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S.O.S. prayers

‘God is…always ready to help in times of trouble. And so, we won’t be afraid!’ Psalm 46:1-2 CEV One day a woman was driving through the countryside when she saw a tornado approaching, so she hid behind her car and watched as it demolished a nearby house. Running over to...

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Life is what you make it

For the happy heart, life is a continual feast.’ Proverbs 15:15 NLT   The story’s told of a wise old man. Every day he and his granddaughter would sit outside his petrol station in rocking chairs, waiting to greet tourists as they passed through their small town. One day a...

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How to help people (4)

‘Who, seeing Peter and John…asked for alms.’ Acts 3:3 NKJV Peter and John were willing to let the lame man at the temple gate interrupt their plans, and maybe make them late for ‘the hour of prayer’ – which raises an important point. Is it possible to be so busy...

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How to help people (3)

‘He gave them his attention, expecting to receive.’ Acts 3:5 NKJV   You can’t help someone until they’re ready. That calls for knowing the difference between those who are looking for solutions, and those who may just be looking for sympathy.   Before the lame man at the temple gate...

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Show grace to get grace

‘If righteousness came through the law, then Christ died needlessly.’ Galatians 2:21 NAS While grace doesn’t give anyone a licence to live as they please, the judgementalism that comes from insisting that others live by our standards has caused untold damage. Chuck Swindoll writes: ‘Legalism spreads a paralyzing venom…blinds our...

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Obedience training

‘I delight to do your will.’ Psalm 40:8 NKJV   Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth, wrote: ‘Tonight I sit on the porch, our old German Shepherd dog lying at my feet. Thunder rumbles in the distance. As the storm nears he tears into the front yard to meet it…furiously doing battle....

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The cure for worry

‘Offer up your prayers and requests to God.’ Philippians 4:6 CEV The Bible says, ‘With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then…God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel’ (Philippians 4:6-7...

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Break your alabaster jar (3)

‘She has done a beautiful thing to me.’ Mark 14:6 NIV   Most of us are good actors, but it’s difficult to fake a reaction. And when the woman broke the alabaster jar, the reaction of the disciples is telling. ‘Why this waste?’ They thought she was pouring her perfume...

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Give God your best

‘I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.’ 2 Samuel 24:24 NLT Instead of trusting God for victory over his enemies, David decided of his own volition to count the number of troops in his army...

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Secrets of self-control (7)

‘Let the Spirit direct your lives.’ Galatians 5:16 GNT Depend on Christ’s power to help you. ‘Let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature’ (Galatians 5:16 GNT). The sequence in this Scripture is very important. ‘Let the Spirit direct your life’ – that’s...

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