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Post  Admin on Thu 07 May 2015, 4:37 pm

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"The LORD will fight for you; you must be quiet." Exodus 14:14.

Imagine being caught between the Red Sea on one hand and the Egyptian army on the other. 

Hundreds of chariots race through the sand toward you. 
The rumble of horses’ hooves, the commands of the drivers, the clanking of metal and wood pierce the air and pronounce your doom. 

You look around and see nothing but ashen expressions on each face.

“Surely God has a plan! Surely he didn’t lead us to follow this Moses fellow to the desert to die simply because there wasn’t space to bury us all in Egypt,” you think. 

You look to Moses for an answer from God. 
His answer isn’t what you wanted to hear.

“Is this the big plan?” you respond to Moses. “Are you kidding me? Hold my peace?”

Like the Israelites-- we are often called to obedience while at the same time told to “hold our peace.” 

Waiting on God is much harder work than taking things into our own hands. 
We want control and a plan of attack. 
Instead, God often replies to our demands with a soft, still voice. 

Are you ​​​​​​​​willing to trust Him enough to wait?

"Father, I commit my battles to You alone. Help me learn to hold my peace and trust in You.In Jesus' Name;Amen
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Post  Admin on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 9:20 pm

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"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9.
William Wilberforce led a campaign against the British Parliament to abolish slavery in the late 1700's and early 1800's. 

During the course of his intense efforts-Wilberforce came to a desperate place of discouragement, feeling he had absolutely no more strength to continue. 

In this condition he was about to give up, when his elderly friend, John Wesley, lying on his deathbed, was informed of his friend William's distress. 

Wesley requested pen and paper, and with a quivering hand, wrote these words,

"Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God? Oh be not weary of well-doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it."

John Wesley died six days later-- but William Wilberforce fought for forty-five more years, and in 1833, three days before his own death, witnessed the abolition of slavery in Britain.

Do not grow weary in well-doing, for we can still triumph! It's exactly when everything looks hopeless that our God has opportunity to display His awesome power. 
Even the great men that changed history-- needed a word of encouragement now and then – so be encouraged, and be an encourager! 

You never know when you may enable another saint to continue pressing on, or how that may change the world!
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Post  Admin on Thu 23 Apr 2015, 6:16 pm

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“Look, the days are coming”—this is the LORD’s declaration“when I will fulfill the good promises that I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 33:14.

The prophet Jeremiah told us-
God would fulfill His promise of a Saviour. 

The people could look forward to someone who would save them from captivity.

What did they expect as an answer to their prayers? 
They thought the Messiah would be a powerful leader, capable of subduing an empire and ushering in God’s reign. 

But instead of answering the promise as they anticipated-
God did the opposite. 
He sent a servant who would die on the cross for their sins.

God often does that. 
He answers our prayers in unexpected ways. 

We ask for healing-
- but God chooses to give us strength for each day. 

We ask for relief from our trials-
- but God helps us endure and grow stronger. 

We ask God to deal with our adversaries; instead-
He transforms our attitudes.

God is always faithful to his promises.
He just doesn’t do things the way we expect. 

When you don’t see answers to prayer that you are anticipating-
- take a look to see if God is blessing in unexpected ways!
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Post  Admin on Sun 19 Apr 2015, 9:42 pm

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"For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." Romans 14:17.

Mission teams in other countries encounter cultural differences that may be surprising. 

In some countries Christians customarily dress up for worship women in dresses and men in dress slacks and perhaps a tie.
People in other cultures are used to a more relaxed standard of dress for worship.

Most mission team members follow local customs rather than insisting on freedom to dress as they prefer. 
They agree that God accepts their worship whether they are wearing casual or dress clothes.

Believers in Rome faced a similar issue related to their Christian liberty!
Some insisted they were free from religious dietary restrictions.

They may have ridiculed believers who struggled with going against ancient standards.

We Christians can easily lose sight of our priorities. 
Our focus shouldn't be-- our liberty, but 
- rather our love.

