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YOUR LIFE IS A TREE

YOUR LIFE IS A TREE

Summer. Sunshine and beaches and summer vacations and sleeping in until 12nn. Then, after a few months of sunshine, comes the rainy, wet, stormy season. Your life works the same, in cycles and seasons. That means that some periods of our lives are all green grass, shiny ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 3rd, 2014

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KEEP ON KEEPING ON

KEEP ON KEEPING ON

In Philippians 3, Paul talks about how he really, genuinely, very-very-earnestly wants to live a Jesus centered life. But he’s under no illusions. He knows that he’s not quite there. Read Philippians 3:12-13. There, Paul explains something so important – that, no matter how ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 2nd, 2014

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TOO BUSY TO LOVE?

TOO BUSY TO LOVE?

Life can be busy. And it’s great (really, really great) that you take time out with God in the middle of all that. So now, what about your on-earth relationships? Jesus made it pretty clear that the second most important thing in life, right after loving God, is loving ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 1st, 2014

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

There’s lots we can’t do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world – see 1 John 5:4 – can only be done with faith in God. ‘Faith’ is one of those words that’s not often defined for us (like ‘Hosanna’ or ‘Amen’… ‘Bless’… ...

Joy Ferdiz

February 28th, 2014

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SHADOW OPS

SHADOW OPS

What is the “shadow of the Almighty”? Isn’t it a bit of a gloomy metaphor? When typhoon season comes to the Philippines, don’t you just wish that summer were just around the corner? But if you’d been living in the blistering heat of a desert for the last forty years or so ...

Joy Ferdiz

February 27th, 2014

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THANK GOD?

THANK GOD?

If you’re chatting with a good friend, there’s an ease in your conversation because you know who you’re talking to. You know the person that’s taking in your words. You feel safe that what you say won’t be taken the wrong way. Talking to God is ...

Joy Ferdiz

February 26th, 2014

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MENTEE FRESH

MENTEE FRESH

Jesus told His disciples, ‘The works that I do you will do also.’ Skip forward to the book of Acts and whaddyaknow, they did! They took on His character and became like Him. What happened in between? He mentored them. If you want to get somewhere in life, ask God for the ...

Joy Ferdiz

February 25th, 2014

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BRING IT. (2)

BRING IT. (2)

There’s a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They survive drought and fire, and hold their own against hurricanes. If trees were horror films these guys would have twenty sequels. In fact, if you ...

Joy Ferdiz

February 24th, 2014

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BRING IT. (1)

BRING IT. (1)

Corrie Ten Boom was a young Christian when her home country, the Netherlands, was invaded in World War II. She quickly got fearful that she wouldn’t know what to do if the Nazis confronted her. So her dad told her, “When you are going to take a journey on the ...

Joy Ferdiz

February 23rd, 2014

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HELP FOR STRESS (2)

About three hundred years ago, minister Matthew Henry rifled through the Bible and wrote cool footnotes on all the pages*. Here’s what he had to say about today’s verse: “The world’s comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy ...

Joy Ferdiz

February 22nd, 2014

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