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The joy of the Lord is my strength

The joy of the Lord is my strength
"Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." - Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)Have you ever contemplated on the meaning of these words: "for the joy of the Lord is your strength?" I have and I have been wrestling with the meaning of this for many years. Recently we could tell that both our boys were taking unusual strain in the areas of thei...
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Samuel's Ear

Samuel's Ear
If he calls you, then you must say, "speak Lord for your servant hears." – 1 Samuel 3:9 Discerning God's voice from the trillion others calling out to us has never been more important that now! The ability to distinguish truth from lie and harmless from harmful must rank among the most profound skills any parent can impart to their children.The Bi...
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In the paths of His commands.

In the paths of His commands.
"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25: 4-5Realizing that we are under-equipped to navigate the wilderness of life is the point of departure for any journey with Jesus. Our society is the most effective ever in persuading us that ...
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Lead yourself first!

Lead yourself first!
"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God." -Psalm 42:11- It has been said that the best leaders in history excelled in leading themselves first and that this entailed talking to rather than listening to themselves.David was no stranger to despondency, bu...
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Who is the King of glory?

Who is the King of glory?
'Who is the King of Glory? The Lord , strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in Battle" - Psalm 24:8"Evoking good opinion due to it's inherent worth" is the way most dictionaries define the meaning of glory. Like many other words found in Scripture, I do believe there to be a deeper meaning. Let me try explain:John Piper says that the Gospel is not a "...
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