Author: Joy Ferdiz

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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...

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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...

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#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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Volunteers, Not Conscripts

Paul writes, ‘Whatever we do, it is certainly not for our own profit, but because Christ’s love controls us now.’ God is looking for volunteers, not conscripts. Conscripts are motivated by law; volunteers are motivated by love. After the attack...

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Three Principles of Success

God wants you to succeed in life (Joshua 1:8). Once you’re convinced of that: 1) Take into account your temperament. A fillet steak cooks best at a very high heat for a short time, but a roast joint cooks best...

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Others Are Watching You

Smoke rose over a neighborhood where 18 people died and 850 had been arrested in street riots. Jon Walker said: ‘My dad, a special investigator for a government agency, sat with me watching the violence on TV. In a matter-of-fact...

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Care and Confront

‘Warn…those who are out of line…encourage the timid…help…the weak.’ Sadly, we’d rather stay quiet and be popular than speak difficult truth into the lives of others. Isn’t this true? One teacher writes: ‘A church isn’t a group of individuals who...