Devotional – ‘No “Write-Offs”’ (18 March 2018)

“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear…” (Isaiah 59:1 ESV) Is there a person or group of people that have been so wicked, so stubbornly resistant to the Gospel, that we have considered them a “write-off”? These would...

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Devotional – ‘Who is in your sights?’ (11 March 2018)

“Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” (John 12:2, NKJV) Derek Thomas, a few years back, told this story: “A dear, dear lady,...

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Devotional – ‘Pruning for Growth’ (04 March 2018)

John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (ESV)   Listen to this from a letter that...

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Mnemonic Devices for Christian Living (MDCLs)

Lots of areas of life have mnemonic devices employing acronyms to help us remember important procedures, tasks, etc. I remember in my Army days using the SALUTE report: Size of the enemy formation, Activity they were engaged in, Location, Uniform they were wearing, Time of the sighting, and Equipment they...

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“Count it all joy”

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4, ESV) Affliction and trial are some of...

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Devotional – ‘Honouring (and honourable) submission’ (11 Feb 2018)

“Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21 ESV) The Spirit-filled person is characterized by love and justice and submission in their relationships. “Submit!” is the great mark of the Spirit-filled life. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (v.21). The word submit comes from...

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Devotional – ‘Characterised by Thanks’ (04 Feb 2018)

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20 ESV) Is your life characterized by an attitude of gratitude? The Spirit-filled man or woman is characterized by gratitude. They are always giving thanks to God the Father for all things....

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Devotional – ‘Addressing one another….’ (28 Jan 2018)

“…addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,” (Ephesians 5:19 ESV) In Ephesians 5:18-6:9, Paul describes the Spirit-filled life. He begins with the call that the Spirit-filled man or woman sings and makes melody in their heart. Such...

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Devotional – ‘He’s Working!’ (21 Jan 2018)

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”    Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV) Our church’s location...

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