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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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When All Seems Lost

When All Seems Lost

Now what? That’s something that all of us have said to ourselves at one time or another. In his new message, ‘When All Seems Lost’, Pastor Jeff Vines covers the topics of marriage and keeping relationships strong. Jeff offers encouragement for those of us who are struggling with chaos and feeling lost. God does not give His law arbitrarily. When God tells us He wants us to live in certain parameters and by certain precepts, He does it because He loves us. If He’s the creator and sustainer of...

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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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Think More About Others (3)

‘Not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many.’ 1 Corinthians 10:33 NKJV

Here’s a group you don’t want to be part of: ‘In the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.’ (2 Timothy 3:1–4 NKJV) There’s nothing wrong with making money. Indeed, if you honour the Lord He will help you to make more of it (see Deuteronomy 8:18, Isaiah 48:17, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:8).

But here’s a Bible principle you must live by to walk in the blessing of God. When you have enough money to meet your own needs, you must be willing to say yes to God when He asks you to meet someone else’s need. If you’d like to conquer selfishness and become more generous, here are some steps:

(1) Give away something that you would prefer to keep. The goal is to break your emotional attachment to material things.

(2) Graduate to anonymous giving. Leave a needy person such as a elderly citizen, a student or a single parent a cash gift in an envelope. Don’t put your name on it, and don’t tell anyone you did it. And no, you can’t claim it as a tax deduction. But God promises to return it to you many times over, and in the areas where you need it most (see Galatians 6:7).

(3) Have someone you trust monitor your progress. Meet with them throughout the year and invite them to ask you not about how much money you made, but how much you’ve given away to help others. If you’re serious about not being selfish, these are steps you have to be willing to take.

SoulFood: 1 Sam 18:1–20:29, Luke 24:13–24, Ps 68:19–35, Pr 22:6

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