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God is a mender and not a discarder. With Him, broken lives aren’t the end of the story. When we feel broken, useless and that we’ve gone too far away from the path that God wanted us to go down, there’s hope. God doesn’t give up on us. We’re never too broken for Him to restore. In Matthew it...

We’ve probably all been in that place where we’ve let the past dictate our future. When someone hurts us we can hold a grudge. And when grudges build up, we carry all that hurt, pain, anger and bitterness around with us. That’s a pretty heavy load. A load that stops us from moving forward into...

God’s given us all gifts and skills. Even when we struggle to see them, or put ourselves down, it’s the truth. The question is: ‘what are we doing with them?’ Maybe we’re using them already, maybe there’s some that we’ve put to one side. Fear can make us hide our talents and abilities. But that’...

Paul writes: ‘As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body [church] is healthy and growing and full of love.’ There are two kinds of growth – symbiotic growth and parasitic growth. Symbiotic growth is a give-and-take relationship where both sides...

After Jesus prayed His prayer in John 17, He then went to a garden to pray again. He was just about to face the greatest crisis in His life. The Bible says: ‘Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place… He withdrew about a stone’s throw...

Perhaps the times we pray the most are the times the people we love and care for need our prayers. Praying pastorally, basically praying for the needs of others, is really important. Jesus often prayed when He was concerned about the people He loved. He told Peter: ‘Satan has asked to sift you...

Another time when Jesus prayed was when the pressures and expectations of others threatened to wreck God’s plan for His life. The Bible says, ‘While it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him,...

Jesus also turned to prayer when His heart was heavy. When His cousin John the Baptist was arrested and publicly beheaded for confronting a king about his sin, Jesus ‘withdrew…privately to a solitary place’ (Matthew 14:13 NIV). Throughout our lives we’ll face bad circumstances, disappointment,...

Prayer can be difficult. We struggle to know what to say, when to say it and how to say it. We listen and wonder if we’re hearing from God or not. So when we’re trying to think how we can pray, it’s great that there’s someone who we can look to for inspiration: Jesus. He spent a lot of time in...

At funerals, there’s usually a time when people speak about the person who’s died. They often share memories and what they loved about the person. When we die, what do we want people to say, and remember, about us? It’s probably not going to be how much money we made, what grades we got in our...