We honour God and build His kingdom as we demonstrate love to others. 
This only happens as the Holy Spirit works in us, 
- resulting in peace and joy among believers.
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Post  Admin on Wed 15 Apr 2015, 9:29 pm

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"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17.
D.L. Moody spent many hours praying for faith.  

He once said:"If all the time I have spent praying for faith was put together, it would be months.  
I thought that someday faith was going to come down and strike me like lightening.  
But faith did not come.  
Then one day I read inthe 10th chapter of Romans, "So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God."  
I now opened my Bible and began to read God's Word and faith has been growing ever since."

Much of what believers describe as 'faith' has nothing to do with Biblical faith.   

Our faith must not be based-- on emotion, - or want, and - not on the latest Christian seminar.  

But it must be centered on God's Word.

The Living Word is the eternal, everlasting love of God which has been poured out upon our lives. 
Read, hear, apply and live the Word.And you will grow in faith!
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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Apr 2015, 4:07 pm

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"And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life."1 John 5:20. 

There is a tale told of that great English actor Macready. 

An eminent preacher once said to him: "I wish you would explain to me something."

"Well, what is it? I don't know that I can explain anything to a preacher."

"What is the reason for the difference between you and me? You are appearing before crowds night after night with fiction, and the crowds follow you wherever you go. I am preaching the essential and unchangeable truth, and I am not getting any crowd at all!"

Macready's answer was this: 
"This is quite simple. I can tell you the difference between us. I present my fiction as though it were truth; you present your truth as though it were fiction."

It is easy to know when something is aflame. 
It ignites other material. 

Can you imagine how quickly the truth of Jesus could spread-- if we were only passionate about living it and sharing it?
We who know God need to be on fire-- igniting the world around us! 
Let's give our inhibitions and fears to the Lord-- and ask Him to light the fire in our hearts for the lost!


“The Christian idea is this:
 that God is the absolute owner of all things.” – Clovis G. Chappell
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Post  Admin on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 6:25 pm

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"...whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13.

Despite man's efforts to eliminate Christ-- out of Christmas...- out of everyday life...- out of government...- out of schools...- out of the marketplace --- He just won't go away.
Despite our efforts to keep Him out-God intrudes!
The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: - a virgin's womb and - an empty tomb. 
Jesus-- entered our world through a door marked 'No Entrance,' - and left through a door marked 'No Exit.'"
That first Christmas, there was no room for Him in the inn. The world never wants to make room for Christ at Christmas and in everyday life. 
Man killed Him and sealed the tomb with a huge stone to shut Him out of our lives once and for all. But God removed the stone to prove Jesus will not be shut up or shut out of His plans.
One day Jesus will intrude on history again. 
The way to be ready is to invite Him into your life today. Will you shut Him out or let Him in?
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Post  Admin on Thu 02 Apr 2015, 3:48 pm

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"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians1:18.
The scene of the cross is a paradox!
It demonstrates the power of God in what appears to be the weakest moment in His Son's life. 
With hands and feet nailed to rough wood-Jesus looked totally helpless. 
Adding to that impression was the fact that He remained there while the crowd jeered-"If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross." Matthew. 27:40.
Strength is not always revealed in a dramatic display; at times, it's demonstrated in determined endurance.
What power held Jesus on that cross, when with one spoken word-He could have been free? 
Divine love kept Him there.
With mankind's eternal destiny at stake-Christ hung on the cross until our salvation was attained.
But the power of the cross didn't end when Jesus finally finished His suffering, gave up His spirit, and died. 
His death thrust open the door of salvation to all people, and those who walk through it by faith are forgiven for every sin and insured a place in heaven.
Yet even after salvation, the power of the cross continues in believers' lives. 
Millions of people have been transformed as a result of the Saviour's victory over sin and death. 
He sets us free from sinful habits and addictions-- empowering us to live victoriously in His righteousness.
Have you let the cross do its work in your life? The Lord does not force its benefits on anyone. 
Rather, He offers them freely to all who will believe in Him and walk in His ways. 
With each step of faith that we take, the mighty work of God in us increases.
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Post  Admin on Tue 31 Mar 2015, 12:47 pm

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" The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!' " Matthew 21:6-11.

