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God’s timing is supernaturally perfect

Marina (not her real name) wrote to me in an e-mail: The time is 23:30 and I’m reading that piece about the clutch slipping. Thank you for this piece. It’s precisely where I was … slipping off the road, because I was sulking. It felt to me as if the Lord did not hear me and […]

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A passion to tell, even with a sword hanging over your head

I watched a Facebook film on how the disciples died. Peter was crucified upside down. Andrew and Philips were also crucified. Thomas and Matthew were stabbed with a spear. Luke was hanged. Mark died after being dragged by horses through the streets. John was boiled in oil but survived. He was the only disciple who […]

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Your faith also strengthens others

Life is not just moonshine and roses. All of us experience this first hand and in person nearly every day of our lives. What do parents hold onto when their four-month-old baby boy is no longer there lying in his crib? Their home has collapsed. For a long time, I simply sat with them at […]

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Watch out for the wolf in sheep’s clothing

When I was in the army, it was hard. I was part of the Mech Infantry Unit and big operations in which the enemy was attacked with a lot of force occurred regularly. Major energy was spent on planning these operations. Every division had to do specific tasks and everybody had to work together to […]

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Prepared for troubles

Since I started writing about 1 Thessalonians, I’ve used the word ‘hardship’ quite a lot. Hardship and suffering was a reality in the lives of these new Christians. And we have said often: If you are serious about the things of God, there will be hard times ahead. Things don’t always go well. There will […]

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Life happens

Life happens all the time and not always with some light background music. When we look back over our lives, each of us has a story to tell. Sometimes about the hard times. Sometimes about times when we nearly or completely lost the way. Life happens. Often hard times strike because of a stupid decision […]

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Reps wanted

One of the most difficult appointments I had to do in business was to appoint reps. Those guys who have to go out into the world to sell your product. They must be hugely excited about your product so that they can persuade others to be just as excited and buy your product. It is […]

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Do others jump for joy about you?

In this section it is very clear that Paul has a lot of respect for the people of Thessalonica. He is so excited about them that he would like to go and visit them again, but repeatedly something prevents him from doing so. Paul is excited about their faith. He is filled with joy because […]

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Missing others

When I get to heaven, the first guy I want to make an appointment with is Paul. I have so much appreciation for this man – probably because I can see so much of myself in him. Probably because he was such a rough diamond and has the full box. But especially because he loved […]

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Prepared to suffer?

In the period after Jesus, many, many people were saved. But it wasn’t easy. 14…Friends, do you realize that you followed in the exact footsteps of the churches of God in Judea, those who were the first to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ? Choosing Jesus was not the easy route. On the contrary. […]

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