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PRODIGAL SON 2: OLDER AND GRUMPIER (2)

PRODIGAL SON 2: OLDER AND GRUMPIER (2)

To fully understand exactly who God is, it might be that we have to reach a low point. Our own personal pig-sty can put the love of God that we’re missing back into perspective, leading us to the first part of something called ‘repentance’ (turning back to your God). So, it ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 1st, 2014

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PRODIGAL SON 2: OLDER AND GRUMPIER (1)

PRODIGAL SON 2: OLDER AND GRUMPIER (1)

Here’s a story you may have heard before. A father. Two sons. The younger brother wants out of the house. He leaves and messes up. On return, he is welcomed by daddy with open arms and a big party. Is this about leaving home for college? Nope. It’s about walking out on what ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 31st, 2014

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WOMEN ROCK!

WOMEN ROCK!

God makes a bigger deal about women more than anyone ever has, ever. You’ll find that your Bible is full of cases where God chooses what ‘the world’ might have called a risk. But He knew exactly whom He could trust. Queen Esther. Abigail. Rahab. If you haven’t heard of them ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 30th, 2014

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DON’T LET REJECTION PUT YOU OFF

DON’T LET REJECTION PUT YOU OFF

We all come up against rejection. Jesus had a lot of it. ‘He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.’ (John 1:11). There are two ‘His owns’ here: first is His very own created universe, belonging to Him. And the second ‘his own’ did not receive ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 29th, 2014

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WEIGHTY WORDS

WEIGHTY WORDS

‘…God…calls things that are not as though they were.’ Romans 4:17 NIV (1984) Umm, stop a second. Just think about that verse. God “calls into being things that were not”. God speaks, and things that didn’t exist suddenly… do. That’s huge in two ways. First, it’s only God ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 28th, 2014

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CHILL

CHILL

Mark 6:31 is Jesus telling His disciples that He wanted a bit of quiet time. Did He get it? Well, no. Not right then. They went off to find that “quiet place” and got followed by crowds. Instead of a time where Jesus and His pals could chill, a little thing we’ve come to ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 26th, 2014

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JESUS-LIKE (4) – EXCEPT NOT THOUGH.

JESUS-LIKE (4) – EXCEPT NOT THOUGH.

Have the last three days got you worried? Does the challenge to ‘live like Jesus’ sound too much? Stop, and maybe even write this down somewhere. The call to ‘Live Like Jesus’ is not Christianity. The call of Christianity is “Come Home, All Is Forgiven.” The call to live ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 25th, 2014

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JESUS-LIKE (2) –  ON OFFER

JESUS-LIKE (2) – ON OFFER

Jesus’ heart is geared towards others. He loves us, and He loves God. Everything He is, is built on His own relationship with His Father and the Holy Spirit, which is, safe to say, pretty great on bringing us imperfect humans into that relationship. So, obviously, Jesus is ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 24th, 2014

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JESUS-LIKE (2) –  ON OFFER

JESUS-LIKE (2) – ON OFFER

Live like Jesus. You’ve heard it. You probably aim to do it. Why, though? To show your friends what Christianity should look like? To make the world a better place? To please God? They’re all good reasons, and they all happen, in their own way, when our lives start to look ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 23rd, 2014

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JESUS-LIKE (1) – HUMILITY

JESUS-LIKE (1) – HUMILITY

We know. You have rights, man. You deserve to be happy. And live freely. (And sarcasm aside, we do actually hope you know that!) But, sometimes, we can cling to our ‘rights’ until our fingers turn blue and we’re kicking and climbing on others to keep hold of what we think ...

Joy Ferdiz

March 22nd, 2014

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