, choosing peace seems impossible. Your subconscious whispers, ‘If you really care, you will worry.’ As panic begins to rise, [...]

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The blessing of repentance (2)

‘Create in me a clean heart.’ Psalm 51:10 NKJV Sometimes believers think that God will get frustrated and impatient with them if they don’t shape up to a model Christian life. They don’t like to excuse their behaviour, because God hasn’t smacked them down, they secretly wonder if He has a tolerance level. And if you go [...]

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What if Jesus Never Knew You?

What if Jesus Never Knew You?

Why does Jesus reject the people who did good things, but accept the thief on the cross (Luke 23:39–43), who, as far as we know, may never have done anything good in his entire life?

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Living By Faith

‘The just shall live by faith.’ Hebrews 10:38 KJV Living by faith is something you learn to do by practising it daily. Before you became a Christian, you trusted in your own ability and intellect. But those things only took you so far and no further, right? Now you’re trusting God for the wisdom, guidance, resources, and [...]

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The blessing of repentance (1)

‘The kindness of God leads you to repentance.’ Romans 2:4 NASB When you find yourself on the wrong road, repentance allows you to make a U-turn and head back in the right direction. What a blessing. Now, repenting doesn’t increase God’s desire to be with you; it just increases your capacity to be with Him. Sometimes we [...]

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Yoked

‘Take the yoke I give you.’ Matthew 11:29 CEV Jesus spoke to people who had given up on religion. People who were burned out trying—and failing—to observe a long list of rules and regulations. Here’s what He told them: ‘If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to Me and I will give you rest. Take [...]

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Knowing who belongs in your life

‘A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.’ Proverbs 17:17 AMPC Wherever you live and whatever your profession, ‘butcher, baker, or candlestick maker’, you will have to deal with these three kinds of people: (1) The critic. Let’s face it, most people are comfortable with the status quo. They not [...]

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Knowing who belongs in your life

‘A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.’ Proverbs 17:17 AMPC Wherever you live and whatever your profession, ‘butcher, baker, or candlestick maker’, you will have to deal with these three kinds of people: (1) The critic. Let’s face it, most people are comfortable with the status quo. They not [...]

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Society is Suffering A Case of Mistaken Identity

Society is Suffering A Case of Mistaken Identity

Our Western nations have become fixated on the question of identity. And it’s not because they have had no identity markers in the past, they certainly did. But the modern progressive mindset is looking to something other than those past markers to forge a new identity going into the future.

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Cultivating a taste for God’s Word

‘How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’ Psalm 119:103 NIV The fact that we now enjoy the vegetables we hated as children indicates that, as we mature, we can cultivate a taste for healthy, life-giving food. And since the Bible is soul food, you can cultivate a taste for that [...]

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Self-Control

‘Do your best to improve your faith by adding goodness, understanding, self-control.’ CEV 2 Peter 1:5–6  Ever notice how we tend to blame our circumstances for our lack of character? We explain our bad behaviour as due to sad upbringing, no money, or other people’s faults. Your circumstances may be beyond your control—but your character [...]

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Restorer: 2

‘And that is what some of you were.’ 1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV After listing some of the worst sins imaginable, Paul told the Corinthians, ‘And that is what some of you were. But you were… justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.’ (1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV) So, before you pass sentence [...]

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Are you at the end of your rope?

‘Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart.’ Psalm 27:14 NKJV David said: ‘I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.’ [...]

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Has the Universe Outgrown God?

Has the Universe Outgrown God?

With every technological increase here on earth, we’re getting more chances to go further back in time. It’s a simple equation: The more technology improves the “earlier” we can see.

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Restorer: 1

‘You who live by the Spirit should restore.’ Galatians 6:1 NIV Sometimes when we fall we can get up by ourselves; other times we need someone to help us. And sadly, not all Christians are willing to help. Sometimes they feel that by extending grace to someone they are condoning sin. But Paul knocked that argument down [...]

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How to keep a good attitude

‘I will praise You seven times a day.’ Psalm 119:164 TLB A bad attitude is like a flat tyre; you won’t get anywhere until you change it. Few things in life are more important than your attitude, and here are four ways to help you keep a good one: (1) Realise your attitude needs to be constantly [...]

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1 John 5:11

1 John 5:11

This week’s memory verse is 1 John 5:11 – And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

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Seek God’s approval, not people’s

‘Fearing people is a dangerous trap.’ Proverbs 29:25 NLT If your life’s goal is to have the approval of people, you will never really feel secure. Why is that? Because the time will come when you do something they disapprove of; then what? The Bible says, ‘Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means [...]

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God’s Hand

‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.’ Matthew 21:42 NIV Sometimes the rejection of others, turns out to be ‘the Lord’s doing.’ After Joseph had been betrayed by his brothers and slandered by Potiphar’s wife, he said, ‘You meant evil against me; but [...]

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Vulnerability Creates Opportunities to Share Faith

Vulnerability Creates Opportunities to Share Faith

Taking the next step and being vulnerable by sharing is a great way to spark conversations that lead to talking about Jesus. Simply sharing your story is powerful because you never know what that simple act of vulnerability can do in someone’s life.

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