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The Ugly Power Of Intimidation

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Intimidation is such a powerful weapon, but it’s not a godly weapon to use. It’s an ugly weapon that uses power and fear to manipulate a person. Intimidation speaks to us: “you aren’t good enough” “you’ll get hurt”  “you’ll fail” “you’ll be laughed at and ridiculed” “you won’t be accepted”   Intimidation is a tool of evil and it is wielded…

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How Good Is Good Enough?

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How good is good enough? It’s a question that many wonder without knowing the answer from God’s perspective. Jesus hit this issue head on when he told a story in Luke 18:9-14 about 2 men who entered the temple.    One was a highly religious person. He went to the temple out of duty and out of show; he wanted to be…

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The hard

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“Your servant my husband is dead and you know that your servant feared the Lord.  And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” This beautiful woman had lost her provision.  She was running on empty, living in the hard of life.  She was troubled.  She was a woman who pushed into God, who tried…

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How texting helped an ENFJ recover

Texting helped an ENFJ recover

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You may not believe this but texting helped an ENFJ recover On the Myers Briggs Scale I am an ENFJ. I am extroverted – which means I love processing out loud.  So please don’t interrupt whilst I’m processing because it means I may have to repeat myself all over again and as an extrovert that can mean long windedness. I love deadlines…

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Multitude of comforts

Multitude of Comforts

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“In the multitude of my anxieties within me your comforts delight my soul.”  Psalm 94:19 I often think life is filled with the sound of,  “Please, please, please.” Sleeplessness… that moment when our  anxieties burst through our sleep patterns to wake us so that we whisper the words, “Please, please, please.” Anxiety never appears in aloneness it is the collection of many worries and concerns…

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Our Perspective Changes Everything.

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Reading Matthew chapter 9, I was struck not only by what Jesus saw, but what He did. As he looked at the crowds he saw a lostness. He saw more than a lot of people. Instead He saw below the surface and saw bewilderment and helplessness. This stirred Him to have compassion, because to Him the people He saw were like…

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Hate

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I haven’t always loved the church or Christians. Bitterness, cynicism and anger have been familiar companions on my journey in life. I had been hurt by Christians. I had been hurt by church. The ones who hurt me the most were ones who proclaimed Christ as king, who said that they loved, knew about faith and righteousness.  The ones who said…

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Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Acceptance

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I think Acceptance is one of the most sacred works we can engage in. Acceptance is grace in action. The power of acceptance is transformation.  When we truly accept someone the walls of isolation that they build around themselves, believing they are the only ones who feel a certain way come tumbling down.   Vulnerability, honesty and transparency create a…

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Gearing Up

A marathon runner

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I love being mentored by Joshua.  He was A marathon runner who ran the race well in good and bad seasons. God trusted Joshua, he didn’t hand the baton over to a young boy: “You are old, advanced in years and there remains very much land yet to be possessed.” Joshua 13:1 We live in an era that belongs to the young…

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Lifes questions

Life’s questions

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I have had many conversations over recent months with young adults who were trained, discipled, led by adults who spoke one thing to them and now live something very different.  You can hear in their conversation confusion, and bewilderment but also disappointment.  Respect has diminished and questions abound.  Why?  How?  It doesn’t make sense. Paul raises this age old issue when he writes to…

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