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God will protect you!

In what phase of your life do you find yourself today? I often talk about each of us being in a specific season in life, some in good seasons, some in not so good seasons. Susan’s season, no, seasons, not so good: In the past eight years my life took a turn that is filled […]

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The lion around the corner

When I look back over my life I can see all the places where life was hard. At times I felt I was sinking. Yes, sometimes it even felt as if the end was near. Fortunately, God came through for me every time. In hindsight it seems easy, but when you’re in the midst of […]

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It’s a struggle, but we’re not alone

God’s Word has warned us numerous times: 12Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there’s no getting around it. And this truth is added to that: Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. If you are serious about the Lord’s work, things won’t always […]

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To be freed from your chains

The town where I live is shocked by a number of murders. It is horrible and I can’t imagine how afraid the victims must’ve been. I simply cannot make sense of how a son could kill his father and mother and then his brother with an axe. He is found guilty and sentenced to many […]

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Hold on in hard times

A while ago, a friend of mine asked me to pray with him for wisdom. The work they do is very hard to find and they needed to land a big contract to survive. He asked for wisdom, so that they could enter the correct figure in each block of the tender. They calculated everything […]

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Bless the wilted flowers

Things are hard in the world out there. Each of us has our own story to tell. Some have it really hard, like Christie (not her real name): You try so hard to keep to the right road – I know one shouldn’t ask questions – although we don’t know the reasons why right now, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Smiling in your struggles

I walked out of church. The minister had talked about the desert where we sometimes find ourselves. We all end up in the desert at one time or another and it is not an enjoyable experience. The minister said that in the desert God cut off all those things that weren’t part of his plan […]

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Laugh as you struggle

Philippians 3:1-3 1And that’s about it, friends. Be glad in God! A friend complained to me about things going wrong: 20% of his labour force simply not pitching up for work; an expensive machine that worked for 15 minutes before a pump broke down; three clients phoning up very upset about having to wait for […]

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