Sunday, January 23, 2022
Word for the Week

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All heresy is the Cross plus something. Whenever we add anything to the all-sufficient merit of Christ we are sliding into legalism. The one thing Satan wants us most to believe is that we must do something to please God in order to make us acceptable. But the truth is that Jesus has done everything…

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Jesus was born as a man and lived among us in order to share our sin and our guilt; to take it to himself; to relieve us from its burden; to enable us to be free! Hence, the Bible says that for those who are in Christ Jesus there is no longer any condemnation (Romans…

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Albert Einstein is said to have claimed that imagination is more important than knowledge. You can’t be creative without being imaginative. Creative people actually commission their imagination to go searching for new vistas, new horizons. Out of this dreamland, they create new concepts and new ideals. This is the case with God himself As soon…

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We need to be ruthlessly honest with ourselves so that we will not tolerate even a slight deviation from what is upright and true. We should be more inexcusable of our own faults than of those of others. Living in the image of God means living uprightly in every respect. Without exception. In a lecture…

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Loss of control is a great stress factor. We feel most tense when things seem to have got out of hand and we are no longer in command of the situation. When I first started using a word processor, I had great trouble. All those keys and control codes–a baffling mystery. On one occasion, I…

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Lamentations chapter three is one of the most moving passages in Scripture. Written by Jeremiah at a time of disaster for the nation of Judah, it describes appalling atrocities. Such was the intense famine in Jerusalem that mothers had even cannibalised their own babies! (2:20). Young and old had died or been slain in the…

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Failure to trust God is a sin. This seems a strong statement, but it is true. The Scriptures never give any excuse for lack of faith. Jesus was really tough on his disciples when they showed fear rather than faith. ‘Why are you so afraid?’ he asked them. ‘Do you still have no faith?’ (Mark…

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Basically, self-mastery finds its source in the mind. When we make up our minds to exercise self-control we usually finish up doing so. It is easy to blame things like tiredness, pressure of work, lack of money, misunderstanding and the like for loss of control. But if we make up our minds to reign in…

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HOPE AND VISION

Once, while in Singapore, I was invited to visit Changi prison. I was most interested to do this, as an uncle of mine had been incarcerated there during World War 2. I was to speak briefly to the prisoners. This proved to be a memorable experience. I can still picture the serious faces of those…

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HONEST TO GOD

An important aspect of self-mastery is that of honesty and integrity. First, it is important to be honest with God. Not that we can deceive God anyway. But the Bible does warn us that God is not to be mocked (Galatians 6:7) and that nothing in all creation is hidden from his sight (Hebrews 4:13)….

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