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Month: June 2014

You Are God’s Work in Progress

You Are God’s Work in Progress

Do you ever feel that you are not doing enough or accomplishing enough? Even in the realm of faith? It is time to step back and look at the big picture. Then hopefully you will be able to relax and rest in God’s grace. Because all is well. So then [God’s gift] is not a question of human will and human effort, but of God’s mercy. [It depends not on one’s own willingness nor on his strenuous exertion as in…

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When You Feel Lost

When You Feel Lost

Are you feeling lost in your life? A bit overwhelmed and disoriented? Then take a pause. Get away for a few days. Or take an evening stroll somewhere. Seek silence or solitude. But know that the main thing is to know that even though you feel lost….you are not lost from God. God’s love is meteoric,     his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic,     his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness     nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse,     slips through…

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Put God in Charge

Put God in Charge

Have you ever made huge plans and been so excited about everything? But then your plans have unexpectedly come crashing down? I’ve been there, done that. At that moment, it feels like the end of the world. But just like the scripture says: Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word (Proverbs 16: 1, MSG,*). It might sound a bit cruel but it isn’t. God’s purpose is not to crash our plans but give us something better. Let’s continue…

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Silence and Solitude

Silence and Solitude

Do you know how to get to know God? Do you know how to take care of yourself? How does these two questions tie together? In a very organic way. We can’t know ourselves without knowing God first. We can’t be well if we are not made right with God. We are not flourishing if we do not know God’s will in our life. With the words of J.I Packer: “What were we made for? To know God. What aim…

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Strong in Spirit like John the Baptist

Strong in Spirit like John the Baptist

Are you strong in spirit? Would you like to be? What would it mean to be strong in spirit? Let’s find out. John the Baptist – whose birth many churches are celebrating this weekend – is a wonderful example of a person who was strong in spirit. We can for sure take some pointers from him.  John grew up and became strong in spirit. (John 1:80, NLT,*) John the Baptist is also an amazing example for a person who was…

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Our Way of Life

Our Way of Life

Do you know that you were created in Christ Jesus to do good works? We tend to forget that our sole purpose is not to please ourselves and have fun while here on earth. Even as Christians we label any talk about doing good works as legalistic or pious. But the Bible is pretty clear about this. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way…

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3 Words that Change Everything

3 Words that Change Everything

It is important to say ‘I love you’ yet those three words are not ones that change everything. They might change your marital status or bring otherwise happiness into your life. But the three words that I am talking about can change the eternal status of every single person ever lived. Talk about life-changing words. One of the most powerful Bible verses reveals these words that change everything: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is…

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Faith on Friday the 13th

Faith on Friday the 13th

Today – being Friday the 13th and all – I want to remind you to take up the shield of faith. Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Eph. 6:16, CEB) We are saved by grace through faith. But so often we forget that through faith we also receive God’s protection. God’s your Guardian,       right at your side to protect you—    Shielding you from sunstroke,       sheltering you from…

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God In and Through Us

God In and Through Us

If Christmas means ‘God with us’ and Easter spells out ‘God for us’, then Pentecost must be ‘God in and through us’. Okay, you say, but what does it mean? First God sent Jesus to die for us and make us right with God. Then he sent the Holy Spirit to live in his children: to guide, to protect, to inspire, to enable, to empower them to be all God wants them to be. The Holy Spirit really lives and…

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The Great Adventure Called Faith

The Great Adventure Called Faith

Have you any plans to travel this summer? Where are you going? What are you taking along? A big part of any journey is planning and packing. It is important to have relevant gears with you. Not too much, not too little. And it is important to know where you are going and how to get there. Hence you need a map and possibly a passport. It is so also on the great adventure called faith. The revelation of God…

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