Bible Study

What Does the Bible Say About Integrity?

Christian integrity is being highlighted as important now more than ever before. This is partly because we have global news in an instant, and a press that seems to delight in reporting on the failures of high profile individuals. But what is our view of integrity based on? What does the Bible say about integrity? There are many examples of integrity in the Bible demonstrated by our heroes of faith. These were people just like us, with flaws and weaknesses, even these men of integrity did not get everything right all of the time!

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Bible Study, Prayer

React or Act? Lessons from Nehemiah’s Prayer

When you hear bad news of events that are occurring in your country, does it ever make you cry with sadness, anger, or frustration? Does it make you feel powerless, that there is nothing that you can do? Although of course, we all feel that someone, should do something! But if we have a strong reaction to bad news, do we take it straight to God? Nehemiah’s prayer is an example of someone whose reaction to bad news drove them into action.

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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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Bible Study

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus

In the gospel of John we read of an unlikely partnership of two men from rival parties. The Sadducees were the Temple party who controlled the priesthood, and had political power, with authority under Roman rule. The Pharisees focused on the law, with personal piety, and had influence over the general population. How did Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, men from opposing groups, come to be working together?

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Bible Study

Barnabas – Is Encouragement More Than Kind Words?

If we are honest, we all like receiving kind words. Sometimes that is enough – a little encouragement can lift us up and improve our day. But there are also times when words alone are not enough to encourage or make a difference, and practical help is needed. In the early church, there was one man, Barnabas, who became known as an encourager. Was that because of his kind words or something more?

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Christian Living

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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