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Trust God, and act!

‘Perhaps the Lord will act on our behalf.’ 1 Samuel 14:6 NIV During the early days of Saul’s kingship, the Philistines controlled the western border of Israel, and battle lines were drawn at the pass called Michmash. Saul seemed content to sit on the sidelines, but Jonathan wanted to be...

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A promise to praying parents

‘They shall come back from the land of the enemy. ‘Jeremiah 31:16 NKJV Are you living under a cloud of guilt, feeling like a failure because your child has gone astray? Don’t do it! The Bible teaches that sometimes children simply won’t listen to the counsel of their parents. Solomon...

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The marriage covenant (4)

‘The wife must respect her husband.’ Ephesians 5:33 NLT Paul writes, ‘The wife must respect her husband.’ Pay close attention to the word ‘must’. This is a command from the Lord, not a suggestion or a topic that’s open to debate (see Ephesians 5:33 NLT). Notice, the Bible doesn’t say a woman must ‘love’ her...

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The marriage covenant (3)

Being heirs together of the grace of life.’ 1 Peter 3:7 NKJV   A good marriage is built on mutual sacrifice. Adam had to sacrifice something near and dear to him in order to get Eve – a rib. And your wife will know you love her when you’re willing...

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The marriage covenant (2)

‘Husbands…love your wives.’ Ephesians 5:25 NLT We throw the word ‘love’ around loosely, leaving it to be defined in many different ways. People say things like, ‘I love chocolate cake,’ or ‘I love football,’ or ‘I love that television show.’ What they really mean is they ‘like’ and ‘enjoy’ these...

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The marriage covenant (1)

‘For those who are married, I have a command that comes…from the Lord.’ 1 Corinthians 7:10 NLT   Having God’s blessing on your marriage is contingent upon your operating according to his rules. To enjoy his protection, peace and prosperity you must follow his instructions. For example, you can spend...

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How much do you love Jesus?

‘When he had found one pearl of great price… [He] sold all that he had and bought it.’ Matthew 13:46 NKJV In one of the most unique corporate take-overs ever, Stanley Tam legally transferred 51 per cent of the shares of his company to God. He started United States Plastic...

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Praise God every day

‘You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory.’ Revelation 4:11 NKJV   A Christian farmer supposedly taught his horse to start and stop, using words from the Bible. When he wanted the horse to go, he would shout, ‘Praise the Lord.’ When he wanted the horse to stop, he would...

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A small change can make a big difference.

‘Who dares despise the day of small things?’ Zechariah 4:10 NIV Imagine the temple lying in ruins, and having to be rebuilt from the ground up. That’s what things were like when Zechariah shared his vision with the people of Israel. Some thought it couldn’t be done, and others thought...

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Blessed in ‘every’ area of life

‘God… has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.’ Ephesians 1:3 NKJV   Farmer Brown, so the story goes, lived during the Great Depression. He was having trouble keeping up the mortgage payments on his farm. Eventually the bank gave him thirty days to catch up on his back payments or...

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