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Experiencing God’s love 

God’s love is perfect. He is full of grace, love and compassion and will never forsake us. Yet every one of us has had a broken image of God at one time or other. How can we know God’s love in our hearts, and not just in our heads?   Psalm...

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Spot the lie in popular catchphrases

The Bible is full of wisdom sayings that give us the insight, knowledge and discernment to live disciplined and successful lives. God’s definition of wisdom and success is for us to do what is honourable, just, and fair. The world is also filled with pithy throw-away lines that sound like wisdom, but...

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The idolisation of comfort

Many who live in Asia enjoy extremely comfortable lives. Everything we need or want is just a short trip or click away; food, living essentials, family, friends, entertainment etc. There are none of the wars, diseases or hardships faced by millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, a life filled...

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Four lessons about money

God promises to take care of all our needs. Yet with all the advertisements, warnings and advice we get, many Christians unknowingly carry a “spirit of poverty” and feel insecure about their futures. Why are so many of us needlessly worrying about and in bondage to money?   Matthew 6:31-33...

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Ambition is a double-edged sword

We are all told to aim higher in life. Ambition is healthy when it helps us achieve goals that are a blessing to others. Unfortunately, ambition becomes unhealthy when we make it all about ourselves. The Bible calls selfish ambition “unspiritual” and “demonic”. It creates a playground for Satan to...

Facing people who do evil

As followers of Jesus Christ, how are we to interact with people who indulge in wickedness and treachery? We live in a time where evil and injustice are becoming more prolific and it is all too easy to label people as “good” or “bad”. How should we choose to view the...

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Learning to speak the truth in love

We called to “speak the truth in love”. Indeed, there are Christians whose words are gracious and loving all of the time. Their speech is packed with authority and wisdom, yet is delivered with tender humility. They are always well received and welcomed – even when they are admonishing or...

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6 crucial lessons about marriage

The Bible calls us to honour our marriages, yet nothing in our lifetimes really prepares us for marriage. What exactly does it mean to honour our marriages in real, practical terms?   Marriage is a covenant that unites two differently shaped lives to become one entity. Friction and compromise are inevitable. Let’s...

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Understanding God’s forgiveness

Many believers carry a shadow of shame that sounds like this, “If a sinful person like me wouldn’t even let myself off for my wrongs, why would a righteous, perfect God forgive me?” When we don’t understand God’s love and forgiveness, we continue to condemn ourselves.   Understanding God’s character When...

When our work ethics become unhealthy

When our work ethics become unhealthy

Work can give us great purpose, recognition and reward. After all, God created work. He gave Adam a job that comprised two main tasks; that was to tend to and to guard the Garden of Eden. God also assigned a helper for him named Eve.   Genesis 2:15 ISV The...

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When comparisons become sinful

Have you ever compared yourself to others and thought; “I want to / never want to behave or talk or think or dress like that”? Comparison is a form of social learning and is vital to survival. There is however, a fine line between learning from others and judging them...

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How we are to use our words, according to the Bible

Words are powerful. God spoke our entire creation into existence. Without God speaking, nothing would exist. God doesn’t talk meaninglessly. Every word He speaks is intentional, powerful and accomplishes His purposes.   Psalm 33:9 ESV  For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. Isaiah...

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How cultural values impact our relationship with God

Every culture has its own set of values, passed down from one generation to another. If we ask our families why we follow certain cultural norms, the typical answer would be, “it’s just how things have always been”. A problem arises when our cultural values conflict with God’s will for us....

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The myths behind materialism 



Have you ever heard the phrase, “whoever said money can’t buy happiness doesn’t know where to shop”? Every day, we are bombarded with messages that suggest that we need to have certain things in order to be happy and valuable. Materialism is a powerful religion that has many faithful followers....

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How to respond to questions on same-sex attraction

If we ever find ourselves in a situation where a believer confides in us that he or she is unsure of their sexual orientation and is struggling with same sex attraction, we must at all times, respond in love without compromising the biblical truth. Here is why.   Popular culture pushes...

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Practical ways to turn from pride

Pride is so subtle that we don’t realise it when we are being proud. Growing up, we are told that we are to be proud of our achievements, proud of who we are, proud of our alma maters, proud of where we work etc. Pride shows up around us all...

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Surviving work politics

Jesus was plagued by politics. Everywhere that He went, there were people who didn’t like His agenda and spelt a lot of time gossiping, maligning Him and plotting for his downfall. Does this sound anything like our workplaces? What can we learn about dealing with office politics?   In any occupation...