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Lost in Wonder

There’s a sweeping trend online at the moment for sentimental stories; you know the kind? They usually whisk you off to a video; the title will tell you that you’re going to be amazed, your life will be changed, and you will be awestruck and filled with wonder as an unknown person wows the whole internet. And you’ll watch something sentimental for thirty seconds then get bored and go on with your day. Can I ask the question; have you ever been truly awestruck by what waited on the other side of the hyperlink? For me the effect of all of these things...
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Open To The Word

Have you ever prayed one of those prayers where you just lay it all down and ask God to have His way in your life? Tell Him that you want Him to outwork His plan and His purpose? At one time or another, most followers of Christ have prayed this prayer. And the next day, of course, you heard a booming voice from heaven say: “I want you to go reach the lost Amazonian tribes with the gospel. Take up your cross, follow me.”  You heard that, right? You didn’t? Of course you didn’t, because for the vast majority of...
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It would be easy in western culture, with our much prized freedom of speech, to forget the great power and impact of words. Within living memory for some in Russia it would have been impossible to forget; during Stalin’s reign of terror, the words you used were so important that they could be a matter of life or death. When Vasily Grossman finished the manuscript of his great masterpiece, Life and Fate, the KGB turned up and confiscated it. In fact, it was considered so incendiary that they burned the very typewriter ribbons that were used to write it. The words they...
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In the beginning

There is something wonderfully powerful about words. People’s words can have great power, just look at Shakespeare or Pushkin whose words shaped not only their respective languages but their nation’s culture. Words can be poetry, prose, prophesy and preach. Whose heart never soared at the right words from a loved one, or sank when we heard negative or destructive words? Our words carry much power but the truth is that the words of humans, no matter how powerful or beautiful they may be, can never carry the power that scripture does. That’s why, this January 1st, I’d love to encourage you to...
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