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Begin at the beginning

Timothy’s calling was to proclaim the Gospel of God. He had to go to a world that has not yet heard Jesus’ message of salvation. He was instructed to: 13Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. If this verse is translated directly from the original text, it sounds like this in English: Give […]

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Spotless campers

We covered our calling in a verse or two. We heard that each of us has a calling and that we shouldn’t find excuses not to live that calling. Part of our calling is to be an example to others by what we say and do. Obviously, the point of departure here is love and […]

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Ordinary faith

All Christians are called to show the world with their words in whom they believe. And similarly, their way of doing must also be in line with God’s will. That is why it is so important that everything we do should start with love. The next very important building block for Christians is to show […]

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All in love

Each of us has a calling. We should not make excuses. No, we must set the example for others by the way in which we speak as well as the way in which we do things. That is fairly obvious. But Paul helps Timothy and us by going a little further: we must show love. […]

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Take the lead

We’re focusing on our calling. Two pieces back the simple instruction was: Go! Go! And the previous one warned us not to use the convenience of one of the excuses in our arsenal to hide from our calling. Now Paul has another good suggestion: 12And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach […]

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And your excuse is?

I write so that I can understand the scripture. That’s why I’m honest, sometimes brutally honest. But I can’t do anything else, because I can’t just sweep things under the carpet and pretend they don’t exist. Sometimes when a voice tells me to do something I don’t want to, I back out far too quickly. […]

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Go now!

At university I served on the committee that organised missionary week. Every night during this specific week there was a big event with an international speaker. I was responsible for preparing the lower level of the Student Centre, known as the Neelsie, for the many missionaries to set up exhibitions of their organisations. Every year […]

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God saves you – that’s enough

Suddenly, a strange verse pops up. As if Paul reconsiders. He knows he has taught Timothy so much already, and maybe he has talked a bit too much – maybe it is a bit too much for Timothy to take in with everything he had already written to him. Therefore, this verse: 9You can count […]

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Keep on practising

We’re sitting in the caravan on the banks of the river at Swellendam. My only purpose this long weekend is to rest. To do nothing and simply be. However, the other three families and my wife had a different idea of what one should do on such a weekend. And that’s why every afternoon they […]

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Practise for serving and service

We often allow ourselves to become side-tracked. We get caught up in stories and issues that have nothing to do with our salvation. We waste out energy on issues that have no solution. Worst of all is that at the end of the day, we have no strength or time left to get where we […]

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