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God made us with a core need for companionship. And because it’s a feature of our design, we might be tempted to leap at the first person who offers us a relationship with them, whether they’re the right person for us or not. We might feel under pressure from family or friends who ask when we’re...

When we’ve been hurt, often the first thing we think about is retaliation. We want the people who hurt us to experience some of the pain that we’re feeling. But if we do seek revenge and retaliate to try and get even with them, we’re left with an awful sense of regret. And that’s because we know...

Jesus said, ‘[The Pharisees] tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders’ (Matthew 23:4 NIV). They imposed rules that people couldn’t keep, and on the rare occasion when they could keep them it didn’t bring them any joy. When Jesus died for us, He took away the rules...

Let’s take a little bit of time to do a ‘character health check’. There are a so many things we could look at, but here’s three. First, how approachable are we? When talking about the Pharisees, Jesus said, ‘they love the place of honour…they love…to be called “Rabbi” by others’ (Matthew 23:6-7...

The Pharisees were self-appointed experts in matters of dietary laws, dress codes, etc. These practices allowed them to decide who was ‘in’ and who was ‘out.’ And what’s worse, the insiders became judgmental toward the outsiders. Jesus didn’t do that. When He was asked to identify what the law...

Your friend’s decided to hold a charity cake sale and asks you to help. What do you do? Do you decide to go on the day and buy something, or do you join your friend in the kitchen and help with the baking? What takes greater effort – handing over some cash or giving up your time and energy to...

The master of an estate gave each of his servants a sum of money to invest for him. One man got five talents, the second two talents, and the third man one talent. The servants with two and five talents turned a respectable profit, while the man with one talent told his master, ‘I was afraid,...

What does the word ‘courageous’ make you think of? Maybe the picture in your mind is of someone in a war zone, or battling cancer. Or the emergency services rescuing someone from a dangerous situation. And it’s true, all these things take an immense amount of bravery. What probably doesn't come...

Two of the most famous ‘marriage advice’ type of verses can shed some real light on how all relationships, not just the relationship between husband and wife, can work better: be considerate (1 Peter 3:7) and be worthy of respect (1 Timothy 3:11). In any kind of relationship, it’s about growing...

God doesn’t want our generosity to be restricted by fear. Either we’ll trust Him and experience the joy of participating in His purposes on earth, or trust our own ability and live with anxiety. The danger of not moving to a higher level of giving is that we can miss out on something great that...