Category: Disciplines

Disciplines

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Cleansing ourselves to qualify for heaven

Jesus described Himself as a “bridegroom” who makes us all a “marriage offer”. If we accept His offer and remain faithful to Him, He will return to gather all of us, male and female, for His “marriage feast” and an eternal union with Him. As His “bride-in-waiting”, we are responsible for...

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Sharing the gospel with our testimony

The Bible describes those who reject Jesus as living in spiritual darkness. Followers of Jesus are called to shine His light to a dark world through the way we live our lives. Our personal testimonies and attitudes towards others go a long way in sharing the gospel, much more than...

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Reading the Bible with God’s Spirit

Jesus is described as the Word of life who came to earth in human form to reveal God’s glory and truth. How we approach the Word will also affect our relationship with God. When we read the Bible with the expectation to have an encounter with God, we will. When...

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Spiritual cleansing at home

No one leaves rotting food lying around our homes. It only attracts flies and brings disease. Yet spiritually, we may leave objects in our homes that attract spiritual destruction, not only for the owners but everyone who shares the same premises. Are we aware of the things in our homes...

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Remember our deliverance at Communion

Jesus introduced Communion to His disciples at Passover, the festival where Jews solemnly remember their forefathers’ deliverance from slavery in Egypt to their Promised Land. Unleavened bread and wine are usually taken at Passover. In a way, Communion is like a Christian Passover, where we remember our deliverance from enslavement...

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Serving God vs. our belly god

The love for good food leads people to travel long distances to hunt down restaurants, queue up for famous delicacies, watch cooking shows and talk about food. For “foodies” or “food connoisseurs”, eating has become a preoccupation and an identity. In contrast, the Bible warns believers not to worship our...

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Preparing our hearts for baptism

In Jewish weddings, brides are ceremonially bathed in purification rituals before they are married. So when the Jewish people heard Jesus refer to Himself as the Bridegroom of His people, they understood that they had to wash and purify themselves before they could be united with Him. This is the...

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The significance of fasting

We are probably familiar with the phrase, “listen to your body”. Every day, we pay a lot of attention to our physical well being; our hunger, needs and desires. They determine our priorities and actions. The Bible warns us that such fleshly messages are not from God but from the...

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The urgent truth about repentance

When Jesus was on earth, He repeatedly called all people to repent of their sins. He didn’t preach much about God’s love, blessings or prosperity. Jesus’ central message was “repent!” God places so much importance on repentance that Jesus died on the cross, to make repentance possible. Have we missed...

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Confessing to receive freedom

Confessing our sins and saying sorry to God is an ongoing part of our journey with Him while we are on earth. Even in our relationships with people, there will be times when we do or say things that offend each other – what more when we are in a...

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Practical ways to nurture time with God

Jesus Christ ministered to thousands of people but He also spent substantial amounts of time alone with Father God. We often neglect to set time aside to revel in the Father’s love and draw upon His strength. This opens the door to all sorts of traps for failure and fatigue. Like...

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The joy of meditating on God’s Word

Many people can tell you what’s on the menus at McDonald’s or Starbucks better than they can recite 20 Bible verses. Yet it is those who have made it a practice of meditating on God’s Word that have the joy, hope and peace that this world is so hungry for.  ...

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How to prepare our hearts to hear from God

Probably every Christian wants to know, “How do I hear clearly from God? How can I be sure that what I think is His will is truly from God, and not my own wishes?” It’s a question God loves to answer. Here are some ways we can prepare our hearts...

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Begin a journey of spiritual transformation

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be in Christ and to live as new creations. What does that mean? What does it look like? Our natures don’t change instantly, once we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour. How do we begin our journey of spiritual transformation?   2...