God Never Fails

By , February 18, 2019

“The Lord will fulfil His purpose for me”
Psalm 138:8

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Several times I took my children when they were young to the ocean for a holiday. I still have some photos of the place and the sand castles we built. Not having an artistic bone in my body, I was not very good at creating a recognizable structure.

Looking at some other dad’s efforts along the beach I knew instantly that building sand castles was not my calling. However we had lots of fun trying.

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Dealing with Doubt

By , February 17, 2019

“Are you the Expected One or do we look for another?”
Luke 7:19

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Sometimes when we are weary in the battle of life we look around at other Christians and they seem to wear a perpetual grin on their faces and appear to live care free lives. We ask ourselves why we are so unspiritual as to let life get us down and doubting.

In our passage today we hear a message from the most spiritual and wonderful person in history up to Jesus’ time. Jesus says so Himself. Yet this amazing man of God had some serious doubts about Jesus and sent friends to ask Him if He was really the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy or should they look for someone else.

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The Incomparable Christ

By , February 16, 2019

“Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
Psalm 73:25

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Here we have a remarkably strong statement by the Psalmist. Can we call this hyperbole, an exaggeration for emphasis? Jesus said to people that if their hand causes them to sin cut it off Matthew 5:30. Did He pass around a sword to help them obey Him? Hardly, what He meant was go to extremes to keep from offending.

Now with the Psalmist can we understand that he is saying that he desires God’s presence so much that any others he loves are very far down the list by comparison? I think so. God desires first place in your life and mine or else He will have no place.

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Contentment is Gain

By , February 15, 2019

“Godliness with contentment is great gain”
1 Timothy 6:6

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Lack of contentment spoils life regardless of how much we possess. What fuels the spirit of discontent? A fine definition I once heard but cannot source is “Having what we do not what or not having what we do want.”

A contented spirit is needed in most societies if a person wishes to be happy and well adjusted. The gnawing desire for possessing something beyond our grasp, or else the abhorrence of some thing we unwillingly possess will drive us to distraction.

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Growth Through Suffering

By , February 14, 2019

“It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn Your decrees.”
Psalm 119:71

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As I sat and listened to the patient in hospital describe their medical difficulties I was amazed at the sequence and complexity of their issues. It seems that a domino effect had occurred as each problem caused another until they had to be hospitalized and undergo a series of surgeries.

I could not help being very distressed for the person and wondering on the human level how they would ever cope. Life would not be the same for them after this series of problems.

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