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W@W WRAP – Week 340

Light in the Darkness… Have you ever experienced a power outage at your home or your business? It can be a frustrating and disorienting experience, especially at night when everything goes pitch black. Many in South Africa and other parts of the world endure power cuts daily, so others can have electricity. This is a great reminder of our spiritual calling to shine our lights in the darkness that is so prevalent in today's world. May we be a people who live and walk in the light of Jesus, and who lead others out of darkness and into the loving, gracious arms of our faithful Heavenly Father. (James 1:17)

W@W WRAP – Week 3402023-07-08T08:04:32+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 339

Where does my help come from? – Do you ever run into challenges and feel like you have nowhere to turn? While family and friends are a wonderful source of strength and wisdom, they are also frail – and often in need themselves. Where then shall we look? May our first response always be to look to our Lord, Who tells us over and over again in His Word that He will be our help, if we will but ask. He has all the strength, power, wisdom and love we need. We can always count on Him and He is only a prayer away. (Psalm 27:1-5)

W@W WRAP – Week 3392023-07-01T08:02:01+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 338

Rejoice in the Lord always! – The Bible frequently encourages us to “rejoice in the Lord." Finding joy in our faith can bring immense peace and gratitude into our lives. This involves a recognition that God is the ultimate source of our strength, hope and love. When we find joy in the Lord, it deepens our relationship with Him and strengthens our faith. It inspires us to live holy, sacrificial lives that bring glory to our Heavenly Father. It motivates us to share that joy with others, and carry out the good work that God has called us to do. This joy is not dependent on external circumstances. Instead, it springs from the unconditional love, saving grace, and never-ending kindness and mercies of God. (Philippians 4:4 & Psalm 71:23)

W@W WRAP – Week 3382023-06-24T07:20:42+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 337

A Song of Joy from the Ruins! – Have you ever found yourself in a situation where it looks impossible for anything good to come out of it? Whether it's relationships, health issues, finances, or struggles in our spiritual lives, it is sometimes tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, we can find hope and joy in knowing that our Lord promises to bring 'restoration from ruins.' Throughout His Word, He reminds us that putting our trust in Him will yield Godly answers to our dilemmas. Although the answers may not always suit our preferences or timing, we can know that God's plan is always perfect. (Jeremiah 33:10-11)

W@W WRAP – Week 3372023-06-17T07:42:17+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 336

Running our Earthly Race Together! – Have you ever felt like you're running in a different direction to the rest of the world? If so, you're not alone. God has given us His Word to guide us on our earthly journey, and has blessed us with Godly friends to learn from, pray for, and love. Instead of following the world's ways, let's seek to understand God's ways. Rather than avoiding changes and challenges, let's embrace them. By enduring, we can find joy, grow in our faith, bring glory to God, and lead others to Jesus. (Matthew 5:3-10)

W@W WRAP – Week 3362023-06-10T07:54:44+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 335

Trusting in God's plan... – Do you ever find yourself struggling to understand God's plan for your life? It's common to feel uncertain about what His perfect will is for us. However, it's important to take a step back from the busyness of our lives and shift our focus to Jesus. When we look at things from God's perspective, we can gain a better understanding of His plan and see the bigger picture. We can trust that, in due time, He will work everything together for our good and to bring glory to His name. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

W@W WRAP – Week 3352023-06-03T07:53:27+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 334

What will you be remembered for? – As we consider the impact we have in this world, let us reflect on how we can share the love and teachings of Jesus through our words and actions. It is not our possessions that define us, but rather the lasting impression we leave behind. Let us turn to the guidance of God's Word for any situation we face, be it success or challenge. Let us commit to living a life that leaves a Heavenly fragrance – guiding others to Jesus. (James 4:14)

W@W WRAP – Week 3342023-05-27T07:14:28+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 333

Wisdom for Today! – Have you ever found yourself questioning whether you're making the right choices? Many of us desire divine wisdom to guide us in decision-making. By seeking God, by respecting, trusting and pursuing Him, He promises us access to His wisdom, understanding and discernment. All we need to do is ask, submit ourselves to Him, stay on the right path, remember His faithfulness and know and acknowledge our Lord in all of our ways! (Proverbs 2:1-5)

W@W WRAP – Week 3332023-05-20T08:10:33+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 332

What is the world coming to? – Have you ever looked at the world around you and felt confused about what's happening? There's a lot of division among our leaders, families, and even friends. It's sad to see that we've lost the joy we once had in being together. It feels like evil is winning, the weather is unpredictable, and the world is lacking peace. It can be overwhelming and disorienting. However, God has warned us about what to expect as we come closer to the end of this earth. He has promised to be with us, to heal our brokenness, to give us freedom, and to guide us as we follow Him and His ways. (2 Timothy 3:1-6 & Matthew 6:32-33)

W@W WRAP – Week 3322023-05-13T07:57:16+02:00

W@W WRAP – Week 331

Turning Trials into Triumphs! – Turning Trials into Triumphs… now there is a challenge! We are created in the image of God, but we live in a fallen world, full of challenges. The trials we encounter are common to all men. However, our loving Lord gave us a manual to go by as we face these challenges – His holy Word. As we spend time in the pages of the Bible, we will indeed learn how to live according to God's instructions. We will understand more about His unconditional love and saving grace, and about how we can give glory to God, in all seasons of life. (James 1:2-5)

W@W WRAP – Week 3312023-05-06T07:46:47+02:00
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