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Nobody Warned Me

I was born in Kenya and lived there for the next 30 years.

When I went abroad for further studies in a cold country, I knew nothing practical about winter. The way the ground could get frozen and slippery, especially an icy road, was something that I would have appreciated if someone warned me about.

I was out one morning cycling to the university, some 6 km away. The lecture was soon beginning. If I cycled as fast as I used to, I wouldn’t be late for the lecture.

It was cold but that was all I had known that far about winter. I had taken care of that by putting on warm clothes. For me, that was all that I needed to do against the cold weather.
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Bread of Life Part 1

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” John 6:26-31 NIV
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Receive Great Blessings Part 2

Matthew 5:7 declares “Great blessings belong to those who show mercy to others. Mercy will be given to them” (ERV). God is pleased when we show mercy to others, consequently, He releases an awesome power in our lives that pulls down strongholds. We are not bound—shackled in chains of anger, resentment or the need to seek revenge. In our flesh, we may seek revenge for harm done to us; we may say that justice must be done. Yet, when we take this course of action, we can find no spiritual cleansing of our souls, and we won’t find favor with God through retaliation. Jesus said, we must forgive one another if we want our heavenly Father to forgive us.
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The Master’s Prayer Part 2

I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.” John 17:6-12 NIV
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Receive Great Blessings Part 1

What is a blessing? Dictionary.com provides two intriguing definitions of the word “blessing.” Firstly, it is “a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness” and also “the invoking of God’s favor upon a person.” Without a doubt, if a blessing is as defined—I pray for blessings.

Whether you believe it or not, we all have blessings. Unfortunately, some people choose not to recognize the blessings they have been given. However, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ realize and are thankful for our blessings, the greatest of which is having a personal relationship with Christ, and thus having a connection to the heavenly Father. Evidently, people who recognize their blessings have a more positive attitude towards life and a higher probability of succeeding in life’s endeavors.
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A Treasure Chest of Promises

A few days ago as I read John 14, I discovered that 21 of the 31 verses in the chapter contained promises made by Jesus. In fact, the total number of promises I found exceeded 40 with a few of them repeating themselves.

The promises of God in these chapters are certainly more than enough to excite and motivate every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. What makes it even more intriguing is the fact that the person making the promises, Jesus, is infallible and has a perfect track record. Therefore, we know that every one of His promises will be fulfilled.

Before Jesus revealed the promises within this chapter, He had to calm the chaos that was created on the inside of the disciples as a result of His revelations to them. He had just finished having His last meal with them. During that time He:
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