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One of the most remarkable things about the birth of Jesus Christ is the fact that it for centuries was trailed and foretold in many of the Old Testament books. The prophet Isaiah is the standout voice when it comes to the prophecies concerning the coming of Jesus into this world. For example, we see it in Isaiah 7:14; 8:8 and 8:10. Six hundred and fifty years later, that which Isaiah spoke about was fulfilled. Before that momentous event took place, there was a significant precursor. 

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Have you ever lost something really precious? Have you lost something that you really valued? Something that was really important to you? If so, how did you feel? What was your reaction?

The ultimate kind of loss in life is obviously the death of a loved one. In this simple yet moving story (a full account can be found in 2nd Kings 4:8-37), we come across a woman who had lost something incredibly precious to her.

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This article in part of the series ‘how far are you willing to go’ could rightly be captioned ‘how desperate are you to succeed’? Are you willing to persevere, persist, and keep going until you receive or obtain that which you desire? The narrative that forms the basis of this article illustrates that very point. It is the story of what happened in the succession process between Elijah and Elisha. We read this in 2nd Kings 2: 1-15.

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In this the second article looking at the question of how far are you willing to go, we will be looking at the story of a man who was very significant and successful in many ways. He was the commander of the army of his nation, not just an ordinary commander but a very successful one at that. However this great warrior suffered from a major limitation – he was a leper. The man’s name is Naaman.

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In this series we are going to be considering a really important question. The question is: how far are you willing to go? We may put it another way: how far are you ready to go? The same query can be intoned in another way: are you ready to pay the price?

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It has been said that wisdom is the right application of knowledge. Put another way, wisdom is knowledge in action.

In Joseph we have one of the most amazing characters in the Bible. Bible commentators tell us that Joseph is an Old Testament type of Christ; there being so many parallels between them. This article is centred on a specific event that catapulted Joseph from being a prisoner-dream-interpreter to the office of the Prime Minister, second in power to Pharaoh, in the land of Egypt.

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Going beyond the expected- Part 6

In Philippians 2:25-30 we read these words Paul, ‘Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.’

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This is the fifth in our series in which we look at the lives of men and women who have gone beyond the expected. This particular article is about a life of worship that speaks forever. We find the narrative in Matthew 26:6-13 and Luke 7:36-50. 

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Going beyond the expected- Part 4

There is a story in Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4; a very simple narrative in which we see Jesus sitting by the collection box in the temple, watching how the crowds dropped in their money. He observed that many rich people dropped large sums. Then he noticed a poor widow, who put in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples and spoke to them. He said, ‘I tell you the truth; this poor widow has given more that all the rich people altogether. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, as poor as she is, has given everything she has to live on.’

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