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ODJ: Filled with Praise

When I was a young believer in Jesus, I was encouraged to keep a thanksgiving diary. It was a little booklet I carried with me as a means to capture the daily happenings that filled my heart with gratitude. Sometimes I would write my thanks items at the end of the week, following a time of reflection. Carefully crafting a list of praise items is a good habit—one that I should probably re-est

ODJ: deflecting praise

We often celebrate a victory by heaping accolades and awards on the winners. Last week the Christian radio station where I work received an award for media excellence and we have a trophy as a reminder of our outstanding efforts throughout the year.

Gideon returned from battle, having triumphed over the Midianites. The Israelites rushed to honour him, shouting, “Be our ruler! You an

ODJ: happy new year!

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Happy New Year!” “Have a joyous New Year!” We will hear a lot of these greetings today. And you’ll find yourself saying them to others too. Undoubtedly we hope that 2014 will be a blessed and joyous year for us. The psalmist articulated his desire for happy days ahead with this confident affirmation: “Joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LOR

ODJ: bless the Lord

Have you sung Matt Redman’s inspiring song, “10,000 Reasons”? It begins, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul, worship His holy name. Sing like never before, O my soul. I’ll worship Your holy name.” Matt said he based the song on Psalm 103, which lists many and various reasons to bless the Lord. The New International Version and New Living Translation translate Psalm 103:1 as “pr