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Do You Believe in Good and Evil?

If your answer to this question is, "Yes", then it may be worthwhile to consider the source of these two opposite moral positions...

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Making Soul-Ties

Soul-ties are very common: Marriage, family relationships, romantic relationships. But there are both good and bad soul-ties.......

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The Battle for Our Mind

Have you heard the phrase, "The mind is the devil's playground"?....

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A Christian is Someone Who Lets God Do Something for Them.

Many years ago, when I first came across this definition of a Christian, I was surprised, even shocked.....

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Constant Change is Here to Stay, Part 2

In more recent times I have come to realise that the phase, "Constant Change is Here to Stay", has a much wider application that that briefly described in Part 1....

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Constant Change is Here to Stay

Generally people don't like change, but in the Kingdom of God here on earth change is something we have to learn to expect....

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Hearing & Knowing the Voice of God.
Part 2: How He Speaks.

God has various ways of speaking to us. If we want to hear him, it helps if we are tuned in to how he is likely to communicate with us.....

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Hearing and Knowing the Voice of God.
Part 1: The Things He Speaks to us About.

Do you want direction, confirmation and an indication of your destiny?....

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How do we Improve our Mental Health?

The NHS has to take some responsibility for the poor state of mental health provision in the UK. Lack of government financial provision and planning is also a key issue. There is however another significant factor which is largely overlooked.........

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Faith that Leads to Inner Rest and Peace

Inner rest and peace are gifts from God. They come from his presence.........

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Where does Fake News come from and where could it lead us?

We have heard a lot about “fake news” recently. US President, Donald Trump has drawn our attention to it regularly since his inauguration........

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Do We Believe What We See?

The news media publishes various versions of the truth: which one are we to believe?.......

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Life in the Fast Lane and Relationship with God

No relationship can thrive and develop unless it is given time and attention. This applies to human relationships as well as relationship to God.......

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Part 2

IIn Part 1 of this blog I outlined 6-characteristics of people with high Emotional Intelligence (EQ). In Part 2 I identify a further 8-indicators of high EQ, so that you can check your credentials further.....

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Part 1

In my last blog I gave an outline of the traits of Emotionally Intelligent (EQ) people. This time I invite you to check yourself out against the hallmarks of high EQ....

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent or Simply Intelligent?

90% of the most successful people have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ). So what is EQ and why does it appear to be more important than IQ?...

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Antidote to a Poverty Mind-Set

In a previous Blog I outlined some of the ways in which a poverty mind-set reveals itself. This Blog explains how some of these negative ways of thinking can be overcome.....

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Core Values for a Healthy Marriage Relationship

When you fall in love, you may think that the way you feel about each other will carry you through anything life may throw at you....

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Do You Have a Poverty Mind-Set?

A Poverty Mind-Set is not about current income or status, it's more to do with how you see yourself and the world around you....

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What is the Difference Between Behaviour Modification and Transformation?

The objective of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as practiced by most professional counsellors, is behaviour modification...

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How Are We Supposed to Understand the Bible, Part 2

The Bible can be a difficult book to understand, especially if we don't realize that its purpose is to show us what God is like and lead us to know Him.

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How Are We Supposed to Understand the Bible?

The Bible is consistently an annual best selling book. The life of Jesus in particular evokes great interest. But why was the Bible written and for what purpose?

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Supernatural Provision

We are not always supposed to live from direct supernatural provision for our immediate needs, like the Isaelites did in the desert after leaving Eygpt. However, when circumstances dictate that we have to do this it can be very exciting and just a little scary....

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The Value of Dreams

In The Bible God uses dreams and visions to communicate his plans and warnings to people in some very significant situations. He has not changed his ways....

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Knowing Beforehand

Being able to predict that something will happen makes it all the more exciting when it actually does happen as predicted, provided of course what was predicted was also desired....

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Receiving Direction

God speaks to us in many ways. For example; Dreams, visions, prophecy, an inner voice, verses from the bible etc. Direction can come from unexpected sources, in circumstances we could not predict....

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An Answer to Depression?

It seems that depression is on the increase. It is now recognized as a worldwide cause of disability. This raises many questions, but do these questions have answers?

