Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Word for the Week

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RICH IN CHRIST

How rich we are in Christ! Every possible blessing is ours in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). The word ‘bless’ is a translation of the Greek verb eulogeo which means ‘I speak well of’. What Paul is declaring here is that God speaks well of us in every way. This is powerful, for a spoken blessing…

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GOOD IS BEAUTIFUL

In the Bible, only people are described as being made in God’s image. While at the beginning creation is described as ‘good’, after the appearance of human beings it is called ‘very good’ (Genesis 1:31). Talking about humankind, the Psalmist writes: You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with…

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Much damage has been done to the gospel by extremist behaviour. Balance is the key to avoiding fanaticism. Here are some objective guidelines for assessing spiritual expressions– Is it biblical? (i.e. does it agree with Scripture? 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Deut13:1-3) Is it bona fide? (i.e. is it genuine? Deuteronomy 18:21-22) Is it beneficial? (i.e. does…

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Over the years, I have had a few people complain that they don’t get anything out of praying in tongues. My response has nearly always been, ‘When you pray with the spirit, how long do you spend?’ Almost without exception the reply is, ‘Two or three minutes, maybe.’ If you only pray that long in…

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I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind (1 Corinthians 14:14-15). Prayer with the spirit stems from the human spirit, rather than the understanding, in other words, praying in tongues. Paul told the Corinthians that…

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The essence of praying with the understanding is just that–praying with the understanding. In other words, praying thoughtfully and intelligently. There are wonderful prayers recorded in Scripture that still inspire us today, thousands of years later. These include the song of Moses after the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 15:1-18), the prayer of Hannah…

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Prayer is like the act of a child talking with its parent. It needs to be trusting, genuine, sincere and personal. Sometimes we feel inadequate to express ourselves appropriately, but God is more interested in the substance than the style. While there have been many beautiful prayers composed and recorded over the centuries that are…

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One of my favourite songs as a teenager was — I keep in touch with Jesus, and he keeps touch with me and so we walk together in perfect harmony. There’s not a day that passes, there’s not an hour goes by, but that we have sweet fellowship, my precious Lord and I. (Margaret W…

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Ken, an up-and-coming youth leader in his local church met a couple who told him they had been empowered by the Holy Spirit. As with the Ephesian believers, the initial sign of the Spirit’s coming had been speaking in tongues (Acts 19:6). Ken began searching for the same divine enduement. One night, as he fervently…

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Ken was an up-and-coming youth leader in his church. At 19 years of age, he felt that God was calling him to the ministry and he was eager to do all he could for the church. He was concerned that his local congregation was not holding the young people as well as they might. When…

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