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Love in action

I’m with a friend of mine. As he talks to me, tears run down his face. He is describing the last minutes before his daughter’s operation. Her leg had to be amputated just below the knee. An aggressive cancer had been discovered in her fibula. Only two out of a million children get it, and […]

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All his doing

I pity the people who lived on earth before Jesus came. They did not actually have a chance of going to heaven. If they sinned, they had to take the punishment. I suspect I would have missed out on heaven too. But thank goodness God came with a supernatural, incomprehensible rescue effort. I will never […]

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A pizza and God’s grace at the take-away window

There is so much power in a greeting. Years ago, we had to greet everybody with a kiss. Sometimes it was really gross. Nataniël has this story about the aunt with the mole that you had to dodge, or the other one who had such flabby lips that it left you wondering whether she had […]

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You and your debt

God is a doing God. God is a God who keeps his Word. If He decides to do something, He doesn’t throw in the towel at the halfway mark. When He realises how huge the act is and how much it will demand of Him, He doesn’t reconsider and go against his Word. Jesus is […]

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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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A Spotless Life

Why is it that when we get something for free, we often do not appreciate it and then waste it. Almost like we do with God’s grace. People will easily say: Oh, I’ll just confess my sin and say I’m sorry and my sin will be forgiven. That’s not right. That’s wasting it and God […]

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Amazing grace

Sometimes I suffer badly from feelings of guilt. I’ve always tested the boundaries. I don’t know why, but I’ve always lived on the edge of life, and, yes, sometimes I’ve fallen over the edge, resulting in lots of pain for me and my loved ones. I don’t feel good about it. Sometimes it depresses me […]

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Who am I

Casting Crowns’ song Who am I plays over and over in my head: Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth Would care to know my name Would care to feel my hurt? Who am I, that the bright and morning star Would choose to light the way For my ever wandering heart? […]

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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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