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It’s been said that the depth of your hurt determines the width of your response. So it’s likely that when someone hurts you, your first impulse will be to get even. But any momentary satisfaction you experience will invariably be followed by a lingering sense of regret. Why is that? Because you...

Jesus said, ‘[The Pharisees] tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders’ (Matthew 23:4 NIV 1984 Edition). They imposed rules that people couldn’t keep, and on the rare occasion when they could keep them it brought them no joy. Stephen Mosley writes: ‘Our morality calls out rather feebly...

Here are some questions you should ask yourself regularly: 1) Am I approachable? Speaking of the Pharisees, Jesus said, ‘They love the place of honour…they love to…have men call them “Rabbi”’ (Matthew 23:6-7 NIVUK 1984 Edition). In Jesus’ day some rabbis had the idea that true spirituality...

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 towards the outsiders. Dallas Willard writes, ‘How many people are repelled by...

What do people usually value more than your money? You! Think about it. What takes greater effort - writing a cheque or giving of your time and energy? Which shows a greater level of commitment? Take a moment and recall the people who’ve had the greatest impact on you: a teacher who helped you...

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,...

Life’s filled with fear-inducing situations: fear of sickness, unemployment, rejection, other people’s opinions. Left unchecked, fear will steal your inner peace. But as Chuck Swindoll reminds us: ‘David met fear head-on at his front door with two questions. “Whom shall I dread? Whom shall I...

The Bible says, ‘Male and female he created them’ (Genesis 1:27 NIV 2011 Edition). God created women to be more than a slightly altered version of men. Adam was all male; Eve was all female - as different from each other as day is from night. They thought, felt, talked, and acted differently....

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

The word happiness comes from the old English word happ, which means ‘chance’. It corresponds to the Latin word fortuna, which means ‘luck’. Both words suggest that when things happen the way we want them to we’re happy, and when they don’t we’re unhappy. But such happiness is temporary and...