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We sow to grow. So, what seeds are you sowing today? I’ve recently been learning about planting tomato seeds. It is the most incredible process to take a minuscule seed, full of potential for growth, plant it into the void of the dark dirt and watch the petite plantlets pop their heads through to find the light.

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Jesus will prevail.
As 2020 turned the history pages and a new century opened, we all seemed so perfectly positioned on the 21st century timeline for the best year ever.

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When the Father speaks.
Spoken words and sometimes unspoken words are defining. They fall on the ears of the soul and seep into the cervices of our beings and affect us in either a good way or sadly, at times in negative ways.

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Speak the name of Jesus.
There is no other name higher than the name Jesus. Philippians 2:9-11 states that God exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.

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Shaken but not stirred. Some of you will recognise this famous statement from the James Bond movies. When requesting his preferred beverage, James Bond, the British Secret Service agent, 007 would request his drink be shaken and not stirred.

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Speak the name of Jesus.
There is no other name higher than the name Jesus. Philippians 2:9-11 states that God exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.

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Shaken but not stirred. Some of you will recognise this famous statement from the James Bond movies. When requesting his preferred beverage, James Bond, the British Secret Service agent, 007 would request his drink be shaken and not stirred.

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God’s master work on display. In one of our last TEC Thoughts for the Week, we spoke of being a master work of God. God is the ultimate artist. All of God’s creation is an expression of His creative work, with His signature and imprint visible in all His works (Psalm 19:1-4). Humans however, are God’s exquisite master work of art; His prize creation that most portrays the Master Artist (Psalm 8).

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What’s your footprint? Walking across my favourite beach recently, I was conscious of the footprints in the sand. Each footprint told its own story of the person that walked that way.

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Marked by God”. On every piece of fine bone china, there is a manufacturer’s hallmark which is considered to be the mark of authentication. If you turn an item of fine bone china over, right there in the centre of the piece you will find the unique “fingerprint” of the maker which includes the image, country of origin and the name of the maker. It is unique.

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Live like Jesus is returning today. I recently had a dream that Jesus returned. It was so vivid. In my dream, I recall being awakened by a disorientation of being taken up into the skies, having no control over what was happening and trying to make sense of it.

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The eye of the storm. As we navigate the waters of life, we will experience times of smooth sailing and other times we will find ourselves in the middle of a storm as we charter our way through unexpected, rougher passageways in our lives..

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Do you love me?” Imagine standing in the shoes of Peter when Jesus asked him, not just once, but three times “do you love me?” This is a profound story of love, forgiveness, redemption, restoration and the call to serve. This experience for Peter came off the back of his monumental denial of Jesus.

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Dreams. There is a narrative in our culture that tells us we must create a dream and live it out in order to find purpose and fulfilment. In the backdrop of our minds there is a silent pressure to embrace this philosophical notion and if we don’t we are left questioning, “did I miss the dream boat that sailed off into the sunset”? There is a ringing in our ears to “live your dream” or “if you quit your dream, what’s left?”

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False accusations. There is nothing worse than feeling falsely accused. In the courtrooms of our everyday lives we would never accept any accusations that falsely accused us of something we did not do. We would take up arms and defend our positions like a fearless warrior chanting victory ahead of the battle…

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 How fragile is life? I grew up in a home where our mother gave us a taste for the finer things in life. At a very young age my sister and I were enchanted by the delights of drinking tea from our Mum’s elegantly crafted fine bone china teacups. It’s every little girl’s dream to sip daintily from these exquisite porcelain pieces, pinkies turned out and feeling like royal little ladies. Tea simply tastes better in your Royal Albert “Old Country Roses” teacup. Yet the enjoyment of the fine-bone china always came with a warning: “never pour boiling water directly into the teacup or they may crack because they are so fragile”…

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Planted in the garden of God. A flower garden is a place of created beauty. Some of us love to tend our gardens and others simply enjoy the bouquets of beauty. From the beginning of creation to our 21st century villages, with our suburban backyards and balconies, gardens remain a feature of human life; for humanity was born in the most magnificent, flourishing, abundant garden of God. The Bible speaks metaphorically about God as the ultimate Gardener and gardens embody some parallel realities with our journey as Christians as we are all planted in the garden of God

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I am who God says I am. We are all so familiar with the fairy tale quip “mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all”? The magic mirror in this fairy tale was used as the source of truth to answer the ultimate question of the evil queen. In today’s world there are so many mirrors that claim to be the source of ultimate truth, defining who we are. Yet the mirrors that hang on the philosophical walls of this age do not have the prerogative of truth…

