Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Word for the Week

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When Peter and John were entering the Temple one day, a lame man asked them for some money. Peter’s answer is very revealing. ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk’ (Acts 3:6). The man was instantly cured. Peter knew…

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When they were confronted by the hungry crowds on the Galilean hills, the disciples suggested that Jesus send the people to the surrounding villages for food. Jesus’ reply is astounding: ‘You give them something to eat’ (Mark 6:37). They thought he wanted them to pay for the food–which would have cost them nearly a year’s…

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Our competence comes from God.  This is clearly indicated in statements like Paul’s,  ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:13) and ‘Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ’ (2 Corinthians 2:14). This point comes out strongly in his second letter to the Corinthians. Here…

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It is exciting to think about working miracles in the name of Jesus and doing all kinds of spectacular things. But there are some important points to remember. When living creatively, we must be prepared to fail. Now no doubt this seems a strange thing to say. Surely the idea is to succeed. But when…

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The apostle Paul tried to explain to the Corinthian believers what it meant to die to self– We have this treasure in earthen jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us… We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of…

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And Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and thrown into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him’ (Mark 11:22-23) Unfortunately, we often reverse…

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This is a profound truth. Before we can achieve anything for God, we must be willing to die to self–if necessary, never to rise again. I had to preach on this theme once. I worked long and hard on that message. I thought I had prepared a sermon that would be pretty impressive. On the…

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Too often it is easy for us to settle down to a comfortable level of living and we opt for the status quo. When I was a high school student, I had a privileged position in the front row of one class where I had a desk-for-two all to myself. One day, I was comfortably…

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God’s faithfulness has nothing to do with apparent success or apparent failure. It simply means that God is with us in every situation. A growing church with a large congregation, modern buildings and a complex program is no more proof of God’s faithfulness than a small home fellowship with half a dozen people meeting regularly…

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‘This is what the kingdom of God is like,’ said Jesus. Á man scatters seed on the ground…’ (Mark 4:26). To live creatively is to draws seed from the stock of our imagination and plant it. What are the dreams and imaginings of your mind? Have you dismissed them as mere daydreams, figments of the…

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