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Embracing our identity as Christ-followers

The world puts many labels on us, and we all go along with common earthly stereotypes; “I’m a wife.” “I’m Japanese.” “I’m from a poor family.” “I’m a lawyer.” Yet none of these identities will get us into heaven or have any meaning in eternity. Hopefully, each one of us...

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The role of the Holy Spirit in our salvation

God is spirit. Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour receives a deposit of His Spirit in their hearts. This represents a change in our spiritual position, not necessarily a physical or dramatic occurrence. God’s powerful Spirit is unseen, gentle, and quiet. We are called blessed if we believe in Him without seeing...

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Attaining God’s abundant life for us

Jesus came to give us abundant life and promised all His followers an abundance of knowledge of God’s Kingdom. At the same time, we are told that we will share abundantly in Jesus’ suffering and comfort too. How do we reconcile these seemingly opposing truths?   John 10:10 ESV  The...

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10 thought patterns that breed anxiety

Fear, anxiety, and striving are signs that we may be drifting too far away from God. When we follow the Holy Spirit closely, we will experience great joy and peace. We can rest in the knowledge that the One who knows all our tomorrows will lead us safely and assuredly,...

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Testing our hearts for a healthy fear of God

A good and healthy fear of God brings immense blessings. It is the lack of fear, or even an exaggerated fear of God, that can destroy us. God is capable of incredibly tender and loving patience. At the same time, He is capable of intense fiery judgment. Just consider the...

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How our conscience can be misled

Every human heart has been implanted with a God-given conscience. Even as toddlers, we instinctively know that we should not lie, steal, or abuse others, as written in the Ten Commandments. Yet the Bible also warns us that our consciences can be misled or even killed off by “deceptive spirits...

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Understanding what love is and what it isn’t

What is the most important God-given empowerment? Miracles? Healing? Prophetic gifts? Supernatural strength? Speaking in tongues? God’s Word explains that it is love. We can be surrounded by songs, movies, and ideas about love and yet not know how to practice the purest form of love. What does God, the Originator...

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The right way to avoid hell

Imagine being trapped inside a raging fire, filled with the nauseating stench of sulphur and rotting flesh. Your lungs are choking. You have lost your eyesight but you can still hear people screaming all around you. Horror fills your heart as you realise you are burning too. Unfortunately, this is...

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God and the physics of light

God refers to Himself as light. Light illuminates, sustains all life, and is found everywhere, even in darkness. From quantum physics to geology and biology, many things cannot be fully understood without taking light into account. Light is paramount to our existence, and the qualities of light give us wonderful...

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7 ways to test if your church has become your idol

Loving God is the first commandment for any believer. Many things in this world jostle for our love and attention, notwithstanding our own church communities. Churches become our idols when we feel more connected and devoted to them than to Jesus. This drifting away from loving God first in church...

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Temptations serve a purpose

It is not a sin to be tempted. It is only a sin when we give in to the tempter, Satan, and rebel against God – whether knowingly or unknowingly. Yet we ought not to glorify the devil for his potential to deceive us. It is God, in fact, who...

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The subconscious beliefs that block childlike faith

Jesus called us to become childlike in order to experience God and His Kingdom. Imagine a child holding its arms up to call for his daddy or running as his father calls. There is such innocence, awe, and expectation in its radiant smile. Is that the kind of faith we...

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Imitating Jesus in times of civil uprisings

Protests, revolts, and violent confrontations are on the rise around the world, as ordinary civilians stand up against injustice, social ills, and oppression. Jesus Christ was also born into a time of severe oppression and social injustices. Yet He stood against His political oppressors in non-violent ways. What can we...

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Denial as a defence mechanism destroys

The ninth commandment in the Bible calls us not to testify falsely against someone. What if that someone is ourselves? At some point in time, we have all denied or downplayed some stressful emotions and thoughts to avoid drawing attention to ourselves. In other words, we testified falsely against ourselves....

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The pressure of workplace values on our loyalty to God

Every workplace promotes a set of corporate values that it expects its employees to follow. Yet no matter how altruistic an employer’s values may be, it will always be in the company’s interest to promote some selfish ambition and greed. Greed may not have to be about money, it can...

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Everyone suffers in sibling favouritism

Parents and guardians will normally pay more attention to certain qualities in their children for different reasons. Even when they try their best to love all their children well, their subconscious biases will manifest and lead to unintended outcomes. Unfortunately, favouritism breeds comparison, guilt, and insecurity in children over time. Whether favoured...

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The worldly knowledge that can corrupt our hearts

Our desire for greater knowledge can lead us to sin. In fact, it is the first temptation listed in the Bible. Satan appealed to Eve’s intellectual curiousity and lured her to do what God had forbidden her to do; to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and...

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The dangers of Christian self-improvement

Christian self-improvement is highly pervasive. This is evidenced by the plethora of “how to” over “die to” teachings. We are taught how we can grow confident in our identities, discover our potential, and live more meaningful lives in the name of Jesus Christ. These are all very positive-sounding aspirations. Yet...

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Confusions about what qualifies us for heaven

Every day is 24 hours closer to eternity. How have we been preparing ourselves? Will our decisions on earth lead us to heaven? Will we arrive in heaven poor or rich? Are there things we need to get right on earth first? The Bible reminds us to fix our hearts...