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When the “what if” question is whispered into our spiritual ears, Jesus always answers “I’ve got this”. Lurking below the surface of the “what if” question is doubt and fear. Doubt calls into question the truth and fear anticipates the worst possible outcomes. Both exclude God’s ability to impact our circumstances. The enemy regularly takes these two vicious “dogs” for a walk in the shadowy park of life, unleashing them to prowl around and prey on vulnerable people, hungry to sink their teeth in to get a grip. If we stay too long in this shadowy park, there is another “dog” that gnarls and bears its teeth called despair…

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Jesus meets us right where we are at and He changes everything. This is an incredible thought. Jesus is the creator and sustainer of the universe, lives in unapproachable light, is seated on His Kingly throne, yet willingly and intentionally enters the realm of our humanity in all our brokenness, frailty, failures, sickness, loss, and desperation. This supreme, majestic, all-powerful, transcendent King is not aloof and does not hide behind the royal gates of Heaven…

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The story of all stories. Stories are enchanting as they immerse us into the narrative and we begin to recognise ourselves in the characters, cultures and common things of life. Stories are about connection, tradition, identification, values and inspiration.They are relatable. And they must be authentic. As we sit around our campfires of life and tell stories, they powerfully touch our thoughts and emotions…

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At His table. There is something incredibly unique about a table. During recent times of restriction, one of the things we have missed most is gathering around our tables with others. A table is where we gather to enjoy a meal and to share our stories, dreams, heartaches, and joys. Tables in a sense unite us and our moments around our tables often become our most treasured memories. But a table is also a place of privilege. Think of your table…

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When Jesus weighs in. The Bible speaks to us about the thick, combative, ongoing spiritual battle that we are enmeshed in where the enemy never rests from seeking to lure us into a life of destruction and defeat. Not much of a character with that motivation! Imagine his profile; the author of rebellion (Isaiah 14:12-15), the evil one (Matthew 13:19), a murderer, the father of lies (John 8:44), the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), a thief; the one who seeks to steal our first love (God), kill every opportunity for us to flourish and mutilate our humanity (John 10:10). He is comfortable to create pain and suffering in God’s creatures (in fact the worse our suffering, the more he is delighted)…

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Wonder. In the slipstream of everyday life, our regular routines seem to supress our appreciation of the extraordinary privileges of “being”, reducing them to familiar and ordinary. We live with a silent expectation that we are entitled to these “ordinary” offerings of life and assume they will always remain, uninterrupted . . . and familiarity sets in. But, the true fallout of familiarity is the loss of wonder

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The mystery of mysteries! Now, there is something that should spark our inquisitive natures. We all love a mystery. They arouse our curiosity and entice us into a journey of discovery, promising the unearthing of what is hidden. In unravelling a mystery we unstitch the pieces bit by bit in order to see what all the pieces together reveal. Every person has an innate sense of curiosity to pursue the mystery of life and follow the trail to meaning, purpose, fulfilment, acceptance and destiny…

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Endurance – it’s never about isolation. As Christians we are called to endure when the gavel of trouble falls so we can develop immovable faith (James 1:2-4). But the call to endure is never independent of the Body of Christ. A popularised word in this global pandemic is ‘#isolation’ which trends on social media daily. But isolation is not God’s intention when it comes to endurance…

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I am the Light of the world (John 8:12). These seven small words spoken by Jesus have a monumental impact. To understand the impact of light, we need to compare it to its counterpart; darkness. In a metaphorical sense, light and darkness describe two opposing spiritual realities. Darkness is the territory where people are blind to the reality of God and seek to navigate life without the illuminating lamp of God’s truth…

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I am who God says I am! The provocative question, “who am I” is continuously hurled at us, casting a shadow over our value and birthright as a creation of God . It’s “game on” as the enemy strikes at our humanity through a vicious assault on our identity, seeking to constrain us by the prison bars of lies. What better way to keep us from being all God created us to be by inciting a destructive groundswell that resulted in an identity crisis…

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God is our hope. One of the words on our lips in seasons of difficulty is hope. Culturally speaking, hope is often assumed to be synonymous with a wish that is blown out into the wind on the wings of optimism. It is tentative, anticipating the wish may be fulfilled by some slim, mysterious passage of good fortune

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In the treasure box of God is a profound statement: I will never leave you or forsake you. We live in a world where abandonment is a defining feature. We suffer loss, particularly in relationships and people are more ready to ‘exit stage right’ than to stay when life gets ugly. Coiled around our innermost being is the need to know we will not be abandoned, bereft or rejected. Jesus says I will never leave you or forsake you
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The first and last, the alpha and omega, the Great I AM, there is no other (Revelation 22:13). We live between the bookends of this eternal reality. The narrative of our lives fits into the metanarrative of God’s story where His bookends are eternal…
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What a Saviour! A number of years back, I read a quote from one of my favourite authors, JI Packer. As I read it, I wept. I knew what my salvation meant but unexpectantly, it was like I had ventured into an age old gold mind, unearthing riches that had always been mine, but suddenly I could really see the gold. What a Saviour!..
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You are still my first love! It is a profound revelation that we are the ‘first love’ of Jesus. When His love settles on our hearts, we cannot help but love Him back. There has never been and there never will be another person who will love us so perfectly. Jesus made the ultimate declaration of love, when He put Himself on the line and laid down His life for us (that’s no small thing). He has swept us off our feet with breathtaking love, leaving the permanent imprint of His affections on our hearts. This encounter leaves us changed forever. That’s a lot of love right there…

