Must Jesus do it again?
When something goes wrong, we quickly wonder where God is. When it hurts and we’re full of pain, we want to know where God went. But He is there. He is always there. It might just be because of the hurt and pain that we are blinded to God’s presence in our lives. It is […]
A sinner’s prayer for you!
Sometimes I feel stress threatening to overwhelm me as I think about the state of our country and its people. We disappoint one another; we no longer trust one another; we can no longer look up to one another or be role models to one another. Some time ago I had to pay in dollars […]
Take a firm stand!
It’s winter in the Cape. Although it’s not raining as much as before, a cold front still passes by now and then. The fierce winds shake the trees around and I know when daylight comes it will look chaotic outside. That could be a picture of our lives. Sometimes the storm winds are so bad […]
It’s a process
I always thought my faith in God was my responsibility. I had to study his Word rigorously and take in as much as possible of the truth to strengthen my faith in God. But now I know it does not depend on me alone. Thank goodness, because I won’t make it on my own. 13… […]
Pick me! Pick me!
I wonder if we always know how lucky we are. No, ‘lucky’ is too light a word to describe this. Let’s give it some real weight. I don’t know if we always realise how much grace is poured over us every day. The fact that we have the privilege and ability to believe – that […]
Tanya’s suffering and faith
Tanya (not her real name) knows suffering: I’ve been going through an exceptional time the last few years. I don’t want to call it a difficult time because God is with me and provides at His discretion. After 10 years of marriage my daughter went through a divorce and after three attempts to end her […]
Pills, forms and hardship
I sometimes wonder why the journey of faith is so difficult, because there is definitely no guarantee of an easy road for those who follow Jesus. On the contrary, things are often so rough that I fear the boat will capsize. No, much worse! It sometimes feels as if the boat has capsized and that […]
Firm knowledge protection
The other day my son came running in, looking very funny. He had my army helmet (which we called a bucket) on his head and the straps that hold the helmet firmly on your head were swinging loose. His head is far too small for the helmet and he had to swing his whole body […]
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 […]
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 […]