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Beware of pride!

‘Pride goes before destruction.’ Proverbs 16:18 NKJV Think about the things we become proud over: √ The home we live in, √ The car we drive, √ The certificate hanging on our wall, √ The people we mingle with, √ The position we hold, etc. When you’ve worked hard to...

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Misconceptions about success (2)

‘Let the wise listen and add to their learning.’ Proverbs 1:5 NIV Here are three more misconceptions about success: (1) We Think Success Comes From Having The Right Connections, So We Strive To Make Them. People who endorse this philosophy believe they’d ‘have it made’ if only they’d been born into...

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Misconceptions about success (1)

  ‘Give yourself wholly…so that everyone may see your progress.’ 1 Timothy 4:15 NIV   Here are some common misconceptions about success:   (1) We Think Success Is Impossible, So We Criticize It. We want to believe life should be easy, so we assume anything difficult must be impossible. Then when success...

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Give your love away

‘Let us love one another, for love is of God.’ 1 John 4:7 NKJV One evening before Mary Martin, the great Broadway musical star, was to go on stage in South Pacific; a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein. He had written it to her from his...

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Be willing to pay the price

  ‘I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.’ Nehemiah 6:3 NKJV   Success usually comes at the end of struggle; if it came easily, everybody would be experiencing it. When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts, reduced prices or ‘special deals.’ * The...

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How to bounce back

‘He was moved with compassion.’ Matthew 9:36 NKJV One of the best ways to bounce back from grief and loss is taking your memories and turning them into motivators, then reaching out in love to others who are hurting. ‘But I’m busy,’ you say. Jesus was never too busy to...

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‘Then the Lord God made a woman…and he brought her to the man.’ Genesis 2:22 NIV Adam lived in a perfect neighbourhood and had a perfect job – one God gave him. It doesn’t get much better than that. Nevertheless, he was lonely; something was missing from his life. The...

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  ‘I will make a helper suitable for him.’ Genesis 2:18 NIV   Adam lived in a perfect world, yet he was incomplete. So God created ‘a helper suitable for him’ (Genesis 2:18 NIV). And since God made you with a core need for companionship, he can introduce you to...

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Increase your pastor’s effectiveness (5)

‘Pastors…prepare God’s people for works of service.’ Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV   Here are two final principles for increasing your pastor’s effectiveness:   (1) Don’t Limit Them by What Happened in The Past: The ‘ghost of pastors past’ can block what God wants your church to do now. Don’t say, ‘In the...

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Increase your pastor’s effectiveness (4)

‘Make disciples of all nations.’ Matthew 28:19 NIV   Don’t tie your pastor’s hands when it comes to a budget. A church’s budget reveals its heart, and it should also reflect God’s values and priorities. Jesus said, ‘Make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I… commanded you’ (Matthew 28:19-20...

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