The crowds believed Jesus was the Messiah who had come to establish Israel’s independence from Rome. But they wanted a King Messiah who would be their political hero.
In fact, the whole scene replicates a King or General’s triumphant entry into a city. It all seemed so perfect and hopeful.
The only problem was: Jesus wasn’t that kind of Messiah.

The irony may have been lost on the people at the time, the way it is lost on most of us today, but Jesus’ “triumphal entry” was not that of a General or a warrior. 
No, such men ride stallions. Jesus rode in on a donkey. 
The donkey revealed Jesus to be an humble peasant on a peace mission, not a military warrior.

But, as we know, Jesus had a way of constantly turning everything upside down! He rode in on a donkey for His triumphal entry and not only established this irony, but lifted up the lowly donkey in the process. 
Again Jesus showed us that the very thing which we think has no value, has tremendous value in God’s eyes. 
Jesus challenged our values and our notions of supremacy in every way, from our political power to the cruel power we dare to exercise over God’s created world and God’s beloved creatures.

So, what are we to do with this kind of Messiah?

We do not want to conquer evil with peace, humility, and non-violence. We would rather resort to violence and power. 
He comes in peace and humility and rides in on a donkey. That’s why, just a week later, when these would-be followers realized Jesus' goal was one of peace, they stopped shouting “Hosanna” and started shouting “Crucify Him!” 

Jesus didn’t want to just liberate us from ourtemporal enemies-Jesus wanted to liberate us from all of our enemies, from the source of our problems:- sin, evil, and death itself! 
This is the victory that Jesus won!
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Post  Admin on Fri 27 Mar 2015, 4:29 pm

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"...but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." 2 Corinthians 10:12.
An ancient legend tells of a king who walked into his garden one day to find almost everything withered and dying. 

After speaking to an oak near the gate, the king learned that he was troubled because he was not tall and beautiful like the pine. 

The pine overheard their conversation and added that she, too, was upset, for she could not bear delicious fruit like the pear tree. 

The pear tree heard his name and began to complain that he did not have the lovely odor of the spruce. 

And so it went throughout the entire garden.

Near the very edge of the garden grew a little daisy. 
As the king approached, he noticed her bright little face, full of life. 

"Well, little flower," said the monarch, "I'm glad to find that there is at least one happy face in my garden."

"Oh king," she said, "I know I'm little, and not many people notice me, but one day I realized that you if planted me here, you must have had a good reason. So, your majesty, I've determined to be the best little flower I can be!"

Our King has planted a beautiful garden. 
Not one of us is greater than the next. It is his His perfection.

We must come to a place where we trust that-God has a reason for creating us the way He has and has planted us in just the place he desired. 

Comparing ourselves with one another will only make us wither. 
When we become satisfied in His creation (that is us), that's when we'll find true happiness".. and we will shine. 

Let's give God our all our disappointments-- and be determined to be the best that we can be for Him!
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Post  Admin on Mon 23 Mar 2015, 10:38 pm

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"First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck in your brother's eye." Luke 6:42.
Most of us live by a double standard. 

We judge ourselves one way, but we use a different set of rules for others. 
When we sin, we're quick to explain the reasons behind our disobedience:

"I was exhausted."

"I didn't know what I was doing."

"I was under a lot of stress."

When it comes to other people, however, that's another case. 
We put on our judge's robes and pronounce them guilty, regardless of the evidence:

"He knew better."

"This isn't the first time she's done this."

"There's just no excuse for that!"

It's good to help your friends live the life God desires-- but your first priority should be to make sure your own life is pleasing to God. 

When you're diligent to keep sin out of your own heart-- you'll then be able to see others in the correct perspective.

Whenever you're involved in willful, deliberate sin, it distorts everything you see. 

