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To Call the Slave Your Brother

At first I struggled with Paul’s letter to Philemon. And it’s not because it’s pronounced ‘Figh-lee-min’… Despite the fact that God saw fit for this 335-word letter (in the original Greek) to be included in His story, the letter makes for strangely tough reading. It’s a rather personal letter to one person, about one person, […]

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Fighting fit or couch potato???

On our recent mission trip to Zimbabwe I was confronted with my own human frailty. I ended up with cankles, you know when your calves and ankles get so swollen you can’t distinguish where the one ends and the other starts. The heat bordering on 40 degrees and my general lack of fitness, made my […]

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Our actions speak louder than words

Titus 2:1-10 (ESV): But as for you, teach what accords with sound[a] doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and […]

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The Teachings We Choose

“As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love […]

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Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.

When reading through Thessalonians 1 and 2, 1 Thessalonians 5 stood out for me, especially verse 19. “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” or in other versions” Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit” But before I talk about that I’ll back track a little… 1 Thessalonians 5:11(NIV): “Therefore encourage one another and build each […]

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Surrender: Learning to trust

The word surrender is not one that ignites warm feelings within us. Surrendering on its own is not an issue, it’s the uncertainties that are attached to it. The fear of not knowing what’s to come; the fear of possibly being disappointed; hurt; the loss of security but most of all, it is our fear […]

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Getting Over It & Surrendering

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20 Bad stuff happens and it’s ok to […]

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Pleasing God = Growth

In the book of Colossians, Paul was writing to the church of Colossae which was under attack from false teachers claiming that Jesus wasn’t God. Paul wrote that God had given him the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming His entire message to them. As we read in Colossians 1:25 (NLT): “God has given […]

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It’s About Jesus

“Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite. All they’re interested in is appearances—knife-happy circumcisers, I call them. The real believers are the ones the Spirit of God leads to work away at this ministry, filling the air with Christ’s praise as we do it. We couldn’t carry this […]

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