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A Message from Dr. Andrew Ball, Freshhope

by dhargreave

The following was reproduced from the FreshHope website (www.freshhope.org.au) as it was such a well written piece that we felt we had to share it: Loving the Church Dear friends, I am surprised at how often I hear people critique or criticise the church. Barely a week goes by without someone commenting on how the […]

God is Faithful

by dhargreave

“The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:13b-14 Have you ever had a relationship with someone who was faithful? You knew you could depend on that person to do what he said. You learned that their word was completely trustworthy. If they said […]

Live as children of light

by dhargreave

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8) There are a number of beautiful metaphors used in the Bible describing those who have become true “children of God” (1 John 3:10) by the new birth. As children tend to take on the characteristics of […]

Accept this gift

by dhargreave

“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” (John 1:11 NIV). Even though we hear the nativity stories, and even though we have the real joy of giving and receiving presents, we can leave God’s great gift to the world unopened. For centuries people had been seeking a […]

For by him were all things created

by dhargreave

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Colossians 1:16) The Old Testament uses several names for the One who created. For example: “For this […]

Amazed at His Teaching

by dhargreave

“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.”  (Mark 1:22). It is not enough to simply teach; you must also impart to others. One of the spiritual gifts God has given to us is the gift of teaching (Rom. 12:7). […]

God always requires total trust in Him alone

by dhargreave
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Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.  So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan.  Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.” (1 Chron 21:1-2 NIV) God always requires […]

Draw near to God with a sincere heart

by dhargreave

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart […]

God does extraordinary things

by dhargreave

“All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.” – 1 Samuel 22:2 Have you ever felt that you could accomplish a whole lot more if you had more talented people around you? We sometimes look around our […]

Let us not become weary in doing good

by dhargreave

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 NIV) The difference between faithful people and unfaithful people is unfaithful people give […]