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Put on the Garment of Praise

‘The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.’ Isaiah 61:3 NKJV Praise works like a magnifying glass. It causes what you’re focusing on to get bigger, to be ‘magnified’. David said, ‘Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me …Read More

Why Jesus came

‘Enoch walked faithfully with God three hundred years.’ Genesis 5:22 NIV Life is a journey with a definite beginning and end. And if you’re wise you’ll do what Enoch did for three hundred years—he walked with God. Can you imagine how well you’d know God after spending all those years with Him? There’s nothing dull …Read More

The Christmas Spirit

‘Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another.’ Colossians 3:13 NKJV For some people Christmas is not a time of joy, but depression. In some cases it’s because their families are fractured by divorce and their memories are painful. In their book, None of These Diseases, SI McMillen and David Stern described the damage we …Read More

‘How silently the wondrous gift is given’

‘You will find a baby… lying in a manger.’ Luke 2:12 NIV One Christmas in London Phil Yancey went to hear Handel’s Messiah. He says: ‘I’d spent the morning viewing remnants of England’s glory—crown jewels, a gold mace, the Mayor’s gilded carriage… such images must have filled the minds of Isaiah’s contemporaries who heard the …Read More

Smile, and Start a Chain Reaction

‘I smiled on them… my cheerful face gave them comfort.’ Job 29:24 GNT If you think you’ve nothing to smile about, consider these words from a man who’d just experienced the death of all his children, the loss of his entire fortune, and was now covered from head to toe in boils. ‘I smiled on …Read More

The Key to a Successful Life

‘These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature.’ 2 Peter 1:4 NLT The story is told of a pastor who was invited to dinner with one of the families in his congregation, so the woman of the house decided to impress him. After dinner she wanted him to read something inspiring …Read More

The Hardest Thing You’ll Ever Do

‘[Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant.’ Philippians 2:7 KJV The hardest thing you’ll ever do is to put others first and yourself second, because we intuitively look out for ourselves. Self-preservation is man’s first instinct—but it doesn’t work. Do you know how two goats respond when …Read More

Transformed By Beholding

‘We all… beholding… the Lord, are being transformed into the same image… by the Spirit of the Lord.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV Many Christians think God is just waiting to pounce on them for their failures, and their wrong believing produces wrong living. When you view God that way you can’t help but live in …Read More

Dealing With Depression (5)

‘They are trying to kill me too.’ 1 Kings 19:10 NIV Here’s another mistake that triggered Elijah’s depression: He exaggerated the negative. It’s that old ‘everybody’s against me!’ thinking. The fact is, almost nobody was against Elijah. Only one person opposed him, and her threat wasn’t real. Queen Jezebel didn’t dare kill Elijah. Think about …Read More

Dealing With Depression (4)

‘I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty.’ 1 Kings 19:10 NLT After Elijah fled to the desert and hid in a cave, God asked him, ‘What are you doing here?’ (1 Kings 19:9 NLT) Whereupon Elijah replied, ‘I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant …Read More

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