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The Safe Zone

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God has given us his promises as a safe zone in which we can thrive and grow and become the people He created us to be....

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Children and the Kingdom

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Jesus invites us to become like children so we might participate in his kingdom....

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The Power of Small Beginnings

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Great endings are almost always the fruit of small beginnings; faithfulness with little positions us for destiny....

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Faith Hope Love BLOG

The balanced Christian life rests on the power-triad of faith, hope, and love....

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Better Than Wet

Better Than Wet

Why would Jesus choose something so simple as going down into water and being raised up as a picture of the relationship we have with him through faith? What would he want us to get water baptised?...

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The Mighty One

The Mighty One

We live in a constant tension regarding which narrative about ourselves we're going to believe: are we going to be shaped by the many voices around us, or will be be shaped by what God says about us?...

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Extravagance

What is the appropriate way to follow, worship, and honour Jesus? An obscure woman gives us a clue....

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Strength and Courage

Strength and Courage

Have you ever faced a moment of genuine intimidation? Have you ever been gripped with fear to the degree that you were paralysed - unable to move? This is what Joshua felt as he stood at the threshold of his moment of destiny....

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Living Close to God's Presence

Living Close to God's Presence

When navigating transitional moments, it's good to live close to God's presence....

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Minority Report

Minority Report

We often found ourselves surrounded by a cacophony of voices competing for our attention. And often, the majority of these voices are not encouraging faith; rather, they are dispensing doubt. But it is through the minority report of faith that we inherit God's promises....

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Three Pathways To Love and Faith

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After observing - and participating in - my daughter's wedding, I found myself wondering, 'How does this happen? How does anyone get to this point? How does love work?'. Although marriage is a destination many people reach, the process of how they get there can be quite different. Faith works in a similar way....

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From Bitter to Blessed

From Bitter to Blessed

The Negev is a dry, hot desert region in the southern part of Israel. If you were wandering through it, heading towards the northwest, you would eventually come to a large body of water. After the dry, arid, dusty journey through the desert, you would be excited about seeing so much water. The problem is that that the body of water is the Red Sea, packed with so much salt ...

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Faith in a Faithful God

Faith in a Faithful God

Sometimes when we look at the pain of our past, or it seems like God is not with us in the present, we question whether he will be faithful to his promises about the future. Scripture teaches that God is faithful to heal our past, to be with us in the present, and to fulfil his plans for our future. ...

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A Spiritual MOT

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Every year our cars undergo an MOT test to validate their road-worthiness. Are our hearts ready for the new year? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus provides a series of diagnostic teachings to evaluate what's happening in our heart. While challenging, his teaching exposes our need for his grace so that we will open our lives to the working of God's Spirit. ...

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Three Days In Vienna

Three Days in Vienna

The New Testament churches described in Acts perpetually challenge me for this reason: they were consistently probing opportunities to advance the gospel of Jesus. And no church exemplifies this spirit better than Antioch (Acts 13:1-3). Not content to build a local dream team of pastors, when the leader spent time praying and fasting and listening to the Holy Spirit, their...

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Dreams, Darkness, Destiny

Dreams Darkness and Destiny

Children are inspiring because their dream-machine has not yet been damaged. They live with the hopefulness that if they can dream it, it can happen. Somehow life seems to relentlessly torpedo our instinctive dream machine until it is broken, domesticated, or forgotten. ...

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The Story Begins

In the beginning God created everything good through his son. ...

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The Forever View

We are surrounded by temporary things. What would life be like if we lived in the context of eternity?...

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Reasonable Faith in a Toxic Environment

Faith is central to being a Christian - without it - we can't know or please God. But in the cultural undercurrent of skepticism that pervades contemporary Europe, how can we we grow strong in faith? God's Word gives us some answers. ...

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Fighting Words

Words are not neutral; not only do they chart our destiny, they affirm the reality that defines our lives....

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A Gospel Vision

The Philippian church is a fascinating example of what happens when the gospel gets hold of a faith communinty. There are a few things we can learn from them....

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Issues of the Heart

David, Paul, and Jesus all teach that, even though our hearts may be polluted with sin, they can be cleansed by faith. ...

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When My Strength Is Small

This is the story about a woman who felt weak - and God used her to do something great....

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Figs, Temples, and Prayer

On the first day in Jerusalem after his triumphal entry Jesus challenges our faith and the religious status quo....

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Surviving The Storms

In life we face a variety of storms types. How do we respond? What do we do to navigate each storm?...

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Restoration

God is not nostalgic; He works forward to bring greater blessing to his His people, even when they have difficulty believing....

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The Jesus Deal

Following Jesus comes with a high price tag. But the promised pay-out promised makes this the best deal ever. ...

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Cause and Effect

In life, sometimes we end up between a rock and a hard place. There are moments when the only action we can take is to trust God....

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How We Know What We Know

How do we know what we know? This is the topic of exploration under the philosophical category called epistemology. Epistemology is a big word that simply means 'how we know what we know'. According to Jesus, knowledge is not morally neutral; faith precedes understanding. ...

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