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When four-year-old Sarah attended her first wedding in America, she had lots of questions. At the reception her mum explained there were two cakes – a groom’s cake and a bride’s cake. ‘What’s the matter, Mum?’ Sarah asked. ‘Haven’t they learned to share yet?’ Seriously, the Bible says, ‘A...

The line from an old hit song goes, ‘Looking for love in all the wrong places.’ That was true of a woman Jesus met at a well in Samaria. Here’s her story: 1) She tried religion but it didn’t satisfy her. She told Jesus, ‘Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem...

God told Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…sanctified you [set you apart]…I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Observe: 1) God knew you. The word knew means ‘to have intimate knowledge of’. When your delicate fingers were just a web, before your heartbeat registered on...

The desire to change is the key to growth in any area of life. Most of us desire improvement, yet at the same time we resist change. But you can’t have one without the other! Change is possible only if you want it badly enough. As Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express, observed: ‘You are...

God told Jeremiah, ‘Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work’ (Jeremiah 1:5 NCV). When God decides to use you, five things happen: first, there is a call. God asks common people to do uncommon things, like Peter getting out of a boat and walking on water. Second, there is fear....

Someday we will all die, and our last words are often considered some of our most important. The question is, have you lived to your highest potential and fulfilled God’s purpose for your life? The Bible says, ‘These are the last words of David.’ What will he tell us? His story is a checkerboard...

David knew how to develop other leaders. He didn’t ‘use’ people to get what he wanted. He recognised their talent, gave them opportunities to serve, then rewarded and honoured them. And as a result they were willing to lay down their lives for him. In 2 Samuel 23 we read: ‘David said with...

Paul writes, ‘Fight the good fight of faith’ (1 Timothy 6:12 KJV). Some of God’s promises have to be fought for. The Jebusites who controlled Jerusalem told David, ‘You’ll never get in here!’ (2 Samuel 5:6 NLT). So expect resistance to your vision, especially when there’s no evidence yet to...

Here are three lessons from David’s life: 1) God makes the choice. When Samuel the prophet came to David’s house to pick Israel’s next king, David wasn’t considered. But God chose him anyway – just like He chose Deborah to lead the nation in a male-dominated society. Stop trying to figure God...

God said, ‘I have found David…a man after My own heart, who will do all My will’ (Acts 13:22 NKJV). When God says that about someone, you’d be wise to observe that person’s life. David started out as a shepherd and ended up as king. The chances of that happening were zero. Shepherds were so low...