Reflecting on the past

Much of our life is less than perfect. We've all made plenty of mistakes and I wonder if it brings you down. Maybe it's broken relationships, cultivated addictions or false ideologies that plague your past. Do you live up to the moral standard? How does your track record fare? To the outsider, the verdict is that you are a failure - a sinner, unworthy of a place in His kingdom. And...
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Isaiah 41

"I am with you". He said that. He says it now. He is with me (the God of the universe, who understands my struggles). Just maybe, that changes everything. I did not create the world, but he did. I did not suffer a sinner's death, but he did. Nor did I struggle to the point of shedding blood. Here I am, I am weak. Here he is, not just there, and he is strong. He is my joy a...
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Who am I?

Who am I? I guess that's the question we all ask, at one point or another. To understand ourselves, to secure our identity; to belong. Maybe you don't ponder on this, at least not anymore. But there was a time in your life when you asked this question. And now it's answered, you know who you are. You are a 22 year old, university educated, professional worker. You are respected by fri...
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10 Things You Must Remember When Rejected

I've been reading a great book by Lysa TerKeurst called 'Uninvited: Living Loved when you feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely'. In one chapter she lists 10 things you must remember when rejected, which I've summarised/paraphrased below: 1) One rejection is not a projection of future failures. It's good to acknowledge the hurt, but don't see it as a permanent hindrance. Move on from the so...
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He knows

Do you ever just feel like crap? Friend, Jesus knows. He knows what it's like to be rejected. Betrayed. Despised. Scorned. Shamed. Abandoned. Alone. He's borne all that for us so that: we would never have to experience eternal rejection from God we have a close friend and older brother who has gone before us we can be with him, in perfect, loving and joyful song for all et...
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Sex, Sin and Suffering

This truly is a sexual revolution. But in the fight for freedom and egalitarianism, we all lose. We devalue sex. Devalue marriage. Devalue your body. Devalue authority. Devalue life. Sex is about pleasure not about commitment. Marriage is about feelings not about covenant. Your body is only as good as others perceive it. Authority structures exist to be broken. Abortion is about choic...
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The Paradox of Self-Control

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. - Proverbs 25:28 Let's talk about being self-controlled. If you're a Christian, you know it's important, cause the bible talks about it quite a lot (1 Cor 10:13; Gal 5:22-23; 2 Pet 1:5-7; 1 Cor 9:24-27; 2 Tim 1:7; Prov 16:32; 1 Pet 4:7; Tit 2:12...) Sometimes self-control comes pretty easily, such as saying no t...
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The Dream Wedding

Her big day had finally come, the day she had been planning since she was five - a ceremony twenty-five years in the making. As the last guests arrived and the bridal party lined up, she sat out of sight by herself in a side room, waiting for the big reveal. She stared at the old wooden door separating her from all her friends and family. The minutes crawled along like hours. A tear fell ou...
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