God's word in today's world

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Desperate for goodness and peace

I received a confused e-mail from a woman: Gerjo Ben, you sent an e-mail to my husband. He took his own life this morning. Did he say anything to you? I have so many questions. He loved the Lord passionately and lived it too. Please, anything would be of help to me. Just after that, […]

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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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Goodness and peace for you!

I’m intentionally trying to pray more, especially to pray for other people. I think things will go much better if we all pray more for one another. I wake up early, long before the alarm. So I use this extra time I have not planned for to pray. I pray for the children I talked […]

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Humbled – from Prince to man

Try and put yourself in Jesus’ shoes. Just getting on with his life in heaven, doing those things fitting for a prince. A comfortable royal life with more than enough people around Him to do everything for Him. And from time to time He and God have board meetings with the other big shots in […]

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Family issued

You cannot choose your family. I can’t just decide one day that I’m fed up with my parents and brothers and sisters and exchange them somewhere for some others. I can’t pick up the scissors and simply cut the ties between my brother and sister and say that I no longer have any family. Even […]

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God’s things are enough

During the Woordfees in our town there were, as usual, many heated debates about many topics under the sun. Philosophers thought and talked long about many difficult subjects. Politicians tried to see where the problem in our country originated and suggested a few quick solutions. Then theologians joined in and questions were asked like did […]

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Getting what you deserve

One day I watched a movie about a man who had been sentenced to death. Death by electric chair. Getting what he deserved, because this man was a murderer. I wondered how you would feel if you had taken another person’s life? What goes through your mind when you see that person’s life leaving their […]

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God’s grace is more than enough

God’s grace is amazing. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,” we sing, “I once was lost, but now am found”. Because, 5Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, He embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. Amazing grace. It’s terrible when people belittle God’s grace and want […]

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God of more chances

We regularly make the wrong choices, some bigger than others. Some have a major impact on our lives and cause us to become entangled in sin. Many of us have at one time or another turned our backs on God. This is nothing strange. Even those people who made it into the Bible had done […]

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Don’t mess with Sola Gratia

Central to the Reformed theology is Sola Gratia: We are saved through the grace of God alone. There is nothing that I can do that will unlock the gates of heaven for me. Actually, the entry tickets to heaven are handed out for free on the street corners. The tickets have been paid for already. […]

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