You were not a grudge purchase

You were not a grudge purchase

Tienie de Coning
[caption id="attachment_338" align="alignright" width="300"] Grudge purchase[/caption] Read the material here or download a printable PDF. Have you ever made a grudge purchase? Ever bought anything you didn't really want to buy, but you felt that you had to? Remember the emotions that you felt, remember the disgust that you probably felt. Have you ever bought anything and then afterwards you regretted having bought it? Now for those of you who do not know, God has bought us – with a great price. He has paid for us with the blood of His only Son. Galatians 1:4 “In order to set us free from this present evil age, Christ gave himself for our sins, in obedience to the will of our God and Father.” GNB So God wanted to save us and…
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Courage in the midst of the storm

Courage in the midst of the storm

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[caption id="attachment_328" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courage in the midst of the storm[/caption] You can read the material here or download a PDF. Welcome, negativity is a great enemy of your well-being. Stress, discontentment & other ill feelings cause us to become and have negative thoughts. Whatever you allow to take root in your heart will ultimately have a great effect on your life in ten years time. This world we live in is trying to make you depressed to the point where you can no longer smile or enjoy life. Life is a gift from God, yet many people feel that they are living cursed lives. I do not really believe that speaking positively and having positive thoughts are enough to change one’s heart or to protect it in the future, BUT…
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God has already forgiven you

God has already forgiven you

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[caption id="attachment_303" align="alignright" width="300"] Praise God for forgiveness[/caption] Forgiven. You can read the material below or download a PDF. Forgiveness is critical because - you can never confidently come into God's presence if you don't know and believe that your debts have been forgiven. You need to know and believe that God has forgiven you of all your sins. Psalm 86:5 "For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You." NKJV Introduction: "What is forgiveness?" We first need to understand what forgiveness is - before we can look at why it is necessary. Forgiveness: Strong's #5483 To do a favour, show kindness unconditionally, give freely, grant forgiveness, forgive freely. The word is from the same root as charis, "grace" (act…
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Bread – A message on provision

Bread – A message on provision

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[caption id="attachment_580" align="alignright" width="300"] Bread[/caption] Bread. Read the material here or download a PDF. Matthew 6:11 KJV "Give us this day our daily bread." "Bread" is used as a symbol for provision. When we ask God to give us today our daily bread, we are asking for provision for the day ahead. Bread is a staple food, it's a basic necessity, not like cake or pies. It is wholesome and filling.   Jesus affirms that God is good and wants to give us good gifts: Matthew 7:9 "Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?" KJV Matthew 7:11 KJV "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is…
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Psalm 139

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You can read the material here or download a PDF to use in a personal or group setting. This is one of my favourite Psalms. Do we realize how special we are to God?   Psalm 139 For the choir director: A psalm of David. 1 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. 3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. 5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. 6 Such knowledge is…
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Anger

Anger

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[caption id="attachment_588" align="alignright" width="300"] Anger[/caption] Anger. Read the material here or download a PDF. All of us know what anger is, everyone has been angry at some point in time. If you have never felt angry  you have no emotions and you are not normal. Some people thrive on anger, using it as motivation. How do we reconcile this with Scripture?  As children of God we are supposed to love others, and to forgive them. We are not to let anger burn in us and hold grudges. Anger stems from Pride, I have been wronged, I have been let down. Was anger part of Jesus nature or motivation? Jesus was not motivated by fleshly (see Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of the Flesh) anger  but rather by righteous anger.…
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What’s holding your life together?

What’s holding your life together?

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WHat's holding your life together? You can read the material here or download a PDF. This morning I picked up a wheel nut, just lying there in the grass as I made my way to the supermarket to buy some groceries. Then I started thinking about what it was that I had found, and what significant role it has. [caption id="attachment_550" align="alignright" width="300"] What is holding your life together?[/caption] My car has 4 wheels, each wheel is held on by 4 wheel nuts (or lug nuts). All 4 nuts are important and equally special. Imagine a wheel coming off your car while you are overtaking another car at top speed... Why do people suffer breakdowns? Why do we sometimes feel like our lives are falling apart? Because we have neglected one…
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Fear Not!

Fear Not!

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[caption id="attachment_593" align="alignright" width="300"] Fear Not![/caption] Fear not. Tracts are a wonderful ministry opportunity. The verses here can be discussed in a Cell Group or Bible Study. You can view the verses here or download the tract as a PDF. Fear is a very real subject today. Millions live in fear of the future, not sure of what tomorrow may bring. The topic of fear is also a good topic for evangelism. It is a way that we can reach out to those around us in a very real and relevant way. Genesis 15:1 "After this, Abram had a vision and heard the LORD say to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I will shield you from danger and give you a great reward." GNB Deuteronomy 3:22 "Don't be afraid of…
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Do I deserve God’s love?

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You can view the material here or download a PDF. When someone tells you that God loves you (like what I am doing right now!), you might wonder, "but why does God love me?" even if you are a Christian and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour - many people feel unworthy of God's love. Today I want to tell you why God feels the way He does about you. After reading this I would like to ask you to read this. But don't go there yet, because first I want to tell you a few things. Today I would like to talk to you about: Sanctification Justification Condemnation When you understand these 3 words you will understand why God can say the things He does and why He can…
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