Word 4U Today

Take time off

Take time off

One of the best ways to maintain your perspective on what’s truly important is to plan times of rest and recreation. The word recreation means to ‘re-create’: to recharge your batteries physically, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. Rest and recreation restore your creativity, fuel your vision, and bring balance to your world. The fact is, some of the people we admire most are socially and relationally […]

Bob Gass

November 24th, 2017

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The power of one (2)

The power of one (2)

God told His people: ‘See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you’ (vv. 15-16 NIV 1984 Edition). One person with the love of […]

Bob Gass

November 23rd, 2017

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The power of one (1)

The power of one (1)

Gideon came from a family of idol worshippers, so he didn’t think he had much of a future. But God thought differently. He said to him, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?’ And today Gideon is remembered as one of the greatest leaders in the Bible. That’s what’s known as ‘the power of […]

Bob Gass

November 22nd, 2017

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God says ‘Yes’

God says ‘Yes’

You will notice that in the Old Testament God’s promises came with conditions that had to be met. In other words, you had to do something. ‘If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land’ (Isaiah 1:19 NIV 1984 Edition). To receive God’s promise there was a price to be paid, conditions to be met, and a performance of certain […]

Bob Gass

November 21st, 2017

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Who are your true friends?

Who are your true friends?

Who are your true friends? Stop and think about that for a moment. How many of the people you consider friends, truly care about you? How many encourage you in your visions and dreams, and are there for you when you hit a wall? If we’re honest, most of us would have to concede that a significant number of so-called friends and associates aren’t there […]

Bob Gass

November 20th, 2017

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Words (1)

Words (1)

An unknown poet wrote: ‘A careless word may kindle strife; a cruel word may wreck a life. A bitter word may hate instil; a brutal word may smite and kill. A gracious word may smooth the way; a joyous word may light the day. A timely word may lessen stress; a loving word may heal and bless.’ The Bible says, ‘No man can tame the […]

Bob Gass

November 18th, 2017

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Move closer to God and stay there!

Move closer to God and stay there!

Writing about mistakes some of God’s people made in the past, the apostle Paul penned these words: ‘These are all warning markers – DANGER! – in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel – they at the beginning, we at the end – and we are just as capable of messing it up […]

Bob Gass

November 17th, 2017

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Heaven (3)

Heaven (3)

Why do thousands of children die of starvation each day, while every night the world’s wealthiest nations throw away enough food to feed them? In 3,500 years of recorded civilization, only 268 years have passed without war raging some place on the globe. Yet during that same period 8,000 peace treaties have been signed. Why is the dash between the dates on a tombstone so […]

Bob Gass

November 16th, 2017

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Heaven (2)

Heaven (2)

Five hundred years ago sailors feared the horizon, believing if you sailed too far you could fall off the edge of the world. Today we smile at such an idea. But back then they were deadly serious; so much so that they erected a monument at the Strait of Gibraltar to commemorate the concept. At its narrowest point Spaniards assembled a huge stone marker bearing […]

Bob Gass

November 15th, 2017

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Heaven (1)

Heaven (1)

In this devotional we stress the importance of maximizing each day: enjoying where you are on your way to where you’re going. And that’s good advice. But ultimately, as a redeemed child of God your greatest longing shouldn’t be for that which is temporal but for that which is eternal – your heavenly home. Jesus described it this way: ‘In my Father’s house are many […]

Bob Gass

November 14th, 2017

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