God's word in today's world

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Stumbling faith

The Colossians’ faith was something special, an example even for Paul: 5… I am delighted to hear of the careful and orderly ways you conduct your affairs, and impressed with the solid substance of your faith in Christ. Even though things weren’t going that well for them, even though they were by far in the […]

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Hope in a hopeless time

There is always a crisis lying in wait for all of us. Life out there is not easy. Sometimes stress is pressing so hard you can hardly breathe. And I must confess, the rulers of this country do not paint a role-coloured of the future. All these things make us really negative and I sometimes […]

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Believe in God’s power – make it part of you

When I look around me, I don’t see much of God’s power. Instead I see other, stronger powers overpowering people and I ask myself: Why don’t I see more of God’s power in the world? Why do I only see confused people, people who do not stick it out? Was this verse only meant for […]

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Faith and love in a hopeless world

I read the verse over and over again, not making much sense of it: 5 Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you (New English Translation). Eventually, I take a pen and […]

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Believing differently is also fine

Philippians 3:1-3 Do you know what really irritates me? When people who believe differently from me makes me feel inferior about the way I believe. As if I’m missing the point through my way of believing, because, actually, their way is the right way. Sometimes I find myself doubting and before I know it, I’m […]

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Build a bridge with faith

Ephesians 6:10-20 I often say: Life is not easy! That is so. Life is not easy. So much is expected of us. The bar of life is often lifted just that little bit higher, even though we are already struggling to get over the lower height. The possibility of failure becomes so much bigger. Sometimes […]

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Let it go! … Or not?

This message may be a little too much for some. I apologise in advance if I’m stepping on some toes, but I’m only trying to stay true to what I’m reading in the Bible. Sometimes as a Christian you have to talk tough, dust off the books and take a hard look at the way […]

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The bigger plan

I ran into a friend of mine at the gym, and could immediately see that things weren’t good on the Monday morning. And not only because he went overboard over the weekend and now found exercising difficult. He was on his way to a client when that person called to say he wasn’t feeling well […]

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Faith to die for

Paul didn’t write the letters that he sent to the congregations himself. He dictated and Tertius wrote it down. The reason for this was probably Paul’s poor handwriting. After the letter was written, Paul usually signed it personally, but in ending off the letter to the Galatians he did something a little different. He was […]

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Salvation is for everyone

On organ donors’ day the radio station broadcast programmes to make people aware of organ donation. I never knew that they called it ‘harvesting’ organs! And the listeners called in with various questions, the ones one normally asks: do they ensure that I’m completely dead before they take my organs? Can I donate my organs […]

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