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BE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

“Being a light” sounds great, doesn’t it? But it’s also that easy to understandSo, how exactly do you become this brilliant beacon to people around you? Here are a few tips to help in your journey 

1. We have to always be careful what we say. The Bible calls the tongue “a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). Therefore we should take our speech seriously. We have heard a lot of parent always telling their children to be nice or rather they don’t say anything. This is the perfect advice and even us as adults should really listen and practice these words. Words are powerful and can be used for good or bad. Here is a perfect verse to always remember when you are losing your way; “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). Teach yourself to say and do nice things. 
2. Think about the places you visit and what you do for entertainment. Where do you go for fun? What shows or movies do you watch? What kind of music do you listen to? Ask yourself; would I go to the same places, watch the same things or listen to the same music if Jesus were sitting next to me? Or would you be embarrassed? It might sound silly, but asking those questions is a good way to keep yourself in check, whether you’re alone or with your friends and loved ones.
3. Use social media wisely. Remember people are watching what you post, whether they interact with your posts or not. Think about the things you’ve posted recently—articles, comments, photos and so on. Could they be seen as prideful? Self-centred? Rude? What’s your motive? To put others down or make them jealous? Remember that is not who you areYou should always aim to make informed, respectful posts that truly represent who you are and your God. 
4. Always think of others. Consider other people’s needs and help meet them. Encourage instead of criticize. Be patient. Give others the benefit of the doubt. If you hear gossip, distance yourself from it or change the subject. When you encounter a difficult person, remember that they were made and are loved by God. Above all, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you” (Luke 6:31).
*For more information on how you can shine in the world, please visit http://billygraham.org/story/shine/

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WRITING FOR CHRIST ACCORDING TO HIS GIDUELINES

What does it really mean to write for Christ? How exactly do you write for Christ? Does your story have to be out-right religious or blatantly about God in order to write for Christ?
Writing for God is all about reflecting on his character by Glorifying Him. God is everywhere and anywhere at any given time therefore we don’t always have to state the obvious when we write.
Before we even start to write the article, we should think about the truth. We should be able to tell a story without being fictional but only using your skills and techniques to get the message across. Yes we should be creative but we shouldn’t beat down our storyline. Furthermore, we should pray for guidance before we even start writing your story. We should bring out spiritual or character building principles that the reader can put into practice their life.
Our work has to be good quality and perfect just as our father is perfect. Of course, we will never be able to attain perfection, and getting frustrated with our work will not help things. Sometimes, the only way we can get better, is to let ourselves practice. Practice is the only way we can get better. So we don’t have to be perfect to reflect God. We just have to do our best, and always strive to get better, never resting on our laurels. That honours God.
We should also reflect God through our demonstration of His truth. Anything that is true is of God. Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). God is described as “the Spirit of Truth,” (John 16:3). God is truth; therefore, by writing about and displaying truth, we are writing for Christ; displaying the real and ultimate truth. 
By writing a story with a moral showing that truth is truth, regardless of what people believe, you are writing for Christ.
By writing stories displaying and promoting Hope, Joy, Courage, Perseverance, Humility, Faith, Altruism, Peace, Mercy, Grace, etc. we are writing for Christ because we are reflecting the character of God. We may or may not include God in our writing, by name, but by displaying His truths and saying, “this is true,” we are putting God in our writing, and we are writing for Christ.
Also, if we strive to write for Christ, we will not be writing alone. If we abandon ourselves to God, then He can use us for His glory. He will guide us as we craft and develop our stories.
If you think about it, there are infinite ways to write for Christ and to glorify God. By writing for God, glory will not only be brought to Him, but we will be taking part in the spreading of God’s kingdom on earth. We can spread truth, and free the culture from its pervasive lies.
The beautiful reality is people are starving for these kinds of stories, and not just Christians. Truth and reality are far more wonderful than the fake. By combiningGod’s truth with a high quality story, we can write novels which deeply impact Christians and non-Christians alike. 
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GOD CAN HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART


There can be many reasons why we are left with a broken heart: the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, loss of status, loss of health, betrayal by a friend, loss of a child and, yes, loss of your childhood. They leave a hole in our hearts; an emptiness that we fell could never be filled. 

Even though we have these holes in our hearts, I am here to tell you that there is hope for us, and for all the broken hearted because there is a Healer who will mend our broken hearts. As David said in Psalms 147:3: “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” God wants to heal us of all of our wounds.
Firstly we need to recognise the pain and acknowledge that it is OK to hurt. Sometimes we seek to cover the pain by ignoring it or through other means like the use of alcohol or drugs, which will only cause us to get infected and reverse the healing process. Like a deep skin wound, we must apply the right ointment so we can begin to heal or else it can get infected and become worse. We cannot ignore our pain and think it will go away. It is during this time that we need a lot of love, encouragement and hope restored. We realise how weak we are and see our great need for God.
We need to seek the Healer. Seek God as our Healer. Just like you tell a doctor your symptoms, tell God how much you were wounded and need His healing touch. He will hear the cries of the broken. God the Father wants to reach down, take your hand, and walk you through your pain.
King David said in Psalms 56:8, “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” God was so aware of David that He even collected his tears. In the same way God is involved and aware of our pain, our joys, our failures, our accomplishments.
The LORD is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” wrote David (Psalms 34:18, NIV). Ask and receive God’s love and encouragement, because He is very near to you. God can work with a heart that has a hole in it, because the need is so great for it to be filled.
Let God use you to encourage others through their pain. By your own pain you will be able to understand and help in a far greater way. Christ our Saviour was in all points tested and understands all that you go through. He reached out to us by giving His life so that we would be healed.
Recognise that it takes time to heal; even after several years of being wounded, there will still be a hole in yourheart, but it will be much smaller because of God. Every time you feel God’s presence, every time you see God’s intervention in your life, every time you reach out to someone else, every time God grants you blessings, the hole in my heart gets smaller and is being replaced with God’s heart.
Lastly we should give grace instead of judgement. When others fall short of our expectations, we should choose to show them grace, which is defined as mercy, favour, and pardon. Jesus showed you and I grace rather than judgement when He died to pay the penalty for our sins. He says in Matthew 7:1-2;“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Trust the Lord to examine the heart and motives of those who may have hurt you, and leave all judgement to Him. You will find that letting go of this responsibility is tremendously liberating, and it will allow God to fully heal and restore your heart.



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