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Deliverance

In this day of scientific knowledge and enlightenment, we are inclined to dismiss the presence and activity of evil spirits as figments of the imagination or hocus-pocus. However, there are many instances where such activity blights the lives of people. Here is an example....

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A Personal Prophecy

Personal Prophecy is a message from God, delivered by one person to another by means of the spiritual gift of prophecy. This message has not been prepared before-hand, but is spontaneous. The person giving the message may never have met or even seen the recipient before!

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Conflict Resolution in Relationships

Disagreements can lead to all kinds of relationship breakdowns. Tensions may remain, hurts, people being offended and sometimes never recovering from it. How we handle our disagreements can be very important in shaping our future.

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Changing Your Way of Thinking

Personal experiences influence our beliefs which, in turn, affect our decisions and choices: these produce results in our life. The way we think is crucial in this process. So can we change the way we think?

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Help and Release from the Demanding Modern World

The pressures of life reach us all, even children. How does our modern society cope?

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The Problem of False Humility

In a recent blog, entitled “Gentleness & Humility”, I concluded that pride stands between us and God perhaps more than any other thing. However, its opposite, humility, is not something that comes easily to most of us.

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The Positive Impact of Love and Patience

How do we deal with other peoples' mistakes and bad decisions, especially when we have to pay for the consequences of them?

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Gentleness and Humility

The person with this fruit of the Holy Spirit has an advantage over all others, because no-one can put them down.

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Breaking Addictions 2: How to be Strong in Spirit

Being strong in spirit will enable you to be in control of both your body and soul (mind, will and emotions). You can also rule and reign over your circumstances and challenges.

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Breaking Addictions

What are you addicted to? What can't you live without? Are times when you wonder if you are in control of yourself?

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Dreams & Visions; Their Source & Authenticity

God often uses dreams or visions to speak to people who do not believe he exists, like Pharaoh, king of Egypt, or Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in Bible times. These dreams needed interpretation because they were full of symbolism. However, they contained life or death messages and were therefore very significant. Dreams and visions bypass the mind and speak to the heart. They can communicate things our mind would struggle to grasp, or would not even be able to accept at all.

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Dreams & Visions; Examples & Who Should Interpret?

Dreams and Visions are worth taking seriously. The Bible contains many significant dreams and visions which saved lives and, in some instances, changed the course of history. Our family also have had many significant dreams and visions during our time together. Here I share some of them and explain their significance.

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What is God's Intention for You and Your Life?

Many of us think that the purpose of God for our life is bound to be something we will find difficult, and therefore we will have to be persuaded to buy into it in one of our better moments.

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An Impact of Revival: Prison Transformation

In October 1995, Susan and I visited Argentina, with a group from Northern England, at the invitation of Ed Silvoso of Harvest Evangelism. The purpose of the visit was to witness the revival that had been running there for more than 10 years. I had read a lot about Revivals in Church History and wanted to see one first-hand.

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Healing

I was away with my family and our church at an annual Bible Week in Staffordshire, when I experienced a searing pain through my chest. It felt like I had been pierced by a hot sword. I was rushed into hospital in Stafford. I was given pethidine for the pain and placed on a diet of nil-by-mouth, apart from 30 mls of water per hour. I was on this diet for three weeks. I had no appetite anyway and felt very unwell. The diagnosis was pancreatitis, which was life-threatening.

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Breaking a Habit or Other Disorder

We face battles in our lives over various issues and problems: Its part of the fight of faith. For example: A weight issue or eating disorder, a habit or addiction, anxiety or fear, a negative or unwanted way of thinking, or a character flaw that needs correcting....

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In Practice Salvation can be a very Messy Business

I never found taking steps of faith easy. perhaps I thought too much about it and found it difficult to simply believe ....

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Beating Stress

A recent BUPA study of 10,000 people found that 44% of the 66.5 million people in the UK suffer from stress. Of these, 16.5 million (1 in 4) suffer from long-term stress; the kind that inevitably leads to anxiety and depression. Stress and anxiety are the two biggest causes of sick leave in the UK, costing the country about £6 billion a year.....

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There is no teacher like first–hand experience

Many years ago, before Susan and I were married, Holy Spirit gave me these verses from the Bible: Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on what you think you know. Seek His will in everything you do, and He will show the right way (Prov.3:5-6). .....

