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What was the cost?

We have recently celebrated “Good Friday.” However, we too seldom ask ourselves, “What was the cost, enabling that Friday, to be called, “good?” The cost was HIGH as we’re reminded below. Our effort to remember this is essential. Please read… Michelangelo’s works explored many facets of the life of Jesus, yet one of the most poignant was also one of the most simple. In the 1540s he sketched a pieta (a picture of Jesus’ mother holding the body of the dead Christ) for his fr...

April 8, 2021

A Critical Reaction

Are you feeling hurt over words someone has said to you, or about you? Patricia Raybon speaks from her own experience with helpful ideas. Our Daily Bread - October 9, 2020 - A Critical Reaction The one who is patient calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18 READ PROVERBS 15:1–2, 31–33 Tough words hurt. So my friend—an award-winning author—struggled with how to respond to the criticism he received. His new book had earned five-star reviews plus a major award. Then a respected magazine revi...

March 18, 2021

We’re Not God

Pride always sems to be that character trait which others have…but of course not me! Words from C. S. Lewis below, may help us to open our eyes. Our Daily Bread - February 19, 2021 - We’re Not God In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god.” Ezekiel 28:2 READ EZEKIEL 28:1–10 In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis recommended asking ourselves some questions to find out if we’re proud: “How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, . . ....

March 11, 2021

Fear Not

In our present world, the inclination to worry seems to grow more each passing day! If you’re like most of us…struggling to avoid fear…allow me to encourage you to read these encouraging from Dr. David Jeremiah. Turning Point-Dr. David Jeremiah - Friday, February 19, 2021 - Fear Not For I, the Lord Your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 It’s often said there are 365 “fear nots” in the Bible—that is, there are ...

February 25, 2021

Spitting Image

WWJD is an acronym for the phrase “What Would Jesus Do.” This phrase first became popular as far back as the late 1880s, due to a book by Charles Sheldon entitled, “In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do.” More recently, in the 1990s, the phrase became very popular again, primarily of course amongst Christians. It stood then, and still does today, as a reminder to us that we are called to live a life that points to Jesus Christ. With that in mind, the article below by Xochitl Dixon is encoura...

February 18, 2021

Sustainable Energy

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the tasks before you. Don’t forget about the energy described by David Mathis below. Turning Point-Dr. David Jeremiah - Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Sustainable Energy To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:29, NIV It takes a lot of energy to keep our world powered up, lit up, and filled up. Scientists tell us that humans daily consume about 63,300,000 megawatt-hours of electricity. Approximately ...

February 11, 2021

A Song in the Night

Psalm 103 on any day, in any way is a fantastically encouraging passage. Read how Glenn Packiam puts this passage into use below. Our Daily Bread - December 27, 2020 - A Song in the Night The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8 READ PSALM 103:1–14 The sun had long set when our electrical power suddenly went out. I was at home with our two younger children, and this was their first time experiencing a power outage. After verifying that the utility c...

February 5, 2021

A Lifestyle of Worship

Are you familiar with the idea of worshipping God? Well…Con Campbell’s comments below remind us that worship is far more than just singing and words. Our Daily Bread - January 4, 2020 - A Lifestyle of Worship Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:2 SCRIPTURE INSIGHT While worship of God may include joyful praise and thanksgiving, as Psalm 100 describes, the biblical concept of worship is much broader. The Hebrew word translated “worship” (‘bd...

January 28, 2021

Be Passionate, Not Passive

At times, I think that all of us as Christians feel that making progress in following Jesus is impossible. The truth is, it is a marathon, not a sprint, and the progress is made one step at a time. You might enjoy reading about Brad Hathaway below. Turning Point-Dr. David Jeremiah - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - Be Passionate, Not Passive He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:6 Years ago when Brad Hathaway of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, was in his mi...

January 22, 2021

Uncharted Waters

If you’re even a bit anzious about how 2021 will play out, you’ll find some encouragement below: Our Daily Bread - January 1, 2021 - Uncharted WatersWhen you pass through the waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2 READ ISAIAH 43:1–7 The ball drops in New York’s Times Square. The crowd counts down to Big Ben chiming. Sydney Harbor erupts in fireworks. However your city marks it, there’s something exciting about welcoming in a new year and the fresh start it brings. On New Year’s Day ...

January 7, 2021

Influence

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January 3, 2021

Choosing Hope

Feeling a bit sad at the moment? Here’s some encouragement. Our Daily Bread - October 27, 2020 - Choosing Hope But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD. Micah 7:7 READ MICAH 7:2–7 I am one of millions of people worldwide who suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), a type of depression common in places with limited sunlight due to short winter days. When I begin to fear winter’s frozen curse will never end, I’m eager for any evidence that longer days and warmer temperatures are ...

December 24, 2020

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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December 20, 2020

Connection is Essential!

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December 13, 2020

The Story of Two Kens

Saying, “Thank you.” is not only encouraging to the one to whom it is said; being thankful is also good for the one expressing thanks. The words below offer great motivation to put on a thankful attitude. Turning Point-Dr. David Jeremiah - Monday, October 26, 2020 - The Story of Two Kens [We] shall see His face. Revelation 22:4 In 1951, a red-headed toddler named Ken Beeton fell into the Manning River in Australia. He was eighteen months old. A nine-year-old boy named Ken Gibson was walking ...

December 10, 2020

YOU Can’t Follow Jesus - Part 3

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December 6, 2020

YOU Can’t Follow Jesus! Part 2

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November 29, 2020

Beyond Our Imagination

Maybe the thought of going to heaven one day sounds a bit uninteresting? If so, have a read below at what awaits those who know Christ as their Saviour. Turning Point-Dr. David Jeremiah - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Beyond Our Imagination But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 You watched videos; you read tourist guides; you talked with neighbors who had be...

November 26, 2020

The Object of Faith

Ever feel like your faith in God is so weak; why even try? As Dr. David Jeremiah explains below, maybe the size of your faith isn’t the point. Turning Point-Dr. David Jeremiah - Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - The Object of Faith Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 Modern references to “Ponzi schemes” refer to the fraudulent investment plan started by Charles Ponzi in the 1920s. He promised unrealistic rates of return—a...

November 19, 2020

Who Are You Following? Part 2

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November 18, 2020

The Object of Faith

Ever feel like your faith in God is so weak; why even try? As Dr. David Jeremiah explains below, maybe the size of your faith isn’t the point. Turning Point-Dr. David Jeremiah - Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - The Object of Faith Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 Modern references to “Ponzi schemes” refer to the fraudulent investment plan started by Charles Ponzi in the 1920s. He promised unrealistic rates of return—a...

November 12, 2020

Who Are You Following?

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November 8, 2020

God is Good…Are We?

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October 23, 2020

Self-Checking

It’s easy to get sloppy with our lives and allow things to slide that should not. Dave Brannon’s comments below serve as a good reminder to “censor” our own lives. Our Daily Bread - August 30, 2020 - Self-Checking Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. Lamentations 3:40 READ LAMENTATIONS 3:37–42 Recently I read through a stack of World War II-era letters my dad sent to my mother. He was in North Africa and she was in West Virginia. Dad, a second lieutenan...

October 22, 2020

Meal & Movie Night

Join us for our next MEAL&MOVIE NIGHT, Saturday, 24 October, 5:30 pm at the Bay Baptist Auditorium, 81 Gloucester Street, Greenmeadows, Napier. No Charge. Enjoy a nice meal and a great movie - WOODLAWN! Watch the trailer below:...

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