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Category: Devotions

Belonging

Belonging is an important part of being human. The sense of belonging (we also use the concept of community) is so important for our spiritual health as well. If we look at the life of Jesus this is something that stands out in his dealings with people. He constantly approaches and shows acceptance to the…
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Weeding

“And the seed fell in the weeds – well, these are the ones who hear; but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun.” Luke 8:1-15 (MSG) Being connected to a church from birth and being brought up…
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Five Amazing Things in the Bible that Bring Joy

Reading: 1 John 1:1-7 We are writing these things so that our joy may be made complete. ~1 John 1:4 I was wandering down the street the other day and noticing people. For most, wherever they were standing or walking, their faces were buried in their phones. Now, this devotion is not a diatribe against…
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Jesus, Your Good Shepherd

He tends his flock like a shepherd:     He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;     he gently leads those that have young (Isaiah 40:11). Jesus, your Good Shepherd As you may have noticed, in the Book of Isaiah, the prophet uses imagery or picture language. These describing words tell…
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Turning Back

‘Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death’ (2 Corinthians 7:10).  2 Corinthians 7:8-11 There is an unsolved mystery lingering over my family. Some years ago, on a trip to the Adelaide show I had purchased an extra Bertie Beetle showbag full of chocolates for a…
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No Greater “Big Finish”

John 20:14 Easter I’m a sports nut and I love nothing better than a big finish where a team comes back from what seems certain defeat and claims victory. And there’s no greater “big finish” than Jesus on Easter Sunday! What a time for us to celebrate and rejoice. However, look at accounts of the…
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Amazing

Try this. Repeat the following sentence, emphasising the word in bold each time you say it: GOD loves me God LOVES me God loves ME That is amazing, isn’t it. Take some time now to reflect on that. As you head off into your life never forget it, and always keep it with you wherever…
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Seen and Loved

Readings: Mark 1:14-20 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen” ~Mark 1:16 At the very beginning of his earthly ministry, Jesus assembled the group who would become his twelve disciples. These are the ones who would spend…
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Are You Ready?

Readings: Luke 6:12-26 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles… ~Luke 6:13 Are you ready? As a follower of Jesus, He invites you to be a leader for Him, to build up His kingdom. He equips us for a life of joy, living…
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On Being A Sheep

Readings: Matthew 9:32-38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” ~Matthew 9:37,38 Wow. For being only 6 verses, there’s a lot in this one! To start off with, we have a demon-possessed…
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