Word 4U Today

Use Your Words

Use Your Words

The Bible talks a lot about the power of words. And it would know. It’s made of them. Let’s take a look: 1)     Proverbs 29:20 says “Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (NKJV). Ever been ‘hasty in words’ (or on the ...

Joy Ferdiz

July 31st, 2014

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BLOCKS OF BOREDOM

BLOCKS OF BOREDOM

Okay. So we’ve thought about how people may have been hurt, and how that can be a stumbling block to their getting to know Christ. There’s another big reason that people can be put off by Christianity: they have a certain idea of how it’ll play out. People see the Church in ...

Joy Ferdiz

July 30th, 2014

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BURNING BLOCKS

BURNING BLOCKS

Every not-yet-a-Christian person that you speak to has a reason why they’re not ready to get to know Jesus. And that can be completely legit. Sometimes, that reason will be a big hurt, not a lack of knowledge about faith. Something that they know that they’re feeling and ...

Joy Ferdiz

July 29th, 2014

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Paul, at Your Service.

Paul, at Your Service.

In the early Church, people were determined to figure out who was the best apostle. There were a whole bunch of people rooting for Paul, ready to argue down the supporters of Apollos (another apostle). The problem was, Paul wasn’t having any of it. And Paul was right. He had

Joy Ferdiz

July 28th, 2014

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City Walls

City Walls

Back in the day, one of the most effective defenses that a city could have was to build whopping great walls around its perimeters. Without those walls, anyone who fancied having a crack at invading could just waltz right in. With them, though, a city had much less chance of

Joy Ferdiz

July 27th, 2014

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Grow Up (and keep growing…)

Grow Up (and keep growing…)

The end of Hebrews 5, and the beginning of chapter 6, is a bit of a smack-down. The writer of that letter is saying to his readers “you should really be further on in your understanding of God by now”. The Message version of the Bible puts it quite bluntly… “Grow up in ...

Joy Ferdiz

July 26th, 2014

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GET UP, OFFA THAT THING (3)

GET UP, OFFA THAT THING (3)

Dr Joseph Parker  told his theology students, ‘Preach to the suffering and you will never lack a congregation. There is a broken heart in every pew.’ Have you ever heard a preacher give a message about suffering that ‘moved your gut’? Some of the most powerful preaching ...

Joy Ferdiz

July 25th, 2014

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GET UP, OFFA THAT THING (2)

GET UP, OFFA THAT THING (2)

Have you ever heard the phrase “chuggers”? It’s short for “Charity Muggers”, a not so complimentary name for people who stand in the streets stopping passers-by to ‘guilt trip’ them into signing up to give money to their cause. Our society doesn’t seem to like “chuggers” ...

Joy Ferdiz

July 24th, 2014

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GET UP, OFFA THAT THING (1)

GET UP, OFFA THAT THING (1)

‘Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth’ (1 John 3:17-18 NIV). Jesus set a pretty strong example, actually. Turns out He didn’t say “Oh go on guys, play nice, please?”, or throw casual platitudes over His shoulder at the homeless as He passed “Mm,

Joy Ferdiz

July 23rd, 2014

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APPRECIATE, DON’T HESITATE

APPRECIATE, DON’T HESITATE

We all need encouragement. Sometimes life is exhausting and we want to give up. Sometimes the apple is too shiny and we want to give in. All sorts of people around you may be in very weak places today, under the surface. So, do a beautiful thing today – and encourage. ...

Joy Ferdiz

July 22nd, 2014

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