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Who Am I? Part 2

Who Am I? Part 2

As we continue to remind ourselves of who we are IN CHRIST… the following LIFE GIVING verses speak of all that we have and need is in Christ alone…

Complete in Him

Colossians 2:10

Crucified with Christ

Galatians 2:20

Alive with Christ

Ephesians 2:5

Free from condemnation

Romans 8:1

Reconciled to God

2 Corinthians 5:18

Qualified to share in His inheritance

Colossians 1:12

Firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude

Colossians 2:7

A fellow citizen with the saints and of the household of God

Ephesians 2:19

Born of God and the evil one does not touch me

1 John 5:18

His faithful follower

Revelations 17:14b / Ephesians 5:1

Overtaken with blessings

Deuteronomy 28:2 / Ephesians 1:3

The light of the world

Matthew 5:14

The salt of the earth

Matthew 5:13

The righteousness of God

2 Corinthians 5:21 / 1 Peter 2:24

A partaker of His divine nature

2 Peter 1:4

Called of God

2 Timothy 1:9

The first fruits among His creation

James 1:18

Chosen

1 Thessalonians 1:4 / Ephesians 1:4 / 1 Peter 2:9

An ambassador for Christ

1 Corinthians 5:20

God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works

Ephesians 2:10

The apple of My Father’s eye

Deuteronomy 32:10 / Psalms 17:8

Healed by the stripes of Jesus

1 Peter 2:24 / Isaiah 53:6

Being changed into His image

2 Corinthians 3:18 / Philippians 1:6

Mark & Cindy

Who Am I? Part 2

Who am I? Part 1

Ever struggled with “who you are?” You know… that voice that says you are defeated, or have nothing, or not beautiful etc. Have a read of these LIFE GIVING VERSES then remind yourself that IN CHRIST… you have everything you need.   I AM - God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God 1 Peter 1:23 Forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood Ephesians 1:7 / Hebrews 9:14 / Colossians 1:14 / 1 John 1:9 / 1 John 2:12 A new creature 2 Corinthians 5:17 The...

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Living out Faith in a Hostile World

Living out Faith in a Hostile World

You don’t have to look any further than the most recent headlines to see that we live in uncertain times. Many people think the world has never been more hostile to Christians than it is now, especially since the cancel culture continues to target people who aren’t seen as politically correct. Being a Christian in a deeply secularised society is a growing challenge. Everyone’s truth seems to be accepted unless you’re a Christian. So how do we live out our faith in such a hostile world? With...

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Blessed to be a Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing

Numbers 6:24-26 says Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. If we could shrink the Earth’s population into a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. There would be: 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the western hemisphere, both north and south, 8 Africans 52 females; 48 males 80 living in...

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Compassion and Action

Compassion and Action

The crewmembers on board Logos Hope all left their homes at one point to come on board the ship to live and work together with others from around the world. They exchanged their familiar environments for a very unique accommodation – a ship – which sooner or later they also call their home for a specific amount of time. They all do know though, that there are many people in the world, who are longing for a place to stay in which they can experience peace and safety. The refugees who leave...

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Dad’s Toolkit

Dad’s Toolkit

It’s a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the value of family, and in particular the role of dads. What are your strengths as a parent? Are there some areas you could grow in? How do you begin your journey of becoming the parent God has called you to be? Brett and Kate Ryan from Focus on the Family, have created a ‘Dad’s Toolkit’ that’s full of ideas on how dad’s can improve themselves. It contains things like conversation starters with your kids, and questions we can ask our dads. Healthy...

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Truth, Lies and Financial Freedom

Truth, Lies and Financial Freedom

Many Christians divide their lives into categories. Some things they want Jesus to be a part of, but not others. Because we compartmentalise our Christian lives, according to Pastor Jeff Vines, we instantly assume that everything we don’t devote to God is neutral. God will still love us, but any area that we withhold from Him and think we can handle on our own is a false assumption. C.S. Lewis said, ‘There is no neutral ground in the universe.’ Every square inch, every split second is claimed...

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God is always wanting to use us

God is always wanting to use us

Recently, I was clicking through folders and folders of early photos of our kids. From baby age to the present, I just got lost in it for hours.  How good it was to recount the memories, the places we had visited and I just couldn’t hold back giving God the glory for the good things He had done in our family. Towards the end, a certain photo stopped me in my tracks.  You see, over 2yrs ago, our eldest daughter moved to Perth to follow God’s plan for her life. While Cindy and I daily still miss...

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Bringing Clarity in Confusing Times

Bringing Clarity in Confusing Times

Clarity in Confusing TimesDr Kameel Majdali is an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches. He preaches all over the world with an emphasis on the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. He also leads the organisation Teach All Nations, a ministry that is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible. Kameel recently joined the 20Twenty program on Vision Christian Media to share a preview of what to expect in his upcoming Australian...

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How To Read and Study the Bible

How To Read and Study the Bible

Can you imagine being surrounded by the freshest produce, in the best kitchen with the best utensils, but not knowing how to prepare a meal? For many Christians, that’s exactly what reading the Bible feels like. Simply put, we just don’t know how to utilise it effectively. Ben Windle says you can attend church for many years, listen to a lot of teaching and still not learn how to read the Bible for yourself. Yet there is no better way to fuel our growth than personally engaging with the Bible....

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Quality and Quantity

‘Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.’ Psalm 127:3 CEV

Some people say it doesn’t matter how little time you spend with your children, as long as it’s quality time. But the logic of that concept seems suspect. Why do we have to choose between the virtues of quantity versus quality? We don’t force that choice in any other area of our lives, so why is it only relevant to our children?

We could illustrate it this way. Suppose you’ve looked forward all day to eating at one of the finest restaurants in town. The waiter brings you a menu, and you order the most expensive steak in the house. But when the meal arrives, you see a tiny piece of meat that would fit on a teaspoon in the centre of the plate. When you complain about the size, the waiter says, ‘I recognise that the portion is small, but it is the finest grain-fed beef money can buy. You will never find a better bite of steak than what we have served you tonight. As to the portion, I hope you understand that it’s not the quantity that matters; it’s the quality.’

You would object, and for good reason. Why? Because both quantity and quality are important in many areas of our lives, including how we relate to our children. They need our time, and the best we have to give them. The truth is, the ‘quantity versus quality’ argument might be a poorly disguised excuse for giving our children neither. The Bible says, ‘Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.’ So when it comes to giving them time and attention, they deserve the best in both quantity and quality.

SoulFood: Jos 22–24, John 18:12–24, Ps 150, Pro 29:22–27

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