It depends on what you see

When you look at a glass of water, is it half empty or is it half full? I am not asking the old question to find out if you are a pessimist or an optimist. But what do you see? Well, the answer is: It’s full – it’s half full of water and half full of air! When we look at the Bible and we read some of the difficult

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Help! What shall I do?

Making a decision can sometimes be hard. On the one hand we seek no advice and just do what seems right; on the other hand we surround ourselves with too much advice and don’t know which way to turn. There are some good points we can take from Jeremiah 6:16: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in

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A phone call of faith

I recently moved house and ordered some new furniture. It was all sorted and paid for, the delivery date was set, all I had to do was wait in from 9am till 7pm and the furniture would be delivered to me. The day came and went. The furniture did not arrive. This is not supposed to happen. I had paid for this furniture. I had a promise of a delivery.

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What being a true Christian means

As long as I can remember I have been taught to love God, read the Bible and seek to live my life following God’s plan. I was very young when I decided to choose this for myself and not just because it is what my parents do, but I knew that Jesus died and rose again, to save me from the consequences of everything I have done wrong. However it

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Be Thankful in All Things

We all know that it’s good to express our gratitude. We know that we should write thank you letters or make that phone call when someone sends us something. A quick note thanking the host after a weekend away will always be welcome. But do we always remember to thank God? And why is thankfulness so important? After all, of course we’re grateful, aren’t we? I’ll just briefly clarify the

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not something we generally find easy as a species. We tend to run more on an internal justice scale or tally sheet – angry with someone until they do enough to balance out what we feel they owe us.

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Don’t look back

A friend once asked me, “Have you ever been involved in a car accident?” I told him I had, one or two were my fault, others (I’m not saying how many) were the fault of the other person. I asked him how many he had had, “None,” he replied, “But I have seen many in my rear view mirror!” Sometimes it pays to look back and others not. God never

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Sat Nav or Map?

Sat Nav is probably the response for most! I, on the other hand much prefer a map, keeps the brain working and after all it is a really good skill! So, every time the text message comes through with post code of the venue for the next fixture, I go to route planner and maps. However, despite having done numerous journeys to various locations, I still leave the motorway feeling

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The Greatest Story

It’s got to that time again when we can listen to the Christmas songs, so I was doing that yesterday and it struck me that every year there are new songs telling the Christmas story – the story of how God ‘invaded’ the earth in a moment of time and changed everything for everyone. I began to wonder, will we ever run out of new songs telling this amazing tale?

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Gale force winds

Sharing an office with others can be quite interesting. Some like it nice and warm, a comfortable, workable temperature (me), while others (no names shall be mentioned!), like the windows all open, fans going at full speed creating a freezing gale force wind in the office! This week was one occasion where this difference was noticed! I had just managed to get the office at the most perfect temperature when

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Immanuel God with us

A few weekends ago, I was sat in a first aid training day when the instructor showed us a film about heart attacks and how the heart responds in those situations. It was amazing to see how very often a small area of the heart can be ‘dying’ and over the course of 2-3 days it performs its own bypass operation creating new vessels to get around the troubled area.

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Who Are You Listening To?

In our bible reading plan, we have been reading both books of Timothy. I feel that the Bible is just as relevant today as the day it was written. With Timothy, we have letters sent to a young man and they contain amazing words of wisdom, encouragement and instruction. I like to read these books as if they have been written to me. So I have been reading the first

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A Teachable Heart

The first thing my parents taught me to pray was “Please give me a teachable heart and a teachable spirit”. I was not a teachable child. See, at age 3 I already knew how to do everything and didn’t require any instruction. I could work it out all by myself, thank you very much! (My unique way of tying shoe laces pays testament to this fact!) But I loved Jesus. So when we prayed together and they thanked God for teachable hearts and teachable spirits, I naturally adopted it into my prayer life. What I didn’t understand at 3 years old was that my clever parents were training me to speak something over myself that would build a solid foundation in my life, making learning, school and church so much

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Continue to Stay Ready!

If we want to see a change in our society, a reformation, then it has to begin with us. It is so easy for the world to creep back into our lives instead of staying focussed on God and allowing Him to lead us. We need to learn how to cultivate the presence of the Lord and to stay in His presence. Once you have been in His presence in the way that we have at Encounter, there is a desire not to lose this and we have to be careful not to get back into the same habits that we have been in before, the same way of life, when God is saying come up higher. Protect your body You are guardian of your body. You are the one

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