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Belonging to God

When life is hard, I often question my self-worth. Am I good enough? Will I be able to make it? Fortunately, the Holy Spirit reminds me that my worth does not depend on me, but on the One who created me. 1… greet the church of the Thessalonian Christians in the name of God our […]

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Say and display!

There are many different ways of greeting that obviously also convey different messages. Here in Africa some people show respect by touching their right hand with their left hand when they shake your hand. When someone does this while greeting me, it gives me a good feeling inside and I thank that person warmly for […]

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Please pray for me

Paul was an ordinary man. He was scared. He was tempted and had to fight hard not to give in. Sometimes he became discouraged and he certainly must’ve asked himself whether it was all worth it. Sometimes it must’ve seemed to him that it was not worth it and then he was on the brink […]

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A thousand promises for you

The Bible contains thousands of promises from God to mankind. There are promises about addiction (Psalm 50:15), deliverance from demonic torment (Psalm 34:7), depression (Psalm 9:9), family (Exodus 20:12), fear (Exodus 14:4), being filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), finances (Malachi 3:10), forgiveness (Mark 11:25), guidance (John 16:13), health (James 5:14), marriage (Psalm 68:6), […]

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Pray for one another!

Paul is praying a beautiful prayer for his fellow believers in Thessalonica. The reason he is doing so is not only because he always does this to end off his letters. Even less is he doing so because it is the right thing to do. He does it because he really cares for the people […]

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Without a speck of sin

At the beginning of the letter Paul said that he was praying for the readers, the people of Thessalonica. Now he puts it in practice: 23May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our […]

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Prophets in the world of today

My daughter’s friend enters with a joke: How do two prophets greet one another? “You are doing well. How am I?” LOL! I think in pictures and can just imagine the two prophets giggling together when they do it. Today prophets aren’t as common as in Old Testament times when there were more than 133 […]

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To hear God’s Spirit

The Lord has never spoken to me in an audible voice. I’ve never heard a deep voice saying: “Gerjo Ben, you must do this or that”. I often say this, because it’s true and I envy the people to whom God talks like that. But God often talks to us through his Spirit that is […]

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Gratitude breaks through dark clouds

Giepie, a policeman from Oshakati in Oshana, Namibia, wrote to me: One morning my arm hurt. I went to the State hospital where a young Army doctor was on duty and complained to him about my arm. Then he invited me to walk with him. He took me to the casualty ward where patients were […]

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Talk to the Lord

Like it happens in all marriages, my wife and I sometimes also argue. Often about the smallest of things and then a cold war threatens. No one enjoys it. Then one of us will make a weak joke and when the other one can’t help laughing, we raise the white flag. I’ve thought about this […]

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