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Dear Friend... 52 Weekly Devotions to Encourage, Challenge and Inspire

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Dear Friends,

It was this time last year when I self-published my devotional book. Today, with help from Amazon, Kindle Direct Publishing, and especially God, it is also now available as an eBook in Kindle.
Although I may not know you all personally I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have bought a copy of my book and I pray that God will bless you as you read it. If you have read it, please would you consider posting a review of it on Amazon. It need only be a sentence or two with a star rating, as this would then help others when considering whether this book is for them or not. I have been so encouraged by verbal feedback I have received from you, so thank you for this.
With the run up to Christmas it may be something worth considering as a present for someone you know, or even purchasing it for yourself ready to begin in the new year.
Below is the table of contents to give you some idea of what is in the book:
Week 1 Trusting in God  Week 2 God Will Work Out His Pl…

Authentic Friendships

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Dear Friends,

When my son reached a certain age we allowed him to have a Facebook account. Once he'd set it up, he excitedly told us how many 'friends' he had. 

But we know that there is a world of difference between our social media 'friends' and the face-to-face friendships we have with others.
Social media has highlighted the need that we all have for connection. God has made us for connection, first and foremost with himself, and secondly with others. Facebook has provided me with the opportunity to develop friendships with others who I would have never otherwise known and it's great to connect with like-minded people. Whilst such a friendship can develop over time to a certain level, I don't believe it can ever replace the depth and closeness that is gained through face-to-face friendships.
I belong to a friendship triplet and I am blessed in so many ways by this group. We try to meet as regularly as we can. We gather over cups of tea and discuss the lates…

Grace - Undeserved, Generous and Free

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Dear Friends,
As a young Christian I never really understood "The Parable of the Vineyard Workers." It just didn't seem fair to me. The workers who had been hired first had worked all day long and yet received the same as the workers who had been hired at the end of the day. Surely those first workers deserved so much more. After all, they had worked so hard for it. Whereas the last workers had done hardly any work at all.

I had missed the point of what this parable is all about, and I had missed it because I had a heart problem (a spiritual one). This parable is not so much about work as it is about God's amazing grace towards you and me. Godtook the time to reveal the truth to me and since then this parable has become one of my favourites, and that's why I want to share it with you today.

Before we go any further, take a few moments to read this parable from Matthew 20:1-16. You can read it at BibleGateway.com by clicking here