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What Do You Think?

The devil works overtime to sow negative ideas in our minds to limit our progress. “You don't deserve a promotion, you are not smart enough. You will never break that habit, you don't have the willpower. You cannot stand on the platform - you're not spiritual enough. It won't work. You aren't good enough...” The problem is that Proverbs 23:7 says that what we meditate on in our hearts shapes our lives: "As a man thinks in his heart, so…
Jo Naughton
30th July 2016
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Words Can Hurt

God created the whole world by the power of His words. Motivated by love and hope, He breathed life into every living creature. That was the Lord’s original plan for the tongue – to bring happiness and peace. Sadly, most of us end up being on the wrong end of wounding words at some time or other. I don’t know what hurtful things have been said to you. Perhaps in the heat of an argument, your husband or wife cut…
Jo Naughton
23rd July 2016
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Do You Ever Feel Defensive?

Several years ago, as we were enjoying dinner with friends, my nine year old daughter questioned me out of the blue. “Mummy, why do you always eat with your mouth open?” This was followed by an exaggerated impersonation of how I ate. As you can imagine, I was horrified. “Abigail, don’t be rude! Of course I don’t eat with my mouth open... do I, daddy?” (Remember we had guests with us). I was shocked at my husband’s response. “I gave…
Jo Naughton
16th July 2016
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I became a Christian as a teenager and I had a strong sense that God's hand was upon me. At sixteen I received a word that I was destined for leadership. In my twenties, I gave up a promising career for a part-time job that would pay my way through Bible college. Whenever the church doors were open for a meeting, I was there. I was hungry, in love with the Lord and eager to grow. Soon I started to…
Jo Naughton
9th July 2016
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I Just Don’t Understand…

You probably know the story of Lazarus in John 11. I don't think this account is only about a man being raised from the dead, I think it is a story about the inner struggles of two sisters. Martha and Mary would probably have been leaders if they were around today. Mary was a devoted worshipper and Martha loved to serve. They and their brother were close to Jesus so He was the first person the ladies called when Lazarus…
Jo Naughton
2nd July 2016