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The Right Focus

‘You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm…’ Isaiah 26:3 GNT Your life is like a camera; you’ve got to focus it correctly to get the right results. Having the right focus can bring four results. First, it simplifies things. When you’re not clear as to your purpose, you try to …Read More

There’s a Place at the Table for All of Us

‘…they made Him a supper; Martha served…Lazarus…sat at the table with Him.’ John 12:2 NKJV After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, we read: ‘a dinner was given in Jesus’ honour.’ (John 12:2 NIV) Martha served, Mary sat listening to what Jesus had to say, and Lazarus talked to the guests. So, there’s room at …Read More

According to Fred Smith (2)

‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV Here are some more Scriptures Brenda Smith learned from her dad: ‘…a real friend will be more loyal than a brother…’ (Proverbs 18:24 NCV) When Fred was initially hospitalised, a host of well-wishers came by to visit, but eventually dropped off …Read More

According to Fred Smith (1)

‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV Ralph Waldo Emerson usually greeted Henry David Thoreau by asking, ‘What has become clearer since last we met?’ The late Fred Smith liked to ask that question too. A lifelong friend of Billy Graham and Zig Ziglar, Smith mentored a generation …Read More

A seamless robe

‘His robe…was seamless, woven in one piece from [the] top.’ John 19:23 NLT The Bible doesn’t say much about what Jesus wore-with a notable exception. John tells us that at Calvary ‘They…took His robe…it was seamless, woven in one piece from [the] top.’ (John 19:23 NLT) It was traditional for Jewish mothers to make these …Read More

The Price of Friendship with God

‘…Abraham…was called God’s friend.’ James 2:23 NIV After losing everything he held dear, Job looked back and longed for the days when God’s friendship ‘was felt in [his] home…[his] children were around…the days when [he was] honoured…’ (Job 29:4-7 NLT) Maybe you can remember days like that in your own life. We’ve been conditioned to …Read More

For Things to Go Well

‘…that it might go well with [you]…’ Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV When God tells you to do something that seems difficult or unpleasant, He’s not trying to make your life hard or put you in a straitjacket. Often He’s just getting you to a place where He can bless you. ‘Oh, that…[they]…would…fear me and keep all …Read More

God Says, ‘Wait’

‘[Your] steps…are ordered by the Lord…’ Psalm 37:23 NKJV What should you do when doors you thought God had opened suddenly slam shut? You’re thinking, ‘Lord, I did all the right things. Why is this happening?’ Be at peace, God is still directing your steps. When your hopes seem crushed and your plans have altered, …Read More


‘…the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint…’ Genesis 32:25 KJV God uses people such as Jacob who, spiritually speaking, walk with a limp. After years of wrestling with stubborn issues, they’ve been radically changed by God’s power; now they’re able to minister to those they couldn’t have reached before. God also uses people …Read More

The Stink or the Storm

‘Let my prayer be…as incense…’ Psalm 141:2 NKJV Noah’s ark is a picture of your church. It wasn’t a luxury liner; can you imagine spending a year in that ark with all those animals, and just one window? But Noah had only two options-the stink or the storm. So what’s the relevance here? That there …Read More

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