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The best Advocate and He’s free!

A friend of mine works for a major international firm of attorneys. At the height of Covid-19, I asked him how the company was doing in this difficult time. He said his division was doing fairly well, but the people in litigation were struggling, because the courts were closed. He added that the people with […]

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The truth will out

I’ve written about this before, but I do think we should say it to one another again: The truth always comes out! We know this since childhood. Wrong deeds will come to light some time or another. I’ve experienced this truth many times in my life. When I was at school, I was often in […]

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Jesus adds up differently

While we were growing up, there was no such thing as Grade R. Even playschools weren’t that common. We ate, played, ate, played and slept. So it was no surprise that many of us got quite weepy when we were pushed into a classroom. It felt like a cage to us. Everything was unfamiliar. The […]

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Another chance

What a guy! Paul calls a spade a spade. He is writing this personal letter to his pal, Philemon, with one goal in mind: Philemon needs to take back his slave, Onesimus. Onesimus had messed up; he had stolen and run away. But now he has repented and must return home. Paul knew Philemon well. […]

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God’s grace is enough

Many, many times I am amazed by God’s grace. The immensity of God’s grace is simply too awesome for me to understand. How can God love a sinful guy like me, just like that? But even more, how can God take the punishment for all the wrong things I have ever done? And for all […]

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Run away from lust

As we know Paul, he doesn’t just dish out a list of instructions; he also gives some guidelines about how we should carry out those instructions. He says we must clean that bowl so that God can use us. This is his first suggestion: 22Run away from infantile indulgence. Why does the grass on the […]

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Red Brasso?

Pieter asked me to lead a memorial service on the farm for one of the farm workers. The worker had accompanied them to a show in Port Elizabeth and had to hold two horses. The two horses started moving around and one kicked the other. Unfortunately, the worker was caught between the two horses and […]

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Jesus never gives up

Santa’s story: This reminds me of a dark year in my life – my 19-year old daughter was studying. She and her friends always liked to party, but at one stage my husband started suspecting that they were involved in questionable things. One Monday evening we got the news that her boyfriend had died in […]

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For every action, a reaction, except when it comes to God

Many things happen in our lives, but we can’t remember everything. I suspect that if we remembered everything, the hard drive in our brain would fill up quickly. Fortunately, we only remember those things that make a significant impact in our lives. The really major stuff. Beautiful things, but also those that aren’t so good. […]

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Another chance

We meet another one of Paul’s friends who helped to preach the gospel. His name is Onesimus. His story did not have a good start. Originally, he was Philemon’s worker, but somewhere along the way he absconded. He was just a lay about, but then he met Paul and the message of salvation turned Onesimus’ […]

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