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WHY IS LIFE SO TOUGH?

All too often we think God has abandoned us. We wonder why He has left us in the wilderness, why He has forgotten His promises. Like the disciples, when the storm rages, we wonder if Jesus is really bothered about us: "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Mark 4:38 Joseph had a terribly tough time. He was hated, attacked, forced into slavery, falsely accused, imprisoned and forgotten. He was aged 17 when everything went wrong. You could…
Jo Naughton
19th April 2019
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I THINK I’VE BLOWN IT

Do you feel like you may have blown it one time too many? Perhaps a critical decision has left you on the wrong track. Maybe you fear that you have missed God’s purposes for your life? It could be as a result of your own decisions, or even because of someone else’s actions. Maybe you know that God if good but you think that you may have gone one step too far this time. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG All responsible…
Jo Naughton
12th April 2019
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WHO CAN I TRUST?

When trust is broken, it can be devastating. It leaves us reeling with disappointment and feeling disillusioned. It can rock our view of friends, family, leaders and even churches. If one or two teachers mislead us, all too easily we mistrust educators in general. If a prayer partner lets you down, you can end up suspicious of all Christians. BETRAYAL Betrayal is possibly the worst kind of broken trust. It is when we are forsaken by someone we believed in.…
Jo Naughton
29th March 2019
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DEFEATING DOUBT & UNBELIEF

You need great faith to possess your promises & fulfil your purpose. So doubt and unbelief are two of our fiercest foes. We are going to discover today how to defeat both. God promised to bring Israel out of slavery & into their promised land. The Lord did many amazing miracles to get His people out of Egypt. Then Pharaoh let the people go. They must have been overwhelmed with joy as they left the land of slavery! They were…
Jo Naughton
22nd March 2019
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THE LET DOWN

Perhaps you were passed over for a promotion. Maybe you have been believing for healing but you’re still sick. It could be that your dreams have been delayed or even dashed. We all get disappointed, so although we know it hurts, we think it’s harmless. But disappointment is a major heart problem. It weighs us down and makes our hearts heavy. There are at least three reasons why we have to deal with disappointment. 1. DISCOURAGEMENT Disappointment opens the door…
Jo Naughton
8th March 2019
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INSECURITY IN LEADERS

Insecurity drives people. In fact, after destiny, it can be one of the greatest motivations. Maybe you were put down by a parent or humiliated by teachers. But you are clever and capable so the desire to prove your brilliance to the people around you makes you do extraordinary things. THE FIX We develop different strategies or habits to satisfy our craving for reassurance. You know when you’re starting to feel inadequate and so you do something or prime someone…
Jo Naughton
1st March 2019
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I THOUGHT I WAS SORTED

While I was growing up, I experienced my fair share of hurt but I never considered myself to be wounded. The day I got some school results set my life on a new course. I was 16 and I did well. The achievement gave me a rushing sense of self-worth. It felt like I’d taken a harmless drug and I liked the effects. I liked them very much. As the years went on, I continued to seek success. I loved…
Jo Naughton
22nd February 2019
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I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY

Five years after my husband and I got married, we were pastoring a small but growing church in London. We were serving the Lord with all of our hearts and had given our lives to the ministry. We had one child: a bright, healthy little girl with a magnetic personality and a beautiful smile. Naomi means ‘our delight’ and that’s exactly what she was. So when she was tragically torn from us, our lives were shattered. One day she was…
Jo Naughton
8th February 2019
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LEASE OF LIFE

Do you need a new lease of life for the year ahead? I’m sure you want to start strong, but if you’re feeling weary, it can be hard to find the “get up and go”. It’s easy to think it’s normal to be tired. When you have challenges coming from every direction, it can wear you down. However, God does not want you to be tired. Doing the will of God should not drain us. Jesus said, “My burden is…
Jo Naughton
11th January 2019
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HOW FULFILLED DO YOU FEEL?

Jesus came to give us life. Not just an average kind of existence, but a rich and satisfying life. That means we're supposed to thrive, not just survive. The truth is that many of us are going from day to day without much sense of direction or fulfilment. Although we have good days, they aren't necessarily great. And although we have ups, there are too many downs. Or perhaps you are happy but deep down feel like something is missing.…
Jo Naughton
4th January 2019