July 31, 2018

The resurrection—you can believe it!

‘He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs.’ Acts 1:3 NKJV Evidence of Christ’s resurrection has been examined more carefully than evidence of any other fact in history! It has been weighed and considered by some of the greatest scholars, among them Simon Greenleaf, who held first the Royall, and then the Dane, professorships of law at Harvard University from 1833 to 1848. He helped bring Harvard Law School to prominence and is viewed as one of the greatest authorities on legal evidence in the history of the world. When Greenleaf turned his mind to the […]
July 30, 2018

Being There (4)

‘Share each other’s burdens.’ Galatians 6:2 NLT Dr Raymond Vath said, ‘We must do for others what they cannot do for themselves, but we must not do for them what they will not do for themselves. The problem is finding the wisdom to know the difference.’ You can be too helpful! By doing for somebody what they can do for themselves, you undermine their self-reliance and create an unhealthy dependence. So instead of rushing in and taking over: (1) Show them manageable action steps. By helping them take charge of their life you’re arming them against despair and powerlessness. And […]
July 29, 2018

Being There (3)

‘He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others when they are troubled.’ 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT One way to help a friend in crisis is to help them identify important resources-spiritual, personal, and interpersonal. (1) Spiritual resources. ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’ (Psalm 46:1 RSV) God’s Word illuminates the darkness and confusion. His Spirit is the source of all comfort—He gives ‘the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.’ (Philippians 4:7 RSV) His presence addresses the loneliness, and His power enables the hurting heart to overcome feelings of […]
July 28, 2018

Being There (2)

‘Offer each other a helping hand.’ Galatians 6:2 CEV When a friend or family member is in a crisis, your aim should be to help them cope with it and grow through it. Sometimes that’s easier said than done! As their hurting hearts adjust to new and unfamiliar circumstances, they might be skeptical about whom to trust. But being there for them is what the kingdom of God is all about! ‘Carry each other’s burdens.’(Galatians 6:2 NIV) Your commitment can play a significant role in someone’s journey towards becoming emotionally healthy again. Here are three practical suggestions: (1) Don’t expect […]
July 27, 2018

Being There (1)

‘Take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.’ Romans 12:8 NLT We say, ‘It’s not my responsibility. I don’t want to get involved!’ Ever said those words? You may have thought you had a good reason—perhaps it was an inconvenient time—but the bottom line is you didn’t offer to help someone in need. And you’re not alone. Research confirms that the trend to avoid involvement is increasing worldwide. Nevertheless, ‘being there’ for others is a Biblical mandate; it’s the practical application of loving God and your neighbor (see Matthew 22:37–39). […]
July 26, 2018

A Prayer for Success at Work

‘Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings.’ Proverbs 22:29 NIV Here’s a prayer for success at work: ‘Lord, I thank You for the way You’ve made me, for the many gifts and talents You’ve placed within me, and I trust that I’m the best person for this job. I am grateful for each and every one of the personalities I work with, even the ones I don’t particularly like or understand. I ask that my focus would be on accomplishing the goals You have set forth for me to perform during my time in […]
July 25, 2018

When hiring someone, pray for discernment

‘Give Your servant a discerning heart.’ 1 Kings 3:9 NIV Dr John Maxwell writes: ‘Several years ago when I was speaking to a group of executives, someone asked me what principles I follow when hiring. “I have only one rule,” I explained. “I never do the hiring.” That got their attention. “And here’s why: I’m terrible at it.” I went on to explain my horrible track record…“Because I’m so optimistic and have a high belief in people, I’m unrealistic. It doesn’t matter what red flags come up during an interview with a candidate, I always think, I can help this […]
July 24, 2018

Setting Captives Free (2)

‘He brought them out of their gloom and darkness and broke their chains.’ Psalm 107:14 NCV God is in the business of setting people free—morally and spiritually. When the Israelites were in bondage, ‘they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.’ (Psalm 107:13 RSV) Jesus still delivers day after day, and ‘if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.’ (John 8:36 NLT) So follow these steps to freedom: (1) Cry out to the Lord. He said, ‘You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.’ […]