But when your heart is pure-- you won't be so quick to condemn others for their sins, 
- nor will you jump to conclusions about them. 

You'll have the grace to help without judging.

What makes us so comfortable with our own sins-- yet so irritated by the sins of others?
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Post  Admin on Mon 16 Mar 2015, 6:55 pm

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"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby." 1 Peter 2:2.

I love gadgets.

When I buy some new gadget-
I will start pushing buttons and always end up doing the very thing that I wasn't supposed to do.

It is always good to consult the user's manual.

The same is true of our lives.
The Bible gives us direction.
And it also warns us about things we should avoid.

Second Timothy 3:16–17 tells us, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

God's Word is alive.
It is full of living power, exposing us for what we really are.

I like what Martin Luther said about the Bible:
"The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me."

One way that a physician can tell whether someone is healthy or sick is by their appetite or lack thereof.

When a patient doesn't have an appetite-
- it is usually an indication that something is wrong.

In the same way-
- if you are a Christian and don't have an appetite for God's Word, 
- that is an indication of a spiritual breakdown!

It would say that you are not where you ought to be spiritually, because hungry children are healthy children.

Success or failure in the Christian life is dependent on-
- how much of the Bible you get into your heart and mind on a daily basis and how obedient you are to it.

If you neglect the study of the Scriptures-
- then your spiritual life ultimately will unravel.

Why?
Because everything you need to know about God is taught in the Bible.
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Post  Admin on Sat 14 Mar 2015, 12:30 pm

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"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials...though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love." 1 Peter 1:6-8.

Obviously, we don’t enjoy times of trial or conflict. 

Despite the assurance we have that-God will always be by our side through any and every circumstance-- it is still natural to fear and bemoan such occurrences.Hebrews. 13:5.

In hardships, however, we often forget the very words Christ spoke in John 16:33. 

We hear and certainly relate to the first part of His instruction: 
“In the world you have tribulation.” 

We've all faced enough problems to know that it is not possible to avoid them altogether. 

In fact, Jesus takes it a step further by asserting that our faith in Him will actually lead to even more attacks and criticism.15:18-20. 

Truly it is impossible for a devoted Christian-- to live trouble-free in a world that is hostile toward God.

What we tend to miss in Jesus’ statement, however, is the second half of the verse. 

After delivering the “bad” news that we would have tribulation in our life, He offers a word of hope: 
“But take courage! I have overcome the world.” 

Notice that He didn't say, “I will overcome,” but rather, “I have overcome.” 

In Christ, the victory has already been won. 
He has victory over all things. 
Even the world’s greatest threat, death itself, has already been defeated by Jesus Christ.

Life certainly isn't easy. 
However, we have a loving God who not only understands our suffering but also chose to experience it Himself. 

Because He did-- we can now claim participation in the ultimate victory over every trial of life.
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Post  Admin on Tue 10 Mar 2015, 1:28 am

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"After the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper." 1 Kings 19:12.

Sometimes we look for God in the wrong places. 

We assume there has to be a hundred-voice choir singing before we can hear from God. 
We look for God in thunder and lightning, trumpets and billowing smoke.

But that's not always God's way. 
He can speak through fire or earthquakes or any way he chooses. 

But when we hear him whisper, he knows we're really listening.

The hardest thing to do sometimes is to be quiet and listen. 
We don't like silence. 

We mistakenly assume that-
God isn't pleased with us unless we're active-- so we're always looking for things we can do for God. 

We confuse stillness (spending quiet time with God) with idleness (doing nothing). 
We'd rather be doing something--anything--than sitting still, so we immerse ourselves in noise and activity. 

Then we wonder why we don't hear from God.

But God shouldn't have to shout in order to be heard. 
He is God! 

He shouldn't have to compete with the other noises in our lives.

If we want to hear from God-- we need to stop making so much noise. 

We need to get comfortable being quiet before the Lord-- doing nothing but reading his Word, 
- getting familiar with his Spirit, 
- enjoying just being with him. 