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Learning to Hear from God

Who is God to you; a taskmaster or a Father? Personal experience has taught me to be a receiver, because God is a Giver .....

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The Vital Nature of Rest

Did you know that inner rest and peace are a vital necessity for every believer in Jesus? If you don't have these you will have a hard time when confronted with the troubles of life that come to each of us.....

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Handling Change (or Negotiating Transition)

None of us likes too much change (unless we do not like what we are currently doing). But, with God, change (or transition) is His way of preparing you for the new assignment or position He has for you......

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Understanding How God Works 

When I was a young Christian some well-meaning people told me, “You can be to heavenly minded to be of any earthly use”.

More recently I have found that the way God sees things (and therefore what He does here on earth) is often quite different from the way most Christians see things (and therefore what they would do)…..

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Do you know you are loved by God?

If you do not know that you are completely and utterly loved by God, it will have some seriously negative effects on your life as a Christian. God does not love you because you are a nice person or because you are lovable……

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What does Scripture mean when it says that we are "in Christ Jesus"? 

The phase "in Christ Jesus" is used a lot in the New Testament, especially by Paul. Jesus also referred to it in John 15, commanding his disciples to "abide in Him"........

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Dealing with Fear, Worry, Stress and Anxiety

It is vital to our well-being that we count on the fact that God is far bigger than the problems and circumstances that arise in our lives.
If we don’t do this, we are in danger of becoming victims of our own short comings and weaknesses…….

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How do you know what you think you have heard from God is actually from God?

There are five simple steps you can use to check the authenticity of what you have heard ...

