Christian Living

Is God Ever Disappointed in Us?

The definition of disappointing is to fail to fulfil hopes or expectations. Sometimes we place our expectations on other people and are disappointed when they don’t behave in the way we think that they should. And sometimes we are disappointed in ourselves when we don’t live up to our own expectations. But, is God ever disappointed in us?

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What Does it Mean to Guard Your Heart Above All Else?

There are many phrases in the Biblical book of Proverbs, that have become popular sayings today. They were written by king Solomon, and are widely recognized as words of wisdom. After all, that was God’s gift to him and, through these words, to us. Some of the sayings are clear and easy to understand, but others cause us to pause and reflect. Guard your heart above all else, is one of those proverbs that make you think, what does that really mean?

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10 Bible Verses About Investing in Others

“Investing in people” has become something of a catchphrase, but simply it means encouraging others to be or to do more. This can be by giving opportunities to other people and by investing our time and effort into their lives. The definition of encouraging includes to ‘stimulate the development’ or ‘persuade someone to do something by giving support and advice’. But, as Christians, if we adopt a concept from popular culture, we need to remember that God’s ways are often very different. There are Bible verses about investing in others that reveal some radical principles!

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Can The Wounds of a Friend Be Encouragement?

Often, we see true friendship as being with those who support us and who we can rely on for encouragement. But the wisdom we find in Scripture takes a different view and advises that the wounds of a friend can be trusted. At first glance, this is a slightly troubling verse. Our immediate reaction is surely those who are our closest friends are not going to say or do anything to hurt or wound us? Let’s have a closer look at this Scripture to unpack the meaning of this phrase.

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What is Lent and Why is it Celebrated?

Lent is a season within the Christian calendar that either seems to be overlooked or observed with strict guidelines. What is lent is still a confusing topic for many Christians. We may have childhood memories of pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday, and think wasn’t that something to do with lent? Or maybe that wasn’t part of your upbringing? Our knowledge of ‘practicing lent’ will largely depend on our background of faith, but is lent something we would all benefit from engaging in?

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Thrive & Bloom Where You’re Planted

Bloom where you’re planted, is a phrase that has been around for a long time. But does it apply it to our spiritual lives, and is there a message there for us today? I’ve noticed where I live that during the summer months the roadside grass verges, and even the lower slopes of the mountains, are full of bright orange to red flowers. They add a beautiful splash of color and thrive among the brambles, gorse, and heather. I planted some in my garden and was surprised to find out that they are not native to our area – but they are thriving!

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