God's word in today's world


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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Philippians 1:30 30You’re involved in the same kind of struggle you saw me go through, on which you are now getting an updated report in this letter. We can write loads about this verse. We can tell many stories about our own lives. Stories about where the road was and is difficult and hard, times […]

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Life happens for everybody

Philippians 1:27-30 It sounds so good: 28… Your courage and unity will show them what they’re up against: defeat for them, victory for you—and both because of God. We are so privileged. We’ve got everything and you could say the best times are still ahead. Now we can enter the world. We can hop, skip […]

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Take courage

Sometimes Paul’s imprisonment became too much for him. Sometimes he was uncertain and wondered if everything was worth it. Sometimes his mood was really, really low. But other times he had courage to go on: 14… most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, […]

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When the going gets tough

Billy Ocean sang a song, When the going gets tough, the tough get going. I always wondered about the meaning, and checked it out in the dictionary: When conditions become difficult, strong people take action. When life gets difficult, some people get up and face it head on. Yes, there are people who simply do […]

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Keep on smiling

We’re going to talk about giving for a while. Paul tried to encourage the people of Corinth to be generous towards those who were less fortunate. To convey this message he used the congregation of Macedonia as an example. They were a remarkable group of people, because even though things weren’t going well for them, […]

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Frayed at the ends

The circumstances in which we find ourselves have a significant impact on us. Sometimes those circumstances are so bad that you feel there is absolutely no way out. Paul was in a black hole. He knew the circumstances in Corinth were not good for Christians. There was fighting amongst them as well as opposition from […]

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Why do bad things happen to good people?

James 1:12-18 After the flood of comments on Wednesday about all the hardship we suffer and also because of suffering by loved ones around me this past week, I post this piece that I wrote a year or two ago. Yesterday our domestic worker phoned hysterically: her house had burned down. We rushed there. The […]

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