We must stop our activity long enough to listen for his whisper. 
If we're quiet, we'll hear it.

What things make the most noise in your life?
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Post  Admin on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 5:14 pm

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"Why are you cast down, O my soul?And why are you disquieted within me?Hope in God;For I shall yet praise Him,The help of my countenance and my God." Psalm 42:5-11.

Whenever you're feeling down-- the best place to turn is the Psalms. 

In today's passage, the writer asks: "Why are you in despair, O my soul?" v.5. 
Surprisingly, this question is the first step in overcoming discouragement.

Look within. 
Before you can deal with your despair, you need to know what is causing it. 

If you're not sure-- ask the Lord to help you figure out what's going on inside you.

Look up. 
The next step is to lift up your eyes to the Lord and place your hope in Him. 
Remember, discouragement comes to everybody at one time or another, but it doesn't have to stay. 

In the course of time, you "shall again praise Him for the help of His presence." v. 5.

Look back. 
Despair has a way of erasing our memory of all the good the Lord has done for us over the years. 
Instead of wallowing in our present misery, we must make an effort to remember His past care and provision. 

Then our faith will overpower discouragement. v. 6.

Look Ahead. 
Knowing that God's plans for us are good-- we can look forward to what He going to do in the future. 

His lovingkindness will support us by day and bring comfort by night as we trust Him to work all things out for our good. v. 8.

When your focus is right-- you'll respond correctly to discouragement. 

The key is to fix your eyes on the Lord. 
Circumstances may cause you to think He's forgotten about you-- but His Word promises that He's there and will bring you through the valley. V.9.

Even if you feel lonely...You're never alone!
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"And have made us kings and priests to ourGod: and we shall reign on the earth."Revelation 5:10. 

In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired ofcourt life and the pressures of being a monarch. 

He made application toPrior Richard at a local monastery-- asking to be accepted as acontemplative and spend the rest of his life in the monastery. 

"YourMajesty," said Prior Richard, "do you understand that the pledge here isone of obedience? That will be hard because you have been a king." 

"Iunderstand," said Henry. "The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, asChrist leads you." 

"Then I will tell you what to do," said Prior Richard."Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has putyou." 

When King Henry died, a statement was written: "The King learned torule by being obedient."

We are kings and priests! 
Furthermore, the Bible says that one daywe will rule with Him! 
We need to get ourselves ready!

Are you weary of parenting, ministering,praying or whatever other assignments the Lord has given you for thisseason of your life? 
Please, be encouraged! 

God expects us to be faithfulwhere he puts us, even in the small things. 
Stay strong in the Lord!
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"I keep the Lord in mind always. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8.

At any banquet or formal meal in early Near Eastern culture-- a person's closest friend and advisor usually sat on his right-hand side (thus the term "right-hand man"). 

The Bible refers to Jesus, you may remember, as sitting down after his resurrection "at the right hand of the Majesty on high" Hebrews 1:3. 

His Father was giving him the highest honour that exists in heaven or on earth.

Therefore, when David acknowledged God's place at his "right hand," he said a lot in a small phrase.

He revealed that God occupied the most important position in his life. 

He declared that God had priority over everyone and everything. 
He called God his close friend and trusted advisor.

David knew from experience that he would be nowhere without God's protection and guidance. 
For David, there was no question about where to put his trust. 

As long as God had his rightful place in David's life-David could take on anything the world had to offer. 
Come what may...David would not be afraid.

Are you aware that you can live with the same confidence David did? 
Have you reserved the most important place in your life for God, 
- or have you given the honour seat to someone or something else?

Only one guest is to sit at your right hand. 
If you haven't extended this honour to God-- now is the time to do so.

And how do you treat the people you truly esteem the highest
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"Fools mock at making restitution, but there is goodwill among the upright." Proverbs 14:9.

One of the biggest mistakes Christians make is to underestimate the power of sin.

