Monthly Archive: October 2014

Oct 31 Comments

Power in Prayer

When the Bible says, ‘Pray without ceasing,’ that means pray every day, not just periodically or when you’re in trouble or you need something ASAP. ‘The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much’ (James 5:16 NKJV). The word...

Oct 30 Comments

Three All-Important Questions

Following a plan is like using a GPS device (Global Positioning System). If it knows where you are, you tell it where you want to go, and it creates a personalized road map. The difference between a GPS and you...

Oct 29 Comments

Love Your Pastor

Pastors have a tough job. They get more kicks than kisses. If a pastor is young he lacks experience; if he’s grey-haired he’s too old. If he has five kids he has too many; if he has none he’s setting...

Oct 28 Comments

Goodbye to Non-Essentials

In the days of the Roman Empire, Olympic runners practiced with heavy weights strapped to their bodies. But on the day of the race all the weights were stripped from them; hence we are told in Scripture, ‘Let us lay...

Oct 27 Comments

Be Strong in the Lord

The Bible says, ‘“God is strong”,’ and He wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up...

Oct 26 Comments

Great Marriages

The media might make you believe that a great marriage is either unattainable, or that it is all romance and excitement. The truth is, if you want a great marriage (and you will get to that point someday), you’ve got...

Oct 25 Comments

#BeTenacious

Paul writes: ‘The Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with...

Oct 24 Comments

The Word from the Top (8)

In the last of the Ten Commandments, God told His people: ‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s house…[nor] your neighbour’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’ Coveting means grasping...

Oct 23 Comments

The Word from the Top (7)

The ninth commandment says, ‘You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.’ Why do we lie? For lots of reasons: to escape the consequences of our actions; to avoid paying our dues; to create a false image; to convince...

Oct 22 Comments

The Word from the Top (6)

The eighth commandment says, ‘You shall not steal.’ Think how strange this commandment must have seemed to the Israelites. As a nomad society, thieving and looting had always been acceptable in their culture—even expected. But God said, ‘That day is...