In a few days time, we'll be into a New Year – 2016. The year 2015 will be history – water under the bridge. At transition times like this between years, it's beneficial to pause, take some time aside and think about your life.… Read the rest
Habits are what we do habitually, automatically or without thinking. They are very powerful! An old poem puts it like this:
Sow a thought, reap an act
Sow an act, reap a habit
Sow a habit, reap a character
Sow a character, reap a destiny.… Read the rest
Every year, we encourage our church to read through the Bible. There are a variety of reading programs available online. This year we will read through the New Testament, as well as the books of Psalms and Proverbs.
There is a great benefit in using a devotional format for Bible reading aimed at hearing from God daily and responding to his leading.… Read the rest
As we prepare to move into a new year, I am sure we all face various circumstances that are beyond our control. Sometimes what we need is actually not more power but more clarity. Three times in the Gospels, Jesus was approached by someone obviously needing healing and he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus assumed nothing but asked them to declare what they wanted.… Read the rest
Usually around this time of the year, you'll hear some questions or comments from some well-meaning Christians such as:
- "Jesus was not born in December."
- "The Bible never tells us to celebrate the birth of Jesus."
- "The Christmas tree is a pagan tradition."
True, the early Christians did not celebrate the birth of Jesus and Jesus never asked them to.… Read the rest
Christmas is right around the corner and many people are starting to think about what gifts to buy for family and friends. The truth is that as you get older you start to realise that you don't really need more 'stuff'!… Read the rest
It’s Christmas time again. I wonder what you enjoy most about this season? Maybe it’s the Christmas carols, the holidays, or the shopping. I know for the kids, it’s the presents. That’s what I looked forward to when I was young – maybe a new Mechano set or an extension to my Motorific slot car course.… Read the rest
Insights from Paul’s Life Journey
The Bible was written by real people as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit to record stories that would be of benefit to our lives. Today, we will glean some lessons from the the life of the apostle Paul, using our SOAP devotional format (Acts 20:13-38).… Read the rest
Do you feel like a chapter is coming to an end in some area of your life? Maybe that is just what is needed in order for God to begin something new for you?
Life is lived in seasons and seasons are made up of endings and new beginnings.… Read the rest