We don't like to admit when we sin-
- because then we have to make amends for it or change our behaviour. 

So we rationalize that we haven't really sinned at all.

First-
- we find a better name for it.
Sin sounds so old-fashioned.
So harsh.

Let's call it a "mistake" or a "habit" or a "lapse in judgment."
That sounds better.
   
Next-
- we build a case to explain why we did it.
"Everyone else was doing it."
"I didn't think anyone would get hurt."
"It wasn't my fault."
   
Then-
- we de-emphasize the fallout.
"People are too uptight these days."
"They need to stop being ​​​​​​so ​​sensitive​.​"

It comes down to a control issue.
We don't like being told what to do.

We want the freedom to make our own choices.

But we fail to understand one thing:
We don't control sin.
Sin controls us.

Sin is any attitude or behaviour that goes against God's desires.
He wants us to be free from the guilt, shame, and consequences of sin.

But as long as we refuse to take sin seriously-
- we'll never experience life the way God desires.

Don't be afraid to see sin for what it is.
Don't allow a distorted view of sin to rob you of the life God intends for you.

Ask God to tell you how you can make amends.
What sins in your life need to be exposed for what they are?
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Post  Admin on Fri 20 Feb 2015, 12:48 pm

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"If your hand causes your downfall, cut it off. And if your foot causes your downfall, cut it off. And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out. Mark 9:43, 45, 47.

In spite of the importance of breaking decisively with everything of which Christ cannot approve-
- some Christians hide sins and are not willing to get rid of them.

Let there be no illusion about this.
No one can maintain their spiritual freshness as long as they allow known sin to remain and take root in their lives.

This matter of spiritual freshness is decided-
- not by living on the defensive,
- but by living on the offensive. 

It involves making definite decisions-
- decisions such as saying "Yes" to all that Christ offers
- and saying "No" to all that sin offers.

Christianity is-
- not a prohibition
- but a privilege!

But I would add that it does, however, have a prohibition in it.

In our text for today-
Jesus says that if your "hand"or your "eye"causes you to sin, then do something about it.

In other words-
- do not tolerate anything that cuts across the central purpose of your life.

From head to foot-
- you are to belong to Christ.

The order in these verses is important. 

The order is hand, foot, eye.

The "hand"represents the doing of evil-
- the "foot"the approach toward evil,
- and the "eye"the seeing of evil with desire from afar.

What' s the message in all this?

Quite clearly, the message is that sin must be cut out at every stage.
The place to begin, of course, is with the "eye" - the place of desire.

Take care of that, and you won' t have to worry too much about the "hand" and the "foot."

"Father, teach me how to be a decisive and not a double-minded person - especially in relation to this matter of sin. Show me what things I need to break with in my life, and help me to do it. In Jesus' name. Amen."
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Post  Admin on Wed 18 Feb 2015, 10:51 pm

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"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves." 
2 Corinthians 13:5.

​This year the Lent begins on this 18th,the Ash Wednesday!

The six weeks before Easter is called the "Lenten Season".
It is a time to focus on the suffering, death and resurrection of our Saviour,-
Jesus Christ.

Because Jesus died, and thus paid for our sins, we have life.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we too will rise and enjoy heaven forever.

The word "lent" means "lengthen" and stands for that time in spring when the days grow longer.

The original period of Lent was 40 hours.
In the early 3rd century, Lent was lengthened to 6 days.
About 800 AD it was changed to 40 days.
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter.
Sundays are not included in those 40 days.
Those 40 days correspond with Christ’s 40 days in the wilderness.

Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is celebrated in many parts of the world with feasting.
The French call it "Mardi Gras". The Germans call it "Fausching". The feasting comes from the custom of using up household fats prior to the 40 days of Lenten fasting, when no fat is used.
Shrove Tuesday takes it’s name from "shriving" or forgiving sins.
The word "carnival", in relation to Mardi Gras means "good-bye to meat".

In early England, women of the parish traditionally spent Holy Week scrubbing the church, so it would sparkle for the Festival of Easter.

