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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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Are Signs from God Relevant Today?

How God ‘speaks’ to us is a question that will have so many different answers depending on your faith background and personal experience. What Christians will agree on, is that God does ‘speak’ to His people today and that is a source of amazement and wonder. Maybe we should not be surprised by the myriad of different ways that God chooses to communicate with us – He is our Heavenly Father and signs from God are part of His language!

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God of Restoration – Healing our Brokenness

Restoration simply means returning something to its original condition. Our belief that God is a ‘God of restoration’ is the basis of our hope, it is fundamental to our faith as Christians. One day everything will be made new, God will restore all things in heaven and on the earth. But, for now, we live in a time of tension, between what is and what is to come. We are reconciled to God by faith in Jesus Christ, our relationship with Him is restored. But God does not leave us in the condition that He finds us. He is the Master restorer at work, shaping, and refining, to bring us into the fullness of who He created us to be!

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Zechariah and Elizabeth – Authentic Faith

Luke’s gospel begins with an introduction to an older, godly couple – Zechariah and Elizabeth. They are drawn in to the nativity story and included in the wonder of God’s redemption plan for humanity. But God’s timing is also perfect for them as individuals – in a way which is forever beyond their understanding. God is Sovereign and over all, and yet in His majesty He is still a relational God, and our loving Heavenly Father.

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The Divine Name “Yahweh LORD”

The Hebrew name for God as ‘Yahweh’ is translated in English Biblical text, as LORD. This is distinct and different to Adonay which appears as ‘Lord’ and is used in the context of ‘Lord or Master.’ The name for God as Yahweh LORD, is not a title, but a sacred, personal, divine name. This aspect of God’s character was revealed to Moses at His call and commission to lead Israel out of Egypt. Moses wanted to know how to identify God to the elders of Israel. He wanted to know who God was, as more than the God of his ancestors. God answered Moses’ question with an intriguing self-description.

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