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Eternal Hope in a Troubled World

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Dear Partners, Friends and Family, In Corinthians 13, it tells us that three things remain forever! They are Hope, Faith and Love. Christmas time speaks of these three things more than any other time of the year. Christmas is a time when the majority of people start to wind down their year by focusing on spending time with their families. As we believers know, Christmas represents a season of giving, joy and celebration.   But to us who believe, it is so much more than this. Christmas commemorates the birth of God's Son, Jesus, the Saviour of the entire world. God gave us the gift of His Son so that through Him, we might receive God's gift of eternal life. Not just eternal life in the future, to come, but eternal life birthed in our spirit by the Spirit of God now.   Jesus is the reason for this season! He is the Hope of the whole earth, and through Him, you can have life everlasting. A guarantee that your best is still to come, and by faith in Him, that is Jesus, you can ha

Health Empowerment

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Dear Partners, family and friends, "Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers." - 3 John 2. From the above scripture, we can see that it is God's will that, as believers, we enjoy wholesome lives, spirit, soul and body. As we meditate and do a deeper dive into the meanings of the words in this scripture, we get to see, understand and feel how much  God desires for us to enjoy life, live it and experience it to the full.   First and foremost, you are, we are, called the Beloved.  The Beloved is also the title of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Through this verse of scripture, it is revealed that God loves us as much as he loves His own Son, Jesus. The Father referred to Jesus as His 'Beloved Son' and here He speaks of the believers in the same glowing terms.  He refers to us as His beloved children.   He goes on to say that He wishes, prays, and desires that we prosper and live in health as our soul prospers.  A cl

Poise

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Dear Partners, family and friends, " That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."  - Hebrews 6:12 Poise is a strong word that presents a good attitude.  For someone to be at poise, it means they are in an attitude or position of calm confidence.  There is a quiet confidence in their behaviour.  A quality of grace, moving in an attractive way.  A balance in the way a person holds or moves their body.   Not only in the natural stance, but also in the spiritual stance, a person's poise will be affected by what they are believing and subsequently speaking.  Remember, out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.  Poise is faith with patience.  A powerful force that combined together, causes one to inherit the thing promised in God's Word.  You can tell by a person's body language whether they are at rest or in stress.   As God's people, we need to be in a good position of poise in our life, attitudes a

The Power of Fulfilled Desires

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Dear Family, Partners and Friends, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life." -  Proverbs 13:12. Hold fast to your dreams, even if they seem delayed or far away. Do not let your dreams die. Life without dreams or desires is like a broken-wing bird that cannot fly.  From the above scripture, we read that when someone's hopes are deferred or delayed, their heart can become sick.  One of the meanings of the word 'deferred' is the word 'delayed' . It means when things seem to drag on or drag out.  This can have the effect of weakening the heart or making it sick.  A person that allows this to happen, can be caught up into negative emotions and feelings.  This is not good ground to grow and produce what your heart desires.   The word 'heart' here refers to the inner man. But it also refers to the mind and the will. A person with a sick inner heart and a broken will can actually become brokenhearted, which i

Become As Little Children

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Dear Family, Friends and Partners, "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,  And said, "Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:1-4). I have been sharing with you on the force and the power of forgiveness.  The 18th Chapter of Matthew's Gospel amongst other things, is a powerful teaching on the divine force of forgiveness.  Once again, we see the law of sowing and reaping at work.  As we read to the end of the chapter, we can see from the teachings of Jesus, that those that do not sow forgiveness will neither reap forgiveness, but will be turned over to the tormentors.   Through my last three blogs, I have endeav

Forgiveness Part 3

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Dear Partner, Friends and Family, "Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free!"  - Stormie Omartian. Unforgiveness holds us in bondage. We often want forgiveness but then choose to hold on to the offences of others. Let's read the following scripture, this was a parable that Jesus shared with His disciples, showing God's attitude towards people that refuse to forgive others, after they have received major forgiveness themselves.    "Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”   (Matthew 18:32-35 NLT), From the above verses, we can see that people who refuse

Forgiveness Part 2

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Dear Family, Friends and Partners, "Forgiveness releases healing"  - Dr. Shaun Marler. Why is forgiveness so powerful?  Forgiveness means different things to different people. When we forgive, we let go! When we let go of something it lessens the burden of what we have been carrying. Through letting go, we release ourselves from the weight of the unforgiveness and its subsequent detrimental effects it can have on our life, relationships and physical as well as mental health. The famous MAYO Clinic, in their medical research and studies, lists eight benefits of forgiveness and not harbouring unforgiveness within our hearts. These are the following eight benefits they list:- Healthier relationships. Improved mental health. Less anxiety, stress and hostility. Lower blood pressure. Fewer symptoms of depression. A stronger immune system. Improved heart health. Improved self-esteem. The article went on to say, that through unforgiveness you could get swallowed up by your own bitter