​What is Lent?

1.Lent is the time of preparation.

The Lenten season is intentionally set aside for examination, instruction, repentance and prayer.
This season is one of preparation for all the people of God.

"For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load." Galatians 6:3-5.

2.Lent is the time of penitence.

In the Lenten season, self-examination is crucial.
An individual’s response to the call for purposeful reflection on one’s need for God is an important factor in choosing a discipline with which to actively observe Lent.

For some, fasting is a means of self-examination and denial; yet, fasting is not an appropriate discipline for all people.

The purpose of a Lenten discipline is to strip away those things which clutter one’s life or impede one from being in relationship with God.
It is also a time for people to experience and reflect on the sufferings of Jesus,in light of personal sin and unrighteousness.

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the authour and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despis-ing the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.For consider Him who
endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls."Hebrews 12:1-3.

3.Lent is the time of prayer.

During Lent many people give extra time to personal and public prayer.
The traditional symbol for these forms of Lenten prayer is the pretzel.

In the fifth century, Christians were known to make dough of flour, salt and water, which they shaped into the form of two crossed arms to remind themselves to pray.
The pretzel was only eaten during the season of Lent, as a reminder to pray.

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.​"​ 2 Chronicles 7:14.

4.Lent is the time of pursuit.

As Christ fasted and prayed in the desert for forty days, we try to be mindful of Christ for the standards by which we live our lives, with goals of self-giving and suffering love.

With such high goals, any programmatic response may seem to fall short, yet an attempt to incorporate prayer, meditation, and use-ful action in the path of Christ into our lives, is invaluable.

"Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me."Luke 9:23.

5.Lent is the time of passion.

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
​t​hen your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I." Isaiah 58:6-9.

"To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."Colossians 1:27.
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Post  Admin on Sat 14 Feb 2015, 10:50 pm

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"Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them..." Matthew 6:1.

When I received this verse to write about I wondered if there was a connection.

The more I thought about it I decided that the most important issue in a love relationship is purity of heart.

We want to be loved truly.

We don’t want someone making a grand gesture of “love” in front of our family and friends when all they are seeking is to impress others.

We want them to want to impress us only and to do it in a real and loving way.

God wants us to be secret givers and secret prayers.
He wants us to seek only His approval.

It’s hard not to announce your good deeds.
I’ve done it a lot.

But the times that I’ve done charitable acts that I kept quiet about have given me a deeper joy.

It’s between me and God.
It’s a secret we share.

Same thing with prayer.
There are times that we pray in public.

But we need to be careful that it’s for God and not to be seen or heard by others to impress them with our devoutness.

God seeks that time when we are alone just getting to know Him. 

Praying in secret, giving in secret, being His secret agents of good in the world now that’s a great Valentine’s gift to the One that first loved us!

"Dear God, Thank you for loving us unconditionally. Give us the grace to love with purity of heart. Give us the discipline of giving and praying in secret. In Jesus name, Amen!"
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Post  Admin on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 11:23 pm

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"For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers." Proverbs 11:14.
              
A severe rash prompted a man from a rural area to come to town to be examined by a local doctor. 

After the usual history taking followed by a series of tests-- the physician advised the patient that he would have to get rid of the dog that was evidently causing the allergic reaction. 

As the man was preparing to leave the office, the doctor asked him out of curiosity if he planned to sell the animal or give it away.

“Neither one,” the patient replied. “I’m going to get me a second opinion. It’s a lot easier to find a doctor than a good bird dog!”

It happens all the time, doesn’t it? 
People go around asking person after person for advice until they hear the opinion that matches theirs. 
But the reality is that we are the worst judges of our own actions because our opinions of ourselves will always be more favourable than reality.

That’s why throughout Scripture, you’ll find verses like today’s that stress the need to surround yourself with a biblical community who will encourage you with the truth even when you may not want to hear it!

The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone. 
There are no “Lone Rangers” of the Christian faith. 

