Pray for God’s Favour (2)

‘...Find favour…in the sight of God and man.’ Proverbs 3:4 NKJV To see God’s favour at work, examine the life of Joseph. ‘Now Israel [Jacob] loved Joseph more than all his children… he made him a [coat] of many colours. But when his brothers saw that their father...

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Stop ‘Awfulising’!

‘Do not worry.’ Matthew 6:31 NIV No matter what happens in life, try to keep things in perspective. When you don’t, you end up viewing minor problems as major ones. Or you do the opposite, treating significant situations as ‘no big deal’. Either tendency—‘awfulising’...

Try Bird Watching!

‘Look at the birds.’ Matthew 6:26 NLT You may not like the political party that’s in power, but you’re much better off than the Jewish people Jesus was speaking to here. Their country was occupied by the Romans, and they paid extortionate taxes to keep them in power....

Stay Calm!

‘Keep your head in all situations.’ 2 Timothy 4:5 NIV A woman was sitting in her lounge when a small black snake suddenly appeared, slithered across the floor, and made its way under the sofa. Being deadly afraid of snakes, she ran to the bathroom to get her husband,...

Doling Out God’s Grace (2)

‘Do not nullify the grace of God.’ Galatians 2:21 NASB Chuck Swindoll says as believers we’re often intolerant ‘of those who don’t fit our mould—an attitude that reveals itself in the stoic [statue-like] stare or burning comment. Such reactions will thin the church...

Doling Out God’s Grace (1)

‘You would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ John 4:10 ESV When the woman at the well offered Jesus a drink of water, He replied, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him,...

Avoid ‘Whelks’

‘Don’t befriend angry people.’ Proverbs 22:24 NLT Ever seen an oyster shell without an oyster inside, and wondered how the oyster got out? Look for a small hole in the top of the shell made by a whelk. This little ocean creature has an appendage that works like a...

Use Your Talents

‘Do not neglect the gift you have.’ 1 Timothy 4:14 RSV Luigi Tarisio was born in Italy in 1796. A collector of violins, he took great pride in searching out rare finds, and purchasing only instruments of the finest quality. No one really knew about Tarisio’s passion,...

Be Slow To Anger

‘A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.’ Proverbs 15:18 NKJV Solomon repeatedly advises us to be ‘slow to anger’ (Proverbs 14:29; 15:18; 16:32). Take your Bible and read those Scriptures slowly, thoughtfully, and prayerfully....

The Transforming Power Of Gratitude (2)

‘Rejoice always.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:16 NKJV Ever find yourself asking, ‘Why me, Lord? How come You don’t answer my prayers? Why doesn’t Your Word work for me like it does for others?’ Well-meaning friends tell you to keep your chin up, things will get better, but you...

The Transforming Power Of Gratitude (1)

‘In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV Giving thanks brings joy and resilience into your daily life. British theologian John Henry Jowett said, ‘Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the...