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Counting the cost

Everything in life has a price, but have you ever thought about the cost of Christian discipleship? Is there a monetary value placed upon it? If you’d only watched some of the prosperity gospel preachers on TV, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the cost of Christian discipleship was similar …

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Prayer

Answered prayer

In 1990, singer Garth Brooks had a very popular song entitled “Unanswered Prayers.” It was the follow up to “Friends in Low Places” which had dominated the American Country Music charts in the last quarter of the year. In the song, the singer realises that it was good that God …

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Thinking

What do you know?

We live in an age when information is available to all and sundry. Some would say that we have too much information at hand. Just look at your smartphone. It has more computing power than the computers that took the first astronauts to the moon and back 50 years ago. Google …

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Who is Jesus?

Everyone has an idea about Jesus Christ, but not everyone has a true understanding of him. Many think of him as merely a good teacher. Some view him as nothing more than a historical religious figure, whilst others seem to understand him as a swear word. Which is yours? In …

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Jonah: Day 35

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 (HCSB) Over the past thirty-five days, we have carefully considered the book of Jonah. The book of Jonah is not just any book like the Lord of the Rings …

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Jonah: Day 34

The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation; and look—something greater than Jonah is here! Matthew 12:41 (HCSB) Jesus tells the people around Him who refuse to believe that He is Lord, God, and Saviour that they …

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Jonah: Day 33

“Should I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left, as well as many animals?” Jonah 4:11 (HCSB) There is something sadly overlooked by many in the final verse of Jonah. God does not only care about the …

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Jonah: Day 32

So the Lord said, “You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night. Should I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left, as …

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Jonah: Day 31

Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “Yes,” he replied. “It is right. I’m angry enough to die!” Jonah 4:9 (HCSB) Anger is a dangerous emotion. Anger can consume us so easily. Anger can poison our hearts ever so quickly. Anger can …

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Jonah: Day 30

When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered. As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind. The sun beat down so much on Jonah’s head that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, “It’s better for me …

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Jonah: Day 29

Then the Lord God appointed a plant, and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah’s head to ease his discomfort. Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant. Jonah 4:6 (HCSB) Jonah was having a tantrum and sat outside of Nineveh in the desert, waiting to see if God would smite the sinners of …

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Jonah: Day 28

I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to become angry, rich in faithful love, and One who relents from sending disaster. Jonah 4:2b (HCSB) Who is God? When you think of Him what comes to mind? How would you describe His ‘best qualities’ to a friend? Could …

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Jonah: Day 27

But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious. … “And now, Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” Jonah 4:1,3 (HCSB) Have you ever been so angry you would rather die than live another second? Have you been so angry that you …

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