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Never Give Up! – 4. On the Victory Side

2 Corinthians 2: 12 - 17 Tiger Woods’ marriage is on the rocks because of multiple adulterous affairs. Commentator Brit Hume was asked about it - he said that he thought Tiger could save his golfing career but salvaging his personal life was another matter. Then his comments went in an unexpected direction – “The Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal – the extent to which he can recover – seems to me to depend on his faith. He’s said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be - Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recover

Never Give Up! – 3. The Year of Good Riddance

2 Corinthians 2: 5 - 11 There is something almost irresistible about the idea of “out with the old, in with the new.” Sometimes we need to say “good riddance” to the pain and hurt of the past. We’re going to have to find the courage to let go of our anger, say farewell to our bitterness, and cast off our malice toward those who have hurt us deeply. We must learn to forgive. Until we do that we can never go forward. As long as we live in the past, we will be chained to the past, and the people who have hurt us deeply win a double victory - once when they hurt us the first time and twice when we refuse to let go and move on. We all struggle with broken relationships, people who hurt us, pain

Never Give Up! – 2. When You Are Misunderstood

2 Corinthians 1: 12 - 2: 4 Are you guilty of assumicide? New word - happens when you make false assumptions about others. Assumicide leads to the death of relationships because we end up believing the worst about others. We’ve all been guilty of drawing wrong conclusions on the basis of tiny scraps of evidence: He didn’t call back so he must not want to talk to me. I think she’s trying to ignore me. They never hire people like me. That church is so unfriendly. How could he be a Christian and act like that? I saw her in a bar. She must have a drinking problem. I’ll bet they are sleeping together. He’s probably a jerk at home too. I don’t like him. I don’t know why. I just don’t like him. She’

Never Give Up – 1. Why Is Life So Hard?

2 Corinthians 1: 1 - 11 When you look at the questions of life and death, and when you consider the problems of this death-sentenced generation, even the most fervent believer looks up to the heavens and cries out, Why? Why me? Why now? Why this? Why? The question rings across the centuries and through every generation. All of us ask it sooner or later. If you haven’t yet, you will. It’s a question that does not have an easy answer. Indeed, the most godly believers have sometimes wondered about the ways of God. If Job never got a complete answer, what can I expect? I don’t think there is one single answer to that question. But there are answers. Men and women of faith have found them true th

Powerful Praying with Paul – 5. Wanted: Bold Believers!

Colossians 4: 2 - 4 So how is your prayer life? “It depends. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not so good.” Prayer can be easy or difficult depending on many factors. There are days when we seem to touch heaven with our prayers, and other days when our words seem to bounce off the ceiling. Regardless of how we feel, if we want to know God better, nothing matters more than our prayers. Nearly 1400 verses in the Bible speak about prayer. If you want to grow spiritually, you must learn to pray effectively. There is no shortcut to spiritual growth. Prayer is essential. Facts and Excuses about Prayer Prayer makes a difference - we don’t know how - we just know it does. Prayer brings wisdom. Pr

Foundations of Faith – 6. Water, Wine, Wind, Fire: 4 Pictures of the Holy Spirit

Many Christians say things like, “I know about God the Father, and I know about Jesus, but the Holy Spirit is a mystery to me.” The Holy Spirit (“Ghost”) scares many Christians. We understand the concept of God the Creator, and we certainly know about Jesus who walked among us 2000 years ago. But the Holy Spirit is another matter. Where does he fit in? There are over 100 names of the Holy Spirit. I am amazed and overwhelmed by how many times he appears in the pages of the Bible. I realise that God wants us to know a lot about the Spirit because he tells us about him in so many different places. One of the oldest prayers of the church - only 3 words: “Come, Holy Spirit.” Here is the ultima

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