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Month: February 2010

Knock, knock! Who’s there?

Knock, knock! Who’s there?

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20 NIV) Jesus is knocking. Can you hear him? Or is your life too noisy? Jesus is knocking. Will you open the door? Or are you too busy? Lent is a perfect time to get an annual spiritual check-up. How is your hearing? How is your vision? How…

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The Mission (Statement) of Jesus

The Mission (Statement) of Jesus

What happened to Jesus after he triumphed over the temptations? In my previous post To Give in or Not to Give in I reflected on Luke 4: 1-13. If we continue to read Luke chapter 4 we find out that after dealing with the Devil Jesus returned to Nazareth and went to synagogue. “When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written, God’s…

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To Give in or Not to Give in?

To Give in or Not to Give in?

How are you doing with you Lent resolutions? How is your fasting going? Are you experiencing any hardship yet? Have you been tempted? That’s part of the process. What do you do when temptations rise? To give in or not to give in, that’s the question. Jesus was tempted by the Devil right after he was baptised. Read Luke 4:1-13 (the Message). Jesus did not give in. Instead, he quoted Scripture back to the Devil: ‘Man does not live on…

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Change Your Life, Not Just Your Clothes!

Change Your Life, Not Just Your Clothes!

(Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885),”Ash Wednesday“) Lent is a blessed time: we can slow down and actively reflect on our spiritual journey. But there’s also this, it’s not too late— God’s personal Message!— “Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!” (Joel 2:12, MSG) Lent is a blessed opportunity: we are called to turn back to God and intertwine faith into our lives. Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God,…

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Impossible Is Nothing

Impossible Is Nothing

Impossible is nothing to God! Impossible is nothing. Nothing. It is a question of our perspective once again. Do we choose to focus on our problems or lift our gaze up to God? Do we try to fix things on our own or do we invite God Almighty into the middle of our messful lives? We don’t need to fix our lives before we can approach him. God accepts us as we are and delights in helping us out. God…

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Zealous Prayer Life

Zealous Prayer Life

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12, NIV) We are called to zealous prayer life! Prayer is a gift from God to us. Just think about having a direct prayer line to God Almighty! Pretty awesome!! We are called to be faithful in prayer and to pray without ceasing. God wants to participate in our lives. Through prayer we are able to…

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Don’t Panic! Pray!

Don’t Panic! Pray!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil.4:6, NIV) Do not be anxious! Easier said than done, right? But I do think that we can either worry or pray. We can’t do both. Either we worry and keep focusing on our problems. Or we pray and surrender to God. We are instructed to go to God with everything. With our joys, our sorrows, our troubles, our emptiness….

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Finding Joy in a Broken World

Finding Joy in a Broken World

How on earth is is possible to find joy in this broken world? No matter where you watch, left or right, you see terrible hard ships and things gone awry, broken hearts and crushed lives. What to do? How to handle all this pain? How can we go on with living when things are so wrong? One way to force joy into life is trying to eliminate things that hurt and then try to lighten the boredom of that numbness…

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