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God is Always Speaking

God is Always Speaking

“Hello God, are you there?  Why don’t you answer me?”

I’m sure that has come out of our mouths at least once in our lifetime.
Sometimes the idea is that God has turned off or gone quiet.  It’s not like He’s keeping silent to teach us a lesson in faith.

The reality is, “God is always speaking; we’re not always listening.”
Ezekiel 12:25
For I the Lord will speak, and whatever word I speak will be performed.
Genesis 35:13
Then God went up from him in the place where He had spoken with him.
 Psalm 50:1
…The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken.

It’s kind of funny that we all work at a radio station and forget to look at the correlation between that and how we hear God.  You see, if God is transmitting on 87.6 and we are tuned into 96.5, then we are not going to “HEAR what He is BROADCASTING.”

We have to TUNE INTO HIS FREQUENCY to hear His voice… it’s not the other way around.

Sooooooo…. Like in Luke 10:27, Find His frequency, Tune in, turn off the static noise of life, and then sit back, engage and enjoy His kind words, instructions and guidance.

He’s always talking, just many times we are either too pre-occupied with other stuff or are just oblivious to his frequency.

Mark & Cindy

Be of Good Courage

Be of Good Courage

Seeing in the midst of life's challenges From one day to the next, major events and occurrences change the way we see and live our lives. Daily we hear of: • Another major disaster; • Another hourly murder, rape or life ending behaviour; • Another greedy and injustice business deal; • An unsteady fragile stock market; • Another unexpected price rise; It seems harder to find the “Feel Good” stories in the midst of so much destruction, despair and hopelessness. Jesus said in the gospel of John...

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Love in Action

Love in Action

How do we respond to someone’s need? Love is experienced in what we say…. But love becomes extravagant in “what we DO”

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Knowing God Better Every Day

A senior executive of a major bank in New York once told a reporter how he had risen to his position. At first I served as an office boy. I would collect the mail and distribute it to the various departments on different floors in the corporation. Then one day the president of the company called me aside and said, “from tomorrow on, I want you to come into my office and spend time with me every day. I replied, “but what could I do to help, I know nothing about finances.” “Never mind that”,...

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Conquering Stress

During the course of our life, we encounter stress. Some in high levels, and some in low. Emails, global linking, social media… it seems that over-night everything has impacted our modern life, creating overwhelming deadlines, frustrations, and demands. How can we be conquering stress in our lives? In 2008, Australian Heathcare company Medibank Private released their research results into “STRESS”. Without the 'per year' hidden costs of re-staffing and re-skilling where there is stress related...

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Rethinking How We Resolve Conflict

Have you ever been caught off guard and said something you regret? Have you ever been offended or offended someone else and been surprised by the reaction? Some conflicts are minor, but in the worst-case scenario, they can lead to assaults, lawsuits, and even murder. Wayne Forward, from PeaceWise Australia, thinks it’s time for a radical rethink on how we deal with conflict. He says when we find ourselves at the beginning of a dispute, whether it be at home, work or even at church, we often...

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The Only Prayer You’ll Ever Need

The Only Prayer You’ll Ever Need

Have we as Christians allowed the Lord’s Prayer to become like a ritual in our lives? Are we missing the real treasures contained within it? It’s one the most familiar passages in the Bible, and it’s also where Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray. The Lord’s Prayer is one of the first things we often learn as children, and as new Christians. We can recite it from memory in church on a Sunday, and even Australia's Federal Parliament opens each day reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Dr. Douglas K....

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It Isn’t How You Start, But How You Finish

By: Pastor Greg Laurie In 2017 on New Year’s Eve in New York City, visitors to Times Square were encouraged to bring whatever they wanted out of their lives and throw it into a giant shredder. Some people shredded paper on which they had written unpleasant memories, while others shredded photographs and even their bills. That sounds kind of fun, but shredding your bills won’t make them go away. However, I can tell you there’s something even better. We have a great Saviour who can help us put...

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Three Ways to Get Spiritually Refreshed

Three Ways to Get Spiritually Refreshed

By Pastor Greg Laurie I love the word refresh. It’s such a perfect word to describe starting again or returning to something. In fact, we even use it as a computer term. Sometimes when I’m working on my computer, leave it for a while, and then come back, things freeze up. Certain programs aren’t working properly anymore. So I have to refresh my computer screen. And there are times when that means I need to completely reboot. Sometimes we need a reboot in the Christian life as well. Sometimes...

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To Advance, You Must Overcome Adversity

‘In everything and in every way we show that we truly are God’s servants.’ 2 Corinthians 6:4 CEV

The Christian life comes with blessings—and battles. You can’t have one without the other. Paul describes it this way: ‘In everything and in every way we show that we truly are God’s servants. We have always been patient, though we have had a lot of trouble, suffering, and hard times. We have been beaten, put in jail, and hurt in riots. We have worked hard and gone without sleep or food. But we have kept ourselves pure and have been understanding, patient, and kind. The Holy Spirit has been with us, and our love has been real. We have spoken the truth, and God’s power has worked in us. In all our struggles we have said and done only what is right. Whether we were honoured or dishonoured or praised or cursed, we always told the truth about ourselves. But some people said we did not. We are unknown to others, but well known to you. We seem to be dying, and yet we are still alive. We have been punished, but never killed, and we are always happy, even in times of suffering. Although we are poor, we have made many people rich. And though we own nothing, everything is ours.’ (2 Corinthians 6:4–10 CEV)

God will fight for you on your battlefield, take you through your storm, and turn your season of adversity into a season of advancement. When your faith is under fire it attracts His power and brings His grace into your situation. The Bible says, ‘Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience by the things He suffered.’ (Hebrews 5:8 NLT) So rejoice, you’re not losing—you’re gaining!

SoulFood: Judges 16:1–19:15, Luke 14:25–35, Ps 119:89–96, Pr 18:1–5

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