Wisdom for Life

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What does it mean to follow Jesus?

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And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18 ESV) When Simon and Andrew heard those words “Follow me” and immediately left their nets, do you think they knew what it would mean to follow the Christ? […]

Thanking God

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Being thankful is an action and an attitude and it pleases God. In the Bible, we read a great deal about “thanksgiving”, “being thankful”, and “giving thanks”. In the Old Testament, we learn that “thanksgiving” was a “sacrifice” that could be made, as it was part of the peace offering (Leviticus 7:11-18). We may not […]

What does God want us to do?

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Is God all about following rules, doing this and not doing that, restrictions and traditions? No. It is actually about developing a beautiful character just like His. Choosing His ways not only pleases Him, but it makes people happier as well. Love Him with all our heart, soul and might. (Deuteronomy 6:5) Obey His voice […]

Nearly Swamped

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Jesus decided to cross the lake in the boat in the evening after a hard day’s work. So “that day when evening came” they left as darkness was falling. (Mark 4:35). This was to be a test of faith for his disciples, teaching them to walk by faith, not by sight. “A furious squall came […]

Do you ever get side tracked?

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The twelve Apostles were those who had been specifically commissioned by Jesus to spread the word to all the people. But as the numbers of disciples grew, so did the administration duties of the apostles. It seems the time had come when administration had taken over the work they had been set to do. This […]

Forgivable

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Have you ever thought that you might be unforgivable? Have you ever felt like your sins are too big, too often, or too horrible to be overlooked or healed? Luke tells two stories about Jesus that really touched me. The first was about a man with leprosy, a terrible skin disease that often represents sin […]

Jesus Loves Me… and You

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“Yes, Jesus loves me,” the old Sunday School song goes. It’s not very often talked about, but the love of Jesus is conditional. This is what he said, “As the Father loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just […]

Persist in Prayer

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The last words Jesus said to his disciples before he went out to pray in the garden of Gethsemane,were these: “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:40). Peter had already emphatically said that he would go to the death with Jesus, and yet as Jesus left them on watch to pray while […]

Doubt and Disappointment

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In the Gospel of Luke we see tension growing between Jesus and the whole range of religious sects that were either the Jewish government or close to it:  groups that were often enemies, coming together for the sole purpose of destroying a new teacher who was unraveling the complicated charade that they had built around […]

It’s not too late – God is ready to listen to you

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He is ready to listen. Even if we have turned away from God, even if we have sinned against Him and feel distant, unclean and feel that perhaps He doesn’t want to hear us any more, He is ready to hear your prayer – and respond to it. Not many of us get to go […]