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You will not find the real you by giving in to your emotions, but by surrendering your emotions to God. desiringgod.org
To have found God and still pursue him is the soul's paradox of love. A.W. Tozer
God is not nearly so interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you. Joyce Meyer
The God who creates everything, pursues you. Don't let anyone tell you you're worth less than that. Louie Giglio
God wants to give you the kind of peace that will enable you to sleep in a storm. T.D.Jakes
God has a celebration meal with us, not after we finally get out of the dark valley, but in the middle of it, in the presence of our enemies. He wants us to rejoice in Him in the midst of our troubles. Tim Keller
In the Kingdom, physical obedience brings spiritual release. Bill Johnson
The devil's finest trick is to persuade you he doesn't exist. Anon
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Eliott
Don't be surprised if you pray for nearness to God and He sends a trial. Nearness always requires dependence. desiringgod.org
Fear is the enemy of love. The two cannot exist together. we have to choose daily: Fear or love? David Forster
What you do (for a living) is not who you are. Celia Apeagyei- Collins
You are not saved because of the quality of your faith, you are saved because of the object of your faith: The Redemer! Tim Keller
If Satan can hold us in the area of reason in our minds, he can defeat us every time. But if we hold him in the area of faith - we defeat him every time. Kenneth Hagin
People who write you off when you fail know nothing about history and even less about life. No person ever fully succeeds until they fully fail. Lance Wallnau
Revival goes from the bottom up; Reformation goes from the top down. Therefore Reformation is institutional and Revival is personal. Lance Wallnau
Time is a problem. Live in the Spirit and God will cause time to work for you (Ps. 31:15). Lance Wallnau
There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite. Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.  C. S. Lewis
Our corporate worship doesn't meet a need in God. It meets a need in us. Sam Storms
Of course God does not consider you hopeless. If He did, He would not be moving you to seek Him (and He obviously is). Continue seeking Him with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him.  C. S. Lewis
You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you C. S. Lewis
God is not nearly as interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you Joyce Meyer
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Albert Einstein
Suspicion often creates what it suspects.  C. S.Lewis
How you feel is not how you are. Feelings are great servants and terrible masters. Kris Vallotton
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. C. S. Lewis
Inner peace is key to experiencing God's presence. Rest is a weapon against the enemy.  Graham Cooke
There is a lot that is good in your life. Don't take it for granted. Don't get so focused on the struggle that you miss the gift of today. Joel Osteen
Every moment that you spend upset, despaired, anguished, angry, afraid or hurt because of the behaviour of someone else in your life, is a moment in which you've given up control of your life. Unknown
Fairy tails don't tell children that dragons exist. Children know dragons exist. Fairy tails tell children that dragons can be killed. G. K. Chesterton
The enemy commits identity theft when you believe you must earn what God freely gives.  Alison Brown
Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds when the heal has crushed it Mark Twain
If you know you are loved, faith is easy. It's easy to trust someone who you know loves you.  David Forster
If you agree with the Person who created you and receive what He gives, you will have: Serenity in your identity and confidence in your countenance. David Forster
The Person who created you says: Salvation is My gift to you. Righteousness is My gift to you. Peace is My gift to you. Joy is My gift to you. All that I AM I give you willingly and freely. Graham Cooke
Remember, you do not have to live today by how you feel, nor by what you think about yourself, nor even by what someone else thinks about you. The Person who created you thinks you are wonderful, and He waits with open arms for you to agree with Him. David Forster
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. C S Lewis
A spiritual life runs on trust and obedience, and the Holy Spirit is with you to develop confidence in God and in who you are. Graham Cooke
Did you know that you are utterly and completely loved by God, without doing a single thing, good or bad? David Forster
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. David Forster
Some Christians know Jesus as Saviour, others are learning to know him as Lord. The two are very different identities.... Graham Cooke
Shift gears from 'doing something in God's presence' (like praying) to simply 'being in God's presence' Lance Wallnau
A satisfying and exciting life organises around an identity focused on Jesus, not the church. G. Cooke
Be in His Presence as a normal practice, experience and disposition
(ie. settled state of mind).
The Father gives us the right to expect this; it's our inheritance.
David Forster
Your future doesn't depend on what is in front of you, it depends on who is in you. Lance Wallnau
Remember: however contrary the circumstances, whatever your mood, whatever the company, retain your (inner) rest in Jesus. Its faith (trust) in Him that counts.
It's who He is for you that matters most, and wins the day.
David Forster
You don't have to talk to Him or think of something to say (or pray about); you can just be in His presence. David Forster
Your unfinished destiny is your most potent argument with death. Graham Cooke
Every day, adjust yourself to where God is taking you, that is, toward the prophetic vision He has given you. Lance Wallnau
Whatever you bow to on the way up the mountain (or the ladder) has control of you when you get to the top. Lance Wallnau
I'm not focused on what I am not, I am focused on what He is for me. David Forster
Satan cannot impose his will on anyone, he has to have our agreement. Graham Cooke
A little while ago I became old enough to start believing fairy tales again. This means there are far better things ahead of me than I have left behind. CS Lewis
No-one knows how bad they are until they have tried very hard to be good. CS Lewis
 Real faith is not faith in an outcome (of a particular circumstance or situation), it is faith in a Person. David Forster
If your heart has experienced God, you need to have an understanding to keep that experience alive and current. We need to know by both knowledge and experience together.
G Cooke
We have the right to expect His Presence, because it is the Father who has placed us in Jesus. We don't have to try to get there or try to stay there; He has placed us there. It was Him who did it.
David Forster
Wealth, women and status; these are the major temptations that can draw a man away from God. Each is morally neutral; yet given the appropriate significance, each can control us.
David Forster
For a believer intimacy with God is not an option, it's a necessity. Guidance and direction depend on this intimacy and sensitivity to Holy Spirit. There is no substitute for the latter.
G Cooke
You can believe in Christianity in the same way you believe that the sun has risen; firstly, because you see it and secondly because by it you see everything else.
  CS Lewis
Be in no doubt that God will redeem the losses and mistakes of your past life.
David Forster
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because there is simply no such thing.
CS Lewis
When you are at peace with God, you will be at peace with yourself and with other people. David Forster
Jesus reveals the Father to us. He gives us peace and rest. He is not a hard taskmaster.
David Forster
Live in the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22-23), because this is living in the character of God. Circumstances do not affect the character of God: He never changes.
Therefore, you and I can minimise the effect of circumstances on our lives by living in the character of God.
David Forster
In each situation/circumstance of life, ask the Lord: a) Where are you in this situation, Lord? b) How do you want me to cooperate with you? David Forster
If we are living daily by faith, we will be constantly over our head; beyond our ability to do this or that. We should all be in that place in some area of our life. If we are not, we will be like an old wineskin; too rigid and inflexible to receive the Lord's new wine. Rick Joyner







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