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Month: June 2016

Towards Spiritual Maturity

Towards Spiritual Maturity

Would you like to become spiritually mature? I bet you do. I have very good news and very bad news. Let’s tackle the bad first. There are no shortcuts available. There’s no magic pill to take away the spiritual fat. There’s no fast track to skip the long lines of the obedience school. But here’s the very good news: spiritual maturity happens by grace when we stick to Jesus day in, day out. But grow in the grace and knowledge…

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Blessings Happen by Grace

Blessings Happen by Grace

One of many temptations in life is to forget where our blessings come from. We explain blessings away by thinking things happened by accident or it was serendipity. Or we take credit for those blessings. Or we don’t recognise them. Sometimes blessings are hard to see or they come in disguise. Also, it takes time for a seed of blessing to grow into a tree and bear fruit. The middle verses of the Bible emphasise the importance of counting our blessings and…

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Make Room for Rest

Make Room for Rest

Did you wait for summer so life could get a bit less hectic? But now you’ve found yourself running a busy summer schedule? Now you’ve wondering where did the promised restful time disappear? Where is your peace, right? It’s great to have many opportunities. It’s great to have a chance to try different things. But busyness does not bring peace or rest or rejuvenation, all those things that we were wanting from this summer. It’s time to cut back, don’t…

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What to Do with Dreams and Desires

What to Do with Dreams and Desires

Do you know yourself? Even your dreams and desires? Sometimes we don’t dare to get to know ourselves because we are afraid of what we’d find. But denial is not the way to go. God has not meant us to burry our heads in the sand. Instead we are called to know ourselves and give our everything to God. Take delight in the Lord,     and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NIV) First and foremost we…

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Walk in the Light of the Lord

Walk in the Light of the Lord

No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to read the Bible. And, most of all, don’t forget to dwell in the Lord. Your own well-being is dependent on this interaction between you and your Creator. He loves you. He is waiting for you to embrace him and his lovingkindness. Just this morning I randomly opened my Bible and here’s the verse that jumped out to me: “Praise and give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.” (2…

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Losing Is Gaining

Losing Is Gaining

The world says losing is for losers. The Bible says losing is gaining. Which one do you believe? The world says you need to cumulate stuff, fame, wealth in order to be happy. The Bible says if you lose it all, you will gain everything in Christ. It sure sounds backwards. But it is the way to life everlasting. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside…

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Power for Christian Living

Power for Christian Living

Have you given in after trying hard to please God and others? Are you so exhausted that you don’t care anymore? God just must lower his standards and have mercy on you, because you’ve done everything in your power. Do you know what? You’ve got it all wrong. You are not even supposed to do it all on your own or in your power. Actually, no one can do it. No one but Christ in us can live the Christian life….

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Making Room for God

Making Room for God

    Are you so busy that you don’t have time to fit God in your life? We tend to get so crazy-busy sometimes that it feels that we barely have time to breathe. It might feel an added burden to find time and room for God. But guess what? There’s no way you can ever fit God in your life. God is way too big for that. God can never fit into your life. If we want to experience…

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Become Everything God Created You to Be

Become Everything God Created You to Be

Do you have difficulties believing that God really loves you? Don’t let that kind of doubts eat you up. Take God and his promises seriously. Because he is really serious about loving and caring for you. When you doubt God, you diminish God in your life. And when you diminish him, you diminish yourself at the same time. Because in Him you find your true self. Become everything God created you to be, exceptional in every sense! So cut off…

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How to Cultivate a Spiritual Crop

How to Cultivate a Spiritual Crop

Do you know how to cultivate a spiritual crop? All children of God are called to bear spiritual fruit, to cultivate a spiritual crop. What this means for each of us is a little different. We’ve been gifted and wired special and peculiar ways. God has created us unique and also our callings will be unique. Hence we are not to compare ourselves with each other. We are to do the creative best we can with our own life and…

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