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I am a child of God! When we look into the man-made mirror of the world, we see a multiplicity of images that seek to define us. Numerous messages are coming at us that create false illusions of our humanity and seek to sink any notion of our unique identity as a treasured creation of God. The atheists tell us we are random products of chance…

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Fight, yes, fight the good fight! Media reports heralding the downward curve of COVID can lure us into a false sense of security where we rest on our laurels and let our guards down. But we must continue to fight. This physical reality also highlights a spiritual reality; a parallel track we travel on in our journey of faith that calls us to fight the good fight. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 calls us to fight the good fight and to exchange the riches of this world for the riches of eternity…

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Where does our help come from? In a time when the familiar things in life feel fragmented and the flames of fear are being fanned in our minds as we face unprecedented times, where does our help come from? In asking this question, it will lead us somewhere…

 

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Let us begin. Mother Teresa had a profound little saying “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Whilst this little quote sounds simple, it is layered with meaning

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God is always God in the midst of every season. This one central truth is the basis for how we navigate the seasons of our lives. We read in Ecclesiastes 3 of the many and varying seasons of life such as living, dying, sowing, reaping, flourishing, stripping, sickness, health, darkness, light, weeping, laughing and so on. They are descriptors of the seasonal transitions we encounter…

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Faithful! The word faithful has a ring of comfort to it. It means loyal, committed, constant, unwavering, reliable, steadfast. Those descriptive words are beautiful, broad brushstrokes that paint a colourful picture of one aspect of God’s character; His faithfulness…

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Treasure those you love and love with open arms. 

One thing this global pandemic has put the spotlight on is the value of life. Everyone is doing whatever it takes to avoid contracting this deadly virus. Why is that? I believe God created us with an intrinsic sense of how precious life is. If life was worthless, then who would care…

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I want to always be found with my knees bowed to Jesus. There is no one like Him.

When I contemplate life and how it could be if Jesus had not gathered me up in His arms, I cannot help but bow my knees to Jesus…

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What’s in your storehouse? (please don’t say toilet paper – joking 😊). Seriously, a storehouse is a place where you deposit provisions and gather supplies to ensure resources are available in times of scarcity…

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What is your life’s portrait? You might ask me what I mean by that question. The idea of a portrait is a portrayal. It is a defining image that leaves an impression and a lasting impact.

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His hand is mighty! As the sun rises and the world wakes up, the rhythms of life continue to flow. This is no small thing. The sunrise may feel like a normal rhythm of life, but it is miraculous. Every moment is dependent on His mighty hand…

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Resurrection power! At this point in time our days can feel like we are cocooned in isolation. Being isolated, has prompted me to think of Jesus during His time in the grave…

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Jesus loves me! What a simple but profound statement that is richly loaded with meaning and implications for life…

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Are we there yet? How many times have we hushed the kids for repeatedly asking that age old question: “are we there yet?” But could we be found with this question on our lips at this point in time? …

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Ten thousand reasons to sing! Really? Yes, really.

There are times in life where it feels like the storms raging around us are so great that all we feel like we can see is the height of the waves ready to crash over us and smash us against the rocks…

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God always gives more! At a time where it feels like everything is being taken away; our social time, our community life, potential loss of good health, shopping sprees (that hurts ☺), the buzzing vibe of our local cafes, our work, our freedom, and our routines; …

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Look how fear has flipped the globe upside down, collectively gripping humanity, putting us in holding patterns. And let’s face it, it’s hard not to fear…

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Seasons are often about transition from one thing to another. We have just transitioned from Summer into Autumn and there are expectations of this new season. But wait! The season suddenly looks different and everything that has been familiar and routine and enjoyable has changed…

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We might be in isolation, but where are we really found?  We are found in the palm of God’s hand (Isaiah 49:16 – Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me). We are found under the shelter of His wing (Psalm 91:4 – He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and buckler). We are found with His everlasting arms underneath us (Deuteronomy 33:27). This is where we are found…

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God is a mighty warrior who is ahead of us, behind us, beside us and within us. He is our utmost protector. His Kingdom is established forever. Nothing, nothing, nothing can come against the King and His Kingdom. We belong to him. He will fight for us, champion our cause and slay the enemy like a consuming fire. No weapon formed against you will stand! …

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