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Old Echoes

‘In Him we might become the righteousness of God.’ 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV Jesus called the devil ‘a liar and the father of lies.’ (John 8:44 NIV) Yet it’s so easy to fall into the trap of listening to past voices condemning us, as old echoes reverberate in our minds. The enemy’s accusations can leverage off past hurts …Read More

‘The Martyr’s Contest!’

‘Whenever they measure themselves by their own standards or compare themselves among themselves, they show how foolish they are.’ 2 Corinthians 10:12 ISV Does this sound familiar? ‘You think your day was tough? I dealt with thirty customers before lunch!’ It’s easy to get sucked into ‘The Martyr’s Contest’, where your problems are worse than everybody …Read More

Training Leaders Who Can Train Others (2)

‘If God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.’ Exodus 18:23 NLT In Exodus we read: ‘Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all …Read More

Training Leaders Who Can Train Others (1)

‘Teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on.’ 2 Timothy 2:2 NLT Most church leaders would concede that people are their greatest resource. Which raises the question, why isn’t more time devoted to training new leaders? After all, by neglecting to do this, the effectiveness and growth of ministry …Read More

Facing Death Without Fear (2)

‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ 1 Corinthians 15:55 NIV When Carolyn Arends’ father lay dying in the hospital, an oxygen mask made it virtually impossible for him to communicate with his family. So they were surprised to hear him humming an old Sunday school song: ‘With Christ in the …Read More

Facing Death Without Fear (1)

‘In Your presence is fullness of joy.’ Psalm 16:11 NKJV Ask twenty people to describe Heaven, and chances are you’ll get twenty different answers. But there’s one thing that’s not open to speculation: ‘To leave this life and be with Christ… is much better’ (Philippians 1:23 NCV) than anything we can imagine. Recalling a conversation with her mum before …Read More

Slow Down (3)

‘Does it mean nothing to you, all you who pass by?’ Lamentations 1:12 NLT At a Metro station in Washington D.C. on a cold January morning in 2007, a young violinist played several classical compositions as people rushed by. After three minutes, a middle-aged man slowed briefly, then hurried away. Thirty seconds later the young man received …Read More

Slow Down! (2)

‘Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world.’ Romans 12:2 NLT Our high-tech society is producing stressed-out people. Next year we will have even less time because statistically for every hour technology saves you, it consumes two more. Author Keri Wyatt Kent writes: ‘Every time you say “yes” to something, you’re saying “no” to other options. …Read More

Slow Down! (1)

‘Focus on this one thing.’ Philippians 3:13 NLT We live in the day of multitasking. We talk on the phone while having lunch, read text messages while feeding the kids, and even drink coffee while driving. Dr Richard Swenson says: ‘In some instances we are more productive… some people crochet while watching the news. And in certain …Read More

Shun Unhealthy Self-Focus (5)

‘Is this the kind of fast I have chosen?’ Isaiah 58:5 NIV God never commanded you to examine your emotions, experiences, or sins. What He did say is, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29 NASB) Victory over sin comes from focusing on Christ—not beating yourself up! In the Old Testament …Read More

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