June 30, 2015

Are You in a Storm? (1)

‘A great storm arose…’ Matthew 8:24 NCV Matthew records, ‘Jesus got into a boat, and His [disciples] went with Him. A great storm arose…’ (Matthew 8:23–24 NCV) In the Greek language the words ‘a great storm’ are one word—seismos. A seismologist studies earthquakes and a seismograph measures them. So the storm the disciples were in must have shaken them to the core. There’s an important lesson here. Getting on board with Jesus doesn’t mean you will never go through a storm. Jesus said, ‘…In the world you will have tribulation…’ (John 16:33 NKJV) In spite of God’s promise to protect […]
June 29, 2015

Enjoy Your Old Age

‘They shall still bear fruit in old age…’ Psalm 92:14 NKJV Age is just a date on a calendar; attitude is what counts. You can be old at 29 and young at 92. Larry King once interviewed Ty Cobb, one of the all–time great baseball players. He asked Cobb, then 70 years old, ‘What do you think you’d hit if you were playing these days?’ Cobb, a lifetime .366 hitter (still the record) replied, ‘About .290, maybe .300.’ King asked, ‘Is that because of travel, the night games, the artificial turf and all the new pitches like the slider?’ Cobb […]
June 28, 2015

The God of All Comfort (2)

‘As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you…’ Isaiah 66:13 NKJV When you’re troubled, remember: (1) God’s comfort is real. Do you recall being sad or afraid as a child? And do you remember feeling the comfort of your mother’s presence? God’s comfort is even more real than your mother’s was then. ‘As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.’ God’s more concerned about you now than your mother was in your childhood. ‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast…? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have […]
June 27, 2015

The God of All Comfort (1)

‘He comforts us every time we have trouble…’ 2 Corinthians 1:4 NCV Of all the names given to God in Scripture, none is more consoling than ‘…the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles…’ (2 Corinthians 1:3–4 NIV) Notice the words ‘all comfort’. That means there are no exceptions and no limitations to God’s comfort, no matter how dreadful your circumstances. Comfort is God’s name and nature; it’s who He is and what He naturally wants to do! You can’t get close to Him and not be comforted. Lack of comfort results from disconnecting from God—usually […]
June 26, 2015

You Can Do It!

‘…we can certainly do it.’ Numbers 13:30 NIV After seeing the giants in the Promised Land, ten of Israel’s twelve spies came back and said, ‘It can’t be done.’ But the other two, Joshua and Caleb, said, ‘It can.’ But because of Israel’s unbelief, Caleb had been forced to spend forty more years wandering through the wilderness. And by the time the Israelites crossed the Jordan River he was almost eighty years old. Then another seven years passed before the various tribes of Israel were assigned land to occupy. Here’s how Caleb described it all, years later: ‘I was forty […]
June 25, 2015

Practise Being Unselfish (5)

‘…I am not seeking my own good but the good of many…’ 1 Corinthians 10:33 NIV Here are three questions people often ask themselves when you’re talking to them: (1) Do you really care about me? Dr. Calvin Miller put it like this: ‘When people listen to others speak, sometimes they’re silently thinking, “I am loneliness waiting for a friend. I am weeping in want of laughter. I am a sigh in search of consolation. I am a wound in search of healing. If you want to unlock my attention, you have but to convince me you want to be […]
June 24, 2015

Practise Being Unselfish (4)

‘…no one cares for my soul.’ Psalm 142:4 NKJV People you seek to influence in life always ask themselves: Do you care about me? Think about the best experiences you’ve had with people in your own life. What do they all have in common? They genuinely cared about you, right? And what’s wonderful is, you can broaden your ability to care about others outside your social circle. Regardless of your profession, when you help people, you make your life and theirs better. Let’s listen to some observations by successful people from various backgrounds. Business: ‘You can’t make the other fellow […]
June 23, 2015

Practise Being Unselfish (3)

‘…take an interest in others, too.’ Philippians 2:4 NLT John Craig says, ‘No matter how much work a man can do, no matter how engaging his personality may be, he will not advance far if he cannot work through others.’ That requires you to see value in other people. This truth is understood worldwide by successful people from every walk of life. At an international meeting of company executives, an American business person asked an executive from Japan what he regarded as the most important language for world trade. The American thought the answer would be English. But the Japanese […]