Monthly Archive: December 2016

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The New Year (1)

One Bible teacher says, ‘Like most people you’ve probably made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise, eat better…and improve your life. But did you know that the desire to improve your life with each New Year started in the...

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Lasting satisfaction

Jesus asked the woman at the well for a drink of water. Surprised that a Jew would talk to a Samaritan, she asked Him why He was asking her for water. He replied: ‘If you knew…who I am, you would...

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Don’t look back

Jesus sought out people prepared to do more than just believe in Him – He wanted people willing to follow Him. His early ministry was marked by people like Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael (see John 1:35-52): people willing to...

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Put on the garment of praise

Praise works like a magnifying glass. It causes what you’re focusing on to get bigger, to be ‘magnified’. David said, ‘Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me,...

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‘How silently the wondrous gift is given’

One Christmas in London Phil Yancey went to hear Handel’s Messiah. He says: ‘I’d spent the morning viewing remnants of England’s glory – crown jewels, a gold mace, the Mayor’s gilded carriage…such images must have filled the minds of Isaiah’s...

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The Christmas spirit

For some people Christmas is not a time of joy, but depression. In some cases it’s because their families are fractured by divorce and their memories are painful. In their book, None of These Diseases, S.I. McMillen and David Stern...

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Why Jesus came

Life is a journey with a definite beginning and end. And if you’re wise you’ll do what Enoch did for 300 years – he walked with God. Can you imagine how well you’d know God after spending all those years...

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Smile, and start a chain reaction

If you think you’ve nothing to smile about, consider these words from a man who’d just experienced the death of all his children, the loss of his entire fortune, and was now covered from head to toe in boils. ‘When...

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The key to a successful life

The story is told of a pastor who was invited to dinner with one of the families in his congregation, so the woman of the house decided to impress him. After dinner she wanted him to read something inspiring to...

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The hardest thing you’ll ever do

The hardest thing you’ll ever do is to put others first and yourself second, because we intuitively look out for ourselves. Self-preservation is man’s first instinct – but it doesn’t work. Do you know how two goats respond when they...