God's word in today's world

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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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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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Despite stumbling ourselves, we can and must help others

A single parent told me this story: This mom was so ashamed the other day. My little girl broke her arm and at first we thought, no problem, it doesn’t seem to be broken. I bandaged the arm and we asked Jesus to help the sore arm feel better. Two days later the swollen arm […]

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Like a pole above water

People often ask me if I would be a referee on their CVs. For some I do it with pleasure, for others with some hesitance, because you have to be honest when someone calls you asking you to give a reference for the person. When someone enquires about someone who didn’t really pull their weight, […]

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Helped up

My wife had a serious talk with me. I had to correct someone close to me. He was getting out of hand and she felt that as his friend, I had to talk to him about it. Friends have to help one another stay on track. I must confess I did not agree with her. […]

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No doubt about it

Business people are often overcome by stress. But they are not the only ones. Many things cause stress and people often feel they cannot go on because of stress. I still remember how I woke up one morning at 02h00 because of stress. I was feeling so miserable, I sank down on the floor behind […]

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Sweet-smelling

Philippians 4:10-20 I am one of a large family and sometimes when we had guests my mom thought there wouldn’t be enough (which obviously never happened). Then she would send a code around the table: FHB – family, hold back! Afterwards we would say jokingly: It wasn’t a lot, but it’s in! I was thinking […]

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A cup of coffee makes a difference

Philippians 2:19-30 My brother sent me this wonderful story: I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice (Italy), the city of lights and water. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat at an empty table beside us. He called the waiter and placed his […]

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Take courage

Sometimes Paul’s imprisonment became too much for him. Sometimes he was uncertain and wondered if everything was worth it. Sometimes his mood was really, really low. But other times he had courage to go on: 14… most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, […]

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Wonderlike oranje kragopwekkers

Ai, Eskom, met julle moet ’n mens wraggies hare op jou tande hê. Inteendeel, ek moes myne al ’n paar keer laat knip! My werk, soos baie ander Suid-Afrikaners staan botstil as daar nie krag in die drade is nie en vir handjies gevou sit is daar nie tyd nie. Toe daar nóg ’n kragonderbreking […]

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