You are Blessed While on a short term overseas missions trip an American pastor was leading worship at a leper colony on the West Indies island of Tobago. There was time for one more song, so he asked if anyone had a request. A woman who had been facing away from the pulpit turned round.
Making a Difference An old man was walking down a beach not long after dawn. He noticed a teenager ahead of him picking up starfish from the sand and throwing them into the deeper water. As he came up beside him, the old man asked what he was doing. The young man explained that the
Anger Anger can run the gamut from mild annoyance at one end of the spectrum to violent rage at the other. Both extremes can be destructive. Anger turned outward can destroy. Anger turned inward can become depression. Anger doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Anger thrives on unmet needs. We all have basic psychological needs that
Answered Prayer The following is a prayer written down by a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War. Nothing more is known of the author’s identity. O God, I asked for strength that I might achieve; I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for help that I might do
Overcoming Temptation Most of us would be familiar with the time of temptation Jesus had to go through in the wilderness. He had been baptised in water and the Holy Spirit had come upon Him to anoint His ministry. But before that ministry even began, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit
Foretastes of Heaven Why didn’t the scribes and Pharisees recognise Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah? Weren’t there enough Old Testament prophecies, well known to them, and all pointing to Jesus? One reason they didn’t recognise Him was because they saw the Messiah as the one who would bring in the Kingdom of God in a
Seek the Kingdom From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it (Matthew 11:12 NIV) The Kingdom of God is God’s dynamic, Kingly reign. God’s rule has invaded this world through Christ and is making its way with great force.
Days of Preparation God is going to visit our city, Ipswich, in a miraculous and utterly transforming way. Like a master chess player who knows each and every possible move that can be made at any time, God is moving His pieces into position. We are impatient. We want it done and ready yesterday. But
The King of Kings Have you ever read a scripture that really bugged you because you know it couldn’t mean what it seemed to be saying? I’ve had so many over the years. I love now to get to the bottom of such verses. One is John 6:15 “Jesus, knowing they intended to come and
People of Rank There’s a story told about Napoleon’s horse running off when everyone thought it was tied up. An alert private jumped on his own horse and rode until he could retrieve the runaway. When he presented the reins back to Napoleon, the ruler took them, smiled at the willing private and said, “Thank
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