The path of self-righteousness is lined with knowledge of who Jesus is, but not knowing how much we personally need him. When we reach that point of need then we have a Saviour that we don’t just offer to others, we have a Saviour that has met our very personal need. From Rebecca Reynolds: My …

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The human goal of fulfilling ourselves demands that our efforts to do so are invested in that which we can achieve; but anything that we can achieve is not enough to satisfy our souls. The Christian believes their fulfilment is not based on what we achieved, but on who has come to dwell within us. …

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Following Jesus alongside others provides encouragement and the example of other believers in situations similar to our own. If encouragement gives way to comparison we can succumb to feelings of failure and lack of worth, not because of any inadequacy in us, but because we’re not the same as someone else. And God has not …

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Jesus doesn’t dismiss our fears. He spends much time telling his disciples that we’ll experience much that drives to the hearts of our anxieties. And he goes to the very heart of fear itself, experiences it all, and emerges victorious, for us. From Winn Collier. “Incarnation is the place,” says Kathleen Norris, “where hope contends …

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