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You are commanded to love (3)

‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ John 15:12 NKJV Picture in your mind the person you find hardest to love. How can you learn to love this kind of person? First, before you can love them, you must feel and understand how deeply God loves you. Paul writes: ‘I pray that Christ will be more [...]

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Advice on dating

‘Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?’ Amos 3:3 NKJV There is no definitive test that can predict how a date will ultimately work out, but here are five questions you should always ask yourself: (1) What’s my first impression of this person? For example, who do they hang out with? What kind of events [...]

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Give It All You’ve Got!

‘The rest of the apostles were Simon, known as the Eager One…’ Luke 6:15 CEV When Ohio State University Buckeyes and the University of Michigan Wolverines met in the 1968 college American football championships, Ohio soundly defeated their arch-rivals 50–14. The game will long be remembered because of what happened minutes from the end. With a commanding [...]

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Connecting begins with caring

‘May the Lord make your love increase and overflow.’ 1 Thessalonians 3:12 NIV One of America’s most successful telephone companies created a TV advert using the slogan, ‘Can you hear me now?’ It shows a man talking on the phone, but the person on the other end can’t hear him. So, he repeatedly asks, ‘Can [...]

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Three ‘Cheers’

‘Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33 KJV In the mid-eighties, Steven Patrick Morrissey, better known as ‘Moz’, dominated the British rock charts. Known for his melancholy as much as for his music, Morrissey’s songs had predominantly depressive themes. They dwelled on fractured relationships, lonely nightclubs, and the hopeless weight of the past. [...]

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Handling change at work

‘To everything there is a season.’ Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV When change happens in the workplace, we often feel threatened. We get used to the personalities of our co-workers and bosses, and we want them to remain in place, stay the same, and require nothing more from us than what we have given in the past. We [...]

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Science Recognises The Power Of Prayer (3)

‘Pray for each other so that you may be healed.’ James 5:16 NLT Paul writes, ‘Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6–7 GWT) Here [...]

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Temptation

‘Jesus was…tempted by the devil.’ Matthew 4:1 NIV The Bible says, ‘Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.’ Notice who led Jesus there: God! You’re in training for your destiny, and a good trainer has one thing in mind—turning flab into muscle. So he takes you into the gym [...]

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Science Recognises The Power Of Prayer (2)

‘The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.’ James 5:16 NLT Seven more thoughts to consider: (1) When it comes to praying and getting involved in church, a University of Michigan study found that it reduced the emotional toll of financial stress. (2) A respected gerontologist reported that following heart surgery, [...]

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John 3:16

This week’s memory verse is John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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5 Better Measures of Success

We all crave for success, but how do we know when we’ve really “made it”? Is it by your salary, job title, and achievements in life?

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In training for better things

‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God.’ Romans 8:28 NKJV When Joseph was thrown into prison, it was hard for him to see how this road would lead to the fulfilment of his dream, but it did. That’s because God had a plan for his life. And He [...]

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Science Recognises The Power Of Prayer (1)

‘Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.’ Philippians 4:6 CEV God’s Word clearly tells us to ‘pray about everything.’ Today, science is beginning to recognise the value and the power of prayer. Researchers investigating the role of faith in health are discovering evidence that’s hard [...]

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Forming healthy relationships

‘He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.’ Psalm 147:3 NASB If you’re recovering from a bad relationship, it’s a mistake to rush into another one. Unhealthy people make unhealthy choices. Some wounds take longer to heal than others, but you can count on this promise: ‘He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.’ All [...]

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When You’re Tested

‘Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.’ Genesis 22:10 NKJV We are not all tested in the same ways, but we’ll be tested on the same issues. Consider Abraham. After waiting for twenty years, God gave him a son destined to ‘father of many nations.’ (Genesis 17:5 KJV) Then God told him to [...]

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Guarding God’s Reputation

Justice, mercy, humility – it’s enough to make you dance with joy. And when we practice them, the resulting stories make great movies.

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Blending two families

‘Live in peace.’ 2 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV The Brady Bunch was a popular television show where a mum and dad with six kids created one big happy family without conflict or rivalries. The problem is it seldom happens that way. So here are three challenges you will need God’s help with: (1) It’s common for kids to [...]

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Getting Older, And Better

‘For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of My people; My chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.’ Isaiah 65:22 NIV In 1968 a scientist discovered a six-hundred-year-old necklace in a Native American grave. It was made up of seeds which had been strung together. He planted one of [...]

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In the Beginning: The History of Jerusalem Pt 1

Jerusalem is arguably the most famous city in the world. It has four thousand years of history of which the first thousand was heathen, the second thousand Israelite, the next two thousand Gentile, and then after the June War of 1967, the city returned to Jewish/Israeli rule.

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Handling temptation Christ’s way (2)

‘After the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him for a time.’ Luke 4:13 HCSB Observe this: (1) Temptation comes when you’re alone without support. Just as a wolf looks for the sheep that wanders from the safety of the fold, the Enemy rejoices when you neglect Christian fellowship and cut yourself off from [...]

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Everybody Needs Somebody

‘Two are better than one.’ Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV Being a lone ranger was never God’s intention for us. Loneliness is a killer. Companionship makes life sweeter. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon talks about the value of human relationships in a challenging and difficult world. ‘Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For [...]

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