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What to believe

There will come a time when people will no longer believe in God’s message of redemption. People will turn their back on the Gospel and dismiss it as nonsense. Some will use clever brain gymnastics to try and prove that what we believe in is too trivial to be accepted as the truth. When I […]

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Sharing in Jesus’ light and glory

Many people underestimate the power and functioning of the Holy Spirit. That’s probably why the world around us looks like it does. Powerless and chaotic. Many of us no longer hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance, because we’re too busy and too rushed. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us. God knew that we would […]

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Some spiritual know-alls warra-warra

Once, driving around with a friend, we talked about how we experienced the way other people lived according to their faith. I told him that I sometimes felt inferior compared to the way other people did things. The way in which they lived their faith sometimes made me feel guilty and then I questioned the […]

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Too used to the things of God

Life can so easily become routine. Things so easily become ordinary. We get used to the sun coming up every morning, because it’s been happening for the past million years. We grow used to getting up every day and doing the same things day after day without realising what a privilege it is. We grow […]

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One team

  5When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions. My team and I were invited to minister every morning for a week at a primary school in the Strand. Every morning a song by Afrikaans singer Nicholis Louw was […]

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The right station

But it’s still not easy to act wisely. Last night my daughter forgot to upload the sketch for the Crossroad message that had to be sent out. A couple of thousand e-mails already sent – without the sketch. I didn’t take this well. Immediately, I lost my cool and the net effect on the people […]

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Love is everything

Not only does Paul give Epaphras a good reference, he also brings good news of the people of Colossae: 8He’s the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit. Simple, but saying a whole lot. They really expressed their love for one another in the way they […]

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A paradigm shift

Philippians 3:1-3 I often use the term paradigm shift. Especially when I’m serious about changes to be made, either through new ideas or new thinking or even changed behaviour. But what does paradigm mean? In his book The 7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen Covey explains it very well by saying that a paradigm […]

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Like the brakes on a bus

Ephesians 5:6-18 When I was a student I was a bus driver for Intercape. I really enjoyed it and the R50 a day that I earned then was quite a good salary for the time. Something the owner, Johan Ferreira, was very serious about, was safety. The buses were big and fast and a small […]

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Do not grieve the Holy Spirit

In the middle of the pericope Paul calls a halt. Sort of like a sandwich: two slices of bread with something in the middle. The first slice is the verses telling us not to lie, not to become angry, not to give the devil a hold, not to steal, and not to tell dirty jokes. […]

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