So if you don’t have a community of others who know you and will help you grow in Christ-- join a church Bible study or form a small group that meets weekly. 

The best kind of spiritual growth you’ll ever experience will come when you have others who’ll give you the “​​​​second opinion” you really need!

Pray and ask God to give you a community of believers who will help you grow in your walk with Christ by encouraging you and giving you the “second opinions” you
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Post  Admin on Mon 09 Feb 2015, 11:14 pm

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"A wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance. Proverbs 1:5".

Most of us want all we can get out of life.
After all, we only have one life to live!

Unless we are wise in our decision making, though, we can waste the one life we have.

Solomon said that a wise person is continually learning more. 

The more he learns, the more a wise person realizes how much is still left to discover.

The more knowledge she gains, the more a wise person understands her potential and the more she is able to give to share with others.

On the other hand, some people try to get by with the least amount of learning possible.
They exert only enough effort in school to get by.

They never read or study anything they don't have to.
They rarely ask questions.
They're indifferent to what's happening around them.
Solomon called these people fools.

But a wise person-
- "walks with the wise." Proverbs 13:20.

He seeks out the company of mature people.
She reads, asks questions, and seizes opportunities to learn more about the wonders of life.

So while you're young-
- make it a habit to spend time with the wisest people you know. 

Observe their lives and ask them lots of questions, being careful to spend more time listening than talking.

The knowledge you gain will enable you to live your life to the maximum.

Don't live life as a fool.
Life is far too important to live carelessly.

What would you have to give up to begin investing your time in learning and listening?
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Post  Admin on Thu 05 Feb 2015, 11:57 pm

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"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
              
One Sunday a little boy was acting up during the morning worship hour at church. 

The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew, but were quickly losing the battle. 

Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly down the aisle on his way out. 

Just before reaching the foyer, the child called loudly to the congregation, “Pray for me! Pray for me!”
            
At some point in time, every Christian feels just like that little boy. 
They’re staring in the face of an undesirable outcome and their only hope is to simply say, “Pray for me.” 

But what if, instead of it being a last resort, prayer was the first place you went? 
What if being in a persistent state of faithful prayer wasn’t just something you did when times got tough, but was a way of life?
 
This is exactly the kind of attitude the apostle Paul wrote about in today’s passage. 
He says that the Christian life isn’t just about praying when times get tough; it’s about praying at all times—good and bad.
 
The faith that sustains you when things look the worst is the very same faith that sustains you when things are at their best. 

So pray continually. 
If things are good, thank God for His blessings in your life. 
If things are bad, pray that God would show you His purpose. 

Communication with your Creator is the key to living a life filled with God’s very best!

Ask God to remind you to stay connected with Him through prayer in the good times and BAD
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Post  Admin on Sat 24 Jan 2015, 12:19 am

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"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10.        
      
Not long ago, a young woman was attacked in a residential area while at least 38 neighbours watched from their windows. 
And during the course of the 30-minute assault, not even one person telephoned the police. 

The young lady sustained critical injuries and died for the simple reason that no one would pick up the phone and call for help.
    
Interviews conducted with the people who witnessed this terrible crime revealed that they were not totally indifferent as many had suspected. 
In fact, many of them were horrified when they saw what was happening.But the main reason nobody did anything was that each person thought someone else would take responsibility and get help.

Now, most people will never find themselves in such a critical situation. 
But how often, in the seemingly mundane events of life, do you find yourself saying, “I’ll let someone else do it”? 

Yet all the while, everyone else is thinking the exact same thing. 
This kind of attitude has created a vacuum of responsibility in our society where people simply point fingers instead of doing what’s right.

But on the day you stand before God-- there will be no finger-pointing!

You’ll be judged based on what you did with Christ.And then you’ll be rewarded for the works you have done in the flesh. 

So in this life, take responsibility for your actions and stand up for what’s right when others sit and point fingers.

Pray that God would give you a strong sense of personal responsibility to do what’s right when you’re tempted to point fingers.
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